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Black Lives Matter Licensing movement expands team as “industry is ready to take action”

The Black Lives Matter Licensing movement has welcomed two new members to the team amid a period of rapid growth reflective, the group has suggested, of an industry ‘determined to implement meaningful change’. Kim Saxelby (pictured right), senior design manager, Universal Brand Development Group, has joined the movement to help …

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Licensing International welcomes seven new members to its Board of Directors

A raft of seven industry executives has been welcomed to the Licensing International Board of Directors, bringing with them diverse experiences that ‘will help foster the growth and expansion’ of the global licensing industry. Mad Engine Apparel’s Dean Allen, ViacomCBS Consumer Products’ Veronica Hart, and The Brand Liaison’s Steven Heller …

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BBC Studios reshuffles licensing team as Rikesh Desai leaves licensing director role

BBC Studios has detailed a reorganisation of its licensing team following the departure of Rikesh Desai, the company’s licensing director for the UK and EMEA. Director of magazines, Mandy Thwaites will take on additional responsibility for the merchandising team, while global director of live entertainment, Mat Way, will now also …

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ViacomCBS Consumer Products promotes key executives across its leadership team

ViacomCBS Consumer Products has promoted a swathe of key executives across its leadership team, a move that follows a period of success and growth in the consumer products division across franchises including SpongeBob SquarePants, Blue’s Clues & You, Star Trek, South Park, MTV, and more. Lourdes Arocho has been promoted …

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WildBrain CPLG appoints Jasen Wright to lead North American expansion in newly created role

WildBrain CPLG is growing its operations in North America with the appointment of the experienced licensing executive, Jasen Wright to the newly created position of vice president, North America. In this role, Wright will be responsible for driving WildBrain CPLG’s efforts in the region and expanding its portfolio of entertainment …

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Queer Eye and Dorel Home support Pride Month with Ali Forney Center donation

The hit TV series Queer Eye is showing its support of Pride Month by donating a portion of proceeds from sales of its Dorel Home furniture line to The Ali Forney Center for the entire month of June. Launched exclusively to Walmart last year, the Queer Eye Collection of furniture …

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Toy Fair NY’s Steve Pasierb | “Brands Untapped” comes to New York to Showcase Toy Brands and Licensing Partners

Many well-known toy companies have successfully built their properties into iconic global brands that can be found in almost every aisle at retail – spilling out of toys and games into kids’ apparel, backpacks and lunchboxes, cosmetics, school supplies, housewares and more. As this phenomenon grows, toymakers are also finding …

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Silence is Not an Option author Stuart Lawrence to take part in diversity and inclusion workshop at B&LIS this month

Stuart Lawrence, the author of Silence is Not an Option, and brother of murdered schoolboy, Stephen Lawrence, is participating in a diversity and inclusion workshop led by Products of Change co-founder, Helena Mansell-Stopher at the Brand & Licensing Innovation Summit taking place this month. The workshop is one of the …

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Eric Carle’s “timeless tales and unique artwork will delight and inspire for years to come”

Rocket Licensing has joined the many to express condolences over the death of Eric Carle, the author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, who died on May 23rd aged 91. A statement issued by the family of the US author read: “In the light of the moon, holding on …

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Value Added Tact | The importance of meeting the sensibilities of ‘kids these days’

From Generation Z to Generation Alpha, audiences’ tastes and preferences are ever changing, from awareness of social responsibilities to greater demand for sustainability. Co-founder of Kids Industries, Gary Pope explores the importance of authenticity when meeting today’s youth and their new consumer values My favourite game when I was a kid was Buckaroo. …

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