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Ravensburger AG Expands Executive Bench Strength with Filip Francke and Stephane Madi in New Positions

Ravensburger AG, one of the world’s leading makers of toys, puzzles, and games, has announced an expansion to their executive structure. Filip Francke will lead the company’s rapidly growing gaming division as Global Head of Games. His role within Ravensburger AG will expand to focus on all the company’s gaming ventures, including the company’s highly anticipated entry into the billion-dollar trading card game (TCG) market later this year with Disney Lorcana. Concurrently, Stephane Madi, formerly Head of Ravensburger Canada, has been named as CEO of Ravensburger North America, where he will oversee the company’s portfolio and operations in the United States and Canada.

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Just Play Appoints Toy Industry Veteran Shari Mann as Head of International

Just Play, a leading global play company behind several bestselling toy lines with partners including Disney, Moonbug Entertainment, Nickelodeon, and Sesame Workshop is adding to its leadership team with the appointment of Shari Mann as the company’s Head of International. 

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Beacon Communications Expands Leadership Team

Beacon Communications, a division of Integrated Marketing and Media Agency, Beacon Media Group, has announced a series of new appointments to leadership in order to support its next phase of growth and enhance operational efficacy in the new year. The agency is focused on its global brand strategy and strong foundation within the family, toy, gaming, and lifestyle industries, with a commitment to expanding into new markets.

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Zag Expands Role of LatAmConsumer Products VP Angela Cortez to Oversee Expansion in Canada

Award-winning global independent animation studio ZAG has promoted its top LatAm consumer products executive Angela Cortez to oversee the company’s Canadian consumer products business. The announcement was made today by Jeremy Zag, Founder and CEO, ZAG.

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Warner Bros Discovery Global Brands and Experiences Announces New Global Consumer Products Leadership Team

Warner Bros Discovery Global Brands and Experiences (GBE), the division of Warner Bros Discovery that encompasses the Global Consumer Products and Themed Entertainment businesses, the Company’s Franchise Development and Brand management, including Harry Potter and DC, announced a new global leadership team for its Consumer Products business, formalizing the integration between two legacy divisions, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Discovery Consumer Products. 

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Arcade1Up Expands Sales Team to Support Growing Business

Arcade1Up, has announced three new additions to the company’s sales team to support its growth and expanding U.S. and international business. Eric Van Kannel, Michael Fisher and Kuntha Kith have been hired as Director of Digital Sales, Sales Manager and Director of Business Planning respectively for the leader in at-home retro arcade game entertainment.  All three will report to Vice President of Sales Chris Cardenas. Additionally, long-time employee David McIntosh has been promoted to Vice President, Retailer Marketing.

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The Insights Family Announce Further Details of New Strategy and Appointment of Industry Knowledge Advisory Board

The Insights Family – the global leader in kids, teens, parents, and family market intelligence – has announced the next exciting phase of its future growth strategy, with a significant refresh of how the company does research, data & insights, as well as the appointment of five senior industry executives to join the companies Industry Knowledge Advisory Board. The Insights Family – which is the only company in the world to provide real-time market intelligence on kids, teens, parents, and families by surveying c700,000 family members across 6 continents and 22 countries – has announced several significant enhancements to its already award-winning service, which will also see elements of the companies’ services become CIPD certified.

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ZAG Appoints James Nunziati as Head of Global Sales for the Company’s ZAG Play Toy Division

Following the August 2022 announcement that award-winning global independent animation studio ZAG launched a new global toy division, the company has appointed former Zuru executive James Nunziati to the post of Head of Global Sales, ZAG Play Toy Division, reporting to the division’s Senior Vice President, Helena Perheentupa. The announcement was made by Jeremy Zag, Founder and CEO, ZAG.

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Xilam Animation Appoints Jérôme Lacarrière as VP, Digital Business Development

Academy Award-nominated French animation studio Xilam Animation has appointed experienced industry executive Jérôme Lacarrière to the position of VP of Digital Business Development, in which he will be responsible for continuing the growth and expansion of the company’s well-established digital ecosystem and footprint. He is based in Xilam’s head office in Paris and reports into Morgann Favennec, EVP Distribution. Xilam’s presence in the digital market continues to accelerate and now includes 40bn lifetime views and 63m subscribers on YouTube, alongside two highly coveted Diamond Play Buttons for its Zig & Sharko and Oggy and the Cockroaches channels; four brand accounts on TikTok with a total of 4m subscribers and 27m likes; five pages on Facebook with 2bn lifetime views and 2.7bn minutes viewed in the last 365 days, alongside two FAST channels in France and Brazil featuring titles from the studio’s extensive catalogue.