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HEADLINES AT A GLANCE
K’NEX Brands, Nitro Circus Partner for New Building Sets 
 
Mondo TV Announces Productions of Canarias
 
Entertainment One Signs New Deals for PJ Masks in the U.S.
    Colombia Pictures, Fredrick Warne & Co. Partner for Peter Rabbit Movie
 
Jim Henson Co. Signs Snaptoys as Master Toy Licensee for Word Party

Global News for Masha and the Bear

K’NEX Brands, Nitro Circus Partner for New Building Sets 

Nitro Circus and K’NEX partnered to create a line of building toys designed for kids ages 7 and up. K’NEX debuted the new Nitro Circus building sets at Fall Toy Preview this week. The line will be available next year.

Mondo TV Announces Productions of Canarias

Mondo TV has announced the creation - through its subsidiary Mondo TV Iberoamerica - of a new production studio located in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. At a press conference on the 21st of September the company presented its new project and explained its international expansion plans.
 
The event, which was hosted by Cabildo de Tenerife, the governing body of the island, and took place in the Noble Hall of the Cabildo, was attended by Tenerife President Carlos Alonso; Tenerife’s Minister of Tourism, Alberto Bernabe, and the President of the Canary Islands Special Zone (ZEC), Beatriz Barrera. Representing Mondo TV Group was the CEO, Matteo Corradi; Mondo’s Head of Legal and Corporate Affairs, Paolo Zecca and Maria Bonaria Fois, General Manager of Mondo TV Iberoamerica.
 
Matteo Corradi, Mondo TV Group CEO, said that the aim is for the studio to take care of the pre-production of most of the animations for the entire group, which at the moment has 27 projects under way.

Entertainment One Signs New Deals for PJ Masks in the U.S.

Entertainment One (eOne) expands its consumer products offerings for its newest series PJ Masks, which airs on Disney Channel and Disney Junior in the U.S. Happy Threads joins master toy licensee Just Play and master publishing partner Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing as the apparel partner. The new products will debut beginning this fall.
 
Other soft lines licensees for PJ Masks include backpacks, bags, and more from Accessory Innovations, a sleepwear line from AME, and costumes and holiday-themed accessories from Disguise.
 
eOne also secured new partners for toys, arts and crafts, party goods, and more including Amscan, Crayola, Cra-Z-Art, Jakks Pacific,  Phoenix International, and Skyhigh International.    

Colombia Pictures, Fredrick Warne & Co. Partner for Peter Rabbit Movie

Columbia Pictures has teamed up with Frederick Warne & Co., part of Penguin Random House UK, for Peter Rabbit, a new live-action/CG motion picture based on the internationally beloved series of books written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter, whose 150th anniversary is being celebrated this year. 
 
The film will be directed by Will Gluck and made at Animal Logic, the Australian based animation and visual FX production studio.  Animal Logic previously created the animation for the global blockbuster The LEGO Movie.  Will Gluck (Olive Bridge Entertainment) and Zareh Nalbandian (Animal Logic Entertainment) are both attached to produce the feature, with Doug Belgrad serving as Executive Producer.  The screenplay is by Rob Lieber with revisions by Gluck.  Jodi Hildebrand of Olive Bridge and Jason Lust will also serve as executive producers.
 
James Corden has been set to voice the lead role of Peter, and Rose Byrne will star in the live-action female lead role of Bea.  Daisy Ridley and Elizabeth Debicki have also joined the voice cast.

Jim Henson Co. Signs Snaptoys as Master Toy Licensee for Word Party

The Jim Henson Co. appointed Snaptoys as the master toy licensee for the Netflix original series Word Party. The second season of the preschool series will premier next month.

Word Party is a vocabulary building show that follows four baby animals. Kids help teach the baby animals new words, practice these new words themselves, and celebrate achievements with a Word Party as they watch.

Snaptoys will launch with a range of product categories including plush, figures, play sets, and electronics next year.

Global News for Masha and the Bear

Masha and the Bear has seen a plethora of news recently. Netflix will run a second spin-off project, Masha’s Spooky Stories.
 
Spin Master is launching licensed toys in Latin America; Teletoon has become the first broadcaster to release Masha and the Bear show in English on the TV in Canada; and Pinewood Studio, following the success of its brand new cinema experience for pre-schoolers, “Little Screen”, which was first released in June 2016, is going to run the second episode of the programme in the UK. This time “Little Screen” premiers Masha and the Bear – Growing Potion – episode on a big screen as part of the programme that will be showed in VUE and Showcase cinemas across the country on the October, 22 and 23.
 
Cheese manufacturer Galbani recently started a promo campaign in all mass market and traditional shops across Italy in support of the licensed Crema Bel Paese Cheese and Certosa Cream Cheese with Masha and the Bear characters on packages.

Sanctum Hotel Partners with Karma

The Sanctum Hotel Group has partnered with the luxury hotel and spa Karma Group to develop a series of luxury rock styled hotels.
 
Already two new resorts are in development and options in America, Europe and beyond are under discussion.  This offers increased opportunities within and outside of the UK to potential licensing partners.
 
Rights Management International Ltd. (RMI) represents the Sanctum Group for all licensing opportunities.  The company is seeking category specialists in beauty, homewares, barware, glassware, gifting, music, fashion accessories, publishing and more.

Genius Brands International to Debut Rainbow Rangers Preschool TV Series

Genius Brands International Inc. (GBI) partnered with Rob Minkoff, Director of Disney’s Lion King, and Shane Morris, co-writer of Frozen, for the development and production of a new animated preschool series, Rainbow Rangers.
 
Rainbow Rangers is set to release a special premiere next year with a full series launch in 2018. A global licensing, merchandising, and retail program will coincide with the series launch.
  
GBI will unveil Rainbow Rangers to international buyers at the upcoming MIP Jr. conference in Cannes, France.

Titan Expands Yellow Submarine Output

Caroline Mickler Ltd — which manages the licensing programme for The Beatles and Yellow Submarine together with Apple Corps — and cult products supplier Titan Entertainment have announced the expansion of Titan’s output based on The Beatles’ cartoon classic, Yellow Submarine.
 
The Titan Yellow Submarine range is led by their range of Titans vinyl collectible figures, which will grow to meet continuing demand. Reflecting the enormous popularity of the Yellow Submarine brand and the Titans range, Titan Merchandise is also launching a brand-new line of t-shirts and drinkware based on its Titans figures.

Joester Loria Group Extends Corona Licensing with Bicycling Apparel from Retro Image

Retro Image Apparel will launch a collection of Corona and Modelo-branded bicycle jerseys, performance T-shirts, headwear, and shorts. The line will be previewed at Interbike 2016 in Las Vegas this month.
 
The collection will include men’s and women’s bike jerseys and tech T-shirts that will be sold in independent bike shops, sporting good stores, online retailers, and specialty stores. Corona lifestyle merchandise will be available next year and a line of bicycle apparel with Pacifico icons and graphics will launch in 2018.

IMG Partners with American Greetings for Care Bears in Japan, South Korea

IMG has been appointed as the licensing representative for Care Bears in Japan and South Korea by American Greetings Entertainment.
 
The deal will see IMG bring Care Bears to both countries by developing products across categories including plush, apparel and accessories, as well as Direct-To-Retail programs beginning early 2017, the 35th anniversary of the Care Bears brand. IMG will also enhance the brand’s social media and digital presence, which will include developing the official Care Bears website in Japanese.
  
There are more than 200 Care Bears licensees worldwide across all key categories, with distribution in-store and online as well as in major retail outlets, including Toys“R”Us, Walmart, Target, Costco and Amazon, among many others.

Turner’s Cartoon Network EMEA Unveils First Partners for The Powerpuff Girls

The revival of Cartoon Network’s enduring original franchise The Powerpuff Girls made a debut on TV screens across EMEA in April 2016. Now, with the show delivering strong ratings and interest in the brand accelerating, Cartoon Network details its comprehensive first collection of EMEA licensing partners secured in the region.
 
The EMEA merchandise roll-out will be kicked off by global toy partner Spin Master who will launch its innovative toy range spanning plush, figures and playsets, dolls, role play and novelty items in spring 2017. A robust line-up of fashion, accessories, gifting, homewares, personal care, FMCG and back-to-school products will follow closely thereafter.
 
“The reaction to the return of The Powerpuff Girls has been remarkable. Blossom, Bubble and Buttercup may be little but they are generating a huge amount of excitement among fans, licensees and retailers” comments Johanne Broadfield, VP, Cartoon Network Enterprises EMEA. “We’re now delighted to be sharing details of the extensive line-up of partners that we’ve secured for this extraordinary franchise, and are confident that regardless of age, demographic or income, every fan will find a product they love.”

Epic! and Sesame Workshop Team Up to Bring Sesame Street Books and Short Videos to Epic! Subscribers

Epic! partnered with Sesame for a collection of Sesame Street audio-enabled read-to-me books and a range of learning-based content to Epic! subscribers. The new Sesame Street material is included in Epic’s regular monthly subscription price.
 
Epic! subscribers will have access to books, such as The ABCs of Cookies, Elmo Visits the Dentist, and Monsters in the Bathroom, as well as videos including People in Your Neighborhood and Elmo’s Got the Moves.

DHX Licenses Portfolio to Amazon Prime

DHX Media has grown the digital presence of its shows in the UK and Germany in a deal with Amazon Prime Video, which will see the subscription-video-on-demand (SVOD) service offering more than three-dozen DHX Media kids’ shows to its subscribers.
 
Amazon Prime Video in the UK has licensed a number of titles, including season one of each of the new Teletubbies, Messy Goes to Okido and Looped; seasons one and two of Hank Zipzer; season three of In the Night Garden; and seasons four and five of Caillou.
 
In Germany, Amazon Prime Video has licensed a variety of titles including a first-run exclusive of Messy Goes to Okido, season one of each of classic Teletubbies and Slugterra plus seasons one and two of Hank Zipzer; and season five of Fireman Sam.

Final Panelists Confirmed for “UK Retail and the Future of Licensing”

LIMA UK has announced that Cindy Levitt, SVP Merchandise & Marketing, Hot Topic and Linzi Walker, Trading Manager for Toys and Nursery, Argos will complete the panel of experts to provide an update on retailers’ first-hand insights into the state of licensing from both an ecommerce and brick-and-mortar perspective. They join other experts including:

  • John Carolan, Head of Buying, Childrenswear, Sainsbury’s
  • Ruth Golightly, License Manager, George at ASDA
  • Rachel Wakley, Head of Licensing, Tesco

UK Retail and the Future of Licensing will take place at House of Commons, Palace of Westminster on the eve of Brand Licensing Europe – Monday 10th October – from 4.30pm to 6.30pm and is sponsored by Finsbury Foods group.
 
Tickets are limited, and registrations are accepted on a first come-first served basis.  The cost to attend is £90 – please visit the event page to register online. NOTE: This is designed as an executive level gathering for those in senior positions.

m4e Closes Deal With Edel Germany

m4e AG and Edel have closed an output deal that covers current and future properties as well as catalogue titles of m4e.
 
Both companies entered into a multi-year output agreement that allows Edel to exploit all own and co-productions as well as library programs of the m4e AG. The deal covers the distribution of audio plays on CD within Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Edel will start early next year with the recent m4e production Wissper which is currently successfully broadcasted in many international markets, followed by the third season of the hit TV series Mia and Me in 2017.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children at Hot Topic

In anticipation of the September 30, 2016 theatrical release of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, 20th Century Fox Consumer Products announces Hot Topic as the film’s exclusive retail destination. Hot Topic, the fandom store for guys and girls obsessed with all things pop culture, and Fox have partnered to offer an exclusive collection of apparel, accessories and collectibles inspired by the film’s characters and unusual enchanted universe.
 
The apparel collection features dresses, tops and a cardigan that are designed to accentuate key motifs from the story.

Imperial War Museums Expands Toy Category

Imperial War Museums (IWM) is proud has announced new partners for its toy category as the licensor gears up for Brand Licensing Europe 2016 (BLE 2016) where it will be exhibiting from Stand R10.
 
The Lagoon Group has produced a line of new products for their IWM range of toys and games that includes jigsaw puzzles, a rubber-band powered spitfire, poster paper planes and a model spitfire and tank. Using IWM’s specially commissioned designs from Hemingway Design, The Lagoon Group has brought its distinctive styling and innovation to these great products, which will debut at retail in the UK.
 
Heather Watherston, Director of The Lagoon Group, said: “After the resounding success of our Ladybird Books and Natural History Museum ranges, we’re delighted to announce our new IWM range of spitfire toys and gifts.”
Watherston continues, ‘It has been a wonderful project combining the authenticity of the IWM brand and its fabulous collection of Second World War posters with contemporary design to develop some really fun boys toys which will make great gifts for anyone aged 8 to 80!”

Amber House Announces PEZ License

Amber House has announced its latest launch – PEZ lip balms.
 
The PEZ single lip balms available in Strawberry Vanilla or Raspberry Lemon. Alternatively, there is the option of a Party Pack.
 
The lip balms launch in Claire’s Accessories and Debenhams.

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License Production Coordinator / Account Coordinator / Multi-Tasker
Los Angeles area


BrownTrout Publishers has an immediate opening for a license production coordinator/account coordinator with a minimum five years experience in account management in the licensing industry, publishing, creative agency or a related publishing production department.
 
Candidates must have excellent multi-tasking, project management and organizational skills. A background in managing licensee accounts and brands is ideal. Must know Microsoft Office, be fastidious with data details, and possess outstanding communication skills. This is the job for you if you are someone who loves numbers, spreadsheets and schedules as much as design, color and typography. This is not a design position, but you will work closely with a creative team to produce products on deadline.
 
BrownTrout Publishers, Inc., is located in El Segundo, California. We are a global market leader in dated- and non-dated consumer products,  producing over 1,000 Products and 13 million calendars annually, as well as stationery, wall art, and textile products. Our mission is "Connecting people to their passions."  BrownTrout offers a supportive, friendly work environment, competitive salary, and comprehensive benefits. This is a full-time, in-office opportunity only. To apply, please email resume and salary requirements to jobs@browntrout.com, with "CO092316" in the subject line. No phone calls please.

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.

 

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