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HEADLINES AT A GLANCE
AGE Appoints WildBrain to Manage Madballs YouTube Channel

CPLG Debuts Pink Panther Collections in Italy

ZenWorks to Exhibit in Tokyo

GameCo Expands Video Game Gambling Machines with New Licenses

Goodyear Renews with IMG

DHX Hosts Teletubbies Party

Studio 100 Signs Chinese Partner
British Horiticultural Group Signs Hartley Botanic

Pop Warner Little Scholars, Ignite2X Partner for Licensed Merchandise

Studio 100 Completes Buyout of m4e

Good Box Office for Pathe Live Kids

Dreamtex Unveils Power Rangers Inspired Collection

Special Promotional Code for Our Readers: Free of Charge Entry to the Bologna Licensing and Book Fairs

AGE Appoints WildBrain to Manage Madballs YouTube Channel

American Greetings Entertainment (AGE) appointed DHX Media’s WildBrain to manage the Madballs YouTube channel, create original content, and grow the audience.

WildBrain will launch the Madballs channel this month with new animated shorts produced by Oddbot Studios, American Greetings, and Just Play. Starring Skull Face, Oculus, Screamin’ Meemie, Dust Brain, Horn Head, and Slobulus, the new content produced by WildBrain will include live-action, stop motion, and traditional animation.

The YouTube channel and content coincide with the launch of a new toy line at mass retailers from master toy partner Just Play. More than 30 new Madballs characters will be introduced this year.

CPLG Debuts Pink Panther Collections in Italy

A series of Pink Panther collaborations were launched last month at the international Kids Fashion Trade Show, Pitti Bimbo in Florence, showcasing the iconic cool cat as part of the ‘Fashion Comics’ project.

Fashion Comics, the project originated by designer Alessandro Enriquez and developed in partnership with Pitti Bimbo and CPLG Italy, saw Pink Panther featured in collections from select kids fashion houses exhibiting at the show: Ermanno Scervino Junior, Mimisol by Imelde Bronzieri, Monnalisa, Twinset by Simona Barbieriand and N°21.
Established in 1964, a star of both small screen animation as well as the movies the Pink Panther has become a true pop icon with his cool, hip, laid back style. Loved by both adults and children alike, he has been the inspiration behind prestigious fashion collaborations all over the world.

Maria Gurrieri, Managing Director CPLG Southern Europe said “Pink Panther is a true icon that continually inspires prestigious designers and fashion houses across the globe. We are so proud that Italian Fashion, known globally for both its elegance and pioneering trends is celebrating this iconic brand in partnership with one of the most important international tradeshows for kids and teenagers, Pitti Immagine Bimbo”
The outfits are now featured in the fashion houses’ showrooms and will be sold for charity in aid of Oxfam.

This project kick starts a wider Pink Panther licensing programme led by CPLG across Europe.

ZenWorks to Exhibit in Tokyo

ZenWorks Co., Ltd., the Tokyo, Japan based brand licensing agency and consultancy will exhibit at the inaugural Licensing Expo Japan, taking place at Tokyo Big Sight from 26th to 28th April 2017. Licensing Expo Japan is organised by UBM Japan and is sponsored by LIMA. www.licensingexpojapan.com/en

ZenWorks will showcase a curated selection of brands from around the world covering sports, active lifestyle, design and character brands including the properties listed below at its booth C-40.

Roger Berman, president of ZenWorks commented, “We are excited to be involved with this new licensing trade show in Japan. As Licensing Expo Japan is co-located with IFF-MAGIC, Japan’s premier fashion trade show, we have carefully selected brands that are ideally suited to fashion and related-industry visitors.”

GameCo Expands Video Game Gambling Machines with New Licenses

Under license from MGM Interactive, GameCo Inc. will develop games for its video game gambling machines (VGM) based on the TV series Vikings and the Western film Hang ‘Em High.

GameCo’s VGM is an arcade-style video game cabinet that features a single-player game adapted from top console, PC, and mobile developers. GameCo currently has 30 machines at four properties in Atlantic City, including Caesars, Harrah’s Resort, Bally’s Wild Wild West, and Tropicana Atlantic City.

While playing Vikings, players will be dropped into a sword fight where they lead their Vikings into battle. Hang ‘Em High is an arcade-style, shooting game that combines the classic film with updated graphics and experiences. The deal was brokered on behalf of GameCo by Richmond Management Group.

Goodyear Renews with IMG

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company recently announced it has renewed its long-standing licensing representation for its non-tire products with IMG, a global leader in sports, events, media and fashion.

The multi-year deal will allow IMG to continue to represent the brand on an exclusive worldwide basis, extending a relationship that began between the two organisations in 2009.
The Goodyear licensing programme is wide-ranging across categories, such as accessories and hardware, including power tools, safety footwear and car accessories, along with urban lifestyle apparel, and casual, sport and outdoor footwear.

The brand’s recent activity includes vintage luggage items, which were introduced across Europe, and the launching of the programme in several South American markets. In the U.S., an exclusive collaboration with Lucky Brand for a vintage-inspired co-branded collection was launched earlier this year in more than 170 Lucky Brand stores nationwide, and a new range of waterproof jackets is slated to debut at Macy’s in Spring 2017.

Fabrice Faurie, VP, Licensing, IMG, said: “We are delighted to extend our relationship with Goodyear. We have licensed the brand widely into new markets across the world and developed a programme that respects its brand equity, heritage and values. We will continue to seek new and innovative opportunities for the brand, all while ensuring its core brand attributes are retained.”

“For a brand that is traditionally associated with tires and auto accessories, it is exciting that our cross-category programme, through products that range from sweatshirts, jackets and winter boots to eyewear and watches, is increasing Goodyear’s licensed products international growth. Stay tuned for new brand extension in new categories in the coming years.”

DHX Hosts Teletubbies Party

DHX Brands has seen a host of stars and their families including: Arsenal and England soccer hero Theo Walcott; TV personalities Kimberly Wyatt, Imogen Thomas, Charlotte Hawkins, Jasmine Harman, Nick Knowles, George Gilbey, Megan Salmon-Ferrari, Naomi Konickova; actors Linda Robson, Claire Sweeney, Tom Chambers, Anna Acton, Ben Hull, Hannah Waddingham, Katherine Parkinson with husband Harry Peacock, Kevin Eldon, Suzanne Shaw and Leon Ockendon descend upon London’s South Bank in their party best recently to say “eh-oh’ to the Teletubbies and wish them a Happy 20th Anniversary.

Attending the event in their party hats, Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po were on hand to dispense big hugs and celebrate 20 years of children’s TV fun, as well as the start of a brand new series of adventures on CBeebies from Monday March 13th.

Kimberly Wyatt said: “It’s been a great party. My daughter is just the biggest Teletubby fan and she’s had a fantastic time!”

Studio 100 Signs Chinese Partner

The German distribution and production company Studio 100 Media is joining forces with China’s leading animation provider WeKids Asia, bringing four of the Company’s most renowned brands “Maya the Bee”, “Vic the Viking”, “Nils Holgersson” and “Blinky Bill” to the Chinese market.

WeKids has acquired the rights to distribute the shows via television, VOD platforms and Home Video.

“We are enthusiastic to start working with Sean Chu and his talented team on four of our most popular brands in the territory of China. We are convinced that our partnership with WeKids is the right step to significantly increase the awareness of our characters in the Chinese market and we look forward to a fruitful cooperation” said Martin Krieger, Studio 100 Media’s Head of Global Distribution.

“We are so excited to start working with Studio 100 Media in China. Chinese kids and families love story-driven classic titles like Nils Holgersson. Furthermore, because classic Nils Holgersson was one of few animated TV series introduced into China from abroad in the 1980s, I believe today’s Chinese parents will want to share their affection for Nils Holgersson with their kids as they watch the newly animated Nils series,” said Sean Chu, CEO of WeKids.

British Horiticultural Group Signs Hartley Botanic

The Royal Horticultural Society in the UK has announced its endorsement of Hartley Botanic, a manufacturer of handmade, British greenhouses and glasshouses founded almost 80 years ago.

The RHS has endorsed the entire product range of the Lancashire-based greenhouse and glasshouse manufacturer, established in 1938 by Vincent Hartley. Hartley Botanic has been granted the endorsement for the design and quality of its handmade greenhouse products and for its enduring commitment to excellent customer service and products which stand the test of time; the manufacturer prides itself on greenhouses that ‘last a lifetime’, with examples still in use from the 1950s.

All Hartley Botanic greenhouses and glasshouses will bear the RHS logo with the manufacturer communicating the endorsement to consumers and trade through its website, marketing channels and at leading horticultural events. The Royal Horticultural Society’s name will also be given global exposure as a result of the endorsement in markets which include the USA, Europe and Japan, where Hartley Botanic’s British-made and styled greenhouses are hotly in demand.
The endorsement means Hartley Botanic is now the Royal Horticultural Society’s recommended supplier of aluminium greenhouses and glasshouses.

An RHS endorsement is a coveted level of recognition, granted to only a select range of garden and home products. Products selected for endorsement must go through rigorous auditing and have a proven track record. As such, an RHS endorsement is a mark of excellence for horticultural products, recognised by professional and amateur gardeners alike.

Hartley Botanic has been designing and manufacturing its beautiful aluminium greenhouses and glasshouses in the same Lancashire factory for almost 80 years. The company was the first to use aluminium in greenhouse construction, which it combined with engineering expertise to maximise glass area and natural light. The company’s vision to create lasting quality and ‘the finest greenhouses money can buy’ means many of its original structures still stand (the Hartley greenhouse at Belgrave Hall was installed in 1950) and have provided unbroken service for families over three generations.

Pop Warner Little Scholars, Ignite2X Partner for Licensed Merchandise

Pop Warner Little Scholars secured marketing agency Ignite2X to develop licensed merchandise under the Pop Warner brand. Pop Warner is known for its youth football, cheer and dance, and scholastic programs.

The range will feature sports, fan, and lifestyle merchandise in categories including apparel and accessories, school supplies, home accents, collectibles, toys, accessories, electronic games, apps, and more.

Ignite2X leads the licensing extension with veteran Alita Friedman. The deal will include the Pop Warner football and cheer divisions. Ignite2X is also the official sponsorship marketing agency of Pop Warner.

Studio 100 Completes Buyout of m4e

The Executive Board of the German brand management and media company m4e AG announces that the closing of the contract regarding the acquisition of the majority interest in the m4e AG by Belgian Studio 100 Group, headquartered in Schelle, Belgium, was signed on Friday, 24 February 2017. The shares were immediately acquired by Studio 100 Media GmbH, Munich, a wholly owned subsidiary of Studio 100 N.V.

Hans Ulrich Stoef will continue to be CEO of the m4e AG, pushing forward the international growth of the company. Both entities intend, in particular, to strategically cooperate in the field of kids and family entertainment.

In the course of the closing, the former members of the Supervisory Board of the m4e AG, Oliver Jansen, Cees Wessels and Andreas Kinsky have resigned their offices. The Executive Board of the m4e AG has filed an appropriate application with the district court of Munich in order to complete the Supervisory Board of the m4e AG with Hans Bourlon, Koen Peeters and David Lloyd, three representatives of Studio 100.

Good Box Office for Pathe Live Kids

Pathé Live Kids, a new initiative that shows exclusive kids content on the big screen – has posted impressive box office figures in the French market, with a total of 90,000 cinema admissions recorded for screenings of exclusive Masha and the Bear content.

The show, which screened on weekends and in school holidays, offered six brand new Masha episodes, all brought together in a feature-length show with a presenter introducing each episode and interacting with the audience. Screenings started in early January and, due to high demand, the run was extended by two weeks. Around 200 cinemas participated in the event.

Pathé Live Kids has also seen recordings of hit stage shows T'choupi and TroTro hitting cinema screens, whilst mega-brands Fireman Sam™ and Bob the Builder™ are set to follow with two new 60-minute features – the global premiere of Bob the Builder: Mega Machines and the European premiere of Fireman Sam: Alien Alert. All content is exclusive to Pathé Live in France, Switzerland and Belgium and has never been seen before.

To encourage families to come along and enjoy the cinema, family-friendly features – such as affordable ticket prices, brighter lighting and child-friendly sound levels – are part of the show.

“We’ve been extremely impressed with the success of the Masha screenings, which have been very effective from a brand promotion viewpoint,” says Claus Tømming, Director of Ink Global, which represents Masha and the Bear across the world. “Pathé Live have done a great job in delivering a unique and engaging cinema experience and that’s been rewarded by these excellent box office figures.”

Dreamtex Unveils Power Rangers Inspired Collection

With Saban Brands, Dreamtex Ltd report that the latest addition to its Power Rangers collection is inspired by Saban’s Power Rangers, the feature film with Lionsgate, releasing on March 24, 2017.

The Power Rangers movie-inspired collection includes bedding, blankets, towels, cushions and other accessories and will be available at retail at the end of February.

After the hit series “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” launched in 1993, Saban’s “Power Rangers” quickly became the most-watched children’s television programs and is one of the longest-running kid’s action series in television history. With the upcoming feature film, “Saban’s Power Rangers”, the iconic franchise is reimagined with a new generation of superheroes here to save the world.

‘We’ve really enjoyed developing the Power Rangers movie collection’, said Commercial Director, Andrew Downie. ‘It’s a fantastic re-imagination of the hugely successful TV show and the cast is stellar. With Power Rangers Ninja Steel, the 24th season of the series, due to air in the UK Autumn 2017, it’s definitely Morphin Time!’

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JOB POSTING

Safari Ltd is looking for a dynamic, business-savvy Sales Manager to focus on its Domestic Sales!

The Sales Manager works under the direction of the Director of Business Development and will manage a team of Account Development Sales Professionals. This role will perform sales analyses on all accounts to maintain an ongoing understanding of the sales process, cycle and account needs. The Sales Manager will use Salesforce for reporting, forecasting, personnel management, and strategic planning purposes and to develop and plan account strategies and assign accounts to Account Development.

If you are driven to be the best at what you do and thrive in a challenging, dynamic and collaborative culture then we want to hear from you!

Apply to this position directly at Safari Ltd. Sales Manager Opening.

JOB POSTING

Crayola Is Seeking an Experienced Manager, Outbound Licensing. Located at Crayola Corporate HQ, Easton, PA

The ideal candidate will possess experience within either Toy AND/OR Publishing licensing experience.

GENERAL SUMMARY: Creates strategic direction for active licensee base and negotiates new partnerships within assigned categories to achieve growth objectives. Directs tactical execution of licensed product lines from concept/line plan through commercialization.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manage existing licensees in assigned categories:
    • Evaluate licensee’s quarterly marketing, retail and financial forecasts to ensure licensees on are track to meet established contractual obligations, royalty payments and forecast goals.
    • Organize and run licensee orientations, business reviews, semiannual/quarterly line reviews, and brain storm sessions.
    • Address specific licensee performance issues
    • Negotiate renewals on a timely basis
    • Provides input for annual departmental budget and plan
  • Ensure licensees develop seasonal lines in time for internal seasonal review and develop documents and presentations to communicate licensee’s initiatives to internal Crayola departments
    • Set trend direction and make recommendations for new product entry
    • Direct category research and product concept testing as needed with the consumer insights team
    • Work with creative and product development on design and creative direction for licensed product and packaging
    • Responsible for managing licensee press releases, cross marketing and promotions
    • Ensure adherence to internal approval process (i.e. safety, quality, financial, legal, content, creative, consumer activation, consumer affairs etc.) and assist in resolving issues.
  • Negotiate new licensed strategic partnerships for assigned segments in conjunction with established category strategies
    • Research, secure and develop new licensees building upon the success of existing segments in order to achieve predictable, profitable and sustainable growth
    • Negotiate deal terms including: grant of rights, royalty rates, guarantees, projections and business plans
REQUIREMENTS:
  • 7 years’ experience in licensing or consumer marketing work for a CPG company.
  • Bachelors’ degree preferred


To review the full job description and to apply: www.crayola.com/careers
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JOB POSTING

Senior Creative Designer
Location: North East (Gateshead)
Salary: Competitive


We are looking for an talented Senior Creative Designer to join our team here at Blue Kangaroo in the UK... You must be a creative thinker and understand everything about Character Licensing and Brands. Work independently but also as part of a team. You will work on the biggest and best known brands in the Licensing world, everything from packaging refreshes to creative pitch decks to inspire creative thinking. An outstanding knowledge of all Adobe programs goes without saying and the ability to take work from concept to final artwork is essential.

If you think you have what it takes to make a difference within our talented and dedicated team then please contact us. t: +44 (0)191 490 9449.

JOB POSTING

Licensing Executive

MGL (www.mgllicensing.com) is one of the world's leading Art Licensing companies based in South West London (SW14) and is now seeking a dynamic licensing executive to join their team.

The primary responsibilities of the role are to deal and manage existing clients, as well as identify, develop and negotiate with new licensees. Categories include stationery, cards, gift and table top.

The role will also include visiting and exhibiting at trade shows both nationally and internationally.

Some experience in licensing or image libraries is essential.
For more information on the job role, please send CV and cover letter stating your present salary to studio@mglart.com

JOB POSTING

Licensing Director

Company: A leader in fashion accessories for both licensed/private label for adults and children.

Job Qualifications: Looking for an experienced Licensing Director that can work with all major film studios. Good communication and organizational skills needed. A team player in a fast-paced environment. Must be Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint proficient. Mac experience is a plus.

Job Description: Serve as the primary point of contact for day to day business with licensors. Spearhead category strategies, partner relations, and negotiations to maximize brand efficacy and build growth opportunities for licenses. Play a key role in forecasting. Solicit new brands, licenses and trends to secure the company’s high ranking in the business.
Provide sales updates and sell through information to the licensors on a monthly/weekly basis. Mentor and manage coordinators, providing industry and business guidance.

Work Environment: This is a very fast-paced, team-orientated business casual environment.

Contact: Please send resume to Blicensed@gmail.com

JOB POSTING

Executive Seeks New Challenges

I have 8 years experience of working for a large London Publishing house licensing book content to third parties. I am looking for a role which utilises my skills in negotiation and relationship building and can develop my experience within the licensing field. Having licensed book content to a wide variety of customers from national Newspapers to international Publishers I would relish the experience to work in a new industry, licensing new content to new clients.

I realise that a move across from traditional publishing may mean a step down from the managerial role I was in before. I'm enthusiastic to work in a new industry and feel my skills are easily transferable and am happy to look outside licensing roles also.

caroline_crofts@hotmail.com

JOB POSTING

Sunrights Inc. Seeks a Licensing Coordinator
New York

Sunrights Inc. is an entertainment rights management company operated by one of the top advertising agencies in Japan, Asatsu DK, and the trading conglomerate Mitsubishi Corp. Located in New York City, Sunrights directly manages the development of intellectual property globally outside of Asia. Properties include B-Daman and Beyblade Burst.

Please submit your resume to recruit@sunrights-inc.com.
Only candidates chosen for the interview process will be contacted.

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