Guru Studio expands senior leadership team with double hire

Children’s entertainment specialist, Guru Studio has expended its senior leadership team with two key appoointments.

The firm has welcomed former Disney executive Kara Lord Piersimoni as its vice president of production and Daniel Rattner as its new senior director of marketing and branding.

Both newcomers will report to the company’s president and executive creative director, Frank Falcone.

Piersimoni brings more than two decades of experience in global content production, including stints at Walt Disney Feature Animation, Digital Domain and DisneyToon Studios.

Most recently Piersimoni was an executive producer for Warner Animation Group for the LEGO Movie franchise and joins Guru from her position as senior director of production at Sparkhouse Studios.

Meanwhile, Daniel Rattner joins Guru with more than a decade of marketing and brand development experience. Most recently Rattner was director of marketing at Mazu, a leader in safe online experiences for young fans.

He has also held tenure at Spin Master where he was global brand manager across the boys’ action toy category. At Guru, Daniel will oversee the company’s corporate marketing and communications strategy and lead the promotional efforts for Guru’s animated and interactive IP.

“Kara and Daniel bring significant experience to our business,” said Frank Falcone.

“Kara’s knowledge of the kids’ content world is exceptional. We are thrilled to have her level of talent at Guru. Daniel will be leading our global marketing efforts and his experience across digital, entertainment and consumer products will continue to drive growth of our brands around the world.” 

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