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TJLG, Rocket Sign New Licensees for The World of Eric Carle
 
Bullseye Biltong Deal in the Bag for Bulldog

Ciarán Coyle Named LIMA Board Chairman
    Sony Pictures Calls B&D for Ghostbusters Partnership Campaign
 
American Greetings, Precious Moments Partner for Co-Branded Care Bears Line
 
Discovery Kids Latin America on Board for Lilybuds Co-Production

TJLG, Rocket Sign New Licensees for The World of Eric Carle

The Joester Loria Group has brokered three new deals for The World of Eric Carle, to expand on the current program with personalized products.
 
CPS launched print-on-demand personalized products, including backpacks, blankies, T-shirts, and toys. Click here to check out the collection. Personalized digital party invitations and thank you cards from Percy 3D will be available through percyvites.com starting this fall. Zazzle will create a range of stationery and back-to-school, home and room décor, and infant collections, which are featured in a World of Eric Carle storefront and landing page.
 
Rocket Licensing, the local licensing agent in the UK for The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has also announced a number of retail initiatives. Also scheduled for 2016 is the UK debut of the highly acclaimed The Very Hungry Caterpillar live show.
 
The spring/summer period has already seen the arrival of sunhats from VMC Accessories and a unisex baby romper from Paul Dennicci. In the coming months, Dennicci will expand its output to include unisex and boys’ sleepsuits, baby hoodies, pram suits, and baby mittens in a number of designs. The range will be available in Boots, M&Co, and online. Sleeping bags and a baby sleepsuit and hat set will roll out later this year. In the third quarter, Dreamtex will offer alphabet and number duvet sets at Morrisons, Asda, Shop Direct, Tesco, Argos online, and Debenhams.
 
Toward the end of the year, new licensee Alligator Products will launch a wide range of Very Hungry Caterpillar travel items. It will include travel harnesses, travel pillows, plush car seats, buggy seatbelt strap covers, car seat organizers, ‘baby on board’ signs, sunshades, and booster seats, all decorated with images from the original Very Hungry Caterpillar book. The range will appear at a number of supermarkets, toy shops, and do-it-yourself outlets.

Bullseye Biltong Deal in the Bag for Bulldog

Bulldog Licensing has signed a new deal that will see Bully – the emblem of game show Bullseye - appearing on packs of British-made biltong.

Originally presented by comedian Jim Bowen, Bullseye proved to be a huge hit with UK audiences with its mixture of darts and general knowledge questions. Each week amateur darts players would battle it out for a selection of prizes, including Bully’s special prize, and some of the biggest names in professional darts would throw for charity. The show ran over the entire ITV network from 1981 to 1995 and regularly pulled in 13 million viewers per episode, with a peak audience of 19.8 million on Boxing Day 1989. ITV has since featured the show in two high rating one-off specials and the show is still on air through digital channel Challenge, which broadcasts Bullseye every single evening, often pulling in audiences over 200,000.

The new deal will see Bullseye-branded biltong hitting the market courtesy of The Biltong Farm – a Lincolnshire-based company that will supply the dried meat snack to pubs, clubs and bars.

“Bullseye enjoys huge brand awareness and this is a great use of the license, as I’m sure drinkers will be more than ready to dip into a pack of Bully Biltong! Over recent years the pub snack market has changed massively and I can think of no better brand to help promote the growth of Biltong as consumers look to move away from less healthy snack products” says Bulldog Licensing Manager Vicky Hill.

Ciarán Coyle Named LIMA Board Chairman

Ciarán Coyle, global vice president and head of Electrolux global brand licensing, was elected chairman of the board of the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA). Board member Cindy Levitt of Hot Topic was elected by the members of the board of directors to vice chairman, and Ted Larkins of CPLG North America was voted to the executive committee as the liaison to the board of directors, each for a one-year term.
 
The LIMA membership has elected six new members to begin terms on the LIMA board, including  Jay Asher, Brandgenuity; Andrew Carley, Entertainment One; Eric Karp, Crayola LLC; Kelly Knock, Under Armour; Neal Rudge, Pacific Licensing Studio Pte. Ltd.; and Leigh Ann Schwarzkopf, Project Partners Network LLC.

Sony Pictures Calls B&D for Ghostbusters Partnership Campaign

Four UK brand partners will support the return of Ghostbusters on Monday July 11, in a campaign created by Brand & Deliver for client Sony Pictures.
 
Thirty years after the original supernatural comedy franchise arrived in the world, Ghostbusters is back with a cast of new characters ready to save the world this summer. The campaign, running throughout June and July, brings together National Tyres and Autocare, Sony Mobile, O2 for O2 Priority, and Karcher, the world’s leading provider of cleaning technology, who together will engage a wide consumer base of lifelong fans and new audiences.
 
Activity includes a national press and drive time radio campaign by National Tyres and Autocare, utilising the iconic “Who You Gonna Call?” soundtrack by Ray Parker Jr; a TV campaign by Karcher supported by POS in more than 3,000 stores; a TV and digital out of home campaign by O2 for O2 Priority offering the chance to win tickets to the U.S. premiere and preview screenings; and a POS promotion by Sony Mobile within 480 O2 stores. All four partners will engage customers on digital and social channels.

American Greetings, Precious Moments Partner for Co-Branded Care Bears Line

Precious Moments Inc. entered a licensing agreement with American Greetings Entertainment for Precious Moments co-branded Care Bears, which it will bring to The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market July 12 to 19. The line includes Care Bear figurines, musicals, and décor.
 
The first 10 available gift items include figurines made of porcelain and resin, an LED musical of a girl with Harmony Bear made of resin playing the Care Bears theme song, and a Girl with Cheer Bear photo frame made of resin with the text “Oh Happy Day.” Future items in the line will include water globes and ornaments.

Discovery Kids Latin America on Board for Lilybuds Co-Production

Zodiak Kids Studios announces that it has secured a co-production deal with Discovery Kids Latin America for new property Lilybuds.

Lilybuds is a series that follows the adventures of a playful community of tiny magical gardeners known as Lilybuds. This fraternity of funny friends, each with a big personality, are united in purpose to tend to the extraordinary garden where they live while caring for all the animal creatures that live nearby.

The series has been developed for television by Eryk Casemiro, who will executive produce for Zodiak Kids Studios with editorial input from Discovery Kids Latin America. Kate Boutilier (Rugrats, Poppy Cat, The Mr. Men Show) is the head writer and co-Executive Producer. The CGI animation will be produced in France with a leading 3D studio. Earlier this year it was announced that France Télévisions is also on board for the animated series and Lagardère has recently picked up pay TV rights for Tiji.

Fox Consumer Products Launches Ice Age Promotion with Lidl

Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and Lidl joined hands for a comprehensive promotion across Europe for Ice Age. The campaign begins next week ahead of the Ice Age: Collision Course film release.
 
Ice Age will feature in Lidl stores as the retailer launches a range of more than 90 products, including Ice Age DVDs, apparel, and publishing in their 10,000 stores across 29 European countries. 
 
A 360-degree activation will launch worldwide, including TV, print, in-store, circulars, social, and digital media. Additional markets will offer free Ice Age movie posters and host competitions to win tickets either in store or on social media.

One Animation Appoints Bettina Koeckler as EVP Global Consumer Products and Licensing

One Animation has announced Bettina Koeckler has been appointed as EVP Global Consumer Products and Licensing to lead the business as it begins execution of an ambitious global consumer product strategy. 
 
The role has been created in response to the studio’s worldwide success with properties such as Oddbods, an animated comedy show that airs globally to some of the largest children’s TV audiences. Koeckler will be executing the fast-paced roll out throughout all the key global markets in 2016 and beyond, as well as creating new business opportunities and strategic partnerships to drive further brand value and commercial revenue opportunities. 
 
Sashim Parmanand, CEO of One Animation, commented: “Our consumer strategy to capitalize on the success of our shows is a core part of our business plan.  To make this happen we’ve created this new role to oversee all of our marketing, licensing and product development teams, as well as strategic partnerships and overall management of retail, agent and agency relationships. 
“Bettina’s industry experience and knowledge are exactly what we need to lead our efforts to grow and diversify the business globally.”

NFLPA Names Licensees of the Year

EA Sports, Panini America, and 500 Level were named winners of the second annual NFL Players Association (NFLPA) Licensee of the Year Awards. EA Sports won for Digital Licensee of the Year, Panini America for Hardlines Licensee of the Year, and 500 Level for Apparel Licensee of the year.
 
A panel comprised of NFLPA executives judged entrants on five criteria: number of unique players featured within the licensees’ product lines; the marketing and promotional activations that featured players throughout the year; creativity and innovation in product development; the companies’ positive development of the players’ intellectual property; and, the range of distribution and growth in annual financial performance.
 
The NFLPA launched the awards last year to honor the NFLPA licensees that have demonstrated successful and creative use of group player rights within the past year.

Bill Bailey to Play Wilbur on Milkshake

Comedian, musician and actor, Bill Bailey will play Wilbur the cat in the brand new animation series, Winnie and Wilbur set to air on Channel 5's pre-school strand, Milkshake.
 
Bill Bailey said: “Winnie the Witch is already a huge hit with kids all over the world so I’m delighted to bring Wilbur to life.  I’ve got a lot in common with this cat: we’re both extremely agile, we both love cheesecake, and given half a chance, we like to fall asleep in a cosy basket."
 
Bailey joins comedian Katy Brand who was announced as the voice of Winnie in November. Based on the best-selling Winnie the Witch books by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul, published by Oxford University Press, Winnie and Wilbur is currently in production with UK-based Winduna Enterprises and will air on Milkshake in 2017.
 
An accomplished musician and unique comic talent, Bailey is known for his work on television shows such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Black Books. He is currently on tour with his latest live show Limboland.

Gorjuss Enters Multiple Licensing Deals Worldwide

Santoro is expanding Gorjuss’ global licensing program as it enters new categories and signs new partners. New categories for Gorjuss include beach towels, publishing, collectible PVC figures, and further expansions into arts and crafts.
 
New licensees in Spain and the UK include Panini Espana, Textile Tarrago, Comansi, and KSG, among others. Plans are underway for further expansion in the UK and Europe.
 
The Gorjuss brand is currently present in 70 countries and projected to grow by 30 percent by the end of this year.

Children’s Media Foundation Launches Annual Kids’ Media Manual

Top names in the children’s media industry including actor and comedian Sir Lenny Henry, BBC Director of Children’s Alice Webb, child development experts Dr Amanda Gummer and Dr Barbie Clarke, journalists Stuart Dredge and Rebecca Atkinson, researcher Peter Robinson and consultant Alex Chien have joined forces to contribute to the Children’s Media Foundation’s annual Yearbook – a snapshot of the news, trends and issues affecting the kids media scene over the last twelve months.
 
Launched at the Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield on 6th July, the CMF Yearbook is packed with articles on the development, creation, distribution and regulation of children’s media content on all platforms – from traditional tv to online and apps.   A must-have manual of the kids’ media scene, the Yearbook is a great resource for anyone working in, studying or with an interest or concern about the children’s media industry. Many of the contributors will be discussing their topics during the conference.
 
Sir Lenny Henry says in the yearbook’s closing article: “All children should have access to the best our industry can offer, and The Children’s Media Foundation is at the forefront of fighting for the best in children’s content and ensuring that it is fully diverse and representative. The children of today will shape our world and I’m pleased that the CMF is helping to give them the widest possible range of opportunities to do so”.

Care Bears Expands Digital Apps Suite

American Greetings Entertainment announced new app launches and digital partnerships to build on the current digital portfolio for the Care Bears property in categories that span educational, games, storybooks, and personalization.

  • Ruckus Learning and Ruckus Media Group launched Care Bears Bearied Treasure on May 18. This mobile storybook app is based on the Welcome to Care-A-Lot series on Netflix.
  • Building on its relationship with Miniclip, Care Bears was added into Agar.io in June. Fans will now be able to play using Care Bears designs as they aim to climb the in-game leaderboard.
  • Kids can chase down Care-a-lot’s favorite nuisance, Beastly, with the Care Bears Care Karts app from PlayDate Digital. App users can dress up their favorite bear, customize an array of colorful Care Bear cars, and fuel up for the showdown with Beastly.
  • Care Bears will be launched into the FarFaria subscription-based story time app this month.
  • In August, Tipitap introduces Care Bears Rainbow Slides, a digital game board experience for the whole family.
  • An educational app by Ink & Salt will teach kids American Sign Language. It will launch on September 9 on National Care Bears Share Your Care Day.
  • Care Bears partners with Bilingual Children’s Enterprises for an app that features a cast of digital multicultural characters that will teach kids alongside Care Bears. This bilingual app will launching early next year.
  • Lastly, the Care Bears Lock Screen from IconLogin lets users unlock an android device using a picture password using a keypad made of Care Bears.

Egmont Strengthens UK Books Division with Three Senior Appointments

Egmont Publishing has announced three senior appointments in its UK Books team.
 
Sarah Bates has been made Commercial Director of the books division in the UK – a new role across Fiction, Picture books, Non-fiction, Gift and Brands and Licensing – reporting into Cally Poplak, MD Egmont Publishing, UK.
 
Bates moves from her current global role in Egmont Publishing as Director Egmont Creative Solutions and prior to that she held the position of Brands and Licensing Publishing Director at Egmont in the UK.
 
Ali Dougal has been promoted to Fiction Publishing Director leading the team of five editors. Previously Editorial Director for Fiction at Egmont, Ali has launched and built bestselling and critically acclaimed authors such as Jim Smith, Katherine Woodfine and Lisa Heathfield.
 
John Packard, previously Publisher of top brands, including Star Wars, Minecraft and Halo, and of Egmont’s market leading Annuals range, has been promoted to Brands and Licensing Publishing Director.
 
Melissa Fairley, Publishing Director of Picture Books and Gift and Tiffany Leeson, Creative Director will report into Sarah Bates.

Spirit Halloween Announces Exclusive Costumes for Nickelodeon’s Shimmer & Shine

Spirit Halloween, the largest Halloween retailer in the United States, is expanding their partnership with Nickelodeon with a variety of high quality costumes and accessories from Shimmer & Shine, the animated show about two magical genie sisters.
 
In conjunction with the show’s second season, the new line will include characters Shimmer, Shine, Leah and their animal friends. Costumes and accessories are available in both basic and deluxe styles including a Toddler Costume, Deluxe Wigs, Faux Ponytails and more. These incredible costumes and accessories give parents and children the option to purchase the complete costume together or experiment with DIY to create their own unique look, all at a great value.

Literature Loving Litographs Gains License for The Rainbow Fish

Litographs has recently been granted a license to include Marcus Pfister’s The Rainbow Fish from NorthSouth Books in their collection of products. The literature loving company proclaims that they create, “art from books”, and now they will be able to introduce The Rainbow Fish series to their extensive and diverse selection. RJM Licensing has brokered the deal between Litographs and NorthSouth Books, the publishers of the best-selling Rainbow Fish children’s books.

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JOB POSTING

Crayola Is Growing Its Licensing Department
 Come join the most colorful company in the world! We’re looking for two experienced leaders:
  
Manager, Outbound Licensing
Creates strategic direction for active licensee base and negotiates new partnerships within assigned categories to achieve growth objectives. Directs tactical execution of licensed product lines from concept/line plan through commercialization.
 
Requirements:
• Bachelor's degree required preferably in business related field
• 7 years’ experience in licensing or consumer marketing work for CPG company
 
Manager, Retail Business Development
Responsible for retail development of outbound licensed product lines in core and new spaces. Builds market position by identifying, defining, developing, negotiating, and closing retail and promotional business relationships.
 
Requirements:
• Bachelor’s Degree required preferably in business related field
• Minimum 7 years' retail business development, product marketing, or CPG sales experience

Applicants may apply at www.crayola.com/careers.

JOB POSTING

Contracts Manager - Bright Group International
 
Bright is the fastest growing and most recognised agency to emerge in recent years. As Contract Manager you will be essential to the running of our company and your role will be of critical importance to our day-to-day operations.  

Core responsibilities:

  • Managing and negotiating deals for new contracts
  • Manage the contractual process, and ensure all departments follow the process correctly
  • Stakeholder to all legal matters - from the initial deal, to signing of contract
  • Input all contractual information for contract sent to artist, including rights review, royalty percentages and publication dates.
  • Scanning and recording artist contracts into Bright’s internal system
  • Manage calendar of publication dates and feed through to Marketing 
  • Oversee payment from clients on all advance contracts  


To apply for this role or if you require further information, please send a covering letter along with your CV to hayley@brightgroupinternational.com

JOB POSTING

Brand Manager
 
Company: Brandgenuity is an award-winning full-service trademark licensing agency. We develop and implement licensing programs for leading entertainment and corporate brands including Viacom, MGM, Gas Monkey Garage, Church & Dwight, Hawaiian Tropic, Playtex, Banana Boat, among others. We are based in midtown Manhattan and you can learn more about us at brandgenuity.com.
 
Job Responsibilities: The Brand Manager works with new and existing licensees on developing product lines, gaining client approvals, coordinating retail development plans and developing cross-promotions and cross-marketing activities with the brand and with other licensees.
 
Specific job responsibilities include managing the product approval process (product, packaging, promotions, PR, advertising) via online systems and coaching licensees in the development of on-brand product and marketing elements, leading regular meetings with licensees to monitor commercialization of new products, developing and circulating action items after key licensee meetings, and coordinating licensee/client trade show participation.
 
Desired Work Experience: 3+ years in marketing/brand management or product development.
 
Desired Core Competencies: Strong communication/writing skills, proficient in MS Office, detail orientation, organization skills, excellent follow-up, self-starter, problem solver/facilitator, eager to offer ideas/solutions, knows when to seek others’ input.
 
If interested, please send cover note and resume to: info@brandgenuity.com
 

JOB POSTING

Licensing Director
 
Company: A leader in fashion accessories for both licensed/private label for adults and children. 
 
Job Qualifications: Looking for an experienced Licensing Director that can work with all major film studios.  Good communication and organizational skills needed. A team player in a fast-paced environment. Must be Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint proficient.  Mac experience is a plus.
 
Job Description: Serve as the primary point of contact for day to day business with licensors. Spearhead category strategies, partner relations, and negotiations to maximize brand efficacy and build growth opportunities for licenses.  Play a key role in forecasting.  Solicit new brands, licenses and trends to secure the company’s high ranking in the business.
Provide sales updates and sell through information to the licensors on a monthly/weekly basis.  Mentor and manage coordinators, providing industry and business guidance.
 
Work Environment: This is a very fast-paced, team-orientated business casual environment. 
 
Contact: Please send resume to Blicensed@gmail.com

JOB POSTING

Executive Seeks New Challenges
 
I have 8 years experience of working for a large London Publishing house licensing book content to third parties. I am looking for a role which utilises my skills in negotiation and relationship building and can develop my experience within the licensing field. Having licensed book content to a wide variety of customers from national Newspapers to international Publishers I would relish the experience to work in a new industry, licensing new content to new clients.
 
I realise that a move across from traditional publishing may mean a step down from the managerial role I was in before. I'm enthusiastic to work in a new industry and feel my skills are easily transferable and am happy to look outside licensing roles also.

caroline_crofts@hotmail.com
 

JOB POSTING

Sunrights Inc. Seeks a Licensing Coordinator
New York
 
Sunrights Inc. is an entertainment rights management company operated by one of the top advertising agencies in Japan, Asatsu DK, and the trading conglomerate Mitsubishi Corp. Located in New York City, Sunrights directly manages the development of intellectual property globally outside of Asia.  Properties include B-Daman and Beyblade Burst.
 
Please submit your resume to recruit@sunrights-inc.com.
Only candidates chosen for the interview process will be contacted.

 

JOB POSTING

Designer 
Berkshire is looking for a NY-based designer.
 
Job Description: Design licensed/private label accessories for adults and children; making detailed CAD’s of your designs for factories. Compiling boards of designers to show to buyers. Making revisions if needed. Our categories include: hosiery, cold weather, fashion hats/scarves, rain wear, and hand bags.
 
Job Qualifications: Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop fluent. Knowledge of knits, trims, embroidery, accessory applications, and basic specking. 
Job Qualifications: Good communication skills need. A team player in a fast-paced environment. Resume and portfolio required.
Company: Berkshire is a powerhouse in the accessories business, being one of the largest accessory manufacturers in the business today. We merchandise, design, manufacture and sell trend right, high quality accessories for a variety of price points. Specializing in both licensed and private label manufacturing, we offer leadership market positioning in both adult and children's accessories.
 
Work Environment: This is a very fast-paced, team-orientated business casual environment. 
 
Contact: Please send resume to Jodi Colburn at jodic@berkshireinc.com.
 

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