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Nov. 16, 2015

Who’s News

MHS Licensing has brought on Cathy Anderson as an Account Executive.

Licensing veteran Ivan Marco and business partner Conchita Romero have launched a new licensing agency in Spain. Marcrom Licensing’s portfolio of brands includes Belen Esteban, Terelu Campos, Boris Izaguirre, Kiko Matamoros, Ylenia, La Liga, Munich, Keith Kimberlin and Kokonuzz.

Beanstalk has appointed Allison Ames as CEO while  Co-founder and current CEO, Michael Stone steps into the role of Chairman.

Former Nickelodeon and Disney senior executive Geradine Laybourne has joined the board of directors of 9 Story Media Group.

After 35 years in the licensing industry, Exim Licensing Group President & Founder Elias Hofman is stepping down. Following his departure on Jan. 1, offices in Argentina, Mexico, Panama, Colombia, Peru and Brazil will be managed and run independently. Hofman plans to continue working in the entertainment business by finding new development opportunities in areas such as lives shows, exhibitions and events in Latin America and the U.S.

Balmoral Funds, a Los Angeles-based private equity fund, has acquired giftware company Enesco and named Todd Mavis, an operating advisor for Balmoral, as CEO. Current CEO Tom Bowles will retire.

The Bon-Ton Stores appointed Nancy Walsh to the position of EVP & CFO.

Tomy Intl. has announced that Nicolai Lindhardt, EVP Europe, is departing the company. He will be replaced by Masayuki Nagatake, currently CCO.

Stein Mart’s President & CMO, Brian R. Morrow, resigned from the company.

Stephen Smith is LL Bean’s new President & CEO.

Laurel Richie will step down as President of the WNBA. NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum will oversee the WNBA on an interim basis while the league searches for a new president.

UTA’s digital media division added agent Sara Early to its staff. Early will identify and represent brands, platforms, and digital influencers for UTA.

Home textiles distributor and manufacturer Design Weave promotes Eric Jent to company President, a new position.

Turner Intl. announced new appointments to streamline its entertainment business. Hannes Heyelmann, SVP/MD Central & Eastern Europe will represent Turner International as its liaison executive with entertainment teams in the U.S. Meanwhile, Patricia Hidalgo, SVP/Chief Content & Creative Officer Kids EMEA, will assume the new remit for the company’s international kids strategy.

HTI has announced the appointment of Colin Houlihan as Executive Director.

Gaumont Television has appointed Nicola Andrews to the newly created position of VP Distribution.

Warner Bros. Animation promoted Jay Bastian to SVP Series, and COO Ed Adams to SVP & GM.

Spin Master’s MD Europe, Kevin Jones, is retiring at the end of 2015. Hedley Barnes will be promoted to Regional General Manager North (U.K., Germany, Benelux), while Guillaume Mamez will be promoted to Regional General Manager South (France, Italy). In the U.K., Jacqueline Taylor–Foo will be promoted to Commercial Director Sales and Phil Hooper will be promoted to Commercial Director Marketing.

Brenda Gilbert has been named President of Bron Media Corp’s Bron Animation. The division’s leadership team is filled out by Adam Wood, VP Creative; Teunis de Raat, VP Digital; and Luke Carrol, VP Production & Development.

Sanuk, a division of Deckers Brands, promoted Erik Ecklund to Senior Director U.S. Sales and moved Jeff Booth to oversee the sales for all of the Southern United States territory.

Vandor has hired marketing professional Vince Brick to be Director Business Development National Accounts.

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