Genius Brands International has promoted Stone Newman to president of Global Consumer Products, Worldwide Content Sales & Marketing. In his new role, Newman, who joined GBI in 2014 as president of Global Consumer Products, will add oversight of the Company’s global content distribution business for its catalog of existing animated properties, as well as a new preschool property currently in development. Newman will also manage the worldwide rollout of the adult animated series Stan Lee’s Cosmic Crusaders. Additionally, GBI has named Jo Kavanagh-Payne senior vice president of Global Distribution, spearheading the company’s worldwide content sales efforts.  Kavanagh-Payne will drive GBI’s distribution business, identifying potential co-production partners and advising on the development of new and acquired properties for international and domestic distribution. In addition to her role at GBI, Kavanagh-Payne will continue to serve as CEO of Foothill Entertainment.

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