Leslie Ferraro has been named president, Disney Consumer Products, effective immediately. A 16-year Disney veteran, she most recently served as Walt Disney Parks and Resorts’ executive vice president, global marketing, sales and travel operations, where she was responsible for leading the marketing and sales teams in developing numerous highly successful consumer campaigns worldwide.
The Canadian Toy Association (CTA) invites all members to submit candidates for seats on the CTA Board of Directors. In accordance with the affiliate agreement between CTA and the U.S. Toy Industry Association (TIA), TIA members with operations in Canada are also eligible to submit candidates for consideration.
Nintendo Partners with Universal Parks & Resorts for Theme Park Attractions Based on Nintendo Games and Characters
Nintendo and Universal Parks & Resorts will bring the world of Nintendo to life at Universal theme parks, with experiences based on Nintendo’s wildly popular games, characters, and worlds. Through the partnership, Nintendo will be expanding the reach and popularity of its characters and intellectual property.
The immersive experiences will include major attractions at Universal’s theme parks and will feature Nintendo’s best-known characters and games. More details will be announced in the future, as the Nintendo and Universal creative teams work to create specific concepts.
This past Wednesday, Activision Blizzard Inc. reported better-than-expected financial results for the first quarter ended March 31. For the quarter, Activision Blizzard’s GAAP net revenues were $1.28 billion, as compared with $1.11 billion for the first quarter of the prior year. On a non-GAAP basis, the company’s net revenues were $703 million, as compared with $772 million for the first quarter of the previous year. For the first quarter, GAAP net revenues from digital channels were a record $581 million and represented a first-quarter record 45 percent of the company’s total revenues. On a non-GAAP basis, net revenues from digital channels were a first-quarter record $538 million and represented a record 76 percent of total revenues.
Swimways Corp.’s campaign for its fourth annual National Learn to Swim Day will take place during National Water Safety Month on May 16. Held on the third Saturday of May each year, National Learn to Swim Day provides the opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of water safety and teaching children how to swim as pools open across the U.S. for summer.
On Monday, the Walt Disney Company reported earnings of $2.1 billion for its second fiscal quarter ended March 28. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) increased 14 percent to $1.23 from $1.08 in the prior-year quarter, and excluding certain items affecting comparability, EPS for the quarter increased 11 percent to $1.23 from $1.11 in the prior-year quarter.
Entertainment One’s Peppa Pig is hitting the road for her first-ever U.S. theatrical tour, Peppa Pig’s Big Splash. The live stage show will visit 23 East Coast cities this November and December, including Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, and Boston. A second leg will take Peppa to additional U.S. cities next year.
This fall, the Star Wars universe will join Disney, Disney•Pixar, and Marvel in Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition, as announced by Disney Interactive. The latest edition of the video game series will include five Play Sets, new Toy Box expansion games, and fan-favorite characters from across the Walt Disney Company.
Wonder Workshop has raised an additional $6.9 million from new investor WI Harper Group, as well as existing investors Madrona Venture Group, CRV, Maven Ventures, Bright Success Capital, and angels. Wonder Workshop will use the funding to continue to expand into new markets, and to develop manufacturing and strategic business channels. The funding brings the company’s total funding to $15.9 million.
Since its launch late last year, the company’s signature toys, Dash & Dot, have appeared at the White House for the National Hour of Code, been broadly adopted in classrooms around the country, and have provided more than 75,000 hours of fun and entertainment to kids around the world.