Kidvid syndie taps animator vet Graziano

Former creative exec to head p'gramming, prod'n for BKN

Animation vet Stephanie Graziano has been tapped to head programming and production for the Bohbot Kids Network, a daily syndie kidvid block set to bow next year.

As prexy of programming, production and network development, Graziano will work closely with BKN chairman Rick Ungar in branding and programming the kidvid service, which is in the process of inking affiliation deals with TV stations.

Graziano comes to BKN after stints as a creative exec with DreamWorks, Fox Kids and Marvel Entertainment.

BKN, backed by Gotham-based distrib Bohbot Media & Entertainment, aims to offer up to 24 hours per week of kidvid fare on weekdays and Sundays beginning in August.

Bohbot already distributes a number of syndie kidvid properties, but BKN will be designed with the thematic look and feel of a network, a la the Fox Kids block that airs on Fox affils on weekdays and Saturday mornings.

To feed the BKN sked, Bohbot has purchased Santa Monica-based Epoch Ink Animation, whose studio facilities will be renamed BKN Studios. The first Bohbot-produced series on tap for BKN and its new studio is the sci-fi actioner “Roswell Conspiracies.”

“To build a successful operation, it takes experienced and talented people,” Ungar said in announcing Graziano’s hire. “Stephanie Graziano is a proven animation executive whose expertise and track record will ensure the successful launch of BKN into the broadcast arena in 1999.”

Before joining DreamWorks as cohead of TV animation in 1996, Graziano headed her own shop, Graz Entertainment, which produced a number of series for the Fox Kids Network. Graziano helped launch the Fox Kids as director of programming and production from 1990-92.

Prior to Fox, Graziano served stints at Marvel Entertainment, Walt Disney Prods. and Hanna-Barbera Prods.

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