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Genius Brands welcomes industry veteran Jeff Shapiro to VP of retail development role

Genius Brands International has named industry veteran Jeff Shapiro is vice president of retail development. The announcement was made by Genius Brands’ SVP of global consumer products, Lloyd Mintz, to whom he will report. Shapiro has held positions at Warner Bros. Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and The …

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CBS Consumer Products welcomes trio of new hires ahead of Licensing Expo 2019

CBS Consumer Products has welcomed three new hires (no, not actually the three pictured above) to the licensing team, ahead of the big Las Vegas Licensing Expo taking place next week. Norie Jones, Jennifer Nuccio and Danielle Leahan have each joined the company, boasting extensive experience in the licensing and …

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Marie-Laure Marchand named senior VP global consumer products at Chefclub

The digital cooking network, Chefclub, has appointed Marie-Laure Marchand to the newly created role of senior vice president global consumer products and business development, effective immediately. With 65 million followers across social platforms and 1 billion organic views each month, Chefclub is recognised as the leading digital producer of cooking …

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CPLG named MENA licensing agent for FC Barcelona

CPLG has been appointed master licensee for the Middle East and North Africa for Futbol Club Barcelona. It’s also expanded its own team in the MENA region, with the new licensing manager, Roberto Pallottini. FC Barcelona’s licensing and merchandising rights are managed by Barca Licensing and Merchandising, owned by FC …

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Born innovators: One man’s mission to change what you thought you knew about licensing

When I started Born Licensing almost five years ago in my Melbourne apartment, I set out to create a licensing agency that focused on bringing incremental revenue to the licensing industry in innovative ways. Five years later this tactic is even more relevant, both for us and the industry as …

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Mattel names industry veteran Jamie Cygielman its SVP of American Girl

Mattel has appointed a new senior vice president and general manager of its American Girl brand in the form of the industry marketing veteran, Jamie Cygielman. The former chief marketing officer of Iconix Brand Group will come on board to lead the award-winning American Girl brand across its global consumer …

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London to Paris rowers raise over £50,000 for The Light Fund after triumphant effort

Funds raised for The Light Fund by a heroic team of licensing executives who spent last week rowing from London to Paris have reached a massive £54,000 and counting. Led by the mission’s captain, Rob Corney of Bulldog Licensing, a troupe of 13 rowers embarked on the challenge of a …

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Half Moon Bay welcomes Iain Wakefield to head of licensing and business development role

The licensed product and gift wholesaler, Half Moon Bay has welcome Iain Wakefield to the team, as the industry veteran takes on the role of head of licensing and business development. Having added close to twenty new licenses across its three divisions for 2019, Half Moon Bay is now looking …

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Vivid’s Tony Hicks joins Sambro as new CEO

Sambro has appointed Tony Hicks to the role of chief executive officer. He will take up his role on 1 May, based at Sambro’s UK headquarters in Bury. Hicks has 25 years of experience delivering growth strategies for major business units across Europe, Asia and North America for market leading …

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