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January 25, 2013 

  London Toy Fair Awards Winners Announced

Organized by the British Toy & Hobby Association with the Toy Retailers Association (TRA), the Toy Fair Awards was held during the London Toy Fair.

Hasbro's Furby was announced as the Toy Of the Year. Other awards included Asda as General Multiple Toy Retailer of the Year; Lego Friends as Construction Range of the Year; Mattel's Monster High Ghouls Rule Doll Assortment as Girls' Toy of the Year; Hasbro's Web Shooting Spider-Man as Boys' Toy of the Year; and Leapfrog's LeapPad 2 as Lifestyle Toy of the Year. In addition, VTech was named Supplier of the Year.

  Hasbro and The Tetris Company Sign for Face-to-Face Tetris Games

Hasbro, Inc., and The Tetris Company, LLC, have signed a licensing deal to bring the Tetris video game brand to face-to-face gaming. Through this agreement, Hasbro has obtained the license to manufacture and globally market multiple face-to-face, Tetris-branded games.

Hasbro will introduce two games in the fall based on the popular Tetris game. The new Bop it! Tetris game tests players to match the traditional Tetris-block-shaped lights as the challenges get faster and the levels increase. Also, Hasbro's new Jenga Tetris game challenges players to push, pull, and stack the Tetris-block shapes into a Jenga tower. The games will launch globally in August.

  Licensees Signing up for Goose & Friends

Goose & Friends, created by Laura Wall, is a book series that was published last summer and went straight into Sainsbury's, Waterstones, and independent book shops. Goose & Friends is now on a second print run.

Goose Goes to the Zoo is short-listed for the People's Book Prize and long-listed for Waterstones' children's Book Prize 2013, and Wall is currently working on a second series of two new titles, which Award will publish later this year.

  Marvel Launches Consumer Products Program for Ultimate Spider-Man

Marvel Entertainment LLC will launch a consumer products program for Ultimate Spider-Man with more than 200 licensees signing on to create product lines across all major product categories, including toys and games, apparel and accessories, home goods, collectibles, and social expressions. The consumer products program coincides with the second season of the animated series Ultimate Spider-Man, which premiered on January 21 on Disney XD.

At American International Toy Fair in February, Hasbro, Lego, Huffy, and Street Flyers will showcase product lines featuring Ultimate Spiderman, including action figures, building sets, bikes, and sporting goods. In addition, Marvel will center its focus on creating action-oriented play activities and play patterns featuring the superhero.

  Alphanim Announces Calimero Deals

Alphanim has recently secured licensees for its CGI-animated series Calimero. France's TF1, Italy's RAI, Disney Junior (select European Union markets), and Télé-Québec will premiere the new production this year and next year.

Calimero has entered into a master plush deal with Nicotoy. Alphanim has also finalized a deal with Androni Giocattoli for beach toys and accessories to include buckets, beach packs, and beach balls.

MLP will have Calimero-branded daywear, nightwear, underwear, socks, and swimwear for babies, kids, and adults, as well as accessories. Brokered by Alphanim and its French agent TF1 Licences, this deal covers territories including France, Benelux, Italy, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

In a renewed deal, Oysho will continue to offer its collection of Calimero apparel worldwide throughout this year.

  The Joester Loria Group Brokers Deal for Popular Mechanics Toys

The Joester Loria Group has brokered a deal on behalf of Hearst publications with Round 2 LLC, for a line of Popular Mechanics scientific toys. Popular Mechanics has empowered its readers with the spirit of invention and power of knowledge. The brand will now capture young imaginations with a range of scientific toys. Products will include a build-your-own, battery-powered remote-control toy; solar- and dyno-powered toys; forensic kits; telescope and microscope sets; and weather observation kits. Round 2 LLC will also develop model kits, electric slot cars, and die-cast vehicles under the Popular Mechanics brand.

The first products launched exclusively at RadioShack last year and included a build-your-own R/C bug and build-your-own R/C tank. New products for expanded distribution will be introduced at American International Toy Fair in February.

  Poppy Cat Secures Two New Agents

Coolabi has appointed agents Planeta Junior and Limo Licensing in two new territories for Poppy Cat. Planeta Junior, part of Grupo Planeta—which already represents Poppy Cat in France—will now extend its reach into Poland following the TV launch in September. Limo Licensing will represent the property across the Nordic regions, including Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland. The preschool show currently airs in the latter four countries.

  Diaper Dude Signs with Major League Baseball Properties for Diaper Bags and Accessories

Diaper Dude, the bag for dad and lifestyle accessory brand, has signed a licensing agreement with Major League Baseball Properties (MLBP) marking Diaper Dude's first-ever sports deal. The agreement allows for use of MLB marks, including all 30 Club marks, mascots, and ballpark marks, on diaper bags, baby bottle holders, and pacifier pouches. The MLB licensed accessories will be available nationwide in April at specialty retailers, boutiques, department stores, and at www.diaperdude.com.

  DHX Extends Reach into China

DHX Media has signed a deal with China Mobile Entertainment Holdings (CME) and Alebrije Entertainment for a new Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) edutainment channel on PPTV, which will extend the reach of its brands into the Chinese market. The deal encompasses more than 900 episodes from series including Arthur, Caillou, The Busy World of Richard Scarry, Care Bears, Madeline, and Where on Earth is Carmen San Diego.

  Women in Toys Extends Application Deadline for Walmart Pitch Event

The application deadline for Women in Toys (WIT) and Walmart's Women's Global Economic Empowerment Initiative, has been extended to January 30. About 40 women-owned businesses have already signed up to participate in the Walmart Pitch event on February 11 during New York Toy Fair, which allows WIT members to pitch their products to Walmart.

A discussion panel covering the "Top 5 Tips for Selling to Walmart, by Two Women Who Have Done It," will be held February 11 from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. Presenters include Carol Fenster of Baby Abuelita, and Amy Pennington, the president and founder of Paradise Kids. The discussion will be moderated by Patti Becker of Becker Associates LLC, and Reisa Schwartzman of Griddly Games.

Those interested in being part of the Walmart Pitch should complete an application form from the WIT website (www.womenintoys.com) and submit it to Patti Becker at pbecker@beckerassoc.com with “Walmart Pitch” in the subject line. Candidates will be notified if they are selected.

Those applying must also select three meeting times between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on February 11. A legal agreement and product submission template must also be submitted. For a complete list of details and forms, visit www.womenintoys.com.

  41 Entertainment Signs Licensing Partners in the UK and Eire for Pac-Man

41 Entertainment (41e) and its UK agent, Lisle International, have secured three new UK deals for apparel and publishing for the Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures property. The TV series is slated to begin airing in English-speaking markets in the fall including Disney XD in the U.S., Sky in the UK, and Ten Network in Australia, followed by a number of other key markets later this year and in spring 2014 supported by a licensing and merchandising program.

Blues Clothing will launch an apparel line, including both children's and adult wear for the fall. Titan Publishing will produce a stand-alone Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures magazine featuring characters and content from the TV series. In addition, Pedigree Books will publish a 2014 annual to be released on August 1.

  Discovery and Burger King Join Forces Again

Following last year's debut partnership with Burger King, Discovery Communications is teaming up with the restaurant chain again this year. Space-themed Discovery Kids items are available in every BK Kids Meal sold at participating restaurant locations across the U.S. and Canada.

  Lawless Signs with Walls 360 for The Little Prince Wall Graphics

Lawless Entertainment has concluded a deal with Walls 360 on behalf of The Little Prince. Walls 360 will utilize art from The Little Prince to develop wall graphics that will be sold worldwide through www.walls360.com and at a variety of online outlet partners.

Walls 360 creates wall graphics based on artists, designers, photographers, and brands from around the world. The Little Prince, first published in 1943, is a novella and the most famous work of the French aristocrat writer, poet, and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

  Sten Jorgensen Named Vice President of Global Licensing Acquisition for Egmont

Egmont Kids Media has appointed Sten Jorgensen to the new role of vice president of global licensing acquisition. Jorgensen joins Egmont from Disney, where he held senior publishing, media, and consumer product roles throughout the last 18 years, including vice president of global magazines and, most recently, vice president of marketing and brand development for Disneynature. He spent part of his early career at Egmont's magazines division.

  Zodiak Kids Partners with Cupcake Digital for Tickety Toc Apps

Zodiak Kids has partnered with Cupcake Digital, Inc., for story experience apps based on the preschool series, Tickety Toc. A total of 12 apps are slated for development and will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Barnes & Noble.

Cupcake Digital is known for creating interactive story app experiences featuring three modes of reading, professional narration designed to help kids recognize words, learning games that follow Common Core Curriculum Standards, bold and colorful interactions that surprise and delight, and a Grown-Up's Corner designed for shared screen time and guided conversation.

The deal was brokered by U.S. licensing agent Established Brands and Canadian licensing agent Studio Licensing on behalf of Zodiak Kids. Consumer products will launch in the fall led by master toy partner Just Play and Home Entertainment partner Anchor Bay Entertainment.

  Bulls Licensing to Represent Fifty Shades of Grey in the Nordic Region

Caroline Mickler Ltd., the master licensing agent for the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise, has teamed up with Bulls Licensing to represent Fifty Shades of Grey in the Nordic region. Global sales of the trilogy by E.L. James have reached 68 million copies, and the film rights have been sold to Universal Pictures and Focus Features. Bulls Licensing will be meeting with potential licensees to discuss licensing opportunities early this year.

  DreamWorks Appoints ELC as Consumer Products Licensing Agent in Russia, Eastern Europe

DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., has appointed the European Licensing Co. (ELC) as consumer products licensing agent in Russia and Eastern Europe beginning February 1. ELC will represent upcoming DreamWorks Animation properties for merchandise, retail, and publishing, including Turbo and How to Train Your Dragon 2, as well as ongoing TV series Penguins of Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, and DreamWorks' Dragons: Riders of Berk. In addition, ELC will represent DreamWorks Animation's franchise properties including Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, How to Train Your Dragon, and Puss in Boots.

  Susan Bolsover to Join Penguin

Penguin has appointed Susan Bolsover to the newly created role of head of licensing and consumer products for Penguin Children's. Her position will begin on February 4. The new role is designed to exploit Penguin's owned and agented intellectual property, particularly as it continues to build its portfolio of new and classic children's entertainment brands.

Susan Bolsover's licensing and brand management experience includes Copyright Promotions Licensing Group, De Agostini UK, and BBC Worldwide, where she worked on properties such as Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, and Skylanders.

  m4e expands Mia and Me Licensing Program

Munich brand management and media company m4e AG has added new licensing partners for the TV series Mia and Me in time for the International Toy Fair in Nuremberg.

German toy manufacturer Simba Toys will introduce Mia and Me-branded plush, water toys, and outdoor toys. Spielkartenfabrik Altenburg (ASS Altenburger) is developing card games suited to the series, and Blue Ocean Toys will have a paper toy called Papereenz. United Labels will have tableware, cutlery, gift articles, and watches.

  Asda to Launch Clothing Range for Waybuloo

Asda will launch a Baby Essentials range featuring characters from Waybuloo, which will soon be available in-store and online at George.com. The Piplings range consists of four colorful styles for Waybuloo fans, including sleepsuits, hooded towels, pajamas, and bodysuits for boys and girls ages 0 to 24 months.

  Zodiak Rights Appoints Tim Mutimer as Head of Non-Scripted Programming

Zodiak Rights, the international division of Zodiak Media, has appointed Tim Mutimer to the newly created role of head of non-scripted programming. Mutimer was previously the senior vice president for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) at BBC Worldwide.

Mutimer joins with a wealth of experience across the international TV and distribution industry. At BBC Worldwide, he managed sales teams and sales strategy for brands such as Top Gear and Torchwood in EMEA and the UK. Prior to his five-year tenure at BBC, Mutimer was the director of sales at ITV Global Entertainment covering global sales and international format launches, including Dancing on Ice and Come Dine with Me.

Mutimer will be responsible for the sales and acquisitions activity across all of Zodiak Rights non-scripted programming, and he will report to CEO Matthew Frank.

  The Joester Loria Group Appointed U.S. Agent for The Hive

Space Enterprises has appointed The Joester Loria Group as the exclusive North American licensing agent for The Hive. The Joester Loria Group will launch an integrated licensing and merchandising program for The Hive. Key merchandising categories planned include toys, games, publishing, apparel, confectionary, and more.

The Hive's UK licensing program is also expanding, with partners including Mookie Toys, LeapFrog, Jupiter Toys, Blues Clothing, Aykroyds TDP, and a recently announced deal with Ravensburger. In addition, Space and Avanquest are set to launch iOS game apps on iTunes.

Originating in the UK and produced by Monumental Productions, Lupus Films, and DQ Entertainment, The Hive arrived in the U.S. in October in a deal secured by distributor Bejuba.

  
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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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