Linda Kahn was an American children’s media and entertainment executive, whose long career in the industry included several senior executive positions at Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite and MTV Networks. This was followed by a move to senior vice-president of international television sales and merchandising for Scholastic Media in 1995. She also ran her own company, Linda Kahn Media, LLC, a global consulting firm dedicated to forging strategic business and creative partnerships in all aspects of children’s media, as well as entertainment for general audiences.
In addition, Linda devoted much of her time to supporting the industry and charitable organisations. She was a long-standing member of BAFTA New York and a member of its Board from 2010-2019. She was also president of New York Women in Film & Television (2003-2005), co-president of the Greater NYC Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure (2007-2009) and a Komen NYC Board member (2003-2010).
Since 2010, Linda was director of programming operations for Bridge Multimedia where she was instrumental in expanding ways people with disabilities can engage with media, through audio description, captioning, American Sign Language and accessible gaming.
Linda’s influence in the industry was wide and her expertise highly respected. Among her many accomplishments and successes at BAFTA New York was the co-founding of its Education and Outreach Committee and Children’s Committee with fellow Board member Susan Margolin. These committees ran screenings for children from under-served communities across New York. Also, Linda and Susan established BAFTA New York’s scholarship programme in 2012, which has provided 74 university scholarships as of September 2021, with a total value of $250,000.
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