People on the Move: Brandt named CEO of Dr Seuss, McGarry takes over as AWUK chair and more

Susan Brandt

Dr. Seuss Enterprises (seussville.com) announced that Susan Brandtan entertainment industry veteran who has run the company for more than two decades, has been promoted to President and CEO. Previously chairman of the company, Brandt will continue to lead the charge around the beloved entertainment property and oversee global operations.

During her tenure, Brandt has focused on finding new and innovative ways to connect with fans, while maintaining the integrity of Dr. Seuss’ beloved stories and characters. Under his leadership, 2021 was the highest revenue year in company history. “I’ve been a lifelong Dr. Seuss fan and it’s been a privilege to be a part of this company, working with great partners and wonderful employees to expand the world of Dr. Seuss in a way that continues to delight “Brandt said. “I look forward to continuing the wonderful work of guiding, innovating and protecting this much-loved property.”

Brandt’s expertise spans entertainment media, publishing, digital, retail and consumer goods as she manages Dr. Seuss’ billion-dollar global franchises. Some of his most recent portfolio deals include a three-part film deal with Warner Animation Group, launching the first-ever NFT experiment for Dr. Seuss with Dapper Labs, and conceiving the idea for the traveling exhibit. very successful, the Dr. Seuss Experience, with Kilburn Live. Brandt also worked closely with Netflix on the hit series Green eggs and ham and with PBS on the award-winning show, The cat in the hat knows a lot about that! She further directed the stage productions of brand information, theme parks, games, licensed products and more.

Prior to joining Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Brandt was vice president of home entertainment at 20th Century Fox Film Corporation where, together with the president, she launched the $500 million international video division and later led the Asia region. – 320 million Pacific while working and living in Hong Kong. Brandt holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Dara McGarry

Dara McGarry

Anime Women UK (animatedwomenuk.com) announced that Dara McGarry like its new animation chair. As co-chair of the organization supporting women in the visual effects and animation industries in the UK, McGarry will set the agenda for AWUK alongside visual effects co-chair Louise Hussey. She replaces Beth Parker, who had held the presidency since 2017 and moved to Finland as the general manager of Gigglebug Ent.

McGarry began his career at Disney Feature Animation in 1997 and for 13 years worked in various departments including production, technology and effects on films such as Dinosaur, Little Chicken, Tangled and Frozen. She moved to London in 2010, working as an artist manager for DNEG VFX and later in the feature animation department, helping to grow and shape the team from its early days of 12 to a global team of 700. She now serves as Operations Manager for DNEG Animation.

“I was thrilled to be invited to join the board representing animation,” McGarry said. “There are more jobs in our industry than ever before and I want to help artists find the work they are passionate about while guiding the industry to be more diverse and inclusive. Now more than ever, there are has a seat for everyone at the table, and I want to make sure everyone has a seat.

Kate Warburton

Kate Warburton

Outpost visual effects (outpost-vfx.com) has strengthened its UK team with the appointment of Kate Warburton like Executive producer ahead of the opening of its London factory, which is expected to open in the first half of 2022. Warburton will work alongside UK studio head Rachel Matchett to engage with Outpost’s network of customers in the city ​​and in the world. Best known for her work on major film and episodic productions, including Aladdin (Disney), Paddington 2 (Warner Bros.) and The crown (Netflix), Warburton recently put together visual effects for the critically acclaimed Channel 4 miniseries It’s a sinas executive producer.

The London studio, alongside Outpost’s recent expansion into India, will increase the company’s global artist capacity to over 700 over the next year. The company also operates studios in Montreal and Los Angeles, with recent VFX projects including The Wheel of Time, Foundation and Star Trek: Discovery. UK teams are currently working on The offer and The man who fell to earth.

Eduardo Garagori

Eduardo Garagori

Zinkia (zinkia.com), the Spanish entertainment brand production and management company behind the popular children’s series Pocoyonamed Eduardo Garagori New Head of Revenue and Business Development at Zinkia Entertainment. Garagorri will lead the company’s strategic plan, as well as the definition of its commercial approach and positioning while seeking new opportunities to develop the division responsible for the licensing, distribution and commercialization of its brands, within the framework the national and international expansion of Zinkia, following the recent acquisition of the Canarian animation studio Koyi Talent.

Garagorri brings to this new position extensive experience in the children’s entertainment industry, accumulated over more than 11 years as head of product strategy, marketing and sales at Spanish toymaker Famosa. He also worked in consulting at the Boston Consulting Group and in technology at Seven Eighths. Zinkia’s new business development manager earned a doctorate in chemical engineering from the School of Chemical Sciences at the Complutense University of Madrid, as well as an MBA from the Instituto de Empresa business school.

Tim Kilpin

Tim Kilpin

Leading toy and game company playmonster (playmonster.com) enters 2022 with significant capital investment from global private markets firms Adams Street Partners and HIG Capital, and promotes the industry leader and former chairman of PlayMonster Tim Kilpin to the role of CEO. Kilpin will focus on expanding and accelerating PlayMonster’s strong retail relationships, product innovation, brand development, licensing and international expansion. The company will soon bring Hasbro’s Playskool brands to a new generation of parents, following several major brand launches in 2021 including Koosh, Spirograph Animator and THINGS… Schitt’s Creek Edition and the acquisition of the award-winning craft company Ann Williams Group. .

Prior to joining PlayMonster, Kilpin served as President and CEO of Activision Blizzard’s Consumer Products Business and President and Chief Commercial Officer of Mattel, Inc. In addition to various executive positions at Mattel and Disney, Kilpin served on the boards of Build-A-Bear Workshop, Make-A-Wish International Foundation and Children Affected by AIDS Foundation; he is also a member of the board of directors and the executive committee of the Toy Association.

Howard Abraham

Howard Abraham

World leader in motion capture Vicon (vicon.com) appointed Howard Abraham like its new VR/LBE Senior Product Manager (geolocated entertainment). In his new role, Abrahall will lead the strategy and development of Vicon’s VR product portfolio, including its groundbreaking Origin VR hardware and Evoke software platform. Vicon has been at the forefront of LBVR experiences, enabling the world’s largest full-body VR experience at Europa-Park in Germany. Virtual reality continues to be a strategic growth area for Vicon, and the appointment of Abrahall will allow the company to take advantage of opportunities in the LBE, virtual reality training and education markets. virtual reality.

Abrahall joins Vicon with over 12 years of specialized expertise in VR technologies, game development, motion capture and creative multimedia. He previously worked as a Product Manager at eyeora VR, where he was responsible for overseeing and implementing its VR content platform strategy and leading its production department. He was also a technical project manager for Digital Domain on several cross-platform VR products and director of the multimedia lab at the Erasmushogeschool in Brussels, where he worked extensively with various types of motion capture and its integration with some of the early versions of head-mounted displays. VR.

Port Manuel Torres

Port Manuel Torres

Leading children’s and family entertainment company Pocket watch (pocket.watch), which builds global franchises out of Alpha Generation’s favorite YouTube stars and characters, named Port Manuel Torres like Global Head of Consumer Products, effective immediately. Torres Port will oversee all CP licensing for pocket watch brands, focused on growing each franchise and launching new ones. and help pocket.watch navigate new markets around the world.

Torres Port brings with him nearly three decades of growth experience at leading companies such as Mattel, Nickelodeon, NBC Universal and Zag Entertainment. Under his leadership, his transactions have contributed to over US$1 billion in net royalties throughout his career. At Zag, he was instrumental in consolidating major global strategic business transactions around their core intellectual property, including the global phenomenon, Miraculous Ladybug. He oversaw NBCUniversal’s global portfolio of CP franchises, including Illumination (Minions, The Secret Life of Pets, Sing along), Dream Works Animation (Trolls, Spirit), Curious George and many others, and was instrumental in consolidating DreamWorks Animation Consumer Products into NBC. He held various global positions at Nickelodeon in both New York and Miami, and was instrumental in reviving the global franchise, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He began his career in the early 90s at Mattel Mexico before moving to the United States.

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