BBC (London, England, 44-208-225-9269): With Richard Deverell stepping down as controller of BBC Children’s, Joe Godwin has been tapped to fill the position in the Beeb’s new home in Salford Quays. He’ll be responsible for all aspects of CBeebies and CBBC, putting 20 years of experience in children’s media to good use. Godwin was head of news, factual and entertainment for BBC Children’s, responsible for shows such as Newsround, Blue Peter and Serious.
Family Channel/Playhouse Disney Canada (Toronto, Canada, 416-956-2030): Sarah Haasz is stepping into the role of production executive of original programming at both nets, helping to put together a development and production slate. She’ll also be overseeing incoming submissions for all project proposals. Haasz comes to the Astral Media channels armed with kids TV experience from Canuck pubcaster CBC, Bardel Entertainment and Corus Entertainment.
Hasbro (Pawtucket, Rhode Island, 401-727-5000): Planning, directing and executing programming strategy for the forthcoming Hasbro-Discovery JV channel is the new remit of kids TV vet Donna Ebbs. As SVP of programming, she’ll develop a programming strategy, including scheduling, oversight and cost management. And over at newly established Hasbro Studios, Bob Boden is now head of reality and game show development and production, ex-Sony director of animation Michael J. Vogel takes on a new role as head of boys animation, and Brian Charles Lenard moves over from RDF Media Group to head up story development.
HIT Entertainment (New York, New York, 212-463-9623): Javier Garcia Bourgoing has been appointed to head up TV distribution for Latin America and US Hispanic markets. Based in Miami, Bourgoing comes to HIT with more than 30 years of broadcast sales and advertising experience under his belt, having most recently served as GM of Media Access/All TV in Mexico and Miami. He’ll be working to grow HIT’s broadcast presence in those regions.
Kido’z (Tel Aviv, Israel, 97-23-527-0172): In addition to running Lemonade Creative Consulting, former National Geographic Kids Entertainment prez Donna Friedman Meir has moved into the online space as the chief of content and strategy at Kido’z. She’ll be helping to build up the global platform’s presence. Version 2.0 is launching this month and will include a kid-friendly email system and social network.
Ludorum (London, England, 44-208-246-4010): As the company expands its activities State-side, it’s appointed Maureen Taxter to the newly created position of SVP of US Consumer Products. Based in New York, the licensing vet will put her 25 years in the biz to good use. She’s held senior posts with Jim Henson Productions, Hasbro and Nickelodeon Consumer Products. Taxter will oversee the company’s commercial operations in the US, focusing on expanding the program around CGI-animated preschool series Chuggington, which is set to air on Playhouse Disney US this spring.
Rainmaker Entertainment (Vancouver, Canada, 604-714-2600): Former Cartoon Network exec Terry Kalagian has joined Rainmaker as its new VP of business development and is set to cultivate cross-platform distribution opps for the prodco’s original content. She’ll also help expand Rainmaker’s work-for-hire business, in addition to targeting new distribution opps for its feature film, direct-to-DVD and TV content.
Sony Pictures Entertainment (Los Angeles, California, 310-244-4000): Taking on the new VP of creative and consumer marketing position at SPE is Randy Nellis. He’ll be overseeing creative development for global licensing and promo programs across the studio’s portfolio that includes Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Smurfs and Spider-Man 4. Nellis comes to Sony from MGM Studios Consumer Products Group, where he served as VP of creative and led the rebranding of The Pink Panther and Fame. He also boasts consumer products experience at DreamWorks, where he managed top franchises such as Jurassic Park and E.T.
Spin Master (Toronto, Canada, 416-364-6002): It’s been seven years since he left the toyco, and now Jeff Hurst has returned to take on the role of VP of Canadian sales and marketing. Hurst has more than 15 years of sales and marketing experience in the biz, having worked for Hasbro, Leapfrog and most recently MGA Entertainment’s Canadian operations.
Twentieth Century Fox (Los Angeles, California, 310-369-1000): Fox Licensing & Merchandising had some large shoes to fill after Elie Dekel departed in July. Enter ex-Disney exec Robert Marick as the new EVP of licensing and merchandising, heading up the studio’s consumer products efforts. Marick will manage the L.A. and London offices. He brings more than a decade of experience from the House of Mouse, where he worked in its consumer products, music and home entertainment divisions. Fox is also delving further into gaming with Andre Emerson stepping into the newly created role of VP of video game production. He comes from indie game consulting firm Bad Butterz Productions, where he served as president and CEO. He’ll be overseeing production on vidgame projects based on Fox’s TV and film library.