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CBS Consumer Products names new VPs


NEW YORK CBS Consumer Products has promoted Veronica Hart and John Van Citters to VP licensing and VP product development, respectively.

Hart is responsible for managing an expanded portfolio of licensing categories, including toys and gifts, video games, slot machines, live events, exhibits & attractions and food & beverage. She handles these areas across a vast array of properties including Star Trek, current television shows such as CSI, NCIS and 90210, and a classic TV library that contains Twilight Zone, Brady Bunch, Cheers and many others. Hart was previously director of licensing and is based in New York.

Van Citters is responsible for all product development and approval for the Star Trek franchise, including product from this summer's new blockbuster movie.  He is also the key liaison to the enormous Star Trek community of partners, talent and fans. Van Citters was previously director of product development and is based in Los Angeles.

Hart joined CCP in 2007 from HIT Entertainment, where she was director, licensing, hard lines for HIT's portfolio of brands including Thomas & Friends, Barney & Friends and Bob the Builder. Previously, she held director of licensing positions at Sesame Workshop and The Jim Henson Company. 

Prior to joining CBS in 2006 after the Viacom corporate split, Van Citters spent eight years in product development for Paramount Pictures, Spelling Entertainment and Nickelodeon. As director of product development, he became the in-house expert managing the Star Trek brand. Van Citters earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.

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