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Sept. 8, 2015

Who’s News

Brad Globe steps down as President of Warner Bros. Consumer Products this spring with current DC Entertainment President & CCO Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Diane Nelson to oversee the division until a successor is named.

Ian Rogers, the Senior Director Apple Music who created the online radio station Beats 1, moves to LVMH as Chief Digital Officer where he will lead the French luxury group’s expansion of its online retail presence.

John Paul Geurts, the Orlando-based 20-year Nickelodeon veteran, is promoted to SVP Experience Design in charge of creative development for Nick attractions, resorts and live entertainment worldwide.

Mobile expert Mika Kuusisto takes over the newly created role of Chief Eevenue Officer for Outfit7 and Bee7. His charge: grow Talking Tom & Friends and develop mobile game engagement strategies.

Marie Todd is named to the newly created role of Director Licensing for the Komar Kids Division.

Marina Narishkin leaves CPLG to join French TV network TF1 Enterprises as Director TF1 Licenses. The move follows the departure of TF1 deputy CEO Hubert Taieb.

Meanwhile, former Disney Consumer Products executive Virginie Kleinclaus-Renard is the new Managing Director of CPLG France.

Alison Downie is the new Licensing Director of independent toy manufacturer and distributor HTI.

Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products names Cynthia Rapp SVP Global Creative in charge project management and product development.

Marketing Manager Shelley Boyd-Platt succeeds Caroline Weaver on an interim basis as Head Product & Marketing at U.K. greeting card and party goods licensee Gemma.

Richard Desroches joins Imports Dragon as Brand Director with responsiblity for Shopkins, NHL figures, and other brands.

Jessica Eriksson is named to the newly created position of Licensing Manager at Saltkråkan–The Astrid Lindgren Company, owner of the rights to the works of Swedish children’s author Astrid Lindgren.

Michael Francis steps down as Chief Global Brand Officer of DreamWorksAnimation in December with current Head Global Consumer Products Jim Fielding to oversee licensing going forward.

Jeff Baker steps down as EVP of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment where he spent 13 years to become creative consultant to movie finance company RatPac Entertainment.

Former Beanstalk executive Antonia Predovan is the new Business Development Director for Brandgenuity.

Chris Hallock joins His mission: Help the online t-shirt marketplace add licensed apparel to its offerings.

Wim Ponnet leaves Yahoo EMEA to become Group Director Strategy & Commercial Development for Endemol Shine Group.

Tim Collins is leaving U.K. publisher DC Thomson after a highly successful run of five-plus years.

Asian consumer electronics veteran Elliot Chen joins LMCA as director of licensing in the firm’s Shanghai office.

Rovio Entertainment names former DreamWorks Animation global TV sales head Tuomo Korpinen Global EVP Media & President Rovio Animation Co./Blue Bird Distribution Co.

Kay Wilson Stallings joins Sesame Workshop as SVP Content Development—both original and via new production and partnership models.


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