Cookie Jar Entertainment has hired industry veteran Jim McGowan as senior VP digital content and distribution.
McGowan comes to the job from his own consulting company, where he negotiated licensing and distribution agreements and consulted on business plans and acquisitions for clients such as Entertainment Rights, 20th Century Fox, Starz Media and Dentsu Communications.
His career includes stints at Mattel, where he oversaw distribution of direct-to-video fare featuring Barbie and Hot Wheels; an eight-year tenure running the animation distribution division at Pioneer Entertainment; and Paramount Pictures Licensing Group.
‘For the past 20 years, Jim has held executive positions at major film studios and consumer products companies, and his expertise will be a great asset to Cookie Jar Entertainment,’ said Toper Taylor, Cookie Jar Entertainment President and COO. ‘He will play a major role in the continued expansion of our digital media department.’
McGowan will be based in Burbank and reports to Taylor.