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Telltale Games, HBO Partner for Game of Thrones Games
 

Developer and publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games and HBO Global Licensing have partnered to create an interactive episodic game series based on the epic drama Game of Thrones.

The multi-year, multi-title partnership between Telltale and HBO Global Licensing is targeted to premiere digitally next year with an episodic game series for home consoles, PC/Mac, and mobile devices.

Licensing Expo Announces Motorsports Feature for Next Year’s Show
 

Licensing Expo has added a 5,000-square-foot, motorsports-themed feature area for next year’s show. 
 
The Motorsports Café in the Brands and Agents section of the show will be home to brands in the motorsports industry looking to grow and develop their businesses through licensing and brand extensions. Vehicles and drivers will be featured from The National Hot Rod Association, SCORE International Off Road Racing, Global Rally Cross, and more.
 
Licensing Expo will take place from June 17 to 19 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
 

WBCP Commemorates Wizard of Oz Anniversary with Special Edition Monopoly
 

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) has released Monopoly: The Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Collector’s Edition, which celebrates more than 75 years of Dorothy, the Munchkins, ruby slippers, and more. Produced in conjunction with USAopoly under license from Hasbro Inc., the game is available for purchase at Barnes & Noble, Go! Games, Betty’s Attic, The Lighter Side, Books a Million, The Smithsonian, and other specialty retailers worldwide.
 

Lawless Entertainment Named Worldwide Representatives for Bug Rangers
 

Lawless Entertainment has been appointed as Bug Rangers’ worldwide representative for TV, licensing, and merchandising. Bug Rangers is a property about a bug-sized human that learns about friendship, life, and love through his many adventures. Geared to children ages 4 through 9, the newly re-mastered 35- to 42-minute Bug Rangers DVDs will be available to retailers and broadcasters next year as part of a worldwide launch.

20 Rangers for 20 Years Exhibit Opens
 

A Power Rangers 20th anniversary art exhibition and pop-up shop called 20 Rangers for 20 Years is set to open this weekend at Toy Art Gallery in Los Angeles. Curated by Sweet Streets, the Power Rangers exhibition will highlight popular artists and designers from around the world and their one-of-a-kind painted 31-inch Ranger statues, provided by Saban Brands’ partner Jakks Pacific. 
 
A percentage of the proceeds from all artwork sales will be donated to the Challengers Boys & Girls Club. Jakks Pacific will also donate toys to the Challengers Boys & Girls Club as part of their contribution to the exhibition.
 
Bandai America Inc., Power Rangers’ master toy partner, will provide product for display, including toys from its archives and upcoming Super Megaforce toys.
 

Anchor Bay Entertainment Partners with Cedar’s Mediterranean Foods
 

A new partnership between Anchor Bay Entertainment and Cedar’s Mediterranean Foods will celebrate the new Tickety Toc DVD The Unstoppable, Unpoppable Bubble. Starting January 1, colorful Tickety Toc art will be featured on 1.7 million packages of Cedar’s All Natural Hommus, Cedar’s Taboule, and Cedar’s Spinach Dip.
 
This nationwide cross-promotion will offer consumers who purchase an 8-ounce package of Hommus, an 18-ounce package of Taboule, or a 30-ounce package of Spinach Dip an instant $2 discount off of The Ustoppable, Unpoppable, Bubble or Tickety Toc: Chime Time Adventure DVDs.

 

 

Cool Gear International Signs Deal with FIFA for 2014 FIFA World Cup
 

Cool Gear International has signed an agreement with FIFA for U.S.A.-licensed beverage products. The products that feature the event marks will include Cool Gear International’s reusable chillers, tumblers, and the new coolgearcan. Multiple designs will appear on the hydration products that will be available for purchase at Dick’s Sporting Goods this month. Sport Chalet is also expected to carry the licensed products in April. This partnership covers North America, Europe, Brazil, Columbia, Africa, and South Korea.
 

 

EUROPE

Outfit7 Seeks Next Big Partnership
 

Outfit7, the entertainment company behind Talking Tom and Friends, will accept idea submissions from the professional creative industry for the first time. The company has launched an ideas submission page on its website marking its quest to seek and develop its next IP.
 
Having achieved success with its portfolio of family entertainment apps, Outfit7 now boasts a network of 170 million monthly active users and 1.3 billion global downloads. In its next stage of development, Outfit7 is eager to harness its expertise in a way that offers something unique to the entertainment industry while helping achieve its aspirations of introducing the “next big thing” to the global stage.
 

 

Mister Maker Products Set to Launch Next Year
 

Mister Maker will enter next year with new product launches. New lines include stationery from RMS, games from Green Board Games, craft products from Giromax’s Clay Buddies, and cake mix from Greens. A range of apparel from Dennici will be available with T-shirts, hoodies, and painting coveralls launching in the second quarter of next year. The first Mister Maker stand-alone magazine from Immediate Media will be on shelf beginning in June.
 
Mister Maker made numerous appearances this year, including Marsh Farm Festival and Fun-Fest in York. He also took part in retail events for Hobbycraft and at shopping centers nationwide.
 
Next year and throughout 2015 Mister Maker will appear at Butlins holiday resorts, after Zodiak Kids inked a deal with live-events producer Stage 73. Mister Maker is also part of the line-up for the new CBeebies Live! The Big Band tour, where he will join CBeebies’ Mister Tumble, Mister Bloom, and others as they tour nine cities throughout the UK beginning on Easter.
 

EA Appoints Ryan Gagerman to Director of Licensing
 

Electronic Arts (EA) is strengthening its entertainment and licensing group with the appointment of licensing veteran Ryan Gagerman to director of licensing. Gagerman’s appointment comes as EA prepares for the launch of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare this coming February, as well as the theatrical debut of Need for Speed due in theaters March 14.
 
Prior to joining EA, Gagerman was the vice president of international licensing at Paramount Pictures, overseeing Paramount’s theatrical releases and catalog. Gagerman has also held several executive roles at DiC Entertainment, where he was responsible for building the international revenue as well as overseeing various categories, including managing hardlines and publishing worldwide on properties such as Strawberry Shortcake and McDonald’s.
 

Milan Celerates Calimero Anniversary with Exhibition
 

Milan is the first city to host an Exhibition dedicated to Calimero, celebrating its 50th anniversary. Through more than 150 drawings, original paintings, storyboards, videos, and more than 100 historical gadgets, the exhibition tells the Calimero’s story from the first TV appearance on July 14th, 1963.
 
In the heart of the fashion district of Milan, the exhibition is sponsored by Comune di Milano and Rai Fiction, promoted and organized by Team Entertainment at Palazzo della Permanente at Milan. Dario Cimorelli, with Marco Pagot’s cooperation, is the curator of exhibition. The Reckitt Benckiser Group, owner of the brand Ava, is the main sponsor.
 

John Lewis Bear and Hare Gifts Sell Out
 

Thanks to the retail chain’s £7 million Christmas TV advertisement, John Lewis has already run out of merchandise featuring the Bear and Hare from the advertisement. The goods are also up for auction on eBay for twice the retail price, with two weeks left until Christmas. The merchandise, including stuffed toys and an alarm clock, which plays a key part in the advert, will not be available again once it is gone.
 
A John Lewis spokeswoman said: “Following the response from customers to our previous Christmas TV adverts, this year we decided to stock a small number of products themed around the Bear and Hare characters from our TV advert. They have proved very popular with customers visiting our stores and shopping online, and while we have some products still available, we expect the remaining products to sell quickly as we get closer to Christmas.”
 
The Christmas advert, which cost the company £7m to make, tells the story of a hare determined to make sure his bear friend does not miss Christmas. The Christmas adverts in the UK from the larger retail stores such as John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Boots and Debenham’s, as well as supermarkets such as Tesco and Morrisons, mark the chains’ big push for the holiday retail season, with the adverts themselves becoming events in UK culture.

Official App Launch for Maya the Bee: Flower Party
 

Studio 100 Digital, in cooperation with mixtvision, is set to launch the official app Maya the Bee: Flower Party internationally in December. The app will be in 10 different languages: English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Turkish, Russian, Japanese, and Chinese.
 
“We are delighted to be launching this stunning Maya the Bee app across multiple platforms and markets; the world of Maya continues to evolve and we are sure it will be a huge hit with both new and existing fans all around the globe,” commented Marie-Laure Marchand, International Licensing Director, Studio 100.  
 
“Developing Maya the Bee: Flower Party was great fun for all who were involved. We are sure this entertainment will be reflected across all Maya the Bee fans when they play the app,” says Oliver Coors, CEO, mixtvision Digital.
 

Winx Club Promotion in Benelux Part of Worldwide, Year-long Campaign
 

Rainbow, the company behind Winx Club, has released details of a new promotion in Benelux featuring the property. The promotion will run until the end of January next year and Blokker stores across Benelux—370 in the Netherlands and 120 in Belgium—are all taking part. The Blokker promotion is part of a huge worldwide marketing effort surrounding the Winx brand, taking place throughout next year.

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Toy Fair 2014 will see new Cut the Rope launches and a second year of continuing growth for master toy partner Vivid’s Cut the Rope collectible Nommie figures, “Squashy Om Noms” and plush ranges. 
 
An online presence, in-store promotions, dedicated PR, and TV advertising have supported the toy rollout.
 
Trudi Hayward, senior vice president and global head of merchandising for European licensing agent ITV Studios Global Entertainment said: “We’re delighted with the on-going development of the Cut the Rope brand and the playground buzz Vivid is generating, both of which will support the brand licensing programme — as will the success of the game itself.”
 
Cut the Rope is currently No. 4 in the most popular paid apps of all time list on the iTunes App Store, and worldwide downloads surpass 400 million to date, and Cut the Rope 2 is coming soon.
 

Punky Princess Raising Money for Kidscape
 

Punky Princess has entered into a license partnership with T-Shirt Booth to support chosen charity Kidscape. The T-Shirt Booth app is a new tool for fundraisers by Digital Giving. It is free to download and enables users to create personalized T-shirts printed with a brand’s images, the logo of an affiliated charity, and a photo or image of the user’s choosing.
 
To launch the new partnership, Punky Princess has created a range of specially designed T-shirts for tween girls ages 10 to 14 to personalize and it will be donating £2 from the sale of each T-shirt to anti-bullying charity Kidscape, its chosen charity partner since launch.

 

SOUTH AMERICA

P&L Global Appointed by Paws for Mexico and Chile
 

Paws has appointed P&L Global Network as the exclusive licensing agency of the Garfield property in Mexico and Chile. P&L Global Network will be responsible for the implementation and launching of the licensing and promotional program.
 
Karen Blank, director of international licensing at Paws, says: “Paws is happy to have retained P&L Global Network as its agent for Garfield in Mexico and Chile. We are sure that under their direction, we will see broadened awareness at all levels of distribution for Garfield.”
 
Fanny Salazar, head of the licensing division of P&L Global said: “It is such a pleasure for us to capitalize on the strong awareness of Garfield through multiple generations and thanks to Paws confidence on us, be able to re-launch the licensing program in Mexico and Chile. Garfield’s undeniable strong appeal will allow us to reach to different demographics and assure the success of the program.”
 

AUSTRALIA

Nickelodeon Partners with World’s Biggest Water Park
 

Nickelodeon has partnered with Village Roadshow Theme Parks to extend its family offering at the world’s biggest water park, Wet’n’Wild Sydney. The collaboration builds upon the existing partnership between Village Roadshow Theme Parks and Nickelodeon at Sea World on the Gold Coast.
 
Beginning December 12, Nickelodeon will offer families the opportunity to meet its characters, including SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Dora the Explorer, and Diego. A crew riding in a Nick Beach Mobile, bopping beach balls and tossing Frisbees, will accompany the character group. Nickelodeon’s offering will continue to expand next year, with further development plans yet to be announced.
 

Haven Licensing to Represent Matt Hatter
 

Platinum Films has appointed Haven Licensing as licensing agent for Matt Hatter Chronicles in Australia and New Zealand. Under the new deal, Haven will recruit licensing partners for a product rollout next year and in 2015 and execute a comprehensive cross-platform retail and marketing campaign to activate a 360-degree brand presence in-store, online, and on-air.
 
Tom Punch, managing director at Haven Licensing comments, “We are delighted to partner with Platinum Films on what is sure to be a successful boys’ property in the Australia and New Zealand market.  The building blocks are set with great TV placement secured, along with a raft of first class global licensees.  We look forward to launching and building a successful consumer products program, and to working with the enthusiastic team at Platinum Films.” 
 

AFL, Rightster Sign Four-Year Digital Distribution Agreement

 

The Australian Football League (AFL) has entered into a new four-year agreement with Rightster relating to the AFL’s international live streaming subscription service AFLTV. The service, operated and built by Rightster on the AFL’s behalf, offers live and on-demand coverage of every Toyota AFL Premiership match to fans all worldwide, via AFLTV.
 
The AFL and Rightster have reached an agreement to cover the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Toyota AFL Premiership seasons. This will allow the development of a long-term strategy, which will include additional features and content in order to further drive fan engagement.
 
The agreement will also see the AFL and Rightster work closely together to deliver added value to AFL Commercial Partners and explore other digital initiatives together.
 

ASIA

AG Properties Partners with Japan-Based Sanrio
 

The Care Bears program, represented by American Greetings Corp.’s outbound licensing division AG Properties, has signed Sanrio as a new Japan-based retail partner. This multi-category licensing program will also unite Care Bears and Little Twin Stars for a co-branding collaboration that will include apparel, stationery, and accessories.
 
The deal was brokered by AGP’s agent in Japan, Mindworks Entertainment, and products can be expected to arrive at retail this month, followed by an expanded rollout in March of next year. Products will be carried in major department and specialty stores that carry Sanrio merchandise throughout Japan.
 

REST OF THE WORLD

Calibre Concepts Signs for Transformers Age of Extinction
 

Calibre Concepts has signed onto the international platform of licensed toys and collectibles for Hasbro’s Transformers Age of Extinction. The company has been licensing the rights to the Hasbro property since 2007 with a range of novelty products and high-end collectibles, such as a 20-inch Optimus Prime statue, a 14-inch Bumblebee statue, and a 9-inch AllSpark Cube replica.
 
The merchandise range for the fourth installment of the film franchise includes detailed 3-D sculpted collectibles, such as talking coin banks, twist action figures, light-up magnet heads, and projector key rings; and novelty products such as figural danglers, light-up key rings, dog tag-style metal key rings, and vinyl sticker diorama play sets. These products are scheduled for an end-of-April release and Calibre is actively seeking collaborations with international distribution partners, as well as licensees in other parts of the world for OEM opportunities.



 

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Boutique brand development & licensing agency is seeking a sales/retail business director to work closely with CEO on all aspects of sales, marketing, and retail development for the company's art & design lifestyle brands.

This position requires a motivated candidate who is adaptable and comfortable in a small company environment. Key responsibilities for this position include growing sales by identifying and qualifying potential licensees, soliciting and negotiating proposals, giving sales presentations to prospects and retail executives, and day-to-day account management. Director will also assist CEO with management of international sub-agents, execution of retail programs/pop-up shops and marketing initiatives, and implementation of marketing campaigns/social media strategies. This position entails moderate domestic and international travel, including attendance at trade events such as the Licensing Show, MAGIC, Comic-Con, Toy Fair, etc.

For information, please contact Alison@artimpressionsinc.com

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becker&mayer!/SmartLab Toys seeks an Operations Manager.
 
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Professional with Two Decades Experience Seeks New Opportunities

Petrus J. Horemans is a trilingual (Dutch-French-English) Belgian professional and has more than 20 years in creative and brand licensing, partnership, co-branding, and line extension of character merchandising of IP rights. He has worked with The Adventures of Tintin, The Swatch Group, Orange, Renault France, Coca Cola, The Royal Mint of Belgium, among others, and has in-depth knowledge of the licensing industry, and general management.

He now seeks new opportunities in the licensing industry for a permanent position with licensors or licensees and is willing to relocate.

To contact: petrus.horemans@hotmail.be

Business Professional Available for Opportunities

Paul Tamayo is an experienced business professional in competitive sales environments, throughout multiple industries. He has brand management experience with licensed consumer products.

He has strong management skills for creating and implementing strategic plans that deliver profitable financial results. He is bilingual and based in the States.

For further information and full CV, please contact: Phone (516) 318-2354 / E-mail tamayo.paul@gmail.com.

Licensing/Marketing Professional Available for New Opportunities

Bruce Anthony has over 40 years of creative Licensing, Domestic and Overseas Sourcing, Marketing, Sales experience, and assisting in "Total Management" abilities.

He has hands-on experience of multiple successful projects and experience working within the world of consumer packaged goods, specializing in souvenir, gift & stationery, sporting goods, educational and generic toys, cosmetics, room/home décor fields. He has worked with The Walt Disney Company, Coca Cola Sony Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, among others, and has in-depth knowledge of most of the retail categories of trade, as well as the licensing industry! He is looking for new opportunities in the licensing industry for a permanent position with licensors or licensees.

To contact: banthony1991@hotmail.com.

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