King Features Syndicate, the publisher that owns such iconic characters as Flash Gordon, Popeye, Betty Boop, Prince Valiant, the Phantom, and Mandrake the Magician, has announced the hiring of C.J. Kettler as their new president. Her mission will be to focus on new Initiatives for the King Features brands and comics in digital video entertainment across multiple new platforms.
King Features is part of the Heart Entertainment & Syndication group and their president, Nerraj Khemlani, made the annoucement:
“With her wealth of digital media and production experience, C.J. will further develop King Features’ iconic characters for the next generation of views on multiple media platforms. As premium kids’ programming continues to expand onto Netflix, Hulu, Apple, and Amazon, and short form video continues to move onto platforms like YouTube, Snapchat and Facebook, so will our characters.”
Kettler has a strong history in the industry. Early in her career she was the CEO of Sunbow Entertainment, which produced and distributed animated series like: The Tick, My Little Pony Tales and The Mask Animated Series. She’s been in senior management with MTV Networks, Vestron, Solera Capital, Houghton Miffiln Harcourt and Travelzoo. She is an executive producer for the upcoming Netflix series Carmen Sandiego.
Many of the King Features Syndicate characters have appeared recently in comics published by Dynamite Entertainment, including Betty Boop, Prince Valiant, and Flash Gordon.