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Martin Cribbs Joins Beanstalk To Lead New Icon Representation Service

Beanstalk added representation of personality rights of legendary icons to its range of services. Martin Cribbs who joins the agency as vice president, brand management, will lead the service, formally called Icon Representation.

Icon Representation‘s services will be used in advertising, promotions, licensed products, and long-term brand associations. The service will provide clients access to rights holders, turnaround of rights clearances, and transparency of fees.

As an executive with more than 20 years in licensing, Cribbs has represented icons such as Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, Harvey Milk, and the Wright brothers.

Previously, Cribbs worked as the head of licensing for Universal Music Group’s Bravado division, overseeing licensing for Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Michael Jackson. He began his career in brand licensing with the Estate of Andy Warhol,

Recognized as a thought leader in celebrity licensing, Cribbs has been interviewed by media outlets including, 60 Minutes, The New York Times, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, The Guardian, and The Independent. 

GBI Appoints Rebecca Hershinger as Chief Financial Officer

Rebecca Hershinger, CFO, Genius Brands International

Genius Brands International Inc. (GBI) appointed Rebecca Hershinger as Chief Financial Officer.

In her new role, Hershinger will be responsible for GBI’s finance, accounting, and financial reporting functions.  She will also handle investor relations and corporate development initiatives in a big way.

Hershinger began working with GBI in 2014 through CFO Advisory Services Inc., a corporation she founded that provided accounting and business advisory services to private and public companies.

Hershinger also held finance and corporate development positions at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.  She also served as an investment-banking analyst for JP Morgan Chase & Co.


Rainmaker Entertainment Appoints Gregory R. Little To Senior Vice President Of Content

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Rainmaker Entertainment appointed Gregory R. Little to senior vice president, content.

Little will oversee creative development, strategy, and sales and develop business strategies that take advantage of emerging platforms and new distribution models.

Little’s appointment marks his return to Rainmaker, where he served as head of development and executive producer on Rainmaker’s first 3-D CGI-animated release Escape from Planet Earth.

Previously, Little served as the executive producer and head of the U.S. operations of Brown Bag Films, and as vice president of development for The Gotham Group.

Little returns to Rainmaker as the company prepares for the theatrical release of Ratcher & Clank, completes production on Bob the Builder animated series, and starts work on Reboot: The Guardian Code.

WBCP Appoints Peter Van Roden as Senior Vice President, Global Themed Entertainment


Peter van Roden was appointed senior vice president, global themed entertainment for Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP).

In his new role, Van Roden will develop and implement global entertainment strategies that benefit long-term brand building and revenue growth, including theme parks, themed entertainment attractions, exhibitions, and live events worldwide.

WBCP’s global themed entertainment offering includes The Wizarding World of Harry PotterHarry Potter: The Exhibition, DC Comics’ inspired exhibitions, Looney Tunes’ beloved animated characters, and more.

Previously Van Roden worked as the vice president of themed entertainment at Sesame Workshop. He  also worked as the senior vice president of global experiences and events at National Geographic.

Discovery Consumer Products Names Felicia Tuan Regional Director for Asia-Pacific

Discovery Consumer Products (DCP) named Felicia Tuan regional director for Asia-Pacific. In her new role Tuan will be responsible for developing and overseeing the licensing business for Discovery Communications’ portfolio of TV properties including, Discovery Expedition, Discovery Kids, and Animal Planet.

Previously, Tuan served as the e-commerce regional sales director at Collinson Latitude Agency. She has also served as a director for Partnership Marketing Agency, Mediacorp, MTV Asia, MTV Networks, and Bear, Stearns & Co.

Pukeko Pictures Announces Clive Spink as CEO

Pukeko Pictures has announced the appointment of Clive Spink as Chief Executive Officer.  He will replace Andrew Smith who will be leaving in August to take up the position of Chief Executive Officer of Touchtech.

Clive has been with Pukeko Pictures for over a year in the position of Chief Operating Officer.  He will take up the role of Chief Executive Officer from August 1 2015.  In his new role he will continue to drive Pukeko Picture’s business growth including its development and production momentum.

Clive brings to the role both a strong commercial background and broadcasting/production experience.  Prior to Pukeko Pictures his most recent roles were in the IT and telecommunications industries where he led the commercial team responsible for all of Vodafone New Zealand’s Enterprise customers.  He was also the Finance Director for Unisys New Zealand and also had time running their Australian commercial team.

Clive’s broadcasting and production experience stems from time at Television New Zealand working for their local production company Kotuku Productions which produced iconic New Zealand brands including Fair Go, Country Calendar, Crimewatch and Holiday.  Following this Clive was the Commercial Manager at TVNZ’s TV One.

Phillippa Green to Join Golden Goose

Golden Goose has appointed experienced licensing professional Phillippa Green as their latest account director.

Phillippa has a broad range of licensing experience having been the National Trust’s Brand and Licensing Manager for the past 5 years developing new business and product ranges in a variety of categories including music, food & beverage, interiors, apparel, games and outdoor living.

Golden Goose’s Director, Adam Bass, said: “We are working on some exciting new projects that will play to Phillippa’s strengths and her ‘client-side’ insight will help us improve our processes and templates even further.”

Golden Goose are in discussions with a number of new clients that will benefit from Phillippa’s experience and in the meantime she will focus on adding licensees to RSPB licensing programme.

Saban Brands Appoints Rich Magallanes, SVP, Development and Production

Saban Brands has appointed Rich Magallanes as senior vice president of development and production. In this new role, Magallanes will drive Saban Brands’ content development and production for the company’s TV and entertainment properties, including Popples, Cirque du Soleil—Luna Petunia, andEmojiville, among others. Additionally, Magallanes will aide in the conception of new creative projects, forge new production partnerships, and identify and vet potential content acquisitions. Magallanes joins Saban Brands with more than 20 years of experience in domestic and international studio production, primarily at Nickelodeon. Most recently, Magallanes served as senior vice president of current series and production at Nickelodeon.

The current senior vice president of development and production Brian Casentini has been appointed to an enhanced and highly focused position of senior vice president of the Power Rangers franchise. In his new role, Casentini will manage all creative for Saban’s Power Rangers brand, serving as a producer on the upcoming live-action feature film franchise in partnership with Lionsgate and an executive producer of the iconic TV series.

Nevision Boosts Creative Team

0e6f38ed-a981-43e0-951e-d26e79f71d26Nevision has announced that executives Nigel Pickard and Sharon Bloom are working with the London-based company which specialises in the development, production and international exploitation of high end television drama and non-scripted programming.

Nigel is joining the Nevision Board, working with the founding team which includes CEO James Cabourne alongside industry executives Neil Zeiger, Keith Evans and Tim Buxton. Read the rest of this entry »

Saban Brands Names Sanrio’s Janet Hsu as CEO

ac8ec96d-0847-4ee8-b680-dfe516e8fe69Saban Brands has named Janet Hsu as its new CEO, effective August 17. Hsu currently serves as president and COO of Sanrio Inc., the global lifestyle brand. As Saban Brands’ first CEO, Hsu will be responsible for overseeing the company’s portfolio of global entertainment and lifestyle properties, as well as being instrumental in acquiring additional brands and building new intellectual properties.

Hsu will join Saban Brands as the company continues to grow across its two business units, Saban Brands Entertainment Group (SBEG) and Saban Brands Lifestyle Group (SBLG). SBEG currently includes Saban’s Power Rangers, Popples, Cirque du Soleil—Luna Petunia, La Banda, Emojiville, and Julius Jr. brands, with others in development. SBLG is dedicated to growing its portfolio in the consumer, fashion, and lifestyle space. SBLG brands currently include Paul Frank, Macbeth, Mambo, and Piping Hot.

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