FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) has promoted David Luner to president, brand partnerships and franchise management, where he will oversee all of FMNA’s ancillary businesses including digital brand partnerships, sponsorship and integrated marketing, licensing, live events and various elements of business development.
Teletoon Canada and ABC3 Australia Entertainment have signed on as broadcasters for One Family’s cartoon series Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong, which is developed in collaboration with Sticky Pictures.
Gaumont Animation’s MD Pierre Belaisch has restructured the studio’s management team in the wake of the departure of Jean-Pierre Quenet, former head of production operations, at the end of last year.
The Jim Henson Company is launching a new publishing division this fall, leading with a series of seasonally oriented adventure books aimed at a core girls demo. In partnership with publisher Bloomsbury Children’s Books, Jim Henson Publishing will launch the Enchanted Sisters series this August with Autumn’s Secret Gift, the first of four books that will each be released at the start of a new season.
Rocket Licensing, which is managing the licensing campaign for preschool property Q Pootle 5, has announced two more licensing deals: Walker Books for global TV tie-in publishing and Blue Sky Designs for children’s stationery.
FremantleMedia Kids and Family Entertainment has announced that preschool CGI series Ella the Elephant has been sold to Disney Junior Channel Latin America. The series, co-produced with DHX Media and TVO Kids, is already set to launch on Disney Junior in the US this spring.