Tag Archives: festival of licensing

Licensing Special – Space mission: How Moonbug Entertainment’s rocketing success is disrupting the pre-school space

It may be highly competitive, it may even be getting a little bit crowded at times, but there’s one thing that the pre-school sector hasn’t become in recent years – particularly now, as audiences shift their viewing habits and the means in which they engage with it – and that …

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Licensing Special: Products of Change and the sustainability of toys

From a staple of the licensing and merchandising industry to becoming the face for the sweeping change rumbling through it and the minds of consumers across the UK, Helena Mansell Stopher is the director of Products of Change, a platform on a mission to bring sustainability into the heart of …

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Best-selling book Prisoners of Geography eyes board games, strategy games, quizzes and puzzles in edutainment licensing move

Board games, strategy games, quizzes, and puzzles will be top of the bill for a new licensing programme centered on the Sunday Times best-selling books Prisoners of Geography, as the publishing house Elliott & Thompson look to develop a family edutainment brand around the title. As part of its plans …

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Licensing special: Licensing International UK’s Graham Saltmarsh on the new shape of things to come

One month into his new position as MD of Licensing International’s UK division, the licensing industry stalwart Graham Saltmarsh has already begun to cook the plans with which he aims to give the organisation the shake up that the year 2020 has required of it. Whether it’s the proposed introduction …

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Licensing special roundtable: Building a brand with longevity and creating an IP with steam

Brand licensing and toy industry expert, Nikki Samuels, Riverside Brands’ Ashley Holman, Pink Key Licensing’s MD, Richard Pink, and Asda children’s buyer, Ruth Golightly, are among the licensing afficionados taking part in a specially curated panel session at Festival of Licensing’s virtual Brand Licensing Europe segment this week, exploring the …

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Moose Toys and Ravensburger to lead UK retail charge for BBC Studio’s pre-school hit Bluey

BBC Studio’s popular pre-school animated series, Bluey is making its mark on the UK consumer products space with a new raft of licensees spanning toys, apparel, bedding and accessories as the series makes its arrival on Disney+ this year. Bluey has already been met with a ‘phenomenal response’ in Australia …

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Licensing Special: Life and licensing for Crunchyroll at the forefront of the anime explosion

Leading the charge of an estimated $20bn anime market is a rather pretty place to be sitting at the best of times, but with this value only expected to grow as the popularity of the Japanese art form continues to sweep across audiences to the West, it’s undoubtedly a large …

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Panini launches a brace of licensing moves including latest Fortnite collection and new Brand Licensing platform

The trading cards and collectable stickers specialist Panini looks to be striking hard at the licensing space this season, with the launch of not only its latest Fortnite sticker collection but a new Brand Licensing platform that will showcase the brand’s efforts in the licensed consumer products space. In the …

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Trend Bible’s CEO signals strength of local shopping as the pandemic shifts consumer habits

Two decades on from the rise and dominance of the large-scale retail, supermarkets and the promise of ‘everything under one roof,’ the independent retail scene could be about to have its moment in the sun again. These are the sentiments of Trend Bible’s CEO, Joanna Feeley who, having observed a …

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Licensing nostalgia: Why Mattel is looking to the allure of yesteryear in 2020 and beyond

Whether it’s in the revival of the Masters of the Universe franchise, the ongoing celebrations for the 75th anniversary of Thomas and Friends, or the new waves that its pre-school brand Fisher-Price is making across markets right now, Mattel is well and truly tapping into the nostalgia trend this year. …

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