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HEADLINES AT A GLANCE
Rubie’s Costume Co. Partners for Suicide Squad Collection

New CEO for MTW Toys
 
The First Thread Launches Felix the Cat Capsule Collection
    Neff Partners with Warner Bros.
 
JLG Launches Waste Management Odor Disposer in Partnership with SciCorp International Inc.

Indian Agent for Game of Thrones

Rubies Costume Co. Partners for Suicide Squad Collection

Rubie’s Costume Co. Inc., has partnered with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, to produce licensed costumes, accessories, and masks inspired by Warner Bros. Pictures’ film, Suicide Squad, opening in theaters on August 5.
 
Available in teen, adult, and plus sizes, the collection features DC’s super-villains, including Harley Quinn, The Joker, Deadshot, Killer Croc, and Katana. The line also offers specially designed costume kits for fans to transform into their favorite antihero.
 
The Suicide Squad Collection from Rubie’s will be available this Halloween season.

New CEO for MTW Toys

Darran Garnham has moved from his role at NBC Universal to build a UK team for distributor MTW Toys, an opportunity which he said was “too good not to go for.”
 
Darran, previously VP of Consumer Products EMEA at NBC Universal, will become CEO of the company, which will act as the exclusive distributor for Thinkway Toys across EMEA.
 
Thinkway Toys, which was previously handled by Geemac in the UK, is the master toy partner for the Despicable Me franchise and the upcoming Toy Story 4.

The First Thread Launches Felix the Cat Capsule Collection

The First Thread announced the launch of the Felix the Cat capsule collection, featuring Australia’s emerging designers such as Phoenix Keating, Mariam Seddiq, and Nylons amongst others. Felix made his screen debut in the 1919 silent short film Feline Follies.

The collection, Project Design Felix, will launch in Australia, the U.S., Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and Hong Kong on September 1 and retail through The First Thread at www.thefirstthread.com.au.

The Felix capsule collection includes a catsuit by Phoenix Keating; a choker, earrings, and a key ring by Nylons (Bianca Censori); an embellished sweatshirt by Mariam Seddiq; cufflinks, a tie pin, and an amulet by Burton Metal Depository (Clara Ho); swimwear by LunarSand (Ruby and Asher Licciardi); leather look embroidered pants by Pizzuto (Suzie Rose Vella); and resortwear by Caslazur.

Neff Partners with Warner Bros.

Neff has announced a partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products on behalf of DC Entertainment to create a limited cobranded collection celebrating the release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ film Suicide Squad. The collection will be heavily focused on The Joker and also featuring Harley Quinn and iconic images from the film, making the products ideal for comic fans and trend seekers.  The line will consist of a limited run of graphic t-shirts with the films iconic characters combined with Neff’s unique design.
 
Company founder, Shaun Neff commented, “The Suicide Squad vibe really connects with the imagination of our irreverent Neff customer and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase selected creative elements of this storied DC franchise.”
 
The Suicide Squad x Neff collection will be available to select retailers mid August.

JLG Launches Waste Management Odor Disposer in Partnership with SciCorp International Inc.

The Joester Loria Group, exclusive licensing agency for Waste Management, has partnered with SciCorp International Inc. for the launch of Waste Management Odor Disposer. SciCorp has helped develop an all-natural odor-eliminating spray to help homeowners and businesses manage foul odors resulting from waste and home composting.

The resulting Waste Management Odor Disposer collection is available in 22 oz. and 1 gallon sizes. This fall, Waste Management Odor Disposer will launch at Canadian Tire and will be available at leading retailers from club and grocery to home improvement and the mass market in the U.S. and Canada.

Indian Agent for Game of Thrones

HBO has announced Black White Orange Brands Pvt Ltd. as its official licensing and merchandising agent in India for Game of Thrones. Black White Orange will help to ensure that Indian fans are not far behind in building their own Game of Thrones memorabilia collections by paving the way for HBO to partner with companies to develop merchandising and retail opportunities for the show in a market that consumes the property on a level at par with international audiences.
 
Internationally, HBO Global Licensing has created a robust catalog of Game of Thrones products, from conventional categories such as apparel, figures, collectibles and digital games to specialty categories such as special edition board games and a range of craft beers. Black White Orange will represent HBO in India to develop licensed products like apparel, wall décor, drinkware, stationery, and other collectibles.
 
Bhavik Vora, Founder & CEO, Black White Orange Brands Pvt Ltd. said, “This is a huge achievement for us at Black White Orange, and to say we are ecstatic would be underplaying the surge of emotions we’re feeling. Game of Thrones fans get transported into the world of Westeros when watching the show and are eager to extend that experience into their everyday lives. We’re honored & excited to work with HBO, who have instilled faith in a young team like ours, to make that possible for the show’s many fans across India.”
 
Black White Orange, which started in September 2015, has also signed on leading brands like NBCUniversal, Sesame Street, Brand YouWeCan, The Emoji Company and bCreative. The association with HBO and Game of Thrones further strengthens its position as a key player in the brand licensing and merchandising industry in India.

Petco Introduces New Dr. Seuss Pet Fans Collection

Petco, in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises L.P., has released the latest assortment from the Dr. Seuss Pet Fans Collection. The new items, for both dogs and cats, are inspired by Dr. Seuss’ children’s book, What Pet Should I Get?
 
Designed with bright colors and based on artwork from the book, the collection includes an assortment of dog and cat products. Ranging in price from $5 to $10, the collection includes Dr. Seuss Tall Bird with Knotted Rope Legs Dog Toy, Dr. Seuss What Pet Should I Get? 3 Fishes Cat Teaser, Dr. Seuss What Pet Should I Get? Puppy Stick Dog Toy, and Dr. Seuss What Pet Should I Get? Bunny and Turtle 2 Pack Cat Toy. The line also includes The Dr. Seuss Pet Fans Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat Mouse Toys for Cats and Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat Flat Dog Toy.
 
These are available exclusively at Petco.com/drseuss, and at Petco and Unleashed by Petco stores nationwide.

LMCA to License Milady

LMCA reports that Milady has named the firm as its exclusive global licensing agency.
Milady, a part of Cengage Learning, is the leading provider of beauty and wellness learning solutions and has been the industry leader for just shy of 90 years. Known not only as the market leader of pre-licensure resources, Milady offers online training and professional development classes for salon and spa professionals, changing the lives of tens of thousands individuals every year.
 
Alan Kravetz, president & COO of LMCA said, “As the industry leader, Milady fits the profile of the type of client LMCA is known to represent:  a vital part of its industry.”
Kravetz added, “We envision Milady being branded on dozens of fine products used by beauty and wellness professionals, with offerings in shampoos and conditioners, hair color, dryers and salon & spa goods and accessories.
 
Sandra Bruce, executive director of Milady said, “LMCA’s professional approach to licensing perfectly matches Milady’s image with its consumers.  They will build and execute a comprehensive and strategic brand extension licensing effort that takes Milady into appropriate products used by its students and alumni daily.”

SmileyWorld Launches New Sleepwear Line with Etam

The Original Smiley Brand and Etam have launched a debut collection, available at Etam stores across France and online.
 
The line includes SmileyWorld’s newest icon style, Sketchy, on a new line of women's lounge and sleepwear, featuring delicate and feminine fabrics and prints.

Rainbow Fish Program Grows

RJM’s Rainbow Fish licensing program has just turned one year old.. In just one year, RJM has taken the Rainbow Fish Licensing program from floundering to becoming one of the biggest fish on the reef. The program has matured into a diverse roster of eleven licensees in markets such as home décor, fabric, plush, and apparel to name a few.
 
The Licensee Roster is varied and includes Stephan Baby for plush, apparel, melamine, and other key categories; Mindware for board games and activity books;  Wall-Ah! for wall décor; Colonial Needle for needlecraft for pillows and ornaments; Pint Size Productions for a new customizable board book; Litographs for T-shirts and totes; Lakeshore Learning for story telling kits, Marcus Fabrics, Raleigh Arts Theater for a Rainbow Fish themed dance productions and Arts Power for a musical production.
 
RJM has also initiated a slew of Rainbow Fish promotions. The Parade Company has a licensed Rainbow Fish balloon that appears in America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit, and Marcus Pfister, the author of The Rainbow Fish, will be making appearances in the US. In addition, the promotions list includes the White House Easter Egg Roll, the American Library Association and Pizza Hut.

Geek & Sundry Partners with Green Ronin for Critical Role Books

Green Ronin Publishing has signed a licensing agreement with Geek & Sundry to release roleplaying game sourcebooks based on Critical Role, the weekly web series in which eight voice actors come together for an ongoing Dungeons & Dragons game. The books, which will be written by Critical Role creator and Game Master Matthew Mercer, will bring readers into his world of Exandria.
 
Critical Role has more than 50 million views since its launch in March. Its cast includes Mercer, Travis Willingham, Marisha Ray, Taliesin Jaffe, Ashley Johnson (Blindspot), Sam Riegel, Liam O’Brien, and Laura Bailey.
 
The series has also attracted celebrities who have joined the cast as special guests, including Chris Hardwick, Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton, and Phil Lamarr. Work is underway on the first book, Critical Role: Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting, scheduled for release next spring. All books in the series will use the Fifth Edition rules.

HTI Signs with MGA for Num Noms

HTI has signed a license deal with MGA Entertainment for Num Noms wheeled toys. From the novelty scented collectibles range that is taking the collectibles market by storm, MGA Entertainment is now extending the reach of this incredibly popular license brand into other product categories. HTI has snapped up the opportunity to manufacture and distribute Num Noms wheeled toys in UK and Eire.
 
HTI’s Num Noms wheeled range will comprise a Skateboard, a selection of Scooters, Helmet and Protection Gear which is in development for launch Spring Summer 2017.
 
Leonie Buckley, HTI Girls Product Manager, comments: “We are absolutely delighted to have forged this new relationship with MGA Entertainment and to be awarded the rights to create an impactful wheeled toys range which will appeal to fans of this hugely successful new collectible phenomenon. As a leading wheeled toy supplier, and with the brand in full swing with fantastic TV support, we are positive we have a winning combination to scoop up sales this coming Spring Summer!”
 
Tina-Louise Foster, MGA Entertainments Senior Director, Licensing EMEA, comments “HTI’s product range development is exceptional and so on brand, girls won’t be able to resist the sweet styles.”

Vosene Kids Collaborates with DreamWorks Animation For Trolls

Vosene Kids entered a promotional partnership with DreamWorks Animation for its latest film, Trolls.
 
Featuring Trolls characters, the limited-edition packs will roll out across retailers from August. In addition to creating strong stand out on shelf, the on-pack promotion to give away 40,000 mini Trolls dolls is designed to drive shopper and consumer engagement, as well as retailer sales. Each limited-edition product across the brand’s Squeaky Clean and Fruity Goodness ranges will contain a scratch mechanism on the back of the product to win prizes.
 
Vosene Kids will also launch an interactive game that will help kids learn how easy washing their hair can be through a shampoo challenge with the Trolls characters.
  
The partnership will run through February, driving consumers in store and online.

CPLG Restructures for Growth

CPLG has announced a restructure to reflect the increasing importance of multi-territory partners and synergies across retail, licensing, and operations, especially in Europe and the U.S.

Maarten Weck, currently the managing director of CPLG Northern Europe, will also head CPLG UK. John Taylor has been promoted to commercial director, CPLG UK, and Gemma Witts has been promoted to retail and marketing director, CPLG UK. 

Maria Gurrieri, currently the managing director, CPLG Italy, will now add Turkey and Greece to her overall remit, to become managing director, CPLG Southern Europe. Anthe Louizos, managing director, CPLG Turkey and Greece, will report to Gurrieri. Pau Pascual, who currently manages CPLG Iberia, will also take on oversight of Middle East, to support the expansion plans of CPLG MENA.

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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

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

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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