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ABC Cable Networks Group (Burbank, California, 818-569-7500): As part of an overall restructuring, Eleo Hensleigh has been promoted from executive VP of marketing to executive VP of worldwide brand strategy. Hensleigh will be responsible for developing a universal brand vision for all domestic and international channels, including Disney's One Saturday Morning programming block on ABC. Under Hensleigh, the newly created worldwide brand strategy and planning group management team is responsible for brand strategy, research, marketing and planning worldwide. The latest additions to the new unit include: Sandy Wax, senior VP of brand strategy and planning; Adam Sanderson, senior VP of brand marketing; John Rood, VP of brand marketing; Scott Fuller, VP of brand management; and Vycki Smaldino, VP of brand services. Across the pond in the London office (44-789-981-7750), former senior VP and managing director of Walt Disney Branded Television UK and Ireland Paul Robinson has been named senior VP of worldwide programming strategy.
September 1, 2001

ABC Cable Networks Group (Burbank, California, 818-569-7500): As part of an overall restructuring, Eleo Hensleigh has been promoted from executive VP of marketing to executive VP of worldwide brand strategy. Hensleigh will be responsible for developing a universal brand vision for all domestic and international channels, including Disney’s One Saturday Morning programming block on ABC. Under Hensleigh, the newly created worldwide brand strategy and planning group management team is responsible for brand strategy, research, marketing and planning worldwide. The latest additions to the new unit include: Sandy Wax, senior VP of brand strategy and planning; Adam Sanderson, senior VP of brand marketing; John Rood, VP of brand marketing; Scott Fuller, VP of brand management; and Vycki Smaldino, VP of brand services. Across the pond in the London office (44-789-981-7750), former senior VP and managing director of Walt Disney Branded Television UK and Ireland Paul Robinson has been named senior VP of worldwide programming strategy.

Cartoon Network Europe, Middle East and Africa (London, England, 44-207-693-1000): Stephen Johnstone, who most recently served as head of interactive for Turner’s Entertainment Networks, has been promoted to the newly created position of senior VP and GM. In his new role, Johnstone will manage Cartoon Network’s TV channels, interactive services and off-channel commerce in these territories. stephenjohnstone@turner.com

DIC Entertainment (Burbank, California, 818-955-5400): Founder of SHARPE Public Relations & Marketing, Kathi Sharpe-Ross joins as senior VP of marketing, public relations and promotion. She is responsible for assessing and defining significant properties and assets, developing their marketing elements, and establishing the appropriate corporate partners to implement these plans. ksharpe-ross@dicentertainment.com

Disney Channel (Burbank, California, 818-569-7500): To better handle its global broadcasting business, Disney has rejigged its upper management core, starting with Gary Marsh, who has been upped from executive VP of original programming to executive VP of original programming and production. Marsh will now oversee development and production of the channel’s entire slate of original programming, including Disney Channel Original Movies and series for both Playhouse Disney and Zoog Disney programming blocks. Marsh will also guide the creative development of original programming for the international Disney Channels and ABC’s Disney’s One Saturday Morning. To help out, Marsh has named Susette Lynne Hsiung senior VP of production, Nancy Kanter VP of original programming for Playhouse Disney, and Adam Bonnett VP of original programming for Zoog Disney.

Andrea Taylor has also been promoted from senior VP of on-air promotions and interstitials to senior VP of marketing. In her new position, Taylor will develop the network’s marketing strategy, overseeing on-line creative and on-air promotions, consumer and trade marketing, and promotional campaigns. Jill Casagrande has been upped from VP of scheduling and program planning to senior VP of programming, charged with program planning, scheduling, standards and practices, traffic, media planning and acquisitions.

Fox Family Channel (Los Angeles, California, 310-235-5100): Todd Schoen has been promoted from VP to senior VP of affiliate marketing and local ad sales. Schoen will direct local ad sales programs and run key promotions and events for Fox Family branded holiday initiatives including 13 Days of Halloween, 25 Days of Christmas and Father’s Day. todds@ffww.com

The Geppetto Group (New York, New York, 212-462-8140): Amy Henry has been appointed account supervisor at the kid, tween and teen marketing specialist shop. Henry will be responsible for making sure the kid point of view is fully considered in developing, launching and marketing clients’ brands. She will also work in non-traditional kid product and service categories such as financial services and health care. Henry was previously an account executive on a variety of kid projects at Leo Burnett Chicago, working as a new brand specialist handling Procter & Gamble. Her portfolio also includes developing brand strategies for Heinz and Kellogg’s in Germany.

The Jim Henson Company (Hollywood, California, 323-802-1500): Michael Polis (mpolis@henson.com) jumps up from VP of marketing to senior VP of marketing worldwide. In his new position, Polis will lead strategic marketing initiatives for TV series such as Bear in the Big Blue House and The Hoobs. He will also manage marketing programs for evergreen Henson brands including the Muppets and Fraggle Rock, develop and produce original programming for the direct-to-video and DVD markets, and oversee home video marketing through worldwide distribution partners. Joining as director of children’s television in the Jim Henson Television Group, Kelley Oien Perez will be developing both animated and live-action programming. At her previous post as a producer at Nickelodeon, Oien Perez worked on series such as Noah Knows Best, The Secret World of Alex Mack and 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd.

Nintendo of America (Redmond, Washington, 425-882-2040): Promoted from VP to senior VP of marketing and corporate communications, George Harrison will assume responsibility for Nintendo’s retail merchandising programs, publications businesses and on-line presence.

Sony Pictures Consumer Products (Culver City, California, 310-244-7788): Juli Boylan is upped from VP to senior VP of domestic sales and retail development. Boylan will direct domestic sales efforts for key theatrical properties like Spider-Man, Men in Black 2 and Stuart Little 2, as well as TV properties such as Phantom Investigators, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Jackie Chan Adventures and Max Steel. She will also develop and implement marketing and promotional programs at retail to support these properties.

Toonz Animation India (Trivandrum, India, 91-471-416-929): Named head of the digital department, Eric Mahady joins the toon studio after working on films for Warner Bros., Walt Disney and HBO. Specifically, Mahada’s portfolio includes projects like Spawn, Disney’s One Saturday Morning block and Animaniacs. Dhimant Vyas also joins as head of development in charge of the creative team of artists involved in all aspects of animation and publishing comic books. Vyas will also guide the creation of new characters and stories for both Indian distribution and the international marketplace. Prior to joining, he held top creative positions with Zee Television Animation Studios and Webtoons Media Animation.

Toy Industry Association (New York, New York, 212-675-1141): Thomas P. Conley has been appointed president of the board of directors, succeeding David A. Miller. Most recently president of the Steel Service Center Institute, Conley developed and executed successful strategies to reduce operating costs during times of change.

Wild Brain (San Francisco, California, 415-553-8000): Steve Ramirez joins as VP of marketing and business development from his VP of marketing post at Collaborative Media, publisher of consumer electronics website www.etown.com. Prior to that, Ramirez was VP of marketing for New Line Cinema, responsible for DVD, VHS and Internet marketing for such films as Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Rush Hour. His new responsibilities include creative advertising, licensing and merchandising, and working with co-production partners, broadcast networks and sponsors to launch new animated television series. Ramirez will also negotiate global strategic alliances and coordinate the joint efforts of Wild Brain’s offices in Munich, London, L.A. and San Francisco. steve.ramirez@wildbrain.com

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