Chairman & CEO, WOW! Unlimited
Michael Hirsh is a significant figure in the Canadian film and television industry as the Co-founder of Nelvana Limited, Cookie Jar Entertainment and TeleTOON Canada. He currently is the Chairman & CEO of the newly formed WOW! Unlimited; the definitive next generation kids and animation company focusing on digital platforms and content, as well as co-founder and chairman of The Entertainment and Media Finance Group (TEAM); an independent financing and consulting group for feature films and television.
Michael Hirsh is the Canadian product of mixing Warren Buffett with Walt Disney. In 2004 he led a consortium that acquired Cinar Corporation for $190 million and became CEO of the new company, which was rebranded Cookie Jar Entertainment. Cookie Jar became one of the world’s largest privately held children’s entertainment companies and was acquired by DHX Media. Michael has Executive Produced over 5,000 live-action and animated television episodes as well as several feature films.
An innovator in the realm of animated children’s entertainment, Michael’s illustrious career is a testament to his undeniable ability to foresee industry trends and create the best in animated programming. He is recognized industry wide as a leading business and brand builder since his achievements have shaped today’s era in animation production and distribution in Canada and internationally.
Michael has earned numerous awards including three Daytime Emmys in 1990, 2000 and 2005 for his work on Beetlejuice and Rolie Polie Olie, as well as eight Gemini awards from 1989 to 2008. Michael was also honored with a 2016 Animation Hall of Fame award.