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Kohl’s Department Stores, AwesomenessTV Partner for Fashion Line, YouTube Series

S.o. R.a.dKohl’s Department Stores have partnered with AwesomenessTV to launch seven capsules of S.o. R.a.d., a limited-edition junior’s fashion line and Life’s S.o. R.a.d., an original four-season YouTube series featuring top teen influencers. The first S.o. R.a.d. junior’s capsule will launch at Kohl’s and kohls.com on September 22. The line will feature dresses, sweaters, skirts, knits, and leggings and is influenced by urban edge, Tokyo pop, and princess styles.
 
Life’s S.o. R.a.d. will debut on September 19, starring Amanda Steele and Lia Marie Johnson. Each episode will engage followers in an authentic social conversation using #sorad on Twitter and Instagram to drive excitement about the new fashion line. Each of the series’ seasons will feature a different pair of influencers and storylines. The series will live on the AwesomenessTV YouTube channel and will be promoted across the AwesomenessTV multi-channel network.

Marvel Launches Month-Long National Celebration: Marvel Super Hero September

Super Hero SeptemberThis month, Disney Consumer Products and Marvel have teamed up for an annual national multi-platform campaign on behalf of the Marvel brand. The September-long celebration, Power Up Like a Marvel Super Hero, will feature retail partnerships, licensing partners, advertising, and online activations. The strategy will place a stake in the ground for Marvel and its characters, which celebrate 75 years of history.
 
The central hub for Marvel Super Hero September will be a new online portal, marvelsuperheroseptember.com, which will house content and activities, including a national photo sweepstakes contest supported by select national retailers. Marvel will also be re-launching marvelkids.com, which will also feature content.Description: http://licensingbook.com/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gif
 
For the inaugural campaign, Marvel has lined up retailers including Wal-Mart, Target, Kmart, Payless, Party City, Amazon, and the Disney Store, each of which will feature unique promotions, special offers, and weekly in-store events. The events include Wal-Mart Retailtainment Day on September 20, in-store photo contests at Party City stores, weekly Marvel Super Hero events at Disney Store locations across the U.S., and more. All participants will receive a free Marvel Super Hero mask.
 
Along with supporting the aforementioned retailers through a merchandising program, Hasbro will launch an in-theater campaign feature to highlight new Spider-Man and Captain America role-play items. Additionally, a one page Hasbro ad will be included in Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier Blu-Ray/DVD insert, providing product and campaign details.

FCP, Pacsun to Launch Rook x Family Guy Collection

Family GuyFox Consumer Products, Rook, and PacSun will launch an apparel and accessories collection featuring characters from the TV show Family Guy on Sept. 26. The collection includes three hip-hop graphic T-shirts, each based on the characters Peter, Stewie, and Brian, fusing Rook’s pop-culture influences with the well-known characters.
 
The collection will be exclusive to PacSun stores and online, and is the first time the retailer has carried licensed Family Guy merchandise.

Mr. Bubble, Drizzle Studios Partner for Original Art and Prints

Firefly Brand Management has added Drizzle Studios as the newest licensee for Mr. Bubble. Drizzle Studios will design and market a line of original art and prints featuring the iconic Mr. Bubble character. The line will include Mr. Bubble paintings, created especially for the bathroom, that come bundled with etched vinyl “Bubble” decals for mirror application. 

FCP Celebrates Final Sons of Anarchy Season with New Licensing Programs

Sons of AnarchyTwentieth Century Fox Consumer Products (FCP) has created a multi-category global licensing program for Sons of Anarchy, featuring all-new branded merchandise. Leading licensing partners include Metal Mulisha and Changes for apparel; Time Inc., Boom! Comics, St. Martin's Press, and Running Press Books for publishing; Gale Force Nine and Mezco Toys for toys and games; and Cigars International, Zippo, and Segal Fine Art for collectors’ items.
 
Specialty retail programs timed to the #FinalRide season of Sons of Anarchy include Spencer’s Gifts, Hastings, and Spirit Halloween stores.

Vandor Adds Doctor Who as Newest Licensee

Dr. WhoVandor LCC has added Doctor Who to its roster of licenses. The company will be a primary drinkware supplier for the Doctor Who license in the U.S. and Canada. The new collection debuted this summer, and features the show’s characters and distinctive phrases in comic book style graphics. 

RJM Licensing to Represent The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady 

The Country DiaryRJM Licensing will represent The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady in the U.S. and Canada. Target categories include over the counter fabric/quilting goods, greeting cards, home décor, gift bags, gift wrap, kitchen textiles, ceramics, rubber stamps, and prints. 

Hasbro, Bazooka Partner for Cross Promotion

Hasbro and Bazooka Candy Brands have partnered for a cross-promotion in merchandising and retail, digital, and social media to launch this month through the end of the year. Retail initiatives will feature a strong in-store presence, where shoppers can receive $3 off any one Hasbro game coupon or a chance to win a Carnival cruise, sponsored by Topps, or one of 100 Hasbro game and Bazooka Candy Brand prize packs.
 
Candymania.com, Bazooka Candy Brands’ site, will be rebranded and skinned, featuring Hasbro game themes showcasing the joint promotion and integration. The website will also host an interactive online promotion, sponsored by Topps, featuring an instant win game where fans can play for a chance to win game and candy prize packs. In addition, there will be cross promotions on both Bazooka Candy Brands’ and Hasbro’s social media platforms.

Kids Preferred, Carter’s Sign Licensing Agreement

Kids Preferred has acquired the toy license from Carter’s Inc. to develop branded plush, activity, and wood toys; as well as puzzles, play gyms, plush rockers, and foot-to-floor scooters in the U.S. and Canada. The first items will arrive on shelves this fall.

9 Story Entertainment Expands Licensing for Fugget About It

Fugget About It9 Story Entertainment has secured multiple licenses for its animated primetime comedy Fugget About It as the series moves into production on its third season. The licenses include a home entertainment deal with Entertainment One (eOne) and e-commerce site with Monetyze.
 
eOne will release the first season of the series in Canada on DVD Sept. 30, while the e-commerce site features branded drinkware, T-shirts, iPod cases, and more.

The Wiggles Tour North America to Promote New CD, DVD 

The WigglesThe Wiggles are back on tour across the country to support their new CD and DVD, Apples and Bananas, as well as a new season of their TV show airing on Sprout in the U.S. and Treehouse in Canada. During each performance, the quartet will be joined by Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog, and Henry the Octopus.
 
The Wiggles Live! “Ready, Steady, Wiggle” North American tour includes new music from Apples and Bananas. Tickets are available for sale now.

Peavey Electronics Releases Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Collection

Guardians of the GalaxyPeavy Electronics adds Marvel products to its line with Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy musical instruments and accessories. Fans can bring the superheroes to life with guitars, ukuleles, straps, and picks from Peavy. The guitars and ukeleles are decorated with Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy characters featuring a high gloss finish. Fans can also choose from a selection of themed straps and picks.

The Jim Henson Co. to Debut Preschool Series Hi Opie!

Hi Opie!The Jim Henson Co. will unveil the new live-action preschool series, Hi Opie!, at MIP Junior and MIPCOM for the first time. marblemedia will produce the property, which will be presented as both a finished English language series and international format. Hi Opie! was developed with TVO and produced in partnership with TVO, City Saskatchewan, and Knowledge Network.
 
The series is designed for preschoolers and stars 5-year-old Opie, a puppet custom-built by the experts at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. Opie and his real kid classmates are in their first year of kindergarten, and with each new day, he learns more about himself, his friends, and his teachers. With the guidance of their teacher, the kids in the TV classroom and at home learn through play by having fun, asking questions, imagining, and continuing to be curious.
 
The Jim Henson Co. will oversee all TV, DVD, digital distribution, and format rights, as well as all consumer products worldwide. marblemedia will launch an extensive interactive component this month. The online content, hosted by Opie himself, will reinforce the core messages of the brand by offering kids interactive stories, explanatory environments, and activities and games. The website will be available for international licensing. 

Sesame Workshop Appoints Jeffrey Dunn as President and CEO

Vincent A. Mai, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sesame Workshop, has announced the appointment of Jeffrey D. Dunn as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sesame Workshop, effective September 29, 2014.
 
Mr. Dunn, formerly the President and CEO of HiT Entertainment, will succeed Mel Ming who announced his retirement earlier this year. Mr. Dunn will lead the nonprofit educational organization in its mission to use the educational power of media to help all children reach their highest potential.
 
“Jeff Dunn has an outstanding track record in the world of children’s media,” said Vincent Mai. “At HiT Entertainment, Jeff led the company’s resurgence and successful turn-around before it was sold to Mattel in 2012. And under his leadership, Nickelodeon became one of the industry’s most global networks, largest licensing businesses, as well as the world’s largest digital media business for kids. His current experience at Harvard is a testament to his commitment to the educational power of media and we look forward to the Workshop thriving under his creative, inspired leadership.”

Universal Pictures Appoints Vince Klaseus President, Universal Brand Development

Vince Klaseus Universal Pictures has announced that Vince Klaseus will join the company as President of a newly-created Brand Development division. 
 
In this role, Klaseus will develop and implement a long term strategic plan to expand the company’s presence in the family and kids space, including positioning Universal and creating new strategies to build and grow its portfolio of brands and consumer products.  The announcement was made by Universal Filmed Entertainment Group Chairman Jeff Shell, to whom Klaseus will report.
 
“Universal has an enormous opportunity to unify and grow our brands in a way that allows us to capitalize on existing franchises and characters and grow new ones that we can deploy across the NBCUniversal ecosystem,” said Shell.  “Vince is one of the best executives in the business at leveraging innovative strategies to create successful products, and he will be a terrific leader for this new division.”  
 
In his new role, Klaseus will be responsible for centralizing Universal businesses and brands to grow product opportunities in the retail and non-theatrical content space.  Universal Partnerships & Licensing President Stephanie Sperber will continue to lead NBCUniversal’s global consumer products, promotions, and digital gaming efforts, which includes the merchandising and licensing of the company’s wealth of intellectual properties, including Universal Pictures, Universal Studios Home Entertainment, NBC Entertainment and Sprout, reporting to Klaseus.  Universal 1440 Entertainment  EVP & General Manager Glenn Ross will continue in his role as head of Universal Studios’ Home Entertainment’s content production arm, developing and producing kids and family entertainment for non-theatrical distribution worldwide.  Ross, who reports to President Worldwide Home Entertainment Eddie Cunningham, will now also report to Klaseus.  

EUROPE

LIMA Highlights Top Kid Toy Brands in Survey for Back-to-School Season 

A new study by the Licensing Industry Merchandiser’s Association (LIMA) has revealed the nation’s favorite licensed toy brands among British children and what is likely to be seen on back-to-school products such as backpacks, pencil cases, and lunch boxes. The study showed that global brands Lego and Barbie dominate both in the UK and abroad as the brands celebrate their 65th and 55th birthdays, respectively.
 
Top Ten Toys (Boys)

1. Lego
2. Cars The Movie
3. Thomas & Friends
4. Toy Story
5. Hot Wheels
6. Nerf
7. Spider-Man
8. Star Wars
9. Mickey Mouse
10. Playmobil

Top Ten Toys (Girls)
1. Barbie
2. Hello Kitty
3. Lego
4. Peppa Pig
5. Minnie Mouse
6. Lego Friends
7. Disney Princess
8. Monster High
9. My Little Pony
10. Mickey Mouse

The global study was carried out by Kidz Global on behalf of LIMA and measures the relative awareness, popularity, and merchandise appeal of the most important brands to children.

DC Thompson, Dr. Martens Extend Partnership for The Beano Collection

The Beano CollectionDC Thomson Consumer Products has extended its partnership with Dr. Martens to launch a Fall/Winter 2014 Limited Edition The Beano collection. This latest shoe line will be available for adults and juniors, which boast artwork from the comics Dennis the Menace, Gnasher, and Minnie the Minx. The second line of boots is available for infants and juniors. In addition to laces, the styles made for kids also feature a side zip, and new to the line, is a T-bar style shoe.
 
The Autumn/Winter Limited Edition The Beano collection will be available from Dr. Martens stores internationally and at selected independent stores this month.

The Wisdom of Kids, Gemma International Partner for Greeting Cards

The Wisdom of Kids has entered an agreement with Gemma International Ltd. for licensed greeting cards. The partnership will bring the design brand to specialist card retail outlets, stores, and supermarkets nationwide next spring/summer. The line will include stand alone designs with occasion and relation cards.
 
JELC, the UK-based licensing agency for The Wisdom of Kids, plans to expand the brand to stationery, gifts, apparel, electronics, home-wares, household textiles, and more. 

DHX Signs Character Options as Master Toy for Teletubbies

TeletubbiesDHX Media has appointed Character Options as global master toy partner for the new series of Teletubbies. The deal was completed by DHX Brands, the company’s dedicated brand and consumer products arm.
 
Character Options will launch product at retail in the UK in 2016, with other territories to follow. Core categories will be plush, plastics and bath toys.
 
The new 60-episode series of Teletubbies has been commissioned by the UK’s CBeebies and is being produced by UK production company, Darrall Macqueen Ltd. It will feature the same characters but will bring a refreshed, contemporary look to one of the world’s most well-known pre-school properties, ensuring that it is relevant for a new generation.
 
DHX Brands EVP Peter Byrne says: “Teletubbies is one of the most recognizable pre-school brands globally which we believe represents a remarkable consumer products opportunity. We’re very excited to be partnering with Character Options, who have an incredible track record in building and nurturing pre-school brands for the long term.”

Imira’s Original Content Goes on Demand with Hulu

ImiraImira Entertainment has inked a deal with SVOD provider Hulu which will see Lola & Virginia available in North America on the platform through a deal brokered by US distributor Viva Pictures Distribution.
 
Sergi Reitg, CEO of Imira Entertainment says: “Our original programming has global appeal, reinforced by deals with premium entertainment platforms like Hulu. Lola & Virginia is fun, genuine and engaging, and we are excited to see it continuing to reach new fans.”

Digital Giving and Bulldog Sign to Help Prevent Bullying

Digital Giving and Bulldog Licensing have delighted to announce a partnership between the T-Shirt Booth app and Plants vs. Zombies to benefit BeatBullying, a bullying prevention charity
 
Digital Giving's free T-Shirt Booth app allows fans to personalise a T-Shirt with just a few taps of their smartphone or tablet.  
 
This partnership also gives fans the chance to join the digital fundraising revolution. The T-Shirt Booth app takes an innovative approach by linking engaging children’s character brands to good causes donating £2 of each T-Shirt sale to the brand’s partner charity, in this case it’s Beat Bullying and the brand is Plants vs. Zombies™. 

Another Dimension for Moshi Monsters

Moshi MonstersThe Moshi Monsters 3D card range has launched at this year’s Autumn Fair.  This innovative range from Carte Blanche Group is being showcased on the Cardigans stand and portrays the characters in a way that has not yet been seen on greeting cards.
 
Previewed on this month’s issue of Progressive Greetings magazine, the 3D card range brings Moshi Monsters and the Moshlings to life and uses edge technology exclusive to Carte Blanche in the UK.  

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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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