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Half Moon Bay names Etta Saunders as new head of licensing and product development

Half Moon Bay has named Etta Saunders formerly serving Parragon Books as its new head of licensing and product development. Saunders will take up her new job at Half Moon Bay in January next year. “Etta’s creative flair coupled with her ten years of licensing experience will bring further innovation to our classic range of high-quality product,” said Half Moon Bay’s managing director, Peter Thompson. Saunders exclaimed, “I am chuffed to bits to be joining Half Moon Bay and will look forward to building on their success.” Half Moon Bay’s…

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Institutional Licensing Uncategorized 

BBC Worldwide to merge with BBC Studios

  In a move to compete against rival broadcasters like ITV and Endemol Shine in the best possible manner, the BBC has decided to merge its commercial arm BBC Worldwide with its production arm BBC Studios into a single operation. The combined business is expected to begin operating in April. The new entity, which will remain as BBC Studios, will be led by Tim Davie as chief executive officer and Mark Linsey as chief creative officer will aim to bring the broadcaster in line with the rest of the industry…

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Character Licensing 

Calvin Klein inks multi-year partnership with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Calvin Klein, a wholly owned subsidiary of PVH Corp., has inked a multi-year partnership with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts thereby allowing the fashion brand unprecedented access to the late artist’s works. The global partnership which will be effective till 2020, will see Calvin Klein support the foundation’s endowment from which it distributes grants for contemporary visual art. In turn, Calvin Klein will be able to utilize the artist’s entire portfolio including many works that have not yet been published. The first phase of the newly formed…

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TV Series Licensing 

Fremantle Media acquires format rights of sports entertainment series Vs Kids

Fremantle Media has acquired the format rights of sports entertainment series Vs Kids from Japanese broadcaster TV Asahi. Vs Kids pits former sports professionals against next-generation stars to see who will be crowned the ultimate champion. Vasha Wallace, executive VP of global acquisitions and development at FremantleMedia, said the format had “universal appeal” and had done “incredibly well” in terms of rating and reception on TV Asahi, where it airs in prime time. The acquisition comes shortly after the news that FremantleMedia had signed a development deal with UK production company 87…

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People 

Successor to Bob Iger almost certain!

Amid a flurry of rumors that Disney current chairman and chairman Bob Iger has finally found a successor to him when he relinquishes office in July 2019, sources familiar with the company are of the say that it would be Bob Chapek, currently chairman of the company’s Parks & Resorts division who will succeed him. The rumors of Chapek’s appointment come on the heels of Disney’s fiscal year-end earnings in which only Chapek’s Parks & Resorts division posted gains in both sales and operating income. While no formal announcement, Disney…

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Movie Licensing 

Rovio Entertainment in a number of licensing deals in the US for Angry Birds franchise

Rovio Entertainment has got into a number of new and extended licensing deals in the U.S. that will further support the Angry Birds franchise and its upcoming film sequel in 2019. The sequel is being produced and distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment. The new licensees on board for the  particular franchise are Brown Trout for calendars; Fab NY for backpacks, luggage, lunch bags, wallets and coin cases, among other items; and Wells Dairy for character-shaped ice creams and water-ice confections. Several licensing partners have also broadened their relationship with Rovio including Crocs for…

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Movie Licensing 

Walt Disney Company Australia ties up with Football Federation Australia for a set of Star Wars round

  The Walt Disney Company Australia has tied up with Football Federation Australia for the Star Wars Round, a set of Star Wars-branded football matches ahead of the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in December. The event starting December 8 will take place during Round 10 of the A-League competition and will feature character appearances, big screen content, themed activities, special signage and giveaways. “Star Wars is one of the world’s most powerful brands and football is the world’s biggest sport,” says David Gallop, chief executive, FFA. “Like football, Star Wars has super fans that span…

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Merchandise Licensing 

One Animation in a raft of multi-category licensing deals

One Animation has entered in a series of multi-category licensing deals across Europe for its hit property Oddbods. Spanning apparel, home and FMCG, a number of Oddbods products are expected to hit stores early next year. Talent Show’s range of confectionery and juices will be launching across Central Europe, Confitrade’s tangy fruit gums will be available to fans across Russia, while Balocco’s Oddbods Easter Eggs will be on shelf from March next year. Early 2018 will also see the launch of Oddbods bedding and home textiles by Herding across Germany…

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KidsCast grows its unique offerings

With two new additions in Sunny Bunnies and Noggin, the Entertainment on demand platform KidsCast is growing its unique offerings. KidsCast is a subscription entertainment on demand platform dedicated to easing the minds of parents by creating a safe, ad free, in app purchase free application for kids. Sunny Bunnies is billed as a vibrant and playful CGI animated series about five beaming balls of light that bring fun wherever they go. The series that has been produced by Digital Light Studio follows the adventures of Turbo, Big Boo, Iris,…

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Merchandise Licensing 

Eden Project partners with Ulster Weavers

Partnering with Ulster Weavers for a new kitchen textiles and homeware range, Cornwall-based Eden Project continues to expand its licensing activity. Sustainability is at the heart of all that Eden does, and is an important factor for Ulster Weavers too. Hence the initial range that includes tea towels, aprons, oven gloves and mitts, has been manufactured by Ulster Weavers using unbleached cotton with FSC card printed using vegetable inks for labels and packaging. The initial Eden Project kitchen textiles collection will launch at Spring Fair with further home ware products…

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