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Who’s News — 11/6/2017

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Paramount Pictures’ LeeAnne Stables will step down as President Worldwide Marketing Partnerships & Licensing at the end of the year to focus on family obligations.

Mike Hopkins moves to Sony Pictures Television to become the new chairman of Sony Pictures Television, overseeing television production, syndication sales, marketing, and the company’s international division.

Randy Freer replaces Hopkins as Hulu’s CEO.

Branded Entertainment Network (BEN) appoints Ryan Kernan as Senior Director Merchandise Licensing for its Greenlight division.

TOMY Europe appoints Mary Wood as General Manager for TOMY U.K.

Rob Hudnut launches Rob Hudnut Productions, a faith-based and play-based kids content creator. Hudnut will also consult with studios, toycos, and IP owners as they attempt to develop their own play-based franchises. He recently left his VP & Executive Producer post at Mattel after 19 years.

The Jim Henson Co. promotes Halle Stanford to President Television.

Posh Paws’ Laura Bull will step into the role of Marketing Manager as Lauren Shipman takes maternity leave.

Hayneedle names Scott Doughman President and Anthony Soohoo SVP & GM Home across all U.S. ecommerce retail within, Hayneedle, and Jet.

Jerry Storch is stepping down as CEO of the HBC retailing conglomerate.

JCPenney’s chief merchant John Tighe leaves the company. The position is eliminated; with current SVP & General Merchandise Manager (GMM), Tony Hurst, adding oversight of custom window design, home services, and commercial sales to his responsibilities. He now reports to Joe McFarland, EVP Stores. Chairman & CEO Marvin Ellison becomes the direct report for Jodie Johnson, SVP & Senior GMM of women’s apparel, Sephora, salon, women’s specialty, footwear and handbags; James Starke, SVP & Senior GMM of men’s apparel, children’s apparel and jewelry; and Val Harris, SVP Product Development & Design.

Snap is slowing down on its hiring, laying off 11 in its recruiting division and instituting performance protocols to evaluate other employees. It laid off its hardware team recently after disappointing sales on its headwear.


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