“Bernie is a pioneer in the interactive entertainment space, and his unparalleled knowledge and guidance is instrumental as we grow our award-winning brand through a new digital strategy that includes partnerships with major social gaming networks,” said Barret Cohn, CEO of The Juno Company.
Mr. Stolar has more than 30 years of experience in the interactive entertainment industry and is well-known for his leading roles at several of the industry’s trailblazing companies. He was Executive Vice President of Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) and oversaw the successful launch of the PlayStation platform before joining Sega of America as president where he launched the Dreamcast platform. During his extensive career, Mr. Stolar also served as president of Mattel Interactive where he was responsible for all of Mattel’s software and computer-enhanced toys. Mr. Stolar then became CEO of AdScape Media, an in-game advertiser, which sold to Google in 2007. At Google, Mr. Stolar took on the role of Games Industry Evangelist where he led in-game advertising initiatives.
“I’ve been in this industry long enough to know what it takes for a company to become a leading contributor that drives its market into the future and The Juno Company fits the bill,” said Bernie Stolar, The Juno Company Board of Advisors. “I look forward to advising the Juno team as they push the limits of the children’s digital media space with new ways to access great content.”
The Juno Company, founded by mom and composer Belinda Takahashi, Ph.D., is dedicated to inspiring a lifelong love and appreciation for music in children. The company is best known for its Emmy Award-winning Juno Baby line and its newly released Juno Jr. line of products, which includes DVDs, CDs, books, digital Apps, toys and apparel. The Juno Company team is made up of a blend of senior technologists, top children’s creatives and leading children’s educators. The Juno Company proudly founded The One For All Program, which helps the company achieve its mission to bring beautiful, orchestral music education to children everywhere. For every Juno product purchased The Juno Company donates a music DVD to a child in need. Buy one. Give one.
Mr. Stolar joins an already star-studded veteran Board of Advisors that includes Facebook cofounder Andrew McCollum, former Facebook Executive Net Jacobson, founder of Blogher Jory des Jardins, former COO and President of FAO Schwarz David Niggli, former SVP and GM of The Walt Disney Company Bernard Gershon, founder of Safran Digital Peter Safran and executive director of Yale University Fmaily Television Research Dr. Dorothy Singer.
For more information about The Juno Company, please visit: www.thejunocompany.com.
About The Juno Company
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, The Juno Company is a leading children’s digital media company specializing in the creation of innovative, music education products from digital Apps and games to movies that encompass virtual goods and/or physical goods. Founded by classical composer and mom, Belinda Takahashi, Ph.D., The Juno Company collaborates with top researchers, instructors, artists and musicians to produce its award-winning lines, Juno Baby and Juno Jr., which leverage the world’s most talented puppet makers and orchestral musicians to create fun, witty and beautiful music education experiences through a series of DVDs, CDs, mobile Apps and books for children aged 12 months to preschool-age. Other products include toys, peripherals and apparel and are presently sold at various national retail stores. The Juno Company’s series of digital Apps and eBooks are based on the Juno Baby and Juno Jr. storylines and provide children a new way to interact with, learn about and share music. Juno Baby and Juno Jr. IPs are owned by The Juno Company. The Juno Company at 116 New Montgomery Street, Suite 200 San Francisco, CA 94105; Phone (415) 820-5100 or (877) JUNO-BABY; Fax (415) 879-9937; and website at www.JunoBaby.com.
About Juno Baby and Juno Jr.
All DVDs, CDs, books and Apps published by The Juno Company feature original music composed and performed by live orchestral musicians, and a cast of lovable puppets that interact with children through creative and educational storylines. The Juno Baby and Juno Jr. puppets were designed and created by Belinda Takahashi and built and pupeteered by the talented hands of Ex Henson who was the talent behind some of your favorite Muppet and Sesame Street characters*. The main characters of the Juno franchise are: Juno, a young girl who loves music, Rai Rai, Juno’s brother, a rabbit named Bunny, a cat named Indie, a caterpillar named Murphy and a bee named Buzz. In Juno Jr., the characters live in the musical world of Harmonia Springs where trees are made of cellos, cars are shaped like bass clefs and lamp posts like French horns, street signs flash "Waltz" and the train that takes them on their journey is made up entirely of musical instruments. Through their journeys, the characters learn new musical concepts as they sing to the original, orchestral music.
*The Muppet and Sesame Street trademarks and associated characters are the trademarks and intellectual property of their respective owners. Juno Baby, Inc. is not sponsored by, affiliated or associated with these companies.
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