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Emoji parties hard with Copyright Live at Dubai’s biggest aqua park

Seeing out the summer in style, the Emoji Company partied hard with Copyright Live and Atlantis Aquaventure, Dubai’s leading aqua park destination, when it threw an Insta-worthy pool party with the obligatory Emoji twist this August. The invitation was open to everyone to join the celebrations at the first official …

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BLE 2019 to explore “huge potential of esports” in gaming keynote

Brand Licensing Europe organisers have revealed eSports to be the focus of one of the show’s two keynotes for 2019. The Gaming Counter-Culture – The Rising Brand of eSports keynote will feature GAME’s head of eSports and partnerships Mary Antieul, Difuzed’s head of eSports Daniel Amos and David Yarnton, founder …

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Emoji’s major win at Licensing Awards 2019 is launchpad for big UK plans for years to come

A year of branded hot air balloons, theme park activations, and a number of fashion show collaborations have culminated in a major win for the Emoji Company in the Best Teen or Adult Licensed Property at this year’s Licensing Awards. The company was handed the accolade, acknowledged by Emoji’s founder …

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BLE 2019: 35 things you must see at this year’s Brand Licensing Europe

If you’re willing to believe that we’re a third of the way into September already, you’re most likely more than aware that Brand Licensing Europe is just around the corner. Blink, and next you’ll know, you’ll be three pints deep at the opening night drinks and wondering what the next …

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Paddington on Ice to land at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland this year

Perennial family-favourite, Paddington is venturing to Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland this November to make his UK debut in the live show, Paddington on Ice. Following its incredible success at Germany’s largest theme park, Europa-Park, Paddington will be gliding onto the ice from Thursday, November 21 2019. The 45-minute show will …

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BLE 2019: Sony’s Jamie Stevens talks Ghostbusters, Spider-Man and why it’s not just about t-shirts and toys

With Ghostbusters, Peter Rabbit, Outlander, and Cobra Kai under one roof – as well as the continued film rights for Spider-Man and plenty more in between, it’s an eclectic portfolio of properties that Sony Pictures Consumer Products finds itself heading into BLE with this year. But a strong one, nevertheless. …

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The RNLI sees off competition for Toy Designer of the Year accolade at 2019 Play Creators Festival

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution has come out on top amid strong competition for the coveted Toy Designer of the Year for Licensed Product at this year’s Play Creators Awards. Designers Mike Wyatt and Matthew Wright saw off competition from the creative minds behind products such as Trends UK’s Count …

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Virtual anime pop star Hatsune Miku details licensing push with Reemsborko

The Japanese software company, Crypton Future Media has named Max Arguile’s Reemsborko as the European and Australasian licensing agent for Hatsune Miku, a popular Japanese ‘virtual pop star’ that has risen to fame among anime fandoms across the globe. First developed in 2010, Hatsune Miku is both a voicebank and …

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Autumn Fair 2019: “It’s more important than ever for retailers to listen to each other”

For anyone heading to Birmingham’s NEC this September for your annual instalment of Autumn Fair antics, you can rest assured – things won’t be how they’ve ever been before. 2019 marks a year of sweeping changes to the show that has become a permanent and must-attend fixture in the industry …

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Barbie to be honoured with Brand Icon Award at 60th Clio Awards ceremony

The iconic fashion doll Barbie is to be honoured with a Brand Icon Award at the 60th annual Clio Awards ceremony, an international awards event that celebrates the creative businesses. Hosted by Andy Cohen, the event will see Mattel’s global head of dolls, Lisa McKnight accept the honour on behalf …

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