A leading entertainment, sport, and brand licensing agency has added two new executives to its team.
WildBrain CPLG is bolstering its in-house services and commercial teams with the appointment of Clare Vosper Mortimer as Vice President of Finance and Operations in London and Angela Reuber-Gundolf as Commercial Director in Germany.
In London, Mortimer will oversee the company’s finance function and enhance its global in-house service offering for partners. With new offices opened recently in Indonesia and the Philippines, WildBrain’s in-house services team is scaling to better support its partners around the world. Mortimer’s focus will be on enabling even stronger partner-centric financial and operational services. She reports to Maarten Weck, Executive Vice President of Global Partnerships and Licensing.
Mortimer has held senior finance positions in publishing, television production, and kids’ media businesses, most recently as Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations for Family Brands at eOne/Hasbro. There she worked in the content production, distribution, and brand management divisions for its roster of intellectual properties, including Peppa Pig, PJ Masks, Transformers, Power Rangers, and My Little Pony. Mortimer has also held senior positions at Quercus Books (now part of the Hachette Group), NBCUniversal, and Entertainment Rights/Classic Media (now NBCUniversal DreamWorks).
In Munich, Reuber-Gundolf’s focus will be on leveraging WildBrain’s expansive global reach and infrastructure to drive growth and strategic alignment for existing licensors across Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (GSA), including Peanuts, Playmobil, SEGA, and MGM. She will also look to strengthen WildBrain’s portfolio of entertainment, lifestyle, and sports properties as well as build out and expand the presence of WildBrain-owned brands in the GSA market. This includes the ongoing expansion of the Teletubbies licensing program into the adult market targeting Generation Z and their kids, alongside growing expansion opportunities for the Strawberry Shortcake brand to audiences in Northern Europe.
Reuber-Gundolf joins from IMG in Germany where she was responsible for the global licensing strategy and business of key clients Haribo and Bundesliga. Previously, she worked as Senior Franchise Development Manager CPGP EMEA at The Walt Disney Co., Germany, where she was responsible for driving the franchise strategy of National Geographic Consumer Products across Europe. Angela reports to John Taylor, Vice President, Northern Europe.
“Our in-house services team is a distinctive and pivotal element in our offering to partners, and augmenting the team with Clare’s financial and operational expertise is part of our ambitious plan as we further evolve WildBrain CPLG into the licensing partner of choice for global brands,” Weck says. “Angela, too, will play a key strategic role, leading our commercial activities in Munich to build out robust development programs in the GSA territory both for partner and WildBrain-owned brands, applying global expertise at the local level. Both of these appointments reflect our commitment to offering our partners best-in-class services and sector-leading expertise.”