Caroline Tyre departs Genius Brands for WildBrain

Tyre will lead a reorganized distribution team as VP of global sales and rights strategy, and Lara Ilie has been promoted to VP of revenue share and transactional.
September 17, 2020

As part of a reorganization of its distribution team, WildBrain has hired Caroline Tyre (pictured) to be its VP of global sales and rights strategy.

Tyre will be responsible for leading WildBrain’s international sales team (outside of China), and will oversee the implementation of the company’s commercial content strategy. She starts in the role on September 21, and reports to Deirdre Brennan.

Tyre previously served as Genius Brands’ SVP of international distribution. Prior to that, she was a director of programming at Teletoon for five years, and has also held managerial roles at eOne, Spin Master and CBC.

Under the reorg, Tyre is spearheading content distribution for the US, UK and pan-European markets previously managed by Jerry Diaz, who left the company last month.

Lara Ilie has also been promoted from VP of rights strategy to a newly created role as VP of revenue share and transactional. In this position, she will be responsible for WildBrain’s VOD strategy and emerging revenue streams. Ilie will also contribute audience, platform and IP insights and analysis into overall strategy for several of the company’s business units.

The restructured distribution team also includes: Wiebke Hoefer as director of European sales (Germany, France, Benelux, Scandinavia, Israel, Switzerland and Ireland); Darcee McCartney as sales manager (CEE, Russia/CIS, MENA, Africa, Portugal, Turkey, Greece, Australia, English and French Canada, New Zealand); Rebecca Lugo as sales manager (LatAm, Brazil, US Hispanic, in-flight, Spain and Italy); Jianbo Wei as MD for China; and Jennifer Oppenheimer as sales associate (Asia, excluding China).

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