Cloudco Entertainment (formerly American Greetings Ent.) is growing its senior executive team, adding a third hub in London to join its existing Los Angeles and Cleveland offices, and increasing its content sales force. The AG spin-off currently has four TV series in production and consumer product launches of several brands including all-new versions of icons such as The Care Bears and Holly Hobbie.
Joining Cloudco as the Head of Global Licensing and based out of its Los Angeles office is Robert Prinzo. Prinzo’s previous position was VP, Consumer Products for Saban Entertainment, proceeded by years of experience overseeing the softlines business at both Hasbro and Nickelodeon/Viacom consumer products. Prinzo’s prior brand portfolios include My Little Pony, Transformers and GI Joe at Hasbro, and SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer and South Park at Nickelodeon/Viacom Consumer Products. Prinzo reports to Sean Gorman, Cloudco Entertainment President.
Adding to the Los Angeles office as Cloudco’s Head of Business Affairs is Susan Chung. Most recently, Chung provided counsel for Multicom Entertainment Group and Sutikki’s debut preschool series, Moon and Me. Chung previously worked as in house business affairs and legal counsel for The itsy bitsy Entertainment Company, working on the Teletubbies and Eloise brands, and LazyTown Entertainment. Chung also reports to Gorman.
Cloudco’s final new Los Angeles hire is Davis Doi as Executive Producer. A seasoned animation director and producer who began his career at Hanna-Barbera, Doi has producing credits on Jonny Quest, Powerpuff Girls and several Scooby-Doo titles, and a director resume that includes Bob the Builder and The Care Bears: Oopsy Does It!. Doi joins Cloudco from Universal, where he served as Supervising Director on the upcoming Curious George animated series and the most recent Land Before Time movie. In his new role, Doi oversees production on Cloudco’s new animated preschool series, Tinpo, a co-production with Dentsu Inc. and OLM/Sprite animation for CBeebies, and reports to Ryan Wiesbrock, Cloudco’s Head of Development and Production.
In content sales, Cloudco has also hired Alexandros van Blanken as Director, Content Distribution. A former investment manager for the film and TV division of financing entity The Ingenious Group, van Blanken is based in London and reports to Karen Vermeulen, Cloudco’s Head of Global Co-Production and Content Distribution. With the opening of the new UK location, Vermeulen is also assuming increased responsibilities as Managing Director of Cloudco UK. Rounding out the Cloudco content sales team is Los Angeles-based Alisa Kasimova, recently promoted to Manager, Content Distribution and also reporting to Vermeulen. Vermeulen continues to report to Gorman.
In addition to Vermeulen and van Blanken, the London office will now also house Cloudco’s Director of International Licensing, Roubina Tchoboian. Previously based in Los Angeles, Tchoboian’s move to London is to better facilitate Cloudco’s European business, with greater proximity to and more frequent in-person contact with key agents and licensing partners. Tchoboian reports to new Head of Global Licensing, Robert Prinzo.
“The Cloudco team was already superlative, so to add even more high caliber talent as we grow is beyond extraordinary” said Gorman. “I think that these new colleagues, combined with a UK office that places us much closer to many key broadcasters, agents and licensees greatly benefits Cloudco Entertainment, making it a more dynamic and engaged company for our associates and business partners.”