Kids entertainment leader Guru Studio (True and the Rainbow Kingdom, PAW Patrol) announces two senior hires to its management team: Vice President of Production Kara Lord Piersimoni, and Senior Director of Marketing and Branding Daniel Rattner. Both will report to President and Executive Creative Director Frank Falcone, and be based in Toronto.
Kara Lord 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 Kara 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 new role, Lord Piersimoni will have direct responsibility for managing all Guru’s production-related activities.
Daniel 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, Rattner was a Global Brand Manager at Spin Master, overseeing a portfolio of brands across the boys’ action toy category. Rattner will oversee Guru’s corporate marketing and communications strategy and lead the promotional efforts for its animated and interactive IP.
“Kara and Daniel bring significant experience to our business,” said Frank 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.”