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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 »

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 »

The Alpha Group Appoints Antoine Erligmann as VP of Media, TV, and Licensing in EMEA

AlphaGroupThe Alpha Group appointed Antoine Erligmann as vice president of media, TV and licensing of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Alpha Group looks to consolidate, organize, and expand its teams in Europe. The arrival of Erligmann will help Alpha Group become a key player in the European market.

Erligmann joins the Alpha Group to lead the strategy, create, and develop the media, TV and licensing business in Europe, and support the development of the company’s toy division, notably the subsidiaries recently established in France, in England, and in Northern and Eastern Europe, as well as our distributors in the other regions. Read the rest of this entry »

Going Counterculture for the Win

by Ted Mininni, president and creative director, Design Force.TedMinnini_Headshot

It’s an American thing to be attracted to individuals who swim against the cultural tide—artists, rebels, challengers of mainstream groupthink, real and virtual heroes who accomplish amazing feats against overwhelming odds. They are all the purveyors of unconventional viewpoints, lifestyles, and philosophies, forming subcultures within society. They also make significant impacts when their ideas and the brands that they champion are adopted by the mainstream. Read the rest of this entry »

LIMA Canada to Host Focus Canada Event with Keynote Speaker from Walmart Canada

LIMAThe International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) will host an evening of education and networking at Focus Canada on May 2 at Corus Entertainment in Toronto. Organized by LIMA Canada, the event will be centered on Canadian shopping habits, licensed merchandise, and the future of retail. Sam Wankowski, senior vice president operations, Western Canada, Walmart Canada will headline Focus Canada with the keynote address titled “The Evolving Relationship Between Retail and Licensing in Canada.” 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.

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.

 

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