Festival of Licensing

Asmodee’s licensing game: “It’s about time this happened, the fans out there are starving for stuff”

“The world is going to look very different now that Asmodee – one of the biggest players in the board gaming sector – is very actively pushing into licensing,” Alexander Thieme, manager of licensed publishing and consumer products, Asmodee Entertainment, promises. The board game giant kicked off October with a …

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Korea’s popular animated IP Pucca makes play for US with King Features

The popular Korean animated character, Pucca is looking to make waves across the North American market, having appointed King Features as the brand’s exclusive licensing agent for the region. King Features will look to build on the international success of the brand with a licensing programme targeting milennials and children. …

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Female fitness channel Blogilates launches first signature sporting goods through Semaphore Licensing partnership

The female fitness YouTube channel, Blogilates has developed its first line if signature sporting goods in partnership with the US retail giant Target in the brand’s first foray into licensing. The partnership was brokered by the channel’s rights and merchandising agency, Semaphore Licensing Solutions. Semaphore Licensing is continuing to create …

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Moomin grows its presence across the US as King Features adds publishing rights to the licensing slate

The classic literary and art-based brand, Moomin, is expanding its presence across North America as its US licensing agency King Features adds publishing rights to its licensing slate as well as brings the brand into active baby wear for the first time in the region. As the Tove Jansson creation …

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Space mission: How Moonbug Entertainment’s rocketing success is disrupting the pre-school space

It may be highly competitive, it may even be getting a little bit crowded at times, but there’s one thing that the pre-school sector hasn’t become in recent years – particularly now, as audiences shift their viewing habits and the means in which they engage with it – and that …

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MasterChef and MasterChef Junior cook up new toys, games, cookware and experiential deals in the US

Endemol Shine North America has secured a new slate of partnerships for the hit culinary competition series, MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, taking the brand into interactive toys, board games, cookware, and live experiences. Kicking off the new slate of licensing partners, Abacus Brands, a leader in educational virtual reality toys, will …

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Rising Up: MGM Studios on how 45 years later the Rocky franchise is still packing a punch

The trumpets, the grey tracksuit, the run up the stairs and the timeless story of David vs Goliath, the underdog with the eye of the tiger; there’s very little about the Rocky franchise that isn’t iconic. It’s difficult to believe that it’s been… [checks notes]… 45 years since Sylvester Stallone …

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Products of Change’s Helena Mansell Stopher on the new consumer mindset, toys, and sustainability

From a staple of the licensing and merchandising industry to becoming the face for the sweeping change rumbling through it and the minds of consumers across the UK, Helena Mansell Stopher is the director of Products of Change, a platform on a mission to bring sustainability into the heart of …

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Acamar Films lands major multi-year deal with Italian theme park Leolandia for hit pre-school IP Bing

Acamar Films has secured a major new partnership with Italy’s leading theme park destination, Leolandia, for its hit pre-school property Bing as the kids’ IP continues to go from strength to strength in the region. The new deal marks the first multi-year theme park agreement for Bing. The new agreement …

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Tracey Colliston’s Owls’ Nest and George Mackay’s Eejits win Festival of Licensing’s License This! competition

The winners of this year’s all virtual License This! competition have been declared, with the grand prizes being handed to the Lancashire-based Tracey Colliston in the Brand & Design category, and George Mackay from Caithness in Scotland in Character & Animation. It was Colliston’s sentimental Owls’ Nest illustrations of British …

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