Genius Brands International has welcomed entertainment industry veteran Anthony D. ‘Tony’ Thomopoulos to the company’s board of directors.
Thomopoulos joins fellow board members Gray Davis, Jeff Weiss, Lynne Segall, Bernard Cahill, Andy Heyward, Amy Moynihan Heyward and Klaus Moeller.
“Tony brings a tremendous wealth of creative and business experience to his position on the Genius Brands International board,” said Andy Heyward, chairman and CEO of Genius Brands International.
“Having spent decades in positions of great responsibility and authority within the broadcast and film industry, his relationships, knowledge and access is invaluable as we look to broaden our brand awareness and expand the reach of our content.”
Thomopoulos added: "I am honored to join the Genius Brands International Board.
“Andy, Amy and the Genius Brands International team are deeply committed to developing content that is both innovative and informative, especially for young children, across all media platforms and I’m very happy to play a role in that mission.”
Thomopoulos spent 12 years at ABC, moving from vice president of prime time programs, to president of ABC Entertainment, and ultimately president of ABC Broadcast Group.
He left ABC in 1985 to become chairman of United Artists Pictures, supervising productions including Betrayed, Baby Boom and The Living Daylights.
In 1989, Thomopoulos formed independent production company Thomopoulos Productions and from 1991 to 1995, he was president of Amblin Television, a division of Amblin Entertainment.
More recently, Thomopoulos served as a state commissioner of the California Service Corps under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger from 2005 to 2008.