Cyber Group Studios has expanded its senior executive team with the appointments of Karen K. Miller as president and chief executive officer, and Merritt D. Farren as general counsel and chief operating officer.
Miller and Farren will work together to grow North American development and distribution for Cyber Group Studios. Farren will work to boost the company’s growth strategies while supporting global acquisition and distribution initiatives. Miller will be responsible for all operations for the company’s LA-based office.
“Karen is a talented, innovative, multi-faceted and forward-looking leader, she has an amazing track record in the development and commercialization of successful kids and family global franchises worldwide” says Pierre Sissmann, chairman and chief executive officer, Cyber Group Studios. “Merritt is a best-in-class top executive with a wealth of business affairs and acquisitions experience in all segments of our business. He will be a great partner to Karen in the development of Cyber Group Studios. Both Karen and Merritt bring a remarkable and highly impressive background and maintain an esteemed skill set that has concentrated on creating highly successful children’s media and entertainment properties. We are thrilled to have both of them join our Cyber Group family and look forward to their leadership and support as we head into the next phase of our North American strategic growth efforts.”
Miller will join Cyber Group Studios this spring. She was most recently the senior vice president of content for NBC Universal’s Universal Kids. Miller oversaw strategy, development, co-productions, productions and acquisitions across all Universal Kids content.
Before NBC Universal, Miller had an eight-year tenure as vice president of worldwide programming strategy, acquisitions and co-productions for Disney Channels Worldwide and seventeen years at Warner Bros as a producer.
“I see a tremendous amount of potential to further enhance our slate of original best in class content for kids and families to enjoy and I look forward to partnering with our team in Paris to globalize our development while leveraging Cyber’s unique strength and proven track record in global distribution, financing and high-quality production,” notes Miller.
Farren joined Cyber Group Studios last December. He was most recently General Counsel at SoundCloud in Germany. Farren had an eleven-year tenure at Amazon as chief legal officer at Audible.com and Associate General Counsel, Digital Media and New Technologies at Amazon.com. Before Amazon, Farren also served eleven years at The Walt Disney Company where he handled corporate law matters and business affairs in several divisions.
“I had the privilege of working alongside the two principals of Cyber Group Studios, Pierre Sissmann and Dominque Bourse previously, when we were all at Disney,” reports Farren. “I am excited to be working with them again and eager to embark on developing the new roster of great family entertainment.”