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ABC Family Channel (Burbank, California, 818-560-1000): Moving over from her senior VP of marketing and promotion gig in the ABC Daytime division, Regina DiMartino has joined the new net as senior VP of marketing, advertising and promotion.
June 1, 2002

ABC Family Channel (Burbank, California, 818-560-1000): Moving over from her senior VP of marketing and promotion gig in the ABC Daytime division, Regina DiMartino has joined the new net as senior VP of marketing, advertising and promotion.

Bandai America (Cypress, California, 714-816-9500): Toy industry veteran Larry Falcon has come aboard as VP of sales and will manage all retail activity for Bandai’s brand portfolio, which includes Power Rangers, Gundam and Strawberry Shortcake. Prior to joining the Bandai team, Falcon did a 12-year stint at Hasbro, most recently serving as senior VP of sales for the toyco’s Games Group.

Broadway Video (New York, New York, 212-265-7600): Continuing to outfit its new Broadway Video Enterprises division with executives capable of building up a high-quality kids catalog, BV has hired Brian Offutt to focus on acquisitions and financing of new properties as COO. Prior to joining BV, Offutt served as president and COO of on-line tech and interactive solutions company Interdimensions.

Carlton International (London, England, 44-207-224-3339): European territory manager Emmanuelle Namiech has taken on additional responsibility for developing international co-production and presale opportunities for kids programming.

Cartoon Network (Atlanta, Georgia, 404-885-2263): Paul Condolera jumps up from VP of business development and new products for Cartoon Network Online to VP and GM of Cartoon Network New Media.

Meanwhile, south of the border, Barry Koch has been upped from VP of Cartoon Network Latin America to senior VP and GM of both CNLA and new launch Boomerang Latin America. Having been part of the Turner family for 18 years, Koch will now oversee everything from programming, to marketing, to network operations for the two animation destinations.

The Copyright Promotions Licensing Group (London, England, 44-208-563-6400): Jumping ship from her retail impact controller position at Hasbro, Vickie O’Malley has joined the European agency as retail manager. O’Malley will be charged with forging new retail partnerships and fostering closer working relationships between licensors, licensees and retailers.

DIC Entertainment (Burbank, California, 818-955-5400): Leslie Nielson will head up DIC’s new Paris office as managing director of European operations, with a mandate that includes sales, marketing, licensing and co-production. Nielson previously served as managing director of worldwide sales at BKN.

Entertainment Rights (London, England, 44-208-762-6200): Claire Fello will head up the company’s Right Entertainment video division as head of home entertainment. Fello previously served as marketing, sales and acquisitions director at Just Group.

Leaving a category manager position at BBC Worldwide, where she managed apparel, nursery and home textiles licensing for brands like Teletubbies and Andy Pandy, Louise O’Toole comes aboard as ER’s new international licensing manager.

Exim Licensing Group (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 54-14-788-9335): With the departure of president Elias Hofman, who is now working out of the new company headquarters in Miami, Diego Barassi will head up the Argentina office as GM. Barassi previously served as commercial director.

FAO Inc. (King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, 610-278-7800): With the amalgamation of FAO Schwarz, The Right Start and Zany Brainy under one specialty retail umbrella, 15-year FAO veteran David Niggli has been promoted from COO and director of merchandising to president of FAO Schwarz. Niggli, who guided FAO to be the first retailer to buy into toy crazes like Furby and Pokémon, will continue to oversee merchandising and marketing activities for the 23 FAO stores, as well as Internet and catalog operations.

Mondo Media (San Francisco, California, 415-865-2700): Having worked for the toonco as a freelance animation director for the past few years (supervising game work for the likes of Activision, Fox Interactive and 3DO), Marco Bertoldo has come aboard full-time as a director and will guide the creative side of Mondo’s 3-D animation division.

Playmates Toys (Costa Mesa, California, 714-428-2000): Shuffling up the toyco’s senior executive core, president Lou Nowak has named Phil Jacobs senior VP of sales and Jill Will VP of marketing for the boys toy division. Jacobs previously filled the same position at Tiger Electronics, while Will held a series of senior marketing and management positions at Mattel, helping to devise and execute campaigns for evergreen brands Star Wars and Barbie.

Radica USA (Dallas, Texas, 972-490-4247): Gearing up for the all-important holiday season, Radica is bolstering its ranks with several key promotions and hires. Starting at the top, Jeanne Olson has been upped from senior VP of marketing and operations to executive VP and GM, with overall responsibility for North American sales, marketing and product development activities.

Olson’s support staff has also been beefed up, with Kevin Brase jumping up from design director to VP of product development, and Chris Wilson being promoted from director of marketing for Radica’s Controllers and Play TV brands to VP of marketing for Play TV and Gamester.

Jeff Conrad, who did a three-year stint as Mattel’s VP of design and development, joins as VP of outside development and inventor relations.

Sesame Workshop (New York, New York, 212-595-3456): Jorge Ferreiro joins as VP of creative for the Global Consumer Products and International TV Distribution divisions. As such, he will work on developing innovative licensed products and support materials for TV sales. Ferreiro hails from Fox Family Worldwide, where he served as senior VP of creative and marketing services until the buyout by Disney.

The Sharpe Company (Los Angeles, California, 310-417-7945): The two-year-old licensing agency that handles North American programs for Humphrey’s Corner, Thunderbirds and Love Hearts has set up a brand-new L.A. office, which will be manned by two new hires: senior licensing director Mary Kean and creative director Kathy Gordon. Kean previously served as manager of brand merchandising for, while Gordon most recently worked as an art/creative director for Global Icons.

Sony Pictures Consumer Products (Culver City, California, 310-244-7788): Having worked with Universal on VISA’s holiday 2000 Grinch tie-in as senior marketing manager of brand marketing at the credit card giant, Heather Miller has joined SPCP as director of retail sales and promotions.

Spin Master (Toronto, Canada, 416-364-6002): Licensing division founder Adam Beder gets bumped up from director to VP of licensing, and will continue to guide programs for the toyco’s roster of core brands, including Air Hogs and Shrinky Dinks.

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (Burbank, California, 818-954-7890): Marc Chopper has rejoined the merch division as senior VP of business development after a brief stint as VP of corporate projects for Warner Bros. proper. In his new role, Chopper will re-evaluate existing businesses and brands, scoping for new growth opportunities at the same time.

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