A merger between A Squared Entertainment and Genius Brands has resulted in the creation of a multimedia and brand management company under the current Genius Brands International, which will be helmed by Andy Heyward and a consortium of kids media, entertainment and finance execs.
Hopster, the UK-based Netflix-like TV and learning app that’s set to launch later this month, is growing its portfolio with three more preschool titles from eOne Family, and the company itself is expanding with two new hires.
Women in Animation (WIA), a non-profit professional organization that brings together the global community of animation professionals, will head into its 20th year under the leadership of Mattel’s Margaret Dean (pictured) and Technicolor’s Kristy Scanlan.
Toys ‘R’ Us acting chief Antonio Urcelay has officially been named CEO of the New Jersey-based mega retailer as it gears up for the crucial holiday season. Meanwhile, retail exec Hank Mullany has been named president of TRU’s American operations, effective November 5.
In line with its recent global consumer products reorganization, LA-based Saban Brands is set to open its first international office in London and has named industry veteran Gustavo Antonioni as the company’s MD of consumer products Europe.