Weekly E-News, Issue #117, July 5, 2005

 

 

 

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Caminada Resigns from HIT Entertainment
Sunshine Acquisition Ltd., formed by Apax Partners to acquire HIT Entertainment, appointed Greg Dyke and Bruce Steinberg non-executive chairman and chief executive, respectively. The appointments follow on the heels of the resignation of Charlie Caminada as chief operating officer after 15 years with the company.

Selig Offers ABCs of Preschool Programming
Josh Selig, founder and president of Little Airplane Productions, established Little Airplane Academy, a new school for industry professionals and beginners alike who want to learn what it takes to make and sell successful preschool programs. The Emmy Award winner has created preschool shows such as Oobi!; Piper O'Possum; Go, Baby!; and upcoming Nick Jr. series The Wonder Pets!. The school opens in fall 2005 at Little Airplane's studio in New York's Tribeca. For more information, visit http://www.littleairplane.com/.

Candie's Changes Moniker
Candie's, Inc., changed its corporate name to Iconix Brand Group, Inc., and now trades on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the ticker symbol, ICON. The name change represents the final step of the transformation of the company's business from a footwear and apparel company to a brand management business. Iconix owns three brands-Candie's, Bongo, and Badgley Mischka-and has licensed them in a variety of categories.

QSR Promotes Summertime Literacy
Big Tent Entertainment will partner with Chick-fil-A restaurants on a summer-long Miffy and Friends promotion. Children have the opportunity to receive one of four different Miffy and Friends books each time they purchase a Chick-fil-A kid's meal. Designed to promote literacy, this special promotion began July 1 and continues through September 30. In addition, each shrinkwrapped package will include a discount coupon for SonyWonder's Miffy and Friends video.

MGM Executive Moves
MGM Consumer Products and MGM Location-Based Entertainment announced six executive promotions/appointments. Travis Rutherford was promoted to executive vice president, MGM Consumer Products and Location-Based Entertainment. Eric Karp and Denise Young were promoted to vice president, worldwide hardlines licensing and softlines licensing, respectively, for MGM Consumer Products. Paul Flett was named vice president of worldwide marketing and promotions, and Elaine Piechowski was appointed executive director, publishing and stationery. Tricia Samuels was named director of licensing and Darren Kyman director of worldwide marketing and promotions. Pam Reynolds was named senior vice president of business and legal affairs for MGM Consumer Products and Home Entertainment.

Partnership Inspires babyfaith Line
Russ Berrie and Co. Inc. and Integrity Publishers, Inc., will partner on babyfaith, a line of developmental toys, gifts, and nursery d

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