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HEADLINES AT A GLANCE
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NORTH AMERICA
Fox’s Empire Partners with Saks Fifth Avenue

9 Story Media Group Acquires Brown Bag Films

MIDDLE EAST
Saban Forges EMEA Initiative
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EUROPE
British Museum Hails ‘Amazing Response’ to Call for Licensing Agent Services

Thunderbirds Seeing Success in Australia and New Zealand

Mame Huku Launches Exclusive Collection of Japanese Bags
NORTH AMERICA

Fox’s Empire Partners with Saks Fifth Avenue

Fox’s Empire and Saks Fifth Avenue have announced an exclusive partnership to bring the fashion inspired by the broadcast entertainment series to life. Empire and Saks Fifth Avenue’s multi-platform collections will be available in-store and online and will celebrate the drama’s dynamic fashion timed to the series’ second season premiere in September.
 
The partnership will feature curated collections from luxury fashion brands that represent Empire’s glamorous aesthetic, including fine jewelry from Alexis Bittar, women’s ready-to-wear from Cushnie et Ochs, men’s and women’s footwear from Jimmy Choo, and handbags and accessories from MCM. Items from each designer will be curated to create an Empire collection available at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores nationwide and saks.com. The Empire looks will also be available online at each brand’s website and stand-alone retail locations.

9 Story Media Group Acquires Brown Bag Films

9 Story Media Group has acquired animation studio Brown Bag Films. With headquarters in Dublin, a studio in Manchester, and an office in Los Angeles, Brown Bag Films employ 170 creative and production staff and is known for producing animated children’s series including Octonauts, Doc McStuffins, Bing Bunny, and Henry Hugglemonster.
 
This is the first acquisition for 9 Story, following an equity investment from media entrepreneur Neil Court and ZMC, Zelnick Media Capital last year. Terms of the transaction, which closed on August 17, were not disclosed.
 
Brown Bag Films will retain its brand, with Cathal Gaffney, founder and CEO of Brown Bag Films, Darragh O’Connell, founder and creative director, and the senior management team, continuing to lead the company. Brown Bag Films plans to hire 50 additional staff members in the near future as the company looks to reach new markets with its content.
 

Brand Licensing Team to Represent Cold Stone Creamery

Brand Licensing Team (BLT) will represent Cold Stone Creamery for licensing in food and beverage categories. Cold Stone Creamery serves premium ice cream, shakes, smoothies, cakes, and cupcakes in more than 1,000 stores in the U.S.
 
BLT will leverage Cold Stone’s indulgent flavors to offer other unique food and beverage products to consumers in retail grocery, mass, and club stores. Some of the categories that BLT will pursue include hot cocoa mixes, confection, desserts, baking mixes, and yogurt.

The Queen’s Treasures Offers Jane Goodall-Licensed Line

This September, children will be able to reenact the true story of Dr. Jane Goodall, whose pioneering research on wild chimpanzees helped change the way human beings perceive animals. The Queen’s Treasures has created a rainforest camp for 18-inch dolls featuring a canvas tent and canvas cot reminiscent of the ones Goodall used at Gombe Stream Research Center in Tanzania.
 
Ten percent of sales for these items will be donated to the Jane Goodall Institute to support programs that further Goodall’s research, as well as chimpanzee conservation and the organization’s efforts to graduate a generation of young people committed to conservation. The product line is in development with Goodall’s conservation philosophy in mind using eco-friendly materials and packaging.

Tactic Teams Up with Ty for Beanie Boos Games

Tactic Games USA has a new line of games featuring Ty Beanie Boos, as a result of a licensing agreement with Ty Inc. The game maker will offer preschool and children’s games featuring the Beanie Boos branded character property.
 
The Beanie Boos Friends Game features the Ty fan favorite Beanie Boo, Peanut the Elephant, who needs help finding his Beanie Boos friends, who have gotten lost on the game board. Intended for kids ages 3 to 8, the game’s details teach colors, shapes, and numbers.
 
The licensed line also includes Ty Beanie Boo dominoes, matching, and bingo games.

Smithsonian, WorldStrides Partner for University Travel Programs

WorldStrides and the Smithsonian Institution will launch a new collection of educational travel programs for university groups.
 
Smithsonian University Travel Programs itineraries capitalize on the combined experiences of WorldStrides and the Smithsonian, offering traveling groups of university students special access to research sites, scientific facilities, cultural landmarks, and a global network of experts for hands-on learning experiences in destinations around the world.

RJM Appointed for Rainbow Fish

NorthSouth Books, publisher of The Rainbow Fish book series, appointed RJM Licensing Inc. to represent the series in the U.S. and Canada. In conjunction with the publisher, RJM will appoint sub-agents for the UK and Australia.
 
Originally published in 1992, there are seven titles of the book series in print, with an additional title scheduled for 2017, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the brand. 

Brand Licensing Event in New York Announced for 2016

Emerald Expositions, producer of more than 65 tradeshows and events, including the Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show and SURTEX, has announced the launch of Brand Licensing Select. The latest in Emerald Exposition’s licensing show portfolio, Brand Licensing Select will provide a forum for brand owners and licensors, agents, and retailers to learn about upcoming licensing programs, retail programs, and marketing initiatives in a private setting. Total Brand Licensing is pleased to announced it has entered into a media partnership with the show.
 
The inaugural event is slated for September 27 to 29, 2016 in New York City. New York is the largest market for brands, retailers, manufacturers, and the media, therefore serving as an ideal location for this event. Brands will be matched up in advance with retailers based on requests. All appointments will be scheduled by the Emerald Licensing team. In addition to direct appointments, Brand Licensing Select will allow for frequent and intimate relationship-building and networking opportunities between all brand and buyer participants.
 
“We have felt, for a while, the need to have a dedicated Brand Licensing event,” said Jeff Lotman, CEO, Global Icons. “There is no other event targeting the specific licensing space, and of course New York is a great place to host it. We will fully support the concept and launch.  This concept and business model, along with the deep reach that Emerald Expositions has in retail is a definite plus.”
 
This unique format will bring together an invited group of key retailers, licensors and brands together in a private setting, away from the traditional tradeshow format.
 
“This exclusive event provides a platform for brands in the licensing space to have a bigger voice in the market place, and a stage to speak to retailers looking to bring licensed product into their store mix,” said Liz Crawford, Emerald Expositions Vice President & Group Show Director, Licensing. “Key retailers are looking for a setting where they can have high level marketing conversations away from a crowded show floor.”
 
Brand Licensing Select will also feature a Media Preview event, with the goal to showcase the brands’ focus on products being launched to the consumer market, and to highlight brand successes at retail. For more information about how to participate contact Liz Crawford at 949-226-5746 or at liz.crawford@emeraldexpo.com or Nikki Puckett at 949-226-5750 or nikki.puckett@emeraldexpo.com.

EUROPE

British Museum Hails ‘Amazing Response’ to Call for Licensing Agent Services

The British Museum has declared itself ‘amazed and impressed’ at the quality and quantity of the response to its call for the provision of licensing agent services. The call came with the British Museum’s announcement of a global licensing campaign in June.
 
The licensing campaign for the British Museum will have a number of aims, among them to communicate the Museum and its values to a wide audience; to promote the Museum’s role as a centre that tells the story of cultural achievement throughout the world; to raise awareness of the British Museum as a museum of the world and for the world; and to offer an additional source of funding for the upkeep of an unique and internationally famous collection of cultural artefacts and to support the Museum’s national and international engagement work.
 
The licensing campaign will target a large number of product categories appealing to a wide range of demographics while also ensuring that the Museum’s values and integrity are maintained.
 
The agency partner will work alongside the team at the British Museum as well as design agency Skew, which will develop a style guide for the campaign, and public relations group kilogrammedia, which will handle licensing-related publicity.

Thunderbirds Seeing Success in Australia and New Zealand

As ITV Studios Global Entertainment continues to build upon the international reach of its new boys’ property Thunderbirds Are Go, the firm has shared details of the brand’s success so far in Australia and New Zealand.
 
Since its debut in April on Nine Network’s Go! channel in Australia, Thunderbirds Are Go has consistently drawn large audiences, with each episode attracting over 200,000 viewers. In New Zealand, following the outstanding ratings for the first 13 episodes, TVNZ began airing the show on Saturday mornings at 7.20am on TV2 from July 11th 2015.
 
The Thunderbirds Are Go licensing programme is off to a strong start with Planet Fun and HeadStart distributing Vivid Imagination’s master toy line across both territories this summer. Roadshow Entertainment’s DVDs have also seen strong sales in Australia and New Zealand. The launch in Australia was supported by TV campaign, Shopalites posters, online advertising and PR activity in kids’ magazines and on social media channels.
 
New partners added by licensing agents Merchantwise in Australia and Global Licensing in New Zealand will see the apparel, confectionery and stationery categories expand. In New Zealand, Global Licensing (NZ) has signed Caprice NZ for a line of children’s outwear, sleepwear and underwear whilst Engelite is on board for accessories including headwear, wallets and belts launching at Big W Department Stores from September 2015.
 
In Australia, licensing agent Merchantwise has recently announced a raft of new partners for the territory, including Kinnerton, Bensons Trading and Amscan, as well as Australia Post. From September, mass-market retailer Big W will launch a line of apparel and accessories from recently signed licensees Hot Springs and Vimwood.
 
In August, publishing products will also be launched into both markets with Hachette unveiling three books inspired by the series including The Official Guide Book, Sticker Activity Book and a Crosscut Book at all major book retailers.

Mame Huku Launches Exclusive Collection of Japanese Bags

Mame Huku has collaborated with Alma to realise a collection of handmade evening bags and pouches crafted from exquisite vintage Japanese silk obis, to be launched during this year’s London Fashion Week (18 – 22 September 2015).
 
Woven with platinum and gold threads, each bag is exclusive with only one design of each pattern made. Handcrafted using silk, some of which is over 100 years old, the gold plated fittings have been sourced from Florence, the lamb nappa leather used on the straps and pulls is the finest in the world and the linings are made from matching silk in jewel like colours.
 
Ann Edwards, Founder of Mame Huku says: “My dear friend Tomokosan
searches the streets of Kyoto to find the vintage Japanese silk obis that Mame Huku bags are made from. The fabric she finds is forty to fifty years old and some is over a hundred years old. From the fabric, that has taken me three years to collect before I could start, to the length of the stitches, each stage of the creation has been a labour of love – we have breathed new life into these amazing objects.”

Pokémon Teams with CITV for Competition

The Pokémon Company International and children’s broadcaster CITV has launched a nationwide competition in which one lucky fan will win the chance to create a 30-second trailer to promote the new series of Pokémon animation on the channel.
 
The competition launched on 5 August, and entries are accepted until 6 P.M. on 21 August. The successful entrant will win the experience of visiting the CITV studios at Media City UK in Salford and working with the experts in CITV’s promo team to produce an action-packed trailer to promote Pokémon Series 18, broadcasting on CITV starting in November.
 
Anthony Cornish, Consumer Marketing Director at The Pokémon Company International, said: “We are delighted to be teaming up with CITV to offer this once-in-a lifetime opportunity for a young fan to become part of the creative team and put their own stamp on the latest promotional trailer for Pokémon Series 18, which will be seen multiple times by CITV viewers in the run-up to transmission.”

Bing Adds New Licensing Partners

Acamar Films’ and its licensing agent The Licensing Company (TLC) have signed two key partners for its award-winning preschool property Bing.
 
Woodmansterne and Rainbow Productions will join the group of companies already committed to taking BING to a children’s audience beyond the TV screen which includes: Harper Collins for publishing; Ravensburger for games; Studiocanal for home entertainment, and Fisher-Price which has just launched the first wave of carefully crafted toys at retail. The new toy range includes key interactive plush ‘My Friend Bing’, plus a wide collection of figures, vehicles, playsets and bath toys. 
 
Woodmansterne is launching a range of greeting cards, sheet gift wrap, gift tags, note cards, thank you cards and paper based advent calendar, coming soon to all good card shops.
 
Rainbow Productions has worked with Acamar to create Bing and Flop character costumes which will be making special guest appearances throughout the year at leisure attractions, retail outlets, holiday parks, airports and specially arranged private parties.

Chewitts Launches Car Air-Fresheners

Chewits have launched ‘chew-riffic’ car air fresheners.
 
Following the succesful launch of Chewits scented candles, the brand is now expanding its licensing portfolio by developing Chewits scented Car Air Fresheners.
 
Developed under license by RTC Direct the Car Air Fresheners are available in a range of Scents inspired by some of the nation's favourite sweets. Choose from strawberry, ice-cream, cola, orange and blackcurrant.
 
Caroline Hill, UK Marketing Manager said “Following the successful launch of our Chewits candles we continued to work with RTC Direct to develop a range of Car Air Fresheners and are delighted to be launching these in to The Range. We expect that the increased exposure of the brand will have a positive halo effect on our core confectionery offering and add both innovation and value to new and existing categories.”

Vanilla Underground Signs with Bow & Arrow

Online fashion retailer Vanilla Underground has signed an exclusive retail deal with the celebrity favourite clothing brand Bow & Arrow to bring the full range of officially licensed Bruce Lee apparel to Europe for the first time.
 
The range for men and women includes the sought after official Bruce Lee ‘Gung Fu Scratch’ t-shirt as worn by Robert Downey Jr in Avengers: Age Of Ultron and showcasing a black and white print of the martial arts legend DJing on a pair of turntables.
 
Not only has this particular design feautured in one of the biggest movies of the decade, the brand has become a hit with a variety of celebrities including Will Smith, Justin Bieber, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Expendables 3 star Rhonda Rousey, comedian Joe Rogan and UFC president Dana White, all seen wearing the t-shirt in recent weeks.

MIDDLE EAST

Saban Forges EMEA Initiative

Saban Brands has partnered with Millennium Entertainment International (MEI) for a brand-new initiative in the EMEA region. The two companies have created a first-of-its-kind live Power Rangers experience, which will launch at The Dubai Mall, the world's largest shopping, leisure and entertainment destination.
 
Kicking off with a Power Rangers Super Megaforce experience, this marks the first Dubai presence for the iconic superhero brand and will include a Power Rangers Academy training session for kids, an interactive live performance and an authentic Power Rangers memorabilia exhibit.
 
The debut Power Rangers experience will feature Saban’s Power Rangers Super Megaforce in a weeklong engagement at The Dubai Mall as part of the Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS), a much-awaited annual family extravaganza organized by the Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). DSS 2015, which was launched on July 23, runs until September 5 under the theme “45 Days of Summer."

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JOB POSTING

Graphic Designer
 
Company: The Bright Group
 
Location: London
 
Key Responsibilities:
Carrying out fast-paced design briefs for both online and print marketing across our four creative agencies.
Assisting in exciting design projects for our newest venture, The Bright Emporium, opening this Autumn in Battersea.
Person Specification
Must be proficient in the Adobe design suite (Photoshop, InDesign).
Exceptional organisational skills together with the ability to work well under pressure and to meet tight deadlines.
Mac literate essential.
Good communication skills and strong attention to detail.
A positive attitude towards colleagues, clients and your work at all times.
 
An in-house design background is required, some experience or knowledge of either a creative agency or publishing company is desirable.
 
How to Apply:
Please send your design portfolio and a covering letter within your CV outlining the reasons for your application, what you can bring to the role and details of your current salary to Amber Hunter-Love amber@brightgroupinternational.com
 
http://www.brightgroupinternational.com
 
 
Assistant Manager, Licensing
 
Company: Welch’s
 
Location: Concord, MA
 
Skills Required: BA/BS required (MBA preferred) with 4-6 years of related brand licensing experience in consumer products, manufacturing, and/or within an agency.  Food and beverage experience is a plus.
 
Job Responsibilities: Under the guidance of the Group Manager, Global Licensing, the Assistant Manager will support the development of the annual business plan and on-going strategy for the Welch's licensed product portfolio, and will play a key role in the successful implementation of the plan within the broader Welch's Brand portfolio.
 
How to apply: www.welchs.com/about-us/careers
Welch's is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Minority/Female/Disability/Protected Veteran

 

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.
 

JOB POSTING

American Greetings Properties - Los Angeles, CA
Director, International Licensing 


The Director of International Licensing will be responsible for managing the international agents and licensees for the Care Bears and Holly Hobbie consumer products program as well as targeted properties in the AGP portfolio that are either existing and new brands.  Candidate will manage day-to-day activities that include negotiating agency agreements, review and approval of all licensee deal memos and leveraging North American marketing activities. They should be collaborative and innovative in their business approach.  5-7 years of international licensing experience is required. 

Click here for full job description and further information on American Greetings. http://www.americangreetings.jobs

 

JOB POSTING

American Greetings Properties - Los Angeles, CA
Director, Domestic Licensing


The Director of Domestic Licensing will be responsible for building and managing the US and Canadian (domestic) Care Bears consumer products program as well as targeted properties in the AGP portfolio that are either existing and new brands.  Candidate will prospect and acquire new licenses, manage existing licensees, pursue and drive retail initiatives and partner collaborations. Candidate should have 5-7+ years of experience in licensing industry working in a sales and/or brand management/marketing function pitching properties, securing deals, negotiating business deal points and managing licensees --  preferably in the children entertainment sector. 

Click here for full job description and further information on American Greetings. http://www.americangreetings.jobs

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