Turner Broadcasting System has appointed Stuart Snyder to the post of exec VP and chief operating officer of its new Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media division. Reporting to Turner Entertainment Group president Mark Lazarus, Snyder will oversee the cable television networks Cartoon Network, Boomerang and [adult swim], as well as online destinations Cartoonnetwork.com, AdultSwim.com, Toonami Jetstream, Cartoon Network Video, GameTap and Super Deluxe. He will also be charged with looking after the animation production facilities Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank and Williams Street Studios in Atlanta.
Based in Atlanta at Turner’s Techwood entertainment campus, Snyder will also work closely with Turner Broadcasting System International on programming strategies for Cartoon Network Asia Pacific, Cartoon Network Europe, Cartoon Network Latin America & Caribbean and Cartoon Network Japan.
‘Building a new operating structure around our company’s animation and digital entertainment assets and positioning Stu at its head signals the opportunity we see among kids and young adults, and our intention to more aggressively play in that marketplace,’ says Lazarus.
‘The brands and businesses that comprise the new Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media group represent pure potential,’ adds Snyder. ‘With the on-air and online platforms, original and classic animation, games, comedy and production capabilities at our disposal, we can and will engage highly desirable consumers with the most innovative and valuable targeted entertainment experiences available.’
Snyder rejoined Turner Broadcasting in 2005 as senior VP and general manager of GameTap. Prior to that, he was president and CEO of CINAR Corp., an animation, live-action and education production/distribution company based in Montreal. He also served as president and COO of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., where he directed the day-to-day operations of the company and played a key role in developing original film and television projects such as Universal Pictures’ The Scorpion King and MTV’s Tough Enough. Other past gigs include president of USA Home Entertainment, president and COO of Feld Ent. and head of Turner Broadcasting’s home entertainment division.