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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.

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 »

Eric Karp Named Head of Licensing for BuzzFeed Product Labs

EricKarp_BuzzfeedEric Karp was appointed as head of licensing for BuzzFeed Product Labs, where he will lead the company’s licensing operation for the new group that focuses on creating physical products and social commerce experiences at BuzzFeed.

The new hire marks a milestone in the growth of BuzzFeed Product Labs and the company’s efforts to create new revenue as it builds more original IP. Karp will be responsible for building partnerships around brands including Tasty and Nifty, as well as for IP derived from BuzzFeed’s original editorial and series. Read the rest of this entry »

Viacom Names Jim Gianopulos Chairman, CEO of Paramount Pictures

ParamountPictures_JimGianopulosViacom Inc. appointed Jim Gianopulos as chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Paramount Pictures, effective April 3. Gianopulos will report directly to Bob Bakish, president and CEO of Viacom.

In his role as chairman and CEO of Paramount, Gianopulos will oversee the studio’s film and television operations worldwide, including production, marketing, distribution, and all other facets. He will also set a new strategy for Paramount, including developing new content, strengthening Paramount’s slate with co-branded releases from Viacom flagship brands, and expanding the studio’s global footprint. Read the rest of this entry »

BBC Worldwide North America Appoints Sergei Kuharsky EVP, Franchise and Digital Enterprises

SergeiKuharksySergei Kuharsky was appointed executive vice president, franchise and digital enterprises, BBC Worldwide North America. Kuharsky joined BBC Worldwide North America last April and was most recently senior vice president, strategy and business development. Kuharsky will continue to report to Ann Sarnoff, president, BBC Worldwide North America.

In his new role, Kuharsky will be responsible for growing revenue across the businesses in BBC Worldwide’s Digital Enterprise and Franchise Management portfolio which includes e-commerce, home entertainment (DVD & EST), consumer products, live events, retail, and BBC Learning. He will also build on existing partnerships and forge new ones for key franchises including Top Gear, Doctor Who, and BBC Earth. Read the rest of this entry »

Discovery Consumer Products Names Ricky Li as VP of Lifestyle and Global Retail

DiscoveryDiscovery Consumer Products, the licensing arm of Discovery Communications, named Ricky Li as vice president, global lifestyle and retail. In this role, Li will be responsible for creating a vision for Discovery’s growth in the global lifestyle brands market. He will also oversee key fashion, lifestyle, and softlines strategies across apparel, accessories, footwear, and home categories. He will report to Leigh Anne Brodsky, executive vice president, Discovery Global Enterprises.

Li joins Discovery Communications from Aeropostale, where he spent the past six years leading the company’s global business development and international expansion in Asia, Middle East South America, Europe and North America.

The Jim Henson Co. Names Sarah Maizes as Vice President of Children’s Entertainment

Sarah_MaizesThe Jim Henson Co. named Sarah Maizes as vice president of children’s entertainment. The announcement was made by Halle Stanford, the company’s executive vice president of children’s entertainment, to whom she will report. Maizes is a 20-year veteran in the children’s entertainment and publishing industry. Read the rest of this entry »

The Joester Loria Group Launches Consulting Division

JLGX The Joester Loria Group announced the official launch of JLG Extend (JLGX), a new consulting division that will represent manufacturers and retailers, seeking to enhance their brand portfolios and partnerships with influencers.

JLGX services include competitive analysis, retail trend insights, brand acquisition and in-bound licensing opportunity assessment, and a certification process that establishes its clients as best in class partners.

The newly formed division will be led by Rachel Dahlen and Sarah Vogt, who bring 20 years of individual experience in licensing, brand extensions, and branded program management.

 

20th Century Fox Consumer Products Announces New Leadership Team

FCP20th Century Fox Consumer Products (FCP) announced a new leadership team reporting to Jim Fielding, the recently appointed president of consumer products and innovation, effective immediately.

Kirk Bloomgarden was named SVP, international operations. Bloomgarden joins FCP team from Saban Brands. He will be responsible for the division’s business outside of North America, with an emphasis on agent relationships.  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.

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