Spin Master Corp., a leading global children’s entertainment company, announced that newly named President of Spin Master Entertainment, Jennifer Dodge has made key changes to the leadership team in support of the continued growth of the company’s entertainment slate. As part of these changes, she has promoted Laura Clunie to Senior Vice President, Development & Feature Film, Toni Stevens to Senior Vice President, Production & Operations, Dan Mokriy to Vice President, Production, and Jonah Stroh to Vice President, Creative Production.
The team will take charge of Spin Master Entertainment’s creative center from franchise growth through to content development, production and global distribution. This includes numerous titles currently in production, including the upcoming Paw Patrol: The Movie, in collaboration with Nickelodeon Movies and distributed by Paramount. Additionally, Spin Master Entertainment has six series broadcasting on a variety of platforms and networks around the world including PAW Patrol (the long-running top-rated kids’ series on Nickelodeon), Mighty Express (a Netflix original), Bakugan and others.
“In the last 12 years, Spin Master Entertainment has developed into a fully imagined entertainment company, capable of everything from development through distribution, franchise management and our latest achievement – feature film production,” said Jennifer Dodge, President of Spin Master Entertainment. “We’re fortunate to have an exceptionally talented team who can step into these expanded roles in support of our continued pursuit of developing innovative content that resonates with kids and families globally.”
Laura will continue to oversee the development team and the creative strategy for both long form and short form content and will expand her role to include the company’s burgeoning feature film slate acting as a producer for greenlit projects.
In her six years at Spin Master, Laura has led the creative on a number of Spin Master Entertainment properties, including PAW Patrol, Mighty Express, Rusty Rivets and Abby Hatcher. Prior to joining Spin Master, Laura served as VP of Creative Affairs at eOne Family, where she oversaw all creative initiatives for global hit properties Peppa Pig, PJ Masks and Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom. Previously, she was a producer for Chorion LTD (now Silvergate Media) in London, England (Noddy, Olivia The Pig, Famous Five).
In her expanded role, Toni will continue to maintain oversight over all aspects of production and entertainment planning, including feature films. Toni has been with Spin Master since 2017, serving as supervising producer or co-executive producer on the company’s highest profile series including PAW Patrol, Bakugan, and more as well as Spin Master Entertainment’s original short form content. Prior to Spin Master, she spent five years at Nelvana as a supervising producer on the likes of Lucky Duck, Babar, Little Charmers and much more.
In his expanded role, Dan will be responsible for executing the creative vision of Spin Master Entertainment’s slate, while ensuring that physical production maintains its best-in-class programming. Prior to joining Spin Master, Dan was Head of Production at Jam Filled where he established and ran the Toronto studio, and oversaw projects including Thomas & Friends and Rusty Rivets. He also previously held production roles with Arc Productions, working on high-end CG productions, such as Ice Age Great Egg-Scapade, Trollhunters, How to Train Your Dragon: Race to the Edge, Lego Marvel Avengers and various Barbie productions, as well as Elliot Animation and Nelvana Ltd and Corus Entertainment.
In his new role, Jonah will be responsible for creative deliverables on all current series while also adding two new series in development to his existing responsibilities. Jonah will champion the collaboration between the entertainment and toy creative enters, as well as coordinate with other areas of the business such as franchise management and marketing. At Spin Master, he has overseen the creative on multiple series including PAW Patrol and Bakugan and the recently launched Mighty Express on Netflix. Prior to joining Spin Master, he was the creative producer and a writer on PJ Masks at eOne.