Coolabi Appoints New Head Of Licensing
Press Release from Coolabi
London, 13 September 2011. Leading entertainment producer and rights management company Coolabi has appointed Natasha Dyson as Head of Licensing.
Natasha joins Coolabi with a wealth of experience in licensing across pre-school, tween, teen and adult brands. In her new role she will oversee the licensing activity for Coolabi’s growing portfolio of properties including Poppy Cat, Purple Ronnie and Scarlett & Crimson, plus Bagpuss, Clangers and Ivor the Engine which Coolabi represents on behalf of Smallfilms and Peter Firmin.
Natasha most recently worked at Chapman Entertainment where she was Head of Licensing, managing the company’s portfolio of pre-school brands in the UK, including Fifi and the Flowertots and Roary the Racing Car. She also managed the launch of new brands Little Charley Bear and Raa Raa the Noisy Lion.
Prior to this she was at 19 Entertainment where she worked within the Commercial Department to develop licensing programmes across the company’s portfolio of entertainment and celebrity properties in the UK and US. She started her licensing career at The Beanstalk Group where she managed and launched the Mary-Kate and Ashley brand in the UK before expanding the company’s retail business as part of the New Business team.
The last 12 months have seen Coolabi’s activity grow considerably across its licensing and production divisions, with the rest of 2011 and 2012 promising to be the company’s busiest time yet. This period will see Coolabi’s hit Nick Jr UK show Poppy Cat roll out internationally including a US launch on Sprout from this Autumn, the iconic Purple Ronnie brand will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year and tween girls’ property Scarlett and Crimson will launch new beauty ranges at UK retail.
Commenting on Natasha’s appointment, Jeremy Banks, Chief Executive at Coolabi says: “Natasha has an impressive track record in working on major international brands and she is going to be a great asset to Coolabi as we ramp up activity for the year ahead. We are delighted to have secured someone of her calibre as we continue to grow our properties both in the UK and worldwide.”
Coolabi specialises in the ownership, development and creative management of high quality children's and family brands and intellectual property. The current portfolio includes Poppy Cat for Nick Jr, Purple Ronnie, Scarlett & Crimson, The Large Family and Dead Gorgeous. In addition Coolabi also licenses rights to selected brands, including Bagpuss, Clangers, and Ivor the Engine. For more information and a background on the company visit www.coolabi.com.