Stephen L. Hodge
Chief Executive Officer
Stephen comes from the music industry and has helped to promote and showcase a variety of different artists and entertainers across a wide swath of genres. Stephen has always been on the forefront of technology and how it impacts business and people’s lives in meaningful ways. When the idea for On Demand Children’s Entertainment was initially conceived, Stephen spearheaded the creation of Toon Goggles, even creating the name “Toon Goggles” and initial builds. Stephen took the concept of providing child-friendly content through applications and the Internet around the world, meeting face to face with all the consumer electronics manufacturers and securing deals with billion-dollar companies such as: Sony, Sharp, Panasonic, Samsung, Roku, Dell, and children’s tablet makers.
Alfred R. Kahn was the founder of 4Kids Entertainment, Inc., a global provider of children’s entertainment and merchandise licensing. Mr. Kahn is a leading figure in the licensing industry, responsible for many of its biggest hits, including Cabbage Patch Kids, Pokėmon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Yu-Gi-Oh! In addition, Mr. Kahn has represented and developed licensing programs for many iconic brands such as Nintendo: Mario Bros, Zelda, Donkey Kong, James Bond, World Wrestling Federation, WCW, Monster Jam Monster Trucks, Xbox, and Polly Pockets. Mr. Kahn’s products have grossed over 15 billion dollars in sales. In June 2005, Mr. Kahn was inducted into the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) Murray Altschuler Licensing Hall of Fame.
Mr. Kahn has produced over 20 television shows and feature films including Pokėmon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, One Piece, GI Joe: Sigma 6, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Winx Club, Sonic X, and Kirby. Mr. Kahn has sold many ideas to movie studios based on novels, comics, and video games. Among them are The Shadow, Dick Tracy, About Yvonne, and Super Mario Bros. Mr. Kahn’s Broadway credits include Associate Producer of Lombardi. He is also represented on Broadway in the current production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella and previously Priscilla Queen of the Desert, West Side Story, The Addams Family, All My Sons, and Gypsy. He is currently producing The Boys Of Summer and The Blind Boys of Alabama for Broadway.
In 2002, Mr. Kahn created the National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children’s Foundation to carry out his dream of helping children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. The non-profit foundation directly helps the children of law enforcement personnel and firefighters, as well as helping fund programs, such as anti-drug and anti-violence programs, to benefit all children. Additionally, Mr. Kahn serves on the Board of Directors at Long Island University. Mr. Kahn is the CEO of CraneKahn, an intellectual property development and marketing company.
As the newly appointed chairman of Toon Goggles, Mr. Kahn plans to redefine the standard content viewing model. His goal will be to bring a completely "new experience" to kids by embracing Toon Goggles' breakthrough free video on-demand platform, providing premium "can't miss" content and pushing the technological boundaries of the platform. Together the clever combination of these three elements will create an entirely new experience for children everywhere.
Chief Technology Officer
From the scalable server infrastructure to web, mobile and connected TV applications, James leads Toon Goggles' technology development and feature integration. James is dedicated to exploring new technologies that can drive increased revenue and facilitate implementation of business strategies for the company. In addition, he seeks to find products and services that may be potentially disruptive to the industry, providing Toon Goggles with a competitive advantage. James has led Toon Goggles' platform agnostic design implementation to support delivery to millions of users on virtually all modern devices (iOS, Android, Windows 8, OSX, Web, GoogleTV, HTML5 Smart TVs, and other proprietary operating systems such as Roku, Panasonic, etc.). James completed his Bachelor's and Master's studies in Aerospace Engineering at Cal Poly, has 8 years of professional engineering experience, and has been involved in software-related projects for over 15 years.
Chief Creative Officer
Lee brings to Toon Goggles world-class marketing experience, having led teams at Fox Family, Fox Kids, Fox Worldwide and Kids’ WB! and received over 40 PROMAX Awards for his vast work in promotion, online, advertising and integrated 3rd party marketing. Most recently he developed and orchestrated campaigns for SeaWorld that included the reinvention of their iconic characters as well as a highly successful European McDonalds Happy Meal program that sold over 3 million units. At TG, he is in charge of the expansion of Toon Goggle IP’s into the licensing and merchandising arena while securing ad and promotional partnerships that fuel the awareness of these properties.
Director of Business Development
Jordan was brought on to the Toon Goggles project by the founder as someone who grew up within the entertainment industry. With over 15 years of experience as a successful actor starting at the age of 4, notably playing the role of 'Froggy' in the 1995 version of "The Little Rascals," Jordan gained valuable knowledge of the entertainment industry from the inside out. By preparing for, and attending many of the trade shows around the world, Jordan has been integral in many of the partnerships formed with consumer electronic companies, as well as companies with children’s content. In addition, Jordan aids in new feature development along with ensuring the service is safe and enjoyable for all ages. Jordan completed his Bachelor’s studies in Business Marketing at California State University, Northridge, and has been involved in the entertainment industry for over 20 years.
Director of Partner Relations
Jimmy initially joined Toon Goggles with a background in children’s education and marketing. With his valued experience in market planning and the graphic arts, Jimmy has led the company through the conceptualization, design and production of Toon Goggles’ robust user interface and user experience across the breadth of different platforms. Along with UI design, Jimmy has also developed and implemented numerous strategic marketing and user acquisition campaigns to maintain and increase user engagement towards the service. Jimmy completed his Bachelor’s studies in Business Management at California State University, Northridge and has proven invaluable in business planning as well as acquiring and maintaining relationships with partners across different verticals.
Director of Operations
Brendan earned his degree in Film & Digital Media Production and in History at UC Santa Cruz giving him insight into the global future of digital media. Brendan has worked in Hollywood producing TV series, feature films for Lions Gate, commercials and news telecasts. Brendan came to Toon Goggles by way of Stephen because of his work in production as well as in-depth knowledge about cartoon development and licensing. Brendan gained valuable knowledge and experience when he was the protégé for Peter Keefe, the creator of billon-dollar licensing earning properties such as Voltron, Denver the Last Dinosaur, and Widget the World Watcher. With an understanding of children’s content licensing, COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) and CARU (Children’s Advertising Regulation Unit), Brendan has been instrumental in all content and platform development deals, regularly travelling around the world and meeting face to face with large companies such as Samsung, Huawei, Qualcomm, Millimages, BRB Internacional, and more. Brendan has overseen most of our consumer marketing campaigns, bringing Toon Goggles to cable television, broadcast TV, Internet advertising, and movie theater pre-rolls to great success.