Biz Kid$ Announces New Managing Partner

Leads Brand Update with New Partnerships, Tools, Podcast and Book

Biz Kid$

Seattle, WA, Oct. 11, 2022: Biz Kid$ LLP recently announced the promotion of Jeannine Glista as new managing partner, along with plans for a brand revitalization.


“Jeannine is bringing new life to Biz Kid$, eagerly refreshing the brand,” said James McKenna, who, along with Erren Gottlieb, is a partner and co-executive producer of the original multi-award-winning public television series.


Biz Kid$ is the financial literacy initiative is championed by the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) and supported by a broad coalition of America’s Credit Unions. Glista, MBA, is adamant about the need for early teaching of financial basics and believes it should be mandatory classroom curriculum. McKenna and Gottlieb are best known as co-creators and executive producers of the acclaimed, multi-award winning, Disney Presents Bill Nye the Science Guy.


Glista’s leadership in revitalizing the brand is well-timed, with many states passing new financial education curriculum mandates for schools. Dynamic updates include increased access to Biz Kid$ educational assets for teachers, families and credit unions, along with refreshing the best-selling book, “How to turn $100 into $1,000,000” (Hachette Book Group), scheduled for release in early 2024. Glista is also leading the redevelopment of the Biz Kid$ online platform; with new Biz Kid$ stories for teachers and credit unions, games, a podcast and new teaching tools. Biz Kid$ financial education assets and tools are available free to teachers, including off-air record rights for the entire public television series.


The change in Biz Kid$’ management comes with the retirement of former partner, Jamie Hammond. “I’m so incredibly excited to move the Biz Kid$ brand into the digital age,” said Glista. “During my transition to managing partner, I’ve heard from teachers, credit unions, our book publisher and series distributors that there is high demand for a revitalized Biz Kid$ brand.”


Glista is also leading a co-development partnership discussion with Jamie Strayer, Creator and Executive Producer of Opportunity Knock$, a new series premiering on PBS stations and streaming in November. Starring Jean Chatzky, Opportunity Knock$ is a reality empowerment series featuring nonprofits, credit unions and U.S. Treasury Department-certified Community Development Financial Institutions. Biz Kid$ and Opportunity Knock$ cross-over promotion creates end-to-end, full-family financial empowerment and new outlets for the promotion of Biz Kid$.


“Jeannine’s leadership is a smart move for Biz Kid$,” said Strayer, who worked with Glista on the creation of Biz Kid$. “I see great things happening that increase the presence of both brands and their positive impact on families.”


Seventy-one episodes of Biz Kid$ air across America on both public and commercial television stations as part of the continued Federal Communications Commission mandate to provide quality educational and informational kids' programming (E/I). Biz Kid$ has earned two national Emmy© Awards, plus 12 nominations; two Parents' Choice Awards; a Silver Telly Award and an Environmental Media Award.


Biz Kid$ is a national financial literacy initiative based on the Emmy Award-winning public television series where kids teach kids about money and business. Created by the producers of Bill Nye the Science Guy, the series has been in continuous play via PBS and national syndication since 2008. Its 71 episodes reach more than one million viewers around the world. Using a clever blend of entertainment and education, each episode shows kids how to make and manage money by introducing concepts of financial literacy and entrepreneurship via stories of real-life young entrepreneurs, sketch comedy, and money tips delivered by dynamic young hosts. What began as a public TV series has grown into a powerful digital brand that now includes books, an online course, generous educational resources, streaming video bundles, a six-figure Facebook following, and thousands of email subscribers.