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PR: Alice Cahn Named Vice President, Social Responsibility for Cartoon Network

by on September 2, 2007

Alice Cahn Named Vice President, Social Responsibility for Cartoon

Alice Cahn has been promoted to the newly-created position of vice president, social responsibility for Cartoon Network, it was announced today by Stuart Snyder, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Turner Broadcasting’s Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media group. In her new role, Cahn is responsible for providing guidance, content direction and coordination on the design and implementation of outreach and social responsibility initiatives across all Cartoon Network divisions. She also will be continuing to develop key relationships with media and child advocacy communities, appropriate sponsors, educators, non-profit organizations and trade associations. Her duties will include coordinating all efforts with Turner public affairs, general counsel and public relations offices in representing Cartoon Network’s ongoing communications/projects with governmental agencies regarding children’s media issues and regulations. Cahn is based in New York and reports directly to Snyder.

“Alice brings extensive knowledge and experience of working on kids’ issues that are important to our company,” said Snyder. “She has strong relationships with key players in kids’ media, advocacy groups, research and educational. This, coupled with her understanding of programming development, makes her the ideal person to further Cartoon Network’s involvement and commitment to pro-social projects that educate, inspire or otherwise benefit kids and families.”

Previously, Cahn served as vice president of development for Cartoon Network’s kids businesses, focusing on original entertainment programming for younger viewers. Additionally, Cahn worked closely with the company’s online, marketing, ad sales and licensing teams in expanding Cartoon Network’s youth-targeted business off-air.

Cahn came to Cartoon Network in January 2004 from The Markle Foundation in New York City where she served as managing director of Interactive Media for Children. There 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 Sesameworkshop (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/Cinegroupe); 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) in Alexandria, VA, 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.

Cahn holds a master’s degree in educational technology from San Francisco State University and a bachelor’s degree in education from New York University. She also participates with Women in Film and Video and the World Conference on Children’s Media.

Cartoon Network, currently seen in more than 91 million U.S. homes and 160 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s 24-hour, ad-supported cable service offering the best in animated entertainment.

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