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Feld Entertainment, Sesame Workshop Partner to Develop Sesame Street Live Shows
 
Toy of the Year Finalists Unveiled
 
LEGO Dimensions Adds New Expansion Packs
    The New Bullseye Quiz Book Launched
 
Entertainment One Prepares to Launch PJ Masks Merchandise in France
 
Egmont Announces Latest Showcase Issue Featuring Play-Doh

Feld Entertainment, Sesame Workshop Partner to Develop Sesame Street Live Shows

Feld Entertainment Inc. and Sesame Workshop partnered to develop Sesame Street live show tours. Feld Entertainment will produce and tour live Sesame Street productions in the U.S. The first production under the new deal is slated to launch next October.  The current Sesame Street Live! tour will continue through the summer.
 
The company will build and rehearse Sesame Street shows at Feld Entertainment Studios. Feld’s team will execute local marketing and sales plans throughout North America. Additionally, Feld will develop a line of consumer products to enhance the live experience. 

Toy of the Year Finalists Unveiled

One hundred finalists for the prestigious 2017 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards have been unveiled by the Toy Industry Association (TIA). 
 
Between now and January 15, 2017, consumers can visit www.ToyAwards.org to vote for their favorite toy picks in each of the 14 categories – including new categories for 2017, such as Action Figure of the Year, Doll of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Vehicle of the Year. The TOTY winners will be announced in February.
 
“This year’s TOTY finalists represent the finest examples of play value, originality and innovation across the hundreds of companies that make the U.S. toy industry the strongest in the world,” said Steve Pasierb, president & CEO of the Toy Industry Association. “Perhaps most importantly, these outstanding nominees have brought joy, laughter and learning to millions of children and families around the globe. We send each TOTY finalist good wishes and look forward to honoring the top toys of the year at the TOTY Awards gala in just a few months!”

LEGO Dimensions Adds New Expansion Packs

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced the release of six expansion packs for LEGO Dimensions, led by the Sonic The Hedgehog Level Pack and the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Story Pack.  
 
All expansion packs in this latest wave feature Battle Arenas with split-screen local gameplay for up to four players. LEGO minifigures included in the expansion packs come with golden Toy Tags, which unlock a free play Adventure World of the corresponding entertainment brand, as well as a battle arena that can be reached through Vorton.
 
The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Story Pack includes six levels and new LEGO Gateway bricks to build the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA). Players can build the Newt Scamander LEGO minifigure and the pack also comes with the Niffler, which can be rebuilt into the Sinister Scorpion and Vicious Vulture. The Sonic The Hedgehog Level Pack allows players to build the Sonic the Hedgehog LEGO minifigure. The pack also includes a 3-in-1 Sonic Speedster, which can be rebuilt into Blue Typhoon and Motobug, and a 3-in-1 The Tornado, which can be rebuilt into Crabmeat and Eggcatcher.
 
Other expansion packs include the Gremlins Team, the E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Fun Pack, and a Fun Pack based on Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time

The New Bullseye Quiz Book Launched

Igloo Books is recognising the enduring appeal of Bullseye by publishing a new quiz book based on the legendary gameshow.

The new book, which comes complete with a magnetic dartboard and toy darts, is on sale now across Asda, Martin McColl, the Coop, the Book People and Eason in Ireland. With the book registering very strong sell-through numbers across retail, this will mark the first of a number of planned lines from Igloo which adds to an existing programme – established by licensing agent Bulldog - that includes Bullseye-branded biltong, apparel and gaming products.

”Igloo Books has hit the spot with this new quiz book – it’s a great nostalgia gift and allows fans to recreate all the fun of Bullseye. It’s a brand that just keeps giving and we’re building a very strong programme of product releases to keep Bully fans everywhere entertained!” says Bulldog MD Rob Corney.

Entertainment One Prepares to Launch PJ Masks Merchandise in France

Entertainment One (eOne) will launch a line of PJ Masks merchandise in France. France TV Distribution will manage the consumer products program for PJ Masks in the region, which will debut at mass-market and specialty toy stores this January. The range will include additional categories that will roll out next fall.
 
Giochi Preziosi will distribute Just Play’s master toy line, which will include action figures, play sets, vehicles, plush, dress-up, and role-play. The merchandise program will be expanded next year as Paris-based footwear licensee, Royer, introduces a line of PJ Masks kids’ footwear. In addition, ATM is now on board for back-to-school accessories and will roll out its range in 2018. Additional partners will be announced for apparel, accessories, games, and puzzles.
 
eOne also recently announced partners due to launch products in the UK this February, including Flair’s Just Play division for toys, Hachette for a publishing line, Aykroyd TDP for nightwear and underwear, and Immediate Media for a magazine. Other international territories are slated to debut merchandise next year. 

Egmont Announces Latest Showcase Issue Featuring Play-Doh

Egmont Publishing, the UK’s leading specialist children’s publisher announces the latest issue of its ‘Showcase’ magazine series, featuring the Play-Doh brand.

Having launched in the 1950’s, the Play-Doh brand has remained a prime choice for building children’s imagination and helping develop their hand-to-eye co-ordination. This popular compound is pliable, re-usable, non-toxic and non-staining, ensuring hours of fun for little ones.
 
The new Play-Doh issue of Showcase magazine is a Christmas special which includes three tubs of Play-Doh, plus a giant double-sided poster featuring a game and colouring activities.

Millimages' Molang Secures New Merchandise Partners

Millimages appointed new licensing agents for its TV series Molang, including Licensing Works! in North America, Licensing Link in the UK, O + Media in Russia and CIS, Word of Web in Scandinavia and Poland, and Mediogen in Israel.
 
Key product categories include master toys from Jazwares in North America and throughout Latin America. Other partners in North America include Children’s Apparel Network for master apparel; Berkshire Fashions for winter and rainwear, caps, and accessories; Komar for girls’ sleepwear; Intimo for underwear; Jay Franco as master licensee for bed and bath, linen, and beach products; Riley Blake for fabric and fabric craft kits; and Accessory Innovations for bags, lunch totes, and luggage.
 
TOMY will be the master toy licensee in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. In addition to TOMY, other first wave partners in Europe include Aykroyds & TDP textile for nightwear and underwear and Flammarion Jeunesse for publishing.

Smiley and Moncler Team for Prestigious Partnership

Smiley has announced its latest collaboration with one of the world's most prestigious outerwear brands, Moncler, the latest in a long line of upscale fashion partnerships from the one and only iconic Smiley brand. 
 
This exclusive winter capsule collection of rugged outerwear, apparel and accessories has just launched at retail and takes Smiley’s signature bold yellow palette and iconic Smiley icon to the mountains. Featuring an exciting range that has been designed to sit as comfortably on the high altitude and high-octane ski slopes as it would be soaking up the cool winter aprés ski party vibes.
 
This newly launched range of technical outerwear features Smiley’s trademark all over prints, as well as contemporary sweaters in bold yellow. Whilst the Smiley logo has been reimagined featuring the brands new toony style direction with light and shadow effects.

Jurassic World: The Exhibition Opens Its Gates at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia

Jurassic World: The Exhibition will open on Nov. 25 at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Guests can visit the exhibition in the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion and the Mandell Center at The Franklin Institute through April 23, 2017.
 
Guests will walk through the Jurassic World gates to explore the park through a guided tour. Once onsite, visitors will experience the Gentle Giants Petting Zoo, step into The Hammond Creation Lab, and get a preview of Jurassic World’s top-secret project, the Indominus rex.
 
Individual and group tickets are available for purchase at www.fi.edu. For additional information, visit www.JurassicWorldTheExhibition.com.

JAKKS Pacific Bringing Boo Products to Market

Knockout Licensing has announed that JAKKS Pacific has been granted rights to manufacture and market a line of pets products inspired by Boo - The World’s Cutest Dog, the social media canine sensation with more than 17.5 million “Likes” on Facebook and over 600,000 “Followers” on Instagram.
 
“We’ve been approached to do Boo pet products before, but we chose to wait for the right time and right partner,” said Knockout Licensing President Carole Postal. “JAKKS Pacific is the perfect partner because they have proven success in pet products and extensive experience with global brands.”
 
The Pets Division of JAKKS is planning a line of Boo branded Dog Toys (featuring Boo’s world-famous likeness and/or specially designed for small dogs) as well as Dog Apparel, Dog Beds, and Dog Blankets.
 
“Our Boo pet products will be designed not only with the World’s Cutest Dog in mind, but it will be a standout line designed specifically for small dogs,” said Tony Lawlor, SVP Marketing, JAKKS Pacific.

Wonder-Shorts Signs as Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Licensee

Knockout Licensing has announced Wonder-Shirts as the first North American licensee for the smartly stylish period television series “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.”
 
“We’re so happy to finally be able to tell Miss Fisher’s American fans that the officially licensed merchandise they’ve been asking for is now available,” says Knockout Licensing President Carole Postal.
 
Wonder-Shirts has been granted rights to make and market “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries” t-shirts, totes and mugs. The first Miss Fisher branded products from Wonder-Shirts are now premiering online and via catalogs from Signals.
 
“Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries” is an Australian television drama series created by Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger based on author Kerry Greenwood's novels. The series revolves around the personal and professional life of the stylish and Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis), a glamorous private detective in 1920s Melbourne. The drama has been bought by broadcasters in 120 countries and territories worldwide. “Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries” is available (three seasons so far) to a passionate and growing fan base in the United States through Acorn Online, Netflix and several PBS affiliate stations. In Canada, the series can be seen on Netflix and Knowledge Network.

Knockout Licensing was appointed by London-based all3media International to manage the North American licensing program for “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.”

Toei Animation Names Licensing Agents in Spain and Italy on Eve of Dragon Ball Super’s Television Debut

As Toei Animation Europe prepares for the television debut of Dragon Ball Super in Spain and Italy, two new agents have been named to represent the iconic brand’s developing consumer products program, it was announced by Ryuji Kochi, President of Toei Animation Europe S.A.S.
 
Dragon Ball Super, the newest Dragon Ball series from original creator Akira Toriyama, is set for a winter launch on Boing in Spain and Italia 1 in Italy. Supporting its highly-anticipated introduction into each market, Toei has named El Ocho Licencias y Promociones (Spain and Portugal) and Starbright Licensing (Italy) as licensing agents for Dragon Ball Super and its classic predecessors, Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. The comprehensive licensing program for Dragon Ball Super, starting with master toy partner Bandai, will be targeting a new generation of kids and teenagers.

Brand & Deliver Lines Up Partnership for Ghostbusters

Brand & Deliver has secured four brand partners: Dunkin’ Donuts, minicabit, Northern Rail and South West Trains, to support the release of Ghostbustrs on DVD & Blu-ray on 21st November, for client Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
 
Thirty years after the original supernatural comedy franchise launched, Ghostbusters returned this summer to save the world with a cast of new characters.
 
The partnership campaign, running until the end of November, will see Ghostbustrs themed donuts at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the UK alongside a point-of-sale promotion and a competition on digital channels inviting customers to guess the flavour of the Ghostbusters Slimer Donut.
 
Northern Rail is offering a holiday to New York through on station posters alongside website and social media promotion. A bespoke competition microsite will be promoted on South West Trains’ digital channels, including the on-train and on-station wifi landing pages, giving customers the chance to win a Sony TV, home theatre system and Ghostbusters box sets.
 
In an experiential activation for Halloween, customers of minicabit were offered the chance to be picked up in the Ghostbusters Ecto-1 vehicle in place of their usual cab booking and taken to a famous Halloween-themed London attraction.  The whole experience was captured and content shared on digital and social channels. A filmed 360 video from the car passenger seat as it travelled through London will be seeded on YouTube.

Burton and Playboy Launch 2017 Collection of Winter Essentials

Playboy Enterprises, Inc. and Burton have announced the latest Burton x Playboy collection of technical winter essentials featuring vintage Playboy magazine covers and the iconic Playboy Rabbit Head. The new collection is the fifth collaboration from the two iconic brands and includes a range of items from tech tees and beanies to goggles and mitts.
 
The six-item capsule collection includes winter and snowboarding apparel and accessories that combines Burton’s industry-leading winter technology with Playboy stylings. As a part of Burton’s broader Winter 2017 collection, the Burton x Playboy line includes the following styles.

Disney Announces Moana-Inspired Product Range

Disney is revealing a new product collection which will bring the magic of the highly anticipated film Moana to households across the country.
 
Disney fans, both young and old, can expect a wide array of products such as the Musical Moana of Oceania by Hasbro, Moana’s Magical Necklace by JAKKS Pacific and Kakamora Soft Toys by Posh Paws. The range will also include a Moana Movie Collection Storybook by Parragon Books Ltd and puzzles from Ravensburger.
 
Disney Store will also be home to this collection.
 
The collection is inspired by the adventurous teen, Moana (Auli'i Cravalho), who leaves the safety of her island to embark on a bold journey to save her people. Along with her are Maui (Dwayne Johnson) and her two quirky animal companions, Hei Hei the rooster and Pua, her pet pig.

The Book People Launch Exclusive Roald Dahl Gift Collection

The Roald Dahl Literary Estate has revealed a new Roald Dahl gifting range, launching this week with The Book People.

 Primarily aimed at children aged 5-10, the range features Roald Dahl’s iconic The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory stories along with Quentin Blake’s illustrations, and will include: Melamine Breakfast Sets, Giant Mug, Paint your own Mug Set, Pencil Sets and a 3 pack Travel Case Set.
 
Stephanie Griggs, Licensing and Design Manager at the Roald Dahl Literary Estate said: “As a key Roald Dahl retail partner, it’s been great to work with The Book People on this new gifting range; just in time for Christmas - and at the end of a truly fantastic centenary year for the brand.”

 Alicia Davenport, Licensing Director at DRi Licensing added, “Alongside the much-anticipated global release of Steven Spielberg’s The BFG, numerous spectacular events, partnerships and exhibitions, we have seen an enormous amount of new products launched across multiple categories this year.  The momentum from this amazing year is set to continue and we already have many new exciting lines ready to go in 2017.” 
 

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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
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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

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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