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HEADLINES AT A GLANCE
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NFLPA Launches Sports Activation Zone at Licensing Expo 2016

Albert René Partners with Bandai Namco for Asterix Game
 
Highlights for Children Launches Highlights Every Day Mobile Experience
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Endemol Appoints New VP of Brand and Licensing

The Original Smiley Brand, Dunkin’ Donuts Partner to Celebrate Global Donut Day
 
New App for Moomins
 

NFLPA Launches Sports Activation Zone at Licensing Expo 2016

Licensing Expo added Sports Activation Zone, presented by the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), to the show lineup this year.

This year, attendees can compete for prizes by going head-to-head with NFL players and professional athletes in interactive games. These include How Do You Stack Up for goal kicking and passer accuracy; Tailgate Time with games such as cornhole, ladder ball, Kan-Jam, and Spike-Ball; Be Part of Big Moments for photos that transport attendees to iconic game moments; and Get in the (Video) Game for a chance to compete in EA Madden NFL 16.

Licensing Expo will be held from June 21 to 23 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The Expo is the global meeting place for the licensing industry, showcasing more than 5,000 brands available for license. Registration for the Expo is available at licensingexpo.com/registerhere.

Albert René Partners with Bandai Namco for Asterix Game

Albert René Editions report that the online game Asterix and Friends has been a major success story with over 2 million players registered since its launch!

Drawing on this success, Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe has decided to manage the game from March 2016. The game was developed by Sproing and is currently accessible by through a browser in French, English, German and Spanish.
 
Commenting, Baptiste Cazaux Head of Licensing at Albert René Editions said, “We are very proud to announce this partnership with Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe for our  Asterix and Friends which has already been very successful on Facebook. It’s very important for us to have a market leading company to help us to continue the development of this fantastic game.”
 
 “We are tremendously happy to be collaborating with Les Editions Albert René on the successful Asterix and Friends game. This move strengthens our portfolio of western licenses which, alongside our core IPs coming from the east, will allow us to truly provide more fun for everyone!” said Tatsuya Kubota, Head at Mobile & Web Gaming at Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe.

Highlights for Children Launches Highlights Every Day Mobile Experience

Highlights for Children launched the Highlights Every Day mobile experience that offers kids quality screen time. Created in partnership with Fingerprint, Highlights Every Day features classic Highlights “Fun with a Purpose,” including interactive videos and quizzes, fiction and non-fiction, and the Hidden Pictures puzzle.  
 
Kids will be sent a wrapped gift everyday, which will release up to five new pieces of content when clicked. Kids can personalize their experience by saving their favorites.
 
Highlights Every Day is available on iTunes and Android with a seven-day free trial.

Endemol Appoints New VP of Brand and Licensing

Endemol Shine North America has named Tamaya Petteway, Senior Vice President of its newly formed Brand and Licensing Partnerships Division and Kelly C. Hill has joined the company as Vice President, Licensing Partnerships, it was announced recently by Vivi Zigler, ESNA’s President of Digital, Brand & Audience Development. 
 
Petteway originally joined Endemol Shine North America in June 2015 as SVP, Brand Integrations and Partnerships. Hill, who will report to Petteway, joins ESNA from the National Hockey League, where she oversaw licensee product development.  
 
“Combining the franchise management and brand operations under Tamaya’s guidance in this newly formed division provides our partners with expanded creative resources across a multi-talented group,” said Zigler. “Since joining Endemol Shine North America, she has proven herself a strong leader and a creative collaborator to our commercial partners.”
 
During her time at ESNA, Petteway has launched brand partnerships with Olive Garden and MasterChef Junior, opened the new Biggest Loser Resort in Palm Springs, expanded partnerships with Metro PCS and Pitbull’s New Years’ Revolution and more.
 
Prior to joining ESNA, Petteway served as VP, Partnership Marketing and Development at Universal Music Group. From 2006-2014 she was with CORE Media’s 19 Entertainment, most recently as Vice President, Brand Partnerships, where she oversaw development, production and the execution of branded partnerships, marketing integrations and sponsorships across 19 Entertainment’s properties.
 
As VP of Licensing, Hill will be responsible for the development of creative licensing partnerships and live events while overseeing product development around the company’s non-scripted, scripted and digital series including MasterChef, MasterChef Junior, The Biggest Loser, Kingdom, Deal or No Deal, Steve Harvey, as well as Endemol Shine digital properties including Endemol Shine Beyond USA’s Icon and Smasher networks.

The Original Smiley Brand, Dunkin’ Donuts Partner to Celebrate Global Donut Day

Dunkin’ Brands signed The Original Smiley Brand to be the face of Dunkin’ Donuts’ Global Donut Day promotion. Scheduled annually on the first Friday in June, Dunkin’ Donuts will take the promotion global this year, bringing it to more than 3,300 restaurants in more than 40 countries, with Smiley helping to bring the happiness of eating a donut to the world.
 
Dunkin’ Donuts crewmembers will wear Smiley-branded merchandise, and all of the brand’s digital and social media campaigns around this promotion will also feature Smiley.

New App for Moomins

Moomin Characters are the subject of a new Moomin emoji app, which launched this month.
 
The app is unique in that it uses original artwork from Tove Jansson's critically acclaimed Moomin books, and features all of the most popular characters. Moomins are popular in the UK, with a new 52-episode animation just announced with Endemol Shine.
 
Compatible with most messaging apps, including Whatsapp and Link, the Moomiji app offers 24 different Moomin stickers based on original artwork from Moomin creator Tove Jansson.
 
Taking inspiration from Jansson’s critically acclaimed stories but combining them with internet culture, Moomin leading lady Snorkmaiden becomes the new ‘sassy girl’ in her stylish black bikini, for example, and mischievous Little My Laughs Out Loud – probably at the expense of one of her Moominvalley friends. There’s even a Moomiji for ‘facepalm’ as Moominmamma, dressed in her signature red and white apron, holds a hand over her eyes.
 
Other characters to feature in the app include Moomin, Moominpappa, Snufkin, Sniff, the Mymble’s Daughter, Stinky and the Groke, representing emotions ranging from innocence and amazement to boredom and fear.
 
Sophia Jansson, niece of Tove Jansson and creative director of Moomin Characters, said: “Tove’s stories tackle big subjects like love, tolerance, family and adventure, so her original drawings provide all the raw materials needed to express a diverse range of emotions. What says happiness more than Moomin dancing in a field of yellow flowers? And who personifies flirtation more than the wide-eyed Mymble’s daughter?
 
“We’re hoping that existing Moomin fans are excited to ‘say it with Moomin’, but also that the emojis will be the perfect introduction to Moomin for the next generation – particularly with a new 52-episode animation just announced.”

Magformers Partners for New Magnetic TMNT Building Set

Magformers partnered with Nickelodeon to create Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—Half-Shell Heroes, a line of magnetic building kits for preschoolers. The product line will hit shelves in mid-May.
 
With the Half-Shell Heroes sets, preschoolers can use Magformers squares and triangles to build Turtle Towers by matching the characters to their colors or interchanging them to tell their own story. Once complete, the Neodymium Rare-Earth magnets will stick together, forming 3-D structures from a 2-D design.
 
The product line will feature Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo in three sets at varying price points: 18 pieces with four turtle cards; 38 pieces with eight turtle cards; and 60 pieces with 12 turtle cards.

Appointments at 9 Story Media Group

9 Story Media Group has announced the appointment of Blake Tohana as Chief Financial Officer. Tohana will report to President and CEO Vince Commisso, and lead overall financial reporting, corporate development, and risk management.
An accomplished finance executive, Tohana most recently served as CFO at Tricon Films & Television. Prior to his role at Tricon, Tohana held the position of Executive Vice-President and CFO of Magna Entertainment Corp. (MEC), North America's largest horse racing company with media operations that included a U.S. television network and Internet wagering business. MEC was publicly traded on the TSX and NASDAQ with 5,000 employees and $1.1 billion in total assets.
 
“I am thrilled to welcome Blake to the 9 Story team,” said Vince Commisso. “His appointment fortifies our recent expansion and helps pave the way for future growth.  Blake’s experience leading media and entertainment companies both large and small will be invaluable for our plans going forward.”
 
The company also announced changes to the management structure following its acquisition of Brown Bag Films. Steve Jarosz assumes an EVP role, responsible for production financing and compliance. Cathal Gaffney remains at the helm of Brown Bag Films and becomes Chief Operating Officer for 9 Story Media Group, overseeing production, technology and HR. Natalie Osborne becomes Chief Strategy Officer, leading the efforts on distribution, consumer products, acquisitions, marketing and business development while Natalie Dumoulin, VP Creative Affairs, will oversee a unified development team. 
 
“We are now a team of 500, with locations in four different countries,” said Vince Commisso. “The changes to our management structure are an important step towards integration, designed to help us seize opportunities and achieve our strategic vision.”

Angry Birds Franchise Enters Multiple Licensing Agreements in Italy

Maurizio Distefano Licensing, the licensing agent for the Angry Birds brand in Italy and Switzerland, entered four partnerships in the publishing, games and puzzles, party, and confectionery categories in Italy. The Angry Birds Movie will open in theaters in June in Italy.
 
BBS will launch an Angry Birds-themed party collection. Fratelli Fabbri Editori will publish a book series, including game books, stickers books, and puzzle books. Ravensburger will design new puzzles and games, including 60- to 500-piece puzzles and 3-D puzzles. Walcor will design products illustrated with images of the Angry Birds, including chocolate coins, Easter eggs, little eggs, Epiphany, and Christmas decorations.

Silvergate Signs Deal with Netflix

Silvergate Media has agreed a new three year, multi-territory deal with Netflix for seasons one, two and three of Octonauts, its undersea preschool adventure property. The deal builds on an already highly successful partnership between Netflix and Silvergate, as Netflix is currently the exclusive SVOD partner for Octonauts in the US.
 
Following the deal, Octonauts will additionally be available on Netflix in France, Latin America (Spanish) and Canada (English and French). The number of series under license varies in each territory.
 
Ron Allen, SVP Commercial, Silvergate said, “Netflix have been fantastic SVOD partners for Octonauts in the US, and as they grow in these key territories, we’re excited that Octonauts will join their preschool slate.”
 
Now in its fourth season Octonauts is aired in over 100 countries across the world, including on Disney Channel  in the US, ABC in Australia, TF1 in France and Super RTL in Germany. Octonauts is also broadcast on China Central TV.

Sesame Street, Baghch-e-Simsim Debut First Afghan Muppet

Sesame Workshop unveiled its first Afghan Muppet, Zari, a 6-year-old inquisitive girl ready to make her debut in the fifth season of Baghch-e-Simsim, the co-production of Sesame Street in Afghanistan.

Zari will feature in new, locally produced segments that focus on curriculum topics such as girls’ empowerment, national identity, physical health, and social and emotional wellbeing. Season five of Baghch-e-Simsim (Sesame Garden) can be seen on Tolo TV on Thursday and Friday at 4:00 p.m., and Lemar TV on Thursday and Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Zari, which translates as “shimmering,” will feature in three formats: speaking directly to viewers, interacting with kids in person, and interviewing different Afghan professionals.

Segments from other Sesame Street co-productions, adapted and dubbed into Dari and Pashto, will continue to introduce children to Muppet friends from the series in Egypt, Bangladesh, Mexico, and Russia.

RJM Renews License for Helium Balloons

RJM Licensing, agent for NorthSouth Books, publisher of The Rainbow Fish book series is pleased to announce that The Parade Company has renewed their deal for helium parade balloons.  The Rainbow Fish will continue to appear in America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van which is one of the country’s largest and most spectacular Parades in the United States! Every November something magical happens on Detroit’s historical Woodward Avenue, a holiday tradition that dates back to 1924. Since then, 89 celebrations of sparkles and magic have captured the imaginations of millions of children and their families.
 
Tony Michaels, President and CEO of The Parade Company said, “The Parade Company is pleased to have a renewed relationship with RJM Licensing. Rainbow Fish will again soar in America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van. Together we will bring miles of smiles to Detroit and across the U.S.”
 
To date, The Rainbow Fish book series, which was originally published in 1992, has sold over 30 million copies with an upcoming 25th anniversary in 2017.  The Rainbow Fish series, which is ideal for licensed product for the infant to age 6 demographic, was the first book to use holographic foil which
makes Rainbow Fish shimmer and mirrors his movement.  Equally important to the stories are Rainbow Fish’s friends such as The Little Blue Fish, The Wise Octopus, and the Big Blue Whale which are featured along with gentle, timeless messages about sharing, friendship, accepting others, and facing one’s fears.  To celebrate the 25th anniversary, a new Rainbow Fish book will be published, a costume character will visit many venues and several promotions will be announced.

Appointment at Total Licensing

Total Licensing is delighted to announce the appointment of Jeremy Smith to its team. 

Joining the company as Sales Executive, Jeremy will play a key role in growing new business, working with existing clients and becoming an integral part of the licensing industry.

Jeremy has enjoyed a number of successful and interesting client-facing roles, with previous experience including Lloyds of London, and he has travelled extensively for business over the years.

He comments: “I’m delighted to join Total Licensing, and am really looking forward to working in this fascinating and diverse industry, not only across different properties and cultures but getting to know people and growing Total Licensing’s already very successful publishing business.”

Co-Publishers Francesca Ash and Jerry Wooldridge commented, “We are really pleased to welcome Jeremy into our team. Given his extensive experience, his forward-thinking attitude, and his sense of humour, he will be a real asset to the licensing industry as a whole!”

Last Chance to Book for B&LLAs

Last chance to book your seat at the B&LLAs - the Brand and Lifestyle Licensing Awards which will take place on April 20th at London’s Dorchester Hotel.
Created and organised by Max Publishing, the awards mark the first time that the brand and brand extension sector have been recognised in their own right. The event promises to be a lavish afternoon ceremony.
 
A very few tickets are still available - contact Clare Davies of Createvents on clare@createvents.co.uk or call +44 (0) 118 334 0085.

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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

Licensing Coordinator
 
Company info: Leading accessories manufacturer with strong market placement in licensed, branded, and private label merchandise is currently seeking support in the licensed product department.
 
Job Description:  Submit product approvals to licensors using online modules and/or email communication, Support the licensing team with daily licensor requests as needed, Complete sell in grids and sell through reports
 
Requirements/Skills needed: 0-2 years experience, Bachelor’s degree preferred, Mac experience, including knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, Strong organizational and communication skills, both written and verbal, Attention to detail and follow-up, Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with a sense of urgency, Team player who is eager to learn and support a strong and growing business 
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Work Environment: This is a very fast-paced, team-orientated business casual environment. 
 
Contact: Please send resume to Jodi Colburn at jodic@berkshireinc.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.

 

JOB POSTING

Designer 
Berkshire is looking for a NY-based designer.
 
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.
 
Work Environment: This is a very fast-paced, team-orientated business casual environment. 
 
Contact: Please send resume to Jodi Colburn at jodic@berkshireinc.com.
 

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