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MGA Entertainment names new GM of sales and licensing

MGA Entertainment has appointed a new general manager of international sales and licensing, welcoming its former executive Sandrine de Raspide back into the fold. This is the latest move from MGA as it looks to bolster its international presence. De Raspide previously worked for MGA from 2002 to 2007 as …

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Herschend readies for ‘significant relaunch of Chuggington’ with top tier appointments

Preparations are being made for the significant relaunch of the children’s brand, Chuggington as it readies to return to screens and the toy aisle via its master toy partnership with Alpha Group. IP owner, Herschend Entertainment Studios is expanding its leadership team with Natalie Setton, who joins the team as …

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Anna Knight named vice president of Global Licensing Group

Informa Markets has promoted Anna Knight – the name behind Brand Licensing Europe – to vice president, Global Licensing Group, following two months as interim managing director for the division. Knight has worked for Informa Markets (formerly UBM) for 10 years, most recently holding the position of event director for …

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Licensing chatter: Marie-Laure Marchand talks survival in a land of giants

With a career spanning 25 years in the children’s entertainment and licensing space, the former head of global consumer products at Xilam, and now SVP of consumer global products at ChefClub, Marie-Laure Marchand has seen the industry through all manner of evolution. Licensing.biz sits down with the licensing industry expert …

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Toon2Tango taps former Studio 100 chief content officer amid ambitious plans for kids’ entertainment

The German outfit, Toon2Tango has outlined its intention to become a major force in the children’s entertainment space, tapping the former chief content officer of Studio 100, Jo Daris as its CCO. Toon2Tango is a new kids and family entertainment venture founded by the television and movie industry entrepreneur, Hans …

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Xilam Animation names Manya Zhou its new head of business development for China

The French animation studio, Xilam has appointed Manya Zhou to the newly created position of head of business development for China with responsibility for developing the firm’s strategy in the region. This will include managing local linear and digital distribution, licensing and merchandising, and potential co-production opportunities. Additionally, Zhou will …

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Alpha Animation and toy and licensing personality Mark Slater-Hyndman passes away

Mark Slater-Hyndman, Alpha Animation’s UK and Ireland general manager, has died, having lost a long-fought battle with cancer. The much-loved industry personality was an active member of the licensing and toy community, notably his great work for the UK licensing fund-raising charity, The Light Fund, as well as the toy …

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DHX Media appoints Eric Ellenbogen as its new CEO

DHX Media has appointed Eric Ellenbogen its new chief executive officer and vice chair of the board of directors, effective today, succeeding Michael Donovan, who has stepped down as CEO. Donovan has also stepped down as executive chair, but will continue to serve on the board as founding chair. Donald …

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Corus Entertainment sees changes at the top as Nelvana president Scott Dyer retires

Corus Entertainment has detailed changes at the top as with the retirement of Scott Dyer from his position as president of Nelvana Limited. Dyer will leave his post on August 30 this year. As a valued member of the Nelvana and Corus team for the past 22 years, Dyer has …

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PowerStation Studios outlines ambitious global growth plans with brace of new hires

PowerStation Studios is continuing with its ambitious plans for global expansion, welcoming the first of four new hires to its growing outfit. Clare Bradbury has been appointed as global account director, bringing with her extensive knowledge of the retail and entertainment industries garnered from several years at top global trend …

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