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Roblox Expands Management Team with Industry Veterans

roblox_LogoRoblox added three Silicon Valley veterans to its senior staff to help lead the company. The new team will be tasked with scaling the staff and product that supports the platform, and includes Jennifer Hedding as chief people officer, Daniel Williams as vice president (VP) of corporate and production engineering, and Matt Kaufman as VP of product for platform at Roblox. Each brings more than 20 years of experience working for bot early stage start-ups as and established tech brands. Read the rest of this entry »

Uday Shankar Named President of 21st Century Fox, Asia

UdayShankar21st Century Fox promoted Star India chairman and CEO Uday Shankar to president of 21st Century Fox, Asia, effective immediately.
In his new role, Shankar will lead 21st Century Fox’s (21CF) video businesses across all of Asia, including Star India and Fox Networks Group, and work closely with 21CF leadership on key strategic initiatives in the region. He will continue to serve as Chairman and CEO for Star Indiaand digital video platform Hotstar. Read the rest of this entry »

LIMA Calls for Speakers for 2018 Education Programs

LIMAThe International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) invites industry experts to participate as presenters in its range of professional programming, including webinars, seminars, and roundtable discussions, as well as its annual Licensing University program.

LIMA’s speaking engagements provide experts from across licensing, retail, advertising, marketing, and beyond the opportunity to share their expertise with executives from major entertainment studios, top IP owners, professional sports organizations, leading agencies, and more.  Read the rest of this entry »

Redbubble Appoints Eric Morse to Lead New Licensing and Partnership Strategy

Redbubble_EricMorseRedbubble hired Eric Morse as senior vice president (SVP), content partnerships and general manager, global licensing. With this new appointment, Morse will work with Redbubble to create an online marketplace for fans to purchase products from independent artists with designs based on pop culture brands.

In his new role, Morse will work with brand owners, content creators, and companies to unlock fan favorites for the production and sale of officially licensed fan art merchandise. Read the rest of this entry »

Alpha Group Announces Launch of Operations in Latin America

AlphaGroupFollowing the launch of subsidiaries in North America, France, the UK, and Canada, The Alpha Group has appointed Jose Antonio Espinoza to head the launch of Latin America operations.

“One of the integral pillars of our growth strategy is international expansion through the establishment of Alpha subsidiaries in key markets. Having successfully worked for some of the top toy companies in the world—Mattel, Kreisel, and MGA—Jose Antonio brings unparalleled expertise to the role,” said Jean-Christophe Pean, president of Alpha Group in the U.S. and Europe.

Alpha will be showcase the new 2018 ranges at its Los Angeles showroom in September and in Hong Kong in October.

Licensing Industry Veteran Jennifer Richmond Passes

jenniferrichmondLicensing Industry veteran Jennifer Richmond passed away on September 12 after a short battle with cancer. She was the managing director of the Richmond Management Group, as well as a former executive at Jakks Pacific. Richmond is survived by her husband Andy and her daughter Bianca. She was 49.

Richmond began her career at Tyco Toys in ‘93, and later held many senior brand manager positions with Empire of Carolina and Equity Toys. She joined Jakks Pacific in ’93 as director of marketing and licensing, and was eventually promoted to  senior vice president of licensing and media. Read the rest of this entry »

Sesame Workshop Names Ed Wells Head of International Media and Education

EDWELLS_SesameSesame Workshop appointed Ed Wells as head of international media and education. In this role, Wells will manage Sesame’s international offices and expansion efforts focused throughout Europe, the GCC, Latin America, and Asia Pacific. He will oversee all production, distribution, themed entertainment, education, and licensing businesses for the Workshop across these regions. Read the rest of this entry »

LIMA Seeks Nominations for 2018 Licensing Hall of Fame

May27LIMA(2)The international Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) is accepting recommendations for the Licensing Hall of Fame. Each year LIMA honors creators, marketers, manufacturers, and anyone who makes outstanding contributions to the global licensing community. This award represents the highest level of licensing excellence, and individuals considered for the award must follow the criteria guidelines listed here.

To be considered for induction into the 2018 Hall of Fame, online recommendations–including a detailed and formal description of the candidate’s contribution and adherence to the criteria—must be received by November 10.

The LIMA Board of Directors reviews all recommendations before making final selections.

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