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CEO and chairman resign from Jones Soda, CFO position cut

BY CSA STAFF

SEATTLE — William Meissner has resigned as CEO and board member of Jones Soda. Richard Eiswirth has also resigned as chairman of the board. Both resignations are effective Jne 30. Jennifer Cue will become the company’s CEO. Mick Fleming, long-standing board member, will assume the role of chairman of the board.

The company also announced the elimination of the CFO position effective June 30. Carrie Traner, VP finance and principal financial officer will assume . Stapleton’s duties.

Commenting on the change in management and strategic direction of the company, chairman Mick Fleming stated, “Our objective is to align the company’s cost structure with its operating resources and position the company for profitable revenue generation. Jennifer Cue, who previously served the company as COO and CFO, has the skills and passion to return the company to a financially sustainable positive cash flow position, and to build upon that. We are grateful for the contribution of Bill, Jim and Rick to Jones Soda. Each individual has worked incredibly hard to advance the Jones brand and the company. On behalf of the entire board, we wish them success in their future professional endeavors.”

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Disney goes evil with new designer collection

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PASADENA, Calif. — The princesses may get most of the attention, but it’s the villains that often become fan favorites. To capitalize on their popularity, Disney Store has launched an exclusive collection centered around some of its most iconic evil characters.

The Disney Villains Designer Collection, set to arrive in stores and at DisneyStore.com in early fall, will feature a series of six limited-edition Villains Designer dolls, limited to an edition of 13,000 each. The collection also includes apparel, beauty products, home items and stationery. Disney Villains Designer Doll Collection products are inspired by Cruella de Vil (101 Dalmatians), Evil Queen (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), Ursula (The Little Mermaid), Mother Gothel (Tangled), Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty) and the Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland). Disney Store designers re-imagined the villains from these movies to create this line of dramatic dolls, styled in couture fashions.

"The Disney Villains Designer Collection is a unique, stylized and fashion-forward take on these iconic characters,” says John Balen, director of hardlines for Disney Store. "Our design team created a frightfully beautiful collection that is a new and exciting interpretation of the classic Disney Villains we love to hate.”

The Disney Villains Designer Collection includes:

  • Dolls – Eleven and a half inch designer dolls dressed in satin, sequins and jeweled detailing.

  • Apparel and accessories – Six fashion tops inspired by each of the Disney Villains; complete with rhinestone detailing and foil techniques. The Villains accessory assortment features a sequined tote bag, wallet and silk scarves all featuring beautiful artwork inspired by the Disney Villains Designer Dolls.

  • Cosmetics including lip gloss, eye color and nail polish.

  • Ceramic mugs, stationery sets and character lithographs.

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Sunscape named licensee for Baby Genius eyewear

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SAN DIEGO — Genius Brands International has named Sunscape Eyewear as an eyewear licensee for its Baby Genius brand.

The two-year agreement grants Sunscape rights to manufacture and distribute worldwide Baby Genius-themed eyewear for boys and girls ages 0 to 4 years featuring Baby Genius characters. Product categories include sunglasses, eyewear and eyewear accessories such as croakies and cases.

The initial line of products will debut in time for the 2012 holiday season, and will be targeted to the nation’s largest mass retailers including Walmart, Toys"R"Us, Babies"R"Us and Target.

“The brand enthusiasm that children have for Baby Genius characters will help drive demand for these new Sunscape sunglasses. Baby Genius DVDs and CDs are currently sold at some of the mass retailers that carry Sunscape eyewear, creating a growing line of Genius branded products in the nation’s largest stores. As a major international provider of eyewear, Sunscape is the kind of partner we are very pleased to work with,” said Genius Brands chairman and CEO, Klaus Moeller.

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