American Greetings Properties (New York, New York, 212-386-7331): Although she’ll be working with a smaller property portfolio now that Cookie Jar has bought Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake and Sushi Pack for US$195 million in tandem with its US$87.6-million acquisition of DIC Entertainment, Carla Silva has been upped from director to VP of international licensing after just a year with the company. A 13-year United Media veteran before moving to AGP, Silva will now oversee outbound licensing.
BBC Worldwide (London, England, 44-208-433-2000): With Gill Pritchard exiting as director of the Children’s division, the company has brought in Neil Ross Russell to head up its kids business as MD. As business development director at Sparrowhawk, a one-third partner in the KidsCo broadcasting joint-venture with DIC and Nelvana, Russell focused on moving the company into new channels and technologies such as VOD, mobile and broadband.
And to connect directly with consumers, BBCW has set up Helen Kellie as its first director of marketing, overseeing audience research, strategy and international spending. Kellie hails from the mothership; she was previously director of marketing, communications and audiences at BBC.
Corus Entertainment (Toronto, Canada, 416-535-0935): Canada’s biggest kids media company has a new head honcho. Corus Kids GM Scott Dyer has stepped away from the division into a new role as chief technology officer for the whole company, and Nelvana president Doug Murphy is moving up to replace him. Murphy will now oversee YTV, Treehouse, Discovery Kids, Nelvana, KidsCo, qubo and Kids Can Press as EVP and GM of Corus Kids.
HIT Entertainment (London, England, 44-207-554-2500): After several years of limited development activity, HIT seems to be building towards an original programming revival, and ex-BBC exec Chris Rose has been tapped to play a vital role in the movement. Rose has joined the team as programming and development director and will oversee new content, working closely with SVP of programming Chris Skala. Rose started his career in broadcasting as a radio presenter 10 years ago, and most recently worked in acquisitions for CBBC and CBeebies.
House of Cool Studios (Toronto, Canada, 416-260-6657): Ian Lambur, one of KidScreen’s own, has switched sides to take on a role as manager of distribution and co-productions at the up-and-coming animation studio. Boasting considerable street cred as a pre-production and story design specialist, House of Cool is branching out into original content with several series in development, and it recently acquired animation and commercial production hub Red Rover Studios to support these efforts. Lambur has taken on responsibility for developing co-productions, distributing new content and securing more pre-production service work.
Jetix Europe (London, England, 44-208-222-3600): Former UK and Nordic account lead Michael Ghosh has been promoted to sell advertising and sponsorships across the network’s 15 channels and 19 websites as pan-European advertising sales director.
LIMA – Licensing Industry Merchandiser’s Association (New York, New York, 212-244-1944): Long-time executive editor of The Licensing Letter, Marty Brochstein comes aboard the industry org as SVP of industry relations and information. And Jennifer Coleman commits to a full-time post as SVP of marketing and new business development after five years of consulting.
MTV Networks International (New York, New York, 212-846-8000): Producers looking to pitch their shows to Nick US now have a new buyer to target. Jules Borkent has been promoted to SVP of global acquisitions and international programming, and adds responsibility for acquisitions for Nickelodeon Networks in the US to his plate. Borkent has been part of the MTVNI family for 10 years, and he was the driving force behind pan-regional productions such as ZDF’s H2O and Taffy’s Growing Up Creepie as VP of programming for Nick International.
Paramount Consumer Products & Recreation Group (Los Angeles, California, 323-956-5000): Leaving DIC a couple of months before the Cookie Jar buyout, Ryan Gagerman has joined Paramount’s L&M team as VP of international licensing. He’ll oversee all licensing sales in non-US territories. Gagerman knows the Eastern markets particularly well, having spent the last year overseeing all of DIC’s business there as VP and regional manager for Asia-Pacific.
RDF Kids and Family (London, England, 44-207-013-4000): Delphine Dumont joins as sales manager for France, Belgium, Italy, Holland, Asia (excluding India), Greece, Russia and Central and Eastern Europe. She’s coming off a stint as a content and acquisitions manager at Blinx, but earlier in her career, Dumont spent four years at Fox Kids Europe acquiring new content and working with Henrietta Hurford-Jones, now RDF’s director of international for the Kids and Family unit.