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ZAG expands in Latin America, appoints Angela Cortez


Award-winning independent animation studio ZAG continues to grow its global consumer products team, appointing its first VP for the Latin America region, former Viacom executive Angela Cortez, to the position of VP, Consumer Products, Latin America. The announcement was made by Julian Zag, Executive Vice President, Global Operations.

Cortez will be based in Brazil but will also work from the Company’s newly opened office in Miami, established to support the burgeoning activity across Latin America. She will spearhead the licensing and new business development efforts for ZAG’s portfolio of “ZAG Heroez” brands, including global mega-hit Miraculous - Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir and the upcoming Ghostforce, reporting to Kirk Bloomgarden, ZAG’s SVP, Global Licensing. She will also manage the company’s licensing agents, including Gloob, Tycoon, IMC and Exim.

Cortez has more than 30 years of experience in licensing and retail in the  LATAM region, most recently serving for 12 years for Viacom Brasil Networks and VIMN, where she rose through the ranks from Licensing Director in Brazil, to VP of South America and Central America, and in the last year, to Vice President for the LATAM region where she restructured and integrated the entire LATAM team. Prior, she worked for seven years for Warner Bros. South Inc. as Licensing Director following a two-year stint with Hopi Hari S/A, the second largest amusement park in Brazil.  She started her career at the retail chain Wal-Mart Brasil S/A as manager of softlines, babyclothing and accessories.  In her career, Cortez has developed licensing programs for several leading brands in the region, including The Powerpuff Girls, Pucca, The Backyardigans, and PAW Patrol.

Additional executive changes at the company include a promotion for Eva Rodriguez, former Licensing Director for LATAM, to Director of Global Licensing, where she will work with senior management on consumer products strategy and operations.

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