Award-winning global independent animation studio ZAG announced the appointment of Gaye Dean, a thirty-plus year veteran of Target Corporation, as Vice President, North America Retail Development. The announcement was made by Jeremy Zag, Founder and CEO, ZAG. Reporting to Lisa K. Foster, Sr. Vice President, Licensing, North America, Dean will manage strategic relationships across all tiers of retail throughout North America for the roster of properties under the ZAG Heroez label—an umbrella brand franchise that brings together the superheroes from ZAG’s animated properties
As part of a strategic global expansion to deliver premium, fan-first products and retail experiences worldwide, Universal Products & Experiences (UP&E), announced the appointment of Rafael “Rafa” Macias to the newly created position, EVP, Global Commercial Officer, Consumer Products. Reporting to Vince Klaseus, President, Universal Products & Experiences, Macias will lead UP&E’s global commercial strategies, overseeing the development and execution of the company’s consumer products, retail sales and marketing businesses around the world.
Beacon Media, the paid media division of leading marketing and media agency Beacon Media Group, is pleased to announce two key appointments on its leadership team focused on delivering digital media excellence. These new roles highlight Beacon Media’s expanded digital capabilities in media strategy, planning and activation and broadening their programmatic buying capabilities. Enhanced programmatic offerings will increase control and transparency, expedite campaign launches, provide more options to effectively reach audience targets, and garner the most efficient rates for clients.
Leading international toy and game company PlayMonster Group LLC announced that Tim Kilpin will transition to the newly created role of Executive Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors, focusing on long-term opportunities and partnerships and leading the search for acquisitions. Sitting President, Steve Adolph has now been appointed to Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.
Dan Povenmire, co-creator and executive producer of the global super-hit Phineas and Ferb, has entered into a new overall deal with Disney Branded Television which includes production of 40 all-new episodes of Phineas and Ferb, a second season renewal of the animated superhero series Hamster & Gretel and the development of live-action projects. Phineas and Ferb is a five-time Emmy Award-winner and the most successful animated series for Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14 in Disney Television Animation history. Since its premiere, Hamster & Gretel ties as the #1 cable series among Kids age 6-11 delivery.
Bulldog Licensing, one of the licensing industry’s leading agencies, has welcomed Alex Salisbury to its team as Senior Licensing Manager, covering categories such as Publishing and Toys for all brands. Alex Salisbury joins Bulldog fresh from a three-month trip travelling around Southeast Asia. Before her well-earned break, she had been at Paramount since 2017, where she held roles as Retail Licensing Manager (UK and Eire), Senior Category Manager (Hardlines, UK and Eire) and Senior Category Manager (Toys, EMEA and ANZ, part of the Global Toy Team). Prior to that, Alex’s roles at Wicked and Mattel ensure that she has a wealth of experience to bring to her new role at Bulldog.
Creative Fold is happy to announce that Edoardo Kulp has joined the company as its Director of Business Development and co-owner. Edoardo has consulted with Creative Fold for over a year and, together with his duties in Business Development, will continue to be a part of Creative Fold’s product development team, helping create amazing results for Creative Fold clients. “As we head into 2023, we look forward to Edoardo further developing our client base, expanding Creative Fold’s reach within the toy and game industry and beyond,” says Katie LaSeur, Creative Fold’s COO and Creative Director.
Nocopi Technologies, Incorporated (OTC Pink: “NNUP”), a developer of specialty reactive inks, announced that Jackie Goldman has been appointed to the company’s Board of Directors to replace Philip B. White, who resigned from the Board of Directors on January 11, 2023. Ms. Goldman currently serves as the CEO and President of Puzzles Plus, Inc., which she founded over 33 years ago. Puzzles Plus, headquartered in Jacksonville, FL, designs and manufactures custom puzzles for museums, corporations, children’s products catalogs, resorts, national parks, and non-profit organizations. Puzzle Plus’s custom designed puzzles have garnered national attention from newspapers, magazines and television, with a wide range of customers including the White House Historical Society, The Metropolitan Museum in NYC, Los Angeles Museum of Art, NY Public Library, Dale Chihuly Art, Porsche Worldwide, and various universities.
The Insights Family – the global leader in kids, teens, parents, and family market intelligence – has announced the appointment of former BBC Executive Rachel Bardill to lead their marketing and partnerships team as part of its future growth strategy. The award-winning company which works with clients such as Amazon, BBC, Disney, Hasbro, and Warner Bros has established itself as a global leader in market intelligence on kids, teens, parents, and families as well as receiving a number of awards, and being cited in 2022 as the number one UK mar-tech company outside of London.