Caminada Resigns from HIT Entertainment
Sunshine Acquisition Ltd., formed by Apax Partners to acquire HITEntertainment, appointed Greg Dyke and Bruce Steinberg non-executive chairmanand chief executive, respectively. The appointments follow on the heels of theresignation of Charlie Caminada as chief operating officer after 15 years withthe company.
Selig Offers ABCs of Preschool Programming
Josh Selig, founder and president of Little Airplane Productions, establishedLittle Airplane Academy, a new school for industry professionals and beginnersalike who want to learn what it takes to make and sell successful preschoolprograms. The Emmy Award winner has created preschool shows such as Oobi!;Piper O'Possum; Go, Baby!; and upcoming Nick Jr. series The Wonder Pets!. Theschool opens in fall 2005 at Little Airplane's studio in New York's Tribeca.For more information, visithttp://www.littleairplane.com/
Candie's Changes Moniker
Candie's, Inc., changed its corporate name to Iconix Brand Group, Inc., and nowtrades on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the ticker symbol, ICON. The namechange represents the final step of the transformation of the company'sbusiness from a footwear and apparel company to a brand management business.Iconix owns three brands-Candie's, Bongo, and Badgley Mischka-and has licensedthem in a variety of categories.
QSR Promotes Summertime Literacy
Big Tent Entertainment will partner with Chick-fil-A restaurants on asummer-long Miffy and Friends promotion. Children have the opportunity toreceive one of four different Miffy and Friends books each time they purchase aChick-fil-A kid's meal. Designed to promote literacy, this special promotionbegan July 1 and continues through September 30. In addition, eachshrinkwrapped package will include a discount coupon for SonyWonder's Miffy andFriends video.
MGM Executive Moves
MGM Consumer Products and MGM Location-Based Entertainment announced sixexecutive promotions/appointments. Travis Rutherford was promoted to executivevice president, MGM Consumer Products and Location-Based Entertainment. EricKarp and Denise Young were promoted to vice president, worldwide hardlineslicensing and softlines licensing, respectively, for MGM Consumer Products.Paul Flett was named vice president of worldwide marketing and promotions, andElaine Piechowski was appointed executive director, publishing and stationery.Tricia Samuels was named director of licensing and Darren Kyman director ofworldwide marketing and promotions. Pam Reynolds was named senior vicepresident of business and legal affairs for MGM Consumer Products and HomeEntertainment.
Partnership Inspires babyfaith Line
Russ Berrie and Co. Inc. and Integrity Publishers, Inc., will partner onbabyfaith, a line of developmental toys, gifts, and nursery d
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