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Simon Philips Becomes General Manager


Long-time and respected Marvel executive Simon Philips has been appointed to the position of general manager of consumer products for The Walt Disney Company, EMEA. The appointment, which was announced by EMEA president


Diego Lerner last month, was effective immediately, and sees Simon taking responsibility for all of Disney's licensed products and publishing, as well as its retail store business. He will also lead Disney's physical packaged game distribution and work closely with the digital games business, and as part of Disney's integrated retail strategy, will work with the retails teams across EMEA to ensure that the region is operating in unison. Diego commented “Simon has extensive experience and relationships within the licensing world, and over the past several years he has worked with our consumer products teams and licensees while integrating the Marvel portfolio into our offering. I have no doubt that this, his previous experience and his deep commitment and passion for both the business and our integrated vision will enable Simon to hit the ground running.” Simon first joined Marvel Entertainment as president in 2006 and was promoted to president of worldwide consumer products in September 2008. He has held that post since The Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel in December 2009, during which time he has overseen worldwide licensing campaigns based on Marvel's major movies and superhero characters. Simon also oversaw Marvel’s animation business and led the group’s increasing focus on interactive entertainment licensing.


Left: Simon Philips, general manager of consumer products EMEA for The Walt Disney Company.


Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins


Is Number One Following its phenomenal launch in the US, Doc McStuffins has become Disney Junior UK’s most successful series premiere, with record-breaking viewing figures, product sales and a hugely positive audience response. Disney UK's newest preschool animation series, Doc McStuffins, has launched with record ratings making it the channel’s number one series. It was watched by 3.5 million people in just eight weeks and is already green-lit for a second season. The new product range has made history at Disney Store with phenomenal sales in its first week, becoming the store’s fastest selling new property for 2013. Boel Ferguson, vice president and general manager, Disney Channels and Disney Online, UK and Ireland said, “The success of Doc McStuffins both here and the US, is testament to the fantastic storytelling and sensitive approach. Doc is an aspirational character and a unique female role model for our younger viewers.”


Right: Disney's newest preschool hit Doc McStuffins is breaking down barriers in more ways than one.


He's A Classic!


It's official – Mickey Mouse was named the Best Classic Licensed Property at The Licensing Awards 2012, joining the prestigious Licensing Classics Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame only accepts properties which have stood the


test of time, demonstrating commercial success, marketing and communications activity, creativity and innovation.


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Infinite Possibilities: Endless Fun Disney Infinity is a brand new gaming initiative which allows


players to interact with their favourite Disney and Disney/Pixar worlds like never before. Simply place your Disney Infinity Figures onto the Disney Infinity base to experience original adventures from the worlds of Monsters University, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Incredibles or enter the Toy Box, an open world play experience, where you can mix up all the characters to create your own game. Available from summer 2013,


Below: The more you play the more you unlock.


across all major gaming platforms, the Disney Infinity starter pack is just the beginning. Many more Disney characters and worlds will follow, giving you infinite ways to inspire your imagination.


Superhero Sales Of Avengers And


Spider-Man Merchandise Revenues at The Walt Disney Company's consumer products division were up by 7% for the year, ending 2012 at $3.3 billion. The solid lift in revenues and income during Q4 and the full year, was primarily thanks to strong performances for Spider-Man, The Avengers and Mickey and Minnie Mouse merchandise. "Fiscal 2012 was a great year creatively, financially and strategically, resulting in record revenue, net income and earnings per share," said Robert Iger, Disney chairman and chief executive officer. “We're confident the company is well positioned to continue our strong performance and growth." In total, The Walt Disney Company reported revenues of $42,278 million for the full year and $10,782 million for Q4.


Right: The Avengers played a big part in Disney's 2012 success.


Below: Shown here collecting the award from comedian Russell Kane are: (l-r) Lucy Ransom, Phillippe Roucoule, Michaela Honeywood, Sarah Humphries, Krys Kaleta, Lucy Grubb, Amanda Ould, Paul Hepworth, Marianthi O'Dwyer, Prabs Khareghat, Liz


Shortreed, Sezma Myrie, Andrew Allsop and Jo Butcher.


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