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Rovio and Topgolf Entertainment launch Angry Birds into select venues

Eagle, Birdie, the rarely scored Albatross, whatever term you’d like to use, Rovio Entertainment is looking to go the distance in a new partnership with Topgolf Entertainment Group to bring the Angry Birds franchise to select Topgolf venues this autumn. The partnership marks a new first for both the Angry …

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National Hot Rod Association propels into new categories through latest licensing partnerships

The National Hot Rod Association’s official licensing agency, JRL Group, has secured three new NHRA licensing partnerships that look to propel the growing consumer products and licensing programme into new categories and distribution channels. The three new NHRA licensees crossing the line this season are JH Design with a new …

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Winners of the 2020 Licensing International Excellence Awards revealed in virtual awards ceremony

The winners of the 2020 Licensing International Excellence Awards have been revealed in the industry’s first virtual awards ceremony that brought together nearly 1,000 executives from around the world for the celebrations. Hosted by Handcraft VP and stand-up comic Marshall Mizrahi, the event saw licensing powerhouse Martha Stewart inducted into …

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Simon’s Cat sets first paws down in Brazil with Chico Rei partnerships

Simon’s Cat is soaking up some of that Brazilian culture thanks to a new partnership with Chico Rei, the region’s leading e-commerce platform for creative and personalised products that will see the launch of a special line of t-shirts, mugs, notebooks, phone cases and posters. The new range will feature …

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Downton Abbey Gin takes home silver and bronze in the International Wine and Spirits Competition

The Harrogate Tipple’s licensed Downton Abbey gin has picked up a silver and bronze award at the International Wine and Spirits Competition this year. The firm’s Premium Downton Abbey Gin took home the silver, having scored 91 out of 100, and the Rhubarb Downton Abbey Gin was handed bronze for …

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Marvel Mania returns to the global stage for fifth year with new retail and product initiatives

The popular Marvel retail celebration, Marvel Mania, is making its return this year, bringing kids, families, and fans new ways to wear, connect, and play with the franchise, and it is all kicking off this month with a Marvel-sponsored Superhero Series sports challenge. Now in its fifth year, Marvel Mania …

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Hasbro partners with TOMS to launch limited-edition Candy Land range

Hasbro has partnered with the ethical shoe brand TOMS to launch a new collection of footwear inspired by the popular Candy Land brand. It is the first collection in a series that has been created in partnership with the international toymaker. ‘Inspired by the sweetest of pastimes,’ the TOMS x …

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar gets cosy in Peter Alexander’s new sleepwear collection

Australia’s leading sleepwear brand Peter Alexander has partnered with Haven Global to launch the retailer’s first collaboration with Eric Carle’s timeless classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The new deal sees the arrival of a 12-piece capsule collection of men’s, women’s, and children’s sleepwear. “This collaboration has been a long-time coming,” …

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In the (food and) drink with Richard Pink – Pink Key Licensing and the moveable feast of F&B licensing

Richard Pink and his Pink Key Licensing business has become almost synonymous with the food and beverage licensing market, with a portfolio ranging from Kellogg’s, Colman’s, and PG Tips through to the likes of Pringles, SLUSH PUPPiE, and who can forget The Laughing Cow? But it’s by Pink’s own admission …

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Igloo Products welcomes Funko’s Andrew Perlmutter to its board of directors

Andrew Perlmutter, the president of the pop culture giant Funko has joined the board of directors at Igloo Products. Known in the pop culture world as a renowned brand builder, Perlmutter brings decades of professional expertise to the role and will guide the company’s strategic plans for the Playmate collection …

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