Fremantle Hires Berman
FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME), the brand extension arm of FremantleMedia, has appointed Andrew Berman as vice-president, international distribution for children’s and family entertainment. Based in Los Angeles, he will report directly to Sander Schwartz, head of children’s and family entertainment effective immediately.
In this newly created role, Berman will work with executives to identify properties that fit into FME’s portfolio and implement strategies to distribute content and formats to media outlets globally.
Berman brings more than 20 years of experience in the sales, marketing, and distribution of entertainment properties worldwide to FME. Most recently, he oversaw media consultancy firm ARB International, which specialized in providing consultation for the marketing and distribution of entertainment programming to all respective media. Prior to that he was executive vice-president and general manager of TMS Entertainment, Inc., one of the leading animation producers in Japan (Bakugan, Sonic X) and a subsidiary of Sega. Berman has also held executive posts at Harvey Entertainment, New World Pictures, and MGM.
Mintz Upped at Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop promoted Daryl Mintz to CFO. In this capacity, Mintz will report to H. Melvin Ming, COO. In addition to overseeing all financial functions including financial planning, accounting, reporting, treasury, and cash management, Mintz is responsible for the financial health of Sesame Workshop in the U.S. and around the world.
Mintz also serves as the treasurer of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center for Educational Media and Research, a subsidiary of Sesame Workshop.
Mintz joined Sesame Workshop’s finance department 12 years ago as AVP, assistant controller, overseeing the Workshop’s accounting and reporting functions. Most recently, Mintz served as the Workshop’s VP, controller.
Scholastic Media Promotes Karppi
Scholastic Media, a division of Scholastic, Inc., announced that Lynne Karppi has been promoted to director of creative and product development for the consumer products division. She is responsible for working with licensees and partners around the world on the design and development of Scholastic Media’s full portfolio of products, packaging and merchandising.
Previously, she was manager of creative and product development; she joined Scholastic Media in 2004.