Stoebenau Elected to LIMA Hall of Fame
The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) announced that Cheryl Stoebenau, president of CAS Marketing, will be named to the Licensing Hall of Fame. This year’s induction will take place on Tuesday, June 9, at the LIMA Licensing Awards Ceremony during Licensing Expo in Las Vegas.
Stoebenau began her licensing career in 1972 with Hallmark, then moved to Coleco as executive director of licensing working on Cabbage Patch Kids before forming her own agency in 1986. Stoebenau has helped to unite some of the industry’s largest manufacturers—including Added Extras, Berkshire, Jay Franco, and Children’s Apparel Network—with leading content providers and licensors. She has also served on the LIMA board of directors for two terms.
In addition, Stoebenau has raised $5 million for the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation. She coordinates all activity for the team of volunteers and personally brings in contributions from companies across the industry, investing hundreds of hours of professional and personal time pursuing a cure for children suffering from brain tumors, says LIMA.
Thosath Joins Big Tent
Big Tent Entertainment announced that Tami Thosath has joined the team as manager of business development. She will be located in the Los Angeles office.
She brings seven years of experience in licensing, product management, and marketing to Big Tent, where her responsibilities include retail management and licensed sales across the company’s portfolio of brands, including NBC/Universal’s Biggest Loser franchise, Campbell Soup Company, Discovery Kids, Domo, Miffy, and Pixfusion. She joins Big Tent from Endemol USA, where she was licensing manager. Prior to Endemol, Thosath held positions at MGA Entertainment, The Mat West Company, and Premiere Radio Networks.
Chiang Named to Topps Board
Steven Chiang, a seasoned video and social gaming executive, was named to the board of The Topps Company. Most recently he served as executive vice-president of games at Zynga, where he led free play game development on iOS, Android, and Facebook. Prior to that, he served as senior vice-president at Electronic Arts overseeing global product development within the EA Sports label. Chiang co-founded Tiburon Entertainment, which was acquired by Electronic Arts in 1998.