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LIMA Expands with Three New Global Representatives, Announces LIMA International Licensing Awards Winners

May27LIMA(2)The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) recently appointed representatives in Brazil, France, and Russia, and named an industry veteran as the new head of LIMA India.

The representatives for the new LIMA offices include
Marici Ferreira, LIMA/ABRAL (Brazil); Laurent Taieb, LIMA France; Jiggy George, LIMA India; and Marina Semenikhina, LIMA Russia.

Additionally, on Tuesday, winners in 20 categories were announced during LIMA’s annual Awards Ceremony, held during the 2017 Licensing Expo at Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas.  Read the rest of this entry »

LIMA Annual Global Licensing Industry Survey Shows Increase in Sales of Licensed Products Last Year

May27LIMA(2)Global sales of licensed products and services continued to grow last year, rising 4.4 percent to $262.9 billion in the U.S., according to this year’s International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association’s (LIMA) Annual Global Licensing Industry Survey.

Entertainment/ Character licensing remains the largest industry category, accounting for $118.3 billion in the U.S., or 45 percent of the total global licensing market. Corporate/Brand Trademarks was the next biggest property type, generating $54.6 billion in retail receipts in the U.S. for 20.8 percent of total revenues, followed by Fashion, with $31.1 billion in the U.S. (11.8 percent of the total), and Sports at $25.3 billion in the U.S. (9.6 percent). Read the rest of this entry »

LIMA Names 2017 Rising Star Award Winners

LIMAThe International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) named the licensing industry’s Rising Stars Award winners for 2017. The group of 13 licensing professionals will be recognized at LIMA’s 2017 International Licensing Awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 23, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas during Licensing Expo. Read the rest of this entry »

LIMA Canada to Host Focus Canada Event with Keynote Speaker from Walmart Canada

LIMAThe International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) will host an evening of education and networking at Focus Canada on May 2 at Corus Entertainment in Toronto. Organized by LIMA Canada, the event will be centered on Canadian shopping habits, licensed merchandise, and the future of retail. Sam Wankowski, senior vice president operations, Western Canada, Walmart Canada will headline Focus Canada with the keynote address titled “The Evolving Relationship Between Retail and Licensing in Canada.” Read the rest of this entry »

Licensing University 2017 to Tackle Topics for Success in the Ever-Changing Marketplace

May27LIMA(2)The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) assembled Licensing University sessions on these and other topics featuring a “who’s who” of experts to help licensing professionals capitalize on today’s newest business prospects.

Licensing University takes place on May 22 to the 25 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. The program is part of Licensing Week, held alongside Licensing Expo, which is owned and organized by UBM and sponsored by LIMA. The Expo begins on May 23. Read the rest of this entry »

LIMA Announces Ballot for 2017 International Licensing Awards

May27LIMA(2)The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) finalized the ballot for its 2017 International Licensing Awards. One quarter of the nominees, 31 companies, originate from outside the U.S., attesting to the expanding international reach of the awards program.
This year’s ballot includes 126 nominees from ten countries. The nominees were selected from more than 460 submissions. The awards program spans categories including licensing, retailing, promotion, consumer products, and more. LIMA members may cast their votes online next month. Winners will be announced at the LIMA Awards Ceremony on May 23, during Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, which is sponsored by LIMA and owned and organized by UBM Americas.
 
Nominations were solicited from the worldwide licensing industry. The 2017 Awards nominees include:

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LIMA Releases Licensing University 2017 Program

May27LIMA(2)The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) planned a range of Licensing University sessions for Licensing Week 2017 that will cover the latest issues and trends and the fundamentals of how the licensing business works. Licensing University takes place from May 22 to 25 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. It is part of Licensing Week and held concurrently with Licensing Expo, which is owned and organized by UBM and sponsored by LIMA. The Expo opens on May 23. 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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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 »

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.

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