WildBrain, a leading entertainment company, has recently made several key changes to its senior management team and business strategy. These changes are aimed at driving the growth of both WildBrain and its partner franchises. Additionally, the company has announced the departure of its Chief Operating Officer, Deirdre Brennan.
New Chief Financial Officer
Nick Gawne has been appointed as WildBrain’s new Chief Financial Officer. Previously, he served as the Executive Vice President and General Manager at eOne after its acquisition by Hasbro. Prior to that, Gawne held the position of COO for Family and Brands at eOne.
Realigned Senior Management Team
WildBrain has restructured its senior management team and business based on its core capabilities. This realignment will focus on three main areas:
Under the Content Creation division, WildBrain will integrate its development and production capabilities. This includes the Vancouver animation studio, the London-based digital studio, and the Toronto animation pre-production business. Stephanie Betts has been appointed as the Executive Vice President of Content Creation.
WildBrain recognizes the importance of engaging with its global audience. The Audience Engagement division will be responsible for delivering entertainment content to audiences across the globe. Kate Smith has been appointed as the Executive Vice President of Audience Engagement.
The Global Licensing division will oversee the licensing activities of WildBrain’s licensing agency, WildBrain CPLG. It will also manage the company’s franchise management activities for its owned brands and key third-party IP partnerships. Additionally, it will handle WildBrain’s interest in the Peanuts brand. Maarten Weck will serve as the Executive Vice President of Global Partnerships and Licensing.
These strategic changes aim to position WildBrain for further growth and success in the entertainment industry.