PEOPLE MOVES / TV
Laura Clunie is joining Spin Master Entertainment as its new VP of creative affairs, girls and preschool.
COMPANIES / NEWS / PEOPLE MOVES
On the heels of Michelle Raimo Kouyate’s departure as production president of Sony Pictures Animation, the studio has tapped DreamWorks Animation vet Kristine Belsonas its new president.
Hasbro is once again soliticiting fans to help design a new Transformers character.
BROADCASTING / CONSUMER PRODUCTS / NEWS
Ink Global has secured 11 new Italian licensing deals for Russian animated preschool series Masha and the Bear.
Same-store sales at US Toys ‘R’ Us locations dropped by 5% during the nine-week holiday period, but the retailer reports that its gross margins are up significantly.
Disney Channel dips into its in-house talent pool, tapping Disney actors Rowan Blanchard, Sabrina Carpenter, Paris Berelc and Sofia Carson to star in two brand-new original movies.
- How this year’s Golden Globes reflects the changing face of TV (Variety)
- DreamWorks’ How To Train Your Dragon 2 earns surprise Golden Globes win over The Lego Movie (Cinema Blend)
- Why Netflix is becoming the new cable for millennials (Cartt.ca)
- Nintendo powers off direct sales in Brazil (Wall Street Journal)
- Scholastic study finds reading aloud to children long after toddlerhood results in more frequent reading for fun (The New York Times)
- Pixar alums’ animated short lands a spot on the Oscar shortlist (Hollywood Reporter)
- To offset the falling Loonie, Apple raises app prices in Canada (Financial Post)
- Facebook’s number of video posts per person has spiked 75% globally in just one year (The Guardian)
Film London and Creative Access are co-funding 12 entry-level positions for London-based companies searching for new animation talent.