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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 »

LIMA to Induct Three Industry Veterans into Licensing Hall of Fame

LIMAHallOfFameFor the first time in 25 years, the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) will name a trio of industry executives to the Licensing Hall of Fame in the same year. This year, the honorees include: Allan Feldman, CEO and Founder of LMCA; Dell Furano, CEO and Founder of Epic Rights; and Cyril Speijer, former CEO of Wavery Productions B.V. and current co-principal of BN Licensing B.V. This year’s Hall of Fame Induction takes place Tuesday, May 23, at the LIMA Licensing Awards Ceremony during Licensing Expo 2017 in Las Vegas.

Candidates for the Licensing Hall of Fame must demonstrate continual and outstanding contributions to the licensing industry. Consideration is given to those who have been actively involved in the business of licensing for a minimum of 15 years and whose contributions have ongoing relevance to the industry. Read the rest of this entry »

2017 LIMA Awards Entry Submissions Open Until Next Month

May27LIMA(2)The annual LIMA Awards recognize the industry’s highest level of achievement. To be considered for various categories, participants may use the LIMA Online Entry Form. All entries must be submitted by Feb. 1.

Licensed program categories include: Art/Design, Celebrity/Fashion, Character/Toy Brand, Corporate Brand, Digital, Film/Television/Entertainment—Animated, Film/Television/Entertainment—Live Action, Food and Beverage/Restaurant, Sports, Licensed Promotion (limited to one submission per property), Location-Based or Experiential Initiative, and Retailer. Read the rest of this entry »

Geena Davis, Jill Barad to be Honored at the 13th Annual Wonder Women Awards Gala

wit-logo-copyWomen in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment will honor actor and advocate Geena Davis with the Changemaker Award and Jill Barad with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 WIT Wonder Woman Awards Gala in February.

This year’s theme, WIT Changemakers: Playing it Forward, recognizes and honors female executives who create positive change and pave the way for future leaders. Geena Davis is the co-founder and chair of the Bentonville Film Festival, as well as the founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Jill Barad is the former Chariman and CEO of Mattel.

Maurizio Distefano Named Best New Agent for 2016 by Rovio Entertainment

MD Licnesing AwardMaurizio Distefano was named best new agent by Rovio Entertainment Ltd, which Maurizio Distefano Licensing represents in Italy. The award was for the work done by MD Licensing over the last year, including, 30 new license agreements for Angry Bird in a single year, in-store events and promotions to boost awareness of Angry Birds products, and more.

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LIMA Opens Nominations for 2017 Hall of Fame

May27LIMA(2)The LIMA Board of Directors will review Hall of Fame recommendations submitted by members. The criteria outlined here ensures that the award continues to represent licensing excellence. To be considered for induction into the 2017 Hall of Fame, an online recommendation must include a detailed and formal description of the candidate’s contribution and his or her adherence to the criteria. Recommendations must be received by Nov. 4, 2016. The LIMA Board of Directors reviews all recommendations before making the final selection.

WIT Opens Nominations for 13th Annual Women in Toys Awards

wit-logo-copyWomen in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment (WIT) announced that nominations are now open for the thirteenth Annual Wonder Women Awards. WIT also announced new nominations guidelines, criteria, voting process, timelines, and elimination of the entry fee to nominate.


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LIMA UK Names Rising Star Nominees

The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) announced the nominees for the 2016 UK Rising Stars Award. Now in its third year, the award is designed to recognize excellence among junior licensing industry professionals in the UK.  Nominees were named during the Young Professionals Network summer event, hosted by Cartoon Network Enterprises EMEA.

The 2016 finalists are:

·         Georgina Huckle, sales and marketing executive, Rainbow Productions

·         Eloise Jones, buyer – Girls Wear and Baby Wear, George @ ASDA

·         Julia O’Brien, licensing executive, Turner Broadcasting Systems

·         Sarah Patel, retail marketing executive, Nickelodeon

·         Sole Puerto, licensing manager, Bulldog Licensing

·         Talia Tester, licensing manager, Carte Blanche Greetings

The winner will be announced during the 2016 Licensing Awards, taking place in London on September 13.  All six nominees will receive a free ticket to the event.

EA Sports, Panini America, and 500 Level Named Winners Of 2016 NFLPA Licensees Of The Year Awards

EA Sports, Panini America, and 500 Level were named winners of the second annual NFL Players Association (NFLPA) Licensee of the Year Awards. EA Sports won for Digital Licensee of the Year, Panini America for Hardlines Licensee of the Year, and 500 Level for Apparel Licensee of the year.

A panel comprising NFLPA executives judged entrants on five criteria: number of unique players featured within the licensees’ product lines; the marketing and promotional activations that featured players throughout the year; creativity and innovation in product development; the companies’ positive development of the players’ intellectual property; and, the range of distribution and growth in annual financial performance.

The NFLPA launched the awards last year to honor the NFLPA licensees that have demonstrated successful and creative use of group player rights within the past year.

2016 LIMA International Licensing Award Winners Announced; Star Wars Wins Big

Winners of the 2016 LIMA International Licensing Awards in 20 categories were announced yesterday at the 2016 Licensing Expo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Disney Consumer Products Star Wars won four awards, while Hot Topic won the Retailer of the Year for Doctor Who. AMC and Parque de Atracciones de Madrid (Striker Entertainment) won the Location-based/Experiential Initiative Award for its The Walking Dead walk-through attraction.

A full list of winners includes:

Licensed Program

Art/Design: The Very Hungry Caterpillar/The World of Eric Carle – owned by Eric Carle Studio, represented by Joester Loria Group

Celebrity/Fashion: cupcakes and cashmere – represented by Brand Central, LLC

Character/Toy Brand: Shopkins – owned by Moose Toys, represented by The Licensing Shop, Inc.

Corporate Brand: Girl Scouts of the USA – represented by The Wildflower Group
Digital: Candy Crush Saga – owned by King Digital Entertainment, represented by Striker Entertainment, LLC

Film/TV/Entertainment – Animated: Peppa Pig –Entertainment One

Film/TV/Entertainment – Live-Action: Star Wars: The Force Awakens –Disney Consumer Products & Interactive Media

Food & Beverage/Restaurant: Corona, Constellation Brands – represented by Joester Loria Group
Licensed Promotion: Star Wars: Force Friday/Unboxing Program – Disney Consumer Products & Interactive Media

Location-Based or Experiential Initiative: AMC and Parque de Atracciones de Madrid – AMC’s The Walking Dead, represented by Striker Entertainment

Retailer: Hot Topic – Doctor Who licensing program

Sports: NFLPA

Licensed Product

Apparel/Footwear/Accessories: Peter Alexander for Sesame Street (sleepwear, outwear and accessories)

Appliances/Automotive/Electronics/Hardware/Housewares/Paint: The Sherwin-Williams Company for HGTV HOME paint

Digital: Story Toys for The World of Eric Carle/The Very Hungry Caterpillar (apps)

Food/Beverage: The Republic of Tea for Downton Abbey

Health & Beauty Aids: Lovehoney for Motörhead Official Pleasure Collection

Home Decor: Pottery Barn for Star Wars Millennium Falcon Bed

Publishing/Social Expression/Back-to-School: Moleskine for Batman Limited Edition Collection

Toys/Games/Novelties/Role-Play: Sphero for Star Wars BB-8 app-enabled Droid

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