The president planned to nominate Charles Rivkin, an outside homeland security adviser, as envoy to France. A former financial analyst, he also ran entertainment companies such as the Jim Henson Company and W!ILDBRAIN.
Charles Rivkin is president and chief executive officer of W!LDBRAIN, an entertainment and animation production company whose television series include Yo Gabba Gabba! and Higglytown Heroes. Rivkin is an executive producer of Yo Gabba Gabba!, which airs on Nickelodeon and Noggin cable networks.
Prior to joining W!LDBRAIN in September 2005, Rivkin had worked for The Jim Henson Company for 15 years. He joined the company in 1988 as director of strategic planning and in 1995 was named president and chief operating officer. Rivkin served as the company’s CEO from 2000 to 2003—the first chief executive who was not a member of the Henson family.
Rivkin was also the California Finance Co-chair for Barack Obama’s campaign and is in line to be chosen as U.S. Ambassador to France.
His father, a lawyer, was Ambassador to Luxembourg under President Kennedy and Ambassador to Senegal and Gambia under President Johnson.
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