WBIE Names David Haddad New Executive VP of Publishing

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) has announced a strategic management realignment to position it for growth, with changes designed to increase top-line global revenue and manage the continued digital transformation. This realignment was announced today by Martin Tremblay, president of WBIE.

As part of the management realignment, David Haddad was named to the newly created role of executive vice president of publishing operations and will report to Tremblay. Haddad will be responsible for driving all revenue activities across WBIE’s live and console game businesses as well as supporting the digital transition. Worldwide sales and distribution for console and digital games, digital publishing, live publishing, and business intelligence now report to Haddad.

Haddad most recently served as senior vice president of digital publishing at WBIE, and has held leadership roles at Etoys, Mattel, and The Walt Disney Company.

Toy Story 3 Opens with Box Office Record for Disney-Pixar

Toy Story 3’s opening weekend earned worldwide box office sales of $153.8 million, according to estimates issued by The Walt Disney Company.

Box office sales in the United States and Canada accounted for $109 million, a Disney-Pixar Animation opening record . The record was previously held by The Incredibles, which sold $70.5 million in May 2004. Only two other animated films, Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third, have opened to sales of more than $100 million.

Toy Story 3 sales received a boost from 3-D screenings, which has a higher ticket price. It’s estimated that 60 percent of ticket sales were from 3-D screenings.

Marvel Files Federal Lawsuit over Comic Copyrights

Marvel Worldwide, Inc. filed a federal lawsuit in Manhattan on Friday asking a judge to invalidate 45 notices sent by the heirs of artist Jack Kirby that aimed to terminate Marvel’s copyrights. The notices said Marvel’s copyrights would terminate on dates ranging from 2014 through 2019.  The heirs notified several companies last year that the rights would revert from Marvel to Kirby’s estate. Marvel argues that Kirby’s work on the comics were “for hire,” which makes the heirs’ claims invalid.

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