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TLScookJill K. Cook Joins The Licensing Shop

The Licensing Shop announced that Jill K. Cook has joined its team to head up the retail business development of Moose Toys’ Shopkins and Pikmi Pop Surprise! licensing programs.

A licensing veteran, Cook previously served as the director of retail business development at Sanrio and the director of retail development at Mattel. Most recently, she was vice-president of licensing for Fender Musical Instruments Corp.

Big G Creative Hires Shannon Swindle

Big G Creative, home of Bob Ross: Art of Chill, has appointed Shannon Swindle as product and communications manager. In her new role, Swindle will oversee marketing and development of the company’s four current games and four as-of-yet unannounced titles coming soon.

Swindle joins Big G Creative from Utter Nonsense, where she was partner and director of operations. During her tenure, she managed the day-to-day operations of the company as well as the development of Utter Nonsense: Family Edition, a Target exclusive. Utter Nonsense was acquired by PlayMonster in December 2017. Prior to that, Swindle worked in higher education at Valparaiso University.

Of her new role at Big G Creative, Swindle says, “We share a sense of values and a vision. We all believe in the importance of play and in bringing friends and family together. I love getting in on the ground floor with an emerging company whose team, culture, and products I believe in. In so many ways, this position is a dream come true.”