After more than nine years at US toyco Hasbro’s studio arm Allspark (formerly Hasbro Studios), SVP of global distribution and development Finn Arnesen (pictured) is moving on to seek new opportunities, according to a company statement from Hasbro CCO and EVP Stephen Davis.
London-based Arnesen joined Hasbro Studios in 2010 as SVP of international distribution and development following a 16-year career at Cartoon Network’s parent company Turner where he served as GM of original series and international development.
As the former head of global distribution and development, Arnesen was responsible for content sales, distribution and channel and program development activities across television, online and other emerging media. According to Davis, his work resulted in Hasbro content being seen today in more than 195 territories across multiple platforms. His next move is currently unknown.
Following Arnesen’s departure, Allspark’s Nina Scales will step into the role of SVP of global distribution, reporting to Davis. As international distribution VP, Davis says Scales managed the studio’s regional content distribution teams and had direct responsibility to a number of Hasbro’s key international linear and digital partners. As for who will take on Finn’s development responsibilities, the studio’s development process, according to Davis, is informed by Hasbro’s cross-functional organization, including its distribution teams.
Scales joined Hasbro Studios in 2011 as senior sales director for the arm’s international distribution division.
In March 2019, LA-based Hasbro Studios rebranded as Allspark. The studio produces and distributes animated kids series, including Transformers: Cyberverse and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, as well as new series Power Rangers Beast Morphers and Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy.
The executive shuffle comes amid the Rhode Island-based toymaker’s strong second quarter net results, which saw revenue rise 9% to US$984.5 million, driven by eSports program Magic: The Gathering Arena.