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HEADLINES AT A GLANCE
Feld Entertainment, Sesame Workshop Kick Off Partnership with New Show

Unilever and Gibsons Create Twister Puzzle

3Doodler, Cartoon Network Partner for Powerpuff Yourself Kits
    Iftah Ya Simsim, an Arabic Version of Sesame Street Created for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Launches Second Season
  
MGAE Expands Global Licensing Program for L.O.L. Surprise!

Smiley Originals Launch at Children’s Salon

Feld Entertainment, Sesame Workshop Kick Off Partnership with New Show

Feld Entertainment Inc. and Sesame Workshop partnered for Sesame Street Live! Let's Party!. The production will immerse families in the world of Sesame Street through encounters both on and off stage.
 
During the show, audience members will hear the soundtrack with Sesame Street friends and live emcees Casey and Caleb. Kids will sing along to new and familiar songs, including “I Love Trash” and “C is for Cookie,” with Oscar the Grouch and Cookie Monster; dance with Elmo; explore a winter wonderland when Abby Cadabby’s magic goes awry; take flight with Big Bird to learn about some of his friends; and discover new cultures in an interactive Spanish lesson with Rosita.
 
A unique, up-close-and-personal pre-show experience will be offered at an additional charge prior to select performances, allowing families the opportunity to tour the on-stage neighborhood of the Sesame Street characters before they arrive for the main show. A variety of interactive activities give children the chance to create, discover, and learn as they help decorate for the upcoming party.
 
Paul Becker directs and choreographs the show, which will launch in St. Petersburg, Fla., on October 20. Tickets can be purchased here.

Unilever and Gibsons Create Twister Puzzle

Unilever has once again teamed up with the UK’s leading jigsaw puzzle company, Gibsons, to bring its iconic Twister lolly to life in the form of a double-sided, 250-piece jigsaw puzzle to target consumers looking to buy a fun gift at an attractive price point. Following the success of the Licensed Marmite Jigsaw which Gibsons launched in 2015, Unilever were keen to launch another fun puzzle in a new format. It will be available from this September in department stores other independent toy and gift shops.
 
The puzzle is packaged in a larger than life tin replica of the iconic Twister ice lolly, meaning its bright, bold design is perfectly positioned to provide optimum shelf presence. With Twister being the number one bestselling product in the kid’s ice cream market, making up 50% of Unilever kid’s ice cream sales, this new and exciting puzzle is bound to strike a connection with ice cream and puzzle lovers across the market.

 

3Doodler, Cartoon Network Partner for Powerpuff Yourself Kits

3Doodler partnered with Cartoon Network for its 3Doodler Start Powerpuff Yourself Pen Set and Activity Kit. The kit features a special-edition 3Doodler Start Pen, new themed DoodleMolds, DoodleBlocks, and a new plastic color palette for kids to create their own Powerpuff adventures.
 
The 3Doodler Start Powerpuff Yourself Pen Set and Activity Kit will be available at amazon.com and the3Doodler.com. Each 3Doodler Start Powerpuff Yourself Pen Set includes a Special Edition Black Sparkle 3Doodler Start x The Powerpuff Girls 3D Printing Pen, four packs of 3Doodler Start Plastic in 12 colors, a Powerpuff Head DoodleMold, four DoodleBlocks, a Powerpuff Yourself activity guide, and a Micro USB Charging Cable.
 
Each 3Doodler Start Powerpuff Yourself Activity Kit contains two packs of 3Doodler Start Plastic in eight colors, a Powerpuff Head DoodleMold, four DoodleBlocks, and a Powerpuff Yourself activity guide. 

Iftah Ya Simsim, an Arabic Version of Sesame Street Created for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Launches Second Season

Iftah Ya Simsim, a popular Arabic-language children’s series based on Sesame Street, will begin its second season on national TV channels across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and parts of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region this week. Season two will explore timely new educational themes, introduce exciting new characters, and feature guest appearances from well-known Arab personalities.
 
The 52 episodes expand on the lessons of Iftah Ya Simsim’s first season, introducing early vocabulary and concepts in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM), while promoting critical values like perseverance, cooperation, and team work. Lessons are woven through storytelling, games, and live-action segments—all designed to enhance the Arabic language skills of young children.

MGAE Expands Global Licensing Program for L.O.L. Surprise!

MGA Entertainment Inc. will expand its global licensing program for its toy brand L.O.L. Surprise!. L.O.L. Surprise! launched last December and offers seven layers to unwrap with a surprise in each layer, and a doll with a water feature as the final surprise.

MGAE appointed a roster of North American and international licensees to support the launch of the global licensing program.  International licensees include BCI for nightwear, apparel, and swimwear (UK); Blueprint for stationery (UK); Cardinal Industries for games and puzzles (Europe); Danilo for greeting cards and calendars (UK); DJ Murphy for a monthly magazine (UK); Dreamtex for home textiles (UK); H&A for health and beauty (UK); Little Brother Books for annuals (UK); MV Sports bikes, scooters, and accessories (UK); Parragon for publishing (U.S., UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Asia-Pacific); and TDP/Aykroyds for nightwear, underwear, and swimwear (UK).

North American licensing partners include Accessory Innovations for apparel and accessories (U.S.); Almar Sales Company Inc. for party goods (US); Bulls I Toy LLC for novelty (U.S.); Cardinal Industries Inc. for toys, crafts, activity (U.S. and Canada); Franco Manufacturing for home décor and furnishings (U.S. and Canada); Handcraft for apparel and accessories (U.S. Puerto Rico, and U.S. Military Exchange Services); HER Accessories for apparel and accessories (U.S.); Horizon Group USA for toys, crafts, and activity (U.S.); Hybrid Promotions for apparel and accessories (U.S.); Innovative Designs for exclusive Claire’s and Michael’s stationery (U.S. and Canada); Megatoys for seasonal (U.S.); and Taste Beauty for health and beauty (U.S.).

MGAE will begin to rollout Series 3 in key territories worldwide with new surprises, new characters, and more innovations.

Smiley Originals Launch at Children’s Salon

Smiley Originals kids apparel line has just launched for retail at one of Europe’s leading upscale kids retailers, Children’s Salon. This new Smiley Originals collection is a unique co-creation with the team behind Christian Lacroix childrenswear, Camfoni, an industry-leading partner who specialise in creating luxury kids apparel.
 
Smiley Originals is dedicated to those with a unique sense of fun and a love of all things Smiley and is clean, simple and modern. Mixing sporty cuts with a range of must have summer separates for kids, creating a collegiate-inspired collection featuring the boldest and brightest colour pops. Featuring a distinctive colour palette of red, white and blue to symbolise both brands roots in British and French fashion culture and fused with powdery trademark Smiley yellow hues that are interspersed with vibrant floral prints, which creates an eclectic collection that is inspired by collegiate styling. The range also features subtle classic Smiley embroidery across all pieces to add a premium dimension to this classic icon.

Thomas & Friends, Pottery Barn Kids Launch Exclusive Home Décor Collection

Mattel’s Thomas & Friends partnered with Pottery Barn Kids to debut an exclusive licensed collection of Thomas & Friends home décor and accessories. The Thomas & Friends from Pottery Barn Kids collection includes more than 20 pieces that feature bedding, decorative accessories, tabletop, luggage, lighting, pajamas, and toys.
 
The collection incorporates artwork based on the original illustrations of Thomas and his friends from the 1945 The Railway Series by the Rev. W Awdry. The collection is available for purchase now on potterybarnkids.com and in select Pottery Barn Kids stores nationwide beginning September 22. 

Awesome Media & Entertainment and Cloth Cat Animation Sign Deal for Stomp School

London-based Awesome Media & Entertainment, the company founded by Canadian-born creator, author and screenwriter Jeff Norton, and award-winning Welsh studio Cloth Cat Animation are entering an agreement to co-develop book property Stomp School for television. The deal was brokered by Industry Media.
 
Stomp School is the debut picture book from award-winning author and writer-producer Jeff Norton. It is illustrated by Leo Antolini and was published in August, 2017 by Caterpillar Books (an imprint of Little Tiger Press), to rave reviews.
 
Jeff Norton says: “I’m thrilled that Stomp School has found a nurturing home in Cloth Cat Animation, a creatively-driven company that will bring this eccentric cast of characters to life.”

Zuru, Tangle Creations Partner to Relaunch Tangle Toys

Zuru partnered with Tangle Creations to relaunch inventor and sculptor Richard Zawitz’ Tangle toys. The new line is available now at major retailers in the U.S. and a marketing campaign will roll out next month.
 
Tangles feature interconnecting links on a 90-degree curve that click together and pivot at each joint to form twisty creations. Tangles can be used as puzzles, fidget toys, movable sculptures, and more. Tangle toys originally launched in 1981 by Richard X. Zawitz, with more than 120 million Tangle units sold in over 40 countries to date.
 
Zuru’s full range of product will include Tangle links in an assortment of colors with a wide different patterns and textures.

Bulldog Announces First Partners for The Crystal Maze Licensing Program

Bulldog Licensing has launched the licensing programme for The Crystal Maze – with two partners already signed up for the revamped game show.

The Crystal Maze originally aired on Channel 4 from 1990 to 1995, achieving cult status by pitting teams of contestants against the fiendishly difficult puzzles of the Maze. After a hugely successful Stand Up To Cancer celebrity special in 2016, the show has now returned to Channel 4 for a full series. Hosted by maze-master Richard Ayoade, the new series sees teams face a new range of challenges as they attempt to navigate the Aztec, Medieval, Industrial and Future zones of the maze to win crystals that equate to time in the final challenge – the Crystal Dome.

The new deals will see Rascals produce board games, card games, puzzle games, and travel games based on the show’s format. Poetic Brands is also on board for adult T-shirts, nightwear and underwear.

“There are few gameshows that match The Crystal Maze for iconic appeal and the new version is creating a whole new generation of fans, so the brand offers huge potential for licensing,” says Bulldog MD Rob Corney. “We’ve already got two great partners on board and expect to be making more announcements very soon.”

Alpha Group Announces Launch of Operations in Latin America 

Following the launch of subsidiaries in North America, France, the UK, and Canada, Alpha Group has appointed Jose Antonio Espinoza to head the launch of Latin America operations. 
 
“One of the integral pillars of our growth strategy is international expansion through the establishment of Alpha subsidiaries in key markets. Having successfully worked for some of the top toy companies in the world—Mattel, Kreisel, and MGA—Jose Antonio brings unparalleled expertise to the role,” said Jean-Christophe Pean, president of Alpha Group in the U.S. and Europe.
 
Alpha will showcase the new 2018 ranges at its Los Angeles showroom in September and in Hong Kong in October.

Heidi Bienvenida a Casa Comes to Russia and Israel

Mondo TV has announced the debut of its first-ever live-action production in Europe and the Middle East, where it recently launched on major channels in Russia and Israel.
 
Heidi Bienvenida a Casa, a comedy-drama for teens following the adventures of a happy, carefree girl who leaves her beloved mountain home to live in the big city, launched on the Russian free-to-air youth drama and reality programming channel CTC LOVE on 19 August. The 60 x 45’ show airs on Saturdays and Sundays at 9 am.
 
More recently, the show launched on Yes KidZ Israel on Sunday 3 September. The show is stripped from Sunday to Thursday at 1.30pm. Yes KidZ is an Israeli television channel for children that started broadcasting on yes, the sole direct broadcast satellite television provider in the country, on 1 January 2017.

Rovio Entertainment, Everton Enter Multi-Year Shirt Sleeve Partnership 

Rovio Entertainment Corporation and Everton, the English Premier League Club, signed a multi-year shirt sleeve partnership. Beginning September 17, Angry Birds will be an official shirt sleeve partner for Everton.  

The Premier League sports league has more than 1.5 billion global viewers in more than 200 territories, and Rovio has 80 million monthly active users. The partnership will bring together fans from these two communities to participate in collaborative content in the Angry Birds games and co-branded fan merchandise.

IWM Expands Its Toys and Games Category Working with SmartFox

Imperial War Museums (IWM) is today excited to unveil images of its new range of construction sets created in partnership with SmartFox, a Koch Media company. Inspired by five of IWM’s most iconic objects, the sets feature Second World War Navy ship HMS Belfast, the Lancaster Bomber, Sherman Tank, Willys MB Jeep and the Hawker Hurricane. These sets offer younger age groups an accessible introduction to history, with packaging featuring archival images of the vehicles as well as informative descriptions. 
 
Previewed at Spring Fair in February 2017, the range generated a great deal of interest from both independent toy and gift stores as well as international retailers. Sales agents will be servicing accounts across the country including the North and South of England and Wales, Scotland and Ireland (North and Republic). SmartFox have also seen good early distribution in the catalogue sector, with the IWM products featuring in JD Williams, Nauticalia Stores, Owlbarn mailorder, Express Gifts, Freemans / Grattons and other mail order and online partners.

LMA to Represent Lionel

Lisa Marks Associates Inc. (LMA) is now the licensing agency for Lionel LLC. Key planned product categories for the Lionel licensing program include toys and games, gifts and collectibles, publishing, digital games and apps, apparel and accessories, and more.
 
Since 1900, Lionel’s classic railroad sets and toys feature an attention to detail, with accurate model reproductions of locomotives, train cars, structures, and accessories. Lionel has also committed to the present with Bluetooth technology and innovative new collections such as the Polar Express train set, which was released in conjunction with the Warner Bros. movie.

DQ Entertainment International Taps Licensing Agents for Jungle Book in North America, Latin America, and Central America

DQ Entertainment has announced the appointment of new licensing agents for its popular brand The Jungle Book .The series will be represented for  licensing & merchandising by The Licensing Group Ltd (TLG) in North America, CPL for Latin America & Mexico and CIMCA in Central America. While Sinecast, Turkey has been appointed as promotional partners for the brand in Turkey.

DQE’s Jungle Book is a favorite brand among kids around the world. The first two seasons of The Jungle Book series were telecast on Discovery Kids USA, receiving excellent reviews and high viewership from children and families. The popular TV show airs in over 160 territories around the world and has more than 300 active licensees. Season 3 is currently in production for broadcast on Discovery Kids in early 2018.

The Roald Dahl Literary Estate Appoints Brand Activation Consulting as North American Licensing Agent

The Roald Dahl Literary Estate appointed Brand Activation Consulting LLC (BAC) as its exclusive North American licensing agent. A new collection based on Ronald Dahl’s stories and Sir Quentin Blake’s illustrations will be available next spring. The products will include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and The BFG.
 
Dahl’s stories are available in 58 languages and approximately more than 250 million books have been sold to date. This year, Dahl was voted the Greatest Storyteller of All Time in a poll commissioned by Canon UK.
 
Categories for the brand will include toy, plush, games, apparel, accessories, stationery, home, school and library supplies, promotions, and collector’s products.

Metrostar to Represent Portmeirion

Global homewares company, Portmeirion, is working with Metrostar to extend a selection of its patterns into new products. The brand will be showcased on Metrostar’s stand at BLE.
 
A significant force in the homewares industry, the Portmeirion Group, encompasses Portmeirion, Spode, Royal Worcester, Pimpernel and Wax Lyrical brands. It is a market leader in high quality and innovatively designed tableware, cookware, giftware, table top accessories and home fragrance products.
 
Metrostar’s strategy is to select partners which complement Portmeirion’s current product offering and they will be looking in particular at stationery, toiletries and beauty, bags and accessories, home textiles, home décor, greetings and wrap, fashion and accessories and decorative gardening and outdoor products.

The​ ​Wiggles Names​ ​Jacqueline​ ​Vong​ ​Head​ ​of North​ ​American​ ​Licensing

The children’s​ ​musical​ ​group ​The Wiggles appointed Jacqueline Vong as head of North American licensing to help drive partnerships with targeted brands including recent partnerships with Fun 2 Play Toys for toys, MGM music and Kino Lorber for music and DVD distribution, and Stoneridge cycles for sporting goods in Canada.
 
The Aussie Fab Four will begin their Canadian tour The Big Show Tour at the end of the month. The themed toys and book and DVD bundle will launch this holiday season at Toys “R” in the U.S. and at Costco in Canada.
 
Licensing partnerships will launch early next year and provide new opportunities for parents and kids to immerse themselves in the brand.

Silvergate Media Celebrates Expanding Footprint of Peter Rabbit in the UK

Silvergate Media co-owns and manages the licensing programme for the hugely popular animated Peter Rabbit™ TV series and today proudly shares details of its latest developments for the brand in the UK market, including new and expanded live events and attractions partnerships. 
 
The Emmy-award winning preschool Peter Rabbit TV series — a co-production between Silvergate Media, Nickelodeon and Penguin Random House — reimagines Beatrix Potter’s much-loved world and brings the timeless brand to a new generation. In the UK, the heart-warming show continues to draw strong ratings on CBeebies, with excess of 200k viewers per episode and frequently ranks as a top 5 preschool show across all channels. Peter Rabbit is also available on-demand via Sky Kids while over on YouTube the show has clocked up an impressive 44M views to date.

Xilam Secures New Broadcast Deals for Oggy & the Cockroaches and Zig & Sharko in Russia and CIS

Xilam, the award-winning French animation production company, has signed a raft of broadcast deals with networks across Russia and CIS for its hit animated properties Oggy & the Cockroaches and Zig & Sharko.
 
New broadcast licensees for seasons 5, 6 and 7 of Oggy & the Cockroaches include: Ukraine’s PLUSPLUS, Kanal 2 in Estonia and LNK in Lithuania. Seasons 3 and 4 of the series have also been sold to VIAPLAY in the Baltics and MTG Viasat for its channel TV3 in Latvia. These acquisitions add to the existing deals for seasons 3 and 4 of Oggy & the Cockroaches with PLUSPLUS and Carousel TV in Russia, where the series currently airs every weekday.

Global Icons Announces Vespa Footwear

Global Icons have brokered  an exclusive footwear deal between BREX and Vespa, as Piaggio’s exclusive global licensing agent. The launch of the Fall/Winter 2017 collection will commence with influential retailers in London, Paris, Milan, Barcelona and Prague, before extending globally.

BREX’s exclusive collection of Vespa footwear has already received much interest and acclaim at this year’s top fashion destination – Pitti Uomo – where they unveiled the range for the first time.

Vespa is the historical scooter brand which has become a Modern Myth, a Fashion Statement, a Personal Expression. Through its licensing programme, Vespa aims to deliver products that reflect the superior technology, innovation and iconicity of the brand, whilst taking into consideration the unique and powerful brand heritage, which is precisely what BREX has created. The range is colourful yet stylish, contemporary yet oozing Italian heritage.

Metrostar Welcomes Hairy Maclary

It was announced this week that Metrostar will be representing classic children’s picture book property, Hairy Maclary & Friends, for UK licensing.
 
The books, which are written by New Zealand author Lynley Dodd and managed by Penguin Random House Australia, have been family favourites for over 30 years. There is already a UK stage show, produced by Nonsense Room and licensed product is doing well in Australia and New Zealand. In the UK, Metrostar will target Hairy Maclary & Friends at the baby market in apparel, soft toys, puzzles, melamine, greetings, homewares and baby gift.

Light Fund Thing - the Official Song of The Light Fund

The Light Fund has found many ways to raise money for the many charities it supports. This autumn, we are entering new territory with the release of an official song, written and performed by the band Ryker Sear. Ryker Sear’s last single, One time Thing, reached No 6 in the Music Week pop chart in May this year. The band’s frontwoman, Regan, happens to be the daughter of LIMA MD and Light Fund trustee Kelvyn Gardner. After a chance conversation with Jakki Brown about the idea of a Light Fund song, Regan set to work (with a little help from dad) writing a new set of lyrics reflecting what the light fund does best: raise money while providing fun events. Thus was born ‘Light Fund Thing’.

The single Light Fund Thing is available for download from the main online music sites:

iTunes/ Apple Music http://apple.co/2jDkBNF
Google play - http://bit.ly/2x2dDVK
Amazon - http://amzn.to/2xndhes 
Deezer - http://www.deezer.com/track/406193032

Technicolor and SimEx-Iwerks Partner to Produce The Deep: Mystery of the Ancient Amulet

Technicolor, a worldwide technology player in the media and entertainment sector, has signed an agreement with Academy Award-winning SimEx-Iwerks Entertainment, an innovator and designer of immersive 3-D and 4-D attractions, to create a 4-D theatrical experience based on the underwater adventure series The Deep, that will premiere at landmark venues globally starting in Spring 2018.
 
The new 4-D theatrical event, The Deep: Mystery of the Ancient Amulet, will provide a 12-minute fully immersive 3-D viewing experience, featuring exclusive new 3-D CG animation, an original story line, and stunning special effects—delivering on the 4-D experience with vibrating seats, water spraying, bubbles and more.  The in-theater experience will be available at zoos, theme parks, aquariums and other venues around the world. 

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

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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
 

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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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