New territory head for UK & EMEA will initially focus on opportunities for Moon and Me.
Stephen Gould is joining up with former Ragdoll alumnus Andrew Kerr, taking on a new role as territory head for the UK and EMEA at Sutikki.
Stephen – who boasts over 28 years of experience in the consumer products arena – will led Sutikki’s first office in Europe, which will formally open its doors in London this summer. Initial recruiting is already underway.
Sutikki is the kids and family arm of Bento Box Entertainment and was co-founded by Andrew Kerr and Irene Weibel in October 2016.
Stephen’s initial focus will be growing licensing opportunities for Moon and Me, the new children’s series from Andrew Davenport and his production company Foundling Bird.
Hasbro is already on board as global master toy licensee. Sutikki – which holds non-UK broadcast distribution rights for Moon and Me and is its primary global commercial product licensor – is actively pursuing additional licensing opportunities for the property.
“I am thrilled to have joined Sutikki at the start of this exciting new enterprise,” said Stephen. “To be able to engage the licensing marketplace with a top brand like Moon and Me from Andy Davenport, is both an honour and a privilege.
“The broad and very positive trade reaction to date has been simply phenomenal and I very much look forward to realising the ambitions of all of the partners and stakeholders not only with Moon and Me, but, also a growing portfolio of IP moving forward.”
Andrew added: “In addition to being a fellow Ragdoll alumnus, Stephen has a raft of experience and an enviable pedigree within the licensing industry, and I am honoured that he will be joining our growing team.
“Sutikki was founded to be an international venture, and the opening of our first European office formalises our commitment to being a full-service, worldwide business less than six months from our launch.”
Prior to joining Sutikki, Stephen was most recently md for the UK and Eire at CPLG. He has also held senior licensing and brand positions with HIT Entertainment, Zodiak Entertainment and 4Kids, as well as directorships with Fox Kids Europe, Ragdoll Worldwide and DreamWorks.
He joined DHX Media as commercial director in September 2013 before transitioning to the wholly owned CPLG in June 2014.