Toronto, Canada-based Guru Studio has added Monika Sharma to the newly created position of director of marketing. The role was created to meet continued growth within the company’s production, sales, licensing and digital businesses, which has seen the staff grow to 230, a 53% increase from last year.
Germany’s Your Family Entertainment (YFE) has its eyes on strategically building out the global TV presence of its yourfamily and RiC TV channels, and the company has tapped former KidsCo CEO Paul Robinson to lead the charge.
In nearly a year from now, ABC News president Ben Sherwood will take the reins from Anne Sweeney as co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group, as Sweeney is set to depart from the company in January 2015.
Debbie Ries has resigned from Texas-based NCircle Entertainment, the kids-focused distribution company she founded in 2006. During the past seven-plus years, as SVP and GM, she built NCircle into one of the top independent distributors of children’s home entertainment.
Two entertainment licensing app companies are set to merge following New York-based mobile studio Cupcake Digital’s acquisition of iStoryTime developer zuuka. The deal will position Cupcake as one of the largest indie chidren’s app developers with a library of more than 250 titles.
After nearly two decades at the helm of Disney’s global entertainment and news properties, Anne Sweeney, currently co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group, has announced that she will depart from the company in January 2015 to pursue a career in TV directing.
AwesomenessTV, the Dreamworks Animation-owned media company that develops and distributes content for teens and tweens, has tapped former Disney digital marketing exec T.J. Marchetti to lead branding initiatives as chief marketing officer.