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January 4, 2013 

  Mezco Toyz Signs Agreement with SPCP for Breaking Bad Merchandise

After a deal with Sony Pictures Consumer Products, Mezco Toyz will create a line of collectibles for the AMC series Breaking Bad. Mezco will offer an assortment of merchandise for the Breaking Bad license, including Mez-Itz, action figures, bobbleheads, accessories, paperweights, and plush. Many of the designs will be available for viewing at www.mezcotoyz.com, and at the International Toy Fair in February.

  Olly's Licensing Program Driving Ahead

Olly the Little White Van is set for a boost this year as new licensing deals in the UK and Asia have been made for the preschool property.

Following the broadcast of Olly in Asia, EIM in Indonesia has been appointed as licensing agent across all categories, and Asiana has been appointed as licensing agent for South Korea. In the UK, Kiddy Rides has been appointed as a licensee for branded Olly ride-ons, which launched across the country late last year with more ride-ons to launch in retail outlets throughout this year.

  HBO Global Licensing Kicks Off Girls Licensing Program with Two New Products

Along with the second season premiere of HBO's series, Girls, comes a limited-edition set of four nail lacquers by Deborah Lippmann. The collection includes shades tailored to symbolize each of the main characters on the show, including Hannah (hapless hunter green), Marnie (prim and proper pink), Shoshanna (virtuous vivid violet), and Jess (bohemian burgundy).

In addition, Fueled By Ramen is set to release Girls–Volume 1: Music from the HBO Original Series. The album will arrive in stores January 8 and includes new and exclusive tracks from an array of top stars, including fun., Santigold, Grouplove, and Michael Penn. Girls–Volume 1: Music from the HBO Original Series has been specially compiled by the series' music supervisors, Manish Raval and Tom Wolfe—known for their work on TV shows and films including Community, Happy Endings, New Girl, Raising Hope, Donnie Darko, and Jackass Number Two.

  Celebratory E-Book Doctor Who Series Planned

Puffin, in partnership with BBC Worldwide, plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who by releasing a one year e-short series, written by several different authors.

Doctor Who is the longest running sci-fi TV show in the world and celebrates its 50th anniversary on November 23. The eleven e-book short stories, each based on one of the eleven Doctors, will be released on the 23rd of each month, starting in January.

The author of the first story, featuring the first Doctor played by William Hartnell (1963–1966), will be revealed ahead of the publication on the BBC Worldwide Doctor Who Facebook page on January 7.

  Character World Gains Licensing Rights for One Direction Soft Furnishings

Character World has signed a deal to sell its One Direction soft furnishing products across Europe. Character World gained the UK licensing rights to produce home textiles featuring the boy band last year, including duvet sets and accessories available at retailers including Argos, Littlewoods, JD Williams, Amazon, Claire's Accessories, and Wilkinsons. It has now signed the license to sell One Direction products across Europe. The business has secured deals with European retailers, with products currently available in Claire's Accessories stores across Europe.

  UK Leading the Way in Tour de France

The Tour de France brand has received a boost in the UK after announcing that the first stage of the race—the Grand Depart—will take place in Yorkshire in 2014. Full details of routes will be announced in joint press conferences in Leeds and Paris on January 17.

This news will add to the presence of a brand that is represented exclusively by CPLG in both the UK and Benelux. The Tour has already increased in popularity through Bradley Wiggins completing his victory in last year’s race to become the first British winner.

  Miss Universe Organization Signs Exclusive Fragrance License with Omni Scents

The Miss Universe Organization has entered into a relationship with Omni Scents, a fragrance marketer and distributor, to create a line of Miss Universe-branded fragrances. The initial launch next year will consist of three fragrances inspired by Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA. As the organization celebrates more than 60 years of beauty and tradition, the fragrance line will reinforce the brand's dedication to modern perceptions of beauty.

  Doc McStuffins Proving Popular in UK

Disney UK has reported that its newest animation series for preschoolers, Doc McStuffins, has launched with strong ratings on Disney Junior, making it the channel's No. 1 series watched by 3.5 million people in eight weeks. Already green-lit for a second season, the UK success mirrors that in the U.S., where the series became the No. 1 preschool launch in cable TV history among adults and the top cable series among kids.

  P/K Lifestyles Partners with HGTV Home for Decorative Fabric Collections

P/K Lifestyles, a division of P/Kaufmann, and HGTV Home, a line of consumer products under the HGTV brand of Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc., have entered into a license agreement to launch the HGTV Home decorative fabric collections. The HGTV Home fabric collections will offer looks and styles inspired by the HGTV Home lifestyles giving consumers smart and fashionable home décor choices.

  Just Slate Launches Broons Products

The Just Slate Company has launched a new range of home and kitchen products. Inspired by the matriarch of the Broons family, the range offers a collection of vintage-inspired items. Each piece combines the character and nostalgia of the famous Scottish family.

  Teen Actress Gabriela Borges Signs with Univision

Univision Communications Inc., a media company serving Hispanic America, has signed Gabriela Borges, a 13-year-old singer, actress, and dancer. The agreement gives Univision the exclusive rights to represent Borges with global marketing and licensing initiatives including branded consumer products, music, tours, and more.

Borges is best known from her roles in novelas Eva Luna and Corazón Valiente (Fearless Heart). She first appeared on the Univision Network as part of a dance group on the longstanding variety show Sábado Gigante (Giant Saturday), and Don Francisco Presenta (Don Francisco Presents).

  Knockout Appointed as North American Representative for Elmer the Patchwork Elephant

Knockout Licensing has been appointed by Andersen Press to build and manage the licensing program for David McKee's Elmer the Patchwork Elephant for North America. Elmer is the brightly colored patchwork elephant star of British-born author and illustrator David McKee's children's book series. Knockout will focus on expanding the current range of products and finding retail partners to help give the brand exposure in the U.S.

  Jazwares Signs with Art Impressions for So So Happy Plush

Jazwares has entered into an agreement with Art Impressions to create So So Happy figures, plush, and accessories. The line will be available starting in the spring in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and will feature the property's characters, including Lucky, Ozzie, Taco, Mad Dog, and Tribe.

Jazwares' So So Happy line will include 5-inch bean bag plush, 12-inch plush, plush character backpacks, and figures. Ten percent of all proceeds from the toy line will go to organizations that encourage, educate, and support young people worldwide.

  Teresa Guidice Signs Avante Garde, Inc. for Food Products

Teresa Giudice, of Bravo TV's The Real Housewives of New Jersey and NBC's Celebrity Apprentice, has signed Avante Garde, Inc., in association with Bizmore Brands, Inc., to produce and market fine Italian foods including pasta sauce, artisan pasta, olive oil, olives, truffle oil, and balsamic ketchup.

  Franklin & Friends Characters to Be Featured at SeaWorld Parks

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and Corus Entertainment's Nelvana have entered into a multi-platform partnership that combines Franklin & Friends characters with the SeaWorld brand. Starting in January, the company's new SeaWorld Kids brand and Nelvana will introduce kids and families to in-park Franklin characters, TV specials, books, and merchandise. Franklin will take up residence at the SeaWorld Florida, SeaWorld Texas, and SeaWorld California parks for the year, where guests will be able to meet the characters, take photos, and get autographs. Franklin and Friends specialty merchandise, much of it exclusive to SeaWorld, will be available in the parks, and SeaWorld and Nelvana are collaborating on two Franklin & Friends on-screen specials, which will focus on the natural world. The SeaWorld Kids brand will be reflected in select Franklin products, including co-branded books published by Corus Entertainment's Kids Can Press.

  Cafepress and Viz Media Partner for Customizable Anime Merchandise

CafePress, Inc., and Viz Media have come together to offer fans a selection of official and fan-designed merchandise incorporating VIZ Media's anime brands for lifestyle brand Toshin. CafePress will offer a range of Toshin products that feature characters from VIZ Media's Naruto Shippuden, Bleach, and Death Note, which are currently featured onVIZAnime.com and Neon Alley.

Toshin will have its warriors prominently featured on a line of highly customizable gear, including T-shirts, hoodies, and accessories such as iPad cases. In addition, fans will be able to create unique Toshin products by choosing from a selection of backgrounds that can be combined and integrated with full-color character artwork. Consumers can access and download a range of artwork to create fan designs directly from each anime brand store.

  
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   Licensing/Sales Director

Boutique brand development & licensing agency is seeking a sales/retail business director to work closely with CEO on all aspects of sales, marketing, and retail development for the company's art & design lifestyle brands.

This position requires a motivated candidate who is adaptable and comfortable in a small company environment. Key responsibilities for this position include growing sales by identifying and qualifying potential licensees, soliciting and negotiating proposals, giving sales presentations to prospects and retail executives, and day-to-day account management. Director will also assist CEO with management of international sub-agents, execution of retail programs/pop-up shops and marketing initiatives, and implementation of marketing campaigns/social media strategies. This position entails moderate domestic and international travel, including attendance at trade events such as the Licensing Show, MAGIC, Comic-Con, Toy Fair, etc.

For information, please contact Alison@artimpressionsinc.com

   London-based Licensing/Brand Manager

MGL Licensing is seeking a Licensing/Brand Manager who is self-motivated, creative, resourceful and personable. You will oversee the Licensing Sales team, negotiate and develop relationship with existing key accounts worldwide as well as actively seeking new business.

For the right candidate this is a fantastic opportunity. While an art background is not essential creative flair and an appreciation of things creative is key. A good communicator and a people person are a must for this role.

Experience required:

  • A minimum 5 years licensing experience
  • Strong negotiation skills with a proven ability to meet and exceed sales targets
  • Demonstrated success in building and generating new business revenue
  • Have experience managing and delivering projects successfully
  • Presenting to key accounts or retailers
  • Strong licensee and retailer relationships
  • Knowledge of the licensing industry and/or picture library industry

Job description

  • Manage sales team
  • You will be required to research and contact potential new licensees, lead meetings and present Brand updates, negotiate commercial terms, implement contracts
  • You will be required to hold regular meetings with key retailers
  • You will also work (with the Product Development Manager) on design direction and branding (where necessary) and communicate & implement this across licensees
  • We are a small team and as such you may be required to work across other areas of the business as and when necessary

If you are interested, please send your CV and covering letter outlining why you feel you would be suitable for this role to: jobs@mgl-uk.com

Closing date: 28th September 2012

   Merchandising & Promotions Rights Manager

Based in Genval (next to Brussels), IMPS is the worldwide licensor of the Smurfs. The company now seeks a Merchandising & Promotions Rights Manager.

The post is to be filled immediately.

If interested please send your CV and Letter of Motivation by e-mail to hr@smurf.com

   Head of Licensing and Consumer Products

Penguin Children's is offering the role of Head of Licensing and Consumer Products. This is a unique opportunity to help shape Penguin as a new type of publisher.

Reporting to the Creative Director, you will lead a small but dynamic team to build brand licensing strategies for merchandise and TV/film exploitation while actively pursuing deals to fully exploit Penguin Children's owned and agented IP. You will negotiate deals with key licensees and manage the contract process with back office support from drafting through to signature. You will also develop strong international links with Penguin globally.

The successful candidate will have worked previously within a media company and be commercially focused with extensive experience in a brand management and licensing sales role. You will have proven relationships with key retail buyers, licensees, global production companies and broadcasters. You will have practical knowledge of merchandise licensing and experience of creating and executing a successful brand licensing strategy. You will be numerate and have an excellent flair for negotiating and relationship building, with a natural hunger to seal deals. You will have a strong and active interest in media and entertainment brands, pop culture and an aptitude for and interest in digital storytelling formats and new technology.

If you are interested please apply with a covering letter and cv stating salary expectations online via http://www.penguin.co.uk/ under 'About Penguin' and 'Jobs'. Closing date for applications is the 21st September 2012 close of business.

   Creative Development Manager

Penguin Children's is offering the role of Creative Development Manager. This is a unique opportunity to help shape Penguin as a new type of publisher.

Reporting to the Art Director for Penguin Children's, you will be responsible for the creative development and roll-out of licensing brands and merchandise, based on the overall brand strategy set by the Head of Licensing and Consumer Products. You will manage external consultants such as creative agencies and style guide designers to create, refresh and update the brands and merchandise as well as developing new lines. You will have shared responsibility for the creative budget and manage the creative quality control, handling approvals and product strategy meetings with all internal and external stakeholders.

The successful candidate will come from a design and illustration background, with a good level of experience in a licensing creative development role and proven knowledge of design in this area, with excellent software skills including Adobe CS. You will have good relationship skills and be confident in dealing with people. You will have a natural affinity for brand development, global trend spotting and seizing opportunities with a commercial, creative eye. You will have a strong and active interest in media and entertainment brands, pop culture and an aptitude for and interest in digital storytelling formats and new technology.Experience within a fashion environment preferred but not essential.

If you think you have the qualities we're looking and want to play a key role to help shape Penguin Children's as a new kind of publisher, please apply with your CV and covering letter online via http://www.penguin.co.uk/ under 'About Penguin' and 'Jobs' telling us why you would be the best person for the role. Please also state your salary expectations. Closing date for applications is 21st September 2012 close of business.

   Professional with Two Decades Experience Seeks New Opportunities

Petrus J. Horemans is a trilingual (Dutch-French-English) Belgian professional and has more than 20 years in creative and brand licensing, partnership, co-branding, and line extension of character merchandising of IP rights. He has worked with The Adventures of Tintin, The Swatch Group, Orange, Renault France, Coca Cola, The Royal Mint of Belgium, among others, and has in-depth knowledge of the licensing industry, and general management.

He now seeks new opportunities in the licensing industry for a permanent position with licensors or licensees and is willing to relocate.

To contact: petrus.horemans@hotmail.be

   Business Professional Available for Opportunities

Paul Tamayo is an experienced business professional in competitive sales environments, throughout multiple industries. He has brand management experience with licensed consumer products.

He has strong management skills for creating and implementing strategic plans that deliver profitable financial results. He is bilingual and based in the States.

For further information and full CV, please contact: Phone (516) 318-2354 / E-mail tamayo.paul@gmail.com.

   Licensing/Marketing Professional Available for New Opportunities

Bruce Anthony has over 40 years of creative Licensing, Domestic and Overseas Sourcing, Marketing, Sales experience, and assisting in "Total Management" abilities.

He has hands-on experience of multiple successful projects and experience working within the world of consumer packaged goods, specializing in souvenir, gift & stationery, sporting goods, educational and generic toys, cosmetics, room/home décor fields. He has worked with The Walt Disney Company, Coca Cola Sony Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, among others, and has in-depth knowledge of most of the retail categories of trade, as well as the licensing industry! He is looking for new opportunities in the licensing industry for a permanent position with licensors or licensees.

To contact: banthony1991@hotmail.com.

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