In June 2013, global brand extension agency Beanstalk launched Tinderbox, its digital division to help brand licensing extend into new media.
The Toy Industry Association will induct two new members into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame.
Bluefin Distribution, a U.S. distributor for Japanese toys and collectibles, has appointed John Parker as its new president.
Discovery Communications and Hasbro will re-brand the jointly owned The Hub Network as Discovery Family Channel.
Amelie Govett has joined the marketing agency Brand and Deliver as licensing and sponsorship director.
Saban Brands has created a new internal global content distribution unit to support its worldwide growth and expanding portfolio.
Lionsgate has named Kerry Phelan, to the newly created position of executive vice president of global franchise management and strategic partnerships.
SEGA Europe has hired Kay Ferneyhough to join its London-based licensing team as retail license manager.
Richard Goldsmith has been given an expanded role at the Jim Henson Company as executive vice president of global distribution and international consumer products.
Licensing agency The Joester Loria Group has announced a series of promotions and new hires.
Vince Klaseus will join Universal Pictures as president of the newly created brand development division.
Saban Brands has appointed Doug Finberg to the newly created role of senior vice president of marketing.
Toys R’ Us has named two seasoned executives with deep international and domestic retail expertise to lead its global and domestic business.
A group of former Rovio employees have launched the new brand licensing agency, 5th Wave Brands.
Eyewear licensee the Safilo Group has appointed Henri Blomqvist to the newly established role of global commercial director.
Creata (makers of Happy Meals toys for McDonald’s and manufacturer of Skylanders toys for Activision) has hired Kathryn Klingler as director of licensing and marketing.
Studio 100 has appointed Tim Brooke-Hunt as president of the board of Flying Bark Productions in Australia.
Genius Brands International has elected entertainment industry veteran Anthony Thomopoulos to its board of directors.
Former Disney Store and Claire’s executive James D. Fielding has joined AwesomenessTV as global head of consumer products and retail.
American lifestyle brand Lands' End has named Steven Rado as senior vice president and chief marketing officer.
Mattel has created a new, combined marketing and creative division that will span the toy company's portfolio of consumer brands.
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