Muppets creator signs Japanese deal

4Kids Entertainment and the Jim Henson Company hires Global Brands Group.
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The multi-year agreement will see Global Brands Group acting as exclusive sub-agent and master licensee in Japan for Jim Henson Designs.

The group is set to fully exploit the brand across a range of categories in Japan including accessories, apparel, domestics and linens, footwear, gifts, children’s products, publishing, sporting goods stationary and toys and games.

The firm will also offer promotional and marketing events in Japan, including branded retail environments and exhibits.

The property includes all names, titles, characters, designs, copyrights and trademarks embodied in, or derived from, selected sketches, doodles, drawings and artwork created by the artist and film maker, Jim Henson.

Alfred R Kahn, chairman and CEO of 4Kids said: “Jim Henson was a hugely successful and prolific artist for his time. We believe that Mr. Henson’s remarkable artistic creativity, which is captured in the Jim Henson Designs collection, will inspire and touch Japanese consumers.”

Peter Schube, president and COO of The Jim Henson Company said: “After 50 years, the inspiration, irreverence and originality of the work from Jim Henson’s early career continues to resonate with old and new fans of all ages around the globe.

“Given Global Brands Group’s expertise as licensing agent and master licensee in the japanses market, we are confident they will establish a successful licensing program in that region that honors and respects Jim Henson’s legacy.”

Marcia Aoki, MD of Global Brands Japan said: “Until now, Japan has not been exposed to the early creativity and artistry of Jim Henson. We believe that his one-of-a-kind drawings and artwork are sure to make a strong connection in this market.”


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