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Redbubble Appoints Cynthia J. Money as Head of Licensing

Redbubble_LogoRedbubble recently hired Cynthia J. Money as its head of licensing. Money will be responsible for working with licensors worldwide to tap into Redbubble’s unique services, expanding fan engagement efforts globally.With more than 25 years of global licensing experience, Money previously worked with companies including, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Live Nation, Delivery Agent, Viz Media, Moonscoop, and more.

Redbubble’s community of artists and official merchandise stores are valuable tools for brands that want to give consumers products to express themselves and their fandoms.

 

LIMA Opens Applications for New President

May27LIMA(2)Current LIMA President Charles Riotto will be retiring as of June 30, 2018 and the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) is engaging in a search for a successor. LIMA will appoint its new president next month, and is currently accepting resumes and applications. The final decision will be made on Feb. 21 at the LIMA board meeting. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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 »

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