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HEADLINES AT A GLANCE
Tom Brady Reclaims No. 1 Spot on NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales List
 
BBC Worldwide Inks Licensing Deals for Amazon Prime Video
 
Spin Master, Feld Entertainment Partner for Monster Jam
    Moose Toys Releases Grossery Gang Movie

Condé Nast, Geneva Watch Group Partner for Glamour Editor’s Pick Watch and Jewelry Collection
 
Celebrating Heroes with Roald Dahl Day

Tom Brady Reclaims No. 1 Spot on NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales List

Tom Brady tops the list of pro football player retail sales in the first quarter of the 2017-2018 season. The list is based on total sales of all officially licensed NFL player merchandise, tracking year-to-date pre-season results from March 1 through May 31. Brady last held the No. 1 spot six months ago.

Brady has been a consistent presence at the top of the sales list over the last 13 quarters. He has been No. 1 four times, and inside the top three spots on nine different occasions. 

Brady is joined by Dallas Cowboys’ running back Ezekiel Elliott (No. 2) and quarterback Dak Prescott (No. 3). In May, Elliott and Prescott occupied the top two spots on the year-end 2016-17 Top 50 Player Sales List, marking the first time rookies finished a season at the top of the list. Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch finished in the No. 4 spot, and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson rounded out the top five.

The Top 50 Player Sales List is released quarterly by the NFLPA, via its licensing and marketing arm NFL Players Inc. and is based on overall sales of all NFL player licensed products via online and traditional retail outlets as reported by more than 70 NFLPA licensees. Licensed product categories include men’s, women’s, and youth game jerseys; T-shirts; wall decals; figurines; vinyl collectibles; bobble heads; plush dolls; drinkware; socks; holiday ornaments; novelties; and more.

Click here for the full list of Top 50 Players Sales Report YTD.

BBC Worldwide Inks Licensing Deals for Amazon Prime Video

BBC Worldwide has announced a multi-year licensing deal with SVOD service Amazon Prime Video, giving its subscribers in the UK and Ireland access to a raft of children’s TV series from CBeebies and CBBC. The deal marks BBC Worldwide’s first Children’s package on Amazon Prime Video in the territory.
 
Content covered by the non-exclusive agreement includes popular CBeebies series Hey Duggee, Go Jetters, Sarah & Duck, Charlie & Lola and Gigglebiz, as well as hit CBBC shows like The Story Of Tracy Beaker and Horrible Histories. 
 
Jonathan Newman, Sales & Business Development Director at BBC Worldwide said: “The deal reflects the growing investment that leading streaming services like Amazon Prime Video are making to offer world-class, high quality children’s programming to their subscribers.”

Spin Master, Feld Entertainment Partner for Monster Jam

Spin Master Corp. entered a licensing partnership with Feld Entertainment as the new worldwide master toy partner for Monster Jam. The 10-year partnership begins in 2019.

The Monster Jam franchise includes a wide range of toys and products featuring intellectual property such as Grave Digger, Max-D, Megalodon, Monster Mutt, and El Toro Loco. Monster Jam produces more than 400 events each year across five continents. Its broadcasts of live events reach millions on the FOX Sports family of networks in addition to its digital reach.

Moose Toys Releases Grossery Gang Movie

Moose Toys‘ Grossery Gang released its first film, Putrid Power: The Grossery Gang vs. The Clean Team. The film premiered with a green carpet event Saturday in Los Angeles before releasing later that day on YouTube.

Moose Toys released more than 450 Grossery Gang characters since the launch last year, including Garbage Mouth, Dirty Danish, and Slop Bucket.

In Putrid Power, fans watch the story of The Grossery Gang taking on the new evil force known as the Clean Team. With Cheap Town now under the threat of being cleaned up for good by the evil Vac Attack and his team of clean freaks, Putrid Pizza, Dodgey Donut, and the rest of the gang must band together to fight the power of clean.

Over the past year, The Grossery Gang’s YouTube channel has accumulated close to 50,000 subscribers and 30 million views. Action images and ready-to-print home premiere packs are now available on The Grossery Gang website, with a number of Series 3 Putrid Power Action Figures hitting the shelves this week.

Condé Nast, Geneva Watch Group Partner for Glamour Editor’s Pick Watch and Jewelry Collection

Condé Nast and Geneva Watch Group partnered for a new multi-year licensing agreement to create a watch and jewelry collection for the Glamour brand under the name Glamour Editor’s Pick. The new line will preview at the spring and summer 2018 Accessories Market in August and will be available to purchase at department stores, specialty retailers, and online next year. 
 
The Glamour Editor’s Pick watch and jewelry collection follows a recent licensing partnership with L’Amy America to market and distribute sunglasses and ophthalmic frames under the Glamour Editor’s Pick brand.

Celebrating Heroes with Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl Day is the annual, global celebration of the storyteller, his beloved stories and unforgettable characters. Roald Dahl Day happens on and around September 13th, the author’s birthday.
 
This year, the celebration theme is the iconic child heroes of Roald Dahl’s stories – including Matilda, James, Charlie, Danny, Sophie and George. Roald Dahl was always a champion for children in a world ruled by adults. The young heroes of his stories are distinct individuals.
 
September 2017 brings a new Roald Dahl hero to the fore. Billy is the hero of Billy and the Minpins, Dahl’s very last book. Some 40 years after his first collaboration with Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake now completes their unique creative partnership with Billy and the Minpins, published by Penguin Random House on September 7th.
 
September will also see a currently top-secret new book – created by publisher Wonderbly in partnership with the Roald Dahl Literary Estate – which will take readers (child and adult) into one of Roald Dahl’s best-loved stories in a fresh and interactive way.
 
Roald Dahl’s young heroes are springing from the pages of the stories and travelling to locations around the UK, thanks to a unique collaboration with LEGO. Child-sized LEGO builds of six iconic Roald Dahl heroes will appear at locations including London, Cardiff, Manchester, Nottingham, the Eden Project in Cornwall and the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.
 
There will be plenty more of licensing activities to celebrate the day happening across the world. Roald Dahl Day is the biggest author-led cultural moment globally - and is growing annually. In a poll commissioned by Canon in May 2017, Roald Dahl was voted the Greatest Storyteller of All Time.

Steve Madden and GQ in Partnership

Steve Madden and GQ announced that they have released a men’s footwear and accessory collection as part of a new licensing partnership. The collaboration features a total of seven shoe styles, five bags, as well as cellphone and sunglasses cases. 
 
Steve Madden, along with GQ creative director, Jim Moore, sought to create a capsule collection to redefine a men’s accessory closet. Together the team handpicked materials, stitching, and finishes to create the ultimate men’s shoe and bag collection. The full collection is available for pre-sale on SteveMadden.com August 1st, and will be sold in select Steve Madden retail stores and other specialty retailers on August 16th.
 
“It seems it has always been much more interesting to buy women’s shoes than men’s, and I’m looking to change that,” says Steve Madden. “I want to be able to give guys the same options that we have always been able to give women. This collaboration with GQ does just that.”

Dragon Ball Super to Begin Airing in Latin America on Cartoon Network

Toei Animation Inc’s Dragon Ball Super is confirmed to make its long-awaited Latin American debut on Cartoon Network Latin America. Rolling out across the region with a four-episode marathon, Dragon Ball Super will premiere on August 5.
 
Following the debut marathon, Dragon Ball Super will begin airing regularly on August 7.
 
Nearly 20 years after the final adventure of Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Super picks up where the iconic series left off. After launching in Japan, Europe and the U.S., Dragon Ball Super continues the legend with an original story overseen by Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama. Making the Latin American debut extra special is the reunion of the original Dragon Ball Z Spanish and Portuguese voice cast who return to reprise their classic roles.
 
From reigniting the fandom of original viewers, to attracting a new legion of fans, Dragon Ball Super partners with Cartoon Network Latin America at a time when Dragon Ball excitement has reached fever pitch. Gearing up for the premiere, over a million fans took part this Monday on Cartoon Network Latin America’s first Dragon Ball Super Facebook Live event in Spanish and Portuguese and were treated to the official trailer of the series.
 
"We are very proud and excited to be the home for this beloved franchise, which just as Cartoon Network Latin America, has garnered such passionate fans and a strong following throughout the region," said Pablo Zuccarino, Vice President and Channel Manager, Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Tooncast Latin America.
 
“Enthusiasm for the Dragon Ball series in Latin America couldn’t be higher, and we’re excited to move forward with our longtime partner, Cartoon Network Latin America, in introducing Dragon Ball Super across the region,” said Daniel Castaneda, Director, Latin America Licensing.

EMPLOYMENT

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JOB POSTING

Public Relations Account Executive - From Toys to Tech
 
LKPR, Inc. has an immediate opening for a public relations Account Executive.  

If you’re an experienced publicist with a proven track record of success looking to work in a fun, fast-paced, entrepreneurial agency environment, we’d love to hear from you.    

LKPR offers the unique opportunity to gain significant hands-on experience across a wide variety of consumer lifestyle sectors, from children’s products, to smart kitchen/home products, to fitness/wellness products, to consumer electronics/technology and more.    

Strong PR generalists are welcome.  Consumer lifestyle experience in the family/parenting, food/home or consumer electronics/technology spaces is a bonus.  

Responsibilities:

  • Live for the placement – whether it’s in ink, on-air, online or an influential Tweet, if it moves the needle for a client, it gets your heart pumping!
  • Be a consumer of all things media and tell your client’s story in an impactful way across mediums, from print and broadcast, to blogs and podcasts
  • Stay up-to-date on client industry news and trends—make your clients famous, in a good way! 
  • Identify appropriate media targets and develop compelling/timely story angles that inspire placements 
  • Be an ambassador for your clients at all times, and protect their brands as if they’re your own
  • Develop client materials people actually want to read, from pitches and press releases to catalog copy 
  • Demonstrate understanding of social media platforms, to reach journalists and consumers; if you can post, Tweet or tell an Insta story and have experience developing engaging brand social content, even better! 
  • Be flexible, creative and resourceful in making good things happen for clients—if there's a way, you'll find it!
  • Be a master juggler! Manage multiple projects, prioritize workload and meet deadlines
  • Work closely with account supervisors to create client media strategies and plans, and recalculate as needed    
  • Collaborate with talented, creative teams across marketing disciplines—think omni-channel! 


Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications or a related field
  • 3 to 5 years’ experience, preferably in a New York City agency environment, with at least two solid years of media relations experience  
  • Bragworthy portfolio of client-focused media placements 
  • Self-starter who comes up with creative solutions to meet client goals
  • Impressive verbal/written communication skills


Preferred Skills:
Cision (or comparable media list building tools)
TV Eyes Competitive salary & benefits packages offered.  

To apply, please contact Linda Krebs at LK@LKPRinc.com    

LKPR, Inc. is a service-oriented, results-driven, full-service integrated marketing firm based in New York City that offers clients best-in-class public relations, social media, digital marketing and design services. The firm was founded in 2012 by Linda Krebs, named “Publicist of the Year” that same year by leading PR industry publication Bulldog Reporter.

JOB POSTING

Spotlight Licensing Seeks Licensing Sales Manager
New York
 
Spotlight Licensing and Brand Management, Inc., a boutique licensing agency in midtown Manhattan (NYC), seeks an experienced sales professional who can identify, research, develop, and close sales leads for its Entertainment, Art/Design, Fashion, Digital, Corporate, Character, and other client properties. Candidate should be a self-starter with established licensing industry contacts and the ability to prepare effective sales pitches/materials, status reports, etc. This is a fast-paced, creative environment requiring the ability to work effectively independently and also as part of a team. Ideal candidate will have 1-3 years licensing sales experience. This is a full-time position with some travel required. Salary negotiable.  
 
Interested applicants should email resume with cover letter to jodi@spotlightlicensing.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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