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MGA Entertainment Appoints Anne Gates as President

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Company Known For Innovative Toy Franchises Taps Industry Veteran to Lead Company and Help Accelerate Growth Initiatives

VAN NUYS, Calif., June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- MGA Entertainment (MGAE), the world's largest private toy company, today announced that Anne Gates has been appointed its president.  Gates joined MGAE in early 2014 and has proven to be a strategic and creative leader for the company's portfolio of successful family entertainment franchises.  In her new role, Gates will oversee all of MGAE's global businesses and operations.

"I love toys! Having Anne Gates as president will allow me to innovate and work more closely with the MGAE team on a vision for an exciting future, while Anne handles the day-to-day operation of the business. Anne and I will work very closely together to take MGAE to new heights," said Isaac Larian, CEO of MGA Entertainment. "Her incredible determination and proven performance in systematically growing businesses, paired with her exceptional management and entertainment experience, will help position the company for continued growth and leadership in the toy and entertainment world."

"I am honored and relish the opportunity to take on this new role to build on the strong foundation already established by Isaac Larian and the entire team," said Anne Gates. "This is an exciting time to be at MGAE. We have a vast amount of innovative products and entertainment content coming down the pipeline.  I look forward to driving growth in the years to come."

A key player in the kids' consumer products industry, Gates previously served as global executive vice president and chief financial officer of Disney Consumer Products, where she oversaw all business development, finance, IT, global franchise marketing and North American sales for the $3B division of The Walt Disney Company. Prior to that role, she was executive vice president and managing director at Disney Consumer Products – Europe, in London. Previously, she worked in various other divisions at The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Interactive. Prior to joining Disney, Gates worked for PepsiCo, Bear Stearns and AT&T.

Gates received a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Science in operations research from Columbia University. She currently serves on various boards, including PBS SoCal, Big Sunday, Junior State of America and Columbia University School of Engineering.

To learn more about MGA Entertainment, please visit www.MGAE.com.

About MGA Entertainment ?

MGA Entertainment, a consumer entertainment products company headquartered in Van Nuys, California, manufactures innovative lines of proprietary and licensed products including toys and games, dolls, consumer electronics, home décor, stationery and sporting goods. The MGA family includes award-winning brands such as Little Tikes®, Lalaloopsy™, Moxie Girlz™, Mooshka™, Bratz®, and Zapf Creation®. For more information please visit www.mgae.com.

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