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Moonbug continues L&M expansion with trio of new hires

Moonbug Entertainment is continuing with the expansion of its licensing and merchandising team, making three new senior appointments.

Suzanne Larkin (pictured centre) has joined to lead softlines EMEA and ANZ and will be responsible for building the fashion and home licensing business in the territories. Prior to Moonbug, Suzanne held various senior positions at The Walt Disney Company, most recently as director, product design and development EMEA softlines.

Samar Selby (pictured right) joins Moonbug to build the FMCG licensing and merchandise business. This will include developing strategic plans, identifying new business opportunities across the brand portfolio and building relationships with FMCG partners in EMEA & ANZ.

Samar brings a wealth of knowledge to the role with over a decade of experience in licensed consumer products. Prior to Moonbug, she was part of the FMCG EMEA team at The Walt Disney Company. She also held the position of commercial manager, toys and stationary, UK and Eire at The Walt Disney Company.

Finally, Duncan Hamilton will lead and develop the EMEA & ANZ publishing business, bringing the collaboration with current and new licensees to the next level, focusing on geographical scale, new channels and format innovation. He will also be responsible for new business development in the region.

Prior to Moonbug, Duncan was senior director, international business development and publishing at Paramount, where he led the international and business development, as well as the publishing teams in the EMEA and APAC regions.

“Our consumer products business is growing rapidly, and these new roles are key for our continued expansion across Europe, Middle East and Africa, also expanding Australia & New Zealand L&M business,” commented Francesca Romana Gianesin, head of consumer products EMEA & ANZ at Moonbug Entertainment. “Together Suzanne, Samar and Duncan are great leaders who bring a wealth of experience and expertise and I am looking forward to working with them all. Exciting times at Moonbug.”

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