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Activision (Santa Monica, California, 310-255-2000): Greg Goldstein has come aboard as VP of brand development and licensing and will focus on scouting out worldwide licensing partnerships to beef up the company's portfolio.
Columbia Pictures (Culver City, California, 310-244-4000): Lia Vollack...
September 1, 2000

Activision (Santa Monica, California, 310-255-2000): Greg Goldstein has come aboard as VP of brand development and licensing and will focus on scouting out worldwide licensing partnerships to beef up the company’s portfolio.

Columbia Pictures (Culver City, California, 310-244-4000): Lia Vollack has been upped from senior VP to executive VP of music creative affairs at the studio. Vollack will be developing movie soundtracks for upcoming teen pics like Jason Biggs starrer Saving Silverman, Charlie’s Angels and Vertical Limit.

Columbia TriStar International Television (Los Angeles, Calfornia, 310-202-1234): Martha Eberts moves up from VP of international networks to senior VP of international networks and development. T. C. Schultz has left his executive VP position at SBS Broadcasting, SA in the U.K. to join CTIT as senior VP of international networks.

Crown Media Holdings (Los Angeles, California, 818-755-2602): Former TNT VP of original programming Andre Carey has been named executive VP of worldwide production and original programming for Crown’s domestic and foreign cable nets, including Hallmark Entertainment Network.

Disney Channel Italy (Milan, Italy, 39-02-250-991): Laurent Malek has shifted over from his VP of marketing position at Walt Disney International France and Benelux to fill the VP and managing director post at the Italian channel.

Disney Online (North Hollywood, California, 818-623-3200): Ken Goldstein has been upped from senior VP to executive VP and managing director.

EM.TV & Merchandising (Munich, Germany, 49-89-9950-0455): Stefan Ritsche has joined as VP of programming and production and will be responsible for plotting and expanding the mediaco’s foreign and domestic TV activities. Ritsche will also oversee the completion of 35 animated series that are currently in various stages of production at EM.TV.

Fox Kids Europe (London, England, 44-207-554-9000): Erick Rouille joins as GM of on-line and interactive from his previous post as country manager in France for DreamWorks Home Entertainment. Rouille’s first chore will be to relaunch the French Fox Kids website with more functionality and technology apps.

Fox Kids Network (Los Angeles, California, 310-235-9600): Jonathan Rosenthal has come aboard as VP of development, leaving his director of development post at Universal Family Entertainment/Universal Cartoon Studios.

Fox Licensing & Merchandising International (London, England, 44-207-437-7766): Peter Byrne has been promoted from international chief to senior VP and managing director. Byrne is pegged to lead the division’s next major growth phase into Japan, Brazil, Canada and Mexico.

Hallmark Entertainment (New York, New York, 212-261-9196): Kelly Coogan Swanson has been upped from director of consumer marketing to VP of marketing and will start off developing buzz strategy for new Hallmark productions Monkey King and Dinotopia.

HIT Entertainment (London, England, 44-207-224-1717): Five years after championing the launch of the mediaco’s State-side office, president of HIT USA Dorian Langdon has joined the board of directors of his London-based parent company.

Infogrames (San Jose, California, 408-985-1700): Jason Bell ( has joined the gameco as senior VP of publishing for North America. Bell most recently did a stint at Electronic Arts as senior producer. Alyssa Padia ( has also come aboard as senior VP of corporate evolution, with a focus on finding new business opportunities in the areas of on-line and broadband. Padia previously served as director of sales and planning for Sony Computer Entertainment in Europe, helping to launch the PlayStation console into that region.

itsy bitsy Entertainment Company (New York, New York, 212-989-3660): Violetta Gutierrez joins as senior licensing manager, international. Prior to the appointment, Gutierrez served as associate product manager at Mattel, where she developed all products within the toyco’s toy, soft and hard goods division in Latin America.

J. A. Roth & Associates (Los Angeles, California, 310-453-5005): The full-service marketing company has hired Kati White as executive VP responsible for licensing, premiums and promotions and retailer relations. Prior to joining, White served as senior licensing manager at Universal Consumer Products.

Just Group (Derbyshire, England, 44-162-981-4994): In his new position as CEO in North America, Loren Taylor will manage and broaden product lines for Just brands like Butt-Ugly Martians, Jellabies, McDonald’s Farm and Star Hill Ponies. Before starting his own product concept business (with kids clients that include toy biggies Hasbro, Mattel, Fisher-Price and Jakks Pacific) seven years ago, Taylor oversaw the merger of Playtime and Nasta and became the new entity’s executive VP.

NBC Enterprises (Burbank, California, 818-840-3628): Andrew Darrow has joined as VP and will oversee the exploitation of NBC content into ancillary extensions in the areas of domestic home video, publishing, licensing, merchandising, direct response channels and e-commerce. Darrow most recently served as executive VP of Simitar Entertainment, which specializes in creating, acquiring, licensing and distributing music and screen fare on formats including CD, DVD and VHS.

Saban Consumer Products (Los Angeles, California, 310-235-5432): Christopher Jones has been appointed VP of marketing and will oversee activities in live event planning and retail promotion. Jones hails from Mattel, where he helped establish and operate the Hot Wheels Racing division as director of motorsports.

Stan Lee Media (Encino, California, 818-461-1757): Ken Williams has joined the cyberco as president and CEO, closing the door on a 19-year career at Sony, during which he played a key role in establishing the studio’s Imageworks digital production unit and Digital Studio Division. Williams will be charged with orchestrating the global expansion of Stan Lee Media’s Net-based properties.

The FreeZone Network (Chicago, Illinois, 312-573-3800): The five-year-old kids community website has upped Alison Pohn from senior producer and editorial director to managing director. Ex-special projects editor Drew Scott has been tapped to fill Pohn’s previous position.

Trendmasters (St. Louis, Missouri, 314-231-2250): Vacating his senior VP of domestic sales post at Hasbro subsid OddzOn and Cap Candy, Jerome ‘Jerry’ Kuenster has come aboard Trendmasters as executive VP, with a sales and marketing management remit.

TV-Loonland (Munich, Germany, 49-89-2050-8100): Marion Edwards has joined as head of development and will be put to work guiding the development of the 27 animated series TV-Loonland will co-produce over three years with AAC Kids in Canada. Edwards comes from Telemagination, where she most recently served as producer on half-hour special The Last Polar Bears and short series Wiggly Park.

Walt Disney Studios (Burbank, California, 818-560-1000): Paul Pressler has been upped from president to chairman of the mouse house’s parks and resorts business. In his new position, Pressler will oversee the launch next year of new attractions like California Adventure at Disneyland in Anaheim and Tokyo DisneySea at Tokyo’s Disneyland, as well as helping to plan a brand new park in Hong Kong.

Warner Bros. (Burbank, California, 818-954-6000): Eric Frankel, a WB veteran for 22 years, has been promoted to president of Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution and will oversee all product sales to cable outlets, as well as managing the licensing of WB’s films to cable and broadcast networks. Frankel most recently served as executive VP of marketing for the division-a post he’s filled since 1994.

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (Burbank, California, 818-954-7890): Malcolm Swift joins as senior VP and managing director for European, Middle Eastern and African licensing operations. Swift recently served as COO of an Internet start-up.

WWF Entertainment (Stamford, Connecticut, 203-352-8600): Jumping into the WWF ring from a head of consumer products gig at the NBA, Donna Goldsmith takes on the position of senior VP of consumer products. As such, she will oversee the divisions of publications, merchandise, licensing, home video and retail marketing.

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