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Illumination Entertainment taps former Jim Henson Co. President Peter Schube as COO, replacing Natalie Fischer. Also hired are Scott Broock, as EVP Digital Strategy & Innovation and Latifa Ouaou, as Executive Producer.

DHX Media’s Wildbrain appoints Will Mahmood to the newly created position of Head Strategy.

Brad Grey steps down as Chairman & CEO of Paramount Pictures. Brad will stay on as he and Bob Bakish (President & CEO of Viacom) work with Paramount’s leadership team until a replacement is found.

Nickelodeon promotes Shelly Sumpter Gillyard to EVP Talent, Music & Events to oversee casting and branding.

Turner promotes Valerie Meraz to SVP Content Acquisitions & Strategy for its entertainment networks. Valerie will negotiate deals for movies and off-network television series on behalf of TBS, TNT, truTV, Adult Swim, TCM, and FilmStruck as well as film acquisitions for Cartoon Network and Boomerang.

Li & Fung Ltd. hires Stavros Garger as Senior Design Director Home for the global supply chain managing company. Garger brings with him his “Destinations” brand; the bedding collection launches this month.

Laurent Taieb joins Sagoo’s entertainment division.

BWI Merchandising (Bioworld Intl.) welcomes Richard Radford as Head Licensing.

Little, Brown promotes Bill Robinson to Director Brand Development and Sabrina Benun to Senior Marketing Manager.

Elizabeth Zeigler is promoted to CEO of Graham-Pelton Consulting.

Louis Vuitton taps Lanessa Elrod as its new President of the Americas zone. She succeeds Anthony Ledru, who relocates to Paris to become EVP Commercial Activities.

Generation Media promotes Ellie Start to Associate Director and Michaella Williams to Senior Account Manager.

Danilo’s Licensing Director, Trevor Jones, steps down as Dan Grant steps up. Trevor will continue working with the Light Fund charity and some consultancy work.

Magformers strengthens its U.K. team with Jill MacNeill, Sales Executive Ireland; Patricia Hartshorn, Office Manager U.K.; and Jill Paget, Company Accountant.

Osmo hires Blake Hennon as VP Distribution. The AR and AI company recently received US$24 million in funding from Mattel, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Collab+Sesame, and Shea Ventures.

AwesomenessTV Co-founder & CEO, Brian Robbins, steps down. President Brett Bouttier continues to lead, and is currently seeking a new creative partner. NBCUniversal acquired the studio for $3.8 billion last April.

Darrell Jones leaves his role as Marketing Director at Bandai U.K.

MakieLab CEO & Founder Alice Taylor is now Director StudioLab at Walt Disney Studios after the media giant bought out the start-up.

As Maker Studios integrates with parent company Disney, the digital studio cut 80 employees and support for over 55,000 YouTubers; leaving only 300 creators on its roster.


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