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Who’s News—9/10/2018

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Mattel launches a new theatrical film division to develop motion pictures based on its franchises. Mattel Films is led by Executive Producer Robbie Brenner, reporting to Ynon Kreiz, Mattel’s Chairman & CEO. Mattel and Sony had been developing a live-action Barbie movie, starring Anne Hathaway, for 2020 release, but that option has lapsed and the project is not moving forward, per the Hollywood Reporter. Future potential projects unincumbered by studio options include Hot Wheels, American Girl, Fisher-Price, and Thomas & Friends.

Hasbro promotes Samantha Lomow to President Hasbro Entertainment Brands (incl. My Little Pony, Transformers, and Power Rangers) and Jonathan Berkowitz to President Hasbro Brands (incl. Monopoly, Nerf, Play-Doh, Baby Alive, and Furreal). Both execs report to John Frascotti, Hasbro President & COO.

Paramount Pictures appoints longtime Viacom executive Michael D. Armstrong to the newly created position of EVP Worldwide Television Licensing & Operations. He will lead third-party distribution efforts and reports to Dan Cohen, Paramount’s President Worldwide Television Licensing.

As the Getty family takes control over Getty Images, it restructures the company’s leadership:

  • Mark Getty, grandson of oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty, will become Chairman of the board, succeeding current chairman and Getty Images co-founder Jonathan Klein, who will become the deputy chairman.
  • Chief Operating Officer Craig Peters will become CEO, succeeding current chief Dawn Airey, who will become a non-executive director.
  • Interim CFO Rik Powell will become CFO.

Dick’s Sporting Goods announces Vidya Jwala as its Chief E-commerce & Supply Chain Officer.

L’Oréal Group’s Nathalie Gerschtein succeeds Ikdeep Singh as President Maybelline, Garnier & Essie in the U.S.

Hearst Magazines’ new president, Troy Young, shakes up the publisher by firing two executives from the old regime. The first is Jon Gluck, Executive Director Editorial Talent, Development & Special projects, who joined in Sept. 2017 after being recruited by the now-former Chief Content Officer, Joanna Coles. Also out is Flavie Lemarchand-Wood, VP Communications for Hearst Magazines, who also joined the company in September 2017.

Heritage Home Group CEO Pierre de Villeméjane will step down from the post Sept. 14 now that the bankrupt furniture conglomerate has lined up stalking horse bidders for its Thomasville & Co. and Broyhill businesses. Robert Albergotti assumes his responsibilities.

Lew’s Holdings, supplier of branded fishing and hunting gear and accessories, promotes Ken Eubanks to CEO.

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