4Kids Entertainment International (London, England, 44-208-871-2173): Gearing up for the international rollout of its first lineup of Fox Box shows like Kirby and the revamped Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 4Kids is powering up its licensing team across the pond. Promoted from director of international licensing to commercial director, Helen Howells will manage licensing agent relations and oversee marketing and creative efforts. UK licensing director Richard Woolf will now handle a larger remit as European licensing director. Woolf will be aided by European marketing manager Jennifer Lawlor, who previously served as Pepper’s Ghost Productions’ international marketing manager. Ex-BKN licensing executive Louise Elkington steps in to fill the UK licensing director position, and 4Kids was shopping for a European licensing manager at press time.
DIC Entertainment (Burbank, California, 818-955-5400): Nancy Bassett has joined DIC’s growing property development team as senior VP of licensing, leaving behind her VP of worldwide licensing position at Viacom Consumer Products.
Exim International (Miami, Florida, 305-591-8554): Just a few months after being promoted to GM of the agency’s Argentina arm, Diego Barassi is moving to the Mexico office to serve as managing director along with Amy Rosemberg and Aldo Mizrahi.
Fox Kids Europe (London, England, 44-207-554-9000): Ian Downes has taken on a wider remit as managing director of FKE’s consumer products division, replacing Jean-Philippe Randisi, who plans to leave the company at the end of December. Downes will continue to manage FKE’s merch trade in Britain, a market he has come to know well as managing director of consumer products in the U.K., but he will assume overall management of the global division to boot. FKE has regional consumer products operations in the U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Benelux and deals with agents in additional Euro markets.
Hasbro (Pawtucket, Rhode Island, 401-431-8697): Julie Murgas has joined the toyco’s Big Kids marketing department to spread the word about the Super Soaker, Nerf and Koosh toy lines. Murgas hails from rival company Mattel, where she served as creative director for boys consumer products.
Marvel Enterprises (New York, New York, 212-696-0808): The busy comic book conglomerate will get a new CEO when Peter Cuneo retires at the end of the year. On deck to fill the position is Allen S. Lipson, who has been serving as executive VP of business and legal affairs since November 1999.
Sesame Workshop (New York, New York, 212-595-3456): Moving over from his CFO position, Melvin Ming has been named the Workshop’s new COO in charge of supervising day-to-day operations. Liz Kalodner has also been upped from senior to executive VP and GM of Global Consumer Products and International TV Distribution after joining the company just one year ago.
Heather Hanssen has come aboard as director of marketing for Global Consumer Products and International TV Distribution, and her first task will be to develop and implement special programs to celebrate Sesame Street’s 35th anniversary. Prior to joining, Hanssen was a brand manager for Hearst magazines like CosmoGIRL! and Good Housekeeping.
Sony Pictures Consumer Products (Culver City, California, 310-244-7788): Erin Morris has been bumped up from senior manager of retail sales and promotions to director of marketing. Morris, who got her feet wet with Spider-Man this summer, will now gear up on developing and implementing promotional campaigns to get the word out about merch for Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, the Spidey sequel and animated Spider-Man and Stuart Little TV series.
TDK Mediactive (Calabasas, California, 818-878-0505): With his 11-year-old indie agency Entertainment Licensing Associates on firm ground, licensing vet Dan Kletzky has turned to the software biz for his next challenge, joining gameco TDK Mediactive as executive VP of business development.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products (Burbank, California, 818-954-7890): Sandy Yi jumps up from director to VP of marketing for the WB unit and will oversee the design, development and implementation of marketing programs for theatrical properties, with a key focus on the Harry Potter franchise.