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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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Toy Collector Hall of Fame Becomes Pop Culture Hall of Fame

PopCultureHallofFameFormerly known as the Toy Collector Hall of Fame, the Pop Culture Hall of Fame presents awards in the collectible and entertainment world. So far the Hall has inducted notables such as Marc Mostman, Randy Falk, and Todd McFarlane, plus characters such as Deadpool, Transformers, and Wonder Woman. Now, as the Pop Culture Hall of Fame, it has made room for even more brands, films, toys, and people that tell the best stories in pop culture. News about the 2018 awards season will be coming soon. The organization invites everyone to join its Community Supporter Program. For more information, visit popculturehall.com.

MDL Wins Award for Angry Birds Licensed Apparel

Gilmar Angry Bird Award ImageMaurizio Distefano Licensing (MDL) won an innovation award from brand owner, Rovio.

MDL also won the Rovio Innovation Award for the most innovative licensing product of 2017 with Angry Birds licensee, the Gilmar Group, which manufactures and distributes clothing brands. Rovio’s licensing team awards its best partners on a yearly basis.

Miraculous-Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir Wins License and Entertainment Property Awards in Spain

Zag_MiraculousLadybugZag Heroez’s Miraculous-Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir received the Best License Of The Year and Best Entertainment Property awards at the 15th Licencias de Actualidad awards. The property also won Best Licensing Promotion for the Tosta Rica agreement.

Licencias de Actualidad magazine presents awards voted for by licensing professionals, recognizing the work of licensing agents in the Spanish market last year.

All categories in the Zag Heroez Miraculous-Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir licensing program are covered for Spain, and the property recently opened an exclusive store in Amazon Spain.

LIMA Announces 2018 LIMA Rising Stars

LIMARisingStarsAward2018The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) announced the recipients of this year’s Rising Stars Award.  The winners will be recognized at the LIMA’s International Licensing Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 23 during Licensing Expo.

“The Rising Stars Awards recognize the next generation of leaders in the licensing business–those who show true tenacity and have impacted their companies and the industry right from the start,” said LIMA executive vice president, Maura Regan.

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Bonkers Toys Nominated for LIMA Award for slither.io Line

Bonkers_slitherioThe Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association (LIMA) nominated Bonkers Toys and its licensed slither.io toy line as one of six 2018 nominees in the “Toys and Games for Ages 0-12” category.

Bonkers Toys saw potential for slither.io, a family-friendly game and app from independent developer Lowtech Studios, shortly after the game was released. Bonkers became the first licensee for the mobile game, and created a true-to-license line of products including blind bag collectibles, plush, backpack clips, spinners, squishies, and build-a-slither toys. The toys are available at major retailers such as Target, Walmart, Toys “R” Us, Five Below, and Party City, with millions of units sold to date. 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 »

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 »

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.

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