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January 11, 2013 

  Sun-Mate Signs Distributor Agreements for The Jungle Book Toys

Sun-Mate Corp., the master global toy partner for The Jungle Book, has secured five new international distributor agreements. New partners include Hunter Leisure, Australia; Flash Toys, Latin America; Haka, New Zealand; Prima Toys, South Africa; and MC Entertainment, Benelux. Sun-Mate will provide marketing support to each company, including a TV advertising campaign and promotional spots.

  Wicked Cool to Develop Toy Line Based on The Wiggles

U.S. toymaker Wicked Cool has signed a master toy license for the children's entertainment group, The Wiggles. Wicked Cool will manufacture, distribute, and market a broad range of toys for preschoolers based on the children's property to coincide with The Wiggles' debut of its new cast and worldwide tour.

Under the agreement for North America and Australia, facilitated by The Wiggles' licensing agency, Brandberry, Wicked Cool intends to develop plush and musical instruments. The Wiggles line targets children ages 2 to 6 and is expected to launch at retail beginning in the fall.

  Leigh Anne Brodsky Named Managing Director of Peanuts Worldwide and Iconix Entertainment

Iconix Brand Group, Inc., has appointed Leigh Anne Brodsky as managing director of Peanuts Worldwide, a joint venture with Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates. Brodsky will oversee the global business for the Peanuts property, including the launch of the recently announced 2015 feature film from Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios. She will also oversee and develop the Iconix Entertainment division and seek out properties for the company's portfolio.

A licensing professional for more than 20 years, Brodsky was formerly president at Nickelodeon Consumer Products. She handled properties including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Blue's Clues, Comedy Central's South Park, and MTV's Jersey Shore, as well as several strategic acquisitions that she initiated such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Beatrix Potter. Earlier in her career, she worked with entertainment properties such as Saturday Night Live, Lassie, and Garfield. In 2011, Brodsky was selected for induction into the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association's (LIMA) Hall of Fame.

  Feld Motor Sports Partners with Walmart for Monster Jam Events and Merchandise

Monster Jam, an entertainment property of Feld Motor Sports, and Walmart have partnered to offer customers specially priced family four-packs of tickets that will be available for Monster Jam events in more than 70 markets. Additionally, select Walmart store parking lots will feature Monster Jam trucks, including Grave Digger, Max-D, and Team Hot Wheels Firestorm. Customers will have the chance to get driver autographs while also stocking up on merchandise from the in-store Monster Jam merchandise pallets. Monster Jam truck display events kicked off on Friday, January 4 and will continue through March.

Walmart currently sells officially licensed Monster Jam merchandise including toys, video games, bedding, apparel, and birthday cakes. The new entertainment program also brings new Monster Jam products that will complement the current Monster Jam assortment at Walmart locations across the country. Customers can now purchase 2013 Hot Wheels Monster Jam die-cast vehicles and play sets, men's and boys' T-shirts, and Walmart-exclusive licensed Monster Jam souvenir items.

The family four-pack ticket packages are available for purchase in the electronics aisle at participating Walmart Ticketmaster retail locations and online through www.walmart.com/ticketmaster. For a full listing of all participating Walmart stores, visit www.MonsterJam.com.

  Impecca to Unveil Fruit Ninja Consumer Electronics Accessories

Impecca, producer of audio, video, and computer products, has launched the Impecca Fruit Ninja consumer electronics accessory line of Bluetooth speakers, USB drives, ear buds, headphones, speakers, bags, and cases at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held from January 8 to 11 in Las Vegas. The Impecca and Fruit Ninja partnership was initiated by HAP Consulting, Halfbrick's worldwide licensing agent.

Geared to the more than 350 million players of the Fruit Ninja app for iOS and Android devices, Impecca's inaugural Fruit Ninja product line features an assortment of accessories based on the game. Developed in partnership with Fruit Ninja's creator, Halfbrick Studios, Impecca's Fruit Ninja-branded accessory line will be available between March and April.

  PMI Adds Walt Disney Classics Collection to Its Disney Portfolio

Precious Moments, Inc., (PMI) is adding the Walt Disney Classics Collection to its Disney Portfolio, which also includes the Disney Showcase Collection line and the co-branded Disney and Precious Moments line. The initial introduction will include approximately 12 designs, including hanging ornaments and figurines. These will appear in the PMI March 2013 launch catalog, with first deliveries to retailers beginning September 15. Additional products will be introduced in the company's June launch.

  Domo Partners with WBCP for DC Comics Collection

Big Tent Entertainment has partnered with Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) on behalf of DC Entertainment in a new licensing agreement with Funko and WBCP. The long-term deal will engage fans of both Domo and DC Comics characters with a line of co-branded collectible figures. The new Domo X DC line will feature Domo assuming the identities of Justice League staples Superman, Batman, and more.

Launching in February, retailers in the U.S. and Canada, including Barnes and Noble, Entertainment Earth, Fry's, Diamond Comics, and Amazon.com will carry the collectible Domo figures. The line is highlighted by five 4-inch Super Stylized Pop! Vinyl Collectible Figures with Domo donning Superman, Batman (The Dark Knight and Classic), The Flash, and Green Lantern attire.

In addition, a Blind Box Vinyl Collectible Mystery Mini line of figures comprised of nine 2.5-inch characters, including DC's superheroes and super-villains, will be released.

  Hasbro and PopCap Partner for Face-to-Face Games Based on Bejeweled

Hasbro, Inc., and PopCap Games, a division of EA Games, have entered into a licensing agreement to bring the digital game, Bejeweled, into the world of face-to-face games.

Hasbro will introduce two games in the spring based on PopCap's Bejeweled game, which has sold more than 50 million digital units worldwide. The new physical games also include digital values for online Bejeweled players, such as a download of the Bejeweled 3 computer game. In Hasbro's new Bejeweled game, players swap gems on the game board to match three or more like gems to win. In addition, the Bejeweled Frenzy game is a fast-paced card game that challenges players to match gems and build stacks of cards as fast as they can.

  Chris Protheroe Passes Away at Age 54

Chris Protheroe, president and group managing director of CPLG, passed away on December 28 at age 54, after a six-month battle with cancer.

Protheroe spent his early years working for BBC Worldwide, Marvel, Yorkshire TV, Penguin Books, and Sony Signatures, where he ran the very successful European licensing program for FIFA World Cup 1998.

In July 1999, Protheroe joined CPLG as head of sport, managing the licensing programs for Euro 2000 and FIFA World Cup 2002, and continued to grow CPLG's sports division to include representation of the major UK governing bodies and national football, cricket, and rugby teams as well as St. Andrews Links, the home of golf. In recognition of his successful growth of CPLG's sports business, Protheroe was promoted to CPLG's president and group managing director in 2010.

  Brandberry Becomes Exclusive Agent for Squaredy Cats

Brandberry has entered into a licensing agreement with the Squaredy Cats brand. Under the new agreement, Brandberry will represent Squaredy Cats globally in all categories, with plans to expand the brand by finding new licensees, strategic alliances, and retail partners. Squaredy Cats made its debut in 2011 and has been sold at retailers such as Toys "R" Us and Build-A-Bear Workshop. Each square shaped cat displays an embroidered personal message on its side that reflects a theme. The Squaredy Cats creators, Monkey Doodle Dandy, have drawn more than 1,000 cats and develop new cats weekly.

  Universal Partnerships and Licensing Signs for Uglydoll Digital Character Rights

Universal Partnerships and Licensing (UP&L) has inked a deal with Pretty Ugly to represent the company's Uglydoll franchise across all digital platforms, including interactive games, apps, widgets, and virtual goods. The deal is the first of its kind for UP&L.

The studio already has a tie to the franchise, with Chris Meledandri's Illumination Entertainment developing an animated film around the Uglydoll characters. UP&L has turned Illumination family films, including Despicable Me, Hop, and The Lorax, into digital spin-offs through social games. UP&L will now have the opportunity to do the same for Uglydoll.

  MGA Entertainment Appoints Studio Licensing as Canadian Representative

MGA Entertainment, Inc., has appointed Studio Licensing, Inc., to represent its brand portfolio for licensing and merchandising in Canada. Studio Licensing will be directly responsible for expanding the MGA business in Canada through untapped licensing categories and dynamic retail and marketing programs. Studio Licensing will liaise with the MGA Canada team to oversee growth of properties including Lalaloopsy, Moxie Girlz, Bratz, Bratzillas, Novi Stars, and Little Tikes.

  OYO Sportstoys Signs with NFL for Building Block Mini-Figures

OYO Sportstoys has signed licensing agreements with the National Football League (NFL) and the NFL Players Association for officially licensed building block mini-figures that feature the logos and likenesses of players from all 32 NFL teams.

OYO mini-figures are designed with rotating forearms and bending knees to allow them to run, sit, squat, and grip and throw a football. Each OYO, which is compatible with popular toy building blocks, has its own unique identification code, called a DNA number, that identifies when it was produced and sets it apart from other figures in each new product release.

  So So Happy Signs with Frankford Candy for Confections

Art Impressions, creator of lifestyle brand So So Happy, has signed a deal with licensee Frankford Candy, known for its licensed confection lines for Nickelodeon, Disney, Marvel, and Sanrio. The So So Happy collection will include both chocolate and sugar candies, with an emphasis on seasonal items such as valentine heart boxes, filled Easter eggs, Halloween pass-outs, and gift sets. The line will be available beginning in December.

  Xcel Brands, Inc. Signs Licensing Deal with Jerry Leigh

Xcel Brands, Inc., has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Jerry Leigh. This agreement will give Jerry Leigh the licensing rights to manufacture and distribute girls' apparel for the Isaac Mizrahi New York brand. The collection will be available at retail this fall.

  Space Enterprises Signs Ravensburger for The Hive Puzzles

Space Enterprises has signed a deal with puzzles and games producer Ravensburger for The Hive-branded jigsaw puzzles for the UK market, with an option to take the products globally in the future.

This is the latest in a string of recent agreements for The Hive. Space has also signed Studio Anne Carlton for refrigerator magnets and Lifeplan for The Hive-branded honey. Other existing UK partners include Mookie for master toy and plush, Avanquest for interactive, EMI Publishing, Blues Clothing, Jupiter Toys, and Aykroyds TDP. LeapFrog also features The Hive content on its LeapPad children's learning tablet and the Leapster game console.

  Evolution Appointed Global Merchandise Licensing Agent for Miramax

Evolution, a global brand management firm, has been selected to serve as the global merchandise licensing agent for the Miramax portfolio of properties, which features more than 700 modern classic film titles.

Key titles under the agreement include Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2, Swingers, Clerks, and Jackie Brown, as well as films such as Bad Santa, Chicago, Gangs of New York, and the Scream, Scary Movie, and Hellraiser horror franchises.

Evolution will provide Miramax with development and execution of large-scale licensing programs, international sub-agent management, retail development, and promotional partnerships. Additionally, Evolution will create branded licensing programs under a newly formed Miramax Legends banner.

  
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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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