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Jean MacCurdy has been charged with not only launching the Kids' WB Network, and, thanks to the merger between the empire of Ted Turner and Time Warner, she also found herself in charge of Hanna-Barbera, the venerable animation house for which she once headed development. A long-time executive and also producer of animation, MacCurdy has also executive produced such feature films as "Daffy Duck's Fantastic Island". Under her aegis, such animated series as "Batman," "Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toon Adventures," "Pinky & The Brain," "Animaniacs," and numerous other success stories have hit the airwaves. She began her career with NBC children's programming, but by 1979, MacCurdy was working on the sellers' side of the equation as director of animated programming for Warner Bros. She rose to vice president and general manager of Warner Bros. and was executive in charge of the "Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show," a long-running block on ABC's Saturday morning schedule. In 1983, MacCurdy moved to competitor Hanna-Barbera as vice president, children's programs. During her tenure at H-B, MacCurdy was responsible for more than 400 episodes. She moved to Marvel Productions in 1987 as vice president, programming,...

Jean MacCurdy has been charged with not only launching the Kids' WB Network, and, thanks to the merger between the empire of Ted Turner and Time Warner, she also found herself in charge of Hanna-Barbera, the venerable animation house for which she once headed development. A long-time executive and also producer of animation, MacCurdy has also executive produced such feature films as "Daffy Duck's Fantastic Island". Under her aegis, such animated series as "Batman," "Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toon Adventures," "Pinky & The Brain," "Animaniacs," and numerous other success stories have hit the airwaves. She began her career with NBC children's programming, but by 1979, MacCurdy was working on the sellers' side of the equation as director of animated programming for Warner Bros. She rose to vice president and general manager of Warner Bros. and was executive in charge of the "Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show," a long-running block on ABC's Saturday morning schedule. In 1983, MacCurdy moved to competitor Hanna-Barbera as vice president, children's programs. During her tenure at H-B, MacCurdy was responsible for more than 400 episodes. She moved to Marvel Productions in 1987 as vice president, programming, but a year later was back with Warner Bros. as vice president and general manager of the animated division. MacCurdy earned the president title in 1992, and took charge in 1995 when WB founded the Kids' WB service. Besides the development of such new franchises as "Superman" in animation, MacCurdy oversees the ongoing exploitation of WB/Looney Tunes classic franchises, such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Sylvester & Tweety. The 1996 merger between Turner and Time Warner brought Hanna-Barbera into the fold, and MacCurdy divides her time between the two enterprises. Kids' WB programmed 19 hours in the autumn of 1997.

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