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IMAGINE ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES IMAGINE KIDS & FAMILY

Veteran kids entertainment executive Stephanie Sperber named President of new division

 

(Los Angeles, January 11, 2018) – Imagine Entertainment Chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard announced today that the company has launched Imagine Kids & Family, a newly formed division of Imagine Entertainment. The division will develop and produce premium animated and live-action feature films, television series and short-form content across all platforms in the kids and family entertainment space.

Stephanie Sperber, who has a long career building and monetizing kids and family businesses, IP and franchises, will serve as President of Imagine Kids & Family. Sperber will also continue her role as CEO of the agency she founded, White Space Entertainment, which focuses on building kids franchises through consumer products and digital gaming. Imagine Entertainment will continue its on-going client relationship with White Space, with White Space supporting all Consumer Products efforts that develop from the new Imagine Kids & Family content division.

“Our emphasis will be on great storytelling that appeals to global audiences and has the potential to grow into true franchises. Sperber is a rare executive that can see the merits of a project not only in its ability to entertain, but also to resonate beyond the screen,” said Grazer.

“Imagine tells empowering and aspirational stories that connect on a profoundly human level and we have long believed in the importance of bringing that same sensibility to the kids and family space,” said Howard.

Imagine Kids & Family will work with both established and emerging creative voices in kids animation and live-action to bring the best stories to life for kids around the world, and develop original IP for television and short-form for digital platforms.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to work with Brian, Ron, and Michael and to develop content for kids that is meaningful, purposeful and just plain fun. I look forward to merging my creative and business backgrounds to build the Imagine Kids & Family brand around the world while continuing to lead White Space independently in building global consumer products and gaming programs to support our clients’ IP."

Sperber founded White Space Entertainment in 2015, a full-service agency developing franchises through content, consumer products, gaming and retail marketing.  

Prior to starting White Space, Sperber was President of Global Consumer Products, Gaming, Partnerships and Product Placement for Universal Pictures. During that time, Sperber launched the consumer products program for Illumination Entertainment, and built the global Despicable Me/Minions consumer products & brand alliance franchise into a multi-billion dollar program at retail around the world.  

Sperber began her career with the launch of the Cartoon Network working with Turner Broadcasting as an executive at Hanna-Barbera Cartoons. Before entering the entertainment industry, Sperber worked for Senator Joe Biden on the Senate Judiciary Committee as a speech writer.  

About Imagine Entertainment

Imagine Entertainment was founded in 1986 by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard to create independently produced feature films, television programs and other original programming. Imagine’s productions have been honored with more than 60 prestigious awards including 43 Academy Award nominations and 195 Emmy® award nominations. Past productions include the Academy Award Best Picture winner A Beautiful Mind, as well as Grammy Award Best Film winner The BeatlesEight Days A Week – The Touring Years. Additional films include Get on Up, Rush, J. Edgar, Frost/Nixon, American GangsterThe Da Vinci CodeApollo 138 MileLiar, Liar, Backdraftand Parenthood to name a few. Recent films include The Spy Who Dumped Me staring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon which won of the 2018 People Choice Award for Best Comedy, and the upcoming documentary Pavarotti. Television productions include Fox’s Empire, Shots Fired and the 24 franchise; NatGeo’s Genius anthology series, MARS and Breakthrough; NBC’s Parenthood and Friday Night Lights; Fox’s and Netflix’s Arrested Development, as well as HBO's From the Earth to the Moon, for which Howard and Grazer won the Emmy® for Outstanding Mini-Series.  Current television projects in production include Wu-Tang: An American Saga (Hulu), Swagger (Apple), Why Women Kill (CBS All Access), and Filthy Rich (Fox). Ron Howard and Brian Grazer began their collaboration in 1985 with the hit comedies Night Shift and Splash, and continue to run Imagine Entertainment as chairmen. www.imagine-entertainment.com

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