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Spin Master hires Heather Oster as its new VP Global Franchise Development, reporting to EVP Jennifer Dodge. Formerly at Universal Pictures, Heather’s first remit is heading up the development of Mighty Express, Spin Master’s new animated preschool series launching this fall on Netflix with licensed products to follow in 2021.

Cloudco Entertainment welcomes Ian Lambur as EVP, Content Strategy & Co-Productions. He is responsible for all content planning, strategies, and co-production relationships as well as serving as head of Cloudco’s global content sales.

Following Banijay’s $2.2 billion acquisition of Endemol Shine Group, Banijay CEO Marco Bassetti steps up to lead the combined group as former Endemol CEO Sophie Turner Laing leaves.

Majority owner JAB Holdings tightens its control over Coty by installing its Chairman Peter Harf as CEO. He is Coty’s fourth CEO in five years, and displaces expected appointee Pierre Denis (Jimmy Choo executive and Coty board member).

Janet Hayes is named CEO of Crate and Barrel, succeeding Neela Montgomery.

Netflix welcomes Bozoma Saint John to serve as its third CMO in the last year, replacing Jackie Lee-Joe. Saint John is set to join Netflix in August from Endeavor, where she has served as CMO since 2018.

Emma Watts joins Paramount Pictures as President of the Motion Picture Group, reporting studio chief Jim Gianopulos.

Catherine Zappa is promoted to Publisher & EVP Film/Television at Dreamscape Media.

Kim Brown, formerly President of North America for Parragon Books, is named VP Sales & Marketing for North America at Welbeck Publishing Group.

Lori Wieczorek joins Scholastic’s trade division as Editor Licensing, Media & Brands and Michael Petranek is promoted to Executive Editor & Manager of the publisher’s AFK and Graphix Media imprints.

WWE appoints Kristina Salen as CFO, reporting directly to Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon.

Rachel Shechtman leaves Macy’s. As Brand Experience Officer, she founded the department store’s experiential Story retail concept.


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