Globe to Step Down from WBCP in 2016
Warner Bros. announced that Brad Globe, president of Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), will step down in spring 2016. For more than a decade, Globe has overseen the successful growth of the division by driving the licensing and retail strategy for the company’s biggest franchises.
“Brad is among the most talented and respected entertainment licensing executives in the business and has been a real asset to Warner Bros., having led the continuous growth of WBCP over the past 11 years,” said Kevin Tsujihara, chairman and CEO, Warner Bros., in a statement. “Thanks to Brad, WBCP is well-positioned to take full advantage of the strong slate of content we have on the horizon. We’re grateful for the many contributions he’s made to our company.”
Globe said, “It’s been a tremendously rewarding and exciting chapter in my career to be part of such a world-class company, whose portfolio of properties and content creates virtually unlimited opportunities for partners around the world. From groundbreaking retail partnerships to industry-changing themed entertainment projects, I look back with great pride on all we’ve accomplished as a division. The time is right for me to close this chapter and open another, in which I plan to focus on creative and entrepreneurial business opportunities.”
Prior to joining WBCP, Globe launched and headed the consumer products business for DreamWorks SKG. Globe worked closely with Steven Spielberg for 20 years, having joined Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment in 1983, where he launched the consumer products business there.
As Globe steps down, it was also announced that Diane Nelson has added oversight of Warner Bros. Consumer Products to her current responsibilities as president, DC Entertainment and president and chief content officer, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Globe will work with Nelson in the coming months to assure a smooth management transition before leaving WBCP. Nelson will name a successor to Globe in 2016.
ChiTAG Partners with The National Lekotek Center
The Chicago Toy and Game Fair (ChiTAG) announced a partnership with The National Lekotek Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting play for children of all abilities. This year, ChiTAG will open its doors one hour early for these children and their families. Called the Lekotek Super Power Sensory Hour, this partnership will provide families with free admission and an exclusive experience before the fair opens up to the general public.
ChiTAG takes place November 21 and 22, 2015 (the weekend before Thanksgiving) at Navy Pier in Chicago. ChiTAG is the largest toy and game fair in the U.S. that is open to the public. For more information visit ChiTAG.com.
aNb Media Celebrates 10 Years
Ten years later the centerpiece of the business is the consumer review website TTPM.com—Toys, Tots, Pets, and More.
In addition to a content-rich website, TTPM.com offers the following:
- YouTube channel with more than 350 million video views
- FREE iOS and Android app
- TTPM Price Check—see an example here
- Strong voice on social media—Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest
- Host of the largest game show on Twitter every Wednesday—#TTPMLive
- Host of The Playdate, a weekly, themed episode on TTPM.com on trending toys and baby products
- Host of The Playlab, an extended look at specific products by Chris Byrne (AKA The Toy Guy)
- Baby and pet product reviews
- Contests and Giveaways
In addition, TTPM.com hosts two live media events in New York City. The Holiday Showcase is set for September 29 in New York City, where we will announce The Most Wanted List for this holiday season. For information on the showcases, click here.
Next up, TTPM.com will feature the newest Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens toys this Friday at 12:01am.