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Al Kahn Launches Entertainment Company

Alfred R. Kahn, founder of 4Kids Entertainment, has partnered with writer, actress and producer Jillian Crane to launch CraneKahn, a new children’s international entertainment and licensing company.

April 6, 2018

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Al Kahn, founder of 4Kids Entertainment, has partnered with writer, actress and producer Jillian Crane to launch CraneKahn, a new children’s international entertainment and licensing company.

CraneKahn will focus on products and experiences in the new economy and digital era.

Prior to this new endeavor, Kahn founded 4Kids Entertainment and served as the company’s chairman and chief executive officer for almost 25 years before stepping down in 2011. He has also been responsible for the licensing programs for brands including Cabbage Patch Kids, Pokémon, Mario Bros., James Bond and more. In June 2005, Kahn was inducted into the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association’s Licensing Hall of Fame.

Crane has worked as a writer, actress and producer. As a writer, Crane adapted the novels About Yvonne and Down, Boy: A Girl’s Guide to Housebreaking a Man from film, and has written a pilot called Scrapyard Barbie. As an actress, she has performed at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Huntington Theatre, the New York Theatre Workshop and more. Her film credits include Great Kills Road, Godless and more.

Kerry Novick will serve as CraneKahn’s senior vice president, global sales and acquisitions. Novick has spent 20 years in global program distribution and has represented Sesame Workshop, as well as other top children’s series and brands in the world.

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