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Fanatics’ Cole Gahagan to Deliver Keynote Address at Licensing Expo 2017

ColeGahaganCole 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. Names Sarah Maizes as Vice President of Children’s Entertainment

Sarah_MaizesThe 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 Launches Consulting Division

JLGX 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 Announces New Leadership Team

FCP20th 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 »

LIMA to Host Second Annual Licensing Showcase in Latin America

May27LIMA(2)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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Studio 100 N.V. Acquires Majority Interest in m4e AG

m4eAG_Studio100_Belgian corporation Studio 100 N.V. acquired a 68 percent majority in the German brand management and media company m4e AG. The founding and principal shareholders of m4e AG met to discuss the sale of all of their shares. Read the rest of this entry »

Vandor Hires New President and CEO Sarah Devoll

VandorLogoVandor LLC named Sarah DeVoll as the new president and CEO. DeVoll is a highly experienced and innovative leader who has led successful consumer products companies in the Salt Lake City area, including Franklin Covey and American Crafts.

DeVoll has experience in marketing, sales, operations, licensor development, sourcing, and product innovation. She is known for her ability to improve profitability, increase sales, drive brand acquisitions, and build brands.  She is adept at acquiring new customers, retaining and growing existing customer revenues, and launching products. DeVoll has driven success for brands targeting both global and specialty market sectors.

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 »

Fox Television Group, Twentieth Century Fox Film Appoint Jim Fielding as President of Consumer Products and Innovation

JImFieldingFox Television Group and Twentieth Century Fox Film appointed Jim Fielding as president of consumer products and innovation. Fielding will oversee licensing, product development, and new business opportunities in the consumer retail space across both businesses and FX Networks. Fielding, who most recently served as Global Head of Consumer Products and Retail for DreamWorks Animation, will begin his new role on Jan. 23 and be based in Los Angeles. 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 »

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