Reshuffling has begun as Cookie Jar Entertainment, the programming and licensing arm of The Cookie Jar Group (formerly Cinar), has appointed Sam Ewing as head of distribution, replacing Louis Fournier, the companys veteran senior sales exec who has announced that he will depart his post. In his new role with Cookie Jar, Ewing will oversee the companys international sales efforts and play an instrumental role in programming acquisitions and co-productions.
Sam Ewing combines a passion for international distribution with an extensive career in working with several of the most prominent figures in childrens entertainment, said Toper Taylor, president/coo of Cookie Jar. As a result, he is regarded industry-wide as a leading figure in childrens programming. We look forward to benefiting from Sams unique expertise as we strive to build Cookie Jar Ent. into the industrys preeminent supplier of quality childrens entertainment and edutainment programming.
Ewing joins Cookie Jar Ent. with a distinguished career in childrens television that spans program development and production to sales and marketing, working with many of the industrys most respected companies such as Saban Intl, Hanna-Barbera and NBC.
Ewing served as vp, international co-productions and acquisitions, Saban Intl, where he helped oversee the co-production of numerous high-profile animated series as well as acquire programming for the Fox Kids Network and Fox Family Channel. Ewing has also served in senior programming roles with Ruby-Spears Prods., Worldvision Ent. and Hanna Barbera. At HB he was vp of development, where he spearheaded the production of numerous animated network series. Prior to HB, Ewing served as director of childrens programs at NBC Ent., supervising the development and production of an extensive animated and live-action programming slate. Ewing began his career in San Francisco as an independent program producer for KGO-TV.
Louis Fournier began his latest stint with Cookie Jar Ent. in 2001. Cinar had previously employed Fournier for a period of eight years as vp, sales & co-productions before he joined TVA-International in March 2000 as president of the youth and animation unit. During his tenure with Cinar, Fournier was recognized for helping establish it as a leading force in the distribution of quality childrens entertainment. Today, 140 countries are home to Cookie Jar childrens brands (such as ARTHUR, CAILLOU and THE BUSY WORLD OF RICHARD SCARRY), a tribute to Fourniers distribution and marketing acumen and accomplishments.
Among the most rewarding aspects of acquiring Cookie Jar in March, was to get to know the companys senior management and staff, said Taylor. We quickly learned what most of the industry had already known that Louis Fournier is an outstanding executive who has demonstrated leadership and dedication throughout his tenure with the company. I know his colleagues and the many broadcasters he has worked with through the years will join us in saluting Louis as he begins this well-deserved leave from the industry to spend more time with his family and pursue personal projects.
Headquartered in Montreal, The Cookie Jar Group (www.thecookiejarcompany.com
) develops, produces, distributes and markets quality products to children their caregivers, parents and teachers with a commitment to providing the best in childrens published content, animated and live action programming as well as innovative and creative educational and entertainment driven products worldwide.