President, Global Distribution & Consumer Products
Cyber Group Studios USA LLC
Richard Goldsmith is a prolific executive in family entertainment who has led media distribution, consumer products, production financing and business development for major entertainment brands at The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros., The Jim Henson Company and Univision Communications.
In January 2017, Richard opened the North American subsidiary, based in Los Angeles, of Cyber Group Studios, which is headquartered in Paris. The new subsidiary is part of the global effort of Cyber Group Studios to extend its activity in production and distribution, in addition to all the areas related to digital and merchandise licensing.
In his role as Executive Vice President of the Global Distribution department at The Jim Henson Company, Richard oversaw the company's sale of content to all platforms, including television, home entertainment, digital media and consumer products worldwide. Major brands included Dinosaur Train, Splash & Bubbles and Fraggle Rock. His role also implied raising production financing and securing co-production partners for new Henson productions globally. In addition, Richard acquired and distributed third party content under the company's HIP banner (Henson Independent Properties) and led all aspects of the company's multi-platform channel, Jim Henson Family TV,
Prior to joining The Jim Henson Company, Richard was Executive Advisor for Strategic Distribution Initiatives for both the Digital Distribution and Consumer Products divisions at Warner Bros. Entertainment. In that capacity, he developed and acquired programming for transactional digital platforms for Warner Bros. Digital. He was also in charge of overseeing the distribution of Warner Bros. Animation's current television series, including Batman, Looney Tunes and Scooby-Doo! in major international markets for the Consumer Products and Television Distribution divisions. Prior to that, Richard served as Senior Vice President, New Initiatives and ACME Lab, where he led global business development initiatives and the redevelopment of classic animation brands from the Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera and MGM libraries.
Previously, Richard also was Vice President of Programming for the investment company Chartwell Partners, leading program acquisitions, scripted productions and business development for the company-controlled Spanish media group Univision Communications.
Richard is Adjunct Faculty at the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California and is on the Advisory Board of Exceptional Minds, an animation and VFX school and studio for young people with autism. He has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School for Communication, and he attended the University of Southern California’s Cinema-Television School.