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Guru Adds Disney Vet Piersimoni and Marketing Expert Rattner

New hires bring decades of experience in production, marketing and brand development to Toronto-based studio.

Kara Lord Piersimoni and Daniel Rattner have joined the executive team at Guru Studios.

TORONTO -- Guru Studio has added to its management team former Disney executive Kara Lord Piersimoni as VP of production and Daniel Rattner as senior director of marketing and branding.

Both will report to president and executive creative director Frank Falcone and be based in Toronto.

Piersimoni brings more than two decades of experience in global content production. This includes stints at Walt Disney Feature Animation, Digital Domain and DisneyToon Studios.  Most recently Piersimoni was an executive producer for Warner Animation Group for the LEGO movie franchise and joins Guru from her position as senior director of production at Sparkhouse Studios. In her role Piersimoni will have direct responsibility for managing all Guru’s production-related activities.

Rattner joins Guru with more than a decade of marketing and brand development experience. Most recently he was director of marketing at Mazu, a leader in safe online experiences for young fans. Here he led strategy and launch campaigns for partners across the National Hockey League, National Football League and National Basketball Association. Prior to this, Daniel was a global brand manager at Spin Master, overseeing a portfolio of brands across the boys’ action toy category. At Guru, Rattner will oversee the company’s corporate marketing and communications strategy and lead the promotional efforts for Guru’s animated and interactive IP.

“Kara and Daniel bring significant experience to our business,” said Falcone. “Kara’s knowledge of the kids content world is exceptional. We are thrilled to have her level of talent at Guru. Daniel will be leading our global marketing efforts and his experience across digital, entertainment and consumer products will continue to drive the growth of our brands around the world.” 

Source: Guru Studio

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Tom McLean has been writing for years about animation from a secret base in Los Angeles.