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Who’s News — 9/18/2017

Julia Jensen is SVP, Publicity & Communications for Warner Bros. Entertainment Consumer Products.

Nickelodeon names Jose L. Castro as SVP Softlines. Castro will manage existing partnerships and develop new business opportunities across all categories including apparel, accessories, and home goods. He will also serve as the liaison for all global fashion collaborations and continue to oversee specialty and department store retail accounts.

Tony Weisman joins Dunkin’ Donuts as its new U.S. CMO.

LMCA adds Reginald Thornton as Director Brand Licensing.

Penguin Random House promotes Alison Rich to SVP Publishing Development & Author Platforms and Rachael Perriello to Director Licensing & Business Development.

Ed Wells joins Sesame Workshop as Head Intl. Media & Education.

GP Flair welcomes Emmanuelle Cadet as Head Marketing.

June DeFabio joins Iconix as Head Home & Women’s Brands. Iconix’s consumer brands include Candie’s, Bongo, Joe Boxer, Rampage, Mudd, Mossimo, London Fog, Ocean Pacific, Danskin, Rocawear, Cannon, Royal Velvet, Fieldcrest, Charisma, Starter, Waverly, Zoo York, Umbro, Lee Cooper, Ecko Unltd., Marc Ecko, and Artful Dodger. In addition, Iconix owns interests in Material Girl, Ed Hardy, Truth or Dare, Modern Amusement, Buffalo, and Pony.

Tony Hicks takes on the role of CEO at Vivid Toy Group.

Wow Unlimited Media appoints John Vandervelde as EVP, Corporate Secretary & CFO1. Christine Read, who served as Interim CFO, will remain VP Finance.

Epoch Making Toys adds John Briggs as Senior National Account Manager for the U.K. and Ireland.

Netflix hiree Melissa Cobb as VP Kids & Family Content.

Pete Hawley is the new President & CEO of Telltale Games. Hawley replaces Co-founder Dan Connors, who is stepping back to an advisory role.

Family-owned Downlite reworks its leadership. Amongst the key shifts, Josh Werthaiser is now CEO after James Lape retires from the role; Marvin Werthaiser remains as an active Co-owner & COO; Brian Parnes becomes CIO & CMO; and Jyl Davis becomes VP Marketing & Product Management.

Alexandre Henin joins Federation Kids & Family as its new Head Acquisitions.

Spotify secures Courtney Holt as VP & Head Spotify Studios/Video. Holt will lead efforts in original video and podcast programming. Meanwhile, its Head Video, Tom Calderone, exits.

DHX Media’s new VP Distribution is Jerry Diaz.

LVMH Names Sylvie Colin CEO of Kenzo.

Thunderbird Entertainment expands its leadership team:

  • Ivan Fecan is now Interim CEO. Fecan remains as executive chair of the Thunderbird board and will continue to produce the series “Kim’s Convenience.”
  • Jennifer McCarron is now Co-President & CEO Atomic Cartoons. McCarron also joins the Thunderbird board.
  • Mark Miller is also promoted to Co-President. He continues as CEO Great Pacific Media and will maintain his seat on the Thunderbird board.
  • Co-founder Tim Gamble is appointed vice chair of the Thunderbird board and will continue to pursue new opportunities for the company, with a focus on IP.

Baltic Linen, the home fashions division of Sobel Westex, hires Michael Trampas as its EVP Sales & Marketing.

Bardwil Linens names Reed Raggio its new SVP Sales & Merchandising.

LEGO will cut 1,400 jobs (or 8% of its global workforce) before the end of 2017 with a push of the “reset button” to help offset weaker demand in established markets like the U.S. and parts of Europe. The toyco claims that the business has become too complex over the past five years to support global growth. LEGO’s revenue for the first half of 2017 decreased 5% to $2.38 billion, compared to $2.51 billion in the first half of 2016.

Walmart is restructuring its operations, which includes reducing its divisions from six to four and the number of regions from 44 to 36.

Disney is planning to cut 10% of yearly costs; the giant is aiming to make staffing reductions at ABC Television Group’s broadcast network, news, television production studio, and local stations.

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