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!"
Bob Chapek, president of Disney Consumer Products, has been named as chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, effective immediately.
FremantleMedia International has announced plans for a new structure for its senior management team, which aims to increase sales focus for emerging markets.
After 18 years at Warner Bros. Consumer Products EMEA, Bruno Schwobthaler, currently SVP of marketing, sales and business development, is leaving the company.
Phil Carroll is has joined Pedigree Books as the interim head of sales for the annuals and yearbooks publisher.
Licensor Perry Ellis International has unveiled a leadership succession plan that will see founder and CEO George Feldenkreis step down after 50 years leading the company.
Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products has appointed two new international licensing executives to accelerate growth of the company’s presence in EMEA and Latin America.
Elie Dekel has stepped down from his role as president of Saban Brands, the IP management division of Saban Capital Group that he helped launch in 2010.
J.P. Bommel has been named as managing director and chief operating officer of NATPE//Content First, effective this September.
Multi-platform media company Shout! Factory has promoted four of its veteran executives.
Lifestyle retailer Academy Sports + Outdoors has named former Meijer executive James Kevin Symancyk as president and chief executive officer, effective Nov. 2.
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