Nelvana (Toronto, Canada, 416-588-5571): Embarking on a plan to diversify its revenue sources, Nelvana has brought Doug Murphy on as executive VP of business development. Murphy, who previously served as senior VP of business development for Disney’s Theme Parks and Resorts division, will oversee all of the Canadian animation studio’s sales, marketing, merchandising, music and publishing activities. email@example.com
Portfolio Entertainment (Toronto, Canada, 416-483-9773): Anita Simand has left her head of creative affairs position at Telescene to join Portfolio as VP of creative development. Simand will manage the studio’s existing development slate, as well as hunting for other kids and family projects to produce. firstname.lastname@example.org
Radio Disney (Burbank, California, 818-973-4084): Robin Jones has been upped from senior director of operations to VP of programming and will be responsible for the network’s airspace on the local, national and international levels. Jones joined Radio Disney in 1996 and has since helped grow the then-fledging channel into an airwave empire that currently reaches an average 3.1 million kids and tweens each week. She also co-developed the Radio Disney Kid Jams CD series that has sold more than 1.5 million units.
Sarah Stone has also moved up from senior director to VP of marketing and will take on new affiliate relations duties, and ABC Radio sales veteran Ruth Josenhans has shifted divisions to become Radio Disney’s new VP of ad sales.
Tokyopop (Los Angeles, California, 323-692-6700): The manga publisher with entertainment aspirations has brought Steve Galloway (email@example.com) aboard as executive director of development. Galloway served as Nelvana’s VP of development prior to joining Tokyopop, where he will guide the TV and film development of the company’s intellectual properties, which include manga titles like Sailor Moon, Gundam Wing, Initial D and Cowboy Bebop.
To build out these same properties on the merch side of the biz, consumer products veteran Maury McIntyre (firstname.lastname@example.org) has also joined as director of licensing. McIntyre hails from Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products, where he served as director of marketing. Prior to that, he managed the marketing of Applause’s Disney Standard Characters licensed products.
United Media (New York, New York, 212-293-8500): Kirsten Fallon (email@example.com) has been upped from licensing director for advertising, promotions and packaged goods to executive director of retail development.
Karyn Schneider (firstname.lastname@example.org) has left her director of character licensing post at Kids Headquarters to join UM as licensing director, spearheading the company’s activities in the apparel, accessories and footwear categories.
And rounding out the team is Karen Gee (email@example.com), an ex-account manager at The Jim Henson Company who will head up United Media’s domestic licensing team as brand manager of the Copyrights property portfolio that includes Beatrix Potter, Paddington Bear and Spot.
The Walt Disney Company (Burbank, California, 818-560-1000): Ramping up on plans to beef up and synergize its output of toons for TV, the studio has merged Walt Disney Television Animation with the Disney Channel infrastructure, giving ABC Cable Networks Group president Anne Sweeney direct control over the creation of programming for the channels she manages. Stepping in to work with Sweeney as the new president of the TV unit is Barry Blumberg, who previously held the title of executive VP at WDTA.
Meanwhile, on the feature film side of things, David Stainton (who used to have Blumberg’s job) has been chosen to replace Thomas Schumacher as president of Walt Disney Theatrical Animation. Schumacher, whose contract was up in June, will increase his involvement as president of Buena Vista Theatrical, a title he already held. The shuffle comes on the heels of a soft box-office yield for Treasure Planet. The flick, which cost US$100 million to make, has grossed US$37 million domestically since its debut on November 27, 2002.
ToperTaylor.com (Los Angeles, California, 323-954-4563): Longtime Nelvana exec Toper Taylor has left to open his own marketing firm, which will specialize in kids and family entertainment clients. firstname.lastname@example.org