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Rainbow Productions Crowned Champions of The Light Fund Treasure Hunt 2015

8361f497-9d09-4fd3-bccd-8d4dfa6e96cbRainbow Productions have held onto their crown as winners of The Light Fund 2015 Treasure Hunt for the second year running. The event, which took place July 16th, raised over £8,000 for the charity.

More than 300 people from the licensing industry put their brains into gear and followed a route around London’s Mayfair (while taking in some of its finest hostelries) to compete in the annual event which culminated at The Institute in Piccadilly.

“Last week’s Treasure Hunt was another hugely successful event and the main, everyone did really well answering the questions and completing the challenges.” Commented Ashley Holman (of Nickelodeon) who, together with Hannah Mungo (eOne) and Robyn Cowling (Underground Toys) were the main organisers of the event.

“We would like to thanks Brand Licensing Show 2015 for being our headline sponsor, A-Z for producing the amazing maps once again and Underground Toys, The Puzzler, Allsorts Licensing, Licensing Source Book Europe and Rainbow Productions, as well as the entire industry for being so supportive.”

Kate Humble Launches Bath and Beauty Collection

aa567d85-5faa-4854-bcd7-8ef8a6da5bf2Boasting sound green credentials and an extensive product collection, the eco-friendly brand ‘Humble’, founded by the broadcaster Kate Humble and licensed by Brands with Influence, has been launched.

“I’ve looked everywhere for a range of products that are natural and biodegradable, but, just as importantly, look, smell and feel wonderful to use. I drew a blank so I decided to develop a range of products myself. It’s been a challenge but I am delighted to now be launching the Humble Natural Beauty Range. I wanted to give people the chance to spoil themselves without spoiling the environment,” comments Kate Humble, Founder, Humble. Read the rest of this entry »

Goodyear Spring/Summer 2016 Vintage Series Clothing at Panorama in Berlin

5d35d1d5-facc-4b3d-88e7-e15aa55d0576Goodyear showcased its Spring/Summer 2016 Vintage Series Clothing at the Panorama Trade Show in Berlin.

The line focuses on the brand’s past through retro/vintage typography and racing inspired imagery synonymous with Goodyear’s Americana style. This year the collection has been expanded to include a number of key pieces including items made of fleece and more of the popular jerseys and a whole host of new t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, shorts, trousers, denim jeans and jackets for both male and female consumers.

LIMA Announces Rising Stars Award Winner

The United Kingdom office of the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) announces that Matthew Glynn of the Football Association has been named named its second annual UK Rising Star. The Award ceremony took place at LIMA UK’s annual Young Professionals Networking event in London.

The LIMA UK Rising Stars Award is designed to support and champion excellence among junior licensing industry professionals. Glynn will receive one year of mentorship from LIMA UK Managing Director Kelvyn Gardner. “I look forward to working with Matthew, who has shown a commitment to and passion for the UK licensing industry as well as demonstrating innovation, initiative and leadership in his career to date,” said Gardner. “It is also great to celebrate sports licensing with our young professionals and we’re really pleased to be able to recognize and support such talent in our industry.” “I am absolutely delighted to win the LIMA Rising Star Award having only recently stepped into a managerial role at The FA. Licensing allows you to gain great skills and knowledge across sales, legal, product development and marketing so it is great to know that my work is being acknowledged.” said Glynn, the Football Association’s Commercial Acquisitions Manager.

Sponsored by Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products, LIMA UK’s event opened with a practical career advice session and Q&A with Tom Gunn International Brand Director (EMEA & ANZ) Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products; Vicky Hill, Licensing Manager at Bulldog Licensing; and Bettina Koeckler, Founder of The DealFactory.

Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out Tops UK Box Office

666c3682-a333-49a3-8aec-6d50b2687115Disney•Pixar’s latest animation, Inside Out opened to the number one spot at the UK box office this weekend in the largest number of cinemas ever for a UK release. Inside Out is set to take an estimated £7m during its opening weekend playing in more cinemas across the country than films such as Jurassic World, Minions, The Dark Knight Rises and Skyfall. The film has already taken $550m at the global box office following its record breaking opening in the U.S.

Directed by BAFTA and Academy Award winner Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc., Up) and produced by Jonas Rivera, p.g.a. (Up), Inside Out has been praised by critics, receiving five-star reviews from The Times, Daily Telegraph and The Independent, among others, and being hailed as the film which defies the conventions of family movies.

In addition to the number one slot Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has also landed the second spot in the chart with Marvel’s Ant-Man beating out the competition to take home a super-sized £2.3m. The results mean that Disney has over a 53% hold on the entire UK box office this weekend. Ant-Man also held onto its US number one spot and has taken $226.5m globally to date.

Licensing Awards 2015 Finalists Announced

The Licensing Awards 2015 finalists have been announced. The awards will be held on Tuesday 15th September 2015, in The Great Room at The Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

Approaching 5,000 licensed products were entered into the Product Awards this year. The Judging Panel comprised of almost 100 top retail buyers, including those from Sainsbury’s, Argos, Primark, Claires, Toys R Us, Tesco, Mothercare, Poundland, Boots, The Entertainer, Forbidden Planet, Lakeland, Asda, Mothercare, Matalan, BHS, Paperchase, Paulton’s Park, Blue Inc, Oliver Bonas, River Island, Lloyds Pharmacy and Rymans.

To see the full list of finalists, please visithttp://www.thelicensingawards.co.uk

Best Accessory Group Adds Debra Valencia Brand

601d4880-b764-48a1-b0d0-26464c78edbdDesigner brand Debra Valencia has announced a new licensing deal with Best Accessory Group Inc. The Debra Valencia brand is a California lifestyle brand appealing to modern women who love style, fashion, and femininity.

“Debra Valencia is an incredible designer and her colorful prints and bold patterns are a perfect complement to our products. She has already proven her success at retail and we are looking to expand the product offerings and channels of distribution,” says Jack Saban, president of Best Accessory Group. Read the rest of this entry »

Lawless Entertainment Appointed North American Representatives for Eddie Is a Yeti

347267ca-05b1-4bbe-b2f5-d526067e0798Lawless Entertainment has been appointed as representatives for North America for Eddie is a Yeti, a property created by Toon Goggles, for licensing, merchandising, and publishing.

Eddie is a Yeti is Toon Goggles’ first entry into original content and merchandising and will be produced with Mondo TV, which will handle overseas distribution and merchandising. The animated short-form children’s series follows the adventures of Eddie the yeti and his best friend, Polly. Its non-dialogue format easily allows for a worldwide audience, targeted toward kids ages 6 to 12.

Eddie is a Yeti will be promoted across the Toon Goggles platform, appearing on its iOS and Android applications for smartphones and tablets, as well as on Sony, Sharp, and Samsung smart TVs, Roku set-top boxes, and other devices.

Epic Rights Promotes Poulsen to VP of Artist Digital Media & Brand Development

11b506bf-bffa-4625-8512-5a95b68ed099Dell Furano, CEO of Epic Rights, has announced the promotion of Jesper Poulsen to vice president of artist digital media and brand development. Poulsen, who has more than a decade of experience in artist brand development, licensing, product development, and digital media, previously held the post of executive director, artist and brand development and continues to report directly to Furano.

In his new position, Poulsen will develop digital strategies to increase fan engagement that results in maximizing revenue across core sectors of artists’ business handled by Epic Rights, including official websites, e-commerce, fan experiences, VIP ticketing, and social media. Poulsen will continue to identify, prospect, structure, negotiate, and secure strategic partnerships on behalf of artists such as AC/DC, KISS, Aerosmith, John Lennon, Def Leppard, Billy Idol, Woodstock, CBGB, and more.

LIMA Annual Global Licensing Industry Survey Now Available

The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association’s (LIMA) first annual Global Licensing Industry Survey is now available for digital download. Commissioned by LIMA and conducted by Brandar Consulting, LLC, the survey provides detailed breakdowns, quantifying worldwide royalty revenue and corresponding retail sales by product category, property type, and geographical region. It also identifies the latest trends and offers forward-looking analysis of the $241.5 billion global licensing business. Read the rest of this entry »

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