Andersen Press (London, England, 44-207-840-8702): Children’s publisher Andersen Press has lured Rona Selby back into the book world full time. The former head of children’s publishing at BBC Worldwide, who had been working as a broad children’s media consultant, will join Andersen’s ranks as editorial director and start trolling art colleges and the broadcast market for new creative talent.
Canal J (Paris, France, 33-1-56-36-5551): With three channels to buy for now that Filles TV has been added to the mix, Canal J has promoted Julia Tenret from program manager of TiJi to acquisitions manager for Canal J, TiJi and Filles.
Classic Media (New York, New York, 212-659-1959): With a whack of feature films, DTV projects and TV specials on the slate this year, the studio has brought in an international distribution expert to drive sales. Sandrine Pechels de Saint Sardos comes to Classic from Crown Media, where she helped place Fat Albert with Nickelodeon as an international sales consultant. Pechels de Saint Sardos will start off distributing Peter Cottontail: The Movie, a CGI theatrical that’s slated for completion in spring 2005. She’ll also start talking up Classic’s film development lineup, which includes flicks based on durable brands such as Lassie, Underdog, Mr. Peabody and The Lone Ranger.
Crave Entertainment Group (Los Angeles, California, 310-687-5400): The software studio behind Butt-Ugly Martians and Freedom Force has appointed 15-year vidgame veteran Vincent Bitetti as its president of publishing. Bitetti most recently served as CEO of TDK Mediactive, which was sold to Take Two Interactive in December 2003.
Marvel (New York, New York, 212-576-4000): The departure of Marvel’s president of publishing and chief information officer, Gui Karyo, means some musical chairs at the entertainment licensing company. The president of Marvel’s Toy Biz division will need a larger business card after Alan Fine takes on the added responsibilities of president and CEO of the publishing division. And a10-year vet as senior VP of applications and operations at McGraw-Hill Corporate David Cho will join the Marvel family as its chief information officer. Cho’s first order of business will center on Marvel’s expansion into new media outlets.
On the Toy Biz side, Marvel has upped its executive VP of sales Ralph Lancellotti and its senior VP of product development, Joann McLaughlin, to the newly created positions of co-chief operating officers. Lancellotti will focus his duties on Marvel’s toy sales, while McLaughlin will ramp up product development efforts.
Nickelodeon (New York, New York, 212-258-8000): Programming director Kristen Buckley has been upped to VP of programming. She will continue to manage Nick’s on-air inventory, as well as liaising with the net’s ancillary divisions and production team on promotions, programming stunts and live events such as Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and Let’s Just Play.
Right Entertainment (London, England, 44-208-762-6260): E.R’s home entertainment division, Right Entertainment, has poached Julia Rich from BBC Worldwide to head up its kidvid efforts. Serving as director of home entertainment, Rich will be responsible for finding new home video opportunities for ER’s catalogue, anchored by properties such as Postman Pat, Tweenies and the Barbie feature film franchise. The former marketing director for video and DVD at the Beeb will also oversee the acquisition of new home entertainment titles.
Sesame Workshop (New York, New York, 212-595-3456): The addition of Janet Robertson as executive VP of international business development could help the Workshop make further inroads into China. Fluent in Mandarin, Robertson will be responsible for coming up with global business strategies involving all of the company’s divisions, including content, distribution, education and research. Robertson hails from healthcare support company Healthscape, where she served as executive VP of business development. And prior to that, she developed regional and local television distribution platforms in China as VP of Asia-Pacific sales for Panamsat Corporation.
Tokyopop (Los Angeles, California, 323-692-6700): Mike Riley, one of the manga publisher’s founding partners, will now be working to diversify the company’s original and licensed manga range and book-related consumer products business as VP and editor-in-chief. When Tokyopop launched in 1997, Riley initially focused on developing its commerce and community websites.
Walt Disney Television International (Hong Kong, 852-2203-2196): Making a major move, Nicky Parkinson has left her managing director position at Nick UK to serve as senior VP and managing director of branded television for Disney Asia-Pacific. Based in Hong Kong, Parkinson will now oversee 16 channels and 23 branded blocks airing in the Asia-Pacific region, excluding Japan.
Editor’s note: The electronic version of this article has been edited from the original print version in order to correct or clarify some information that it contained.