People in new jobs
Bandai America (Cypress, California, 714-816-9500): Larry Falcon will be putting his 20 years of industry experience to work as the new senior VP of sales for the California-based toyco. The former VP will be heading up Bandai’s national and Canadian sales teams for kids toy brands and forging relations and partnerships with mass market retailers. Meanwhile, former VP of marketing Michael Riley has been upped to main licensing agent, where he will be in charge of managing new property acquisitions and continue leading marketing activities in the U.S.
Cartoon Network (Atlanta, Georgia, 404-885-2263): VP and general manager Paul Condolora has been promoted to senior VP and general manager for Cartoon Network New Media. In this expanded role, Condolora’s duties will include developing new Cartoon Network and Adult Swim-branded products and services for emerging distribution platforms such as broadband, VOD, wireless and interactive TV.
Cookie Jar Entertainment (Montreal, Canada, 514-843-7070): As Cookie Jar’s new senior VP of international sales and co-pros, Jean-Michel Ciszewski will put over a decade of experience in the TV business to work. Ciszewski comes to Cookie Jar after serving as president of television distribution at Alliance Atlantis and president of MoviePlus. In his new job, Ciszewski will be in charge of establishing and nurturing successful co-pros for the company.
Cosgrove Hall Films (Manchester, England, 44-161-882-2500): Cosgrove has announced a slew of restructuring appointments in an effort to simplify its management team. Newly appointed creative director, Francis Vose, started with the company in 1983 as a model animator. Chris Bowden, who has been with Cosgrove since 1995 as a director and producer, has been named executive producer. They will be responsible for seeking out new commercial opportunities and working on the overall creative and business strategy of the company while continuing to produce selected individual shows.
DIC Entertainment (Burbank, California, 818-955-5400): DIC president Brad Brooks has named Cynthia Modders as the new senior VP of worldwide consumer products. Modders will deal with the development and implementation of merch programs for the in-house and third-party entertainment and lifestyle brands, such as McDonald’s Vintage and Strawberry Shortcake (American Greetings). Before joining DIC, Modders was a senior VP at Universal Consumer Products Group. At the same time, former CP president Nancy Fowler rejoins DIC as senior VP of business development. In her new job, Fowler will continue to manage the McDonald’s brand licensing business on behalf of DIC while scoping out new merch opportunities for the company.
HIT Entertainment (New York, New York, 212-463-9623): Jennifer Zivic and Veronica Hart have signed on with HIT U.S. consumer products as directors of softlines and hardlines, respectively. As the softlines manager, Zivic will be in charge of apparel, accessories and other softline products, while Hart will oversee games and toys. Zivic joins HIT with more than 10 years of experience in product management, and Hart has worked as a licensing director at Sesame Workshop and The Jim Henson Company.
Icon Animation (Barcelona, Spain, 34-93-265-07-57): In order to build its home entertainment and publishing sector, Icon Animation has appointed Mar Gaya manager of international DVD, publishing distribution and marketing. After previous stints as managing director of MarVista Europe and director of international sales for Track Media International, Gaya will be responsible for building Icon’s home entertainment and publishing business across its TV brands.
National Geographic (Washington, DC, 202-857-7000): National Geographic TV and Films Kids’ Programming and production unit has named a new manager for current series and development. Michael Karsh was a senior VP of creative affairs at Granada Entertainment USA before joining National Geographic in 2003 as a development coordinator for the kids programming and production unit. In his new management role, Karsh is now the point man for many projects in development and is responsible for maintaining third-party relationships related to acquiring and selling content.
PBS Kids Sprout (Alexandria, Virginia, 703-739-5000): After a two-year stint as senior director of national brand management for Comcast Cable, Eileen Disken has joined PBS Kids Sprout as VP of marketing. Disken will work on consumer strategy for affiliate and interactive marketing and will create new opportunities for advertisers. Meanwhile, Annie Rex will serve as the new director of interactive, where she will create a new media destination to provide interactive entertainment for preschoolers. Rex most recently served as a product manager for Comcast Online.