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Who’s News—8/6/2018

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Hasbro’s Board extends the employment of Chairman & CEO, Brian Goldner, two additional years through Dec. 31, 2022. In addition, John Frascotti’s duties are expanded to add COO to his current role as President. Frascotti is also appointed to Hasbro’s Board of Directors.

Casey Collins will be joining Hasbro as SVP & GM Global Consumer Products. Collins assumes the role from Simon Waters, who will be taking on a new position as SVP & GM of the toyco’s recently acquired Power Rangers franchise.

Across the pond, Hasbro strengthens its U.K. team with Becky Langer as its new Retail Development Manager. Langer reports to Sally Carnota, EMEA Retail Development.

Warwick Brenner will head McLaren Automotive’s global licensing business beginning Aug. 20th. He leaves after six years as the head of WWE’s EMEA Consumer Products Group.

IDW Media Holdings appoints Kerry McCluggage as the company’s new CEO, replacing founder and longtime CEO Ted Adams. Adams will take a short sabbatical and return in an unspecified creative role.

Scott Brothers Global appoints Laura Aldrich in the newly created position of EVP Licensing. Aldrich reports to President David Dembroski and will shepherd the company’s rapidly growing consumer products licensing business.

Portfolio Entertainment has brought on Donnie MacIntyre to fill the newly created role of VP Sales & Business Development.

Longtime Barneys New York menswear executive Jay Bell is promoted to EVP & General Merchandise Manager of women’s wear, succeeding Leah Kim. The retailer also hires Katherine Bahamonde Monasebian as its new Digital & Technology Chief.

Stateside, Hasbro-owned mobile game company Backflip Studios adds Rex Dickson, as Design Manager, and Zach Pond, as Director Digital Marketing, to its team in Boulder, Colo.

Disney taps Meredith Roberts for the newly created position of SVP Animation Strategy for Disney Channels.

Under Armour’s SVP Gobal Brand Management, Adrienne Lofton, resigns. Attica Jaques now leads the Global Brand Management team.

Viacom is buying youth media company Awesomeness for $25 million plus debt, according to The Hollywood Reporter. As part of the deal, which had a significantly lower price tag than Awesomeness’ $650 million valuation in 2016, Jordan Levin will leave his post as CEO at Awesomeness following a post-acquisition period.

Ian Curran is named COO and President of Sega of America. Curran will report to Tatsuyuki Miyazaki, CEO of Sega West, and will be responsible for “utilising all resources available to maximise the profitability of the publishing and Sonic business units within the Americas and EMEA.”

ESL is restructuring operations in the Asia-Pacific Japan region. As part of the process, ESL appoints Nick Vanzetti and JB Hewitt, current Managing Directors of ESL Australia, as Managing Directors for the region. Sebastian Radu, current Interim CEO, will step down from this role. And Nick Vanzetti will take on the role of SVP for the region, overseeing ESL’s brand operations in Asia and relocating to the Singapore office in January 2019.

NFL Media appoints Greg Polcsa to the new role of VP NFL Franchise & Network Marketing.

Pamela Post is promoted to Head Scripted for MTV, VHI, and Logo.

Millennial Esports Corp. appoints Stephen Shoemaker to the dual roles of CEO & President of the company, following the conclusion of Bob Reif’s tenure as President and former CEO Alex Igelman’s transition to Executive Chairman.

Brandlive hires Jeff Allen as CEO.

ECOMI, a blockchain company whose platform allows users to pay, protect, and collect licensed digital collectables, adds Alfred Kahn as a strategic advisor.

Asmodee North America begins its restructuring process following news that the company has found a buyer in the form of French private equity fund Pai Partners. The company will be split into separate publishing and distribution units and its current CEO, Christian Petersen, will depart at the end of 2018. The two new units will be Asmodee North America Publishing, led by Steve Horvath, currently CMO; and Asmodee North America Distribution, led by Andre Kieren, who was hired from Games Workshop earlier this year as Head Distribution.

Jean-Philippe Randisi steps down from his role as CEO of Zodiak Kids. The prodco has begun searching for a replacement.


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