BBC Worldwide (London, England, 44-208-433-2000): The Beeb’s mighty commercial arm has restructured its children’s division into two IP management units to build the international preschool and preteen businesses separately across all media. Former head of global brand management Mike Dee (email@example.com) is managing the preschool team, while head of strategies and alliances for Children’s Learning Lars Mouritzen (firstname.lastname@example.org) is handling the preteen business temporarily until someone is assigned to the post permanently later this year.
Binney & Smith (Easton, Pennsylvania, 610-253-6272): Ex-Hasbro manager of corporate licensing Rick Goralnick has joined the Crayola and Silly Putty manufacturer as manager of global licensing. email@example.com
DIC Entertainment (Burbank, California, 818-955-5400): On the heels of the promotion of executive VP of international sales Pat Ryan (firstname.lastname@example.org) and managing director of European operations Leslie Nelson (email@example.com) to co-managing directors of worldwide sales, the dynamic duo has made some staff changes of their own.
Previously the head of Pearson Television International’s home video division, Clive Jordan (firstname.lastname@example.org) has been brought aboard as DIC’s new VP of international home entertainment. And Carol Lee (email@example.com), who used to be VP and GM at Kid Rhino Entertainment, will manage the domestic side of DIC’s vid business as senior VP of home entertainment. Meanwhile, Nadia Chevallard (firstname.lastname@example.org) has left BKN International to join DIC’s new Paris office as a European sales executive.
Entertainment Rights (London, England, 44-208-762-6200): To help grow its roster of key properties into full-fledged international brands, ER has lured Len Dunne away from Hasbro to serve as its director of marketing and global brands. Dunne’s six-year Hasbro stint, during which he most recently held the title of European category head, saw him manage such brands as Action Man and Pokémon in Europe and the U.S.
As ER’s new Latin American sales manager, Fabiola Flores Cortes will focus on establishing and cementing relationships with broadcasters, producers and licensing agents in the region. Cortes amassed a solid contact base there while serving as contents and acquisitions coordinator at Productura Y Comercializadora De Television, a cable network company in Mexico.
KB Toys (Pittsfield, Massachusetts, 413-496-3965): Stuart Lighton has joined the specialty toy retailer as senior VP of stores. Lighton most recently served as regional VP/director of stores for Gart Sports in L.A., but he has held senior management positions with B.U.M. Equipment and Gucci in the past.
Learning Curve International (Chicago, Illinois, 312-981-7000): Patrice Paglia will oversee all products for kids of the female persuasion as director of the girls category, which includes the Madeline doll brand and the Small Miracles dress-up apparel and accessories line. Prior to joining, Paglia held a VP of licensing and marketing post at Precious Moments.
McDonald’s (Oak Brook, Illinois, 620-623-3000): The fast-food chain’s new senior VP and head of marketing Bill Lamar will have an extra US$30 million at his disposal as he devises his promotions strategy for 13,000 U.S. stores, thanks to franchisees voting to increase the national ad co-op fund from 1.5% of revenues to 1.65% for Q4 2002 and 2003. Lamar has been with McDonald’s since 1984, most recently serving as VP and GM of McDonald’s Atlanta Region.
Nelvana (Toronto, Canada, 416-534-1191): Coming off a consulting run that saw her handling Warner Bros. Consumer Products brands including Harry Potter and Powerpuff Girls, Roxsanna Mobley (email@example.com) has joined as director of domestic licensing, with responsibility for managing the growth of Nelvana’s brands in the categories of toys, apparel, accessories, domestics and back-to-school. Prior to branching out into the consultancy field, Mobley did stints as senior director of domestic licensing for The Firm and director of domestic sales for Sony Pictures Consumer Products.
In addition to taking care of the gifts & novelties, housewares, infants & juvenile merchandising and stationery components of Nelvana’s licensing programs, director of North American licensing Sherry Young’s (firstname.lastname@example.org) role has been expanded to include securing interactive licensees.
Nickelodeon (New York, New York, 212-258-8000): Shelly Sumpter has been upped from senior director of talent at Nick to VP of talent for both Nick and its offshoot music label Nick Records. email@example.com
Nickelodeon Australia (Pyrmont, Australia, 61-2-9200-1000): Former head of programming and acquisitions Catherine Nebauer has been bumped up to GM, replacing Ian Fairweather, who’s left to pursue opportunities abroad. As GM, Nebauer will have a hand in all aspects of managing the channel, including creative, programming & production, marketing, ad sales and finance. Nebauer joined Nick Australia two years ago, before which she served as head of children’s at Fireworks International. firstname.lastname@example.org
Signatures Network (San Francisco, California, 415-247-7400): Matthew Hautau has stepped up from senior director to VP of the entertainment merchandising company’s licensing and marketing department and will be charged with developing and managing merch programs for the company’s 200 famed clients, including Shakira and the Osbournes. email@example.com
Sony Pictures Consumer Products (Culver City, California, 310-244-7788): George Clement has joined as director of licensing, taking on a remit that includes negotiating licensing and promotional deals for SPCP’s TV and film properties with the unit’s international agents in Asia Pacific and Latin America, as well as facilitating international promos for the home video division. Clement previously served as marketing manager for the consumer products division of Fox Family Worldwide/Saban.
Michael Malone has left his senior VP of retail marketing post at Twentieth Century Fox Filmed Entertainment to join SPCP as senior VP of marketing. He’ll be diving right in on campaigns to tout the product launches around feature films Charlie’s Angels 2 (June 2003) and Spider-Man 2 (May 2004), as well as upcoming Stuart Little and Spider-Man animated series.
TDK Mediactive (Calabasas, California, 818-878-0505): The video game studio has hired ex-THQ VP and chief creative officer Steve Ryno as its new VP of product development. firstname.lastname@example.org
Toys ‘R’ Us (Paramus, New Jersey, 201-262-7800): After proving his mettle by orchestrating the successful launch of TRU’s flagship New York store as VP and GM of Toys ‘R’ Us Times Square, Elliot Wahle will take on a larger role as president of the toy chain’s Babies ‘R’ Us division, which encompasses 173 U.S. locations. email@example.com
Venture Licensing (Toronto, Canada, 416-443-0825): Randi Bregman has been upped from VP and GM to president of the Canuck licensing agency that does Canadian rep work for companies like Crank2, the Jim Henson Company, DIC and Sesame Workshop. firstname.lastname@example.org
Walt Disney Studios (Burbank, California, 818-560-1000): Stepping into a newly created position designed to bridge the company’s studio and consumer products units, Tim Kilpin takes on the mantle of executive VP of studio franchise management. Kilpin held the senior VP of global toys, marketing and creative affairs title at the consumer products division prior to his promotion, and he’ll now be responsible for outlining franchise priorities and developing global merch strategies.
With a remit to lead the studio’s foray into the burgeoning mobile phone and broadband landscape, Diana Longarzo comes back to the Mouse House as VP of international strategy and business development for the Walt Disney Internet Group (WDIG). Longarzo left Disney several years ago, guiding corporate development at educational Internet services and CD-ROM company Lightspan and launching her own consulting firm in the interim. WDIG recently signed a deal with Asian wireless service provider KG Telecom, which will distribute Disney content like character-branded screensavers and ring tones to its customers in Taiwan.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products (Burbank, California, 818-954-7980): Patrick Connor (email@example.com) has shifted over from his VP of rental/sell-through sales position with Warner Home Video to join sister division WBCP as senior VP of retail business development. As such, he will develop and implement successful retail promotions, as well as helping licensees secure permanent and promotional retail space for their WB product.
In other WBCP news, Salvador Viramontes (firstname.lastname@example.org) has been upped from GM of the division’s Mexico office to VP of Latin American licensing. In addition to overseeing all of WBCP’s south-of-the-border offices, Viramontes will be charged with developing strategies for sales & marketing, brand development and new market entry.
Wild Planet Toys (San Francisco, California, 415-705-8300): Former Humongous Entertainment senior VP of marketing Ralph Guiffré has left the CD-ROM arena for more toyetic pastures at the eight-year-old specialty toy creative shop, where he’ll hold the same title.