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LIMA UK Names Nominees for UK Rising Stars Award 2018

LIMAThe International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) announced the final six nominees for the 2018 UK Rising Stars Award during the LIMA UK Young professionals Summer Party at Nickelodeon London. The Award recognizes excellence among junior licensing industry professionals in the UK. The winner will be announced during the 2018 Licensing Awards, which take place in London on Sept. 11. Read the rest of this entry »

Hasbro Appoints Casey Collins to Lead Global Consumer Products Team, Effective Immediately

Hasbro_TBWebHeaderHasbro Inc. named Casey Collins the senior vice president (SVP) and general manager of global consumer products, effective immediately. Collins assumes the role from Simon Waters, who will be taking on a new position as SVP and general manager of Hasbro’s recently acquired Power Rangers franchise. Read the rest of this entry »

NxtGen Brand Marketing to Represent Gary Patterson

NxtGenBrandMarketing_GaryPattersonNxtGen Brand Marketing was appointed as the North America licensing agent for Patterson International’s art property Gary Patterson.

NxtGen seeks to secure U.S. licensing partnerships in several new key categories that include housewares, home furnishings, and décor, gifts and novelties, arts & crafts, party supplies and gift bags, stationery, food, beverage, and apparel. Read the rest of this entry »

Alfred Kahn Joins ECOMI

ecomi_logoAlfred Kahn joins ECOMI, a blockchain company committed to creating a platform to pay, protect, and collect licensed digital collectibles, as a strategic advisor. Kahn is a member of the Licensing Hall of Fame and is responsible for bringing Pokémon and other franchises to the world outside of Asia.

Kahn is currently the CEO of CraneKahn LLC and is the founder of 4Kids Entertainment Inc. He was responsible for many of the industry’s biggest hits, including Pokemon, Cabbage Patch Kids, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Yu-Gi-Oh!. Read the rest of this entry »

Hard Rock International Appoints Mark Linduski as Director of Licensing

Hard-Rock-InternationalHard Rock International appointed Mark Linduski as director of licensing. In his new role, Linduski will drive brand exposure and customer reach through partnerships and licensing opportunities. Linduski will report directly to Edward Deutscher, Hard Rock Cafe’s senior vice president, merchandising and e-commerce. Read the rest of this entry »

BLE to Relocate to ExCel London in 2019

BLE-ExCelLondonUBM will relocate Brand Licensing Europe (BLE) to ExCeL London beginning next year to further evolve the show, attract more European licensees, retailers, and licensors, and improve the customer experience for both visitors and exhibitors.

The accessibility and flexibility of space at ExCeL, as well as the social setting following the 2012 Olympic regeneration program, attracted UBM to the venue. The move comes with full support from its show sponsor, the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA). Read the rest of this entry »

Gaumont Appoints Alex Soto to Creative Director of Animation and Family

GAumont_AlexSotoPresident of animation and family for Gaumont Nicolas Atlan  appointed Alex Soto to the newly created role of creative director.  Soto will report to Terry Kalagian, senior vice president for the group, and work alongside Kimberly Dennison, vice president of creative development in the U.S., and Gaelle Guiny, vice president of creative development in Paris.

Soto will be responsible for the creative vision of Gaumont’s series, building the creative teams for each project in development. Current projects include Usagi Yojimbo; Touch the Earth and Heal The EarthMolly and the CryptosBionic MaxThe Star Shards Chronicles; and The Mice Templar. Read the rest of this entry »

Jerry Leigh, RMG Partner to Expand Licensing Strategy

JerryLeighofCaliforniaJerry Leigh of California Inc. partnered with Richmond Management Group (RMG) to refresh its licensing strategy. RMG will represent Jerry Leigh and currently seeks licensing opportunities for brands of all demographics and market segments. Read the rest of this entry »

iconkids & youth Release New Kids License Monitor Study

iconkids&youthAn average child in the UK owns merchandising products of 28 different licenses—a number gathered from the Kids License Monitor, a study conducted online by the German market research company iconkids & youth in Germany, France, and the UK. The study surveyed 3,821 kids ages 4 to 12.

Instead of the category being driven by one license, this data suggests that kids enjoy a wide range of licensed toys and merchandise. For licensors, the large selection of properties confirms that they must prevail in a highly competitive and fragmented market. The Kids License Monitor concluded that UK kids own the largest variety of merchandising products: German children possess about 25 different properties while French kids only own about 23. The most common licenses in UK nurseries are Minions followed by Spider-Man and Toy Story.
 

Disney Presents Lifetime Achievement Award to Rubie’s Costume Co. EVP

Howard Beige DIsney Lifetime AwardHoward Beige, executive vice president (EVP) of Rubie’s Costume Co., was presented with a lifetime achievement award by Disney at the annual AW19 Retail Showcase, which took place at Kings Place in London on July 4.

Disney’s AW19 Retail Showcase gives licensees, retailers, and other industry experts a preview of what’s in store across the Disney brand portfolio, including Disney•Pixar, Disney Live Action, Disney Classics, and Star Wars brands. The event was followed by an awards ceremony, where Beige was honored with the award.

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