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HEADLINES AT A GLANCE
Rubie’s Pet Shop Boutique, Hasbro Partner for Transformers and My Little Pony Costumes
 
Toy Fair Exhibitors Donate Record Number of Toys and Games to Benefit Kids in Need
 
Entertainment One Bolsters Team as It Drives Growth in Latin America

Cartoon Network Announces Steven Universe Console Game
 
Mondo TV Suisse Announces Global YooHoo & Friends Deal
    HBO Global Licensing, Vintage Wine Estates Partner for Game of Thrones Wine Collection

Hit Preschool Show Clangers Lands on Netflix U.S.
 
Jakks Pacific Debuts Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Toys and Role-Play Line
 
My Hero Academia Is Back at VIZ Media Europe
 
Cryptozoic, Cartoon Network Enterprises Add Digital Stickers and Trading Cards on Quidd App

Rubie’s Pet Shop Boutique, Hasbro Partner for Transformers and My Little Pony Costumes

Rubie’s Pet Shop Boutique partnered with Hasbro Inc. to launch pet costumes inspired by Transformers and My Little Pony. Both brands will debut movies later this year. 
 
The Transformers line includes Optimus Prime and Bumble Bee, both of which come with a shirt and headpiece. The My Little Pony collection features Rainbow Dash and Twilight Sparkle, both of which are available in three styles: hood, tutu, and harness and leash. The costumes are designed in small, medium, large, and extra-large sizes.
  
Transformers: The Last Knight will premiere in June and My Little Pony: The Movie will debut in October. The new lines will be available nationwide this summer.

Toy Fair Exhibitors Donate Record Number of Toys and Games to Benefit Kids in Need

Thousands of disadvantaged children across the United States will soon have new toys and games to call their own. Following   the 114th North American International Toy Fair, exhibiting toy companies donated a record-breaking number of nearly 55,000 new toys to the Toy Industry Foundation’s (TIF) Toy Bank.
 
At the close of Toy Fair, more than 80 volunteers swept the aisles of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center to collect action figures, outdoor toys, ride-ons, dolls, board games, plush, and more, from hundreds of generous toy companies. The toys are currently being separated and sorted, and will be sent to TIF’s national partner, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA), and several charities in the New York tri-state area serving kids who are impoverished, neglected, sick, or otherwise in need.
 
“Sadly, some children rarely get to experience the excitement that comes along with a brand new toy.  The donations received at Toy Fair will provide many children in need with toys of their very own, and help to bring them joy through play,” says Elizabeth Max, TIF program manager. “This year we collected more than $600,000 worth of playthings at Toy Fair as a result of our generous exhibitors.”
 
Toy Fair is the Toy Bank’s largest annual toy collection, but TIF strives all year to serve millions of children in need with the help of toy donations, financial contributions, and volunteer efforts. Companies interested in learning more about TIF, or The Toy Bank, are encouraged to contact Elizabeth Max.

Entertainment One Bolsters Team as It Drives Growth in Latin America

Entertainment One (eOne) outlined plans to strengthen its brands in Latin America with a new appointment to manage its portfolio for TV properties including Peppa Pig, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom, and PJ Masks.

Bruna Sawada joins the company in the newly created role of regional territory manager – Brazil and will report directly to London-based Murilo Hinojosa. Hinojosa leads consumer products for the entire Latin American region.  

Based in eOne’s new São Paulo office, Sawada will execute a localized strategy to expand the brands’ portfolio throughout Brazil. Additional team members based in the firm’s London office will strengthen the infrastructure with retail marketing and product development resources.

Reporting to Ami Dieckman, head of international licensing for eOne Family, Hinojosa will continue to build a team across all commercial functions with a strategic focus on building the licensing programs of its key properties in Brazil. Working in close collaboration with eOne’s global franchise management team based in London, he will also oversee the firm’s relationships with local licensing agents, retailers, and broadcasters within Latin America.

Peppa Pig airs daily on Discovery Kids. The recent mass-market success for Peppa Pig in the U.S. has generated a fresh wave of interest across Latin America regions and there are a number of new licensing deals for this year, including a new touring live stage show that will launch in October.

eOne’s preschool series PJ Masks airs twice daily on Disney Junior in Brazil and will have a merchandise launch this summer. DTC will distribute Just Play’s master toy line and will showcase the toy range at Abrin Toy Fair, where Rubies Costume Co. will also unveil ancillary lines for the property. Additional licensees include Topps for sticker albums, Regina Festas for partyware, Dermiwil for back-to-school, and Lupo for socks and underwear.

Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom will also launch at retail in Brazil this year. The animated series airs daily on TV Cultura and Nick Jr. MultiKids was appointed by eOne as the master toy distributor in Brazil, and additional partners include Panini for publishing, Piffer and Regina Festas for partyware, and Dermiwil for back to school.

Cartoon Network Announces Steven Universe Console Game

Turner’s Cartoon Network will expand its TV series Steven Universe with new console games that will be available this year. The new titles will engage fans with storylines, interactive play, and additional surprises only available within the console gameplay.
 
Cartoon Network showcased Save the Light and OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes at PAX East. Save the Light is an RPG console game and sequel to the 2015 mobile title Attack the Light. Developed with Grumpyface Studios, the game is expected to launch this summer. OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes is set in the world of the upcoming Cartoon Network Studios animated series OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes. This new console game is expected to arrive this fall.
 
Cartoon Network also hosted speakers from Capybara Games, Grumpyface Studios, and Wake Robin Games at PAX East last weekend. The discussion focused on Cartoon Network’s multi-platform strategy with indie developers to bring their worlds to life.

Mondo TV Suisse Announces Global YooHoo & Friends Deal

Mondo TV Suisse, a division of Mondo TV, one of the largest European producers and distributors of animated content, has announced a global licensing and merchandising agreement for the brand-new animated children’s series YooHoo & Friends, with Panini SpA, a global leader in the production and distribution of stickers and trading cards.
 
Panini has been awarded a worldwide license allowing it to create and market such items as stickers, trading cards and photocards in local languages using the YooHoo & Friends brand and characters. The products are expected to launch at retail in early 2018.
 
Yoohoo & Friends is a new series, launching in 2017, in which five cute friends help endangered animals. The show is based on the globally successful line of Aurora World YooHoo & Friends plush toys, more than 80 million of which have been sold since the worldwide launch of the line in 2007.
 
Valentina La Macchia, Director of Mondo’s Consumer Products Division, said: “Having Panini as a partner in the YooHoo & Friends licensing campaign is a major boost for the ongoing development of licensed property based on this exciting animated series co-produced by Mondo TV Suisse and Aurora World Corporation. YooHoo & Friends is not only a major project for the Mondo TV Group overall, but a potentially major revenue driver for Mondo TV Suisse as it moves beyond the production stage to licensing, merchandising and television rights for this delightful and engaging new children’s show.”

HBO Global Licensing, Vintage Wine Estates Partner for Game of Thrones Wine Collection

HBO Global Licensing and Vintage Wine Estates released a wine collection based on the HBO original series Game of Thrones.  

The line includes Chardonnay, Red Blend, and Cabernet Sauvignon made by Vintage Wine Estates and winemaker Bob Cabral. Cabral crafted more than 100 wines scoring 95 points or higher on the 100-point scale. Cabral’s collection was inspired by the sigils of the different houses.

House Lannister is represented with the golden Game of Thrones 2016 Chardonnay, Central Coast. The 2014 Red Blend, Paso Robles symbolizes the House Targaryen. The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley represents the House Stark.

The Chardonnay and Red Blend is available now, and the Cabernet Sauvignon will be available this month on gameofthroneswines.com. The wines will also be available in stores around the country next month.

Hit Preschool Show Clangers Lands on Netflix U.S.

International rights owner Coolabi Group today announces that the first series of hit preschool show Clangers will be available on Netflix U.S. from March 1, 2017.
 
American viewers will be able to stream the 26 x 22’ episodes of the stop-motion animation, which is narrated in the US by cultural icon William Shatner. The show premiered on Sprout in the US and on CBeebies in the UK.
 
The show follows Major, Mother, Small, Tiny and Granny Clanger, loveable pink, mouse-like creatures, who communicate in whistles and eat soup from their little blue planet’s soup wells. They are joined by their friends, the Iron Chicken, Soup Dragon, Sky Moos, the Eggbots and many more on a whole host of new adventures, making friends, solving problems and spreading kindness.

Jakks Pacific Debuts Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Toys and Role-Play Line

Jakks Pacific debuted its line of toys inspired by the upcoming live-action film Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The collection includes the Enchanted Rose Jewelry Box, Enchanted Objects Tea Set, Belle’s Ball Gown, Belle’s Dress Up Accessory Set, Ballroom Belle doll, and Baby Belle doll. 

My Hero Academia Is Back at VIZ Media Europe

VIZ Media Europe has acquired distribution rights to  My Hero Academia in Europe (excluding The UK and Nordics), The Middle East and Africa. Adapted from the eponymous manga series that was created by Kohei Horikoshi and published in France by Ki-oon, My Hero Academia takes place in a society where 80% of the population possesses superpowers (Known as ‘Alter’). Izuku Midoriya, a student at the Oridera Secondary School, has none. His powers have not emerged… and probably never will. Soon, he will be graduating to high school and, even without an Alter, he has decided to join the esteemed Yuei Academy where all the strongest superheroes are trained.

Cryptozoic, Cartoon Network Enterprises Add Digital Stickers and Trading Cards on Quidd App

Cryptozoic Entertainment and Cartoon Network Enterprises partnered to bring Cartoon Network and Adult Swim characters to Quidd, the iOS and Android app that lets fans collect digital stickers, cards, and toys featuring different characters. The app will include characters from Rick and Morty, Adventure Time, Steven Universe, The Powerpuff Girls, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, Courage The Cowardly Dog, Johnny Bravo, Dexter’s Laboratory, Cow and Chicken, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Ed, Edd, and Eddy, Clarence, and Uncle Grandpa.
 
Cryptozoic and Cartoon Network Enterprises previously worked together on different projects, including Adventure Time Trading Cards, Adventure Time Card Wars, Cartoon Network Crossover Crisis Deck-Building Game, and two games based on Rick and Morty.
 
The new set of digital stickers, trading cards, and animated elements are available now on the free downloadable Quidd app.

New Miffy App Launches

Dick Bruna’s iconic white bunny, Miffy, has a new app for iOS which offers a safe and fun way for parents with young children to share the delights of this classic storybook character.
 
Launching on 9th March, the ‘Miffy’s World’ app for iOS will be available to buy from the App Store, priced $3.99 / €3.99 / £3.99, and will soon be available from Google Play. The app has been created by StoryToys, a leading independent developer and publisher of children's apps, specialising in some of the world's best-loved children's characters. 
 
The app is based on the popular TV series Miffy’s Adventures: Big and Small, which airs on kids’ channels Tiny Pop UK, Nick Jr. in the US, ABC Kids in Australia and 20 other major broadcasters around the globe. Fans of the show will be able to immerse themselves in 'Miffy's World' and play along with their favourite bunny in everyday fun activities. From sharing moments in Miffy's day to helping her pick fruit from a tree or doing a spot of gardening, the app allows children to learn while having fun.

Roblox, Jazwares Partner for New Toy Line 

Roblox announced the closing of a $92 million investment, which will be put toward enhancing the platform’s infrastructure and recruiting talent. The new funding follows the company’s rebranding and an online to offline expansion with the first user-generated toy line from Jazwares.
 
The Roblox and Jazwares toy line will feature popular user-generated characters. The line is available at Toys “R” Us, additional retailers, and online at www.roblox.com and www.jazwares.com. The deal marks the beginning of an offline strategy that will bring Roblox to retail.

Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products Unveils New Properties at Australian Upfront Event 

Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products (NVCP) held its annual Australian upfront event at Studio 3 at Crown Melbourne recently, attracting hundreds of retailers, buyers and licensees from across Australia and New Zealand. During the presentation, NVCP executives shared insights into how its research, content pipeline and long-term, multi-year plans have powered the growth of Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., MTV and Viacom’s other brands and properties on TV, online, at retail and in recreation.
 
2016 highlights showcased at the event centred around key properties including PAW Patrol, Blaze and the Monster Machines, Shimmer & Shine, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, SpongeBob SquarePants and iconic youth brand MTV. 2017 is poised to be the company’s largest ever with the launch of new properties Rusty Rivets and Nella the Princess Knight and new offerings surrounding its library of existing and evergreen properties.
 
Senior Vice President and General Manager of Viacom International Media Networks Australia and New Zealand, Ben Richardson said, “In 2016 we worked hard to be everywhere our audiences were and this is only going to grow in 2017.” Richardson added, “As a fans first company, we are committed to creating content, consumer products, events and experiences that connect in exciting and meaningful ways. Our goal is for fans to watch it, play with it, wear it and share it with everyone they can.”

Gaumont Options Neal Shusterman’s The Star Shards Chronicles

Gaumont optioned the global rights to Neal Shusterman’s epic trilogy, The Star Shards Chronicles, for development as an animated series. The author of more than 30 award-winning books, Shusterman’s novels have been translated into more than 20 languages.
 
The trilogy, published by Simon & Schuster, features six ordinary kids conceived at the same instant that a star exploded light-years away, transforming their souls into living star fragments and causing them to receive extraordinary powers. As they struggle to discover the source of their supernatural afflictions, they learn that only by finding one another will they be strong enough to defeat the mysterious sources that are attacking them. Julian Stone will serve as an executive producer on the new animated project.

Pyramid America/Pyramid International Partners with Dream Big World and RJM Licensing

RJM Licensing, Inc. is proud to announce that Pyramid America/Pyramid International will be producing Juan de Lascurain’s Dream Big World brand products. Pyramid International has been a successful company and a “first choice for branded products” since 1992, selling wall-art, mugs, stationery, and other merchandise. Juan’s unique lifestyle brand, Dream Big World, will now be included in the Pyramid America/Pyramid International collection of licensed art and brands.

Andrew Lawrence of Pyramid America said, “We are very pleased and excited to be working with Juan de Lascurain and his amazing world of Dream Big. His artwork showcases the type of unique worldview we love partnering with. Pyramid cannot wait to showcase the color and beauty of this collection to the world.”

Hailing from Mexico City, graphic artist Juan de Lascurain spent seven years developing his art and Dream Big World. His images are centered on his fun loving and inspirational lifestyle brand Dream Big World. From graphics of exotic animals to urban scenery, his art is carefree yet self-aware, and it was created entirely on his iPhone! After selling his first notebook in 2011, Juan now has more than thirty licensed products around the world, and he has compiled more than eight thousand designs. His story and colorful portfolio can be seen at dreambigworld.com.

Nickelodeon’s Shimmer and Shine Set to Charm at Retail in South Africa

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, Nickelodeon Viacom Consumer Products and Character Licensing & Marketing (CLM) South Africa have revealed that an extensive consumer products rollout for Nickelodeon’s hit pre-school TV series Shimmer and Shine will begin in South Africa in June 2017.

Commented Dan Frugtniet, Vice President, Licensing & Business Development, Nickelodeon Viacom Consumer Products, “A host of early commitments from best-in-class licensees and top South African retailers is a testament to the huge strength and popularity of Shimmer and Shine, and very encouraging so early in the life of this new property.”

Spurred by the phenomenal initial response to Shimmer and Shine in the UK and the US, and the popularity of the TV series on Nick Jr. and SABC in South Africa, Mattel’s Fisher Price is leading the way with the master toy line for Shimmer and Shine, due to launch in key South African retailers in June 2017.  The products will be available at a wide range of toy outlets such as Toy Kingdom, Toys R Us, Hamleys, Toy Zone and Lilliput Toys, plus mass market retailers such as ShopRite Group, Africa’s largest retailer, and online retailer Takealot.com

Masha and the Bear Reels in Viewers on Big and Small Screens

Smash 3D animated family show Masha and the Bear continues to pull in viewers around the world, through both cinemas and TV broadcast.
 
Several cinematic distribution companies have snapped up Season 3 of the hit show prior to TV broadcast release and audiences across Europe have responded by flocking to screenings of the exclusive content. Pathé Live Kids in France and Sweden, Mountain Road in the Netherlands and Belgium, and Warner Bros. Entertainment in Italy have all distributed content to cinemas, leading to significant ticket sales.
 
On TV, spin-off show Masha’s Spooky Stories, which sees Masha - in her own inimitable style - showing how typical childhood fears are really nothing to worry about, is proving a big hit with broadcasters. Boomerang (Latin America) and Cartoonito (UK) both screened the series last year, whilst Netflix made it available across a host of worldwide territories, including the USA, Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Iberia and the Nordics.

CPLG and Tycoon Forge Strategic Alliance

Two of the world’s premier entertainment and brand licensing agencies, CPLG and Tycoon, have joined forces to create a global strategic alliance designed to leverage their respective strengths in their regional markets and maximize key brand opportunities across both agencies.
 
The alliance provides a ‘one-stop-shop’ licensing solution for brand owners and retailers looking to work with the best in class in licensing, covering all aspects of content, brand development, retail management, sourcing, branded promotions, and live events across a combined network of EMEA, North America and Latin America.
 
CPLG, owned by DHX Media, has been at the forefront of the licensing business for over 40 years and in recent years has expanded rapidly from its core European base into North America, Nordics, CEE, Greece, Turkey and MENA. Tycoon, a pioneer of licensing in Mexico for over 25 years, and over 15 years in Latin America, has become a leading licensing network in this vast region. Via offices in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru and Mexico, Tycoon provides licensees and brand owners a complete solution for the Lat Am region.
 
Peter Byrne, CPLG’s CEO, commented “Licensing is truly a global business and this collaboration with our trusted colleagues at Tycoon is not only a perfect fit but also a natural step in our development. We are like-minded, and have a similar pragmatic approach to the business, along with similar infrastructures and state-of-the-art systems. We look forward to the huge opportunities this can potentially bring.”

Wildbrain Signed to Manage Madballs YouTube Channel

American Greetings Entertainment (AGE), the intellectual property and outbound division of American Greetings, has enlisted DHX Media’s WildBrain to manage the Madballs YouTube channel, creating original content and growing the audience for the brand. Madballs, the original gross-out brand from the 80s, is back with a brand-new look for entertainment and toys, with collectable foam balls and blind bags on shelves now from Just Play.
 
WildBrain will launch the Madballs channel on March 1, 2017 with all-new animated shorts produced by Oddbot Studios, American Greetings and Just Play. Starring six core characters - Skull Face, Oculus, Screamin’ Meemie, Dust Brain, Horn Head and Slobulus - additional new content produced by WildBrain will also employ live action, stop motion and traditional animation. The YouTube channel and content coincide with a launch of new toys at all mass retailers via master toy partner Just Play. More than 30 new-to-the-world Madballs characters in various styles will be introduced throughout 2017 with the plan that these also become characters within future animated content.

Beast Quest Awarded ‘Best Book to Game’ at Inaugural Cameo Awards

Beast Quest’s international rights owner Coolabi Group and Orchard Books, part of the Hachette Children’s Group, received an award for Best Book to Game, for the Beast Quest mobile gaming app, co-produced by Coolabi and Miniclip, at the inaugural Creativity Across Media: Entertainment & Originality (CAMEO) Awards.
 
The game, which has achieved over 8.3 million global downloads since launch is available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. It is an open world role play game with character progression, which eventually takes the player through each of the worlds featured in the first book series.
 The Beast Quest books were launched in July 2007 by Orchard Books and have to date sold 16 million copies globally, with 11 million copies in the UK alone. This year, the company is celebrating ten years of Beast Quest publishing with a rolling schedule of events.
 
The brand and writing team worked together with the developer to devise new characters needed for the game. These characters will now also appear in the new series of books.

New Hires at One Animation

One Animation, the powerhouse studio behind award winning animated TV productions such as Oddbods and Insectibles, has announced two key hires recently as part of its continued focus on a global roll out of its licensed consumer products. 
 
Anabel Higgin joins as Marketing Director, and Pauline Hiu as VP Consumer Products, Asia.
Both will work as part of the growing strategic brand development team to support the studio as it enters the global roll-out phase of its successful licensing programme, and further development of its properties across a variety of online and offline platforms. 
 
“Oddbods is arguably our best known show and a global ratings success, but we’re also working on new material and formats for other existing shows like Insectibles, as well as new concepts,” explains Sashim Parmanand, CEO of One Animation.  
 
“All this is happening whilst we continue with the successful launch of our Oddbods toy range across Europe, alongside a broader range of consumer products – such as books and apparel – which will follow in the coming months.  We anticipate launching similar ranges in other regions around the world in the next 6 to 9 months, so you could say we are exceptionally busy at the moment!
 
“For this reason it is vital that we have the best people, such as Anabel and Pauline, in place to support and guide us with their knowledge and experience, as the business really accelerates through this period of development.”
 
Anabel and Pauline both have long and illustrious careers in this industry which will stand them in great stead to contribute towards One Animation’s continued success.
 
Pauline is a licensing and brand professional with 20 years experience in not only character and entertainment, but also lifestyle, fashion, sport and corporate brand licensing.  Prior to joining One Animation Pauline was formerly VP of Global Brands Group, a member of the Li & Fung Group, and before this Licensing Director at FCI,  Disney’s exclusive licensing partner in South East Asia,  where she was responsible for developing its consumer products business.
 
“My focus at One Animation will be to build and expand on licensing, retail, promotional and corporate partnerships,” explains Pauline.  “We’re looking to capitalize on the tremendous growth potential of our brand portfolio, expand into new platforms and build strategic partnerships.”   
 
“One Animation’s properties have enormous potential because of the loyalty and breadth of the fan base,” commented Anabel.  “We’re committed to fulfilling this potential and bringing these fans greater depth of content, expanding the number of consumer touchpoints and broadening the range of consumer products.”

EMPLOYMENT

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JOB POSTING

Job Description: Creative Artworker/Designer

Bright is a leading illustration agency, providing creative content for clients across Licensing and Publishing. In this role it is important to understand the needs of each agent and their creative division, supporting the London & New York offices and working with the part time US designer to coordinate design consistency and efficiency. Bright’s systems are currently under development, so there is scope to be a part of establishing brand design and guidelines for the new website and beyond. This is an opportunity to be part of a resourceful and forward thinking team, working across print and online to take ownership of and developing existing processes and instigating new design projects.
 
Key Responsibilities:

  • Plotting monthly activity and prioritising brief requests, managing deadlines, copy and image requirements
  • Carrying out fast-paced design briefs for both online and print marketing across our different creative departments
  • Developing ownership over all design related processes
  • Communicating effectively with colleagues for clear briefs and prompt delivery of artwork needs.
  • Designing and updating the main Agency, Licensing and Emporium homepage sliders; publications dates, workshop events, new artists, publication and trade show banner ads
  • Maintaining key collateral such as the artist and clients’ handbooks for digital pdf and print formats
  • Designing adverts and images for editorial and advertising features in industry publications
  • Designing and coordinating visuals for presentations for meetings, launches and other presentations that agents or marketing require
  • Coordinating design for trade shows including designing portfolio sheets for all agents and preparing and ordering design or branded collateral needed for trade shows
  • Establishing a strong relationship with printers and the knowledge of different types of processes and papers. Maintain existing relationships and develop new where needed.
 
Skills required:
 
  • Mac literate essential
  • Tech savvy, with an interest in the latest technology developments
  • Strong knowledge of design programs in the Adobe design suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator etc).
  • Applying a marketing understanding with the AIDA system with high quality performance and constantly developing design skills.
  • Demonstrate creativity, originality and flexibility, with good resilience during periods of high pressure
  • Ability to understand clients’ needs and find practical solutions
  • Good teamwork skills
  • Strong artistic sense with the ability to work to briefs and close attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task on many projects at one time with strong initiative
  • Confidence in presenting and explaining ideas
 
Bonus additional skill:
 
  • Experience or interest in UX and web design

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
Click on search all jobs and look for Req ID 406BR

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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