ABC Family Channel (Burbank, California, 818-560-1000): With the abrupt exit of ABC Family president Maureen Smith, who had been guiding the transformation of Fox Family Channel into Disney’s newest on-air platform, Angela Shapiro has stepped up to fill the vacancy. In addition to overseeing ABC Family, Shapiro will continue to serve as president of ABC Daytime until a replacement for that remit can be found.
BBC Worldwide Americas (New York, New York, 212-705-9300): Jayme Lim moves up from coordinator of licensing and merchandising to manager of marketing and licensing at the Beeb’s U.S. arm. In her new position, Lim will coordinate with State-side partners on marketing, retail and promotional opportunities for all BBC properties.
Channel 4 International (London, England, 44-207-396-4444): Managing director Paul Sowerbutts adds new responsibility for C4′s consumer products division to his existing duties at C4′s program sales and co-productions arm. Charged with overseeing a range of C4 product, including CDs, books and videos, Sowerbutts will aim to build on the unit’s 2001 growth of 21%.
Corus Entertainment (Toronto, Canada, 416-642-3770): Coming full circle since leaving his VP of programming and production post at YTV to join Cinar Entertainment as president in 2000–just before the now-infamous financial scandal rocked the Canadian toonco–Peter Moss has gone back to the Corus family. Now serving as VP of programming for Corus Television, Moss will be responsible for all the company’s channels, including kidnets YTV, Treehouse TV and Discovery Kids.
Disney Consumer Products (Burbank, California, 818-560-1000): Fleeing the harsh Canadian winter for warmer climes in sunny L.A., Bruce Morrison has been upped from managing director of licensing, retail and marketing at DCP Canada to VP of retail marketing for the mother division. In his new position, Morrison will strengthen relationships with Disney’s existing retail partners, including Wal-Mart International. He will also be the main marketing contact for Disney Toys, Disney Hardlines, Disney Softlines, Disney Publishing and Disney Interactive.
Gullane Entertainment (Toronto, Canada, 416-533-6767): Alistair Richards has left his GM position at Hasbro UK, Northern Europe and Developing Markets to become Gullane’s senior VP of consumer products for the U.K. and international territories. As such, Richards will oversee all U.K.-based licensing, publishing, live events and consumer products marketing activities. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sesame Workshop (New York, New York, 212-595-3456): Shifting gears from kids magazines to TV, Lynn Lehmkuhl has come aboard the Workshop as VP of corporate sponsorships, responsible for bringing in sponsors for shows like Sesame Street, Dragon Tales and Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat. Lehmkuhl most recently served as president of publisher EMAP USA’s youth group, whose roster of books includes Teen magazine. email@example.com
Strottman (Irvine, California, 949-623-7900): Sharon Fogg has joined the kids promotions agency as chief youth officer and will recruit and manage the Strottman Kid/Teen Engineers, kid staffers who work with the agency’s creative team. Fogg hails from Burger King, where she launched the Burger King Kids Club as a division VP/director. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Jim Henson Company (New York, New York, 212-794-2400): Karina Gee has been upped from senior account manager to product manager in charge of product development, packaging and marketing for licensed merch based on Henson’s preschool and family properties. Prior to joining Henson, Gee served as a licensing coordinator for Scholastic Entertainment’s book-based properties. email@example.com
Toys ‘R’ Us (Paramus, New Jersey, 201-262-7800): Shuffling its elite ranks, TRU has upped Rick Markee from chairman of Kids ‘R’ Us and president of Babies ‘R’ Us to president of specialty business and international operations. Meanwhile, John Barbour gets out of the web game with a shift from president of Toysrus.com to president of TRU International, and Ray Arthur jumps up from senior VP and CFO of Toysrus.com to take over the presidency of the e-tail division.
Universal Pictures Consumer Products Group (Universal City, California, 818-777-1000): In an effort to bolster its senior-level executive core, the studio has made several key staffing changes. Carolyn Foreman, who guided the classic apparel program for Curious George’s 60th anniversary last year as director of soft lines, has been promoted to VP of the same division. As such, Foreman will now expand her remit to include the home, food, health and beauty, fine art and social expressions categories.
Michael Gottsegen has also been upped from director to VP of retail development, and he will continue to develop new retail outlets for UPCPG’s film-based and classic property product lines.
Joining the team from Disney Interactive, where he served as senior manager of business development, Bill Kispert will guide the division’s gaming initiatives as VP of interactive licensing.