Andy Heyward

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This article is about the head of the DiC animation company. For the former President of CBS News, see Andrew Heyward.
Andy Heyward
Born Andrew A. Heyward
(1949-02-19) February 19, 1949 (age 68)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Producer, writer, CEO
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s) Amy Heyward
Children 3 kids

Andrew A. "Andy" Heyward (born February 19, 1949) is the former Chairman and CEO of DIC Entertainment (now part of DHX Media), an animation production company.[1] He is currently CEO of Genius Brands International.

Early life[edit]

Heyward was born in New York City, New York, the son of Sylvia (née Block) and Louis M. "Deke" Heyward, who was Vice President of Development at leading Entertainment companies such as Four Star International,[2] and Barry & Enright Productions,[3] as well as Senior Vice President for leading cartoon company, Hanna-Barbera.[4]

Professional life[edit]

Andy Heyward's upbringing was robust with access to the entertainment elite, including his first start as an assistant for legendary animator Joe Barbera of Hanna-Barbera on Yogi's All-Star Laff Olympics.[5] In 1986, Heyward and other investors bought the DIC Enterprises from the Bertelsmann-owned[6] RTL Group. Heyward's most successful years, while he was in charge of DIC, were prior to his Father's passing.[7] Heyward eventually sold a majority interest in DIC to Capital Cities/ABC in 1993. In 2000 with two venture capital firms, Heyward re-purchased DIC Enterprises.[8] On June 20, 2008, Heyward announced that he was selling DIC Entertainment to Cookie Jar Group.[9]

In 2009, he founded A Squared Entertainment (A2) with his wife, Amy.[10] In 2013 the company merged with Genius Brands to form Genius Brands International, with Heyward serving as CEO.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Ex-Governator Partners For TV Toon Series –". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2011-04-07. 
  2. ^ Obituary at The_Washington_Post 8 April 2002 accessed 28 January 2017
  3. ^ Obituary at Los_Angeles_Times 7 April 2002 accessed 28 January 2017
  4. ^ "Andy Heyward Biography (1949-)". Filmreference.com. 1949-02-19. Retrieved 2011-04-07. 
  5. ^ "Cartoon Producer goes digital with Stan Lee, Martha Stewart". Broadcasting and Cable. USA_Today. Oct 10, 2010. Retrieved January 28, 2017. 
  6. ^ [citation needed]
  7. ^ "Cookie Jar Entertainment, DIC agree to merge". Broadcasting and Cable. The_Hollywood_Reporter. Jun 20, 2008. Retrieved January 28, 2017. 
  8. ^ DiOrio, Carl (Sep 18, 2000). "Bain backing buyout of DIC". Variety. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  9. ^ "Cookie Jar, DIC Entertainment to Merge". Broadcasting and Cable. NewBay Media. Jun 20, 2008. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  10. ^ Truitt, Brian (2010-02-22). "Meet Stan Lee's newest super-team, 'Super Seven'". USA TODAY. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  11. ^ Bond, Paul (2013-11-15). "Genius Brands Merges With Andy Heyward's A Squared Entertainment". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-11-16. 

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