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!"
Following Richard Broadbent’s decision to step down as chairman of Tesco, retail veteran John Allan has been appointed to the role, effective March 1.
Hoho Rights, the production company behind "Cloudbabies" and "Everybody Loves a Moose," has appointed Jayne Pitts as its new head of TV sales.
Content marketing and audience development agency McMurry/TMG has hired former Beanstalk executive Suzanne Jacober as director of business development.
Authentic Brands Group has appointed Javier Brandwain to the new role of managing director of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Endemol Shine U.K. has added three new digital roles at its multi-channel network ChannelFlip.
The National Wildlife Federation will debut a new licensing program this week at Licensing Expo and the newly appointed head of brand licensing Deana Duffek.
Endemol Shine Group has promoted Marina Williams to chief operating officer of international operations.
Sesame Workshop has appointed two new members to the executive team.
DreamWorks Animation's chief global brand officer Michael Francis will step down from his full-time duties at the company in December and transition to a consulting role.
The Jim Henson Company has appointed Anna Moorefield as its new global distribution director.
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