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Studio 100 N.V. Acquires Majority Interest in m4e AG

m4eAG_Studio100_Belgian corporation Studio 100 N.V. acquired a 68 percent majority in the German brand management and media company m4e AG. The founding and principal shareholders of m4e AG met to discuss the sale of all of their shares. Read the rest of this entry »

Vandor Hires New President and CEO Sarah Devoll

VandorLogoVandor LLC named Sarah DeVoll as the new president and CEO. DeVoll is a highly experienced and innovative leader who has led successful consumer products companies in the Salt Lake City area, including Franklin Covey and American Crafts.

DeVoll has experience in marketing, sales, operations, licensor development, sourcing, and product innovation. She is known for her ability to improve profitability, increase sales, drive brand acquisitions, and build brands.  She is adept at acquiring new customers, retaining and growing existing customer revenues, and launching products. DeVoll has driven success for brands targeting both global and specialty market sectors.

LIMA to Induct Three Industry Veterans into Licensing Hall of Fame

LIMAHallOfFameFor the first time in 25 years, the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) will name a trio of industry executives to the Licensing Hall of Fame in the same year. This year, the honorees include: Allan Feldman, CEO and Founder of LMCA; Dell Furano, CEO and Founder of Epic Rights; and Cyril Speijer, former CEO of Wavery Productions B.V. and current co-principal of BN Licensing B.V. This year’s Hall of Fame Induction takes place Tuesday, May 23, at the LIMA Licensing Awards Ceremony during Licensing Expo 2017 in Las Vegas.

Candidates for the Licensing Hall of Fame must demonstrate continual and outstanding contributions to the licensing industry. Consideration is given to those who have been actively involved in the business of licensing for a minimum of 15 years and whose contributions have ongoing relevance to the industry. Read the rest of this entry »

Fox Television Group, Twentieth Century Fox Film Appoint Jim Fielding as President of Consumer Products and Innovation

JImFieldingFox Television Group and Twentieth Century Fox Film appointed Jim Fielding as president of consumer products and innovation. Fielding will oversee licensing, product development, and new business opportunities in the consumer retail space across both businesses and FX Networks. Fielding, who most recently served as Global Head of Consumer Products and Retail for DreamWorks Animation, will begin his new role on Jan. 23 and be based in Los Angeles. Read the rest of this entry »

2017 LIMA Awards Entry Submissions Open Until Next Month

May27LIMA(2)The annual LIMA Awards recognize the industry’s highest level of achievement. To be considered for various categories, participants may use the LIMA Online Entry Form. All entries must be submitted by Feb. 1.

Licensed program categories include: Art/Design, Celebrity/Fashion, Character/Toy Brand, Corporate Brand, Digital, Film/Television/Entertainment—Animated, Film/Television/Entertainment—Live Action, Food and Beverage/Restaurant, Sports, Licensed Promotion (limited to one submission per property), Location-Based or Experiential Initiative, and Retailer. Read the rest of this entry »

CEO of SG Companies to Retire and Transition Matt Feiner Next Year

matt-feiner_sgcompaniesSG Companies announced the retirement of Bernie Leifer, effective Jan. 1. Leifer joined the company more than 35 years ago. Leifer named Matt Feiner as his successor and will transition him to the role of chairman.

Feiner has more than 25 years of experience in the footwear industry. He most recently spent six years as SVP/GM of Stride Rite’s Wholesale Division, a division of Wolverine World Wide. Prior to Stride Rite, Feiner held several sales, product, and merchandising positions at Reebok.

 

Genius Brands Names Margaret Loesch as Executive Chairman of Kid Genius Cartoon Channel

margaretloesch_geniusbrandsGenius Brands International Inc. named children’s and family media executive Margaret Loesch as executive chairman of its Kid Genius Cartoon Channel. Loesch will provide counsel to newly-promoted channel president Deb Pierson, as well as expand the platform.

Loesch comes with four decades of experience working with children’s broadcasting and family entertainment with brands including Smurfs, My Little Pony, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, X-Men, Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies, Animaniacs, and Transformers. Loesch will collaborate with Pierson to advise on the development of channel brand strategy, ways to expand its coverage, and work to build advertiser participation.

The Fred Rogers Co. Names Paul Siefken as President and CEO

paul-fredrogersThe Fred Rodgers Co. named Paul Siefken president and CEO, effective January 1. Currently vice president of broadcast and digital media, Siefken succeeds longtime company president and CEO Bill Isler who is retiring from the company.
Before joining The Fred Rogers Co., Siefken spent nearly 10 years at PBS, most recently as director of Children’s Programming. Prior to that, he managed sponsored promotions and media relations as well as produced interactive content for Cartoon Network.

GoFundMe Raises Money for Licensing and Toy Industry Veteran

gofundmeA GoFundMe campaign has been started to raise money for licensing and toy industry veteran Lauren Whitehead, who has recently been hit with a catastrophic illness and is in need of a liver transplant.

The funds raised will pay for the medical and recovery costs of the transplant. Whitehead has been working in the licensing and toy industries for 20 years in companies such as Jakks Pacific, MGAE, Spin Master, and Paramount Studios, and has been honored with the Women in Toys Wonder Woman of the Year award.

 

Geena Davis, Jill Barad to be Honored at the 13th Annual Wonder Women Awards Gala

wit-logo-copyWomen in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment will honor actor and advocate Geena Davis with the Changemaker Award and Jill Barad with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 WIT Wonder Woman Awards Gala in February.

This year’s theme, WIT Changemakers: Playing it Forward, recognizes and honors female executives who create positive change and pave the way for future leaders. Geena Davis is the co-founder and chair of the Bentonville Film Festival, as well as the founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Jill Barad is the former Chariman and CEO of Mattel.

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