Falcon’s adds powerhouse executive to team

An entertainment powerhouse has come on board with Orlando-based Falcon’s Beyond as president, becoming the first to hold the newly created position.

Simon Philips, who has been involved in the strategic direction of iconic entertainment franchises like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Yu-Gi-Oh, Star Wars and others, represents the company’s first-ever president and will report directly to CEO Cecil D. Magpuri.

As part of the agreement, Philips will relocate to Orlando.

“Falcon’s Beyond is playing in a vast sandbox,” Philips said. “I have been so impressed with the company’s mark on the industry. This is a terrific time to join the team for what we expect to be explosive growth in the industry.”

The announcement comes one day before Falcon’s Beyond is set to formally introduce Falcon’s Resorts by Melia and Katmandu Park in Punta Cana. The sprawling resort represents the company’s first foray into what it’s calling “resortainment.”

Philips has had extensive experience in the entertainment industry.

He comes to Falcon’s from Moonbug Entertainment and has previously served as president of Marvel Entertainment International.

“Simon’s reputation and acclaim in entertainment have been truly inspirational for me and the greater Falcon’s team,” Magpuri said in the statement. “His visionary cross-channel approach to brand expansion will further strengthen our own IP Expander flywheel. We feel incredibly fortunate to have found someone of Simon’s caliber whose values are so perfectly aligned with Falcon’s culture.”