We’re your guide to the North American market. We’ll help you design a comprehensive launch plan to maximize your success in North America. We’ll make recommendations and introductions to top broadcasters, develop a product and retail strategy, identify potential partners and licensees, build marketing and promotional plans, all the while maintaining and enforcing brand values.
Whether you’re simply looking for expertise and guidance or a more day-to-day implementation, we can customize a plan for you.
Debbie Ries is an industry veteran, with nearly 30 years of experience in Home Entertainment, publishing, licensing and live events. Most recently Debbie was the General Manager of the Wholesale division at PBSD, managing overall distribution strategy and children’s content acquisitions. Before PBS, Debbie founded NCircle Entertainment, which with its strong portfolio of content and broad distribution, grew to be the #1 independent studio for children’s DVD before her departure in early 2014. Debbie was also the Global SVP for Hit Entertainment, and played a key role in launching and building iconic kids’ franchises including Barney the Dinosaur, The Wiggles, Thomas the Train and many others. Under the DAPR Group, Debbie will be managing new, non-PBS children’s acquisitions for PBS Distribution’s new children’s label, SkipRope.
Alexandra Ries is a retail expert and was most recently the Vice President of Sales, North America at PBS Distribution, managing the sales and retail business for the iconic PBS portfolio of brands. In addition to sales and retail development, Alex oversaw pricing strategy, retail marketing and product development. Prior to PBS, Alex was a founding member of NCircle Entertainment, where she ultimately led as Vice President of Sales and Business Development. Under the DAPR Group, Alex will be managing the U.S. Shopkins retail strategy and retail development for The Licensing Shop.
Patricia Ries is a product and branding specialist. Patricia is a leading designer for children’s consumer products, and has managed product design, branding and retail signage/POP for many of the top children’s brands, including The Octonauts, The Super Mario Bros., The Cat in the Hat and others. Patricia currently manages DVD design for the PBS Kids DVD portfolio and retail displays. Patricia has a long history of creating innovative and best-in-class promotional displays to create exciting brand statements at major retail. Patricia is also a branding expert who develops logos, style guides, websites and advertising and marketing campaigns.