BBC Worldwide (New York, New York, 212-705-9300): After months of searching, BBCW has brought on Tom Keefer as SVP of global licensing. Reporting to Neil Ross Russell, MD of BBCW Children’s and Licensing, and BBCW America president Garth Ancier, Keefer has moved from California to the company’s New York office. He’s now responsible for growing licensing opps across BBCW’s portfolio of children’s and adult brands. He’ll lead the existing UK and international licensing teams, and one of his chief remits is to build the Beeb’s kids brands State-side. With more than 30 years of global licensing and brand-building experience, Keefer started his career at Newsweek International and has since worked at L.A. Gear, K-Swiss and Mattel, where he was SVP and head of international marketing & boys licensing.
BRB Internacional (Madrid, Spain, 34-91-771-1400): Armed with experience from Toei Animation and The Licensing Company, Michel Monier is heading up BRB’s merch efforts as international licensing director. He’ll be overseeing style guide development, agent selection and contract management, working with the co-production and sales department to develop BRB’s portfolio of properties across several territories.
FitzRoy Media (New York, New York, 646-924-3422): Strengthening its licensing team, FitzRoy has appointed industry vets Jonathan Breiter and Jennifer Zivic as US agents for its portfolio of kids IPs, including Funny Face, Heathcliff and Secret Wings. Jon Rosenberg is now repping FitzRoy’s properties exclusively in publishing and former Target Entertainment exec Richard Oren has been brought on-board to handle promo opps.
marblemedia (Toronto, Canada, 416-646-2711): Ted Brunt joins the prodco as VP of interactive production to develop and lead all interactive initiatives. Hailing most recently from the CBC as senior director of digital entertainment content, he also logged 14 years at pubcaster TVOntario. Brunt’s current tasks involve developing interactive projects for series in production. Right now Brunt’s overseeing web and mobile components for the Canadian format of Skatoony and season two of Taste Buds.
MTV Networks International (London, England, 44-207-478-6516): In addition to taking on the MD position at MTVN China, Mei Yan is now Viacom Asia’s chief rep. Based in Beijing, she’ll oversee business opps in China, MTV and Nickelodeon branded co-productions in the mainland, digital media, and consumer products, as well as handle new business development and governmental relations. Caroline Beaton, meanwhile, has been upped to SVP of international program sales at MTVNI, now heading up international program distribution activities, and will pursue co-pro opps across the company’s kids, music and young people divisions. She’s also assumed a seat on MTVNI’s Programming Council and will report to Steve Grieder, EVP of Nickelodeon and program sales.
Rainmaker Entertainment (Vancouver, Canada, 604-714-2600): Veteran animation producer Catherine Winder joins the prodco as president, having left Lucasfilm Animation where she set up the studio and produced Star Wars: The Clone Wars. She began her animation career in Asia at Walt Disney Television Japan. Working alongside Winder are new SVP of production and operations Kim Dent and Tara Kemes, who’s now managing talent development.
Starz Media (Toronto, Canada, 416-682-5200): Ex-Cartoon Network exec Heather Kenyon has taken on the the newly created post of VP of project development and sales at Starz Animation. She’ll work out of Starz-owned Film Roman’s Burbank HQ while expanding Starz’s work-for-hire and proprietary animation business. Kenyon has years of animation experience, including heading up series development at Cartoon Network and managing production information at Hanna-Barbera.
THQ (Agoura Hills, California, 818-871-5000): The vidgame publisher has just announced a reorg, promoting execs to lead its kids, family and casual games, core games and online businesses. Doug Clemmer has been upped to EVP to helm the kids, family and casual biz unit. Clemmer will be handling all production and marketing. Promoted to EVP of core games is Danny Bilson, while Steve Dauterman helms online as SVP and Ian Curran steps up to EVP of global publishing and will oversee the gameco’s worldwide revenue.
TV-Loonland (49-89-205-080, Unterfoehring, Germany): Barbora Sopkova has joined the distributor as sales manager for TV and home entertainment distribution. Based at TV-L’s London office, she’s been charged with heading up sales in CEE, Russia, Benelux, Greece, Turkey, North Africa, the Middle East and Asia (excluding Japan). Sopkova is also working with head of L&M Bernd Conrad on securing licensing agents for key brands in those territories.
Wildbrain (Los Angeles, California, 310-271-1400): In light of its former CEO Charlie Rivkin‘s recent call from President Obama to serve as the US Ambassador to France, the company has promoted Michael Polis to fill the post. Polis is primed to step up as the new CEO, having served as Wildbrain’s chief marketing officer since 2007, where he led its global licensing and marketing efforts. Polis now reports directly to Wildbrain’s board of directors and is continuing to expand and develop opps for its properties.