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!"
The professional wrestling organization WWE has promoted three executives within its consumer products group.
Genius Brands International has announced that Margaret Loesch will join its board of directors.
Home shopping network Evine Live has appointed Penny Burnett as senior vice president and chief merchandising officer.
Madame Alexander Doll Company and Kahn Lucas have appointed Jamie Cygielman as general manager of the Madame Alexander Doll and Dollie & Me brands.
Fender Musical Instruments has named former Disney Consumer Products chairman Andy Mooney as chief executive officer, effective immediately.
Viacom International Media Networks has appointed Jill Offman to bring together the management of its young adult pay TV brands, Comedy Central and MTV.
Nevision has brought in two new industry executives– former Zodiak U.K. Kids & Family CEO Nigel Pickard and former BBC and ITV producer Sharon Bloom.
Licensing agency LMCA has appointed Elliot Chen as director of licensing, located in the company’s Shanghai office, in support of its rapid international growth.
9 Story Media Group has appointed Claudia Balzer Scott-Hansen to the newly created position of vice president of distribution.
Bulldog Licensing appointed Sophie Yates as its new licensing coordinator.
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