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LIMA Announces Ballot for 2017 International Licensing Awards

May27LIMA(2)The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) finalized the ballot for its 2017 International Licensing Awards. One quarter of the nominees, 31 companies, originate from outside the U.S., attesting to the expanding international reach of the awards program.
This year’s ballot includes 126 nominees from ten countries. The nominees were selected from more than 460 submissions. The awards program spans categories including licensing, retailing, promotion, consumer products, and more. LIMA members may cast their votes online next month. Winners will be announced at the LIMA Awards Ceremony on May 23, during Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, which is sponsored by LIMA and owned and organized by UBM Americas.
 
Nominations were solicited from the worldwide licensing industry. The 2017 Awards nominees include:

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Viacom Names Jim Gianopulos Chairman, CEO of Paramount Pictures

ParamountPictures_JimGianopulosViacom Inc. appointed Jim Gianopulos as chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Paramount Pictures, effective April 3. Gianopulos will report directly to Bob Bakish, president and CEO of Viacom.

In his role as chairman and CEO of Paramount, Gianopulos will oversee the studio’s film and television operations worldwide, including production, marketing, distribution, and all other facets. He will also set a new strategy for Paramount, including developing new content, strengthening Paramount’s slate with co-branded releases from Viacom flagship brands, and expanding the studio’s global footprint. Read the rest of this entry »

Rovio Entertainment and Mikael Hed Honored with Hulda Award for The Angry Birds Movie

angry birdsRovio Entertainment and Mikael Hed, executive producer of The Angry Birds Movie, received the Finnish Audiovisual Export Award Hulda. The award is presented annually by Audiovisual Finland and honors excellence in creative industry export.

The Angry Birds Movie is the most internationally successful Finnish film of all time and is also the second highest-grossing movie based on a game. The award was presented by Finland’s minister of economic affairs Mika Lintilä at the annual Finnish film industry event Jussi Gaala, which took place last Friday.

Turner Wins Best Case Study for Lamput at FICCI Fames 2017

TurnerTurner was named the Best Case Study in the Animated Frames category for Lamput at FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) Frames 2017.

Featuring a gooey orange nutcase that outwits a pair of hapless doctors, the series received praise for its ability to tell multiple stories and inspire laughter. Read the rest of this entry »

Kaiken Entertainment Awarded London Book Fair Brand Licensing Award

AngryBirds_KaikenEntertainmentKaiken Entertainment was awarded the London Book Fair (LBF) International Excellence Award for Brand Licensing for the global publishing program for the Angry Birds Movie.

“Kaiken Entertainment is thrilled to be acknowledged for our innovation, creativity and hard work. We are honored to be in this company of respected nominees and to receive this formidable recognition,” says Laura Nevanlinna, co-founder, Kaiken Entertainment and CEO, Kaiken Publishing

BBC Worldwide North America Appoints Sergei Kuharsky EVP, Franchise and Digital Enterprises

SergeiKuharksySergei Kuharsky was appointed executive vice president, franchise and digital enterprises, BBC Worldwide North America. Kuharsky joined BBC Worldwide North America last April and was most recently senior vice president, strategy and business development. Kuharsky will continue to report to Ann Sarnoff, president, BBC Worldwide North America.

In his new role, Kuharsky will be responsible for growing revenue across the businesses in BBC Worldwide’s Digital Enterprise and Franchise Management portfolio which includes e-commerce, home entertainment (DVD & EST), consumer products, live events, retail, and BBC Learning. He will also build on existing partnerships and forge new ones for key franchises including Top Gear, Doctor Who, and BBC Earth. Read the rest of this entry »

LIMA Releases Licensing University 2017 Program

May27LIMA(2)The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) planned a range of Licensing University sessions for Licensing Week 2017 that will cover the latest issues and trends and the fundamentals of how the licensing business works. Licensing University takes place from May 22 to 25 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. It is part of Licensing Week and held concurrently with Licensing Expo, which is owned and organized by UBM and sponsored by LIMA. The Expo opens on May 23. Read the rest of this entry »

Women In Toys Announces Winners at Annual Wonder Women Awards Gala

wit-logo-copyThe 13th annual Women in Toys, Licensing, and Entertainment (WIT) featured more than 600 industry executives and honored leaders in the toy industry. Read the rest of this entry »

Discovery Consumer Products Names Ricky Li as VP of Lifestyle and Global Retail

DiscoveryDiscovery Consumer Products, the licensing arm of Discovery Communications, named Ricky Li as vice president, global lifestyle and retail. In this role, Li will be responsible for creating a vision for Discovery’s growth in the global lifestyle brands market. He will also oversee key fashion, lifestyle, and softlines strategies across apparel, accessories, footwear, and home categories. He will report to Leigh Anne Brodsky, executive vice president, Discovery Global Enterprises.

Li joins Discovery Communications from Aeropostale, where he spent the past six years leading the company’s global business development and international expansion in Asia, Middle East South America, Europe and North America.

Fanatics’ Cole Gahagan to Deliver Keynote Address at Licensing Expo 2017

ColeGahaganCole Gahagan, chief commercial officer of Fanatics Inc., will deliver the opening keynote address at Licensing Expo 2017, ponsored by the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) and owned and organized by UBM Americas. The keynote session takes place on Tuesday, May 23 from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m., and marks the start of Licensing Expo at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Fanatics has an e-commerce business and operates brick-and-mortar locations for the National Basketball Association (NBA), track-side stores for NASCAR, and in-stadium shops at sports venues all across the country. Read the rest of this entry »

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