Former Chapman Entertainment exec Natasha Dyson is joining production and rights management company Coolabi as head of licensing, filling Anna Hewitt’s shoes when she departs for Walker Books later this month.
Dyson will oversee the licensing activity for a growing portfolio of properties that includes Poppy Cat, Purple Ronnie and Scarlett & Crimson.
Dyson comes to Coolabi from a stint as head of licensing at Chapman, where she managed the company’s portfolio of preschool brands in the UK including Fifi and the Flowertots and Roary the Racing Car. She also managed the launch of new brands Little Charley Bear and Raa Raa the Noisy Lion.
She started her licensing career at The Beanstalk Group managing and launching the Mary-Kate and Ashley brand in the UK before expanding the company’s retail business as part of the New Business team.
Dyson will have her hands full in the coming months as Coolabi’s Nick Jr UK show Poppy Cat rolls out internationally including a US launch on Sprout this fall.