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Alpha Group Readies for LatAm Expansion with New Appointment

Following the successful launch of subsidiaries in North America, France, the United Kingdom and Canada, Alpha Group has tapped Jose Antonio Espinoza to head the launch of Latin America operations.
“One of the integral pillars of our growth strategy is international expansion through the establishment of Alpha subsidiaries in key markets,” says Jean-Christophe Pean, president of Alpha Group U.S. & Europe. “Having successfully worked for some of the top toy companies in the world—Mattel, Kreisel, and MGA—Jose Antonio brings unparalleled expertise to the role.”

“I am delighted to be joining Alpha Group at this exciting time,” says Jose Antonio. “We have ambitious plans for the LATAM region, especially in Mexico and Brazil. Our portfolio of continuing and
new brands has acute potential, and Super Wings™ in particular provides us with a great opportunity to unlock its untapped potential and replicate our tremendous success from other markets.”

Netflix Names Cobb VP of Kids and Family

Melissa Cobb joined Netflix as vice-president of kids and family, overseeing the creation and acquisition of series and films for children and families.
Based in the Los Angeles office, Cobb reports to Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.

In her role, Cobb leads the content team responsible for bringing kids and family titles to Netflix members in 190 countries, with an expanded focus on high quality series and event programming across the spectrum of kids and family entertainment, including both animation and live action.

Cobb joins Netflix from DreamWorks, where she most recently was chief creative officer and head of studio for Oriental DreamWorks. Based in Shanghai, China, she oversaw all aspects of running the studio and U.S./China collaboration, including creative oversight of all projects in development and production, business strategy, production strategy and more for a slate of animated feature films targeted to a global audience. She insured the green light of a first feature, Everest, slated for a global release in fall 2019 with Universal. Prior, Cobb served as a producer at DreamWorks Animation, responsible for all aspects of producing animated feature films including the Kung Fu Panda trilogy. She also worked at 20th Century Fox Feature Animation and Walt Disney Pictures.