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Miraculous-Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir Wins License and Entertainment Property Awards in Spain

Zag_MiraculousLadybugZag Heroez’s Miraculous-Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir received the Best License Of The Year and Best Entertainment Property awards at the 15th Licencias de Actualidad awards. The property also won Best Licensing Promotion for the Tosta Rica agreement.

Licencias de Actualidad magazine presents awards voted for by licensing professionals, recognizing the work of licensing agents in the Spanish market last year.

All categories in the Zag Heroez Miraculous-Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir licensing program are covered for Spain, and the property recently opened an exclusive store in Amazon Spain.

DHX Media Makes New Executive Appointments

DHX_ExecsDHX Media appointed Aaron Ames to the position of chief operating officer (COO), Josh Scherba to president, and Anne Loi to the newly created role of chief commercial officer (CCO). DHX Media co-founder Steven DeNure will transition out of his role as president and COO within the next month.

In his role as COO, Ames will be responsible for the overall operations of the company and will oversee its broadcast channels, DHX Television, and its licensing agency, CPLG. As President Scherba will oversee the content business, including development, production, and distribution, as well as its YouTube-based kids’ network, WildBrain. As CCO, Loi will oversee key external partnerships, content production and financing, and business analytics.

The NPD Group Launches U.S. Kids License Tracker

TheNPDGroupThe NPD Group launched its U.S. Kids License Tracker, a service that spans 17 industries to provide a view of licensed purchases in the U.S. for kids ages 14 and under.

U.S. Kids License Tracker explores how license spending and purchase behavior varies across the following industries: apps and in-app purchases; arts and crafts; baby gear; books; clothing; consumer electronics and accessories; DVD, Blu-ray, and digital (movies, television shows); fashion accessories; footwear; heath and beauty products; home products (excluding furniture); party supplies and costumes; school supplies; sporting goods; toys and puzzles; and video game hardware, software, and accessories. Read the rest of this entry »

National Stationery Show and SURTEX Unveil the Boulevard

SURTEX_2017The National Stationery Show (NSS) and SURTEX introduce the Boulevard, a new show space that highlights the synergies between industries and events.  The Boulevard is the new home for the shared social media lounge, daily activities, demonstrations, and the Theatre, featuring seminars and speakers that address the nuances of industries. NSS and SURTEX take place next month at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

NSS is the only global North American forum for the stationery market. The show takes place from May 20 to 23 and will feature new product offerings. SURTEX runs from May 20 to 22 and brings together designers, licensees, and brands. Read the rest of this entry »

Iconkids & youth Release New Kids License Monitor Study

iconkidsyouth_KidsLicenseMonitorGerman research agency iconkids & youth released the results of Kids License Monitor, a quarterly online study. The study assesses popular licenses in the UK, France, and Germany.

According to Kids License Monitor, the major properties in the market are either traditional unisex topics, or topics that mainly address boys. A brand that targets girls is less likely to make it into the top 10 children’s licenses.

The top 10 “hype” properties of the last half-year include classical unisex licenses, such as The Minions or The Simpsons, as well as action licenses including, Spider-Man, Batman, or The Avengers. That said, there is not a property that solely targets girls. Read the rest of this entry »

LIMA Announces 2018 LIMA Rising Stars

LIMARisingStarsAward2018The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) announced the recipients of this year’s Rising Stars Award.  The winners will be recognized at the LIMA’s International Licensing Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 23 during Licensing Expo.

“The Rising Stars Awards recognize the next generation of leaders in the licensing business–those who show true tenacity and have impacted their companies and the industry right from the start,” said LIMA executive vice president, Maura Regan.

This year’s Rising Stars Award winners include: Read the rest of this entry »

Bonkers Toys Nominated for LIMA Award for slither.io Line

Bonkers_slitherioThe Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association (LIMA) nominated Bonkers Toys and its licensed slither.io toy line as one of six 2018 nominees in the “Toys and Games for Ages 0-12” category.

Bonkers Toys saw potential for slither.io, a family-friendly game and app from independent developer Lowtech Studios, shortly after the game was released. Bonkers became the first licensee for the mobile game, and created a true-to-license line of products including blind bag collectibles, plush, backpack clips, spinners, squishies, and build-a-slither toys. The toys are available at major retailers such as Target, Walmart, Toys “R” Us, Five Below, and Party City, with millions of units sold to date. Read the rest of this entry »

The Brand Liaison Promotes Cory Waisner to Executive Management Team

CoryWaisnerThe Brand Liaison LLC promoted Cory Waisner as executive director of manufacturer representation and a member of the company’s strategic management team. He will lead the company’s manufacturer representation for licensing acquisitions, with a focus on fashion, characters, and entertainment properties.

Waisner has been with the Brand Liaison for nearly 18 months, securing licenses with entertainment properties, such as Nickelodeon, Warner Brothers, DC Comics, Paw Patrol, Care Bears, NumNoms, and EmojiOne, and fashion brands including, Nicole Miller, Ben Sherman, C+C California, Daisy Fuentes, and more. Read the rest of this entry »

Cartoon Network Appoints New Head of Licensing and Consumer Products in APAC Region

CartoonNetwork_VikramSharmaTurner Asia Pacific appointed Vikram Sharma as vice president of Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) for licensing and merchandising division in the Asia Pacific region. Sharma will be responsible for driving sales for branded toys, apparel, home entertainment, publishing, and lifestyle products, including live events and themed entertainment.

This will include franchises and IP under CNE’s management from the Cartoon Network portfolio of shows, as well as Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty. He’ll also be responsible for the management of Tuzki, the digital IP and emoticon of choice in China and beyond. In South Asia, Turner acts as a representative for Warner Bros. Consumer Products. Read the rest of this entry »

LIMA Announces 2018 International Licensing Awards Nominees

May27LIMA(2)Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) announced the ballot for the 2018 International Licensing Awards, featuring 132 nominees from 16 countries. 42 percent of this year’s nominees originate from outside the U.S.—up from 25 percent from last year—demonstrating the increasing international reach of the awards program.

Voting will be open to all LIMA member companies in April. Winners will be announced at the LIMA Awards Ceremony on May 22 during the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas. Below is the full list of nominees: Read the rest of this entry »

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