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HEADLINES AT A GLANCE
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Skylanders and Autism Speaks Partner for Autism Awareness Month

Seven New Licensees for Bing
 
MindWare Acquires Licensing Rights for The Rainbow Fish
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Cartamundi Welcomes King and Queen of Belgium to Turnhout
 
Playboy Partners with Joyrich for Spring/Summer Collection

Merchantwise Signs with Microsoft to Extend Halo Franchise in Australia and New Zealand
 

Skylanders and Autism Speaks Partner for Autism Awareness Month

Skylanders and Autism Speaks partner for Autism Awareness Month and “Light it up Blue” limited-edition Skylanders Superchargers toys.
 
The toys are blue and white to reflect Autism Speaks’ official colors. The “Power Blue” Skylanders SuperChargers feature Splat and Trigger Happy, and SuperCharged vehicles Splatter Splasher and Gold Rusher. The toys are available at participating retailers in the U.S. and Europe, and will be available in Canada starting April 1.
 
Activision Publishing Inc. will also launch employee education and employee-donation matching programs. Employees can participate in the Autism Speaks Walk on April 2 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Seven New Licensees for Bing

Independent British studio Acamar Films and its licensing agent The Licensing Company (TLC) have appointed seven new licensees for Bing, ramping up the UK consumer products program for the award-winning preschool property.
 
HTI Group, Dreamtex, Blueprint, Spearmark, Aykroyds, Roy Lowes, and TVM Fashion Lab have all come on board, joining the group of companies taking Bing beyond the TV screen. Partners to date include Harper Collins for publishing; Egmont for Magazines; Immediate Media for CBeebies Magazines; Ravensburger for games; Woodmansterne for greeting cards; Rainbow Productions for Bing and Flop character costumes; Studiocanal for home entertainment, and Fisher-Price for toys.

MindWare Acquires Licensing Rights for The Rainbow Fish

MindWare acquired multi-category toy and game licensing rights for The Rainbow Fish book series worldwide.
 
MindWare’s first product launch, later this year, will include lacing cards, magnetic play sets, cooperative board games, an ocean fort, and activity books. Additional categories available for licensing include bedding, room décor, stationery, and craft items.
 
The Rainbow Fish book series has sold more than 30 million copies and will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2017.

Cartamundi Welcomes King and Queen of Belgium to Turnhout

On Thursday 25 February, Cartamundi welcomed two extra special guests to its home in Turnhout. As part of their visit to the province of Antwerp, their Majesties the King and the Queen of Belgium paid a working visit to Cartamundi, the global market leader in card games and playing cards.
 
The King and Queen's Cartamundi programme included an informal welcome from the chairman and members of the Board of Directors, along with the CEO and the directors, who then explained the pillars of the business to the Royal Couple. The focus was on the group’s historical and economic importance due to its strategic focus on innovation and creativity. The visit ended with a tour around various departments of the company (from creation via pre-press and printing to high quality finishing) and an introduction to the employees who monitor quality throughout the chain.
 
The royal visit was in recognition of the hard work of all Cartamundi staff in building a family business into one of the leading businesses in Belgium, and a global market leader in card games and playing cards.
 
In fact Turnhout and Cartamundi together play a pivotal role in the global production of playing cards. The first cards produced in the area appeared in the 18th century. Their production was the beginning of a business that eventually became Cartamundi, a group established in 1970, but one that can boast more than 250 years of experience in the production and sale of playing cards, game cards and complete board games.
 
Trudi Bishop, Head of Marketing and Licensing, Cartamundi, says: “It has been a great honour for Cartamundi to welcome the Royal Couple to its home town. We are delighted that the achievements of the company have merited this visit and fully intend to add to those achievements in the coming years.”

Playboy Partners with Joyrich for Spring/Summer Collection

Playboy has partnered with Joyrich for a Playboy x Joyrich capsule Spring/Summer 2016 collection, including relaxed glam statement pieces, featuring sequins and bold graphics on tailored jackets, tops, jeans, bags, and more.
The collection launched in the U.S. on February 19 and worldwide on February 20. Playboy x Joyrich is available online at joyrichstore.com/playboy and in Joyrich retail stores in the U.S., Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.

Merchantwise Signs with Microsoft to Extend Halo Franchise in Australia and New Zealand

Australasian licensing agent Merchantwise has been appointed by Microsoft and 343 Industries to develop new licensing initiatives for Halo, the global sci-fi franchise based on the popular video game series.  

The Halo franchise is an award-winning collection of properties, over $5 billion in worldwide sales to date, that has transcended video games and grown into a global entertainment phenomenon. The recent launch of Halo 5: Guardians in Oct 2015 was the biggest Halo launch to-date generating more than $400 million in sales in the first week.  

Globally, the franchise now boasts over 50 licensed partners shipping in excess of 500 products annually. Successful consumer products programs have been established across toys (global partner Mattel), collectables, home entertainment, apparel and accessories, publishing and consumer promotions. 

Merchantwise is now seeking to further develop the “Halo” franchise in Australia and New Zealand by partnering with local licensees to develop a variety of category extensions.

Puma Launches Superman Kids’ Collaboration Collection

Puma has partnered with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, to create a kids spring/summer collection inspired by Superman.

The Puma x Superman collection includes classic footwear styles in mini versions, available in Superman’s suit colors, featuring the iconic “S-Shield” on the reverse. Available for kids ages 2 to 12, Puma’s iconic silhouettes including the Suede, Carson Runner and Cabana Racer feature modern Superman graphics on the side and logo insole. The collection also features accessories including the cape, a backpack, apparel, and graphic T-shirts.
The Puma x Superman collection is available in Puma stores, at puma.com, and at select kids’ stores worldwide.

New Zealand Mint to Release Yu-Gi-Oh! Collectible Coins

4K Media Inc., the Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. subsidiary that manages the licensing and marketing of the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand, has forged a new licensing agreement with New Zealand Mint Limited that will see the release of collectible silver coins engraved with the animated series’ characters and imagery. The announcement was made by 4K Media’s Vice President of Licensing and Marketing, Jennifer Coleman,and Brent Hindman, Head of Sales and Marketing, New Zealand Mint Limited.
 
“The quality of the New Zealand Mint coins makes them as much as a solid financial investment as they are a timeless collectible,” said Coleman. “The company uses the highest quality silver as a base for the engravings on the animations of Yu-Gi-Oh!’s most popular characters and monsters. We expect this to be a very desirable collectible for Yu-Gi-Oh!’s fans around the globe.”  
 
“New Zealand Mint has been minting gold and silver bullion for over four decades and is recognized as a leader in the creation and design of innovative colored, silver and gold collectible coins,” added Hindman. “We’re excited to offer new Yu-Gi-Oh! coins to investors, collectors and fans alongside some of our other popular branded coin collections, which include Disney, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Transformers and Thunderbirds.”

Technicolor, DHX Media Sign BBC UK to Broadcast The Deep

Technicolor and DHX Media Ltd. have finalized an agreement with the UK’s BBC to air The Deep on CBBC this March.
   
CBBC joins The Seven Network and ABC3 in Australia, Super RTL in Germany, Ketnet in Belgium, NRK in Norway, SVT in Sweden, YLE in Finland, and Family CHRGD in Canada as a broadcasting partner.

Cover of The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots Unveiled

For the first time, Frederick Warne & Co., Beatrix Potter’s original publisher and an imprint of Penguin Random House Children’s, have revealed the cover of the rediscovered Beatrix Potter tale, illustrated by Quentin Blake.
 
Quentin Blake said: “It seemed almost incredible when, early in 2015, I was sent the manuscript of a story by Beatrix Potter; one which had lain unpublished for a hundred years and which, with the exception of a single drawing, she had never illustrated. I liked the story immediately – it’s full of incident and mischief and character –and I was fascinated to think that I was being asked to draw pictures for it. I have a strange feeling that it might have been waiting for me.”
 
Jo Hanks, publisher at Penguin Random House Children’s, said, ‘As soon as we began the conversation about finding an illustrator, we knew it had to be Quentin Blake. It’s a challenging brief to illustrate a manuscript written over a hundred years ago by one of the world’s most beloved authors, but we knew that Quentin’s energy, rebelliousness and humour were in keeping with Beatrix’s own artistic sensibilities and therefore exactly what this fantastic book called out for.’
 
Frederick Warne & Co. is publishing The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots in hardback on 1 September 2016, 150 years after Potter’s birth and just over a century after she penned the tale about the mischievous kitten.
 
Also announcing today, an exhibition of Quentin Blake’s original illustrations from The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots will open at House of Illustration in King’s Cross the day after the book is published on 2 September 2016. The exhibition will include 50 artworks, featuring classic Potter characters including Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and Mr. Tod re-drawn by Blake.

Men’s Health to Launch Men’s Health Kitchen in April

Men’s Health is launching Men’s Health Kitchen, a new line of branded frozen entrees, and expanding Men’s Health Fuel, its healthy snack line in April.
The brand’s expansion into the food space is part of a larger licensing program in European markets, which also includes vitamins in the UK and Portugal, fitness equipment in the UK, and a branded active body care line sold at dm, Rossman, Mueller, Rewe, and Metro in Germany. 

The Men’s Health Kitchen line will be available for purchase in the UK at participating retailers, including ASDA and Sainsburys. The line will feature nine high-protein packed frozen entrée options, three kinds of pulses and grains, and three spice rubs. Three new Snack Pots and two Smoothie Boosters will be added to the Men’s Health Fuel line.

King Features Announces Partnership with Young & Reckless and Dennis the Menace

King Features announced new collaboration with lifestyle brand Y&R (Young & Reckless) and Hank Ketcham’s classic Dennis the Menace, which is represented for licensing by the New York-based unit of Hearst.
 
In her blog post announcing the launch, Y&R’s Amy Reckless writes, “We have to say childhood memories are the best memories. The sensory overload while rummaging through the local newspaper to get to the comic strips is one we vividly remember. As an ode to childhood we collaborated with Hank Ketcham’s classic Dennis the Menace and created a limited-edition six-piece capsule.”
 
The men’s collection features “5-ana-half”-year-old Dennis on a variety of items, including two graffiti-inspired pins, a dad hat, hoodie, and premium T-shirts. Price points range from $7.99 to $39.99.

Lawless Entertainment Signs MyLocker for Geronimo Stilton

Lawless Entertainment signed e-commerce platform MyLocker for Geronimo Stilton merchandise.

Customers will have the ability to select Geronimo Stilton art of their choice and place it on more than 500 products for men, women, and children, including apparel, blankets, mugs, bags, tablet, and laptop sleeves. 

Cyber Group Studios Appoints Those Licensing People for Zou

Cyber Group Studios has appointed UK agents Those Licensing People to handle the UK and Eire licensing rights for Zou.
 
Zou is a little Zebra whose valuable experiences within the context of a safe family environment expose him to valuable life lessons. Broadcast in the UK on Disney Junior, Zou is one of the premier broadcasters’ top shows.
 
The contract brings Zou into a stable of property which includes the current production slate of 1461 Ltd executive producers of ‘Boy and the Dinosaur’, ‘Rollie and Friends’ and ‘Boys vs Girl’. Those Licensing People have a full licensing remit across all sectors of industry save for DVD, VOD, and SVOD. They are now looking to partner Zou with appropriate UK publishers and toy companies in the first instance as a basis for expanding the property across a wide portfolio of licensing opportunity.
 
Russell Neale Anthony Dever MD of Those Licensing People says: “It is a privilege to be invited to act in the UK and Eire on behalf of this wonderful property which fits neatly into a slate of IP we have taken great care to develop. We aspire to become an important part of the Cyber Group Studios offering, working with Pierre and his team will be a joy.”

Mr. Bean Live-Action Series Launches on Hulu

Mr. Bean’s live-action series has launched on Hulu. The brand celebrated its 25th anniversary last year with a range of product launches from licensees in North America. 

The Mr. Bean Bendable, from NJ Croce; Mr. Bean Bobblehead, from Royal Bobbles, and T-shirts, towels, pillows, accessories, and homewares from Tevco, continue to sell across North America. S&A Partners released a collectible 25th Anniversary limited-edition coin.

Mr. Bean is represented in North America by The Sharpe Company.

Beatrix Potter to Be First Children’s Character to Feature on British Coin

Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit is to become the first children's literary character to feature on a British coin. 

The vegetable-stealing bunny who incenses and outwits Mr McGregor will appear on a silver 50p to mark the 150th anniversary of the author's birth in 1866. The Royal Mint said three more Potter characters will feature on special edition coins released later in the year to complete a four-piece set. 

The coins were created by Royal Mint designer Emma Noble.

Sea Life on Board for Mister Maker 2016 Promotion

Zodiak Kids have agreed a co-promotion deal with the Merlin Entertainments Group’s network of Sea Life centers which will see Mister Maker arts and crafts activities featured across all 12 Sea Life Centres in the UK and Ireland for a four week event centred around the UK’s May Half Term Holiday break in 2016.

This promotional tie in with Sea Life brings together key brand values of the two brands to create a unique event experience for children visiting the centres across the UK where they will be able to create unique sea themed makes to take home.

The popular CBeebies presenter has put together a series of six exclusive instruction videos to help children make marine animals ranging from a paper-plate stingray to a foil and tissue paper shark.

Studio 100’s Maya the Bee Secures New Agent for Russia

Studio 100 International has announced a new licensing agent, Brand4rent, as Russian licensing agent for its evergreen brand Maya the Bee across all Russian territories.
 
Brand4rent specialises in bringing together the best licensing professionals across the Russian market and has strong expertise in areas of entertainment, sport, fashion and art.  The agency will represent Studio 100 International to extend its global brand’s licensed footprint in Russia and bring new Maya product categories to consumers and support the brand. 
 
The agency will look to target new categories, develop marketing support and build on the existing licensing partnership with securing licensing deals with iconic master toy Grand Toys and publishing group, Egmont. It is expected to deliver a variety of product across infant and preschool including Plush, games & puzzles, outdoor & sport toys, arts & crafts and an assortment of activity.

Q Pootle 5 in Deal with Abbey Home Media

Snapper Productions has signed a deal with Abbey Home Media for the UK home entertainment rights of pre-school animated series Q Pootle 5.
 
Abbey Home Media will release its first Q Pootle 5 DVD, Pootle The Explorer, on 11 April 2016. The DVD will feature seven episodes from the British Animation Award-nominated series, which airs on CBeebies in the UK.

Splash Entertainment Partners with New York City Ballet

Having recently finalized a deal and secured worldwide rights to a property from New York City Ballet and The George Balanchine Trust, Nicolas Atlan and Mike Young, Co-CEOs of Splash Entertainment, announce that the company will be stepping up its production activities with plans to develop, produce, and distribute Daisy and The Nutcracker, 3 x 45’ educational live-action and 3D-animated specials, starring dancers from the world-renowned New York City Ballet and based on the Company’s acclaimed production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.  
 
Daisy and The Nutcracker has been co-created by New York City Ballet and Mermaid Media, and written with Gabe Pulliam, whose credits include Olivia for Nick Jr. and Octonauts for Disney Channel and CBeebies. 

Spring Fair Reports A Successful Show

The UK’s most important retail buyers turned out in force for a buzzing edition of Spring Fair, which took place from February 7 – 11 2016 and this year coincided with the 40th anniversary of The NEC, Birmingham.
 
The show brought together thousands of exhibitors across 13 sectors from around the UK and wider global community, with hundreds joining Spring Fair for the first time and many of them choosing the show as their exclusive UK or international launchpad.
New brands for 2016 included: On Interiors, Wow! Stuff, Boska, IB Laursen, SIA, Riviera Maison and Au Maison.
 
Bjarne Lund Jepson, Marketing Manager of new Summerhouse exhibitor, IB Laursen said: “Spring Fair has been very good for us. It’s the right place, all the big brands are here, it is a very professional trade event.”
 
This year’s exhibition incorporated a new layout which saw Greetings & Stationery relocated to Hall 3, adjacent to The Party Show, some of the country’s leading gift and toy suppliers took up new positions in Halls 4 and 5, with Children’s Gifts, Toys & Gadgets alongside in 5.
 
Also new for 2016 was a Trend showcase between Hall 9 (Kitchen, Dining & Housewares) and Hall 8 (The Summerhouse), featuring some of the hottest and most searched for products on the huge online database used by retailers to plan their buying trips to Spring Fair.
 
More hot products were brought to the fore at the Gift of the Year 2016 Awards, presented by new Giftware Association ambassador Cath Kidston during a ceremony held at the Fashion Catwalk on Sunday February 7.
As well as presenting the biggest and best selection of new products available to the trade this year, Spring Fair also offered visitors a wealth of free business content across a number of seminar theatres and feature areas. 
 

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Job Description: Design licensed/private label accessories for adults and children; making detailed CAD’s of your designs for factories. Compiling boards of designers to show to buyers. Making revisions if needed. Our categories include: hosiery, cold weather, fashion hats/scarves, rain wear, and hand bags.
 
Job Qualifications: Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop fluent. Knowledge of knits, trims, embroidery, accessory applications, and basic specking. 
Job Qualifications: Good communication skills need. A team player in a fast-paced environment. Resume and portfolio required.
Company: Berkshire is a powerhouse in the accessories business, being one of the largest accessory manufacturers in the business today. We merchandise, design, manufacture and sell trend right, high quality accessories for a variety of price points. Specializing in both licensed and private label manufacturing, we offer leadership market positioning in both adult and children's accessories.
 
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Contact: Please send resume to Jodi Colburn at jodic@berkshireinc.com.
 

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