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Target Set to Launch Annie-Inspired Collection

AnnieOn Nov. 16, Target will launch a limited-edition girls’ collection inspired by the upcoming film Annie. Set to hit theaters December 19, Sony Pictures’ contemporized version of the classic movie features a star-studded cast that includes Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, and Cameron Diaz.
In celebration of the iconic story, Target partnered with the Annie costume designer, Renée Ehrlich Kalfus, on a 25-piece collection of girl’s apparel and accessories that captures the essence of the movie’s characters. Annie for Target by Renée Ehrlich Kalfus includes playful pieces with details such as patching, embroidery, buttons, and tulle, as well as a do-it-yourself kit that lets budding fashionistas add even more color and personalization to their wardrobe. 

Gund Expands Brand with Outbound Licensing Program

Gund has expanded its selection of soft toys with a full line of branded bedding, blankets, and bath products developed under license with Heritage Home Fashions. This marks the first partnership in Gund’s outbound licensing program to extend the brand to new markets. The launch of the product line includes plush hoodies inspired by top selling Gund characters; cotton crib sheets in solids and prints; bath ensembles; swaddle blankets; and stroller blankets in a variety of styles and colors.
 
The full line will be on display at the Gund showroom in New York City during the New York Home Fashions market week.

Hot Topic, FCP Introduce The Book of Life Fashion Collection

The Book of LifeHot Topic, in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products (FCP), has unveiled a limited-edition collection of fashion apparel inspired by the fantasy adventure The Book of Life, from 20th Century Fox and Reel FX Animation Studios. Designed by the Hot Topic team, the fashion collection includes dresses, tops, skirts, and cardigans. In addition, the store will offer a range of film T-shirts, jewelry, accessories, and fragrances.
 
The collection represents a visual adventure of the heart, mind, and spirit, with graphics and characters inspired by Día de los Muertos. The apparel line will be available exclusively at Hot Topic stores and online on September 15, with pre-sale beginning on August 26.


The Book of Life follows the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he faces his greatest fears in three fantastical worlds. The movie hits theaters on October 17.

iStoryTime Announces New Digital Publishing Partnership with Nickelodeon

SpongeBob Square PantsThe iStoryTime Library, powered by Cupcake Digital Inc., will now include new titles from Nickelodeon. Narrated storybooks featuring characters from the network’s series, SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer, will be added to the free-to-download library app beginning this month. The new two-year licensing agreement covers a range of books from Nickelodeon’s lineup, joining iStoryTime’s existing content relationships with DreamWorks Animation, Sony, Lafig Belgium/IMPS for Smurfs, PBS, and others.

Angelcare Holding Inc. Acquires Sassy Inc., Hires Dean Robinson as President of Angelcare Baby Division 

Angelcare Holding Inc., the managing company of Angelcare Monitors Inc. and International Refills Co., has acquired Sassy from Kids Brand Inc. Dean Robinson, former president of Sassy, has been hired to serve as president of the Angelcare Baby division and the new Sassy, effective immediately. At Sassy, Robinson led the company’s efforts to expand into new product categories, including licensed goods.

Mercury Inpress Debuts Augmented Reality Book Series

IncredebooksMercury Inpress has debuted a new augmented (AR) reality book brand, Incredebooks. The first book series to debut is Funny Fables, based on popular and iconic children’s fairy tales. In addition, the company has secured a licensing agreement with Mind Candy to create next-generation coloring activity books for its Moshi Monsters brand to use AR technology, to debut throughout North America in the third quarter.
 
Each of the Incredebooks AR books will focus on colors, shapes, words, and numbers. Incredebooks features interactive activities related to each storyline that help kids learn through hands-on experiences. The series marks the first release of AR storybooks at mass-market retailers and is available at Walmart stores in Canada. Mercury Inpress will debut a second release in the fourth quarter, also in Canada, followed by rollouts throughout the U.S. Mexico, and Latin America next year. 

GBI Introduces Baby Genius Jukebox

Baby Genius JukeboxGenius Brands International Inc. has introduced a new streaming JukeBox on BabyGenius.com that provides parents and caregivers easy access to the Baby Genius catalogue of kids’ songs. The new service allows unlimited streaming of the Baby Genius music catalog on iOS, Android, and desktop devices. 

Produce for Kids, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Partner for Fall Campaign

The Very Hungry CaterpillarProduce for Kids has partnered with The Very Hungry Caterpillar for its third annual Healthy Families, Healthy Kids campaign this fall. The campaign will run in all Meijer stores and Publix Super Markets this September and October, and will raise funds to support local children’s charities.
 
Produce for Kids will promote the campaign through all social media platforms and will host various sweepstakes and giveaways on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Produce for Kids will also engage mom bloggers in each participating retail partner’s markets to help spread the message about healthy eating. In addition, Produce for Kids will host monthly Twitter parties during the campaign focused on seasonal healthy eating topics. The Very Hungry Caterpillar will also host in-store meet-and-greets with families at select participating grocery stores.

Big Tent Entertainment, NFL Players Partner for Co-Brand Deal

Domo NFLBig Tent Entertainment has teamed up with NFL Players for a co-branding deal, which will see its Domo character and NFL players appear on various licensed lines. The line will include plush, novelty items, apparel, hats, bags, drinkware, collectibles, and stickers and embeds for digital games and mobile apps.
 
Big Tent has the rights to use all NFL players as part of the co-brand, including 1,800 distinct player names, likenesses, numbers, photographs, voices, signatures, original art, and biographical data. The line will launch this fall. 

Keurig Green Mountain, Kraft Foods Sign Licensing Agreement

Keurig Green Mountain Inc. and Kraft Foods Group have partnered for a multi-year licensing, manufacturing, and distribution agreement for Kraft’s branded coffees in Keurig portion pack formats. Under the agreement, coffee brands such as Maxwell House, Gevalia, Yuban, and McCafe will be available for Keurig consumer and commercial brewing systems in the U.S. 

GBI Appoints Lloyd Mintz as Vice President of Consumer Products

Lloyd Mintz Genius Brands International Inc. has appointed Lloyd Mintz to the newly created role of vice president of consumer products. Mintz and president Stone Newman will work together with retailers and licensees to build comprehensive global consumer products’ programs for each of the company’s brands, including Baby Genius, Secret Millionaires Club, Stan Lee’s Mighty 7, Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab, and others in development. In addition, Newman and Mintz will manage licensing programs for properties under GBI’s wholly owned subsidiary, A Squared Entertainment.
 
Mintz has more than 20 years of experience in licensing, merchandising, and new business development. He has managed his own consultancy, and has negotiated more than 150 licensing agreements and generated more than $600 million in cumulative retail sales on behalf of clients. Most recently, he worked as executive vice president of licensing for NYC-based Galaxy Brands. Prior to starting his own business, Mintz worked at Hasbro and Disney Consumer Products.

DuPont Kevlar Kicks Off New Brand Platform and Sponsorship of ESPN X Games

DuPont Protection Technologies has debuted the new DuPont Kevlar brand platform, Dare Bigger, and is a sponsor of the ESPN X Games through next year. The campaign will begin with the inaugural X Games this week in Austin, Texas.
 
In addition, Kevlar is the subject of a documentary-style sponsorship that premieres this spring during commercial breaks in the fourth season of the award-winning series Horizons on BBC World News. The Kevlar Journey, Top to Bottom takes the audience from space to earth and below to showcase how the technology can challenge boundaries. Kevlar is seen in the design of such varied products as space suits, cell phones, high-performance sporting equipment and mining belts. 

EUROPE

Poeticgem to Develop Pepsi, 7UP Nightwear Line

Pepsi 7UPPoeticgem is set to develop a range based on the beverage brands Pepsi and 7UP. The company will use classic imagery based on the brands to create an adult nightwear line.

LIMA BLE Global Networking Party Returns, Registration Is Open

LIMA UK's annual Global Networking party at Brand Licensing Europe (BLE) will take place on Wednesday, October 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Crystal Room at the Mayfair Hotel, Sutton Street. The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the body dedicated to promoting Hong Kong trade and opportunities, will sponsor the event for the second time.
 
Guests will enjoy drinks and canapés served from the adjacent cocktail bar. LIMA has set the time early so that attendees remain free to schedule private or client dinners for later in the evening. Tickets cost £50 +VAT for LIMA members (including booking fee) and £100 +VAT for non-members (additional booking fee to be added on payment). To book tickets, please visit http://limaglobalnetworking.eventbrite.co.uk

David Bowie to Star in New Comic Book

David BowieBluewater Productions has announced the release of new comic book biography of music icon David Bowie.
 
Fame: David will be released this week in print as well as digital. This summer, Bluewater has released biographical comic books featuring Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, and Freddie Mercury as part of their Tribute series. 
 
Written by Mike Lynch with art by George Amaru, Fame: David Bowie features, six collectable covers by Michael Troy, Graham Hill, and George Amaru showcasing Bowie’s flamboyant fashion through the decades.

The People’s Friend Partners with Age UK Network 

The People's FriendWeekly women’s magazine, The People’s Friend, is to launch a partnership with charities that form the Age UK network: Age Cymru, Age NI, Age Scotland and Age UK.  The joint venture will see a range of cross promotional activity taking place which includes copies of The People’s Friend magazine being stocked in the charities’ shops.
 
The People’s Friend will be available to purchase in the charities’ shops when it begins to roll out from 17th September 2014.  A portion of the cover price of each copy will go direct to the charities.  The partnership follows a successful initial roll out period of six weeks in which Age UK stocked the magazine in 30 of its shops in England.
 
On sale Wednesday 27th August, the 30th August issue of The People’s Friend will feature a range of in-title editorial that draws on the Age UK network’s expertise in health and finance.  In addition to this The People’s Friend’s has dedicated its annual Love Darg appeal to the charities, with readers being invited to use their knitting and crochet skills to make items to donate to Age Cymru, Age NI, Age Scotland and Age UK.    
 
DC Thomson Head of Advertising (Consumer Entertainment) Andrew Williams commented: “This is a first for The People’s Friend.  To have our magazine stocked nationwide in the charities’ stores is a great chance for us to develop and grow the brand’s audience, as well as reaching out in a different way to our existing readers.  It offers an exciting and unique opportunity for advertisers.”

Smiley Announces Senior Role Appointments

David FoxSmiley has appointed two new senior roles as the company continues its creative expansion plans.
 
David Fox will join as Head of Design, while Salvatore Zingrillo will join as Global Brand Director, Fashion.  
 
David has a wealth of licensing expertise having spent a number of years as a Creative Director at The Walt Disney Company's Consumer Products Division as well as sound design, retail and brand knowledge from senior creative fashion and marketing roles, including Vice President of Design at the The Gap's Old Navy Division in the US and as a Creative Marketing Director for Esprit's EDC Division in Germany. 
 
Salvatore Zingrillo  Salvatore has a full understanding of the young consumer market, having started his career at MTV, as well as experience in the global fashion and streetwear industry, having previously worked at Diesel. He joins Smiley from Sanrio, where he built successful brand strategies as EMEA Marketing Director, and developed Hello Kitty premium collaborations with the likes of Liberty, Barbour, KISS, Retrosuperfuture, Hydrogen, Moleskine, Rizzoli New York, KISS, DC Comics and Playboy for colette. 
 
Both roles will commence on September 1st and will be based at the Smiley head office in London.

AUSTRALIA

Haven Partners with Artestar for Keith Haring and Others

ArtestarArtestar has appointed Haven Licensing to manage the licensing of their portfolio of art, design, and pop culture brands in Australia and New Zealand.
 
Based in New York, Artestar’s clients include Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Patricia Field, Jeremyville and Curtis Kulig amongst a plethora of other designers and artists. Internationally, the Artestar team have collaborated with a wide variety of labels and retailers, including Reebok, Uniqlo, Comme des Garcons, IKEA and Adidas. This new deal with Haven brings these opportunities to the ANZ market.
 
“We see great potential for our artists and brands in the region and we’re really excited to be partnering with Haven to spearhead the effort,” said David Stark, President of Artestar. “Haring and Basquiat have been perennially successful throughout Europe, Asia and the US, along with the cohesive portfolio of talent that we’ve built around that success. Expanding into Australia and New Zealand is a logical next step for us and our clients.”
 
“We are delighted to be working with Artestar,” said Yvonne King, Director, Haven Licensing. “We’ve been contemplating a foray into art and design licensing for some time now, and breadth of the Artestar portfolio makes them a one stop shop for licensees & retailers looking to capitalise on the tremendous surge of interest in the genre.  We’re seeing the trend come through in the High Street stores internationally, and the time is right for us to be introducing the brands into the ANZ market place.”

ASIA

The Wild East Group Merges with Exceed Entertainment

Representatives from Exceed Entertainment and The Wild East Group announced this week that the two companies will be merging, with immediate effect.  The Wild East Group will continue to operate independently within the Exceed Entertainment group of companies.     
 
Afsar Zaidi, CEO of Exceed Entertainment, comments “We are excited to bring The Wild East Group into the Exceed infrastructure.  This is a powerful merger as the skillsets of the two companies are clearly very complimentary, and will redefine the talent management and brand space to by offering new bundles of services with a variety of different lenses.”
 
Sid Shah, Founder of The Wild East Group, says “India has irrevocably passed from the age of transactions and deals to the age of value, and this merger was necessary to be able to offer the kind of value add services that brands require.  We have already been embedded culturally with Exceed for years, so there won’t be much of a transition, and our clients will get to share in the benefits of significant resources that Exceed brings to the table.  I will step down, with the team remaining in tact and Neha Kanoria will become President of this new entity, bringing a wealth of international and domestic experience in the space”.

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Licensing / Business Development Professional Seeks New Challenges

Jeff Quinn has 15 years experience in licensing and business development in the consumer goods Industry.  Expert at identifying opportunities and creating global strategies to develop incremental revenue streams.  Generated 50% + annual revenue increases for employers over past decade. 
 
Merchandise Licensing 
* Brands:  Disney, Warner Brothers, NFL, Fender Musical Instruments, Brainy Baby, etc. 
* Categories: apparel, action sports, home décor, books, toys, electronics,plush, multi-media, etc.  
* Licensed both in and out. Negotiated and wrote/co-wrote over 100 contracts.  
* Recruited and managed world leading agencies: Beanstalk, BLT, Evergreen Concepts, etc.
 
Brand Management
Expert at creating high profile strategic alliances to enhance brand awareness (Summit Entertainment, Vivendi, V-Tech, Chick-Fil-A restaurants, Lucky Brand etc.)
 
Consumer Packaged Goods
* Developed / marketed 350+ new products to multiple trade: mass, food, drug, specialty,  e-tail, etc.
* Created sales distribution networks on 6 continents and sourced product production on 5 
 
Open to global relocation.
 
Contact: JeffQ@rocketmail.com

Licensing/Sales Director

Boutique brand development & licensing agency is seeking a sales/retail business director to work closely with CEO on all aspects of sales, marketing, and retail development for the company's art & design lifestyle brands.

This position requires a motivated candidate who is adaptable and comfortable in a small company environment. Key responsibilities for this position include growing sales by identifying and qualifying potential licensees, soliciting and negotiating proposals, giving sales presentations to prospects and retail executives, and day-to-day account management. Director will also assist CEO with management of international sub-agents, execution of retail programs/pop-up shops and marketing initiatives, and implementation of marketing campaigns/social media strategies. This position entails moderate domestic and international travel, including attendance at trade events such as the Licensing Show, MAGIC, Comic-Con, Toy Fair, etc.

For information, please contact Alison@artimpressionsinc.com

Operations Manager

becker&mayer!/SmartLab Toys seeks an Operations Manager.
 
To Apply:
Please submit your resume and cover letter detailing your skills in light of the above qualifications via email to jobs@mcevoygroup.com. Be sure to include “Operations Manager” in your subject line.

Professional with Two Decades Experience Seeks New Opportunities

Petrus J. Horemans is a trilingual (Dutch-French-English) Belgian professional and has more than 20 years in creative and brand licensing, partnership, co-branding, and line extension of character merchandising of IP rights. He has worked with The Adventures of Tintin, The Swatch Group, Orange, Renault France, Coca Cola, The Royal Mint of Belgium, among others, and has in-depth knowledge of the licensing industry, and general management.

He now seeks new opportunities in the licensing industry for a permanent position with licensors or licensees and is willing to relocate.

To contact: petrus.horemans@hotmail.be

Business Professional Available for Opportunities

Paul Tamayo is an experienced business professional in competitive sales environments, throughout multiple industries. He has brand management experience with licensed consumer products.

He has strong management skills for creating and implementing strategic plans that deliver profitable financial results. He is bilingual and based in the States.

For further information and full CV, please contact: Phone (516) 318-2354 / E-mail tamayo.paul@gmail.com.

Licensing/Marketing Professional Available for New Opportunities

Bruce Anthony has over 40 years of creative Licensing, Domestic and Overseas Sourcing, Marketing, Sales experience, and assisting in "Total Management" abilities.

He has hands-on experience of multiple successful projects and experience working within the world of consumer packaged goods, specializing in souvenir, gift & stationery, sporting goods, educational and generic toys, cosmetics, room/home décor fields. He has worked with The Walt Disney Company, Coca Cola Sony Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, among others, and has in-depth knowledge of most of the retail categories of trade, as well as the licensing industry! He is looking for new opportunities in the licensing industry for a permanent position with licensors or licensees.

To contact: banthony1991@hotmail.com.

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