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HEADLINES AT A GLANCE
Cartoon Network’s The Powerpuff Girls Happy Meal Launches at McDonald’s

BWI Licensing Appointed to Represent Match of the Day

Sony/ATV Names Epic Rights as Global Licensing Agent for Lennon-McCartney Song Catalog
    Come to Tea in Vegas with the British Museum
 
Crash Bandicoot Returns in Skylanders Imaginators and in Remastered Classics
 
Deer Little Forest Lights up Germany

Cartoon Networks The Powerpuff Girls Happy Meal Launches at McDonalds

Cartoon Network’s The Powerpuff Girls Happy Meal will launch at participating McDonald’s locations across the U.S. and Canada, from June 14 through July 5.
 
Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup will each have her own exclusive Happy Meal toy. Fans can collect all six Powerpuff Girls toys, which will also feature supervillain Mojo Jojo.
 
Produced by Cartoon Network Studios, The Powerpuff Girls airs Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. on Cartoon Network.

BWI Licensing Appointed to Represent Match of the Day

Brands with Influence has been announced as the licensing agency for one of the UK’s most iconic and loved TV shows - Match of the Day. With over 50 years of heritage and genuine appointment to view status, this key sport brand is now being made available for licensing.
 
Dom Wheeler from BWI Licensing said: “Match of the Day is a unique property that brings together audiences across all ages and we are really excited about the opportunity to develop this key sports brand. There are few non team specific sports brands that can boast the loyal audience that watches Match of the Day.”
 
Brands with Influence is already underway with the first licensee negotiations and expects to see the first products in the market this Autumn for the new 2016/17 season.

Sony/ATV Names Epic Rights as Global Licensing Agent for Lennon-McCartney Song Catalog

Epic Rights will develop the worldwide licensing program for lyrics written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney by signing licensees and retailers in apparel, home furnishings, wall art, stationery, and gift products.
 
The songwriting partnership of John Lennon and Paul McCartney produced more than 180 songs between 1962 and 1969. These comprise the Northern Songs Lennon-McCartney song catalog, owned by Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
 
The company will present the brand at the upcoming Licensing Expo in Las Vegas.




 

Come to Tea in Vegas with the British Museum

The British Museum, the UK’s most visited attraction, will be represented at its first-ever appearance at this year’s Licensing Expo, promoting this unique institution and its potential as a licensing partner.
 
At the show, representatives of the British Museum will occupy a specially reserved area on A170, the stand of specialist brand agency TSBA Group, recently appointed to help build a global licensing campaign on behalf of the Museum.
 
Visitors are invited to visit A170 and hear about the wealth of exciting opportunities the Museum provides for licensees in a range of categories. There will also be a special daily event called Tea @ Three, which visitors can book to enjoy some tea and cake, and meet representatives of both the British Museum and TSBA.
 
The British Museum licensing programme has three main aims: to communicate the Museum and its values to a wide audience; to promote the Museum’s role telling the story of cultural achievement throughout the world; and to raise awareness of the British Museum as a museum for the world.

Crash Bandicoot Returns in Skylanders Imaginators and in Remastered Classics

Celebrating his 20-year anniversary, Crash Bandicoot is back as Activision Publishing Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard Inc., features the pop-culture video game icon as a guest star in Skylanders Imaginators.
 
Revealed during the Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC. (SIEA) E3 Press Conference, Crash Bandicoot will maintain his quirky personality both as a fully playable Skylander Sensei character and brand new toy in Skylanders Imaginators. 
 
Activision will also bring back Crash Bandicoot in fully remastered versions of the first three Crash games Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped for PlayStation 4, planned for release next year.
   
Developed by Toys For Bob, Skylanders Imaginators supports more than 300 Skylanders from previous games and will launch on October 16 in North America.

Deer Little Forest Lights up Germany

Koko Rose Media and German Agent Brand Licensing by Burda (Herbert Burda Media) are pleased to announce the launch of a collection of Deer Little Forest lamp shades in the German Market, with local housewares partner, Olala Lamps.
 
André Möllersmann, Director Brand Licensing (Hubert Burda Media) comments: “We are very happy, that we found such a great partner for Deer Little Forest. We are looking forward to continue the extension of Deer Little Forest’s licensing portfolio in the German-speaking countries.”
 
Based in Munich, Brand Licensing by Burda represent all Deer Little Forest licensing rights in Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland.
 
“We are delighted to see the first houseware products on the market, as this is a natural category for such an artistic, design led brand,” added Lisa Hryniewicz, Koko Rose Media Managing Director.  “Olala have made a beautiful quality product that will set the groundwork for others licensees to follow. Burda, who negotiated the deal and have several others in discussion, have been an excellent partner in the German market.”

Beanstalk Launches Studio B @ Beanstalk Creative Design

Beanstalk launches Studio B @ Beanstalk, which will specialize in creative design. The studio will offer its clients services such as branding and identity, product concepts, packaging design, style guides and brand books, as well as marketing collateral and merchandising.
 
Studio B leverages Beanstalk’s more than 20 years of brand extension expertise to develop relevant creative. Beanstalk advises brand owners, retailers, and manufacturers on how to build, establish, and extend brands across multiple platforms, categories, and distribution channels.

Jenny Foster Teams with OmNom Arts

OmNom Arts has teamed with designer Jenny Foster to create a new line for endless applications and appeal for all ages.

CPLG to Represent Felix the Cat Across North America and EMEA

DreamWorks Animation appointed CPLG to represent Felix the Cat across EMEA and North America.
CPLG will establish Felix the Cat as a cross-category lifestyle brand by creating a range of products that target teens and young adults. CPLG will launch Felix the Cat in the fashion category at retailers late this year, with a full cross-category rollout beginning next year.

Style guides will draw upon the wealth of assets within the archive that date back nearly 100 years. Created in 1919, Felix the Cat was one of the first animated characters and moving images to broadcast on TV.

The Brand Liaison Continues to Expand Felina and Jezebel

The Brand Liaison, the exclusive licensing agency for Piege Co., owner of intimate apparel brands Felina, Jezebel and Paramour, continues to expand the product matrix for all 3 lingerie brands, adding activewear, socks and hosiery and swimwear.  
  
“Based on the success of our brands over the years, we have repeatedly been asked by our customers and retailers for a greater product assortment,” said Robert Zarabi, President of Piege Co.  “We believe that swimwear and activewear, as well as socks and hosiery are natural product extensions for our brands Felina, Jezebel and Paramour.  We are delighted to be working with partners such as Just One and Bentex to bring these products to retailers across the country.”    

Edge Brands Partners with Moose Toys for Shopkins Swim Products

Edge Brands entered a licensing agreement with Moose Toys to create a new line of safe and fun Shopkins swim products.

Edge Brands will introduce eight new products, including swim goggles, diving rings, a dive disc, splash balls, and dive sticks for kids ages 6 and up. The line is set to launch next spring.

INK to Extend BRIO globally

INK Global is set to represent BRIO – the Swedish toy company - thanks to a new worldwide deal spanning merchandise, publishing and promotions
 
INK Global will implement a focused brand extension program designed to bring further joy to BRIO consumers and fans. Initial target sectors include baby care, homewares/interior design and textiles, with first product launches expected in Q2 2017. Visitors to the Las Vegas Licensing Expo can visit the INK Global stand F204 to find out more and discuss collaboration opportunities.

The Kratt Brothers Co. Enters Licensing Agreement with Whole Foods Market and AME

The Kratt Brothers Co. and 9 Story Media Group’s Wild Kratts has entered into licensing agreements for Wild Kratts sleepwear with American Marketing Enterprises Inc. (AME) and Wild Kratts grocery with Whole Foods Markets in the U.S. and Canada. The Kratt Brothers Co. will showcase the latest Wild Kratts product lineup at Licensing Expo 2016 in the PBS Kids booth M242. The Wild Kratts licensing program will launch at retail this August.
 
The partnership with Whole Foods opened up a new distribution channel for Wild Kratts and series-inspired Creature Crackers packaged cookies, kids’ vitamins, lunch totes, body washes, and bubble bath for kids, which will launch this August. AME will design an extensive range of kids’ sleepwear, including pajama sets, sleep, shirts, tanks and gowns, sleep pants and shorts, robes, blanket sleepers, wraps and ponchos, boys boxers, boxer briefs and briefs, thermal underwear, and sleepwear. The Kratt Brothers Co. partnered with Isaac Morris Ltd., for Wild Kratts-style printed T-shirts, hoodies, and bottoms to debut at Kmart and Fred Meyer stores this spring. Additional partners include master toy licensee Wicked Cool Toys, Pressman Toy for games and puzzles, Random House Children’s Books for books, PBS Distribution for DVDs, PBS Kids for apps, and InCharacter for costumes.  
 
The live-action animated Wild Kratts series, produced by The Kratt Brothers Co. and 9 Story Media Group, is now in its fifth season and airs daily on PBS Kids. The series airs in more than 180 countries in 18 languages. Season Three of Wild Kratts is available on Netflix in the U.S.

Dundalk Signs with Knockout for Little House on the Prairie

Knockout Licensing has signed Dundalk LeisureCraft, Inc. as the newest Little House on the Prairie licensee.
 
“Little House on the Prairie is a wonderful representation of frontier America and the perfect brand for Dundalk and other manufacturers attuned to the enduring appeal of simpler times and that hardy, pioneering spirit millions have come to know and love thanks to Little House on the Prairie and its stories of love, home, family, joy, optimism, and perseverance,” said Knockout Licensing President Carole Postal.
 
Dundalk has been granted rights to produce a line of high-quality, handcrafted Little House on the Prairie rustic wood furniture for sale throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Rubie’s Costume Co. Appoints New Licensing Manager

Rubie’s Costume Co. has appointed Natasha Muraszew as the licensing manager. Muraszew has extensive brand licensing and marketing experience and will manage Rubie’s licensed character brand business.

Miffy Heading to Germany

Mercis bv has appointed m4e AG to represent Miffy in the German-speaking territories.
 
“We have made the strategic decision to position this classic brand in Germany into more of a lifestyle and infant/toddler brand,” explains Jo Daris, Head of Operations at m4e.

Pineapple Express Partners with The Sharpe Co. to Develop Trademark/Brand Licensing Extensions for the THC brand

Pineapple Express Inc. entered an agreement with licensing agency The Sharpe Co. to develop brand strategy, positioning, and lifestyle merchandise for the company’s THC brand. 
 
With more than 40 years of intellectual property licensing experience, The Sharpe Co. specializes in bringing pop culture intellectual property to the world with clients such as Rubik's Cube, Mr. Bean, and Norton Motorcycles.
 
The Sharpe Co. will introduce the THC brand at the Las Vegas Licensing Expo June 21 to 23 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

TSBA in Photography Deals

TSBA Group has been appointed by Iconic Images as licensing representatives for the photography of Terry O’Neill and Baron Wolman.
 
Both photographers archives are supported by international gallery exhibitions and publishing giving potential licensees in apparel, home and housewares, gifting, back to school, stationary and many other categories the opportunity to work with some iconic images of iconic stars in a well supported and recognised programme.
 
TSBA CEO, Ian Mallalue said “It is rare to be able to work with a collection of such high profile and visually striking photography.  There is a fan base for both the subjects of each photograph as well as the photographers themselves, many of the images are incredibly recognisable and desirable for all age groups.  We look forward to making these images more accessible to fans across the globe.”

The Wiggles Brand Extends Worldwide

The Wiggles is building on its in Australia on ABC Kids with recent content acquisitions from TV3 in Ireland, DD National in India, Playkids, and Netflix. With these partnerships, kids worldwide will be able to watch The Wiggles, Ready, Steady, Wiggle! series. The new partnerships extend the series to 190 additional countries, opening up new touring opportunities, according to Managing Director Paul Field.

One Entertainment Teams with Soccer’s World Champions

DFB-Wirtschaftsdienste GmbH, a fully owned subsidiary of the German soccer federation Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB), has appointed Las Vegas-based One Entertainment to be its licensing agent for the German national soccer team in the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
 
The German national team is the current FIFA World Cup Champion, and one of the most storied national soccer teams in the history of the game.
 
Under the agreement, One Entertainment will develop a licensing program in key product categories across North America. The first product lines are expected to hit retail for Christmas 2016.

UYoung Culture & Media Co. Ltd. Opens Los Angeles Subsidiary

UYoung Culture & Media Co. Ltd., a Chinese entertainment company, will launch a base in the U.S. to create brands that appeal to both Chinese and international markets. The new division of the company, UYoung Entertainment International Inc. (UEI), will be based in Los Angeles. 
 
UEI will debut at the 2016 Licensing Expo in Las Vegas with the launch of animated comedy preschool series P. King Duckling. The series is set to premiere on Disney Junior in the U.S., Latin America, India, Korea, and Southeast Asia later this year. 
 
UEI appointed Sander Schwartz and Elie Dekel as senior advisors to the company to support UYoung’s launch of P. King Duckling and advise the company on its international expansion plans and growth strategies.

Brand Central Heads to Las Vegas

Brand Central, a full-service licensing and branding agency based in New York and Los Angeles is growing its business into the UK and Europe. If you or someone you know is interested, please call the company at (310) 268 – 1231 during Los Angeles business hours or email info@brandcentralgroup.com. For an opportunity to meet with them at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, email Coco at assistant@brandcentralgroup.com.

Celine Dion Partners with  Epic Rights, Prominent Brand + Talent to Launch Lifestyle Collection

Celine Dion joined with Epic Rights and Prominent Brand + Talent in a multi-year agreement to launch Celine Dion lifestyle products and services, including health and beauty, home furnishings, and fashion and accessories.
 
Dion's brand will evoke her style and attention to detail displayed in her music, concerts, and charitable activities.
 
Dion has sold more than 240 million records during her more than 30-year long career and recently received the Icon Award at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards event in Las Vegas.

LIMA Names Peter Hollo as New Head of Germany Office

The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) appointed Peter Hollo as managing director of LIMA Germany.

With 28 years of retail and licensing industry experience, Hollo will manage day-to-day operations in Germany and surrounding territories while continuing to deliver a high level of service to our membership. 

He will continue to operate LIMA’s highly successful Day of License in Cologne and Licensing Market in Munich, as well as introduce new educational and networking opportunities to the German market and beyond. He will also grow LIMA Germany’s membership base along with help increase the involvement of key retailers.

Billboard Partners with CPLG to Expand International Brand Licensing in EMEA

Billboard Media Group has appointed CPLG to represent the brand’s licensing initiatives for products and retail for charts, news, business, and innovations in music, and to amplify its international portfolio of consumer product categories.
 
The licensing agreement will include an array of merchandise categories from apparel and accessories to audio and electronics, stationery, food and beverage items, toys and games, and music compilations, in addition to other products for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Annual Licensing Expo Fun Run

On Tuesday, June 21, the 22nd annual Fun Run will take place in Las Vegas. Participants will meet at the front door of the Mandalay Bay lobby at 6:30 a.m. After a warm-up jog to the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign, runners will pose for a photo and begin the run. The run is approximately 2 miles. Those who wish to participate do not have to RSVP.
 
The run is organized by Building Q and open to everyone in the industry.

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JOB POSTING

Crayola Is Growing Its Licensing Department
 Come join the most colorful company in the world! We’re looking for two experienced leaders:
  
Manager, Outbound Licensing
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.
 
Requirements:
• Bachelor's degree required preferably in business related field
• 7 years’ experience in licensing or consumer marketing work for CPG company
 
Manager, Retail Business Development
Responsible for retail development of outbound licensed product lines in core and new spaces. Builds market position by identifying, defining, developing, negotiating, and closing retail and promotional business relationships.
 
Requirements:
• Bachelor’s Degree required preferably in business related field
• Minimum 7 years' retail business development, product marketing, or CPG sales experience

Applicants may apply at www.crayola.com/careers.

JOB POSTING

Contracts Manager - Bright Group International
 
Bright is the fastest growing and most recognised agency to emerge in recent years. As Contract Manager you will be essential to the running of our company and your role will be of critical importance to our day-to-day operations.  

Core responsibilities:

  • Managing and negotiating deals for new contracts
  • Manage the contractual process, and ensure all departments follow the process correctly
  • Stakeholder to all legal matters - from the initial deal, to signing of contract
  • Input all contractual information for contract sent to artist, including rights review, royalty percentages and publication dates.
  • Scanning and recording artist contracts into Bright’s internal system
  • Manage calendar of publication dates and feed through to Marketing 
  • Oversee payment from clients on all advance contracts  


To apply for this role or if you require further information, please send a covering letter along with your CV to hayley@brightgroupinternational.com

JOB POSTING

Brand Manager
 
Company: Brandgenuity is an award-winning full-service trademark licensing agency. We develop and implement licensing programs for leading entertainment and corporate brands including Viacom, MGM, Gas Monkey Garage, Church & Dwight, Hawaiian Tropic, Playtex, Banana Boat, among others. We are based in midtown Manhattan and you can learn more about us at brandgenuity.com.
 
Job Responsibilities: The Brand Manager works with new and existing licensees on developing product lines, gaining client approvals, coordinating retail development plans and developing cross-promotions and cross-marketing activities with the brand and with other licensees.
 
Specific job responsibilities include managing the product approval process (product, packaging, promotions, PR, advertising) via online systems and coaching licensees in the development of on-brand product and marketing elements, leading regular meetings with licensees to monitor commercialization of new products, developing and circulating action items after key licensee meetings, and coordinating licensee/client trade show participation.
 
Desired Work Experience: 3+ years in marketing/brand management or product development.
 
Desired Core Competencies: Strong communication/writing skills, proficient in MS Office, detail orientation, organization skills, excellent follow-up, self-starter, problem solver/facilitator, eager to offer ideas/solutions, knows when to seek others’ input.
 
If interested, please send cover note and resume to: info@brandgenuity.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.

 

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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