From an increased focus on building 360-degree franchises to a host of major executive moves, here's the news that shaped 2015.
Toys ‘R’ Us has promoted Joe Venezia to executive vice president, global store operations, effective Feb. 22.
Coburn Communication–a public relations, marketing and events agency–has appointed Christa Boeke as vice president, licensing.
Lisa Jacobson, former UTA partner and head of its licensing, branding and endorsement department, has left the agency to create a new boutique entertainment marketing firm.
The U.K.-based comics publisher DC Thomson has appointed Amy Jarashow as its licensing director for North America.
Brit Gordon has joined the consumer products agency and division of CAA Sports, Fermata Partners.
Random House Children’s Books has appointed Rachel Bader as its new licensing director.
Victory Hill Exhibitions, a global production and distribution company, has appointed Daniel Pearce and Michael Mattox to open its “The Transformers Experience” and “Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.” in Las Vegas, Nev.
U.K.-based toy and gift company Wow! Stuff has appointed Frank Adler as its president of its U.S. operation.
Highly recognized Warner Bros. Consumer Products executive says, "That's all Folks!"
Lonely Planet has launched a new consumer products division that will be led by current business development manager Drew Rowley.
FremantleMedia North America has hired Ron Garfield as executive vice president and general manager of its new digital network, Buzzr TV.
FremantleMedia North America has appointed the executive team that will lead the launch and growth of its new network Buzzr.
Global Brands Group has appointed retail veteran Adrienne Lazarus as chief executive officer of the Frye Company in a move to turn the brand into a leading lifestyle label.
Federico San Martin has been hired as vice president of global consumer products for The Jim Henson Company.
Global Brands Group has named Jason Weisenfeld president of Seven Global, its recently announced joint venture with David Beckham and Simon Fuller.
Rocket Licensing has named Tessa Bailey as its new licensing coordinator.
Rovio Entertainment has hired former DreamWorks Animation executive Tuomo Korpinen as president of both Rovio Animation Company and Blue Bird Distribution Company.
French television network TF1 Entreprises has hired Marina Narishkin as director of TF1 Licences.
Imperial Toy, manufacturer of licensed and non-licensed bubbles, seasonal products and novelty toys, has appointed Tim Nolan to president.
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