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HEADLINES AT A GLANCE
ThinkGeek Debuts Five Nights at Freddy’s Electronic Toys and Collectibles
 
Beekman 1802 FarmHouse Home Collection to Debut at Target
 
Playmobil to Debut How To Train Your Dragon Play Sets
    Boat Rocker Brands and Brands With Influence Sign Haven for The Next Step Tour in ANZ
 
Audley Toys Enchants with New Line of Regal Academy Fashion Dolls
 
CPLG Appoints Libby Grant

ThinkGeek Debuts Five Nights at Freddy’s Electronic Toys and Collectibles

ThinkGeek Inc. announced the first wave of new Five Nights at Freddy’s role-play electronics and collectible novelties under a license agreement with Scottgames LLC. The deal was brokered by Striker Entertainment, the licensing agency that represents the Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise.

The line includes jump scare flash lights; character earbuds, portable USB chargers; mini flashlight blind bag key chains; and the Freddy Fazbear Pizza Kit, featuring a branded pizza tray, pizza cutter, and apron in a Freddy Fazbear pizza box. 

Beekman 1802 FarmHouse Home Collection to Debut at Target

Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge (aka The Fabulous Beekman Boys) have long been a source of farmhouse inspiration. From their farm-to-table recipes to the homemade products sold at their upstate New York farm, they’ve always been about making the “simple life” even simpler—while keeping it super stylish. Now, they’re taking their rustic charm to a new frontier: Josh and Brent are bringing a new online exclusive Beekman 1802 FarmHouse home collection to Target. Inspired by the history and aesthetic of the Beekman farm, the collection offers nostalgic pieces that guests can incorporate into their homes to introduce a touch of Americana. (Think sun-faded quilts, ticking stripes, embroidery and more!) And with the line encompassing everything from dishes to bedding, home décor enthusiasts can add a bit of wit and whimsy to every room in the house.

Playmobil to Debut How To Train Your Dragon Play Sets

DreamWorks Animation partnered with Playmobil to release How to Train Your Dragon original play sets next year. This marks the first time ever that Playmobil’s product line will include licensed play sets inspired by an entertainment property.
 
“We are excited to bring the world of How to Train Your Dragon to life as Playmobil toys. The epic story with its adorable characters and amazing scenery is just perfect to encourage hours of imaginative role play,” says Silke Heinrich, member of the executive board at PLAYMOBIL. “We are pleased to be aligning with DreamWorks to launch a new line of toy sets with a strong appeal among our joint target group. We believe the Dragons products will ignite our fans’ passion even more and at the same time invite more children to get to know the play benefits of Playmobil.”

Boat Rocker Brands and Brands With Influence Sign Haven for The Next Step Tour in ANZ

Boat Rocker Brands (a division of Boat Rocker Media) and Brands With Influence have appointed Haven Licensing to represent The Next Step in Australia and New Zealand. Locally the television series, airing Season 3 this month, has already been a massive success on both ABC and The Disney Channel. September marks the first time The Next Step World Rhythm Tour, a tour of never-before-seen dance choreography and music heads down under. This comes on the heels of sold out Canadian and European tours, and will take place before the Tour heads back to Europe in October.

Audley Toys Enchants with New Line of Regal Academy Fashion Dolls

Audley Toys of North America will be the master toy licensee for Regal Academy, an animated television series created by Rainbow and currently airing on Nickelodeon.

Designed for kids ages five and older, the full line of fashion dolls will launch next year and will include TV and marketing support. The Regal Academy toy line will be unveiled at this month’s Fall Toy Preview in Dallas.

CPLG Appoints Libby Grant

CPLG, part of DHX Media, has appointed Libby Grant as Global Business Development Director – Brands to spearhead the rapidly expanding Brands portfolio and develop CPLG’s brands representation.  She will report to Steve Manners, Executive Vice President.

Grant was founding partner and Director of Fluid World who were responsible for growing Hello Kitty to become the biggest girls brand in the UK. She also oversaw the Mr. Men UK licensing programme and turned Chupa Chups into a lifestyle brand. Most recently managing the licensing for cult design brand tokidoki and iconic interior design company, Designers Guild.

Driver Digital Appoints The Licensing Group to Represent Cool School

The Licensing Group will represent Driver Digital’s Cool School YouTube channel. Under the Cool School umbrella are the live action series Story Time with Miss Booksy and Crafty, as well as the animated series The Adventures of Drew Pendous and His Mighty Pen Ultimate and Nikki’s Wiki.
 
Cool School ranks among the largest kids’ properties on the YouTube platform when it comes to comments, shares, and overall interaction between the channel and fans. With more than a half billion views and nearly 500,000 subscribers, Cool School has attracted kids from around the world. Its success has led to brand integrations with brands such as Hasbro and Fox Pictures.

DHX Media and Air Bud Entertainment Confirm Global Distribution Deal

DHX has signed a deal for global distribution rights to the Air Bud franchises with Air Bud Entertainment.

The deal involves an agreement to globally distribute 15 films (43 half-hours of content) across the much-loved franchise, which stars a host of talking dogs and other animals. The deal includes the franchise’s all-new feature Pup Star about a Yorkshire Terrier who, when competing in a televised singing competition, is separated from her owner by an opportunistic dog pound worker which is currently available on Digital HD and will be available on Netflix in the US and other territories in late October. This distribution deal spans across Air Bud’s productions, from the original Air Bud hit movie, almost 20 years ago, to the all-new release Pup Star.

Trans TV Launches Cartoon Network-Branded Block in Indonesia

Turner Asia Pacific finalized a deal with Trans Media Corpora to air a branded block to its viewers on Trans TV.
 
The block will feature original content from Turner’s flagship kids channel including Adventure Time, We Bare Bears, The Amazing World of Gumball, and Ben 10.  Episodes of reimagined series, The Powerpuff Girls, will also air.
 
Cartoon Network programming airs every Saturday and Sunday. All shows will also be available dubbed in Bahasa Indonesia.

Hachette Children’s Group Acquires Publishing Rights for Pokémon

Orchard Books, part of the Hachette Children’s Group, has announced that it will fast-track three Pokémon books for publication in mid-November 2016, after signing a three-year publishing deal with The Pokémon Company International.
 
Katie Price, Licensing Director, Hachette Children’s Group, comments: ‘It is extremely exciting to be a part of the popular Pokémon brand and we are thrilled to be able to put three different formats at a range of price points into the market in 2016. This deal is in line with the Hachette Children’s Group’s strategy to become a key player in the licensing arena.’

9 Story’s Wild Kratts Sees Expansion in China

9 Story Media Group announced new deals in China for the animated series Wild Kratts. China Central Television (CCTV) acquired broadcast rights with the series airing on its CCTV-14 kids channel Monday to Fridays at 12:00 p.m.
 
Digital sales have also been secured in partnership with Pacific Media Group, including an agreement with Youku and Alibaba for seasons one to three. Further content placement for season 4 has been secured with digital platforms, including CNTV, iqiyi, LeTV, PPTV, and SMG.
 
Pacific Media Group has also been appointed as the licensing agent for the territory, and will bring in new local licensees and secure distribution for existing global merchandise, including a toy line from master toy partner Wicked Cool Toys.

Q Pootle 5 Partners with World Space Week UK

Q Pootle 5 and his creator, award-winning children’s author and illustrator – Nick Butterworth, have partnered with World Space Week UK in order to encourage young children to have a greater interest in space.
 
As part of the campaign, World Space Week UK will launch a national schools competition. The winning school will get the chance to meet Q Pootle 5 and hear from Nick Butterworth as he discusses the adventures of the friendly little alien and his pals.
 
Characters from the hit TV series will also feature on a themed webpage which will host a range of content including a downloadable activity page. Visitors to the site will also be able to watch some of Nick’s favourite episodes.

Cartoon Network Outlines Consumer Products & Licensing Plans in South Asia

Turner India expands into South Asia markets of Sri Lanka and Nepal in partnership with fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) brands including Perfetti, Heinz, Unilever, Parle, Mondelez, United Biscuits, and Kellogg's.
 
Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) will seek more collaboration from retail, e-commerce, and FMCG sectors to increase its footprint and strengthen its leadership position in the market. CNE has also partnered with Myntra and Future Group. In addition to the re-launch of the The Powerpuff Girls, CNE will also focus on a roster of DC movies from Warner Bros. that include Wonder Woman, Justice League, Aqua Man and The Flash.  
  
A new series of the franchise, Ben 10 will launch as part of an international premiere on Cartoon Network next month and a new product catalogue will be announced soon after.

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JOB POSTING

Global Brand Manager

Company: Safari Ltd® is an American owned, family operated manufacturer and worldwide distributor of educational toys. These authentic, hand-painted figurines have been inspiring children around the globe for three generations. Our mission is to teach children the importance of nature and its conservation through the joy of play. And we’ve been doing a solid job so far…
 
Position Overview: Safari Ltd® is looking for an ingenious, leading-edge Global Brand Manager.
 
The Global Brand Manager is the nucleus between our Business Development, Creative Development and Product Development teams. This role will serve as the Marketing & Branding subject matter expert to lead projects that will drive extension, growth and profitability.
 
This position requires remarkable creativity, unconventional thinking, a gregarious attitude and fluid communication abilities. The ideal candidate is a high level innovator, supreme critical thinker and able to foster relationships across various backgrounds.

Other functions the Global Brand Manager role entails:

  • Initiate, develop, and implement targeted, effective marketing communications, including but not limited to SMS, email, blogs, social media, video, web content and advertising
  • Supervise the content of the company’s website to ensure it is accurate, timely and in compliance with the needs and interests of audiences seeking information
  • Utilize data-driven decision making to improve the performance of our business development efforts
  • Work with Writers and Graphic Artists to oversee copywriting, design, layout,and production of promotional materials
  • Work with Account Development to understand consumer behaviors and customize positioning, marketing and brand messaging as needed
  • Develop and recommends pricing strategy for the company
  • Evaluate market reactions to advertising programs, merchandising policy, and product packaging & formulation to meet changing market and competitive conditions
  • Create tracking systems that evaluate the effectiveness of marketing programs and projects implemented by the organization
Applicants can visit www.safariltd.com and apply at the Career Portal, or send resume with cover letter to: Resumes@Safariltd.com.

 

JOB POSTING

Licensing Executive

MGL (www.mgllicensing.com) is one of the world's leading Art Licensing companies based in South West London (SW14) and is now seeking a dynamic licensing executive to join their team.

The primary responsibilities of the role are to deal and manage existing clients, as well as identify, develop and negotiate with new licensees. Categories include stationery, cards, gift and table top.

The role will also include visiting and exhibiting at trade shows both nationally and internationally.

Some experience in licensing or image libraries is essential.
For more information on the job role, please send CV and cover letter stating your present salary to studio@mglart.com

JOB POSTING

Licensing Director
 
Company: A leader in fashion accessories for both licensed/private label for adults and children. 
 
Job Qualifications: Looking for an experienced Licensing Director that can work with all major film studios.  Good communication and organizational skills needed. A team player in a fast-paced environment. Must be Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint proficient.  Mac experience is a plus.
 
Job Description: Serve as the primary point of contact for day to day business with licensors. Spearhead category strategies, partner relations, and negotiations to maximize brand efficacy and build growth opportunities for licenses.  Play a key role in forecasting.  Solicit new brands, licenses and trends to secure the company’s high ranking in the business.
Provide sales updates and sell through information to the licensors on a monthly/weekly basis.  Mentor and manage coordinators, providing industry and business guidance.
 
Work Environment: This is a very fast-paced, team-orientated business casual environment. 
 
Contact: Please send resume to Blicensed@gmail.com

JOB POSTING

Executive Seeks New Challenges
 
I have 8 years experience of working for a large London Publishing house licensing book content to third parties. I am looking for a role which utilises my skills in negotiation and relationship building and can develop my experience within the licensing field. Having licensed book content to a wide variety of customers from national Newspapers to international Publishers I would relish the experience to work in a new industry, licensing new content to new clients.
 
I realise that a move across from traditional publishing may mean a step down from the managerial role I was in before. I'm enthusiastic to work in a new industry and feel my skills are easily transferable and am happy to look outside licensing roles also.

caroline_crofts@hotmail.com
 

JOB POSTING

Sunrights Inc. Seeks a Licensing Coordinator
New York
 
Sunrights Inc. is an entertainment rights management company operated by one of the top advertising agencies in Japan, Asatsu DK, and the trading conglomerate Mitsubishi Corp. Located in New York City, Sunrights directly manages the development of intellectual property globally outside of Asia.  Properties include B-Daman and Beyblade Burst.
 
Please submit your resume to recruit@sunrights-inc.com.
Only candidates chosen for the interview process will be contacted.

 

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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