Karen Barnes served as the executive producer of the Barney & Friends franchise starting in February 2005, replacing Randy Dalton. She also served as the executive producer for HIT Entertainment as well.
Most recently, she served as a production consultant for Sesame Workshop, Hallmark Channel and ToddWorld. Prior to that, Barnes held several positions at FOX, including Executive Vice President, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and Executive Vice President, Development and Programming at FOX Kids. Barnes started her career at The Jim Henson Company, where she was head of production and development for North America.
She has received numerous awards and recognition for creative achievement, including a George Foster Peabody Award and two National Education Association Awards. Before venturing into the creative arena, Barnes was a business affairs attorney and is also a certified mediator. She received her BA from Marymount Manhattan College and JD from Fordham Law School.
She left her role at HiT Entertainment at some point in 2013 and was replaced by Michael Carrington (executive producer of The Amazing World of Gumball) around February of that year.