Former Comedy Central and MGM Interactive executive, Kenneth Locker has joined Cookie Jar Entertainment, the programming and licensing arm of Cookie Jar Group, in the newly created position of svp of Digital Media, Cookie Jar. Locker will be responsible for leveraging new and existing content for the company, across a variety of platforms, including the Internet, wireless, broadband and IPTV.
Among the first projects he will be handling is THE DOODLEBOPS, a new live-action, music and movement series for preschoolers. Already a hit in Canada, THE DOODLEBOPS PREMIERED in the U.S. on April 11, 2005, as part of Disney Channels popular learning-based Playhouse Disney programming block.
Locker will also exploit Cookie Jars extensive library of more than 100 popular childrens programs, which air in over 160 countries, including such renowned television series as ARTHUR, CAILLOU and POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER, now airing in the U.S. on PBS Kids.
Ken brings to our company an extremely strong background in working with new media, developing brands and establishing key alliances, said Toper Taylor, president/ceo of Cookie Jar Ent., to who he reports. His proven track record in creating strategic relationships across diverse areas, including marketing, production and business development will result in the creation of numerous opportunities that had not been previously available to us.
Locker has an extensive background in media management for the television, motion picture and digital media industries. While at Comedy Central, svp, Digital Media Group, he created and implemented a business plan to extend the companys brand across all digital platforms, including the Internet, wireless and interactive TV. He also supervised the complete redesign of the networks website, increasing the number of unique visitors by 300% within the first six months of relaunch. In addition, he oversaw production of the networks first interactive TV productions -- THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, BATTLEBOTS and WIN BEN STEINS MONEY.
Locker also served as exec producer & gm for MGM Interactive, responsible for creating and implementing the companys online creative and business strategy, including the development of branded products, establishing marketing alliances, as well as working with creative talent, developers and producers. He established distribution, strategic and sponsor relationships with major corporations, including @Home, BBD&O, Saatchi & Saatchi, Samsung, Gateway 2000, Compaq and Intel.
Previously Locker was a consultant for broadband, cable and satellite TV companies including Voom, Synacor Inc. and Svenska Bredbandsbolaget in Sweden, overseeing their strategic planning, programming and business development. He also worked with new media, technology and entertainment clients including Intel, Cisco Systems, Softbank, Inc. and Evolution Ventures.
Locker was the co-founder of Worlds.com, Inc., and has also served as an executive for Robert Halmi Ent. Inc., Carolco Television, Inc. and Armand Hammer Prods, Inc.
Headquartered in Montreal, The Cookie Jar Group (www.thecookiejarcompany.com)develops, produces, distributes and markets childrens published content, animated and live-action programming and innovative educational and entertainment-driven products worldwide. The group of companies consists of Cookie Jar Ent. Inc. and Cookie Jar Education Inc., as well as a 20% interest in TELETOON Canada Inc., Canadas only all animation broadcaster.