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HEADLINES AT A GLANCE

eOne Expands Consumer Products Program for PJ Masks

Magic Light Pictures Makes Premiere at Brand Licensing Europe
 
MGAE Expands the Worldwide Licensing Program for Num Noms

   

BBC Worldwide, Tiny Rebel Games Partner for New Doctor Who Game

World Rugby Appoints IMG as Global Master Licensee
 
WowWee Retains Striker Entertainment as Worldwide Licensing Agency for Fingerlings

eOne Expands Consumer Products Program for PJ Masks

Entertainment One (eOne) expands its consumer products program for PJ Masks, including new ride-ons, bicycles, safety helmets, and more debuting this fall and into early next year.

PJ Masks gear hitting retail nationwide includes the Catboy Cat-Car and Gekko Mobile ride-ons from Jakks Pacific. These custom sculpted, kid-powered vehicles feature flashing lights, sound effects, and play the PJ Masks theme song. Jakks will also offer the Happy Hauler, a wagon that transforms into a ride-on with at the press of a button, and the PJ Masks Playland.

Jazwares will introduce PJ Masks Headphones, featuring Catboy, Owlette, and Gekko graphics; a digital PJ Masks Alarm Clock that plays the show’s theme song; and PJ Masks Walkie Talkies.

A new selection of PJ Masks watches is coming from VTech, including themed clock face designs, time tools, and mini games. The PJ Masks Superhero Tablet features six interactive games and activities.

Additional licensees include Bell Sports for Catboy sports helmets with a shock absorbing inner liner; Bravo Sports for Play Wheels PJ Masks Kids Roller Skates with Knee Pads and Classic Quad Roller Skates; Pacific Cycle for multi-colored PJ Masks bikes; and Rollplay for the 6V PJ Masks Cat Car, featuring working headlights and sounds, and the 6V PJ Masks Scooter ride-on.

Magic Light Pictures Makes Premiere at Brand Licensing Europe

Magic Light Pictures, owners of the Gruffalo’s licensing programme, will make its appearance at Europe’s busiest licensing show. 
 
The impressive consumer products portfolio has grown strategically with long-term agent CAA-GBG over the last 8 years in the UK, as the company continues to expand through brand partnerships and a best in class licensing programme.
 
Daryl Shute, Brand Director, said: “2017 has already been an incredible year for The Gruffalo.  March saw the opening of the first Gruffalo theme park attraction at Chessington World of Adventures Resort, and our ground-breaking Augmented Reality app ‘Gruffalo Spotter’ has enjoyed over 370,000 downloads.  The licensing programme continues to grow in new categories, expanding our reach to wider audiences. It’s the right time to be exhibiting at BLE to share our successes with the industry.”
 
The Highway Rat, which premieres this Christmas on BBC One will be showcased at B.L.E. along with family favourites The Gruffalo’s Child, Room of the Broom and Stick Man, all based on the award-winning picture books written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. 

MGAE Expands the Worldwide Licensing Program for Num Noms

MGA Entertainment Inc. (MGAE) will expand the global licensing program for its scented collectibles brand Num Noms.
 
Featuring more than 400 characters and thousands of combinations, the collection has an expansive global licensing program, with more than 90 manufacturers worldwide across all major categories of softlines, hardlines, and publishing.
  
Num Noms products are available across mass retail, including Toys ”R” Us, Walmart, Target, and Amazon, as well as mid-tier and specialty retailers in the U.S. and Canada. Licensees include Hybrid, Komar Kids, and HER Accessories for apparel, sleepwear, and select accessories; Canal Toys for craft and activity products; Trends International LLC, SmileMakers Inc., and Innovative Design for back-to-school and stationery; My Favorite Co. and Frankford Candy for food and beverage; Idea Nuova and Entertainment Retail Enterprises for home décor; Bulls-i- Toys and Phatmojo for gift and novelty; Party City Holdings for party goods; and Parragon Books Inc. for publishing.
 
Num Noms is also available across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) in all major retail and independent outlets, including Tesco, Claire’s, Toys “R” Us, Hamleys, and Auchan. 
 
In Australia and New Zealand, Num Noms is available at Big W, Toys “R” Us, Target, and Myer. New licensees in these territories include Canal Toys for activity sets and kits; Hunter Leisure for sporting good, stationery, puzzles, and games; Parragon for coloring, activity books, and storybooks; Phatmojo for novelty and collectibles; and Zak for dishware, storage, and toiletries exclusively in Australia.
 
Num Noms product lines are also available across Asia through retail outlets in China, Hong Kong, Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand; and in Latin American markets including Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, and Paraguay.

BBC Worldwide, Tiny Rebel Games Partner for New Doctor Who Game

Tiny Rebel Games Ltd. partnered with BBC Worldwide for Doctor Who Infinity, which will be available on PC on mobile platforms next spring. The new game is funded by Welsh Government’s Media Investment Budget and Double Eleven Ltd., and developed in collaboration with Seed Studio.

Doctor Who Infinity builds on the puzzle gameplay of Doctor Who: Legacy and immerses players in comic book style puzzle adventures. Each story-based adventure has its own unique art style and author.

Doctor Who Infinity will initially launch exclusively early next spring, and will be live globally on PC, iTunes, and Google Play late spring. 

World Rugby Appoints IMG as Global Master Licensee

World Rugby has appointed IMG to manage the global licensing and merchandising rights for the next two Rugby World Cups and its other tournaments.
 
The long-term strategic partnership encompasses the Rugby World Cup 2019 and 2023 as a primary focus, as well as the Women’s Rugby World Cup, World Rugby U20 Championship and the World Rugby brand.

WowWee Retains Striker Entertainment as Worldwide Licensing Agency for Fingerlings

WowWee retained Striker Entertainment to serve as the worldwide licensing agency for the Fingerlings toy line. The toys cling to kids’ fingers and react to sound, motion, and touch with more than 40 animations.
 
Striker will work with WowWee to develop a worldwide licensing strategy to expand the growing consumer interest and retail demand for additional consumer products categories. 

Bioworld Confirmed as BLE Gaming Activation Sponsor

Bioworld International has been confirmed as a sponsor of the new Gaming Activation at Brand Licensing Europe (BLE) 2017. 
 
The company’s Head of Licensing, Richard Radford, will also take part in the gaming keynote panel - ‘Gaming: Dispelling the Myths’ – taking place at 12pm on Tuesday 10 October.
 
A selection of the company’s gaming licensed products will appear in the retail outlet of BLE’s new Gaming Activation Area, a showcase and demonstration space designed to educate visitors on the journey of a video game IP from screen to store.

Rocket Licensing to Expand Licensing Campaign for Hotel Transylvania

Rocket Licensing, which manages the licensing for the Hotel Transylvania in the UK, will expand the brand’s licensing campaign. The franchise’s third film installment will premiere next summer, and the first season of Hotel Transylvania: The Series recently debuted on The Disney Channel.
 
Jazwares is the global master toy partner for the franchise. Rocket will target a range of categories including apparel, dress-up, footwear, publishing, and back-to-school stationery and bags. Additionally categories expected to roll-out late next year include greeting cards, calendars, bedding, jewelry, accessories, gifts, and confectionery.
 
Hotel Transylvania 3 reunites favorite characters, including Mavis, Drac, Johnny, Dennis, and more. In this film, the characters will venture outside the hotel for the first time after Mavis surprises Dracula with a family trip on the Monster Cruise Ship.
 
Additionally, the new TV series follows Mavis during her teenage years at Hotel Transylvania. The series has had a strong response since its launch in the U.S., and also premiered in the UK last month.

Caroline Mickler Ltd to Celebrate at BLE

Award-winning boutique agency Caroline Mickler Ltd is celebrating at BLE 2017.
 
Visitors to stand A60 will be invited to hear more about the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper album and imminent 50th anniversary of Yellow Submarine. Moomin continues to make an impact in the fashion arena, while Horrid Henry, astonishing magician Jamie Raven and the sporting icon that is Lord’s, the home of cricket, underline Caroline Mickler Ltd’s reputation for skilful management of diverse brands.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment Announces Social Media Influencers to Be Featured in New Series

The Netflix series Robozuna will feature YouTube and social media influencers Ali-A and Ethan Gamer. The new series will air next year on CITV and ITV in the UK, and worldwide on Netflix.
 
Robozuna follows 14-year-old Ariston and his homemade robot sidekick Mangle as they join a team of Combatabots (robot gladiators) and battle in the Robozuna games to overthrow the evil empire.
 
Ali-A will join the voice cast as Clunk, a hammer-wielding robot whose wits don’t quite match up to his strength. Ali-A will also work with ITV Studios Global Entertainment on additional content for Robozuna, where he will appear as himself.
 
Ethan Gamer will voice two Combatabots, Pulp and Rupture, as well as 11-year-old Dustin, the son of two villagers who are saved by the Freebot Fighters. 

CPLG to Represent NOW That’s What I Call Music

CPLG has been appointed the European licensing agent for NOW That’s What I Call Music, the biggest selling compilation brand in the world.
 
CPLG will develop a licensing programme for the iconic music brand across a number of product categories including apparel, accessories and publishing, with the first range of products expected to launch later this year.
 
The first NOW album launched in 1983.

First Licensees Announced for Zing's Stikbot

The first licensees for Zing's Stikbot will be in the toys and bedding and apparel categories in the U.S. and Canada. The deal was brokered by The Joester Loria Group, the exclusive licensing agent for the brand.

Basic Fun will release Stikbot plush and figural stretch toys, which may include sound, construction, and role-play items. Hybrid Apparel will release girls, boys, and young men's T-shirts and tops.

Danilo Joins Roald Dahl Licensing Program

DRi Licensing has added to the ever-growing Roald Dahl programme with a major new signing in the greetings cards category.
 
In addition to greetings cards, Danilo will also add striking new wrap and gift bags later in 2018.
 
Alicia Davenport, DRi Licensing’s Licensing Director said, “This year really has been a stand out one for the Dahl brand and we’re delighted to be adding to the success by welcoming Danilo to the licensing programme.”

Saban Brands Expands Power Rangers Brand in EMEA Territories

Saban Brands will add new content, product lines, retail initiatives, and marketing activity for Power Rangers in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).
 
Power Rangers Ninja Steel premiered its 24th season in the UK in August, and is currently airing throughout the EMEA territory. Broadcast partners include Neox (Spain), POP (Italy), E-Vision (UAE), Gulli Arabi (Middle East), Smile TV (Greece), and London Live (UK).
 
Major retailers across EMEA will feature Ninja Steel products in support of the launch. The Entertainer ran a marketing campaign that included four Super Saturdays events where fans could take part in challenges inspired by the new toys, enter competitions, and enjoy exclusive discounts. Toys “R” Us also had front-of-store feature space and will showcase the new toy range throughout next summer. In France, Auchan and toy specialist JouéClub will host Power Rangers meet and greet events. In addition, JouéClub will have flagship window displays and will promote the events through radio advertisements.  
 
New licensing partners include Sambro for backpacks and arts and crafts; IMC for R/C and electronic toys; and Tech 4 Kids for Mashems and Blastems. 
 
Saban Brands recently renewed its long-standing partnerships with Rubies Costume Co. for dress-up, AFG Media for Morphsuits, and Smith and Brooks for apparel. Saban Brands launched a successful direct-to-retail (DTR) deal with Tesco, which featured a range of personalized gifting items, including stationery, drink bottles, phone cases, and more that fans can customize with their name.

Oxford Signs Home Fragrance

International home fragrance company, Bahoma Limited (Ltd) has signed with the University of Oxford to create a range of candles and home fragrance collections for European and UK retailers.  The five year deal was brokered by Global Icons who will represent Oxford at BLE 17, Stand N100.
 
“Right from the start we felt this partnership was a really good fit for the University brand,” commented Oxford MD, Chris Evans.  “Bahoma’s senior management team has taken the company from kitchen table to warehouse scale production and are passionate about their product and our brand.”

Cartoon Network Unveils Ben 10 Partners in EMEA Territories 

Following the TV series debut of Ben 10 across EMEA last year, Cartoon Network adds first licensing partners for the region.
 
Master global toy partner Playmates leads the EMEA merchandise program, and Giochi Preziosi Group will be the pan-European marketing and distribution partner and Flair will distribute the range in the UK. The toy range features figurines, role-play items, and play sets.
 
Cartoon Network also has partners for additional key categories and products will begin to roll out this fall.  Apparel and accessories categories in the UK include Smith & Brooks and Fashion UK for daywear, Cooneen Group for nightwear and underwear, Drew Pearson International for accessories, and Roy Lowe and Sons for socks. The first publishing licensees signed include Centum Books as master publishing partner and Panini for magazines. Additional partners include Dreamtex for bedding and Zak for lunchware and drinkware.
 
The brand’s first partners in Spain and Portugal include Air Val Iberia for personal care and Kid Licensing Iberia for watches and lights. Partners in Poland feature Uroda for bedding and Smyk for apparel, footwear and accessories. In Turkey, Zorluteks Tekstil Ticaret Ve Sanayi A.S. will feature bedding. In Italy, licensees include Commerciale Campana Srl for footwear, Original Marines for apparel and accessories, and Sun City Sasu for kidswear and fashion accessories.  Skybrands is also on board for bedding and kidswear in the Nordic region, and bedding in Germany.
 
Additional pan-European deals include IMC for walkie talkies and board games, Mondo for inflatables, Ferrero for Kinder Surprise Eggs, and Outright Games for a new video game set to launch in November.

Rainbow’s Zippy, Bungle, and George Celebrate 45 Years

Rainbow, the classic nostalgia brand featuring the much loved characters of Bungle, George and Zippy, aired for 20 years on ITV and now celebrates its 45th anniversary in 2017.
 
Coinciding with this milestone is a brand new TV ad from Pizza Hut Delivery featuring the classic characters assisting a modern family with their takeaway order. The ad launched on Sunday 1 October on Channel 4 during The Great British Bake Off. 
 
To celebrate the anniversary Zippy will be making an appearance at Brand Licensing Europe on Tuesday afternoon (10 October).

Outstanding Event for India

The fifth Kids India took place in Mumbai on 21 and 22 September.
 
In spite of the heavy monsoon rains, a total of 4,154 participants came to India’s largest B2B event for toys and children’s items to check out the products being offered by 150 exhibitors from eight countries.
 
With the new TrendingNow special area, a seminar programme dealing with current market topics and the Value of Play initiative, Kids India is making an important contribution to promoting the importance of play in childhood development. The trade fair is organised by Spielwarenmesse India Pvt. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Spielwarenmesse eG.

Ink Highlights Five Top Brands At BLE 2017

Ink Group will present a mix of fresh and original brands on stand C70 at BLE 2017.

Zafari,  The Mojicons, Masha and the Bear, BRIO, and Beat Bugs will all be on display.

“All these brands distinguish themselves by representing something different and original,” says Ink Director Claus Tømming. “We are looking for partners who want to capitalize on these qualities to deliver something fresh and unique to consumers.”  

GCDS and Hello Kitty

Italian streetwear brand GCDS has partnered up with Sanrio for the creation of a capsule FW17/18 collection featuring pop icon Hello Kitty and including hoodies, tees, wool knitted pieces, accessories and much more.
 
Launched on September 24th, the collection has hit GCDS stores and is available online, presenting some of the brand iconic pieces, such as the Nascar Tee and colorful fake furs with embroideries.

LMI Appointed for The Royal Armouries

Licensing Management International (LMI) has been appointed by The Royal Armouries to handle its worldwide licensing programme.
 
The Royal Armouries houses its world-class collection of arms and armour at its three sites in Leeds, Fort Nelson and the Tower of London. It is one of the oldest purposely created visitor attractions in the United Kingdom, with objects being arranged for display since the 16th century. Its extraordinary collection comprises about 75,000 items, with highlights including the famous armours of King Henry VIII, Indian Elephant Armour and the Great Turkish Bombard.
 
A brand deck and style guide has recently been developed and is available to interested parties on application.

Merchmaker.com and The Entertainer in Partnership

Merchmaker.com is a platform that allows online retailers to offer its customers print on demand, personalised official licensed product and The Entertainer's personalised online store went live this week. (https://createyourown.thetoyshop.com/)
 
Merchmarker.com currently works with licenses such as Nickelodeon, WWE, Power Rangers, Star Trek, Liverpool FC, West Ham United and Thunderbirds, with several more to be added in the coming months as well as new retailer partnerships. 

RSPB Serves up Bird-Friendly Coffee

As Brands with Influence continues to grow the RSPB’s licensing programme, Bird & Wild is the latest licensee to be granted a license. Bird & Wild launched their bird friendly products this summer at consumer events and through selected retail.
 
In the UK, 79% of UK consumers drink coffee (either ground or instant) which translates into around 55 million cups of coffee being drunk everyday (Nielsen Scantrack 2016). There seems to be no abating in this ever growing demand for new and great quality coffee. There is also a discernible shift towards Fairtrade, Organic and environmentally friendly blends.
 
Bird & Wild is a Certified Fairtrade, Organic, Shade Grown and Smithsonian Bird Friendly coffee brand and as part of the license will be donating a percentage of all sales of its ethical coffees to the RSPB.

Subsurf Heads to BLE

SYBO Games, the maker of the most downloaded mobile game app on the market in 2017, Subway Surfers, is readying its entertainment brand franchise, Subsurf at Brand Licensing Europe, October 10-12, 2017. 
 
SYBO Games has tapped, Naz Amarchi-Cuevas of 212 Degrees Consulting, previously CEO of Zoobe Entertainment, and widely known for her work with Rovio’s Angry Birds.  Amarchi-Cuevas has been readying a brand reboot for the games studio with the Company’s creators, expects to begin enlisting an arsenal of global lifestyle partners for Subsurf at BLE.

All American Licensing Signs with Goddard Film Group to Launch Vintage Captain Power Merchandise

All American Licensing (AAL) has signed on to represent Goddard Film Group for the exclusive licensing and merchandising rights to the iconic television series Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future.
 
Michael Gottsegen, Co-Founding Partner of AAL, stated, “As a fan of the original ‘Captain Power’ show, I am very excited that our company is now representing this iconic television series. Combined with today’s AR and other expanded digital platforms, our plans are to develop a comprehensive line-up of products to introduce a new generation - and new tiers of retail - to the next evolution of the legendary ‘Captain Power’ story.”

Wild Republic’s Plush Toys in Tune with the RSPB

Wild Republic has acquired the rights to produce RSPB branded soft toy birds with sound. Brands with Influence, the RSPB’s licensing agency brokered the deal, bringing Wild Republic back to work with the RPSB after a two-year break in the partnership.
 
Wild Republic had had many successful years selling RSPB branded birds and having gone through a process of redesigning and improving their plush, felt this was the perfect time to work together again.
 
Wild Republic’s Phil White commented: “As our plush and toys come with an educational slant, what better partner for us than the RSPB who themselves are continuously working hard to convey similar nature based messaging to their key audiences. Our plush birds with sound are sold into a wide variety of retail outlets from garden centres to zoos, museums to toy shops and of course the RSPB themselves, so importantly, the brand’s messaging is spread far and wide.”
 
“It’s terrific to have Wild Republic back on board with this license” commented Dom Wheeler at Brands with Influence. “The range of quality birds with sound now encompasses 21 different British wildlife birds and Wild Republic is working with the RSPB to extend the offering, continuously redesigning and encouraging collectability.”

EMPLOYMENT

A feature of the Total Licensing Weekly Report is the Employment section - this includes 'Jobs Available' and 'Jobs Wanted'. So if you have a position in your company that needs to be filled, or you yourself are looking for employment opportunities, don't hesitate to send your information to:

Becky becky@totallicensing.com
or
to our general mailbox subscriptions@totallicensing.com

JOB POSTING

Asiapac & MENA Executive Available for Sr Leadership Position
 

Entertainment Licensing professional, with superior management and business development skills in cross-cultural ( Asian and MENA markets ) and in diverse product environments, with the ability to define, assess and implement strategies at all levels, available for immediate start.   

  • Close to three decades (including 9 years in Publishing) in Entertainment & Character Licensing with the best names and Properties in the Industry both Western and Asian genre.
  • Functional expertise in strategic planning, business development 360*, acquisitions, joint ventures, content development. broadcast / content placement , licensing & merchandising, publishing, promotions, consumer marketing strategies, and brand management in character linked consumer products and geographies with the ability to relate, to both creative and commercial issues.
  • Diverse product and market knowledge in the consumer goods categories for inspired retail placement. Think "omni channel"
  • Excellent rainmaker's acumen to spot revenue generating opportunities and fuel growth across the genres Able to sell-in ideas internally and externally and excellent organizational, written and verbal communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills, that helps truly move the needle, both sides. 
  • Complex account management and hybrid contract negotiation skills with full P&L responsibility
  • Hong Kong based for last two decades, but open to relocate if need be, with.zero baggage. Can work 'at large' too for startups and fledgling office needs.
Can be reached at daves0512@gmail.com

JOB POSTING

Public Relations Account Executive - From Toys to Tech
 
LKPR, Inc. has an immediate opening for a public relations Account Executive.  

If you’re an experienced publicist with a proven track record of success looking to work in a fun, fast-paced, entrepreneurial agency environment, we’d love to hear from you.    

LKPR offers the unique opportunity to gain significant hands-on experience across a wide variety of consumer lifestyle sectors, from children’s products, to smart kitchen/home products, to fitness/wellness products, to consumer electronics/technology and more.    

Strong PR generalists are welcome.  Consumer lifestyle experience in the family/parenting, food/home or consumer electronics/technology spaces is a bonus.  

Responsibilities:

  • Live for the placement – whether it’s in ink, on-air, online or an influential Tweet, if it moves the needle for a client, it gets your heart pumping!
  • Be a consumer of all things media and tell your client’s story in an impactful way across mediums, from print and broadcast, to blogs and podcasts
  • Stay up-to-date on client industry news and trends—make your clients famous, in a good way! 
  • Identify appropriate media targets and develop compelling/timely story angles that inspire placements 
  • Be an ambassador for your clients at all times, and protect their brands as if they’re your own
  • Develop client materials people actually want to read, from pitches and press releases to catalog copy 
  • Demonstrate understanding of social media platforms, to reach journalists and consumers; if you can post, Tweet or tell an Insta story and have experience developing engaging brand social content, even better! 
  • Be flexible, creative and resourceful in making good things happen for clients—if there's a way, you'll find it!
  • Be a master juggler! Manage multiple projects, prioritize workload and meet deadlines
  • Work closely with account supervisors to create client media strategies and plans, and recalculate as needed    
  • Collaborate with talented, creative teams across marketing disciplines—think omni-channel! 


Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications or a related field
  • 3 to 5 years’ experience, preferably in a New York City agency environment, with at least two solid years of media relations experience  
  • Bragworthy portfolio of client-focused media placements 
  • Self-starter who comes up with creative solutions to meet client goals
  • Impressive verbal/written communication skills


Preferred Skills:
Cision (or comparable media list building tools)
TV Eyes Competitive salary & benefits packages offered.  

To apply, please contact Linda Krebs at LK@LKPRinc.com    

LKPR, Inc. is a service-oriented, results-driven, full-service integrated marketing firm based in New York City that offers clients best-in-class public relations, social media, digital marketing and design services. The firm was founded in 2012 by Linda Krebs, named “Publicist of the Year” that same year by leading PR industry publication Bulldog Reporter.

JOB POSTING

Spotlight Licensing Seeks Licensing Sales Manager
New York
 
Spotlight Licensing and Brand Management, Inc., a boutique licensing agency in midtown Manhattan (NYC), seeks an experienced sales professional who can identify, research, develop, and close sales leads for its Entertainment, Art/Design, Fashion, Digital, Corporate, Character, and other client properties. Candidate should be a self-starter with established licensing industry contacts and the ability to prepare effective sales pitches/materials, status reports, etc. This is a fast-paced, creative environment requiring the ability to work effectively independently and also as part of a team. Ideal candidate will have 1-3 years licensing sales experience. This is a full-time position with some travel required. Salary negotiable.  
 
Interested applicants should email resume with cover letter to jodi@spotlightlicensing.com
 

JOB POSTING

Job Description: Creative Artworker/Designer

Bright is a leading illustration agency, providing creative content for clients across Licensing and Publishing. In this role it is important to understand the needs of each agent and their creative division, supporting the London & New York offices and working with the part time US designer to coordinate design consistency and efficiency. Bright’s systems are currently under development, so there is scope to be a part of establishing brand design and guidelines for the new website and beyond. This is an opportunity to be part of a resourceful and forward thinking team, working across print and online to take ownership of and developing existing processes and instigating new design projects.
 
Key Responsibilities:

  • Plotting monthly activity and prioritising brief requests, managing deadlines, copy and image requirements
  • Carrying out fast-paced design briefs for both online and print marketing across our different creative departments
  • Developing ownership over all design related processes
  • Communicating effectively with colleagues for clear briefs and prompt delivery of artwork needs.
  • Designing and updating the main Agency, Licensing and Emporium homepage sliders; publications dates, workshop events, new artists, publication and trade show banner ads
  • Maintaining key collateral such as the artist and clients’ handbooks for digital pdf and print formats
  • Designing adverts and images for editorial and advertising features in industry publications
  • Designing and coordinating visuals for presentations for meetings, launches and other presentations that agents or marketing require
  • Coordinating design for trade shows including designing portfolio sheets for all agents and preparing and ordering design or branded collateral needed for trade shows
  • Establishing a strong relationship with printers and the knowledge of different types of processes and papers. Maintain existing relationships and develop new where needed.
 
Skills required:
 
  • Mac literate essential
  • Tech savvy, with an interest in the latest technology developments
  • Strong knowledge of design programs in the Adobe design suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator etc).
  • Applying a marketing understanding with the AIDA system with high quality performance and constantly developing design skills.
  • Demonstrate creativity, originality and flexibility, with good resilience during periods of high pressure
  • Ability to understand clients’ needs and find practical solutions
  • Good teamwork skills
  • Strong artistic sense with the ability to work to briefs and close attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task on many projects at one time with strong initiative
  • Confidence in presenting and explaining ideas
 
Bonus additional skill:
 
  • Experience or interest in UX and web design

JOB POSTING

Crayola Is Seeking an Experienced Manager, Outbound Licensing. Located at Crayola Corporate HQ, Easton, PA

The ideal candidate will possess experience within either Toy AND/OR Publishing licensing experience.
 
GENERAL SUMMARY: 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.  

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manage existing licensees in assigned categories: 
    • Evaluate licensee’s quarterly marketing, retail and financial forecasts to ensure licensees on are track to meet established contractual obligations, royalty payments and forecast goals.
    • Organize and run licensee orientations, business reviews, semiannual/quarterly line reviews, and brain storm sessions.
    • Address specific licensee performance issues
    • Negotiate renewals on a timely basis
    • Provides input for annual departmental budget and plan
  • Ensure licensees develop seasonal lines in time for internal seasonal review and develop documents and presentations to communicate licensee’s initiatives to internal Crayola departments
    • Set trend direction and make recommendations for new product entry
    • Direct category research and product concept testing as needed with the consumer insights team
    • Work with creative and product development on design and creative direction for licensed product and packaging
    • Responsible for managing licensee press releases, cross marketing and promotions
    • Ensure adherence to internal approval process (i.e. safety, quality, financial, legal, content, creative, consumer activation, consumer affairs etc.) and assist in resolving issues.
  • Negotiate new licensed strategic partnerships for assigned segments in conjunction with established category strategies
    • Research, secure and develop new licensees building upon the success of existing segments in order to achieve predictable, profitable and sustainable growth
    • Negotiate deal terms including: grant of rights, royalty rates, guarantees, projections and business plans
REQUIREMENTS:
  • 7 years’ experience in licensing or consumer marketing work for a CPG company.
  • Bachelors’ degree preferred

 
To review the full job description and to apply: www.crayola.com/careers
Click on search all jobs and look for Req ID 406BR

JOB POSTING

Senior Creative Designer
Location: North East (Gateshead) 
Salary: Competitive


We are looking for an talented Senior Creative Designer to join our team here at Blue Kangaroo in the UK... You must be a creative thinker and understand everything about Character Licensing and Brands. Work independently but also as part of a team. You will work on the biggest and best known brands in the Licensing world, everything from packaging refreshes to creative pitch decks to inspire creative thinking. An outstanding knowledge of all Adobe programs goes without saying and the ability to take work from concept to final artwork is essential.

If you think you have what it takes to make a difference within our talented and dedicated team then please contact us. t: +44 (0)191 490 9449.
 

JOB POSTING

Licensing Executive

MGL (www.mgllicensing.com) is one of the world's leading Art Licensing companies based in South West London (SW14) and is now seeking a dynamic licensing executive to join their team.

The primary responsibilities of the role are to deal and manage existing clients, as well as identify, develop and negotiate with new licensees. Categories include stationery, cards, gift and table top.

The role will also include visiting and exhibiting at trade shows both nationally and internationally.

Some experience in licensing or image libraries is essential.
For more information on the job role, please send CV and cover letter stating your present salary to studio@mglart.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

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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
 

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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.

 

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