Kenneth Locker Senior Vice President, Digital Media, Cookie Jar Entertainment
Distribution Alternatives: Animation for the Digital Masses
Fast Track Session 2

Kenneth Locker brings a distinguished career in film, TV and digital media to Cookie Jar where he leads the company’s activities in wireless, broadband and interactive TV as well as establishing partnerships and licensing arrangements in the emerging digital distribution platforms such as IPTV and VOD. Most recently he has been a consultant to Intel, Cisco Systems, Softbank and Cablevision. From 2000 to 2003 he served as the Senior Vice President for Digital Media for Comedy Central where he successfully extended the network’s brands, including South Park, Win Ben Stein’s Money and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, to wireless, internet and interactive TV platforms and was instrumental in establishing strategic marketing and business partnerships with, among others, AOL, Yahoo!, Microsoft, RealNetworks, Nokia and Ericsson. Previously he served as General Manager and Executive Producer for MGM Interactive, where he supervised the studio’s online efforts, supporting franchises including James Bond as well as working with game developers in creating MGM Home Entertainment titles such as Goldeneye and Rollerball. Prior to MGM he was co-founder of Worlds.com, an industry leader in delivering online, multi-user, 3D virtual environments. During his tenure he secured contractual commitments from clients including AT&T, Disney, MGM/UA, Visa, MCA/Universal, Sony, IBM, Mitsui and the U.S. Department of Defense. Preceding his career in digital media he was a producer and executive in the television industry where he was involved in the production of more than two dozen movies and miniseries for both network and cable TV including Lonesome Dove (CBS), The Josephine Baker Story (HBO) and Chernobyl: The Final Warning (TNT). His feature length documentary Backstage at the Kirov was nominated for an Academy Award in 1983. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University and was a Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies.

   
Meet with Kenneth at Fast Track Session 2 (Thursday, September 22, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm)

1. How many hours of new programming do you develop or acquire per year?
We have approximately 50 shows in development. 75% is optioned or acquired from third parties and the rest is developed internally. We are currently producing 156 half hours for distribution globally.

2. Where do you generally find new content?
Everywhere. Pitches, submissions, agents, book publishers, game publishers, newspaper articles, etc.

3. What are some of your recent acquisitions?
Gerald McBoin Boing (Teletoon, Cartoon Network), DoodleBops (CBC, Disney Channel), Caillou (Teletoon, PBS), Arthur (PBS), Zooboomafoo (PBS), Post cards From Buster (PBS). We will shortly be announcing six new productions for the 2006 season.

4. What kind of content are you currently looking for?
Boy’s action (8 – 12 yrs old), kid’s comedy

5. What are you NOT looking for?

We produce children’s entertainment for 2 – 12 yrs old, anything outside of that demographic would not be appropriate for us.

6. What new shows/ technologies/ approaches are you excited about?
Broadband, wireless, new gaming platforms. We interested in developing cross platform content (i.e. content that can be experienced on many devices)