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Steve Manners named VP of business development at WildBrain CPLG and WildBrain Spark

WildBrain has appointed Steve Manners to drive a new business development initiative designed to help licensors and content creators reach consumer audiences through YouTube. In the newly created role, Manners will work with clients to build brand management programmes that leverage the blended expertise of WildBrain’s established consumer products licensing …

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The Point. 1888 expands leadership team as it readies for 2020 growth

The Point.1888 is roaring in 2020 with an expanded senior leadership team to meet its five-year expansion plan.  Following a successful 2019, in which four new clients were signed, the brand licensing agency has created two new roles within its leadership team – Head of Retail and Head of Business …

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Interview: Soula Zavacopoulos of The London Studio talks originality in the greetings cards space

Soula Zavacopoulos is an award-winning artist and designer and founder of The London Studio, a specialist in the greetings cards category, and a growing name in the wider design-led licensing community, thanks to an ever-expanding portfolio led by Blonde Sheep Licensing. Kicking off Licensing.biz’s 2020 coverage, we chat with Zavacopoulos …

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Home and gift brand Yvonne Ellen supports breast cancer charity through The Point. 1888 licensing partnership

The home and giftware brand Yvonne Ellen is to donate 50 per cent of the profits generated from the sale of a set of mugs called Off Duty and Daydreamer to the UK breast cancer charity, Future Dreams. The mug set was created through a brand licensing programme with Yvonne …

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Planeta Junior welcomes Hélène El Arouni to head of consumer products role

Planeta Junior has welcomed Hélène El Arouni to the role of head of consumer products and media in France. Having worked as Marketing Analyst at Europe’s leading media sales house (TF1 Advertising), marketing manager at a start-up and as senior consumer products manager at TF1 Licenses, El Arouni boasts a …

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Hasbro Brands president Jonathan Berkowitz steps down following 17-year tenure

Hasbro Brands president, Jonathan Berkowitz has stepped down from his role following a 17 year tenure with the company. An internal memo emailed to staff this week from hasbro president and chief operating officer, John Frascotti, stated: “I wanted to let you know that Jonathan Berkowitz is leaving Hasbro to …

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Expansion for The Insights People as firm welcomes five new team members

The kids, parents and family market intelligence unit, The Insights People has expanded its team yet again, with the appointment of no fewer than five new members to its research and technical departments. The Insights People, which now survey more than 2,000 children every week, across three continents and seven …

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Rovio Entertainment confirms redundancies in bid to improve brand profitability

Rovio Entertainment will make 16 redundancies amongst its global Brand Licensing Business unit, as the firm acts out a restructuring plan in order to improve its efficiencies and profitability. The restructuring plans concerned 32 people in its Brand Licensing Unit the business has stated. At the beginning of October this …

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Licensing International welcomes 2020 Young Professionals Network Committee members at UK Winter Warmer

Licensing International welcomed its newest members of the 2020 Young Professionals Network Committee at its UK Winter Warmer event at the Ivy Club in London last week. The event unveiled its four new members, while honouring its outgoing members of the 2019 committee with a party sponsored by HKTDC and …

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Bulldog Licensing welcomes new licensing approvals coordinator

Bulldog Licensing is continuing on its UK growth trajectory with the appointment of Ellie Monro-Smith to the role of licensing approvals coordinator. In her new role, Monro-Smith will work across Bulldog’s targeted portfolio of brands including EA, Match Attax, Sesame Street, Care Bears, Miraculous and Kindi Kids. She will provide …

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