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LCMA Tags Ciarán Coyle as New COO/President

Ciarán Coyle is bringing his deep experience in the brand licensing industry to a new and critical role at LMCA, as President and COO of one of the world’s top licensing firms.  “Ciarán is exceptionally well suited to build upon and grow LMCA’s leadership role in corporate brand extension licensing, and we are excited to have him aboard,” said Allan Feldman, founder and CEO at LMCA. Coyle last worked with Electrolux, where he worked as the Global VP and Head of Brand Licensing, and is credited with growing the electronic giant’s corporate brand licensing program around the world. Prior to that position Coyle worked with Beanstalk for 11 years, most recently as the President for the Europe and Asia Pacific regions. At the time he was based in the company’s… . . . read more

Who’s News: Spin Master, LEGO and Skydance

Spin Master Announces Two Nominations to its Board of Directors Spin Master, the Canadian-based global children’s entertainment company, has announced the nomination of Ed Clark and Max Rangel (pictured) to the company’s Board of Directors. Clark will join the Board as Deputy Chair while Rangel will serve as a Director. Both will stand for election at Spin Master’s annual meeting May 6. “Ed is a legendary Canadian business leader with demonstrated experience of driving significant growth and stewarding large, successful companies,” said Anton Rabie, Spin Master’s Co-Founder. “We are so privileged to have him join the Board as Deputy Chair, bringing his deep business and governance experience to help guide Spin Master’s next phase of growth.” Clark is an experienced board director with a storied career in the financial industry,… . . . read more

ZAG Appoints New VP As Part of LatAm Expansion

The award-winning independent animation studio ZAG continues to grow its global consumer products team, appointing its first VP for the Latin America region, former Viacom executive Angela Cortez, to the position of VP, Consumer Products, Latin America, according to Julian Zag, Executive Vice President, Global Operations. Zag says Cortez will be based in Brazil but will also work from the company’s newly opened office in Miami, established to support the burgeoning activity across Latin America. Cortez will spearhead the licensing and new business development efforts for ZAG’s portfolio of “ZAG Heroez” brands, including global mega-hit Miraculous – Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir and the upcoming Ghostforce.  Cortez will report to Kirk Bloomgarden, ZAG’s SVP of Global Licensing.  She will also manage the company’s licensing agents, including Gloob, Tycoon, IMC and… . . . read more

Hasbro’s Finn Arnesen Joins Games Workshop

The Games Workshop Group is diving even deeper into the entertainment business, announcing the appointment of former Hasbro Studios SVP Finn Arnesen as the company’s first Head of Entertainment Development. Games Workshop is best known for its Warhammer gaming franchise, and the company also has its own library of novels and short stories based on the game. Arnesen’s first task in his new role will be to mine that content to develop both animated and live action talent for film and TV series. Arnesen will report to Game Workshop’s Executive Vice President of Global Licensing, Jon Gillard. Arnesen is a respected veteran of the content world, having worked with Turner Broadcasting and Hasbro Studios. “In its almost 40-year history, Warhammer has been a leader in the field of tabletop and video… . . . read more

Bradford Promoted to New Role at Poetic Brands

Licensing veteran Anne Bradford has been promoted to the position of Commercial Director at Poetic Brands, after building out the company’s children’s and baby wear division. Bradford joined the company in September of 2019 with a brief to build out the new division, and saw notable success over the ensuing 18 months, despite the challenges brought on by the pandemic. By the end of 2020 Poetic Brands had signed on several licensing partners, including The Baby Club, Brambly Hedge, Gigantosaurus, the Early Learning Centre, and Tiny Tatty Teddy. This year, in the first two months of 2021, Poetic expanded its kids and baby portfolio with a deal for three of Moonbug Entertainment’s brands, those being CoComelon, Blippi, and Morphle. Poetic says Bradford will continue to lead that division, but will… . . . read more

ViacomCBS Appoints Licensing Head for China

ViacomCBS Consumer Products (VCP) has appointed Jennifer Pang to lead its business in Greater China. Pang will be based in Hong Kong, reporting to Mark Kingston, Senior Vice President of International Licensing. Claire O’Connor, the company’s previous Vice President, Consumer Products & Retail Marketing for the Asia Pacific region, will exit the business. As Vice President and Head of Licensing in Greater China, Pang leads VCP’s overall licensing business across markets in Greater China for all ViacomCBS franchises. She is responsible for managing the team, VCP’s master licensee agent as well as global partnership activity locally, while sourcing and executing local licensing and promotional deals. Pang also oversees retail sales and marketing, driving revenue through key account management. “Asia is an important area of focus for us as we continue… . . . read more

Big Bad Boo Hires VP as ‘Head Do-Gooder’

Big Bad Boo Studios, despite its name, is an animation company that wants to do good in the world, and how better to do that than to hire a Vice President in charge of doing good things? With that in mind, BBB has hired a new Vice President, Nikki Whaites, to head its international development team from her base in Toronto, Canada. Whaites was formerly the head of international development at War Child Canada, and has 20 years of experience running similar programs for a variety of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). As VP of international development at Big Bad Boo, Whaites’ brief will be to help the animation company build on its existing relationships with NGOs like Save the Children and UNICEF, said CEO and co-founder Aly Jetha. The goal is… . . . read more

VIZ Media Hires Former Netflix Licensing Chief Laurie Takaragawa

VIZ Media announced it’s made a major addition to its licensing team, hiring Laura Takaragawa, the Head of Consumer Licensing at Netflix, as its new VP of Consumer Products Licensing & Promotions. Viz says the newly created position will allow for the integration of all of VIZ Media’s licensed merchandise, collaborations, interactive and digital games, LBE, and promotions across all its licensed properties worldwide. Takaragawa will be responsible for all licensing and consumer product activities and, alongside senior leadership, will shape the company’s long-term growth plan, further developing its consumer products brand portfolio and expanding the company’s retail profile. “The new role will help us in driving continued growth across our licensing and consumer product business and will provide opportunities to further deepen our relationships with consumers and our partners alike,” said Brad Woods,… . . . read more

New CEO at Sambro International

The popular toy manufacturer and distributor, Sambro International Ltd., has appointed Paul Blackaby as its new chief executive officer, as he looks to “lead the team through its next stage of development.” Blackaby joined the Sambro business in February 2020 as chief financial officer, bringing with him many years of experience in both the manufacturing and consumer goods sectors at a senior level. “I am completely delighted to be given the opportunity to lead this fantastic business and terrific team through its next stage of development,” said Blackaby. “There has been some great work undertaken in recent years which we will harness and build from; we are all excited about Sambro’s future.” The award-winning toy and novelty company, based in Manchester, England, recently announced that it was assessing growth opportunities… . . . read more

Carley Leads Global Licensing at BBC Studios

BBC Studios is getting serious about licensing, and has promoted veteran exec Andrew Carley to the newly created role of Director of Global Licensing. The move will see Carley empowered to create and manage a long-term strategy which, among other projects, will include opportunities for the BBC’s highly successful pre-school show Bluey. “The BBC has long been synonymous with high quality children’s programming,” says Carley. “To be given the opportunity to use my experience to help build a long-term global licensing program around such fantastic programming, including ‘Bluey,’ is hugely exciting. ‘Bluey’ has many of the rare attributes associated with evergreen global preschool success stories. With that potential comes the opportunity to build on its success and cement BBC Studios’ position as a global player in licensing and consumer products.”… . . . read more