Penny Handscomb has joined Mind Candy, the entertainment company behind the kids’ virtual world Moshi Monsters, as chief people officer, where she will lead the company’s human resources and talent management as it looks to grow its work force by more than 100 people this year.
Former Disney Channel and Disney XD exec Nikki Reed has joined Discovery/Hasbro US children’s net The Hub as SVP of programming & development, where among her first order of business is growing the cablenet’s programming slate to include more live-action series.
Dublin, Ireland-based animation company Jam Media, the studio behind preschool series as Baby Jake and Tilly and Friends, will open a new production and special effects facility in Belfast to create 40 new jobs.
Ron Johnson has been promoted to EVP, Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products for Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), which will put him at the helm of Viacom’s international consumer products operations. Reporting into Johnson will be Mark Kingston, who has been upped to GM and SVP for NVCP Europe, Middle East, Africa & Australia.
Entertainment One (eOne) is growing the presence of brands like Peppa Pig in Asia through new broadcast and licensing agreements as well as the appointment of a new territory manager for the region.
Children’s app developer Toca Boca, the company behind open-ended play apps like Toca Tailor, is growing with the acquisition of Toronto-based zinc Roe and its Tickle Tap app series. The name of the 10-person company will change from zinc Roe to Sago Sago.
FremantleMedia has created a digital and branded entertainment division, appointing Keith Hindle as its CEO.