Normally ths would go on the "Press Room" board, but I think this is deserving of being a discussion topic so folks can say "goodbye and thanks" to Ken and "congratz" to Kim.
Ken has always been a friend and was responsible for some of the coolest products in my collection. We here at AFI want to say "thanks for everything and best of luck!"
This would be a tragic day worthy of rewriting the "The Day the Misic Died" to be about Ken and call it "The Day the Plastic Died" if the incredible Kim Mattison weren't waiting in the wings to pick up the torch. Any of you that have met Kim at a con know she is JUST as crazy and an outside the box thinker as Ken. (This may be a good thing for Mike Horn! The two of them were always dangerous together!)
Thanks for everything Ken! Congradulations Kim!Elkridge, MD (May 17, 2005)
– Today, Ken Lilly has announced that he will be stepping down as Vice President of Creative Development at Palisades Entertainment. Lilly’s decision was influenced by his desire to relocate his family to Columbus, OH, sometime within the next year.
“Words cannot express what Ken has brought to this company,” said Palisades President and CEO, Michael Horn, “He is a pivotal member of this team, and we owe a great deal of our success to Ken’s commitment to his job, and to his visionary techniques in the field of product development. He is truly an artist, and has given Palisades Toys – and toy collectors world-wide – some of the finest products ever seen.
“That said, Ken is a part of the Palisades family,” continued Horn, “And while we certainly wish that our paths were not leading apart, we can respect Ken’s decision, especially concerning the needs of his family. This is certainly not the end of Ken’s involvement with Palisades, and our door will always be open to him.”
Ken will remain on with Palisades in a consulting and advisory role through the remainder of 2005, and possibly beyond.
In the meantime, Palisades Entertainment has promoted Kim Mattison to Director of Product Development. In her new position, Kim will head up product management and creative strategy for all of Palisades’ product lines. This includes licensed products developed by Palisades Toys and Factory X, as well as Palisades’ own independent product lines. Additionally, she will serve on the company’s management team.
“As Ken’s protégé for nearly three years, Kim has developed the ability to create products that have quality design and meet and exceed customers’ expectations,” said Horn, “In fact, there was never a question that Kim should be the one to succeed Ken. She has absorbed everything that he has taught her, and has developed into a very talented designer and leader. We are 100% capable of the direction in which she will lead Palisades’ product development division. I am totally confident in her abilities and am anxiously looking forward to this new era under her creative direction.”
Added Lilly, “While this is certainly not the ‘end’ of my association with Palisades, it is certainly the beginning of a new era. That said, I have complete faith that Kim will continue Palisades’ legacy of creating the highest-quality collectibles in the world. As for me, I am just stoked to see what Palisades has in store for the future!”
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ABOUT PALISADES ENTERTAINMENT
Palisades Entertainment, LLC designs, manufactures, and markets a variety of collectable products worldwide through sales to retailers and directly to consumers as Palisades Toys and Factory X.
Palisades Toys believes its products are among the most highly detailed and collectable action figures, PolyStone statues, PolyStone mini busts in the world. Palisades Toys’ current product portfolio includes The Muppets, Sesame Street, Adult Swim, Invader Zim, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alien, Predator, Transformers, Army of Darkness, The X-Files, and others.
Factory X is committed to developing high-quality, cutting edge products that enable fans to feel connected with their most beloved movies and television shows and characters. Factory X’s prop replicas are among the most highly-detailed available, and are designed to immortalize the monumental moments and significant characters that made these movies and shows popular. With meticulous attention to detail, Factory X is able to bring these highlights to life. Factory X’s current repertoire of licenses includes Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Jeepers Creepers 2, Sleepy Hollow, Underworld, and The X-Files.
Formed in 1994, Palisades Entertainments products are sold throughout the world at various retail outlets including Toys "R" Us, K•B Toys, Target, Electronics Boutique, Tower Records, Media Play, Sam Goody, Suncoast Video, Amazon.com and a variety of domestic and international comic shops and specialty retailer stores.. Further information on this and all other Palisades Toys products is available via our company website at: www.PalisadesToys.com and www.FactoryX.com.