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Genius Brands International Appoints Stone Newman as President of Global Consumer Products

Stone NewmanGenius Brands International will continue to build its global licensing structure with the appointment of Stone Newman to the newly created position of president, Global Consumer Products. Newman will report to GBI President Amy Moynihan and will work with retailers and licensees to build consumer products programs for the company brands, including Baby Genius, Secret Millionares Club, Stan Lee’s Mighty 7, Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab, and others. He will also appoint and oversee a team of licensing agencies from around the world to operate as sub agents. 

Newman will continue to manage licensing programs represented by his former company, Art + Science International, including Psycho Bunny, From Frank, Celesence Technologies, WowWee brands, ElectroKidz, MiP, and Archie Comics. These brands will now be managed under GBI’s wholly owned subsidiary, A Squared Entertainment LLC. 

Ford's Garage, Ford Motor Company Enter Brand Licensing Agreement

Ford's GarageFord’s Garage has entered into a brand licensing agreement with the Ford Motor Co. to be issued rights to the blue oval logo, and Ford’s brand imagery, including archived historical photographs, images of vehicles, and actual Model-Ts.

Ford’s Garage honors all retired Ford Motor Co. employees by offering them a special discount program at all Ford Garage locations. 

Gryphon House Launches Parent and Teacher Resource 
 

Gryphon HouseGryphon House Inc., a leading publisher of early childhood resources, provides parents and teachers with simple ideas to introduce the world of scientific discovery to young children through its latest book, Science—Not Just for Scientists! written by Leonisa Ardizzone. This hands-on book will help kids explore topics such as constellations, the water cycle, life on Earth, simple machines, and energy paths with the help of step-by-step instructions and conspicuous materials. 
 
The book focuses on child-driven, thematic, inquiry-based science explorations for children ages 3-6. Each chapter provides an introduction to a theme, as well as activities that can be incorporated into the classroom. In addition, the book also has a helpful resource section at the end that features websites, books, and educational apps for readers to explore. 

Tech 4 Kids Partners with Flappy Bird to Launch Licensed Toys

Flappy BirdTech 4 Kids is partnering with the most downloaded game of the year, Flappy Bird, for new toy and lifestyle products in time for the game’s re-launch.
 
The first to enter the market this October is Flappy Bird Mash’Ems, available in six different Flappy Bird characters. These will follow the popular Mash’Ems trend that continues to grow with kids of all ages.
 
Tech 4 Kids will announce further branded items through the end of the year.

Star Trek’s Klingon Warnog Ale Makes First Contact in States This Month 

Klingon WarnogKlingon Warnog beer will launch in the U.S. this month. The Federation of Beer has collaborated with Indiana-based Tin Man Brewing Company to produce Klingon Warnog, which is the first in a wave of Star Trek-themed alcoholic beverages to be released in the U.S.

The Star Trek-themed beer is a high-quality Roggen Dunkelweiss (Danish Rye Beer) that captures the warrior essence of the Klingon culture with its bold and unique taste.

Under license by CBS Consumer Products, Klingon Warnog will be available in select liquor stores and bars in Indiana and Washington throughout next week.
 
To celebrate the Klingon Warnog expansion, The Federation of Beer will initiate a series of premiere launch parties under the name First Contact: Klingon Warnog over the next year.

The First Contact: Klingon Warnog events will kick off with launch parties in Evansville and Indianapolis this Saturday. Additional U.S. launch parties will be announced next month. 

Dynamite Signs The Damnation Of Charlie Wormwood

The Damnation of Charlie WormwoodDynamite Entertainment has added The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood to its print publishing library, beginning in October with the release of the first issue by Christina Blanch, Chris Carr, Chee, and Troy Peteri. The debut issue features a color cover by Francesco Francavilla and an incentive cover edition by Chee.

 
The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' August Previews catalog. 

Lionsgate, Samsung to Debut Official The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 Trailer

Lionsgate and Samsung have teamed up on the next installment of the global The Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. The collaboration will launch with fans getting a sneak peek of the film's first official teaser trailer, exclusively on Samsung's new Galaxy Tab S, ahead of its online release.
 
Fans will have the opportunity to preview the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 trailer on the Galaxy Tab S at an exclusive premiere at Comic-Con International: San Diego. Beginning on Saturday, fans can visit participating Samsung Experience Shops within Best Buy locations nationwide throughout the weekend to preview the trailer. Samsung will also provide visitors that view the trailer at Samsung Experience Shops one complimentary ticket to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 when it opens in theaters worldwide on November 21, while supplies last.
 
Additionally, owners of select Galaxy devices will have the opportunity to download the new Hunger Games Movie Pack app via Google Play for access to exclusive content from The Hunger Games franchise.

Lion Forge Comics Expands Distribution With IDW Publishing

Lion Forge Comics has partnered with IDW Publishing to introduce its digital comics library into the print comics market.
 
Lion Forge kicks off its print collection with two of its notable licensed titles, Airwolf and Knight Rider, based on the NBC Universal TV series. IDW will also release its original series, Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier, inspired by MMA fighter Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
 
Lion Forge and IDW will publish and distribute print trades of Lion Forge’s other original and licensed collections as well, including titles from its all-ages and young adult imprint, ROAR Comics, as current digital versions are completed.

Kidscreen Heading to Miami in 2015 

Kidscreen Summit is moving to Miami in 2015 
and will take place from February 23 to 26. The new venue is the Miami InterContinental.
 
The decision to relocate Kidscreen Summit from New York to Miami was informed by a survey of the event’s recent past attendees, and made in response to growing concern about weather-related travel issues and a lack of suitable venue alternatives in New York.
 
Last year, Kidscreen Summit saw more than 1,600 attendees from 47 countries around the world. Over 400 kids TV buyers and investors were at the event looking for new content and partners. 

MGM’s Steve Hendry on Board at Rainmaker Entertainment

Steve HendryRainmaker Entertainment Inc. has appointed former Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. executive Steve Hendry to the Board of Directors.  The decision was made at the Company’s Annual General Meeting held on July 17, 2014, and announced by Rainmaker’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Craig Graham.
 
“Steve’s background in the entertainment industry and wealth of financial knowledge are of tremendous value to Rainmaker, particularly as we expand our focus beyond work for hire projects towards developing our own intellectual property, as well as building our slate of television content under our Mainframe Entertainment division,” commented Graham.
 
Hendry joins Rainmaker’s current Board of Director’s Tim McElvaine, Craig Graham, Jeff Sackman and Patrick Ryan.
 
Hendry currently serves as an Advisor to several media companies, as well as a visiting Professor at the Anderson School of Management at the University of California at Los Angeles. Prior, he served as Senior Executive Vice President of Television Operations at MGM and was responsible for financial operations, forecasting, planning and analysis for the division.

EUROPE

BCI Bags Roobarb and Custard for New Range

Roobard and CustardBulldog Licensing has secured a new deal that will see BCI develop an extensive product range featuring the animated duo Roobarb and Custard.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the brand, which will see a number of activities to mark the occasion, including an on-air competition with Milkshake and planned new product releases.
 
The new BCI range will include apparel for kids and adults, nightwear, underwear, ladies’ swimwear, footlets, and knickers and socks gift sets.
 
The deal adds to a licensing program that features partners such as Flametree for calendars, Fred and Ginger for pet accessories, Brazier & Co. for plush, and Museums and Galleries for greeting cards.

PGS, OuiDo, Smiley Partner to Launch Original Smiley Series

Smiley WorldSmiley, inventor of the emoticon and leading representation of happiness, is ready for its TV debut. Smiley, OuiDO! Productions, and PGS have teamed up to launch an original animated TV series based on the brand for kids ages 4 to 7.  

The new series will be produced by OuiDO! Productions and by associate producer Theresa Plummer-Andrews. As the intellectual property owner, Smiley will be in charge of all related brand development and will be executive producer on the series. PGS has acquired all international media distribution rights to the show.

Hoho Appoints Active Merchandising 

Cloud BabiesHoho Rights has appointed Active Merchandising to represent its pre-school property Cloudbabies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. 
 
The appointment follows the announcement that ARD and ZDF’s children’s channel KiKA has acquired 52 x10’ episodes of the CG animated series, to be broadcast in the region later in 2014.
 
Anita van Esch, Managing Director of Active Merchandising has been in the licensing industry for nearly 20 years.  She worked for Mattel in the Netherlands on Barbie and headed up the licensing department for both Super RTL and Nickelodeon respectively in Germany where she worked on brands such as Bob the Builder and SpongeBob SquarePants. Now based in Düsseldorf, Anita represents several major family brands in the region including The World of Eric Carle, The Gruffalo, Guinness Book of Records, Masha and the Bear and Subway Surfers.

Imira Announces a Raft of Acquisitions 

Austrian Tom TurboImira Entertainment has inked a deal for worldwide distribution rights (excluding Austria and China) to the Austrian Tom Turbo live action series. It is also acquiring Tom Turbo, The Movie for global distribution (excluding Austria). Along with this deal, Imira Entertainment has taken Latin American rights to the action-packed animated film The Turboosters and Latin American and Italian rights to the environmentally-focused series YooHoo & Friends.
 
Sergi Reitg, CEO of Imira Entertainment says: “Imira Entertainment is home to a collection of unique, dynamic and above all entertaining content for kids and teens - and we are pleased to have the Tom Turbo series and film, YooHoo & Friends, and The Turboosters movie joining our slate this summer. We look forward to finding homes across the globe for these adventurous and exciting properties.” 

Carte Blanche Signs Global Deal with Pudsey the Dog

Pudsy the DogCarte Blanche Group has announced it has signed a global licensing deal with Ashleigh Butler and ROAR Global to create the Pudsey the Dog brand.
 
Pudsey the Dog – along with his owner and trainer Ashleigh Butler - shot to fame in May 2012 as the winner of the sixth series of Britain’s Got Talent with 14.5m viewers watching his triumph.
 
The eight-year-old Border Collie, Bichon Frise and Chinese Crested Powderpuff cross has starred in UK TV programmes including That Dog Can Dance for ITV1 and Who Let the Dogs Out for CBBC. He also flew to the US to appear on both America’s Got Talent and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Most recently, he even made the transition to the big screen with the launch of his very own film, Pudsey The Dog: The Movie, which was produced by Vertigo Films and was released in cinemas nationwide on July 18th.
 
Carte Blanche’s partnership with Pudsey the Dog will see Carte Blanche create a new range of plush, gifts and greeting cards as well as representing Pudsey the Dog globally across an entire consumer product and digital portfolio.

Tree Fu Tom to Tread the Boards with Premier Stage Productions

Tree Fu TomFremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment has revealed that Tree Fu Tom will be taking to the stage next year after signing Premier Stage Productions as the theatrical licensee for the property.
 
Premier will produce a 90-minute live show to run in theatres across the UK in 2015, bringing to life the animated adventures of the popular CBeebies series.  The brand new production will see Tree Fu Tom bring his special mix of Big World magic, movement, action and adventure to the nation’s theatres in this live theatre experience.
 
Pindy O’Brien, FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment VP Licensing and Retail UK said: “Premier Stage Productions are leading lights in producing stand-out children’s theatre shows. Tree Fu Tom’s interactive elements lend themselves perfectly to a stage show and we can’t wait to work with Premier to combine our expertise and put on a show to dazzle the show’s many fans across the country.” 

ASIA

Smiley to Open Hong Kong Pop Up Shop

Smiley will open its first ever pop up shop this week in the Causeway Bay shopping district, Hong Kong, as the brand continues it's planned expansion into the Asian market this year.
 
Shopping centre Hysan Place and Lee Theatre are launching the Smiley exhibition with a giant Smiley showcase, special offers and an innovative fund raising machine.
 
The Smiley pop up store will stock a limited editon range of SmileyWorld accessories, homeware, stationary and much more, and will be open from July 23rd until the end of August 2014.
 
Hysan Place and Smiley have also worked together on creating visual marketing campaigns throughout the centre to engage with consumers and promote awareness.

INTERNATIONAL

Portico to Use LIFE Photos in New Line

As part of a recent agreement, Portico will use classic images from the LIFE photographic library on a new gifting and stationary line, as part of a recent agreement. The line range will include diaries, address books, scrap books, biscuit tins, playing cards, pens, and storage boxes. 

EMPLOYMENT

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Licensing / Business Development Professional Seeks New Challenges

Jeff Quinn has 15 years experience in licensing and business development in the consumer goods Industry.  Expert at identifying opportunities and creating global strategies to develop incremental revenue streams.  Generated 50% + annual revenue increases for employers over past decade. 
 
Merchandise Licensing 
* Brands:  Disney, Warner Brothers, NFL, Fender Musical Instruments, Brainy Baby, etc. 
* Categories: apparel, action sports, home décor, books, toys, electronics,plush, multi-media, etc.  
* Licensed both in and out. Negotiated and wrote/co-wrote over 100 contracts.  
* Recruited and managed world leading agencies: Beanstalk, BLT, Evergreen Concepts, etc.
 
Brand Management
Expert at creating high profile strategic alliances to enhance brand awareness (Summit Entertainment, Vivendi, V-Tech, Chick-Fil-A restaurants, Lucky Brand etc.)
 
Consumer Packaged Goods
* Developed / marketed 350+ new products to multiple trade: mass, food, drug, specialty,  e-tail, etc.
* Created sales distribution networks on 6 continents and sourced product production on 5 
 
Open to global relocation.
 
Contact: JeffQ@rocketmail.com

Licensing and Marketing professional with 26+ years experience seeks new opportunities
 

Maurizio Distefano has over 26 years of licensing industry experience both with leading International studios Warner Bros. and Rainbow as General Manager and General Manager and EVP for WW sales respectively, as well as Marketing Director with Multinational FMCG companies.

Having successfully led WBCP Italian office and managed the EMEA Agent’s network doubling revenues in three years Maurizio has hands-on experience of multiple successful projects, strong management skills and creates and implements strategic plans that deliver strong financial results. Thanks to his holistic approach with licensees, retailers and licensing agents he has successfully built a strong network of contacts on whom he can immediately call.

Currently based in Milan but willing to relocate locally or internationally, Maurizio has Italian as his mother tongue and is also fluent in English  with a working knowledge of German, French and Spanish  He is now seeking new opportunities in the Licensing industry for a permanent position with licensors or licensees and is willing to relocate.

For further information and full CV, please contact: Phone: +39 335 8474812, or email  maurizio.distefano@alice.it

Licensing/Sales Director

Boutique brand development & licensing agency is seeking a sales/retail business director to work closely with CEO on all aspects of sales, marketing, and retail development for the company's art & design lifestyle brands.

This position requires a motivated candidate who is adaptable and comfortable in a small company environment. Key responsibilities for this position include growing sales by identifying and qualifying potential licensees, soliciting and negotiating proposals, giving sales presentations to prospects and retail executives, and day-to-day account management. Director will also assist CEO with management of international sub-agents, execution of retail programs/pop-up shops and marketing initiatives, and implementation of marketing campaigns/social media strategies. This position entails moderate domestic and international travel, including attendance at trade events such as the Licensing Show, MAGIC, Comic-Con, Toy Fair, etc.

For information, please contact Alison@artimpressionsinc.com

Operations Manager

becker&mayer!/SmartLab Toys seeks an Operations Manager.
 
To Apply:
Please submit your resume and cover letter detailing your skills in light of the above qualifications via email to jobs@mcevoygroup.com. Be sure to include “Operations Manager” in your subject line.

Professional with Two Decades Experience Seeks New Opportunities

Petrus J. Horemans is a trilingual (Dutch-French-English) Belgian professional and has more than 20 years in creative and brand licensing, partnership, co-branding, and line extension of character merchandising of IP rights. He has worked with The Adventures of Tintin, The Swatch Group, Orange, Renault France, Coca Cola, The Royal Mint of Belgium, among others, and has in-depth knowledge of the licensing industry, and general management.

He now seeks new opportunities in the licensing industry for a permanent position with licensors or licensees and is willing to relocate.

To contact: petrus.horemans@hotmail.be

Business Professional Available for Opportunities

Paul Tamayo is an experienced business professional in competitive sales environments, throughout multiple industries. He has brand management experience with licensed consumer products.

He has strong management skills for creating and implementing strategic plans that deliver profitable financial results. He is bilingual and based in the States.

For further information and full CV, please contact: Phone (516) 318-2354 / E-mail tamayo.paul@gmail.com.

Licensing/Marketing Professional Available for New Opportunities

Bruce Anthony has over 40 years of creative Licensing, Domestic and Overseas Sourcing, Marketing, Sales experience, and assisting in "Total Management" abilities.

He has hands-on experience of multiple successful projects and experience working within the world of consumer packaged goods, specializing in souvenir, gift & stationery, sporting goods, educational and generic toys, cosmetics, room/home décor fields. He has worked with The Walt Disney Company, Coca Cola Sony Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, among others, and has in-depth knowledge of most of the retail categories of trade, as well as the licensing industry! He is looking for new opportunities in the licensing industry for a permanent position with licensors or licensees.

To contact: banthony1991@hotmail.com.

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