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Stephen Davies named MD of BBC Studios Consumer Products and Licensing

Stephen Davies has been appointed managing director of BBC Studios Consumer Products and Licensing in a move which brings together all of the BBC commercial subsidiary’s UK publishing and licensing businesses together for the first time. Davies is currently the director for live entertainment, music and motion gallery at BBC …

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DHX Media rebrands as WildBrain as it appoints new CEO

DHX Media has undergone a company wide rebranding under the name WildBrain following the appointment of Eric Ellenbogen as its new chief executive officer and vice chair. Both mark a big move for the company, who has already begun rolling out the rebrand, as both land as DHX (now WildBrain) …

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Poetic Brands appoints Anne Bradford as director of new babywear division

The licensed clothing specialist, Poetic Brands has appointed Anne Bradford to the post of director of its children’s wear, babywear and accessories division. The new appointment and division come in response to a steady growth in Poetic Brands’ adult clothing business and the company’s belief that there is a further …

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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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