Cartoon Network lost a kids programming vp when Linda Simensky migrated to PBS late in 2003, and has since gained a former PBS kids programming alum. Alice Cahn has been named vp of development for Cartoon Network's kids businesses, focusing on original entertainment programming for children ages 4-7, and will work with the company's online, marketing, ad sales and licensing teams to expand Cartoon Network's youth-targeted business off-air.
Cahn will be based in New York City and report directly to Bob Higgins, svp, programming and development, Cartoon Network. "Based on my experience, there is no one in this industry who understands the complexities of a five-year-old's mind better than Alice," said Higgins. "I've had the extreme pleasure of working with her before during her tenure at PBS, so I'm positively thrilled that she's now joining Cartoon Network. Her vast experience in all areas of children's entertainment and her lengthy track record of success make her the ideal candidate to build a powerful new franchise of fresh entertainment properties that we will develop on-air and through all ancillary businesses."
Cahn served as md of Interactive Media for Children, part of The Markle Foundation in New York City, where she was responsible for a multi-million dollar funding program designed to explore and encourage production of market-driven, research-based interactive media for children ages 2-12. Prior to this, Cahn spent two years as Sesame Workshop (formerly Children's Television Workshop) group president where she oversaw all domestic and international creative development and television production, home video and audio production, and development and production of feature films. Among the properties she helped to create are SAGWA (w/CinéGroupe), TINY PLANETS (w/Pepper's Ghost), DRAGON TALES (w/Columbia Tri-Star), CINDERELMO AND ELMO AND THE WOLF (w/Sony Wonder) and ELMO IN GROUCHLAND (w/Columbia Tri-Star).
Cahn also served five years as director of children's programming for Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), responsible for the strategic planning and direction of all PBS children's projects and the Ready to Learn Service, created in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education. Original series developed, purchased and/or acquired for PBS under her leadership include TELETUBBIES, WHERE IN TIME IS CARMEN SANDIEGO?, KRATT'S CREATURES, ZOOBOOMAFOO, ARTHUR, WISHBONE, WIMZIE'S HOUSE, TOTS TV, THEODORE TUGBOAT and NODDY. Her other duties included supervising the day-to-day activities with producers of all PBS children's series, including SESAME STREET, BARNEY AND FRIENDS, BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY, IN THE MIX and LAMB CHOP'S PLAYALONG.
Cahn's previous experience also includes positions as director of outreach and education for Sony's Education First Foundation in Los Angeles, program director of children's and instructional television at KQED in San Francisco and classroom teacher for the 2nd and 7th grades at Village Community School in New York City.
Cartoon Network, seen in 86.2 million U.S. homes and 145 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting Systems ad-supported cable service offering 24/7 animated entertainment.