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Press May 23, 2024

Guru Studio Bolsters Leadership Team With New Hires and Promotions

Toronto, CA (May 22, 2024) –We are pleased to announce today the appointment of Jasmine Gard as VP of Finance. Jasmine brings to Guru fifteen years of experience as a proven finance leader within the production and animation industry. Previously, Jasmine held senior finance roles in Animated Series at Netflix, VP of Production Finance at 9 Story Media and most recently VP, Finance & Operations at Brain Power Studio. Reporting to Guru’s President and Executive Creative Director, Frank Falcone, Jasmine will oversee the company’s production and corporate finance departments, financial and budgeting strategy, as well as tax and auditing. Reporting to Jasmine, the department has also recently added Kwan Ho Lee as Controller who previously held the position as Director of Finance at Sphere Media.

Guru is also pleased to announce two key updates within its Sales and Marketing team. Daniel Rattner, who has been with the studio since 2017, has been appointed VP of Brand Strategy & Growth. In this new role, Daniel will spearhead Guru’s brand and content growth strategy, working across Development, Sales and Production to foster new marketing, content and monetization opportunities for the studio. In addition, Jennifer Oppenheimer has been promoted to Senior Manager, International Sales & Licensing, as she continues to grow Guru’s content sales across original and third-party IP.

“Jasmine brings a wealth of financial and operational planning expertise to Guru,” said Guru President and Executive Creative Director Frank Falcone “Together with Daniel, Jennifer, and the rest of our leadership team we’re well positioned to support the strategic growth and evolution of our studio.”

Guru Studio is the animation powerhouse behind some of the most recognizable and beloved children’s properties including the global smash PAW Patrol, Netflix’s True and the Rainbow Kingdom, Sesame Streets animated spin-off Mecha BuildersMy Magic Pet Morphle for Moonbug Entertainment, and most recently the family mini-series adaptation of the beloved classic Charlottes’ Web for Warner Bros Discovery’s Max. The company also recently announced it has acquired the TV rights to Penguin Random House’s best-selling and hugely popular book Where’s Spot? and more than 25 other Spot titles.