Spin Master Entertainment — the kids’ content arm of the global toys, games and entertainment company — has appointed Thom Chapman as Senior Director, Sales & Distribution, in which role he will take direct responsibility for creating and managing global strategies for Spin Master titles across linear, non-linear and emerging platforms. Chapman will report to Porsha Gauthier, VP Operations & Legal, who oversee Spin Master Ent.’s business affairs and operations.
Bringing over 15 years of experience to the new post, Chapman is an expert in global content distribution. He joins Spin Master Entertainment after guiding the sales efforts of some of the world’s most well known children’s series such as Peanuts, Bob the Builder, Strawberry Shortcake and Teletubbies. Chapman joins Spin Master from DHX Media where he directed the content expansion strategy for Asia by generating revenue for DHX’s catalog of 13,000 half hours with key platforms such as Netflix, Disney, Amazon and Chinese clients, YouKu/Alibaba, iQiyi, Tencent, Hunan, and Shanghai Media Group.
In his new role at Spin Master, Chapman will work closely with Jennifer Dodge, EVP Spin Master Ent., and with Spin Master’s Business Units for Girls, Preschool, Boys and Robotics to secure premium global placement for its outstanding, engaging and entertaining kids’ content.
“Thom’s reputation and relationships in the kid’s content world are remarkable,” said Dodge. “I am thrilled to have his experience and talent on the Spin Master Entertainment team. His insights will help build our exploitation strategies as well as source new revenue opportunities for our exceptional content.”
“Spin Master Entertainment produces world-class content that truly engages with kids globally,” said Chapman. “I’m very excited to be part of their rapidly-growing business and help drive strategies in all aspects of content distribution.”
To date, Spin Master has produced six television series, including 2007 success Bakugan Battle Brawlers and current hit PAW Patrol, which is broadcast in over 160 countries and territories globally. Spin Master employs over 1,500 people globally with offices in Canada, United States, Mexico, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Slovakia, Poland, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam and Australia.