"As author of the Fancy Nancy series of picture books published by Harper Collins, I first met Joshua Kislevitz five-and-a-half years ago. He was Senior Vice President at United Media which wanted to become the licensing agent for Fancy Nancy. The first book had just been published, and I was impressed that Joshua was so keen on the property despite its having no real track record. The reason was, Joshua later told me, that he saw a market for a character aimed at little girls who wasn't a Disney princess or a pig (Olivia) but just a real little girl with alove of pink and all things glittery and fancy. Joshua was right. Because of him, Fancy Nancy now has over 20 licensees including toys, apparel, calendars, furniture, crafts, backpacks, bedding, sneakers, games, health and beauty aids, puzzles, fabrics, video games and more.
In addition to Joshua's astute business sense, he was someone with whom I wanted to work. He inspired trust. Harper Collins and Fancy Nancy's illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser felt the same way. He planned to develop Fancy Nancy into an evergreen brand that would build over time, an approach that we all found appealing and that also was in sync with the book publishing program. (There are currently around 35 Fancy Nancy titles.)
Joshua proved to be a pleasure to work with, a person with imagination, intelligence and integrity. I would recommend Joshua to anyone looking for a key executive to provide brand leadership."