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Licensing International helps small businesses impacted by COVID-19 with Small Business Global Grants Fund launch

Licensing International is looking to lend a helping hand to the industry’s small business employers that are struggling during the COVID-19 outbreak with the launch of its Small Business Global Grants Fund. With small businesses making up 59 per cent of its membership, Licensing International recognises them as the ‘foundation …

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Dr Seuss Enterprises names new senior director of global marketing and global licensing manager

Dr. Seuss Enterprises has strengthened its senior team with the promotion of Shannon Spisak to senior director of global marketing and communications, and Jenna Marson to manager of global marketing and licensing. The moves come as the company continues to expand on its strategy to develop in-house talent. Susan Brandt, …

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On the hunt: Kelvyn Gardner’s Asgard Media is on a mission to benefit the licensing industry

Kelvyn Gardner is an individual who really does know licensing. It’s by no accident of course, and only to be expected of a man who has spent over 40 years working in or around the industry, and certainly the trait of a one who has spent the last 13 as …

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Licensing International welcomes six new members to its Board of Directors

Licensing International has elected six new members to its Board of Directors, each taking up their post from July 1st this year. LMCA’s Alan Kravetz, Miller Kaplan’s Vincent Leoni, and Sesame Workshop’s Valerie Mitchell Johnston join Peanuts Worldwide’s Roz Nowicki, Encantos’ Steven Wolfe Pereira, and IMG’s Miki Yamamoto in taking …

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Aardman promotes Rob Goodchild and Alison Taylor to new director roles

The independent animation studio, Aardman, has promoted Alison Taylor and Rob Goodchild to the positions of director of distribution and business development and commercial director, respectively. These newly created roles in the sales and marketing arm of the business form part of a departmental restructuring to consolidate all the studio’s …

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WildBrain Spark appoints new vice president and head of US advertising sales

WildBrain Spark, the digital media division of  the independent kids’ and family entertainment units, WildBrain has named Charles Gabriel its new vice president and head of US advertising sales. Gabriel brings over 15 years of experience in digital advertising to the role aimed at expanding WildBrain’s digital AVOD sales efforts …

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WildBrain Television appoints Katie Wilson to the role of VP channels and curation

WildBrain Television has appointed respected industry executive Katie Wilson to the newly created role of vice president, channels and curation. Wilson will be responsible for curating content and providing editorial direction across WildBrain Television’s Family Channel, Family CHRGD, Family Jr. and Télémagino and its multiplatform/VOD extensions. Wilson joins WildBrain Television …

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Licensing chatter: 10 questions with Riverside Brands’ Ashley Holman

In these unprecedented times for the global community, it’s nice to keep connected – and for an industry as reliant on peer to peer networking as the licensing business, maintaining those connections with our industry colleagues is paramount. That’ why Licensing.biz is kicking off a new series of interviews to …

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Opinion: “COVID-19 isn’t the culprit, the truth is: we are” – Russell Dever

The virus is redefining us as a nation. I am seeing kindness and caring on a scale that I have never witnessed and that is heartening. But let’s not forget that past this crisis there is still a much, much, bigger one playing out and yes, we are just as …

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Mattel takes up arms against COVID-19 as it focuses production on face masks and PPE

Mattel has become the latest toy company to join in the fight agains the deepening COVID-19 pandemic, dedicating a slice if its production line to face masks in order to meet the urgent demand for medical supplies in the US. In a post across social media, Mattel’s president and COO, …

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