GBI names Kabillion’s Debra Pierson as new GM of Kid Genius channel

Genius Brands International has named former Kabillion executive and licensing and merchandising expert Debra Pierson as GM of its Kid Genius channel.

Bringing 25 years experience in the kids entertainment industry, Pierson will spearhead the continued growth of the channel.

She will report to GBI’s senior vice president of global distribution sales, Andy Berman who also heads the Kid Genius channel.

As VP sales and marketing for Kabillion, Pierson helped launch the Kabillion Kids VOD channel, now available in over 60 million homes through al major cable providers.

“I consider Deb Pierson joining us as a tipping point in major value creation at Genus Brands,” said Andy Heyward, chairman and CEO of Genius Brands International.

“Her experience and capability is no less important for the Kid Genius channel as was Gerladine Laybourne to the creation of Nickelodeon, or Betty Cohen to Cartoon Network. As we enter into the next generation of kids’ content distribution systems, I believe Kid Genius is now positioned to become just as impactful and valuable.”

Pierson added: “I am thrilled to be a member of the Genius Brands team. Being able to combine my unique skill set and varied interests in the strategic expansion of Kid Genius is truly the perfect role for me.

“I am excited to roll up my sleeves and dive in and fully expect Kid Genius to be the number one entertainment destination for kids in short order.”

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