4Kids Entertainment (New York, New York, 212-758-7666): There have been two recent promotions in the marketing and licensing arm of 4Kids. Alyssa J. Tucker has moved up to senior VP of marketing and licensing sales.
Julie Dill takes on the position of VP of marketing and licensing, stepping up from her previous role as director of marketing and licensing for the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand. She’ll oversee brand management, marketing and licensing efforts for Viva Pinata.
ABC Enterprises (Sydney, Australia, 61-2-9950-3512): Daniel Jordan has been upped to manager of product and content sales. Jordan’s now responsible for driving revenue growth through direct sales of consumer product within Australia and the global business-to-business distribution of programming and content, generated through program sales, direct sales, library sales, content licensing and radio, television and on-line sales. Most recently he was ABC Centres manager at ABC Retail for 10 years, where he opened 59 ABC Centres.
Meanwhile, Leon Coningham joins ABC as manager of visual and recorded content. In his new role, he leads ABC Consumer Publishing and Content Sales business units, ABC Video and ABC Music. Working closely with artists and producers, Coningham oversees strategy development and implementation for video and music content, including artist signing, acquisition, marketing, selling and production.
Amberwood Entertainment (Ottawa, Canada, 613-238-4567): While continuing to direct the company’s sales and marketing activities, Jonathan Wiseman is taking on the new position of VP of sales and acquisitions and will be acquiring new concepts for development and production. His immediate tasks are to look for co-production opportunities, as well as concepts that can be optioned directly by Amberwood.
Calon (Cardiff, Wales, 44-292-048-8400): The production and animation company recently named Huw Walters as its commercial director. Walters has 15 years experience in the television business, including his previous post as director of international business at Welsh pubcaster S4C, where he led a team that sold the channel’s programs to more than 100 countries. The company expects Walters will spearhead Calon’s commercial and business growth including the development of its rights exploitation strategy.
Chapman Entertainment (London, England, 44-870-403-0556): The newly created position of brand and marketing manager has been granted to Melissa Brown, former exec at Celador and Granada Ventures. Brown will be responsible for the marketing and brand management of all Chapman’s projects, specifically managing retail relationships and promotions. Her initial focus will be on Chapman’s preschool brands Fifi and the Flowertots and Roary the Racing Car.
Chorion (London, England, 44-207-061-3800): Following Chorion’s acquisition of Silver Lining Productions last spring, the company has three new executive hires to round out the licensing and marketing arms for both its London and New York offices. Lori Heiss, based in London, is the new head of marketing for Europe, reporting to Jane Turner, managing director of literary estates. Heiss has more than 10 years of consumer marketing and publishing experience. Most recently she was director of marketing at Ragdoll in New York.
In the New York Chorion Silver Lining office, Pamela Ferris has been named VP of licensing, reporting to Mario Santos, senior VP of worldwide business development. Most recently, Ferris was VP of licensing and consumer products for GT Brands.
Additionally, Monika Salazar moves from VIZ Media to become VP of marketing. She will report to Turner in London.
Corus Entertainment (Toronto, Canada, 416-530-2222): Since fully integrating Nelvana Studios into Corus’ television division, the company has reorganized staff.
Previously VP of creative production for Nelvana Limited, Jocelyn Hamilton is now VP of creative for Corus Kids. In this new role, Hamilton will provide overall creative management for the broadcast nets and for Nelvana Studios.
Irene Weibel also moves over from her role as VP of development for Nelvana to VP of international at Corus Kids. She will divide her time between L.A. and Toronto and be responsible for the international side of the newly joined broadcaster and studio, handling U.S. and international development relationships and co-productions.
Helen Lebeau’s new title is VP of studio operations at Corus Kids. She will manage the operations of the Nelvana Studio, including all production crews and post production services. Previously Lebeau was director of audio and video post production for Nelvana.
DIC Consumer Products (Burbank, California, 818-955-5400): DIC Entertainment’s worldwide brand management company has expanded its team with three new executive positions. David DiLorenzo, in the position of VP of retail development, will serve as the company’s retail expert and liaison between the licensees and retailers. He is tasked with building relationships with retailers and developing support for DIC’s brand properties. He will also implement programs and promotional opportunities to support the brands at retail across all categories.
As executive director of licensing, Lisa Streff will oversee all DIC brands hardline categories, including toys, gift, novelty and collectibles. Also, Joseph Novak takes on the role of director of international consumer products. He will focus on expanding the international business in Canada, Australia, Asia and the emerging markets.
EM.Entertainment (Unterfoehring, Germany, 49-8999-5000): A subsidiary of EM.TV, EM.Entertainment has appointed Martin Stopper to the position of business affairs manager, where he will take over responsibility for legal affairs and license management, controlling and media coordination. Stopper has several years experience in media and sports law. Most recently he was senior business counsel at FIFA marketing and TV Deutschland where he was responsible for legal and business affairs and the rights protection program associated with the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Mainframe Entertainment (Vancouver, Canada, 604-714-2600): With an aim to grow its film division and oversee production on new TV series and game projects, CG-animation prodco, Mainframe Entertainment has hired Ken Tsumura as senior VP of production and technology. Managing both production and advanced technology will enable him to support the crew of artists and take advantage of cutting-edge technology. Tsumura previously executive produced Curious George and worked on numerous Disney animated series.
Marvel Entertainment (New York, New York, 212-576-4000): Simon Philips has taken the helm as president of Marvel International, where he will oversee Marvel’s international consumer products group and work at maximizing its worldwide presence by developing licensing campaigns for Marvel’s movie events and its core classic comic book characters. Keeping up a strong retail presence will be a big part of Philip’s strategy. Philips was previously managing director of 4Kids Entertainment International.
Meanwhile, in a move to create an office of the chief executive, a management team of three will oversee all of the company’s divisions and operations. David Maisel and John Turitzin have both been promoted to executive VP and will work alongside CEO Isaac Perlmutter. Each executive in the newly formed trifecta will have specialized goals and duties. Maisel, in L.A., will oversee Marvel’s media activities, interactive businesses, video gaming, corporate development and long-range planning. Turitzin will focus on licensing and publishing efforts and the company’s other businesses and functional activities based in New York. As CEO, Perlmutter will continue to focus on corporate initiatives across all the operating divisions.
MarVista Entertainment (Los Angeles, California, 310-737-0950): The three-year-old company recently went through an executive shuffle and added several new hires to accommodate its growing production schedule. Founder Joseph Szew has handed over the CEO reigns to his son, Fernando Szew, while he takes on the title of COO/CFO. Michael D. Jacobs, has been bumped up to president from his previous role as president of production and distribution.
Sue Reiner, formerly senior VP of television at Avnet/Kerner, has been hired on as head of television and Carol Holdsworth is the new VP of sales and marketing, a natural fit after working as a consultant to MarVista for the past two years.
NeoPets (Glendale, California, 818-551-4338): Kyra E. Reppen, former head of Nickjr.com and creator of recently launched ParentsConnect brand, has been named senior VP and general manager of NeoPets. Reporting to Steve Youngwood, executive VP of digital for Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group, Reppen will lead and manage all day-to-day operations, creative direction and business strategy for NeoPets. NeoPets.com has more than 30-million members worldwide with accounts in 10 different languages.
Nickelodeon (New York, New York, 212-258-8000): In her new role of senior VP of preschool and parents online, Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group, Tanya Van Court oversees the strategy and operations, as well as creative and editorial content for the on-line businesses. She is also responsible for the day-to-day management of Nickjr.com, broadband offerings Nick Jr. Video and Nick Jr. Parents TV, Noggin.com, GoCityKids.com and the newly launched community site ParentsConnect.com. Most recently Van Court served as VP of new media video products at ESPN, where she led the launch of ESPN360, ESPN’s broadband video and online gaming partner.
The Licensing Company (London, England, 44-207-368-6400): Rhiannan Sullivan has come on board as licensing manager, responsible for gifts, stationery, greetings, toiletries, housewares, posters, clocks and watches. Sullivan joins TLC from Granada Ventures where she was licensing manager; she started her career as a brand manager at The Science Museum.
TMS Entertainment (Los Angeles, California, 818-905-8881): Andrew Berman takes on the role of executive VP and general manager of animation production and distribution company TMS Entertainment USA, an affiliate of Sega. Berman’s goals overseeing the North American operations will include expanding the business of TMS and Sega relating to entertainment programming and managing the sales and marketing of its animation library. Prior to joining TMS, Berman formed the international sales division at IDT Entertainment, where he was an executive VP. He has also held positions in distribution at MGM and New World Pictures as well as a previous 10-year stint with TMS.
Wild Planet (San Francisco, California, 415-705-8300): Drew Stevenson joins the Wild Planet team as senior VP of worldwide sales. Working closely with the marketing and development departments, he will manage the sales team, set the strategic direction and establish goals for company sales. Stevenson most recently served as VP of North American sales for Mega Blocks and held positions at Lego and Fisher-Price.
Reporting directly to Stevenson is Kristie Raycroft in her new position as national sales manager. She is tasked with handling the company’s outside sales force, creating sales programs and overseeing the company’s participation in major industry events.