W!LDBRAIN Appoints Charles Rivkin as Chief Executive Officer
Former CEO of The Jim Henson Company Brings Rich Expertise and Leadership to Award-winning Animation Studio SAN FRANCISCO, CA ñ September 28, 2005 - W!LDBRAIN, Inc. (“W!LDBRAIN”), the award-winning animation studio that develops and produces content for the global film, television and advertising market, announced today the appointment of entertainment executive Charles Rivkin as chief executive officer.
Rivkin, 43, formerly served as president and chief executive officer of legendary family entertainment leader The Jim Henson Company, known worldwide for its creation of The Muppets, as well as its television, film and video production, visual effects, character licensing and children’s publishing businesses. Rivkin was the only non-Henson family member to ever serve in the role of CEO.
“W!LDBRAIN is a well capitalized, artist driven company that has the potential to become one of the most important players in CG animation” said Mr. Rivkin. “I’m thrilled to have the chance to work with such an extraordinary group of people and I believe that W!LDBRAIN will be a magnet for some of the most creative writers, directors and producers in the animation industry.”
Sam Humphreys, W!LDBRAIN board member and chief executive officer of Syntek Capital AG, noted, “We are ecstatic that Charlie has chosen to make W!LDBRAIN his new home. He is well liked by the creative community and has world-class business and leadership skills. He was our prototype candidate, and we are thrilled to have him leading the team.”
Rivkin pioneered a business model with multiple revenue streams for The Jim Henson Company, creating video, TV and film labels while greatly expanding the Henson and Muppet brands around the world. Notably, he led the Henson family to optimize its holdings by first selling the company to EM.TV & Merchandising AG for more than $1 billion in market value, and later helping the Henson family re-purchase certain intellectual property and character rights and then reselling them to The Walt Disney Company.
“Charlie was instrumental at helping build and grow The Jim Henson Company into a dynamic entity that produced great family entertainment while creating enormous value for its shareholders. The vision for W!LDBRAIN we all share needs to be driven by a strong leader ñ we found that in Charlie Rivkin,” added Jim Caccavo, W!LDBRAIN board member and Managing Partner of Valence Capital Management.
The CEO search was performed by Eve Coquillard of c2cmedia, a technology and media consulting firm with offices in Los Angeles and New York.