Carlton International (London, England, 44-207-224-3339): In response to stepped-up licensing activity around its Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet properties, Carlton is expanding its consumer products division. Claire Shaw joins the unit as U.K. licensing manager and will coordinate deals for all of Carlton’s properties across a wide array of product categories. Shaw hails from Disney, where she served as U.K. category manager for apparel and apparel accessories. Claire Brock has also come aboard as marketing manager for the division, leaving her post at LEGO as global marketing manager for print media.
CBC Television (Toronto, Canada, 416-205-3311): Cheryl Hassen will now oversee kids content as the Canadian pubcaster’s new creative head of children’s and youth programming. Hassen was promoted from her previous position as executive in charge of production and outreach for CBC’s Get Set For Life preschool block, which has experienced a 60% audience increase as a result of a new integrated programming strategy that Hassen helped implement.
Class-Key Chew-Po Commercials (Los Angeles, California, 323-468-3020): To kick off the launch of its new live-action commercial production division ka-chew!, which will focus on spot work for youth audiences, Class-Key Chew-Po has signed a quartet of directors to guide the unit creatively. Francine McDougall, an indie director who’s worked with agencies including TBWA-Chiat and Leo Burnett on spots for Sony’s PlayStation, Kellogg and the Spice Girls, will serve as kids live-action director. Visual effects and CGI specialist Clark Anderson has left his creative director position at Rhythm & Hues Studios and will serve as ka-chew!’s feature film/commercial director. Bil White has come over from Unitel’s broadcast design division to serve as ka-chew!’s live-action/mixed-media director. And finally, Lori Precious, who’s demonstrated her expertise in toy marketing with spots for Barbie, Pokémon, Robo-Chi Pets, Generation Girl and Diva Starz, rounds out the directing team.
Fireworks Television (Toronto, Canada, 416-360-4321): Erika Grenadier has been upped from manager of programming and development to director of development. She will chiefly be responsible for guiding the creation of TV series, dealing directly with agents and buyers and scouting for new writing talent. Fireworks Television’s current slate includes a family movie called A Wrinkle in Time that’s set to air on ABC’s Wonderful World of Disney in February.
Granada (London, England, 44-207-261-3936): In the wake of restructuring into two general divisions–Granada Platforms and Granada Contents–the U.K. media conglomerate has appointed Andrea Wonfor creative director of Granada Contents. Wonfor, who previously served as executive chairman of Granada Creative, will be responsible for children’s programming, as well as formats, international drama and talent.
Hasbro (Pawtucket, Rhode Island, 401-431-8697): Playing around with its executive echelon, the toyco has given president of Hasbro Games Dave Wilson new responsibility for overseeing the Games division, which comprises Hasbro Games and Wizards of the Coast. Similarly, Brian Goldner, president of Hasbro’s toy group, will manage the U.S. Toy division that’s made up of Tiger Electronics, Hasbro Toy, WowWee and Larami. Former Tiger president Roger Shiffman has been promoted to president of worldwide marketing and brand development. Shiffman will work with Wilson and Goldner on developing marketing strategies for new products, as well as evaluating and developing properties for entertainment spin-offs.
Marvel Enterprises (New York, New York, 212-696-0808): Following the successful debut of a line of tween- and teen-targeting comics published under a new banner called Ultimate Marvel, Bill Jemas has been promoted from president of publishing, licensing and new media to COO.
Peakviewing Transatlantic (Burbank, California, 818-973-2748): Laura Wegner has joined as VP of development and will oversee movie and TV series work across all divisions. Wegner previously served as senior director of prime-time series and movies/FFC Studios for Fox Family Channel, which was recently acquired by Disney. email@example.com
Play By Play Toys & Novelties (San Antonio, Texas, 210-829-4666): Current CEO Tomas Duran has taken on the mantle of board chairman, and Otis Byers has been upped from national sales director to president and COO.
Scholastic Inc. (New York, New York, 212-343-6100): Stacy Sparrow has been promoted from senior product manager to director of brand management. Since joining Scholastic in January 2000, Sparrow has played a key role in managing Harry Potter, coordinating with both in-house departments and Warner Bros. and Comic Relief. She will now turn her attention to the Magic School Bus and I Spy brands. Alan Cohen has also been upped from marketing director of the Trade Group to director of book strategy and planning.
Sunbow Entertainment (New York, New York, 212-893-1600): Suzanne Berman has been promoted from development coordinator of Sony Wonder to associate director of creative affairs for Sunbow. She will be responsible for scouting new properties, writers and artists, as well as developing, producing and domestically pitching pilots and series. Berman has been with Sunbow since 1997, previously holding posts at Nickelodeon and Columbia TriStar Television. Sowon Jun has also been upped from assistant to the senior VP of international sales and co-production to coordinator of creative affairs.
Thirteen/WNET (New York, New York, 212-560-1313): Former CEO and president of BBC Americas Sarah Frank joins the PBS affiliate as VP and director of education.
Vivendi Universal Interactive Publishing (Culver City, California, 310-431-4000): Anita Frazier has come aboard as VP of kids sales and will be charged with developing sales strategies for the company’s kids CD-ROM titles. Prior to joining, Frazier was an independent marketing and business development consultant working with start-ups and established companies. Before that, she developed licensing campaigns for Sony Pictures Consumer Products theatrical properties like Charlie’s Angels and Godzilla as the division’s VP of domestic sales.
Walt Disney International UK (London, England, 44-208-222-1000): Six-year Mouse House veteran Cindy Rose has been promoted from VP of European government relations to managing director. As such, Rose will direct synergy across TV, video, theatrical and consumer products divisions, with local market responsibility for acquisitions, marketing and consumer research.