Cartoon Network Europe (London, England, 44-207-693-1005): Rubber-stamping a promotion that’s been in effect informally for a few months already, Daniel Lennard has been bumped up from director of original animation to VP of original series and development. The move puts Lennard squarely in charge of a development studio that CNE launched in Q1 this year, as well as a team that includes six artists and various contracted production staffers.
Disney Consumer Products (Burbank, California, 818-560-1000): Anne Gates is calling the shots across the pond these days as EVP and MD of DCP Europe. Although she’s still working on relocating her family to London, Gates has already stepped in to oversee licensing, retail, sales and marketing activities, as well as coordinating with Disney Stores Europe to get the most possible in-store exposure for her merch programs. Prior to the promotion, Gates served as EVP of DCP in the US.
In other subsidiary news, Susan McLain has taken up the reins at The Baby Einstein Company as VP and GM. McLain demonstrated a strong passion for the brand in her previous position as VP of Buena Vista Home Entertainment Marketing for North America, synching up with Disney Consumer Products to significantly expand and coordinate the brand’s presence at retail and championing the Little Einsteins spin-off property.
MarVista Entertainment (Los Angeles, California, 310-737-0950): After churning out 200 additional hours of programming last year, MarVista is bulking up a bit to handle even more output in 2007. The company’s sales team is the latest unit to grow, with Beatrice McMillan and Vanessa Goglio both coming in as VP of sales. McMillan, who is coming off a stint as VP of sales and licensing for classic TV and film distributor SOFA Entertainment, will handle territories including Germany, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Brazil. Goglio, meanwhile, will put the skills and contacts she built up as director of worldwide pay TV at Sony Pictures International Television to work for MarVista in regions such as France, Italy, Japan and Scandinavia.
Nickelodeon UK (London, England, 44-207-462-1000): In the wake of David Lynn moving up and over into a new position as MD of MTV Networks UK and Ireland, Howard Litton has stepped in to take on the whole Nick UK enchilada, overseeing five TV channels, three websites, a mobile TV network and consumer products activities as SVP and MD.
Razor & Tie (New York, New York, 212-598-2200): In recognition of the work he put into broadening the Kidz Bop brand to include a CD series that has sold more than 10 million units, a live tour and a toy deal with Fisher-Price, R&T has upped Kevin O’Connor from senior director of children’s entertainment to president of Kidz Bop.
Sanrio (Torrence, California, 310-523-1705): The house of Hello Kitty has recruited an experienced brand marketer whose fondness for the iconic girls franchise she’ll largely be dealing with dates back to an HK rubber eraser she bought with her own pocket money as a kid. As VP of marketing, Andrea Sobel will head up brand and marketing strategies at Sanrio. The move marks a change of industry for Sobel, who recently left a director of licensing and business development role at skincare company Murad.
Super RTL (Köln, Germany, 49-22-191-550): Coming back to Germany after an eight-and-a-half-year stretch in Asia, where she held down programming and acquisitions positions at both Nick and Disney, Sylvia Schmoeller has joined the German kidnet as senior manager of acquisitions and co-productions.
Target Entertainment (London, England, 44-870-164-7474): With just 18 months under her belt at Target, Hannah Worrall has been promoted from senior sales manager to head of sales. In addition to selling the company’s shows into French-speaking territories, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Africa, Worrall will now manage the London-based sales team.
Toys ‘R’ Us (Wayne, New Jersey, 973-617-3500): After 30 years with US department store chain Marshall Fields, where she masterminded a company-wide initiative to make the retailer over into a fashion destination, Karen Dodge has landed at TRU as chief merchandising officer. Nurturing vendor relations with toy manufacturers will be a major focus for Dodge, who oversaw a variety of fashion-related categories as SVP at Marshall Fields until 2003.