Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner dies at 58, just two days after taking medical leave


TODAY 13 October, 2021 - 09:30am

What did Brian Goldner die of?

Brian Goldner, chief executive of Hasbro and Transformers executive producer, has died of cancer several days after taking a medical leave from the Pawtucket, R.I.-based toy and entertainment giant. He was 58. DeadlineBrian Goldner Dies: Hasbro CEO & ‘Transformers’ EP Who Led Toy Giant’s Push Into Entertainment Was 58

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Goldner said he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014. He was a hugely influential figure at Hasbro, which was founded in 1923. He helped the Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based company become the largest U.S. toymaker on the strength of brands like Scrabble, Star Wars and Transformers. FortuneLongtime Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner dies at 58

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Brian Goldner, who led transformation at Hasbro, dies at 58

Yahoo News 13 October, 2021 - 05:07pm

The announcement Tuesday came two days after the Pawtucket, Rhode Island, company said Goldner was taking a medical leave of absence. 

Hasbro did not give a cause of death, but Goldner disclosed in August 2020 that he had been undergoing treatment for cancer since 2014. 

Goldner, who joined Hasbro in 2000, served as the CEO of Hasbro Inc. since 2008, and as chairman since May 2015. 

Under his stewardship, Hasbro expanded beyond toys and games into television, movies, digital gaming and other areas. That strategy culminated with the 2019 acquisition Entertainment One Ltd., a British entertainment company that produces “Peppa Pig,” "PJ Masks” and other animated shows for preschoolers.

Goldner also served on the board of ViacomCBS.

Marc Rosenberg, a toy consultant who closely worked closely with Goldner as a marketing executive at Hasbro 15 years ago, said that Goldner was always interested in telling a story about toys and went to the archives to pull out such brands as My Little Pony, Transformers and the Littlest Pet Shop.

“His idea was to take brands that had been sitting dormant and reimagine them," he said. “He always said you have to have a story arc, whether it is toys or movies.”

When Hasbro announced Goldner's medical leave, it said that Rich Stoddart, most recently the lead independent director of the company's board, had been appointed as interim CEO. Stoddart was previously CEO at marketing company InnerWorkings Inc. and Leo Burnett Worldwide. He has served on Hasbro’s board since 2014.

This story has been updated to correct a reference to a Hasbro brand. It's the Littlest Pet Shot, not the Tiniest Pet Shop.

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Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner dies at 58

Reuters 13 October, 2021 - 05:07pm

Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner dies at 58, days after medical leave

CNBC Television 13 October, 2021 - 05:07pm

What was Brian Goldner’s cause of death?...

The US Sun 13 October, 2021 - 05:07pm

BRIAN Goldner is most famously known as an American business chief executive and film producer.

It was announced the Huntington, New York native passed away on October 12, 2021 at the age of 58.

Born April 21, 1963, Goldner served as the CEO of the American toy and media company Hasbro up until his death.

A 1985 Dartmouth graduate, Goldner joined Hasbro in 2000 and worked for eight years before being promoted to CEO.

Throughout his career, he was known for transforming the company and was a producer on many projects which eventually turned into film and TV productions including Transformers, G.I. Joe, My Little Pony and more.

Goldner had also served as the chair of the compensation committee for ViacomCBS' board of directors.

Goldner's death was announced just days after it was revealed he would be taking a medical leave from the company.

Hasbro first confirmed the news but a cause was not disclosed.

“As a charismatic and passionate leader in both the play and entertainment industries, Brian’s work brought joy and laughter to children and families around the world. His visionary leadership, kindness and generosity made him beloved by the Hasbro community and everyone he touched. On behalf of the Hasbro family, we extend our deepest, heartfelt condolences to his wife, daughter and entire family.”

Shareholders revealed Goldner was receiving treatment for prostate cancer, according to The Hollywood Reporter, but it remains unclear if the treatment played a role in his death.

“Brian uniquely understood the powerful connection between play and entertainment, transforming Hasbro from its traditional roots in toys and games into a global leader in multi-platform content and experiences,” added Bob Bakish, the president and CEO of ViacomCBS. 

“As a member of the ViacomCBS Board of Directors, Brian was an essential voice guiding the evolution of our business and championing our commitment to sustainability. His passion for delighting consumers also shone through in his long-time partnership with Paramount Pictures that helped build Transformers into an iconic film franchise. We extend our deepest sympathies to Brian’s family and to the entire Hasbro community during this difficult time.”

Goldner is survived by his wife of 34 years, Barbara, and their daughter Brooke, 26.

Goldner's death comes almost six years after the death of his son Brandon, who passed away at the age of 23 in October 2015 due to a drug overdose.

Thanks to his time at Hasbro, Goldner became a multimillionaire.

While an exact net worth is unclear, Goldner's fortune was reportedly around $50 to $100million.

Part of that number comes from the success of Michael Bay’s 2007 Transformers, which took in more than $708million at the box office becoming the fifth highest-grossing film of 2007.

Goldner served as executive producer for the film and later continued with the franchise on the 2009 film Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen, which took in over $836million at the box office.

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Brian Goldner obituary: Hasbro CEO dies at 58

Legacy.com 13 October, 2021 - 05:07pm

Brian Goldner was the longtime CEO of the toys and games giant Hasbro, as well as a film producer.

Goldner began working in Hasbro’s Tiger Electronics division in 2000, and by 2008, he had risen to CEO of the company. At the helm of Hasbro, he was notable for working to forge connections between Hasbro and Hollywood, with popular movies based on some of Hasbro’s biggest toys and games. Goldner produced and executive produced a number of those movies, including “Transformers” (2007), “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” (2009), “My Little Pony: The Movie” (2017), and “Snake Eyes” (2021). Hasbro’s revenue grew substantially under Goldner’s leadership, and he was named CEO of the Year by MarketWatch in 2008.

“My compass is all about authenticity. I’m the same person in the office as I am outside the office. And of course in this business and in almost any business, an innate curiosity, a willingness to learn new things every day.” —from a 2018 interview for Fortune

The entire Funko family would like to extend our deepest condolences to our friends at Hasbro. Brian Goldner brought beloved toy brands to life through his leadership and innovation. He will be missed by all.

Very sad news. I met Mr. Goldner a few times over the years and every time he was very open, engaging and cool to talk to. Deepest condolences to his family and friends: https://t.co/cwMDUpImUO #Hasbro

Mattel mourns the loss of Brian Goldner, admired industry leader and respected peer. He will be remembered for his contributions to the toy industry, exceptional talent and unwavering optimism. Our thoughts are with his beloved family and Hasbro team. He will be greatly missed. https://t.co/p7CtsgNhXj

Full obituary: The New York Times

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FDA analysis of J&J COVID vaccine booster sets the stage for public hearing

The Boston Globe 13 October, 2021 - 02:43pm

A Food and Drug Administration analysis of Johnson & Johnson's application for authorization of its COVID vaccine booster tees up deliberations at a public meeting of agency advisers Friday. The document was posted Wednesday.

The questions that will be put before the committee will include whether the data supports the safety and effectiveness of a booster dose of the company's COVID vaccine after at least two months have elapsed since initial immunization with the one-shot vaccine and whether the data shows that there is a stronger response at a six-month interval as well.

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One thing of note, the agency says the J&J vaccine (also known as the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine) hasn't performed quite as well as the vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech, which use mRNA technology:

Overall, data indicate that the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine still affords protection against severe COVID-19 disease and death in the United States, although the highest effectiveness estimates (including for more severe COVID-19 disease) across clinical trials and real-world effectiveness studies evaluating the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine are consistently less than the highest effectiveness estimates for the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.

That statement is consistent with a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September that found vaccine effectiveness against hospitalization was highest for Moderna and lowest for J&J.

ViacomCBS Issues the Following Statements Regarding the Passing of Brian Goldner

Yahoo Finance 12 October, 2021 - 08:33pm

Statement from Shari Redstone, Non-Executive Chair, ViacomCBS Board of Directors:

Brian was an exceptionally dedicated member of our Board, whose guidance and leadership played a key role not only in the combination of Viacom and CBS but in the execution of the vision that has significantly shaped the company and will take us well into the future. While I will always be grateful for the incredible contributions Brian made to this company, what we will all miss the most is his wisdom, his kindness, his commitment, and his friendship. He will always hold a special place in our hearts and he will be forever missed.

Statement from Bob Bakish, President & CEO, ViacomCBS:

We are incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of our friend and colleague, Hasbro Chairman and CEO Brian Goldner. Brian uniquely understood the powerful connection between play and entertainment, transforming Hasbro from its traditional roots in toys and games into a global leader in multi-platform content and experiences. As a member of the ViacomCBS Board of Directors, Brian was an essential voice guiding the evolution of our business and championing our commitment to sustainability. His passion for delighting consumers also shone through in his long-time partnership with Paramount Pictures that helped build Transformers into an iconic film franchise. We extend our deepest sympathies to Brian’s family and to the entire Hasbro community during this difficult time.

ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAC; VIACA) is a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences worldwide. Driven by iconic consumer brands, its portfolio includes CBS, SHOWTIME, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount+ and Pluto TV, among others. The company delivers the largest share of the television audience in the United States and one of the industry’s most extensive libraries of television and film titles. In addition to offering innovative streaming services and digital video products, ViacomCBS provides powerful capabilities in production, distribution and advertising solutions.

For more information about ViacomCBS, please visit www.viacomcbs.com and follow @ViacomCBS on social platforms.

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