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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

Moose Toys Receives Four Nominations at 2016 LIMA International Licensing Excellence Awards

Moose Toys received four award nominations for its Shopkins licensing program at the 2016 LIMA International Licensing Excellence Awards.

Moose Toys added new Shopkins licensees in the apparel, food, small appliances, and gift categories, and its Shoppies doll licensing program is scheduled to roll out this year.

The International Licensing Excellence Awards annually honors the best, most successful licensed properties, products, and campaigns. The winners will be announced by the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) on June 21, coinciding with the International Licensing Expo in Las Vegas.

2016 LIMA Licensing Awards Nominees Announced

The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association has announced the nominees for the 2016 LIMA International Licensing Excellence Awards. Winners will be determined by a vote of the LIMA membership, and will be announced at the LIMA Opening Night Awards Ceremony on June 21 at Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, Nev.


Andy Warhol – The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
It’s a WildLife – Form Advertising/Bulldog Licensing Ltd.
Keith Haring – Artestar/Haven Licensing
Pets Rock – Takkoda/The Sharpe Company
Taste Happiness with SmileyWorld – The Smiley Company
The Very Hungry Caterpillar/The World of Eric Carle – Eric Carle Studio/Joester Loria Group
V&A – Victoria and Albert Museum

Claudia Schiffer – Claudia Schiffer (MACL)/IMG
cupcakes and cashmere – cupcakes and cashmere/Brand Central, LLC
Loudmouth – Loudmouth Golf, LLC/The Brand Liaison, LLC
Nuance Salma Hayek – Ventanarosa/Salma Hayek/Beanstalk
Paris Hilton – Paris Hilton Entertainment/Beanstalk

Barbie – Mattel, Inc.
Crayola – Crayola, LLC
Hello Kitty – Sanrio, Inc.
My Little Pony – Hasbro, Inc.
Paddington Bear – Paddington and Company Limited/The Copyrights Group Limited
Shopkins – Moose Toys/The Licensing Shop, Inc.
Snoopy – Peanuts Worldwide

Ekocycle – and The Coca-Cola Company
Energizer – Energizer Brands, LLC/Beanstalk
Girl Scouts of the USA – Girl Scouts of the USA/The Wildflower Group
HGTV Home – HGTV (Scripps Networks)/Beanstalk
In Love by Bride’s – Condé Nast/The Musmanno Group
Jeep – FCA US LLC/The Licensing Company
Kevlar – Dupont/Earthbound LLC
Pella – Pella/Brandgenuity
Scotts and Miracle-Gro   – The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company/Seltzer Licensing Group

Candy Crush Saga – King Digital Entertainment/Striker Entertainment, LLC
Hit It Rich Slots & Elvira – Zynga
LINE Friends – LINE Friends Corp.
Skylanders – Activision Publishing, Inc.


Boonie Bears – Fantawild Animation, Inc.
Frozen – Disney Consumer Products and Interactive
Masha and the Bear – Masha and the Bear Ltd.
Minions – NBCUniversal Brand Development
Paw Patrol – Spin Master Ltd.
Peppa Pig – Entertainment One
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Nickelodeon

AMC’s The Walking Dead – AMC/Striker Entertainment
Jurassic World – NBCUniversal Brand Development
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron – Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media

Anheuser-Busch – Anheuser-Busch InBev/The Licensing Company
Beekman 1802 Farm Pantry – Beekman 1802/Brand Central, LLC
Coca-Cola – The Coca-Cola Company/The Licensing Company
Corona – Constellation Brands/Joester Loria Group
Dr Pepper Snapple Group – Dr Pepper Snapple Group/Brand Central, LLC
The Hershey Company – Asian Licensing Programme – The Hershey Company/The Licensing Company
TGI Fridays – TGI Fridays/Beanstalk

Coca-Cola at Excelsior
–   The Coca-Cola Company/The Licensing Company
Frubes Minions – Universal Studios/Illumination Entertainment/Asgard Media
Marvel Collector Corps Subscription Box – Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media
NFLPA / Uber Delivers Madden to Local Fans Nationwide – NFLPA
Peppa Pig National Daffodil Day Australia – Entertainment One
Star Wars: Force Friday/Unboxing Program – Disney Consumer Products & Interactive Media
Throwback Thanksgiving / Freedom From Want Illustration – The Saturday Evening Post/Curtis Licensing

Alien vs. Predator
– Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and Universal Studios Hollywood
AMC’s The Walking Dead – AMC and Parque de Atracciones de Madrid/Striker Entertainment
Discovery Adventures – Discovery Communications/PPW Sports and Entertainment (China) Limited/APAX Group (China)
Discovery at Sea – Discovery Communications and Princess Cruises
Il Mondo di Peppa Pig (The World of Peppa Pig) – Entertainment One/Leolandia
My Little Pony/Equestria Girls – Hasbro, Inc./Producciones Tycoon Gou
The Simpsons Land – Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and Universal Studios Hollywood
Thomas Land – Mattel and Fisher-Price

Cost Plus World Market
–   Downton Abbey
Fei FanTan Suo Outdoor Products Company Limited – Discovery Expedition
Grupo Éxito – Minions
Hot Topic – American Horror Story
Hot Topic – Doctor Who
Saks Fifth Avenue   – Empire
Spirit Halloween   – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Target – Peanuts
Toys”R”Us, Inc. – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

England Rugby
   – Rugby Football Union/CPLG UK
FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 – FIFA – Fédération Internationale de Football Association
Major League Soccer & 20 Clubs – Major League Soccer/Soccer United Market



Black Milk – Doctor Who legwear
Bioworld Merchandising – Corona apparel & footwear collection
ELAND   – The Simpsons apparel line
Guangzhou Boweiman Fashion Co., Ltd.   – Jeep leather bags & accessories
Hot Topic – Doctor Who fashion line
Peter Alexander   – Sesame Street sleepwear, outwear & accessories
SG Companies – Classic Star Wars children’s footwear

Argento SC – Car and Driver automotive gifts & accessories
Ping Solutions – Minions water dispenser
Select Brands, Inc. – Captain America & Marvel Avengers waffle makers
Select Brands, Inc. – Disney FROZEN Olaf Snow Cone Maker
The Sherwin-Williams Company – HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams paint
Swan Hose – Miracle-Gro Ultra Lite and Scotts Max Flex Hose

DIGITAL – apps, software, video
Aristocrat Technologies
– AMC’s The Walking Dead slot game
Ludia Games – Jurassic World: The Game
Pocket Gems – Mean Girls Senior Year interactive mobile game
Stern Pinball – KISS pinball machine
Story Toys – The World of Eric Carle/The Very Hungry Caterpillar apps
Zynga – Wizard of Oz slots

Ace Canning – Hershey’s Soyfresh soymilk
Bon Bon Buddies – Minions Surprize Qube
Kraft Heinz – TGI Fridays frozen snacks
The Quaker Oats Company – Quaker® Chewy® Girl Scouts® Granola Bars
The Republic of Tea – Downton Abbey teas
Robinson’s Brewery – Iron Maiden Trooper Premium Beer
Walker’s Shortbread – Outlander assorted shortbread
Whole Foods – The Very Hungry Caterpillar 365 Everyday Value® cereal and juices

Hall & Associates Limited – Shopkins hair accessories
Lovehoney – Motörhead Official Pleasure Collection
Pak Lab – Bay Soleil Sun and Skin Care product line
Papeless Nacionales S.A. – The Peanuts Movie Suave Gold Tissues
Pearl World – Paris Hilton Cosmetic Collection
Vision Ease – Coppertone Lenses by Vision Ease

HOME DÉCOR – domestics, furniture, giftware, textiles
Pendleton Woolen Mills – Star Wars blankets
Pottery Barn – Star Wars Millennium Falcon Bed
Roman, Inc. – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & Friends Jingle Buddies
Underground Toys – Star Wars giftware line
Weeks Roses – Downton Abbey Garden Rose Collection
York Wallcoverings – Williamsburg Trend Meets Tradition Wallpaper Collection

Blueprint Collections Ltd. – Shopkins stationery
Crayola, LLC – Crayola Color Alive – Minions
Cross – Star Wars pens and journals by CrossS
Francis Lincoln – Walter Foster – Breaking Bad Cookin’ up some Colour, Yo’
Galison-Mudpuppy   – Andy Warhol for Galison-Mudpuppy product assortment
Moleskine – Moleskine Batman Limited Edition Collection
Wonder Forge – Disney Imagicademy hands-on learning products
The Bridge Direct – Shopkins C3 Kinstructions
Hasbro, Inc. – Star Wars Bladebuilders Lightsaber
Jazwares, LLC – Peppa Pig line
Just Play – Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Checkup Center
LEGO – Star Wars Millennium Falcon
Mattel, Inc. – Elsa Fashion Doll Ice Castle
Sphero – Star Wars BB-8 app-enabled Droid
Wicked Cool Toys – Girl Scouts Cookie Oven

Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children Enters Second Phase


Sesame Workshop launched the second phase of its Emmy-nominated autism initiative, Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children. Sesame Workshop is introducing new content as part of a suite of free resources for families, teachers, providers, and caregivers to help support autism.

This includes a two-minute animation of We’re Amazing 1, 2, 3! featuring Julia, Elmo, and Abby; 12 new videos featuring Abby Cadabby and children with autism; 50,000 We’re Amazing 1, 2, 3! storybooks; and a Sesame Street and Autism app available for free for iOS and Android devices.

Exceptional Minds, integral to the Sesame Street’s Autism initiative, will be recognized with the Joan Ganz Cooney award at Sesame Workshop’s 14th annual gala on June 1.

Peppa Pig Gains Momentum in Mexico


Entertainment One (eOne) has announced the strong broadcast and retail success of Peppa Pig in Mexico, demonstrating a stronghold for the preschool property in the territory.

Launched on Mexico’s Channel 5 in November 2013, the show has become a favorite with preschool audiences, reaching a rating of 2.4 points. Peppa Pig consistently achieves strong audience figures and is now one of the top three rated shows in the country.

The Peppa Pig licensing program has also seen positive results since its launch last year. Managed by Televisa Consumer Products, the consumer products program now boasts 50 licensees across 16 categories and strong retail sales.

In October Peppa Pig won the Best Preschool Brand of 2015 Award in the prestigious ProMarca Awards.

Deadline for the LIMA Licensing Hall of Fame Award is this Friday


This is the last week to submit your recommendations for the Licensing Hall of Fame Award. Each year, the Licensing Industry Merchandiser’s Association (LIMA) honors industry leaders who have made an outstanding contribution to the licensing community. To be considered for induction into the 2016 Hall of Fame online, recommendations must be received by November 6.

Individuals who have been active in the licensing industry for more than 15 years, have contributed to the advancement of their segment and the larger industry in a unique and relevant way, have upheld the ethics and principles of the licensing industry, and have been LIMA’s member for more than three years are eligible for the award.

LIMA Seeks Nominations for the Licensing Hall of Fame Award


The international Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) is now 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.

Individuals with a minimum 15 years of experience in the licensing business, a detailed description of their body of work, unique contribution to the industry, development or advancement of a specific aspect of the business, ongoing relevance to the industry, business ethics and principles consistent with the licensing industry, and LIMA membership for at least three years are eligible for nomination.

To be considered for induction into the 2016 Hall of Fame, online recommendations must be made through LIMA’s website and received by November 6.

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