Member Profile: Linda Kahn

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Linda Kahn is president of Linda Kahn Media LLC, a global consulting firm dedicated to forging strategic business and creative partnerships in all aspects of children's media and entertainment for general audiences. Clients include established and start-up companies: Zoom In Online, ZDF Enterprises, Bridge Multimedia, Inchworm Media, Imira. Kahn offers a full range of consultation for co-production, co-financing, sales, distribution, interactive, licensing consumer products, publishing and global brand building.

Formerly Senior Vice President of International TV Sales & Merchandising for Scholastic Media, Kahn established Scholastic Media's presence in the highly competitive global market, developing and directing all sales and strategic international opportunities in television, video, interactive, character licensing and promotions. In addition, her responsibilities encompassed international co-production financing.

Kahn led Scholastic Media's international consumer products and promotional activities including those for WordGirl, Maya & Miguel, Clifford The Big Red Dog, I SPY, Horrible Histories, Stellaluna, The Magic School Bus, Animorphs and Goosebumps. Kahn also spearheaded the branding and distribution of the Scholastic Video Collection, creating a new consumer video line based on the award-winning Weston Woods library of classic best-selling children's picture books.

Prior to joining Scholastic Media in 1995, Kahn spent 12 years in senior executive positions at Nickelodeon and MTV Networks. As senior vice president of Nickelodeon's International Program Sales, she initiated and built Nickelodeon's television syndication and format sales worldwide. Kahn introduced Nickelodeon's original series including Rugrats, Ren & Stimpy, and Doug to the global children's television market. She has worked with networks around the world to customize Nickelodeon's popular game show formats to local markets.  

Previously, as vice president of acquisitions for Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite, Kahn pioneered program acquisitions for Nickelodeon and was instrumental in the launch of Nick at Nite.  

After beginning her career as a teacher of English and educational media in Watertown, MA, Kahn became director of curriculum development for Prime Time School Television in Chicago. There she created curriculum introducing the use of evening television programs to teach students in grades 7-12 economics, law-related education, and TV news. She has extensive experience training teachers nationwide in media education. Kahn holds a Masters degree in Educational Communications and Technology from Boston University and a BA in English from Washington University in St. Louis.

Kahn is the immediate past Chair of the Advisory Board and former President of New York Women in Film & Television. She is a Board Member and was Board President from 2007-2009 of the Greater NYC Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Additionally, she is a member of BAFTA East Coast.

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