All I Want For Christmas

Find out what key industry execs would like from Santa this year.
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“That all the main retail buyers are happily glued to Doctor Who on TV this Christmas. The final specials with David Tennant in the role promise to be the most exciting yet, and Matt Smith, the new Doctor, is going to be terrific. The 2010 merchandise relaunch will be sensational.”
Richard Hollis, Head of UK Licensing, BBC Worldwide

"Success and harmony for the team; a DBS Volante; a penthouse in New York; a PA to run Emma's life; a 'wife' at home (one of those old fashioned cake baking, dinner cooking, clothes mending ones) to run Barbara's life; and a lottery win to pay for the lot."
The Mothercare Team

“In my Christmas stocking, I would like to find all the charisma, leadership, charm and popularity that Gordon Brown needed to guide is through the economic downturn, but lacked. That way, I could taunt him with it, thus keeping me amused throughout the whole of 2010.”
Rob Corney, MD, Bulldog Licensing

“Tickets for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver and I’d like to find Jim Caviezel in my Christmas stocking.”
Nicola Elliott, Licensing Manager, ITV Studios Global Entertainment

“My Christmas wish would be to be sitting on a beach in the warm sunshine, eating Christmas lunch… actually, that is what I’m going to be doing.”
Chris Taday, Dreamworks Marketing Manager, CPLG

“I have sent a letter to Santa asking him to leave every child some of the new My 1st JCB toy range, while I have requested Robert Pattinson.”
Alison Pilgrim, Senior Licensing & Brand Development Manager, Golden Bear

“A Mulberry handbag and a tornado of consumers rushing to buy the must-have Christmas toy, Crazy Stunt Roary.”
Melissa Brown, Director of Marketing, Chapman Entertainment

"My wishes are several. That those who, professionally or personally, have had a tough 2009 have a brighter 2010; that I miraculously lose 10lbs; and that the Kilogrammedia cats please stop fighting."
Jane Garner, Director, Kilogrammedia

"I have two wishes: England to win the World Cup and the Roy Lowe boys to get a new tailor."
David Scott, MD, Rainbow Productions

“World peace and dinner at Theo Randall.”
Vickie O’Malley, UK MD, CPLG

“How about a time machine? A quick trip into the future to see how things pan out. A simple twist of the dial indicating 50, 100 or 1,000 years ahead and away you go. Once the novelty of being a Time Lord has worn off, it’s back to Christmas dinner with Paul Merton and David Attenborough.”
Andrew Carley, Head of Licensing & Merchandising, E1

“I would love it if Father Christmas could deliver a recession-free 2010 with a little stocking filler of tickets to all the best festivals and gigs on the side.”
Lesli Zador, International Brand Manager, Hit Entertainment

“That this Christmas is a huge success for all retailers, building back confidence on the High Street and a real appetite for new licensing activity in 2010. And that we don’t run out of stock of our Record A Message Christmas card range, which is flying at the moment.”
David Wootliff, Licensing Director, Hallmark

“Can I ask for George Clooney in my stocking? And for Santa to visit all the good little girls with a Fifi My Size Kitchen from Vivid.”
Val Fry, Director Licensing, Chapman Entertainment

“I want a ticket to the World Cup final in South Africa 2010 in my stocking – England to beat Germany, of course. And full VIP treatment, a private jet and lots of corporate hospitality would be nice.”
Chris Protheroe, MD, CPLG Sport

“From a professional point of view, I am hoping that the great reaction we had to brands like Big & Small, Honey Monster and Bang on the Door at Brand Licensing Europe continues to be converted to firm business. Early signs are encouraging – we have converted a lot of interest into deals. This is a good barometer I hope for healthier times ahead. On a personal note, I am hoping that Sarando, a horse I have a small share in, can continue making progress and if he runs over the Christmas period, gives us a Christmas win.”
Ian Downes, MD, Start Licensing

“For all retailers to appreciate the value of non-entertainment platforms as real drivers for merchandise. And I’d like a trampette in my Christmas stocking so that I can exercise on the spot.”
Helen Howells, Global Brand Director, Target Entertainment Group

“Now that Barbie has regained her number one position as the top girls licensed property, I hope her fans will absolutely love the brand new ‘All Doll’d Up’ make up range available exclusively at New Look, as well as the slippers, pyjamas… all fab Christmas presents for any Barbie Girl.”
Claire Atherton, Licensing Director, Mattel Brands

“After watching James May’s recent efforts with Airfix, Scalextric and Lego, I would like Santa to bring me a full-scale Cluedo game. In other words my very own manor house, complete with billiard room, library and Miss Scarlett. But without the murder, obviously.”
Jon Gibson, Event Manager, Advanstar Licensing Europe

“I am looking forward to my first Christmas with Mrs Garnham.”
Darran Garnham, SVP Sales – Key Account & Retail, Kidz Entertainment

“First, I wish for a healthy year for everyone. My other wish, on a slightly lighter note, is that I would like children’s toy advertising to employ a lot less SHOUTING.”
Caroline Mickler, MD, Caroline Mickler Ltd

“That Franco and Formula Fun, the fantastical top fuelled superhero motor racing phenomena, becomes the must-have property for boys aged three to six.”
Keith Pashley, MD, The Keith Pashley Project

“My Christmas wish is for everyone to follow the Beckham’s example of buying a pair of pigs and naming them Pinky and Perky.”
Mark Hurry, Legal & Commercial Director, PPC Enterprises

“That publishers continue to see the best way out of the recession is to have the leading products, with the leading design trends, and keep investing into generating new ranges, lines and brands. And that more companies ask us to act as their licensing agents following the success of licensing our own brands. And that the twins win The X Factor.”
Vicki Willden-Lebrecht, MD, The Bright Group

“My husband stops chucking his wet towel on the freshly made bed every morning, alcohol didn’t have any calorie content, 2010 will be a prosperous and healthy year for us all and it snows on Christmas day.”
Kirstie Guthrie, MD, KJG

“That it never rains in the daytime, that wasps are completely wiped out, a chocolate is discovered that has no calories or fat, my husband stops snoring, there are more hours in the day, there are more hours at night (but only if I can have the snoring one) and that Spring Fair is the one that makes us millionaires.”
Karen Bendy, Graphic Designer, Over the Moon

“I wish they would find a cure for Powerpoint presentations.”
Martin Lowe, MD, Roy Lowe & Sons

“A liver with a larger capacity; Jedward for PM; Peace on Earth and goodwill to all men; A year’s supply of Lambert & Butler; Manchester City to be relegated; A bra where the metal wires don’t come out; Robbie Williams; For all the children in the world to have a wonderful Christmas; and to meet the real Santa Claus.”
The Cooneen Team

“I hope the retailers, like the banks, try to bolster their balance sheets rather than bugger their competitors.”
Richard North, MD, Wow Stuff

“Easy Monday mornings; all the top five toys this Christmas to be from our properties; a ban on sales calls from printer ink suppliers; and Jedi mind trick powers.”
The Performance Brands Team


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