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Licensing Industry Veteran Jennifer Richmond Passes

jenniferrichmondLicensing Industry veteran Jennifer Richmond passed away on September 12 after a short battle with cancer. She was the managing director of the Richmond Management Group, as well as a former executive at Jakks Pacific. Richmond is survived by her husband Andy and her daughter Bianca. She was 49.

Richmond began her career at Tyco Toys in ‘93, and later held many senior brand manager positions with Empire of Carolina and Equity Toys. She joined Jakks Pacific in ’93 as director of marketing and licensing, and was eventually promoted to  senior vice president of licensing and media. Read the rest of this entry »

Sesame Workshop Names Ed Wells Head of International Media and Education

EDWELLS_SesameSesame Workshop appointed Ed Wells as head of international media and education. In this role, Wells will manage Sesame’s international offices and expansion efforts focused throughout Europe, the GCC, Latin America, and Asia Pacific. He will oversee all production, distribution, themed entertainment, education, and licensing businesses for the Workshop across these regions. Read the rest of this entry »

LIMA Seeks Nominations for 2018 Licensing Hall of Fame

May27LIMA(2)The international Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) is accepting recommendations for the Licensing Hall of Fame. Each year LIMA honors creators, marketers, manufacturers, and anyone who makes outstanding contributions to the global licensing community. This award represents the highest level of licensing excellence, and individuals considered for the award must follow the criteria guidelines listed here.

To be considered for induction into the 2018 Hall of Fame, online recommendations–including a detailed and formal description of the candidate’s contribution and adherence to the criteria—must be received by November 10.

The LIMA Board of Directors reviews all recommendations before making final selections.

Pocket.watch Names Former Genius Brands President as Chief Revenue Officer

StoneNewmanPocket.watch appointed Stone Newman as chief revenue officer. Stone will oversee all of pocket.watch’s revenue generating activities, and he will launch efforts involving licensing and merchandising, sponsorships and brand integrations, and the global sales of premium content.

Stone will focus on sponsorship and brand integration sales of pocket.watch’s YouTube channels and their marquee YouTube creator partnerships. Newman will drive pocket.watch’s initiatives into licensing and merchandising and will be responsible for bringing pocket.watch’s series to TV and streaming distributors in global markets. Read the rest of this entry »

Eric Karp Named Head of Licensing for BuzzFeed Product Labs

EricKarp_BuzzfeedEric Karp was appointed as head of licensing for BuzzFeed Product Labs, where he will lead the company’s licensing operation for the new group that focuses on creating physical products and social commerce experiences at BuzzFeed.

The new hire marks a milestone in the growth of BuzzFeed Product Labs and the company’s efforts to create new revenue as it builds more original IP. Karp will be responsible for building partnerships around brands including Tasty and Nifty, as well as for IP derived from BuzzFeed’s original editorial and series. Read the rest of this entry »

LIMA Annual Global Survey of Licensing Industry Now Available

2017LIMAreportThe International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) released the full findings of its Annual Global Licensing Industry Survey. Commissioned by LIMA and conducted by Brandar Consulting LLC, the third annual survey provides an analysis and detailed breakdowns of the $262.9 billion global licensing industry—a 4.4 percent growth from the previous year.

The report quantifies worldwide royalty revenue and corresponding retail sales by product category, property type, and geographic region. It also covers the latest trends and offers forward-looking analysis and other features related to the global licensing industry. Topline results from the survey were released during the 2017 Licensing Expo. Read the rest of this entry »

Gaumont Promotes Tim Stephen to Head of Business and Legal Affairs in the U.S.

TimStephen_GaumontGaumont promoted Tim Stephen to head of U.S. business and legal affairs at its Los Angeles office. The announcement was made Thursday by Christophe Riandee, vice, CEO, Gaumont.

Stephen joined Gaumont in 2014 as SVP, U.S. business and legal affairs. His responsibilities encompass TV, animation, and distribution divisions. During his tenure he has worked across multiple projects including Narcos (Netflix); F is For Family (Netflix); Hannibal (NBC); Hemlock Grove (Netflix); High in the Clouds, an animated feature in development based on the book by  by Sir Paul McCartney and Philip Ardagh;  Do, Re & Mi, an animated series in development; and The Star Shards Chronicles, also in development, based on the book trilogy from Neal Shusterman. Read the rest of this entry »

Genius Brands Promotes Two Executives to SVP

GeniusBrands_SVPGenius Brands International Inc. promoted two of its top executives. Kid Genius Cartoon Channel president Deb Pierson was named as SVP, global content distribution and marketing, and Lloyd Mintz was promoted to SVP of worldwide consumer products. The announcement was made today by Genius Brands’ chairman and CEO Andy Heyward, to whom both report directly.

In her new role, Pierson will be charged with oversight of Genius Brand’s global content distribution business for its catalog of animation properties, including SpacePOP, Llama Llama, Rainbow Rangers, Baby Genius, Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club, and Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab. Read the rest of this entry »

LIMA Names New Executives to Board of Directors

May27LIMA(2)The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) elected five new members to its Board of Directors for the industry’s global trade organization. Terms are for three years beginning on July 1, 2017. In addition, Cindy Levitt, SVP merchandise and marketing, Hot Topic, was re-elected as vice chairman; and Ted Larkins, SVP/general manager, CPLG North America was re-elected as board designate to the Executive Committee, each for one-year terms. Ciaran Coyle, global vice president and head, Global Brand Licensing, Electrolux Global Marketing, continues as LIMA Board Chairman. Read the rest of this entry »

Bioworld Rebrands European Office and Global Website

BioworldBWI Merchandising is now a fully integrated part of Bioworld Merchandising Inc. and will be rebranded as Bioworld International. The online corporate website is now available at the Bioworld Global Headquarters at bioworldcorp.com.

 The newly-intergraded services and product offering is available for existing customers, with plans to extend this offer to all new partners across the continent.

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