HoliDAY of Play 2015

Green Toys Names Charles Friend to President

GreenToysGreen Toys has named Charles Friend as its president. Friend was part of the Friend Group’s team, which purchased a majority stake in Green Toys in 2013, and has since served in the role of chief financial officer.

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Richard Desroches Joins Imports Dragon as Director of Brands

ImportsDragon.logoRichard Desroches has joined Imports Dragon as its director of brands, effective immediately. He will be responsible for growing the company product portfolio and strengthening and growing market share of popular brands such as Shopkins, NHL figures, and upcoming brands.

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Judy Basis, Licensing Industry Force, Passes Away

Judy Basis (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

Judy Basis passed away Saturday, August 22, 2015. She battled cancer for more than 30 years.

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Diane Nelson to Head WBCP, Brad Globe to Step Down

Diane_Nelson_195x230Diane Nelson will add the oversight of Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) to her current responsibilities as president, DC Entertainment (DCE), and president and chief content officer, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE). The announcement was made today by Kevin Tsujihara, the chairman and CEO of Warner Bros.

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Cra-Z-Art Names Charlie Zakin to Vice President of Advertising

Microsoft Word - zakinappointment[1].docxCra-Z-Art has appointed Charlie Zakin to the newly created position of vice president of advertising. He is a veteran of both the toy and media industries, with extensive experience on the client and agency side. Zakin formerly served as vice president, corporate media, at Hasbro Inc.

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Target Names John Mulligan to Chief Operating Officer, Cathy Smith to CFO

Resized large Target-LogoTarget Corporation has promoted John Mulligan to the role of executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective September 1. In the newly created position, Mulligan will assume oversight of stores, supply chain, and properties.

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Saban Brands Names Sanrio’s Janet Hsu as CEO

Janet HsuSaban Brands has named Janet Hsu as its new CEO, effective August 17. As Saban Brands’ first CEO, Hsu will be responsible for overseeing the company’s portfolio of global entertainment properties, as well as being instrumental in acquiring additional brands and building new intellectual properties.

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Intelex Group Hires Scott Wehrs to Run North American Division

Scott Wehrs PhotoIntelex Group has appointed Scott Wehrs as president of its North American division, Intelex USA LLC. He is the former president and COO of Ty Inc., and during his 11-year tenure, he directed and managed the company during the explosion in popularity for Beanie Baby.

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Step2 Appoints Robert Jourdian to Vice President of Research and Development

Step2 LogoThe Step2 Company LLC has named Robert Jourdian as its new vice president of research and development. Jourdian comes to Step2 with more than 30 years of product design experience, 25 of which were spent at the senior product design level at Fisher-Price Inc., a division of Mattel Inc.

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Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Passes Away

NintendoThe president of Nintendo Co. Ltd., Satoru Iwata, passed away on July 11 due to a bile duct growth, as reported by Nintendo.

The 55-year-old Iwata had served as CEO of Nintendo of America since being appointed to the position in June of 2013. He also served as the video game giant’s director, president, and representative director.

The Toy Book sends its sincerest condolences.