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Peanuts Worldwide Retains Bay Laurel Advisors to Expand Location-Based Peanuts Venues

487898-charliebrown_largePeanuts Worldwide retained Bay Laurel Advisors to plan and execute the expansion of the Peanuts intellectual property for visitor attractions in theme parks, family entertainment centers, and other location-based entertainment venues.

Peanuts Worldwide and Bay Laurel Advisors will attend the 2016 IAAPA Attractions Expo to meet with potential partners.


LIMA to Host First International Board of Directors Meeting

PrintThe International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) will hold its board of directors meeting outside of the U.S. this month, taking place in London before Brand Licensing Europe.

LIMA’s membership now reflects the increasingly global nature of the companies, with with four members on the board of directors based outside the U.S., and several others who are based in the U.S. but have alarge presence around the world.

K’NEX Brands, Nitro Circus Partner for New Building Sets

nitrocircus_knexNitro Circus announced its new agreement with K’NEX to create a line of building toys designed for kids ages 7 and up.

K’NEX debuted a sneak peek of the new Nitro Circus building sets at Fall Toy Preview this week. The K’NEX Nitro Circus product line will be available next year.

 

NBCUniversal Brand Development to Showcase Film and TV Properties at BLE

nbcubd-logoAt this year’s Brand Licensing Europe (BLE), NBCUniversal Brand Development will showcase properties from the company’s film and television creative partners including Universal Pictures, Illumination Entertainment, DreamWorks Animation, as well as NBCUniversal cable and television.

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Licensing Expo Chosen to Assist International Licensing Deals for International Buyer Program Select

LE-2017-LogoThrough Licensing Expo, International Buyer Program (IBP) Select will give exhibitors access to potential international licensing partners from China, Mexico, Canada, South Korea, and Japan at the show.

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The Smiley Company Returns to Milano Licensing Day 2016

Smiley_MilanoLicensingDayThe Smiley Company returns to Milano Licensing Day where it will showcase it’s new brand extension of Rubik’s.

Smiley CEO Nicolas Loufrani will explain the Rubik’s licensing program, as well as how the company will expand it’s partners in Italy. Smiley’s Italian country manager Margherita Vecchio will hold a keynote presentation to trade.

The Original Smiley Brand Showcases Licensing Deals at Maison & Objet 2016

T&F_ThinkPositiveThe Original Smiley Brand has been showcased by more than 10 home décor licensees at this year’s Maison & Objet in Paris.

Smiley presented new collections on licensees for Smiley and SmileyWorld, including T&F homeware and lifestyle products; Alpa back-to-school products; Zak Designs kitchenware with emoticon expressions; Fire Design extinguishers; Insenso Bali lamps; Kleen-tex doormats; CM creation wall décor; Leifheit kitchen and bathroom items; and Easy Peasy leather shoes and bags.

 

 

Licensing Japan 2016 Becomes Its Largest Show to Date

Licensing JapanThe sixth Licensing Japan was held at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center this summer and attracted exhibitors from 11 countries and regions. Compared to last year, the show was twice as large and the number of visitors was up 33 percent. Read the rest of this entry »

LIMA Releases Annual Global Licensing Industry Survey

Retail sales of licensed products grew to $251.7 billion in 2015, a gain of 4.2 percent from the previous year, according to the 2016 International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association’s (LIMA) Annual Global Licensing Industry Survey conducted by Brandar Consulting LLC.

Royalty revenue from retail sales of licensed merchandise jumped 7.8 percent to $13.9 billion, due to robust retail sales and higher royalty rates that averaged 8.5 percent last year versus 8.2 percent in 2014. Overall, Entertainment/Character licensing remains the largest category, accounting for $113.2 billion, or 45 percent of the total global licensing market.

The U.S. and Canada remain the largest global market for licensed merchandise with retail sales of $145.5 billion last year, up 3.9 percent for a 57.7 percent share of the market. The next largest global region was Western Europe, with strong results in the UK, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands, tallying revenue of $51.8 billion. This was followed by Northern Asia, including China, Japan, and South Korea, with retail sales of $22.1 billion.

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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