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HEADLINES AT A GLANCE
eOne’s Peppa Pig Theater Debut a Success in the UK and Australia
 
Miral Reveals First-Glimpse of Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi Themed Worlds on Yas Island
 
MGA Entertainment Unwraps Global Licensing Program for L.O.L. Surprise! Line
 
ZenWorks and Brandog appointed as Japan Sales Agent for Victoria and Albert Museum Licensing
 
Genius Brands Appoints Broadcast Partner for Rainbow Rangers Preschool Series
    ProSiebenSat.1 Licensing Adds Maggie & Bianca Fashion Friends to Its Portfolio
 
Shout! Factory, UYoung Enter Series Distribution Deal for Home Entertainment
 
Global to Get #Leanin15 with Joe Wicks
 
Vandor Celebrates 60th Anniversary with New Licensed Products
 
A Silent Voice Animated Movie in Competition at Annecy
 

eOne’s Peppa Pig Theater Debut a Success in the UK and Australia

Peppa Pig My First Cinema Experience: Peppa’s Australian Holiday marked the theatrical debut for Peppa Pig in Australia, where the release hit 241 screens across the country and debuted at no. 6 in the overall box office chart. Since it opened last month, the release has earned box office receipts of AUS $2.16 million.
 
The Peppa Pig My First Cinema Experience also premiered on April 7 in the UK screening in more than 500 cinemas nationwide. It has generated box office sales of just over £3 million since opening and ranking in the overall top 5 box office releases in the UD during its opening week.
 
In both countries, the release was supported by marketing and PR campaigns including a celebrity pink carpet premiere and partnerships with Tourism Australia and Australian airline Qantas, which hosted costume character meet and greets at Sydney and Melbourne airports. In the UK, brand partners included Visit London and Northern Rail. In addition, retail activity during opening weekend included a London-themed tea party at Foyles bookshop and costume character appearances at Bluewater and Gunwharf Quays shopping centers.
 
Licensees including Ty, Penguin, Trademark, Underground Toys, Redan, and Portmeirion produced licensed merchandise that tied in with the theatrical release in the UK. In Australia, a product range that features toys, books, and apparel launched exclusively at Big W in Australia and included in-store with cross category POS (point of sale), video screens, radio, and digital marketing.
 
Peppa Pig My First Cinema Experience offers fans nine new Peppa Pig episodes connected with interactive entertainment, featuring live action Peppa and George characters and their friend Daisy singing and dancing along to favorite nursery rhymes.

Miral Reveals First-Glimpse of Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi Themed Worlds on Yas Island

Miral, Abu Dhabi’s leading creator of destinations, announced today that Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi will feature six immersive worlds: Metropolis and Gotham City, inspired by the universe of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains; Cartoon Junction, Bedrock, and Dynamite Gulch, themed after iconic animated brands such as Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera; and Warner Bros. Plaza, reminiscent of old Hollywood, where these seminal characters and stories were originally brought to life.
 
Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, which is located on Yas Island and set to open in 2018, will be a one-of-a-kind, world-class destination home to state-of-the-art thrill rides, interactive family friendly attractions, and unique live entertainment. From the action and adventure of DC to the wacky and wonderful world of Looney Tunes, this immersive and interactive new indoor experience brings some of the world’s most popular stories and characters under one roof.

MGA Entertainment Unwraps Global Licensing Program for L.O.L. Surprise! Line 

MGA Entertainment Inc. (MGAE) will unwrap details for the new global licensing program for the L.O.L. Surprise! doll line at this year’s Licensing Expo. The line of licensed toys is slated to hit retail next year.
 
MGAE’s licensing program will feature a comprehensive traditional and digital marketing strategy including advertising, public relations, and influencer campaigns, national promotional partnerships, and retail promotions.
 
The L.O.L. Surprise! line combine dolls with fashionable accessories and the excitement of surprise. Expected to reach retail next year, the global licensing campaign will consist of four phases: the first phase will target apparel, sleepwear, and accessories; the second phase will focus on health and beauty, gift and novelty, stationery and party goods, and crafts and activities; the third phase will cover publishing, back-to-school, game and electronics, and home décor; and the fourth phase will include food and beverage, seasonal, and sporting goods.

ZenWorks and Brandog appointed as Japan Sales Agent for Victoria and Albert Museum Licensing

V&A Enterprises Limited has appointed Japan licensing specialists, ZenWorks Co., Ltd. and Brandog Co., Ltd, as its exclusive sales agents to develop new licensing opportunities for the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in Japan. ZenWorks and Brandog will showcase the world's leading museum of art, design and performance to potential licensees at the upcoming Licensing Expo Japan in Tokyo (26 to 28 April) at ZenWork’s booth C-40.
 
The V&A has had a long and active presence in Japan.  As well as touring exhibitions such as the recent David Bowie is exhibition in Tokyo, the V&A also has a long-established and successful licensing programme in Japan that includes licensees Arakawa (nightwear and lingerie), East (museum retail and exhibition ranges), Itochu (LeSportsac bags), Kuwayama (jewellery), Nikko (ceramics), Romance Kosugi (Bed linens), Salonge (aprons and home textiles) and Sony Music Communications (David Bowie is exhibition goods).
 
Roger Berman, president of ZenWorks commented, “It’s indeed an honour to be appointed as licensing sales agent for the V&A and we look forward to developing exciting new opportunities that build on an already successful licensing program in Japan.”

Genius Brands Appoints Broadcast Partner for Rainbow Rangers Preschool Series

Genius Brands International Inc. licensed exclusive broadcast rights for season one of Rainbow Rangers to Nickelodeon in the U.S. and the Caribbean. Currently in development, the mission-based action-adventure series is expected to air on Nickelodeon’s preschool channel, Nick Jr. The deal follows the recent announcement of Fisher-Price as global master toy partner for the brand.
  
The new animated series has received interest from broadcast and licensing partners since its debut at MIPJunior in Cannes last year. Fisher-Price will lead the licensing and merchandising program with a broad range of preschool products in the toy category. Genius Brands is developing its global merchandising, licensing, and retail program across all key categories to coincide with the series launch.
 
Rainbow Rangers is an empowering, exciting, behind-the-curtain peek at the real lives of superheroes—Earth's First Responders. The series blends fantasy and action-adventure with relatable stories about friendship and saving the environment. The Rainbow Rangers is made up of seven girls that are each a different color of the rainbow and possess their own unique personality and powers. They band together to save the day whenever there's trouble for the people, animals, or natural wonders of the Earth.
 
The CGI-animated series features strong team of creators from the animated motion picture world, including Rob Minkoff (Disney’s The Lion King), Shane Morris (Disney’s Frozen), Tim Mansfield, and New York Times bestselling author and Emmy-nominated writer Elise Allen (Dinosaur Train, Lion Guard, Barbie specials), who serves as head writer and co-creator. Genius Brands’ chairman and CEO Andy Heyward serves as executive producer, with Disney alum Ruben Aquino creating key designs.

ProSiebenSat.1 Licensing Adds Maggie & Bianca Fashion Friends to Its Portfolio

ProSiebenSat.1 Licensing has added another internationally successful licensed show for the core target group of children aged 8 to 12 - Rainbow’s new series “Maggie & Bianca Fashion Friends”. The license agreement between the ProSiebenSat.1 Group’s licensing company and Rainbow S.r.L covers the German-speaking region.
 
Maggie & Bianca Fashion Friends is a live action drama/comedy that has been broadcast daily on Rai Gulp, an Italian TV channel for children, since August 29, 2016. The second season has been broadcast since January, with excellent ratings and up to 305,000 viewers. In Germany, broadcasting will start on the Disney Channel in June 2017. Two seasons with 26 30-minute episodes each are already available and the third season is currently in production. Maggie & Bianca Fashion Friends also has its own YouTube channel and Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts, whilst the German website will launch shortly before the show’s TV debut.

Shout! Factory, UYoung Enter Series Distribution Deal for Home Entertainment

Shout! Factory and UYoung partnered to bring preschool series P. King Duckling to the home entertainment marketplace in North America. This multi-year alliance provides Shout! Factory with exclusive home-entertainment distribution rights (DVD and EST) in the U.S. and Canada for all 26 half-hour episodes of the first season of P. King Duckling.
 
Shout! Factory will plan a strategic rollout of the series beginning in September through Shout’s kids and family imprint, Shout! Factory Kids. Broadcasted in the U.S. on Disney Junior, the new preschool comedy series has a learning-focused curriculum that centers on overcoming challenges and inspiring creative thinking.
  
The deal was negotiated by Vanessa Flanders for Shout! Factory, and Elie Dekel of Dekel Brands for UYoung.

Global to Get #Leanin15 with Joe Wicks

Global Merchandising Services and Nutrition & fitness expert, Joe Wicks, have partnered to expand The Body Coach brand across licensing and merchandising. Global Merchandising Services are the exclusive worldwide agent for The Body Coach and will be focusing on building the Joe Wicks program into various categories such as active-wear, homewares, gifting, food/FMCG and sporting goods; as well as launching an exclusive range of The Body Coach fitness-wear online.

Vandor Celebrates 60th Anniversary with New Licensed Products

This year, Vandor LLC celebrates its 60th anniversary with promotions and customer appreciation campaigns for its retail partners.
 
Vandor was founded in 1957 by Ted Van Dorn, and originally offered a collection of products that promoted nostalgia through the use of pop culture icons. The licenses included Betty Boop, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, I Love Lucy, and more.
 
Vandor evolved to focus not only on its collectible offerings, but also on licensed products that are fun and functional. An emphasis was placed on products that are unique in shape and purpose—sculpted cookie jars, shaped mugs, embossed tin totes.
 
All of Vandor’s new products will be on display at major gift markets and industry shows throughout the year. Consumers can find Vandor’s licensed products in retail stores throughout the U.S. and Canada, and online at Amazon.com.

A Silent Voice Animated Movie in Competition at Annecy

VIZ Media Europe, the European leader in managing rights for Japanese animated movies, is proud to announce that the animated movie A Silent Voice has been selected in the of cial competition at the Annecy international Animation Film Festival (June 12 to 17).

Adapted from the eponymous manga series created by Yoshitoki Oima, A Silent Voice is a powerful and captivating full-length feature lm that nely encompasses sensitive topics such as school bullying and disability.

JRL Group Inc. Secures First Billy Goat Tavern Licensee

JRL Group Inc. signed Devanco Foods as the first licensing partner for the Billy Goat Tavern brand. Devanco Foods developed a line of frozen burgers including the Curse Breaker and the Billy Goat. This new line of Billy Goat burgers is now available at Jewel-Osco grocery stores.
 
Additionally, JRL Group will bring the Billy Goat brand experience to other food products and categories, including beverages, housewares, publishing, gifts, apparel, and accessories.

CPLG Brings Peanuts to Zara

Peanuts fashion and accessories collection for kids and women is available to buy at Zara stores worldwide, in a deal brokered by CPLG’S Spanish office on behalf of Peanuts Worldwide LLC.

The 10-piece collection for girls aged 4 to 14 years includes denim dungarees, t-shirts, a dress and sweatshirt, as well as plimsols, a backpack, and an on-trend khaki parka all featuring the iconic Snoopy and Woodstock characters.  

For the older fans, an ankle length khaki jumpsuit and an oversized shirt are both available in women’s sizes small, medium and large.

Blue Apron, MasterChef Junior Partner for Mystery Box Challenge

Blue Apron partnered with MasterChef Junior to develop a Mystery Box Challenge that aired last week on FOX. 
 
During the episode, each young cook opened his or her Mystery Box to reveal a Blue Apron Family Plan box with a choice of two proteins and an assortment of farm-sourced winter vegetables. Contestants were given 45 minutes to curate a dinner recipe that the whole family could enjoy using the Blue Apron ingredients and items from the MasterChef Junior pantry.
 
The winner, Justise from Sugar Hill, Georgia, received a competitive advantage in the next cooking challenge and will have her winning recipe featured on an upcoming Blue Apron Family Plan menu. All eight contestants also received one year of Blue Apron meals.

The Toy Association Launches Major Rebrand

The Toy Association, formerly known as the Toy Industry Association, launched a major rebrand with a new mission statement and new name.
The organization’s new tagline, “Inspiring Generations of Play,” and its new mission statement to be “a unifying force for members’ creativity, responsibility, and global success, advocating for their needs and championing the benefits of play,” underscores more than 100 years of the Association’s service.

The Toy Association ended 2016 with 1,098 member companies that design, produce, license, and deliver toys and youth entertainment products for kids of all ages. The organization’s member-focused programs, products, trade shows, and consumer events promote international business growth for all members.

The Association has also expanded its core services and embarked on new ventures, including Play Fair, a large-scale kid and family business-to-consumer event and ShopToys365.com, a business-to-business digital marketplace for toy retailers and suppliers.

The North American International Toy Fair continues to sell out space and has attendees from more than 100 countries, while Fall Toy Preview remains committed to serving the long-lead planning needs of mass and high-volume specialty retailers. The Toy Association helps companies tackle business challenges, from rapidly changing global economic and population trends and intellectual property protection, to new chemical regulations and an empowered consumer base of millennial parents with nontraditional shopping habits.

The Association collaborates closely with international toy associations, foreign governments, and national standards bodies to advance toy safety and align global standards. The organization sustains the Canadian Toy Association; acts as secretariat for both the International Council of Toy Industries and the International Toy Industry CEO Roundtable; and chairs the committee that reviews and revises America’s ASTM F963 toy safety standard—one of the most respected and strictest toy safety standards in the world.

The Toy Association will soon re-launch its digital presence with a new mobile-first website and opens for business today in its brand-new Manhattan headquarters to reflect the energy, creativity, and excitement of the toy and play community.

Diagonal View to Manage AGE’s Buddy Thunderstruck YouTube Channel

American Greetings Entertainment (AGE) partnered with Diagonal View, a leading producer of social content owned by Sky UK Limited, to manage the Buddy Thunderstruck YouTube channel.
 
Buddy Thunderstruck premiered last month as a Netflix Original Series, and features stop-motion animation from Stoopid Buddy Stoodios. The official YouTube channel will showcase compilations of quotable clips from the show, such as fan-favorites “Fart Nugget!” and “Blame it on the Thunder!,” as well as original music videos, including “So Pumped” and “Super Cute Boy.” The channel launched following the Netflix premiere, and features highlights from the 12-episode first season.
 
The content will be produced by Diagonal View in partnership with kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE through their joint venture Popcorn Digital. The YouTube channel will grow the digital brand presence of the show, offering audiences access to new and exclusive content.

kathy ireland Worldwide partners with Berkshire Hathaway's Larson-Juhl and The Buffalo Works to Launch New Line in 2017

kathy ireland® Worldwide has inked an agreement to design a wide-ranging collection of branded art and wall décor for the home with Larson-Juhl and The Buffalo Works. The Buffalo Works will work with kiWW® to curate, develop and market the art program, partnering with Larson-Juhl as the exclusive supplier for the branded program.
 
Larson-Juhl CEO Drew Van Pelt says, "We are honored to partner with kathy ireland® Worldwide and bring Kathy's new line of art and wall décor products to life. Larson-Juhl's history of fine craftsmanship and dedication to innovative design pair well with the classic, trend-forward style the kathy ireland® Home brand represents. We look forward to bringing these tasteful, distinctive artworks to market for the kathy ireland® Home client."

The Smiley Co. Names Walton Brown Exclusive Licensing Agent for Greater China 

Walton Brown was appointed as the exclusive licensing agent for Smiley Co. in Greater China. Walton Brown is a part of The Lane Crawford Joyce Group, Asia’s premier fashion and brand management group, which includes Lane Crawford, Joyce, Pedder Group, ImagineX, and full-service retail and brand management business Walton Brown. 
 
Under this new partnership, Walton Brown will identify and secure new license deals and brand collaborations, and help structure distribution strategies of existing Smiley licensees in the region. This partnership will create many opportunities for Smiley, including the MyMM app, a Chinese social mobile commerce platform that connects customers, brands, and curators.
 
This new deal represents an opportunities for the Smiley brand in category and market expansion, allowing the company to further develop as a complete lifestyle brand across territories.

Universal Launches UK Retail Activations for Fast & Furious

Universal Brand Development supports the Fast & Furious consumer products programme through a series of fan events and activations at UK retailers.
 
Coinciding with the theatrical release of The Fate of the Furious, the eighth chapter in the Fast & Furious saga and the biggest global movie opening of all time grossing an incredible $532m, visitors to Toys “R” Us in Leeds, Peterborough, Oldbury and Ipswich were invited into Dom Toretto’s Garage, a unique experiential store-in-store concept where they were able to create their own high-octane Fast & Furious- inspired action scenes using global master toy licensee Mattel’s Fast & Furious Filmmaker App. 
 
The app allows younger fans of the franchise to climb into the director’s chair and record their own Fast & Furious clips using Mattel’s Fast & Furious Street Scenes play sets and die-cast vehicles.  It comes with everything needed to recreate the magic of the big screen including the ability to add cool special FX, sound effects and even original music backtracks ensuring a complete immersive brand experience.

Media I.M. Appoints Evolution as Brand Manager for Sunny Bunnies in the U.S.

Media I.M. Inc. Ltd appointed Evolution to represent the North American licensing, merchandising, and promotions rights for its Belarus-originated animated series Sunny Bunnies. The series has also been licensed to key broadcasters globally.
 
Disney Junior and Disney Channel have both licensed the Sunny Bunnies series in the U.S., and the first season of Sunny Bunnies has already launched on both channels in the U.S. and other regions around the world.
 
Through the agreement, Evolution will expand the content into a range of licensed products for kids, including apparel, accessories, publishing, toys, plush, home, stationery, food, and health and beauty. The agency will also handle promotions and marketing alliances in region. Sunny Bunnies will premiere at Licensing Expo in Las Vegas from May 23 to 25.
 
The Sunny Bunnies are five beaming balls that can appear anywhere there is a source of light. In each episode, the cheeky creatures bring their fun and games to a different location embarking on mischievous adventures and spreading laughter and happiness.

Da Hamstas Are Coming to the USA

Happy Ink is proud to announce a special collaboration with Brad Bushell to bring one of the most rapidly rising new properties, Hamsta, into North America.
 
Da Hamstas are a group of funny furballs with big mouths and even bigger personalities. These quirky characters are currently gaining in popularity and recognition by leaps and bounds via social media.
 
Brad Bushell is a familiar face in the Licensing arena.  He is the former Senior Vice President at United Media, then home to Peanuts and many other successful brands. He also served as a Vice President, International Licensing at Paws, Inc., the owner of the Garfield comic character property, where he led an International network of agents. His consultancy company has well known clients such as Animagic Entertainment, John Hart Studios and Manchester Sky, managing video, licensing and merchandizing programs around the world.

Licensing University 2017 to Tackle Topics for Success in the Ever-Changing Marketplace

The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) assembled Licensing University sessions on topics to help licensing professionals capitalize on today’s newest business prospects.
 
Licensing University will take place May 22 to the 25 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The program is part of Licensing Week, held alongside Licensing Expo, which begins on May 23.
 
Chief Commercial Officer of sports-licensing company Fanatics Inc, Cole Gahagan will deliver the keynote address, Licensing in the On-Demand Economy. Gahagan will look at the company’s strategies and how it views the road ahead. The keynote session is from 8 to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 23.
 
In addition, Licensing University will feature other hot topic sessions including Growth Markets—India, China, and Brazil; Planning and Executing Your Social Media Strategy;
Eight Key Steps in Extending a Brand; Basics of Sports Licensing; The Changing Landscape of Digital Entertainment; Capsules, Collaborations, and Limited Editions: Opportunities and Pitfalls; and Studies in Food and Beverage Branding.
 
Additional information on each session is available here. For an up-to-date schedule, or to register for the full slate of Licensing University sessions, visit licensingexpo.com.

Lawless Entertainment Named Worldwide Representative for Periwinkle’s Journey

Lawless Entertainment ihas announced their appointment as worldwide representatives for licensing and merchandising for Periwinkle’s Journey, the story of a little blue penguin, a children’s property co-created by Judy Petersen-Fleming and Suzy Spafford of Suzy’s Zoo. Lawless will also seek co-production financing for the property.

Periwinkle’s Journey was written by Judy Petersen-Fleming (social entrepreneur with 25+ years experience developing attractions), Suzy Spafford (creator of Suzy’s Zoo), and published by Blue Sneaker Press. 

In the Night Garden Teams up with Royal Horticultural Society to Celebrate Ten Years of Magical Journeys

Igglepiggle and Upsy Daisy from hit CBeebies show In the Night Garden will be picking up their trowels and slipping on their gardening gloves this summer for a host of green-fingered activity at Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) gardens, to mark the 10th anniversary of the brand.
 
Celebrating ‘Ten Years of Magical Journeys,” the activities will run from 1st May until the end of June, and will consist of magical paper trails at all four RHS gardens throughout England. Children will be able to skip around the garden with Igglepiggle’s friends in fun imaginative play. There will also be an augmented reality app available for download, which will allow children to see the In the Night Garden characters come to life along the way.

IM Global Television Partners with MarVista Entertainment for Series Re-Invention of King Kong

MarVista Entertainment, an independent studio that produces, acquires and distributes premium film and television content, has partnered with IM Global Television, a joint venture between IM Global, Chinese digital giant Tencent and Tang Media Partners, to develop, co-produce, and co-finance the tale of King Kong for series television.
 
Based on DeVito ArtWorks' Skull Island property and Merian C. Cooper's King Kong, King Kong Skull Island is a comprehensive King Kong Universe exclusively endorsed by Kong's creator.  The series is a serialized, contemporary continuation of the classic with a female-led, multi-cultural ensemble that delves fully into the wonders and horrors of Skull Island and its origins. Academy Award nominees Jonathan Penner and Stacy Title (The Bye Bye Man) are attached as writers/executive producers. Dannie Festa (Trolls) of World Builder Entertainment will act as executive producer.

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JOB POSTING

Brandgenuity Seeking Licensing Sales Manager
Brandgenuity, a leading global trademark licensing agency, is seeking a Manager of Business Development to proactively identify licensees, negotiate business terms and assist in client service for several of its leading brands. Brandgenuity represents many world class corporate brands and entertainment properties including,  Arm & Hammer, MTV, Comedy Central, Edge, Playtex, Hawaiian Tropic, and MGM Studios. Our ideal candidate has 3+ years of experience in licensing sales and has had experience working with brands, licensees and retailers. Candidate should be a self-starter with a proven track record. Passion, project management experience, strong communication and follow-up skills a must. Please send resume and cover letter to info@brandgenuity.com.

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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