Princess Sam Consumer Products (PSCP) has announced that it has appointed a licensing agent for the children’s animated adventure-comedy-fantasy hit Tara Duncan in two key markets: Canada and Mexico. Visano Management, led by respected industry figure Tanya Visano, will handle licensing for this fast-growing property in these important North American markets. Tanya Visano brings a wealth of experience to this appointment. Her credits include building a consumer products team for Viacom (Paramount) Consumer Products in Canada and heading Paramount Consumer Products in Mexico, where she steered the business towards strong growth despite a turbulent political and economic environment.
Bruce Campbell, Chief Revenue and Strategy Officer of Warner Bros Discovery, has announced a new global structure for Global Brands, Franchises, and Experiences (GBFE), the division that comprises WBD’s worldwide consumer products, themed entertainment, franchise management and development, and DC Comics businesses. The changes were made following the decision of Pam Lifford, President of Global Brands, Franchises, and Experiences to step back from her role to focus on her family member’s healthcare needs.
Falcon’s Beyond (“Falcon’s” or the “Company”), a global entertainment powerhouse and visionary leader in immersive storytelling, is proud to announce it has named Bruce A Brown as Executive Vice President of Legal, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, reporting to the Company’s President Simon Philips. With more than 20 years of legal expertise, Brown will strategically advise and oversee legal, compliance, enterprise risk management, and government relations for Falcon’s Beyond. Brown will also serve as a key advisor to the executive leadership team and the Board of Directors.
DeAPlaneta Entertainment is pleased to announce that Alessandra Dematteis has joined as Head of Media Sales for the company’s Kids & Family division in Italy, where she will also oversee operations in Greece, Turkey and Asia. Alessandra Dematteis has extensive experience in the production and distribution of children’s and family content thanks to her work in Italian publishing and transmedia entertainment company Atlantyca. Atlantyca, which has offices in Italy and Beijing (China), is the producer of series as “Geronimo Stilton”, “Bat Pat” or “Berry Bees”, among many others.
PMI Kids’ World, a toy company brimming with collectibles from some of the hottest brands, is proud to announce the appointment of Mark Kingston as the new Lead of Licensing and Business Development in an advisory role. An accomplished industry leader with over 24 years of experience in consumer goods, Kingston’s role will be invaluable to PMI’s growing catalog of in-demand licenses. Kingston’s track record of driving growth and innovation in the licensed consumer products industry comes at a pivotal time for PMI, who just this year added Pudgy Penguins, Piñata Smashlings, and Stumble Guys to their roster of coveted licenses, which has already resulted in explosive growth for the company while building momentum heading into 2024. As PMI veers into the preschool space, set to unveil a toy line based on the educational series Creature Cases next year, Kingston’s extensive experience in the pre-school demo will provide confident direction toward success.
Kedoo Entertainment, a leading global digital content studio and media network company, has appointed the highly experienced former New Regency, Lionsgate and Entertainment One executive Charlotte Thorp to the newly created position of EVP and Head of Distribution, Sales and Acquisitions. Additionally, as part of Kedoo’s Kids Originals program – under which the company invests in and produces its own animated titles – two new animated projects are being launched at MIPCOM: “Sonya from Toastville” (26 x 11’) and “Space Dragons” (26 x 11’) alongside season five of its hit Netflix family series, “Booba” (26 x 7′).
Cloudco Entertainment, the creative force behind iconic brands like The Care Bears, Holly Hobbie, and Madballs, is taking its Global Licensing team to new heights. The company proudly announces the arrival of Charlotte Payne, who steps into the role of Director of International Licensing, and Noelle Nuñez, who joins as Manager of Retail Development. Charlotte Payne takes the reins as the Director of International Licensing. Armed with over a decade of experience in international licensing, Charlotte honed her skills at Warner Brothers Discovery UK/EMEA. There, she led international brand and business strategies, orchestrated marketing retail activations, and curated fresh business development initiatives across a thrilling assortment of entertainment and lifestyle brands. Her mission at Cloudco is to redefine brand strategies and accelerate Cloudco into the global spotlight. Charlotte will be reporting to Robert Prinzo, Head of Global Licensing, to bring Cloudco’s portfolio of beloved characters to fans around the world and will be based in the UK.
Following major developments over the past year, including brand and digital platform launches, a name change and transition to the NYSE (TOON), Kartoon Studios (the “Company” or “Kartoon Studios”) announced the appointment of finance veteran Brian Parisi as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer. Andy Heyward, Chairman and CEO of Kartoon Studios stated, “It is my privilege to welcome Brian to our high-caliber executive team. At this pivotal moment in Kartoon Studios’ evolution, Brian’s specialized skillset in financial management, coupled with his rich experience in the entertainment industry, could not be more timely or relevant.”
Litzky Public Relations (LPR), an award-winning communications agency renowned for connecting brands with kids and families, celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2023. The milestone year will also begin the agency’s next chapter as Founder and CEO Michele Litzky announces her retirement and the agency’s President, Josslynne Welch, who has managed agency operations since 2018, becomes sole proprietor. “When I started LPR, I had an education from some of the best in the toy business and a love of the industry that remains today,” said Michele Litzky, founder of the agency that continues to bear her name. “As I move into my next chapter, I’m leaving my firm in the most capable hands I know, with Josslynne Welch. Her diversification into other business sectors that service kids and families and her continued commitment to the toy industry makes me equally proud and excited to see where she’s taking LPR next.”