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MindMix 2018 Kicks Off Next Week In London

lima_mindmixMindMix, a one-day, C-level event that brings together business and thought leaders for high-level dialogue around Licensing: 2025 – The Technological, Social, and Commercial Forces Shaping Our Business World, will take place on June 27 in London.

The day will include four formal presentations: Vanella Jackson, CEO of the strategic brand consultancy Hall and Partners, will address The Intersection of Consumer & Brand – How and Why It’s Changing; Stephanie Wissink, managing director, research analyst, and consumer for the investment firm Jefferies LLC, will present FutureThink: Breaking Down the Characteristics of Successful, Adaptive Companies; Taco Ketelaar, co-founder of digital content and platform creators Dffrnt Media, will present Adapting to Ever-Changing Platforms and Technology; and Boris Planer, director of Go-To Market Insights at the consultancy Planet Retail, will present Future Disruptions in Retail – Drivers of Change.

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Cosmopolitan Partners with Cousin Corp. to Launch CosmoStyle

Cosmo JewelryHearst Magazines partners with Cousin Corp. to develop a new jewelry line in collaboration with the editors of Cosmopolitan magazine. The brand will be licensed as CosmoStyle by Cosmopolitan.

The debut Fall/Winter 2018 jewelry line will launch in June, offering four distinct collections: American Prep, Boho Traveler Cali, VIP, and Zen. Products will include necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings.

Cousin’s current sales partner, The Ivystone Group, will be heading up U.S. distribution. The new jewelry collection will be available at, as well as in independent boutiques in the U.S. and Canada. The partnership was brokered by IMG, Cosmopolitan’s exclusive global licensing representative.


J&M Brands is Newest Agent for Rovio’s Angry Birds

J&M Brands Angry BirdsRovio Entertainment has appointed J&M Brands as their licensing agent in the Benelux for the Angry Birds brand. With The Angry Birds Movie 2 premiering in 2019, games and series releases are in the works.

Princess Tam Tam Launches Frida Kahlo Campaign

Friday KahloPrincesse Tam Tam, part of the Fast Retailing Co. Ltd. launched a second campaign on Frida Kahlo for fashion-conscious swimwear for its 133 storefronts and online across France. Mirabello Carrara in Italy have launched four collections of high-end Frida Kahlo bedding sets and accessories.

The Frida Kahlo Making Her Self Up exhibition, featuring artifacts and history about the artist opened on June 16 in London. The opening launch party featured a red-carpet atmosphere with stars from fashion, music, and film, including Salma Hayek, Annie Lennox, Philip Treacy, Donna Air, Holly Candy, Douglas Booth, Toby Huntington-Whiteley, Amelia Windsor, and Kitty Spencer.

Janson Media, Crawford’s Corner to Distribute Crawford the Cat

crawfordcatJanson Media is partnering with Indiana-based Crawford’s Corner LLC to bring the new animation series, Crawford the Cat, to Amazon Prime Video and educational digital platforms such as Discovery Education and Safari Montage. Alita Friedman, CEO of Alita’s Brand Bar, brokered the deal and is responsible for the global merchandise licensing program and furthering brand development.

The first season of Crawford the Cat includes 13 five-minute episodes designed for kids ages 3 to 7. Additional half-hour episodes and one-hour specials are in production. Each episode features educational lessons on personal grooming, manners, exercise, and nutrition.


9 Story Media Group Appoints Angela C. Santomero as Chief Creative Officer

9 Story Media GroupAngela appointed Angela C. Santomero to the newly established role of chief creative officer (CCO). As CCO, Santomero will report to president and CEO Vince Commisso to lead the creative content strategy across 9 Story Media Group. The appointment follows 9 Story’s recent acquisition of Out of the Blue Enterprises, which was co-founded by Santomero.

With Santomero’s appointment, Out of the Blue will be rebranded as 9 Story USA. The New York-based creative studio will be the anchor of 9 Story’s creative development, formative research, and creative stewardship across current series, and the studio will continue to be supported by key development staff and operations in Toronto and Dublin.

Genius Brands International Greenlights Season Two of Llama Llama

llamallamaGenius Brands’ preschool series Llama Llama will get a second season on Netflix. Jennifer Garner will return in the lead role as Mama Llama. Season one of Llama Llama, also starring Jennifer Garner, debuted worldwide in 20 different languages on Netflix in January 2018. Currently in production on season two, Genius Brands and Netflix are developing two new, 30-minute Llama Llama specials, including one for Mother’s Day.

Based on the book series by author and illustrator Anna Dewdney, the preschool series is about first childhood experiences and adventures. Llama Llama tells the tales of life in a safe, friendly town seen through the eyes of Llama as he interacts with the world around him.

NRF Responds to Potential Tariff Raise on Chinese Goods

National Retail FederationThe National Retail Federation (NRF) president and CEO Matthew Shay issued the following statement after President Trump said he will consider tariffs on an additional $200 billion in Chinese goods if China does not yield to U.S. demands:

“This is just what we predicted—a tit-for-tat trade war has erupted and American families are caught in the middle. Higher prices for everyday essentials and lost jobs threaten to sap the energy out of the strong U.S. economy, just as most Americans are starting to enjoy the benefits of historic tax reform. This reckless escalation is the latest reminder that Congress must step in and exert its authority on trade policy.”

A study conducted earlier this year for NRF and the Consumer Technology Association found that tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports would reduce gross domestic product in the U.S. by nearly $3 billion, and lead to the loss of 134,000 jobs in the U.S., with four jobs lost for every job gained. Imposing tariffs on an additional $100 billion of Chinese imports would bring the total impact to a $49 billion reduction in GDP and the loss of 455,000 jobs.

AT&T, Time Warner Merge for TV Deal

ATT-logo-2016-640x480According to CNBC, AT&T will launch a skinny bundle of TV programming free to its mobile customers, which comes a day after the company closed its $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner. AT&T’s unlimited wireless customers will get the service for free, or interested parties can buy it for $15 a month on any platform. The service will be ad-supported, and AT&T will be ramping up an advertising platform. The company expects to make smaller acquisitions to enable those ad efforts in the coming weeks.

The Justice Department attempted to block the merger on anti-competitive grounds, however, Judge Richard Leon ruled against the government last week, clearing the way for the deal to go through. Time Warner’s properties include Turner Broadcasting’s CNN as well as HBO and the Warner Bros. movie and TV studio. AT&T, the nation’s second-largest wireless firm, also owns DirecTV and offers broadband internet service.

Comcast Makes $65 Billion Proposal to Acquire Twenty-First Century Fox

Comcast_LogoComcast Corp. delivered a letter to the Board of Directors of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. (21CF) setting terms of a proposal for Comcast to acquire the businesses that 21CF has already agreed to sell to The Walt Disney Co. The proposal reflects a $65 billion equity value, or $35.00 per share in cash, which represents approximately 19 percent to the value of Disney’s all-stock offer.

The Walt Disney Co. and 21CF entered into a definitive agreement in December for Disney to acquire 21 CF, including the Twentieth Century Fox film and TV studios, along with cable and international TV businesses, for approximately $52.4 billion in stock.

21CF’s vote on the Disney merger proposal is scheduled for July 10.

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