Mattel’s HIT Entertainment has appointed three veteran execs, Robin Gay, Will Speer and Gina Briggs, to head up its global brand and marketing efforts for a number of properties including Thomas & Friends, Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam and Mike the Knight.
Paris-based kids programming distribution and brand management company PGS Entertainment has founded a new Hong Kong-based company, PGS H.K. Ltd, which will rep the company’s largely animation-based catalogue in Asia.
DreamWorks Animation has named Paul Kurzawa to the newly created position of head of retail development and entertainment.
With its second quarter profits up a hefty 74% and revenues rising by 31%, DreamWorks Animation is continuing to beef up its TV strategy with the appointment of Nickelodeon vet Marjorie Cohn as its first head of television. And on the CP front, it’s landed Hasbro as the master toy licensee for two upcoming feature films.
Kidscreen editor Lana Castleman has been promoted to editor and content director, a new position that sees her taking the lead on content for Kidscreen’s events, including Kidscreen Summit and iKids, and overseeing the Kidscreen Awards and iKids Awards programs.
Nickelodeon has upped Pamela Kaufman to the broader role of CMO and president of consumer products for Nickelodeon.
On the heels of Corus Entertainment revealing management changes that put Colin Bohm at the helm of the Corus Kids vertical, Nelvana Enterprises has now named two co-heads who will jointly manage the company’s global distribution and licensing portfolio.
Falling in line with its strategy to significantly expand its distribution business, Toronto’s 9 Story Entertainment has finalized a deal with indie producer CCI Entertainment for the underlying rights to its CCI Kids children’s and family library.