Disney Channel Asia (Hong Kong, China, 852-2203-2360): Managing director Raymund Miranda has been relocated from the Philippines to Singapore, where he will be responsible for overseeing the rollout of the network into various territories across the region.
Entertainment Rights (London, England, 44-208-762-6200): Former managing director of Link Licensing Claire Derry has been appointed to the company’s main board as executive director. She will be responsible for global brand management and strategic development of brands such as Basil Brush, Love Hearts and Preston Pig.
Fox Kids France (Paris, France, 33-1-55-66-8585): Ronan Lunven (email@example.com) has been upped from deputy managing director to managing director and will steer the channel through the advent of a new French TV ratings system in September. Lunven will also oversee the expansion of distribution on other cable and satellite networks, as well as mapping out a strategy for possible digital-TV developments. Promoted from GM of On-line & Interactive to managing director of On-line & Interactive and Consumer Products, Erick Rouille (firstname.lastname@example.org) will continue to be responsible for increasing web-based revenues and overseeing last month’s re-launch of www.foxkids.fr, as well as now having overall responsibility for Saban Consumer Products France.
Global Icons (Los Angeles, California, 310-253-5100): Bill McClinton has joined as director of licensing and will now oversee the development, management and implementation of creative merchandising programs for properties such as Baby Genius and Worst Witch. McClinton previously served as licensing manager at Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and also spearheaded Walt Disney’s licensing efforts as an account executive.
JP Kids (Los Angeles, California, 818-985-9231): Kim Hatamiya has been named senior VP and GM of JP Kids’ Television division. Hatamiya will manage international distribution of the unit’s tube properties in development, as well as laying out strategic plans to grow the portfolio across multiple media platforms such as publishing and the Internet. Hatamiya was previously senior VP of marketing at Passport New Media, where she oversaw the launch of safe service Your Own World. She also helped launch Fox Kids Latin America and Fox Kids UK as senior VP of Fox Kids Worldwide.
Lego Systems (Enfield, Connecticut, 860-749-2291): The company’s new president Andrew K. Black will begin by serving on the Global Management Team and overseeing all marketing, sales and operations in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Prior to joining, Black was director of new business at Nike.
Minotaur International (London, England, 44-207-299-5000) Sarah Tong has been promoted from head of sales to VP and head of sales, taking on more day-to-day responsibilities and program acquisitions management. The company’s portfolio includes The Fantastic Flying Journey, Harry and the Wrinklies and Flash Boyfriend.
Nelvana (Toronto, Canada, 416-588-5571): Catherine Donohue has been promoted from director to VP of distribution and Canadian sales. Donohue will continue to oversee animation programming sales to Canadian broadcast and home video markets, as well as handing the day-to-day management of international sales distribution and creative services activities. email@example.com
Penguin Putnam (New York, New York, 212-414-3715): Jessica Levinson Giat joins the Books for Young Readers division as U.S. director of consumer products marketing. Focusing on the Peter Rabbit, Spot, Froggy and Mad Libs brands, Giat will oversee marketing and promotional activity between book product and outside licensees. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sargent & Berman (Santa Monica, California, 310-576-1070): Former executive VP of Sony Pictures Consumer Products Peter Dang has joined the design firm as COO and chief marketing officer. Brought aboard for his kid expertise, Dang will expand the company’s services to include strategic marketing and brand management, as well as tactical services supported by a promotional and licensing organization. Initial kid clients include Jakks Pacific and Bandai.
Sony Pictures Family Entertainment (Culver City, California, 310-244-4000): David Palmer has been promoted from VP of marketing to senior VP of marketing and promotions. Palmer will continue to develop and implement marketing, advertising and publicity campaigns for all of SPFE’s properties, as well as taking on the role of marketing liaison between SPFE, Sony Consumer Products, Sony Corporation of America marketing council and various distribution partners. Palmer is currently working on marketing campaigns for SPFE’s new series Harold and the Purple Crayon for HBO Family and Phantom Investigators for Kids’ WB! email@example.com
Teletoon (Toronto, Canada, 416-956-2060): Leslie Krueger has been named director of promotions and will be responsible for developing unique, innovative promo techniques and strategies for the Canadian animation channel. Krueger was previously VP and group media director at BBDO OMD, the media-buying arm of BBDO. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Jim Henson Company (Hollywood, California, 323-802-1500): Michael Polis has been promoted from VP to senior VP of marketing worldwide. In his new position, Polis will oversee global brand marketing and lead strategic initiatives for Henson TV properties such as Bear in the Big Blue House and The Hoobs. He will also manage marketing programs for evergreen brands like the Muppets and Fraggle Rock, develop and produce original programming for the direct-to-video and DVD markets, and oversee home video marketing via worldwide distribution partners. email@example.com
Toon Disney (Burbank, California, 818-569-7789): In addition to his mantle as senior VP and GM of ABC Kids, Jonathan Barzilay has been named senior VP and GM of Toon Disney. Barzilay will now be responsible for managing day-to-day operations at the animation channel and will continue to coordinate all network functions for One Saturday Morning, ABC’s weekly five-hour children’s programming block.
Tycoon Enterprises (Mexico City, Mexico, 888-584-3899): Anne Fagan has joined as VP of business development to act as a liaison between the licensing agency (whose clients include DreamWorks, The Jim Henson Company, Nelvana and Cinar) and international licensors looking to enter the Latin American market. Fagan is also spearheading the development of the Pan American Licensing Network, with a goal to becoming the strongest consortium of licensing companies in the southern hemisphere. Fagan’s portfolio includes stints at Warner Bros. as international marketing manager, and Lyrick Studios, where she handled the Barney and Wishbone brands as director of international licensing.