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WME/IMG appoints Michael Ma to serve as CEO of its China subsidiary.

Bob Bakishis stepping into the role of Viacom’s acting CEO & President on Nov. 15, officially ending Tom Dooley’s brief stint as Philippe Dauman’s replacement. The media giant is reestablishing its Kids and Family Group as Nickelodeon Group (led by current President Cyma Zarghami), comprised of Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TeenNick, Nick at Nite, NickMom, and NickToons. Banish will lead the new Viacom Global Entertainment Group, which combines Viacom’s International Media Networks division with its domestic networks arm Viacom Music and Entertainment Group, housing MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, Spike, Logo, TV Land, and CMT. BET Networks will continue to function as a dedicated and separate group.

Sony Pictures Consumer Products appoints Roger Estrada as SVP Creative and Stacey Kerr as VP Licensing. Both report to newly appointed EVP Worldwide Consumer Products Jamie Stevens.

Funko welcomes Charlie Denson and Adam Kriger to its board of directors.

The Fred Rogers Co. adds Micah Southwood as Licensing Manager.

Deckers Brands appoints Maggie Winkel as the GM of Teva.

AwesomenessTV and Verizon appoint Russell Rothberg to serve as SVP Creative for an as-yet-unnamed new content venture.

Following Rainmaker Entertainment’s acquisition of Frederator Networks and Ezrin Hirsh Entertainment, the three companies will combine to form WOW! Unlimited Media. WOW! will be led by Michael Hirsh as CEO & Chairman of the Board; Fred Seibert will take the position of CCO; Bryant Pike is CFO, and Michael Hefferon is EVP.

The Estée Lauder Cos. promotes Gustavo Andriani to SVP & GM MAC Cosmetics; Lisa Sequino to SVP/GM Estée Lauder & Aerin Beauty North America; and Mendy Charlton to VP & GM Bobbi Brown North America.

Cycling Sports Group appoints Henning Schroeder as Global VP Product, David Guzik as Global VP Engineering, and Brian Immel as Global VP Marketing.

Mattel has retained search firm Spencer Stuart to help identify the company’s next CEO; current CEO Christopher Sinclair tells the Wall Street Journal that he won’t hand over the reins until the toyco is “working on all cylinders.”

Hatchbeauty adds Michael Sampson as President.

The Alpha Group, formerly Auldey Toys of North America, opens its new office in Los Angeles, CA and hires Jean-Christophe Pean as President, Brehan Maul as VP Marketing, and Darren Lee Phillipson as Head of Product Design. Adrian Roche is promoted to VP Global Business Development.

Thunderbird appoints Matthew Berkowitz as Head Development for subsidiary Atomic Cartoons.

HTI ups its sales team with Benoit Depagneux, now Head EMEA, and John Jo Cassidy, now Senior National Account Manager.


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