News extra: More licensing news from this week

Including Mattel honouring Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert as a ‘Barbie Role Model’.

Source rounds up more news from the licensing industry across the globe from the week.

Mattel has honoured Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert as a ‘Barbie Role Model’ for her work creating the Oxford vaccine against Covid-19, now in use in many countries around the world. Barbie is also making a donation to Professor Gilbert’s chosen STEM-focused organisation, WISE (Women in Science & Engineering). In addition, Barbie has recognised five other STEM and healthcare professionals around the world with a one of a kind doll – Amy O’Sullivan, RN (US), Dr Audery Cruz (US), Dr Chika Stacy Oriuwa (Canada), Dr Jacqueline Goes de Jesus (Brazil) and Dr Kirby White (Australia).

Warner Bros. Consumer Products has opened an office in Mexico City, offering a host of new licensing opportunities across its brands and franchises in the territory. Javier Garza is the new head of WBCP Mexico, reporting to Preston Kevin Lewis, svp of WBCP Latin America and Sharon Zyman, gm of WarnerMedia Mexico and Colombia.

Jazwares has formed a new Costume Play division, focusing on the development of licensed costumes. The new division will be lead by Stephen Stanley, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the costume business. A co-founder of the Halloween & Costume Association, Stephen previously served as co-president of Disguise and was most recently md of Rubie’s Costume Company.

Planeta Junior has secured an agreement with San Carlo Gruppo Alimentare S.p.A, renewing its deal for Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir for the third consecutive year. San Carlo – a leader in the Italian potato chips and savoury snacks market – will feature Miraculous on individual and multi-packs.

Silvergate Media has confirmed the promotion of Shelli Rottman to the dual executive position of chief diversity officer and evp of business and legal affairs. In her new role, Shelli will oversee the company’s growing diversity and inclusion programme. She will be based out of Silvergate’s New York office.

Hasbro has promoted Jess Richardson to the role of vp global licensed consumer products – toy and games. Jess has previously lead key expansion on Tonka, Micro Machines, Lite Brite, Spirograph, Nerf Sports and Monopoly in his current position as senior director category licensing, North America hardlines.

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