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Egmont Partners with pocket.watch and Ryan’s World
 
Egmont Publishing will join the latest expansion of the Ryan’s World in securing the rights to publish the official Ryan’s World magazine and books. Ryan, the 7-year old star of RyanToys Review attracts 60 million views a month in the UK alone and has reached over 1 billion views worldwide.
This partnership represents a move into the YouTube market for Egmont and the beginning of a new partnership between Egmont and pocket.watch.
 
 
Seven New Executives to Join Licensing International Board of Directors
 
Seven new members were elected by the Licensing International membership to begin terms on the Licensing International Board of Directors, effective July 1. The newest Board members are: Sol Armada, Warner Bros.; Juli Boylan, Spin Master Ltd.; David Diesendruck, Redibra; Omar Fajer, Univision Communications, Inc.; Elias Fasja, Tycoon Enterprises S.A. de C.V.; Simo Hamalainen, Rovio Entertainment Corporation; Ed LaBay, Hot Topic Inc.
 
“Our seven new Board members were selected from among the biggest pool of candidates ever in Licensing International history. It was incredibly difficult to choose from among so many qualified, passionate executives,” said Licensing International President Maura Regan. “Each of these new members will bring unique expertise and perspective to the Board that will be invaluable as Licensing International plots its new course and continues to expand the ways in which it supports and serves our global industry.”
 
 
House of Turnowsky Partners with This Is Iris
 
House of Turnowsky has announced the appointment of licensing agency This Is Iris as Turnowsky’s exclusive agent to the UK.
 
The established agency, headed by Sarah Lawrence, an expert in managing Art & Design properties such as beloved collections by Beryl Cook and Ailsa Black as well as children’s IP’s Elle & Everest and The Great Majesco. Sarah has worked within the licensing industry for over 25 years. The art licensing agency is now teaming with House of Turnowsky.
 
Commenting on the new partnership and her plans for the brand in the UK, Sarah Lawrence says: “We are thrilled to be working with the wonderful team at House of Turnowsky. This wide and varied portfolio offers so many design solutions for licensees across categories. House of Turnowsky has already established itself across the world and we hope to expand these ranges with the help of our trusted UK partners.”

“We are looking to developing lines outside of the recognisable paper products including giftware, ceramics and textiles. House of Turnowsky will celebrate its 80th Anniversary in 2020 and we welcome licensees to contact us ahead of this special event”.
 

Peter Rabbit Collection Debuts at Joules
 
Silvergate Media, the global licensing agent for Peter Rabbit on behalf of Penguin Ventures, has unveiled a Peter Rabbit Collection at Joules, the first collection of Classic Peter Rabbit childrenswear designed and available exclusively from the leading UK retailer.
                                                                                      
“We’re incredibly proud of the new Peter Rabbit™ Collection that Joules is launching this summer,” said Thomas Merrington, Creative Director at Penguin Ventures. “As a much-loved lifestyle brand inspired by the British countryside, Joules’ mission to make the ordinary extraordinary chimes with the values of Peter Rabbit and we’re delighted to bring the character’s own brand of mischief to Joules customers.”
 
This new collection from Joules builds on the continued success of Peter Rabbit apparel lines across the market which has seen retailers including Mothercare, Sainsburys, Marks and Spencer and JoJo Maman Bébé expand their apparel ranges in the past 12 months. 
 
 
BBC Studios signs PPW as Licensing Partner for Hey Duggee in Greater China
 
At the 10th China-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue this week in London, co-chaired by Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua and the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, BBC Studios announced a wide ranging partnership with PPW Sports and Entertainment (China) Limited (PPW) around the popular children’s TV series Hey Duggee.
 
The agreement will see PPW act as the agent and licensee for Hey Duggee for Greater China – including mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. Under the multi-year agreement, PPW will represent Hey Duggee across multiple rights including merchandise, family entertainment centres, live events, stage shows, digital, gaming, publishing, audio and English language learning.
 
The licensing agreement was signed by Ivan Chan, Founder and CEO, PPW Group, and Tim Davie, CEO, BBC Studios. Minister George Hollingbery, Minister of State for Trade Policy at the Department of International Trade (DIT), UK, was present to witness the signing.
 
 
Licensing Awards Tickets and Tables Ready for Booking!
 
The industry's annual celebration takes place on Tuesday 10th September 2019, at The Grosvenor House Hotel, the home of The Licensing Awards. Over 1400 of the industry's top licensors, licensees and retailers will come together to celebrate excellence in licensing and retail at the best networking and celebration event of the year.

Tickets and tables are now available for purchase. Contact the team on 0207 700 6740 or to book, email clare@createvents.co.uk


Hotter to Produce RHS Range of Footwear
 
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced the award of a licence to Hotter, one of the the UK’s biggest shoe makers, for a selection of comfortable women’s footwear. Now under development, the Hotter-RHS selection will be available at retail later this year.
 
The Hotter RHS line will be available at www.hotter.com, via Hotter’s 75 retail stores nationwide and several large garden centres around the UK. The shoes will be ideal for busy women on the go; they will feature Hotter’s signature comfort benefits; focusing on creating the perfect fit in sizes 3 to 9 with some half sizes, full adjustability, quality leather uppers and lightweight, supportive soles. The styles being given an RHS makeover will come from Hotter’s classic and active collections, they will be Hotter customer favourites guaranteeing an ageless and versatile appeal.

 
IMG Appointed Global Agent for Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Many More
 
IMG has been appointed by FCA Italy S.p.A. and FCA Group Marketing S.p.A. to manage global licensing for its Fiat, Fiat 500, Fiat Professional, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Abarth brands. The new partnership now sees IMG representing the entire FCA Group, already being the licensing agent for the group’s US-based brands Jeep, RAM, Dodge and Chrysler.
 
IMG will focus on growing the Italian automotive brands’ presence internationally through a range of licensed categories from toys, video games and collectibles to broad-based brand lifestyle programmes and technical products.
 
The collaboration also includes management of the Fiat, Fiat 500, Fiat Professional, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Abarth brands’ existing licensing programmes globally.


Head and Licensees Launch First-Ever Licensing Based Influencer Program with M Style
 
Head Sport GmbH has appointed the award-winning agency M Style Marketing, located in New York, to launch the Head Licensing Influencer Program (HLIP), with an initial priority on the North American territory.
 
As social media is a driving force in the product and licensing space, Head created a new program to support its licensees by providing them with the resources and expertise to succeed on social media platforms.
 
Known for its work in sports, entertainment and consumer products, M Style is engaged to support Head licensees to push into social media. The agency will work not only with the Headquarter in Kennelbach, Austria but also with each licensee who has been enrolled to develop a customized influencer program to leverage its followers and to drive brand impressions, product awareness and sales. M Style will be supporting in the areas of (including, but not limited to) influencer selection, seeding and tracking and will be able to support further with additional services like in-house creative, full marketing and design services (if needed).
 
Each licensee will be responsible for supporting its own influencer program while Head engaged M Style to manage and market the HLIP program.


Emoji Announces Apparel with Tezenis.

The emoji company has developed a capsule collection of expressive underwear and loungewear items together with Tezenis, Italy. 

The new collection will be available throughout all 500 Tezenis stores in over 18 countries.

Tezenis is part of the Calzedonia Group, a strong and widespread franchising network with more than 3,600 points of sale in over 35 countries from all over the world. The deal was brokered by the emoji® brand Agent Maurizio Distefano Licensing from Milan.


LMI Becomes Worldwide Agent for Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
 
LMI has been appointed as licensing agents Worldwide (excluding The People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and South Korea) on behalf of Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
 
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is the independent charity that cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage in his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon. It is the global centre for learning about and experiencing the works, life and times of the world’s best-known writer.  Through the five historic Shakespeare family homes, internationally designated museum collections and award-winning learning programmes, we provide imaginative, immersive and interactive opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds. In 2017, people from 86 countries made more than 872,000 visits to the Shakespeare family homes and gardens.  
 
Licensing with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust offers a unique brand endorsement and a wealth of inspiration in our outstanding collections. Discover Shakespeare's world through unique objects and works of art, rare books and the words that have inspired the world for over 400 years.
The Shakespeare Inspired brand promotes Shakespeare's legacy through contemporary design and offers exciting licensing opportunities in homeware. textiles, stationery, gifts, jewellery, accessories and other categories.


Brand Central Announces Partnerships for Mondelēz International
 
Mondelēz International, together with its licensing agency Brand Central, are expanding into merch with the launch of  its consumer products program.  The slew of new licensed partners are creating an assortment of branded products leveraging iconic Mondelēz International brands including Oreo, Chips Ahoy! Sour Patch Kids, Swedish Fish, Halls, Bubblicious and more.


PGS Signs for Gus – the Itsy Bitsy Knight
 
PGS Entertainment is on-board as global distributor (excl. France) with commissioning broadcaster TF1 for the new preschool series from Technicolor Animation Productions, Gus – the Itsy Bitsy Knight. Based on a major publishing success in France, the characters created by Dankerleroux and Françoise de Guibert for Editions Gulf Stream, Gus – the Itsy Bitsy Knight is a new comedy adventure series, targeting 4-7 year-olds in 52 x 11-minute episodes.  The series will begin delivering in 2020.


ZED Handling Sales of Her name was Grace Kelly

ZED is handling international distribution on the documentary Her name was Grace Kelly
(Grace Kelly, au fond du Coeur), produced by Patrick Spica Productions to mark the 90th anniversary of the birth of the Princess of Monaco.
 
Thanks to an exclusive agreement between the Principality of Monaco and Patrick Spica Productions, the Grimaldi family has for the first time granted director Serge de Sampigny access to its full private archives, shot in 8mm, in Super 8mm and in Super 16mm by Grace
and Prince Rainier themselves.
 
In total, some 38 hours of home movies, of which 50% has never before been seen in public, reveals Grace Kelly as we have never seen her before, and lifts the lid on an intimate family saga.
 
 
UNIQLO X Blizzard Entertainment Collection

 Returning with a new line of exclusive apparel, the fashion house UNIQLO launched the latest t-shirt line from the 2019 UNIQLO X Blizzard Entertainment Collection, featuring iconic imagery and characters from some of Blizzard’s fan-favorite properties including Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Diablo III, Heroes of the Storm, and StarCraft II.

 
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19 June 2019

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