Kaiken 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
Sergei 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 »
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 »
The 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, 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.
Cole 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 »
The Jim Henson Co. named Sarah Maizes as vice president of children’s entertainment. The announcement was made by Halle Stanford, the company’s executive vice president of children’s entertainment, to whom she will report. Maizes is a 20-year veteran in the children’s entertainment and publishing industry. Read the rest of this entry »
The Joester Loria Group announced the official launch of JLG Extend (JLGX), a new consulting division that will represent manufacturers and retailers, seeking to enhance their brand portfolios and partnerships with influencers.
JLGX services include competitive analysis, retail trend insights, brand acquisition and in-bound licensing opportunity assessment, and a certification process that establishes its clients as best in class partners.
The newly formed division will be led by Rachel Dahlen and Sarah Vogt, who bring 20 years of individual experience in licensing, brand extensions, and branded program management.
20th Century Fox Consumer Products (FCP) announced a new leadership team reporting to Jim Fielding, the recently appointed president of consumer products and innovation, effective immediately.
Kirk Bloomgarden was named SVP, international operations. Bloomgarden joins FCP team from Saban Brands. He will be responsible for the division’s business outside of North America, with an emphasis on agent relationships. Read the rest of this entry »
The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) will host Expolicencias Latin America 2017, its second Annual Latin American licensing conference and showcase, from March 27 to 28 in Bogota, Colombia. The event will provide licensors, licensees, retailers, and other related business professionals the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the Latin American market.
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