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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.

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 »

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.

Carol Nygren Named Vice President of Worldwide Live Entertainment for NBCUniversal Brand Development

carolnygren_nbcuniversalCarol Nygren has been named vice president, worldwide live entertainment at NBCUniversal.  Nygren recently joined the organization and reports directly to Vince Klaseus, president, NBCUniversal.

As vice president, worldwide live entertainment, Nygren will manage current partnerships, create new relationships globally, and implement strategies to ensure revenue and creative consistency based on the studio’s portfolio of properties.

 

Robert Bakish Named Acting President and CEO of Viacom Inc.

bob_bakish_headshotThe Board of Directors of Viacom Inc. appointed Robert Bakish as acting president and chief executive officer, effective Nov. 15. He will succeed Tom Dooley, who previously announced that he will be leaving the company.

Bakish will be responsible for the growth of Viacom’s industry-leading networks and brands. He will be expected to develop new content, expand distribution, and pursue strategic growth opportunities in Viacom’s core businesses. Read the rest of this entry »

MarVista Entertainment Expands Executive Team

MarVista Entertainmentdeena-stern_marvista expanded their executive with Deena Stern as SVP of marketing and communications. Stern joins a new executive slate that includes recent hire and former Lionsgate exec Kenny Christmas as SVP of business and legal affairs, and the recently-promoted Hannah Pillemer, who will now serve as SVP of development and production.

 

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Rocket Licensing Appoints Tessa Bailey as Licensing Coordinator

Tessa BaileyIndependent licensing company Rocket Licensing has appointed Tessa Bailey as its new Licensing Coordinator.

In her new position, Bailey will provide marketing support and coordination across Rocket’s growing portfolio of brands. She will be involved in marketing duties within Rocket, including creating sales and marketing presentations, liaising with partners, helping to facilitate events for brands, and undertaking office administration and support.

Bailey joins Rocket after extensive work experience in children’s media.

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