Cartoon Network (Atlanta, Georgia, 404-885-2263): With nearly 10 years in the company’s research department under her belt, no one may know the Cartoon Network audience better than Stacy Isenhower, who has been installed as SVP of programming and scheduling in the new CN regime. Isenhower brings this deep understanding of what makes the target demo tick to scheduling and strategic positioning of on-air content for Cartoon Network and Boomerang, as well as overseeing long-range on-air promotional planning for Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Adult Swim. In her last position as VP of research, Isenhower managed the crunching of audience ratings and delivery data, as well as supervising consumer focus group testing, annual brand studies and syndicated research.
Entertainment Rights (London, England, 44-208-762-6200): On the heels of Nick Phillips replacing Mike Heap as CEO in March, Chloe van den Berg has been promoted from director of sales to executive director of international and will focus initially on finding more ports for ER’s portfolio (fatter now with the Classic Media and Big Idea properties) outside of North America. The move has had a ripple effect on the sales team, effecting the following reassignments: senior territory manager Emmanuelle Bon will now handle Benelux as well as France; and sales executive Bruna Ruaro takes on Southern Europe (Greece, Cyprus, Malta and Turkey), freeing up senior territory manager Leila Ouledcheikh to focus on German-speaking regions and the Middle East and Africa.
Jetix Europe (London, England, 44-208-222-3600): With his work permit finally in hand, Daniel Wineman has joined the net’s programming team as director of original series and co-productions. Wineman left his manager of acquisitions and co-productions position at Cartoon Network in February and has been working his way through relocation red tape since.
KidsCo (London, England, 44-207-368-9100): As this upstart network continues to widen its global footprint with recent carriage deals locked in covering sub-Saharan Africa and South Korean VOD, Australian native Eileen McCarthy has come aboard as programming director. McCarthy has spent 25 years in the TV biz, most recently serving as programming director for Hallmark Channel Asia in Hong Kong. Earlier in her career, she also helped launch Disney Channel Australia, leading the on-air creative and production team and supporting programming and marketing efforts.
Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group (New York, New York, 212-846-8000): Gary Bonilla joins as SVP of creative strategy and will manage the creative development of Nick’s consumer products business. Bonilla has an advertising background and a cultivated knack for connecting with the Hispanic market. His last position was as VP of strategic services at multicultural ad agency Winglatino/WWP, working on accounts such as Procter & Gamble, Diageo and Goya.
PorchLight Home Entertainment (Los Angeles, California, 310-477-8400): With its home entertainment label firmly established and year-one titles such as LeapFrogs: A Tad of Christmas Cheer, the Wheels on the Bus series and the FARMkids series doing well at market, PorchLight is rewarding the guy who made it all happen – Gary Jones – with a bump up from SVP to president. Coming up next year are titles based around TV series such as Loopdidoo, 64 Zoo Lane, Animalia and Adventures from the Book of Virtue.
Radio Disney (Burbank, California, 888-327-7018): Michael Riley has stepped into the SVP and GM role vacated in February by Jill Casagrande, who left the company to move back to her hometown Cincinnati, Ohio. Riley has spent the past 10 years at Turner, working on entertainment and new brands across Europe.
TeamWorks (Milan, Rome, 39-28-941-2141): This brand-new Italian licensing agency that reps Little Princess has recruited seasoned consumer products player Maria Romanelli to head up its operations as VP. Romanelli has spent the last 20 years in executive positions at such heavyweight companies as Copyright Promotions, Warner Bros., Saban and Jetix Consumer Products.
Wal-Mart (Bentonville, Arkansas, 501-273-4000): The big-box monolith is heading East, and has poached Dr. Stephen Fanderl to lead the march into Russia and other Eastern European territories as president of Wal-Mart Emerging Markets. Fanderl hails from German retailer Rewe Group, where the hypermarket and supermarket division he headed up contributed gross revenues of roughly US$20 billion in 2006.