Green 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.
Judy Basis passed away Saturday, August 22, 2015. She battled cancer for more than 30 years.
Diane 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.
Cra-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.
Saban 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.
The 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.
The 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.