John Cassidy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Klutz, and one of three founding partners and current owners of the company, adds: `Nelvana and Klutz make a lovely couple.
Nelvana's experience in animation, and its demonstrated ability to produce quality television programming, presents us with an exciting new creative sandbox, plus a powerful new brand-building channel.We also intend to take advantage of its international relationships to expand our own global sales efforts, as well as Nelvana's expertise in preschool to extend the demographic appeal of our products.Klutz
share an identical vision about children -- quality, education and entertainment.We look forward to fusing our strengths and together building something across a variety of media that will be very special indeed.` As part of the Agreement, John Cassidy will sign a multi-year employment agreement with Nelvana at closing, and the Company expects he will be elected to Nelvana's Board of Directors.He
will continue to be responsible for the day-to-day operations of Klutz
, based at its California office.
...Founded by John Cassidy, Darrell Hack Lorentzen and B.C. Rimbeaux, Klutz creates imaginative, instructional and informational children's books and guides sold around the world and packaged with the tools of their trade.