FYI 05.11.05

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The William Morris Agency has launched a merchandising and licensing division and named agent David Palmer to head up the group. The group was formed to explore new licensing opportunities for its existing clients. Mr. Palmer most recently served as a vice president in William Morris’ corporate consulting department. He has already brokered licensing deals for Ryan Seacrest, Tim Burton and LL Cool J. Before joining William Morris, Mr. Palmer was a senior vice president of marketing and promotions at Sony Pictures Television. | Cari Cohen has been promoted to vice president at Universal Studios Partnerships, where she will guide brands through the conception, creative development and execution of their promotional programs with the studio’s theatrical and home-video releases. She will specifically oversee King Kong, The Producers and Curious George. Ms. Cohen most recently served as executive director of Universal Studios Partnerships and before that was director of national promotions for Universal Studios. | Sundance Channel and Grey Goose Entertainment have partnered with Conde Nast Media Group for a six-part TV series, Iconoclasts, which premieres in November. Each episode brings together two creative innovators from different fields, including film and TV, architecture and design, fashion, food, music, and sports. One acts as a guide into the world of the other to explore their creative process, their inspirations and their passions. Robert Redford serves as executive producer, along with Jon Kamen of, Michael Davies (Who Wants To Be a Millionaire) and Chris Moore (Project Greenlight).

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