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Rovio Entertainment Ltd. Partners with DJ Darude To Soundtrack Angry Birds Update
 
DHX and Amazon Prime Sign U.S. Exclusive for Looped
 
Cartoon Network Enterprises Signs New Partners for Rick and Morty
    St. Pancras International to Launch Licensing Program
 
Rubie’s Costume Co. Introduces New Ghostbusters Costume Collection
 
All American Licensing Launches Merchandise Program for Swiss Cookware Brand

Rovio Entertainment Ltd. Partners with DJ Darude To Soundtrack Angry Birds Update

Rovio Entertainment Ltd. partnered with Finnish DJ and producer Darude to soundtrack The Mighty League, an update to the original Angry Birds video game, marking the first major update after the game launched in 2009. The new “Mighty League Anthem” is a remixed version of Darude’s song “Sandstorm.”
 
Players can access The Mighty League directly from the main screen of their existing Angry Birds app and compete to beat other players. Three different levels are available for play each day, drawn from existing episodes. Players will work their way through six leagues to make it to the top tier, otherwise they will be relegated to lower leagues.

DHX and Amazon Prime Sign U.S. Exclusive for Looped

DHX Media has licensed season one of its new animated comedy series Looped, exclusively for Amazon Prime members in the U.S to stream or download via the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices and online at www.amazon.com/primevideo. This original kids’ series debuted on Prime Video in the U.S. on July 25.
 
In addition, DHX Media will add five seasons of the classic children’s series The Busy World of Richard Scarry, the first season of the much-loved Madeline series, and the feature special Madeline Sing Along with her Friends, to the U.S. Prime Video catalogue, bringing more popular kids content to the catalogue for Prime members to enjoy.
 
Josh Scherba, SVP Distribution at DHX Media, said: “We are thrilled that Amazon Prime members will be first in the U.S. to see our terrific new animated show, Looped. This Amazon exclusive highlights the strong market for DHX’s original content, and the agreement for The Busy World of Richard Scarry and Madeline underscores the enduring appeal of our classic kids’ titles in today’s on-demand environment. These deals reflect the growing investment that leading streaming services such as Amazon Prime are making to offer distinctive, high-quality children’s programming for their subscribers.”

Cartoon Network Enterprises Signs New Partners for Rick and Morty

Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) added five new partners for its animated series Rick and Morty. Funko, Cryptozoic Entertainment, USAopoly, PhatMojo, and Astro Gaming join existing toy partner J!nx to create toys, games, and more.
 
Adding to the comics and apparel collection already available, new Rick and Morty toys and games include POP! vinyl figures, stylized plush, and Mystery Mini collectibles from Funko; Mr. Meeseeks Box of Fun Dice and Dares game from Cryptozoic Entertainment, available on August 3; Rick and Morty games, puzzles, and cards from USAopoly; adult halloween costumes and accessories from PhatMojo; and Rick and Morty tags for wireless and wire gaming headphones, from Astro Gaming.
 
Rick and Morty follows a sociopathic genius scientist who drags his timid grandson on dangerous adventures across the universe.

St. Pancras International to Launch Licensing Program

St. Pancras International, one of the UK’s largest and busiest railway stations, will be celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2018 and manufacturers now have the chance to join what is set to be an iconic London licensing programme. The first licensed products will appear on the St. Pancras International on-line shop in A/W 2016 with an in station pop-up retail presence planned for A/W 2017.
 
Adam Bass, Director at Golden Goose, the company now exclusively appointed as St. Pancras International’s licensing agency said: “St. Pancras International welcomes 48 million visitors a year. Moreover, the average visitor spends 40 minutes in this iconic London destination.” He added, “we’re delighted to be developing licensed products and partnerships inspired by St. Pancras International. These products will represent the best of modern Britain and this iconic London landmark.”
 
With the restoration of St. Pancras International responsible for the regeneration of an area that is now home to Google’s European HQ and Central St. Martins, there is a massive affection and admiration for the award-winning station from visitors who clearly enjoy the station’s retail environment.
 
Wendy Spinks, the Commercial Director of HS1 Ltd, the company that owns and operates St Pancras International, said “40% of our visitors buy something from our retail partners.” She continued: “As the nation’s favourite railway station we know there is demand from our visitors for St. Pancras International products. Every day we welcome many Eurostar travellers, who enjoy the station’s unique shopping experience. However we also get a lot of custom from commuters and locals – those every day shoppers who live and work in this vibrant area and see the station as a destination in its own right.”

Rubie’s Costume Co. Introduces New Ghostbusters Costume Collection

Rubie’s Costume Co., under license with Columbia Pictures, will launch a New Ghostbusters Costume collection, including costumes, T-shirts, wigs, accessories, and masks.
 
The line is available in child unisex sizes and adult standard, deluxe, and ultra-deluxe styles. Inspired by the film’s main characters—Abby, Erin, Jillian, Patty, and Kevin—the costumes are specially designed to reflect the one-piece jumpsuits featured in the film. The adult female costumes include four individual name tags. The collection also offers Rowen and Sparky costumes.
  
Ghostbusters released in theaters on July 15 and the Ghostbusters costume collection will be available this Halloween along with the classic Ghostbusters collection.

All American Licensing Launches Merchandise Program for Swiss Cookware Brand

All-American Licensing has announced the signing of Swiss Diamond, the non-stick cookware brand. The high-end brand was founded in 2001, and is currently distributed through the selective sales channels.
 
Swiss Diamond has positioned its brand to be appreciated by foodies, home chefs, and non-compromising clientele. Given the success of the past 15 years with independent gourmet stores, AAL will provide a strategic road map for Swiss Diamond to expand beyond cookware to provide consumers with products throughout the entire house.
 
All American Licensing will be looking to license products in key categories such as glassware, glass bake ware, kitchen gadgets, wine accessories, kitchen textile, small electronic appliances, dinnerware, silverware, home decorations, furniture and more.

GBI Expands Licensing and Retail Program for SpacePOP in North America This Fall

Genius Brands International (GBI) continues to expand its licensing, merchandising, and retail program for SpacePOP with a slate of new North American licensees. SpacePOP merchandise will begin rolling out at retail this fall in the U.S.
 
The Madame Alexander Doll Co. will create a line of fashion dolls and figures based on the brand’s main characters. Other new licensees include KIDdesigns for youth electronics, tech accessories, and electronic toys; Mad Dog Concepts for loungewear and sleepwear; Franco Manufacturing for bedding and bath textiles, accessories, and room décor; Berkshire Fashions for hosiery, head wear, and cold weather accessories; and FAB Starpoint for bags, backpacks, and accessories.

Character World Become ‘Bedi Mastersat Star Wars Celebration Europe

International textiles business, Character World exhibited at Star Wars Celebration Europe which took place in London this month. 
 
The three-day celebratory event held at the Excel London Exhibition Centre was filled with entertainment, celebrity appearances, shows as well as exclusive first looks and behind the scenes sneak peeks of future releases. Over 50,000 fans arrived in their droves dressed as Stormtroopers, Jedi, Sith and Wookies. 
Character World’s huge Star Wars product range proved to be a hit with fans, with some products selling out on the first day of the event. A Cuddle Robe inspired by the star of The Force Awakens, BB8, was popular with little Padawans as it sold out on day one. 
 
The licensing business made sure that its stand didn’t go unnoticed by encouraging fans to tweet selfies of themselves in the Character World BB8 Cuddle Robe to be in with a chance of winning a bundle of Star Wars themed goodies. A huge number of fans took to Twitter and Instagram to get involved using the hashtag, #BB8Selfie.
 
The full range that Character World showcased at the event included double and single duvets, cushions, towels and cuddle robes.

LIMA UK Names Rising Star Nominees

The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) announced the nominees for the 2016 UK Rising Stars Award. Now in its third year, the award is designed to recognize excellence among junior licensing industry professionals in the UK.  Nominees were named during the Young Professionals Network summer event, hosted by Cartoon Network Enterprises EMEA.
 
The 2016 finalists are Georgina Huckle, sales and marketing executive, Rainbow Productions; Eloise Jones, buyer – Girls Wear and Baby Wear, George @ ASDA; Julia O’Brien, licensing executive, Turner Broadcasting Systems; Sarah Patel, retail marketing executive, Nickelodeon; Sole Puerto, licensing manager, Bulldog Licensing; and Talia Tester, licensing manager, Carte Blanche Greetings.
 
The winner will be announced during the 2016 Licensing Awards, taking place in London on September 13.  All six nominees will receive a free ticket to the event.

Santoro Partners with Selfridges

Santoro will be opening its own pop-up shop in Selfridges’ London store this August.
 
The pop-up boutique will be found on the fourth floor within the toys and games department of Selfridges over the course of the summer holidays, with a focus on Santoro’s new Gorjuss back-to-school collection.

Marriott International Inc. Extends Partnership with the NBA

Marriott International Inc. and the National Basketball Association (NBA) extended their partnership, making Marriott a partner of league events, including NBA House Rio, NBA All-Star, and select NBA Global Games. In addition, Marriott International will become an official partner of USA Basketball.
 
The partnership will showcase Marriott Rewards, Marriott International Inc.’s loyalty program, by bringing the NBA directly to its global member community.  Members will be able to redeem their Marriott Rewards points for exclusive NBA and USA Basketball experiences during NBA House Rio, NBA Global Games, NBA All-Star, and the 2016 USA Basketball Showcase presented by Verizon.

Discovery Channel Shark Week Exhibition Opens at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Emaar Entertainment, the leisure and entertainment subsidiary of Emaar Properties, and Discovery Consumer Products, the licensing arm of Discovery Communications, announced today the latest installment to the themed retail store with the opening of the first-of-its-kind ‘Discovery Channel Shark Week’ exhibit at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, in association with OSN, the region’s leading pay-TV network.
 
An embodiment of television's longest running must-see summer TV event, this sensational addition to Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is the world’s first official ‘Discovery Channel Shark Week’ exhibit. The new exhibition brings the iconic TV franchise to life, providing guests glimpses into the fascinating world of sharks through an interactive experience.

Jose Cuervo Launches Collaborative Swimsuit in Partnership With 6 Shore Road by Pooja

In partnership with 6 Shore Road by Pooja, Jose Cuervo will launch a limited-edition collaborative swimsuit inspired by the Authentic Jose Cuervo Margarita range and the iconic blue agave plant.
 
The 6 Shore Road by Pooja x Jose Cuervo limited-edition swimsuit will launch at Miami Swimweek during 6 Shore Road’s presentation for Resort ’17 on July 18. It will be available for purchase at www.6ShoreRoad.com for $138.00. Authentic Jose Cuervo Margaritas come in nine summer-ready flavors and are available nationwide for $15.99 each.

Disney Store Celebrates Finding Dory Release

To celebrate the release of the Disney•Pixar film Finding Dory, out in UK and Ireland cinemas on 29 July, Disney Store is hosting a series of exciting in store activities for kids and families.
 
The Dory’s Quest activity, which takes place from 24 July – 3 September in Disney Stores across the UK and Ireland, sees guests take on the role of underwater explorers who will join Disney Store Cast Members to help Dory find her family, navigating around a giant board game to get Dory from start to finish. The journey takes Dory to many locations where she meets familiar and new characters from the film.
 
Guests will undertake a range of tasks as Dory lands on different locations. They will learn about life under the sea, test their knowledge of the ocean, learn to speak whale and even test their memory in true Dory style.
 
Disney Store is also home to a fantastic new range of Finding Dory product including swimwear, figure sets, stationery, mugs, backpacks, puzzles, toys and soft toys featuring both classic and new characters. The exciting product can be purchased in Disney Stores across the UK and Ireland and online at www.disneystore.co.uk.

Prime Entertainment Group Renews Deal with Universal for Pan African Territory

Prime Entertainment Group has announced the renewal of its leading series with Universal Networks in the Pan African territory.
 
The deal signed is for 52 episodes of Hollywood on Set (52x26).
 
“It’s a true pleasure to reinforce our presence in the African territories and see our Cinema related series do so well on Big  Studio’s Movie Channels like Universal. Universal has been a great partner since these last years, we’ve been working together since 2009 and we keep strengthening our relationship by placing more and more of our programs on the their networks all over the globe. It is a great satisfaction for our work team, and a reward for our efforts on delivering the best products,” says David Freydt, Prime’s Managing Director.

C3 Licenses The Three Stoogesto Argentinian Clothier MAG

C3 Entertainment, Inc. has announced a license to MAG, for a line of Three Stooges (Los Tres Chiflados) themed t-shirts and boxer shorts. The products are expected to be available in the Argentinian market in the fall of 2016 and will be distributed by mass market retailers Walmart, Carrefour, and La Anonima.

“The Three Stooges have a large and enthusiastic fanbase in South America,” said Ani Khachoian, Executive Vice President of Licensing, Merchandising and Distribution for C3. “We are thrilled that The Three Stooges boxers and t-shirts will be available in the Argentinian market.”

A spokesperson for MAG stated, ”We at MAG are always offering new and original concepts taking into account the constant challenges of the current markets. We believe the collection will have a good reception at retailers and consumers, especially by the Argentinian Three Stooges' fans.”

Buenos Aires-based International Merchandising Consultants (IMC), paired the deal with C3 and MAG.

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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.

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Maternity cover – Art Licensing Agent
 
Bright is the fastest growing and most recognised illustration and licensing agency to emerge in recent years. Our artists are acknowledged as the leading new lights across Art Licensing, Publishing and Advertising.
 
We are seeking to appoint an experienced and enthusiastic sales person to cover a maternity leave on a 9-12 month term with scope to fit a full time role. Bright is a progressive agency where progression and growth allows the right people to create opportunity from proven success and are financially rewarded.

A very exciting opportunity for the right individual.  We are looking for someone who will join our team who is able to hit the ground running and continue to nurture and grow the Art Licensing department with a sense of ownership and enthusiasm, helping us continue to be the most progressive agency for artists in our industry. The right candidate will have proven sales history, excellent skills in administration, a confident manner in both the spoken and written word as well as being highly target driven. You will have a creative eye and industry knowledge of Licensing, Branding or Art Licensing.
 
If you are interested in applying for this role or require further information, please send a covering letter along with your CV for the attention of Hayley Constable: hayley@brightgroupinternational.com
 
Bright offers attractive staff benefits for full time members of staff including health insurance, pension and bonus scheme

Working hours 9-6 Mon – Fri
Based in St John’s Hill, London, SW11
Salary upon application
Start date August 2016

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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