TORONTO, CANADA – Epic Story Media Inc. (ESM) has introduced the enlargement of its senior staff with two new hires. Jessica Labi, previously VP of acquisitions at eOne, has come on board as head of distribution and model technique. Additionally becoming a member of the staff is David Sztoser, former VP of toys at Nickelodeon, as head of licensing and merchandise. Labi and Sztoser will work throughout ESM’s rising slate of manufacturers, which has expanded to characterize international licensing rights to Slugterra in addition to licensing and tv rights to Chaotic.
Slugterra was initially produced by Ken Faier at Nerd Corps Leisure, which was acquired by DHX Media in 2014. The sequence follows the heroic journey of teenage Eli Shane and his finest mates, the Shane Gang, as they struggle for justice within the mysterious, high-tech underground world of Slugterra. Slugterra aired on Disney XD, Netflix. JAKKS Pacific, Inc. is the grasp toy companion and Epic Story Interactive, (Epic Story Media’s sister firm), is chargeable for the creation of cellular video games and their distribution. It has garnering over 25M downloads to this point.
Moreover, Epic has signed a cope with License Growth Group, LLC to acquire the worldwide licensing and tv rights to Chaotic, a sci-fi/motion tv sequence produced by Chaotic USA and 4Kids Leisure that has aired on Cartoon Community, Disney XD and CW 4Kids within the U.S. Teletoon has aired it in Canada in addition to six European nations. The sequence follows Tom, Kaz, Sarah and Peyton, a bunch of youngsters, who play the Chaotic buying and selling card and on-line sport portal. Whereas taking part in on-line, Tom receives a particular password and enters one other world referred to as Chaotic the place the cardboard sport involves life.
Epic will deal with the Chaotic tv gross sales and international licensing for the model, which beforehand bought file numbers of buying and selling playing cards in North America, South America and Europe. The model can be an Activision online game, Chaotic Shadow Warriors, primarily based on the sequence, and is on the market on PlayStation three, Wii, Xbox 360 and Nintendo DS. It has gained over two million customers throughout the first 12 months.
Faier, president and founder at Epic Story Media, commented, “We’ve began the 12 months sturdy at Epic Story Media with two unimaginable new staff members, Jessica and David, becoming a member of us in addition to including to a burgeoning slate of dynamic, creator-led manufacturers for them to sink their tooth into. The corporate is based on the idea that creators needs to be within the driving seat for his or her IP because it’s developed and expanded – an strategy which is attracting expertise throughout the board to companion with us.”
Labi brings her eighteen plus years of expertise in children and household content material distribution to ESM. Beginning out at kaBOOM! Leisure, (after which Part four Movies) she was chargeable for advertising and distributing main manufacturers together with Franklin the Turtle, The Berenstain Bears, Cat within the Hat, Chuggington, DQ’s Jungle E-book and Paw Patrol. After the acquisition of Part four by Leisure One, Labi grew to become a part of Leisure One USA Movies/Momentum Footage as VP of acquisitions, tasked with rising the children and household class together with Leisure One’s international digital distribution platform. Most lately Labi was at Viva Footage serving as SVP. She additionally arrange Hubble Leisure, a manufacturing, consulting and gross sales firm centered on international distribution.
Sztoser has labored for over seventeen years in leisure licensing and merchandising earlier than becoming a member of ESM. He started his profession with New Line Cinema as an assistant, then product coordinator on manufacturers comparable to The Lord of the Rings, Austin Powers, and A Nightmare on Elm Avenue. Following New Line, Sztoser went on to work with New York primarily based licensing company 4Kids Leisure the place he was the supervisor of licensing gross sales and advertising for manufacturers comparable to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Chaotic, and Yu-Gi-Oh!. Most lately, Sztoser was with Viacom, spending eight years because the VP of toys below the Nickelodeon division. He additionally managed the children 6-11 staff, overseeing the onerous items classes of toys, video video games, sporting items, client electronics, and high-end collectibles for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Paw Patrol.
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