Former Disney exec Kory Lunsford has teamed up with Kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE and animation/live action producer Kickstart Entertainment on new venture, Cakestart.
Cakestart will develop and produce kids’ and family live action projects for the global market.
Former Head of Current and Vice President Original Series at Disney Branded Television, Kory Lunsford will take the helm as President and Partner. He has been responsible for developing and producing some of Disney’s biggest hit series over the last 20 years, including Hannah Montana, Emmy-Award-winning Wizards of Waverly Place and Even Stevens, Lizzie McGuire, Good Luck Charlie, Liv and Maddie, Jessie, Bunk’d, The Proud Family, Andi Mack and High School Musical: The Musical.
Kickstart Entertainment’s track record includes award-winning live action productions (Amazon hits The Boys and AMC’s Preacher). CAKE’s production and distribution credits include Angelo Rules, Total Drama, Mush-Mush & The Mushables and Mama K’s Team 4 and Angry Birds: Summer Madness currently in production for Netflix.
CakeStart will have studio operating capabilities across four countries, including soundstages in the US, allowing them to produce and co-produce anywhere in the world. CAKE will handle global distribution on all CakeStart productions.
“Kory Lunsford has developed and produced amazing content over the last 20 years and he has extensive relationships with creators, writers, filmmakers and talent,” said Kickstart Founder and CEO Jason Netter. “Bringing those talents together with CAKE and Kickstart will give us the foundation to grow our ability to create and exploit global live action content in the kids and family space.”
Ed Galton CEO at CAKE said, “We’ve seen a growing demand for live action content from all over the world and are excited to be partnering with Kickstart and Kory whose expertise and reputation as one of the most seasoned veterans in the industry, brings significant fire power to the growth of this business.”
Kory Lunsford said, “I am incredibly honored and thrilled to be partnering with Jason and Ed on this new venture. Combining the stellar reputations of CAKE and Kickstart with my experience and passion for delivering the highest quality content for kids and family audiences around the world has us all very excited about the endless opportunities that lie ahead.”