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Spin Master Acquires Enesco’s GUND

SpinMaster_GUNDSpin Master purchased GUND from Enesco LLC, a portfolio company of Balmoral Funds, a private equity firm.

Established in 1898, GUND is one of the leading plush toy manufacturers in the world, recognized by the American Brand Council as one of the most trusted toy brands in the U.S., and known for its iconic “Gotta Getta GUND” campaign. Read the rest of this entry »

Overwatch League Appoints New Head of Licensing for Esports League

esports_DanielSiegelOverwatch League appointed Daniel Siegel as the new head of licensing for Blizzard Entertainment‘s global, professional Esports league. In the newly created position, Siegel will help drive extended investment in the entire Overwatch Esports network. Read the rest of this entry »

Tim Kilpin of Activision Blizzard Named Session Presenter at PlayCon 2018

TimKilpin_HeadshotTim Kilpin, who was recently elected to The Toy Association’s board of directors, will share insight into how brands can engage with fans at PlayCon, which will take place May 8 to 9 in San Francisco. More than a dozen industry analysts, toy influencers, consumer product executives, and motivational speakers will lead PlayCon’s short “TED Talk”-like sessions. Read the rest of this entry »

The NPD Group Announces Winners of U.S. Toy Industry Awards

TheNPDGroupThe NPD Group announced the winners of this year’s U.S. Toy Industry Awards, which were shared with the recipients at Toy Fair 2018 in New York City. The awards were given to the manufacturers of the top-selling property and toy of 2017 in the U.S., as well as the top-selling toys by supercategory, according to NPD’s Retail Tracking Service. Read the rest of this entry »

Women in Toys Announces Winners at Annual Wonder Women Awards Gala

WITWinnersWomen in Toys, Licensing and Entertainment (WIT) held its 14th annual Wonder Women Awards Gala on Sunday, Feb. 18, coinciding with Toy Fair 2018. The gala celebrated industry trailblazers for their contributions in toys, licensing, and entertainment across a variety of disciplines.

The 2018 WIT Wonder Women Awards Winners include Ali Mierzejewski of The Toy Insider and Stephanie Mendoza of Sesame Workshop for Wonder Woman Rising Star; Sydney Wiseman of WowWee for Wonder Woman Creator Inventor;  Read the rest of this entry »

Tulipop Appoints New Licensing Manager to Drive International Expansion Plans

Tulipop_BjorgA_HeadshotIcelandic character-based lifestyle brand Tulipop appointed Björg Arnardottir as its new licensing manager responsible for leading the growth of the brand’s licensing business during its expansion plans.

Arnardottir will manage Tulipop’s licensing program and its related activities including marketing, PR, and events.  She will work closely with the brand’s existing licensees and licensing agents to develop and coordinate Tulipop’s merchandise and marketing programs.  Read the rest of this entry »

LIMA to Induct Elias Fasja-Cohen, Brian Goldner Into Licensing Hall of Fame

LIMAHallofFAme_Goldner_FasjaThe International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) named Elias Fasja-Cohen, CEO and founder of Tycoon Enterprises, and Brian Goldner, chairman and CEO of Hasbro Inc., as the 2018 inductees to the LIMA Licensing Hall of Fame. This year’s Hall of Fame Induction will take place May 22 at the LIMA Licensing Awards Ceremony during Licensing Expo 2018 in Las Vegas. Read the rest of this entry »

Redbubble Appoints Cynthia J. Money as Head of Licensing

Redbubble_LogoRedbubble recently hired Cynthia J. Money as its head of licensing. Money will be responsible for working with licensors worldwide to tap into Redbubble’s unique services, expanding fan engagement efforts globally.With more than 25 years of global licensing experience, Money previously worked with companies including, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Live Nation, Delivery Agent, Viz Media, Moonscoop, and more.

Redbubble’s community of artists and official merchandise stores are valuable tools for brands that want to give consumers products to express themselves and their fandoms.


2018 LIMA Awards Submissions to Close Next Month

LIMAThe International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) International Licensing Awards recognizes and highlights the innovation and creativity that impacted the worldwide marketplace during the last year.

Online entry for the LIMA Awards is currently open to members and non-members, and there is no fee to participate. Only LIMA members may vote on the final ballot. All submissions must be received by Thursday, Feb. 1.
For more information, or to submit an entry, click here.

LIMA Opens Applications for New President

May27LIMA(2)Current LIMA President Charles Riotto will be retiring as of June 30, 2018 and the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) is engaging in a search for a successor. LIMA will appoint its new president next month, and is currently accepting resumes and applications. The final decision will be made on Feb. 21 at the LIMA board meeting. Read the rest of this entry »

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