Retail Retail Licensing 

Genius Brands International apppoints studio veteran Jeff Shapiro as VP of Retail Development

Genius Brands International, Inc. “Genius Brands” (Nasdaq:GNUS) has announced the appointment of licensing industry veteran Jeff Shapiro as Vice President of Retail Development. The announcement was made by Genius Brands’ SVP of Global Consumer Products, Lloyd Mintz, to whom he will directly report. Shapiro, who has held positions at Warner Bros. Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and The Walt Disney Company, will work closely with Mintz to build retail partnerships and programs for each of the company’s brands, including Rainbow Rangers, airing on Nick Jr. in the U.S.…

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TV & Films 

Sony Pictures releases ‘The Swan Princess: A Royal MyZtery’

Lawless Entertainment announced the release of ‘The Swan Princess: A Royal MyZtery’, the eighth full-length feature in the Swan Princess franchise. The film was released on various digital platforms by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in the US on March 27, 2018, and will be released over the coming months throughout the world.  The film is currently available in iTunes, Google Play and Amazon video. A limited quantity of 1,000 copies of the DVD were released April 18, 2018 on the official website — www.swanprincessseries.com. Check out the trailer here: “This…

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Merchandise Licensing TV & Films 

Sony Pictures launches Jumanji merchandise, apparel

To mark the DVD release of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Sony Pictures Entertainment has launched an official e-commerce store with online marketplace Redbubble. The site will feature 12 official merchandise designs as well as nine original designs created by an independent artist within the Redbubble community, which will be exclusive to the site. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a part of the Jumanji franchise, released in 2017. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, and Bobby Cannavale. Set twenty-one years after the…

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Movie Licensing 

Sony Pictures comes out with trailer of Peter Rabbit

  Sony Pictures has come out with the first trailer of the hotly tipped Peter Rabbit movie that is due for release in March 2018. Penguin Ventures is working with Sony Pictures Entertainment on the licensing and consumer products programme for the new live action/CGI Peter Rabbit movie. Sony Pictures Entertainment has launched a worldwide licensing campaign that includes Penguin Ventures’ agency representation in the UK and Eire, Australia, New Zealand and Japan for Sony Pictures Consumer Products in the particular territories. The film is based on the series of…

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Event 

Rocket Licensing to celebrate its 10th anniversary at BLE in style

Rocket Licensing, is making preparation to celebrate its tenth anniversary at British Licensing Expo by showing its portfolio of new representations and classic much-loved brands. This year’s line-up includes The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the works of Dr Seuss, the massive TV and publishing hit Horrible Histories, Sony Pictures’ Hotel Transylvania franchise, Beyblade Burst,the third generation of the Beyblade franchise, Love is, the classic art property whose theme is sharing the feeling of love and JIFFPOM, the pomeranian dog who is a huge social media star. The Very Hungry Caterpillar which…

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LIMA INDIA 

LIMA elects five new members to its Board of Directors

The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) has elected five new members to its Board of Directors. The new members of the LIMA Board of Directors for 2017 are: J.J. Ahearn, managing director, Licensing Street, Marc Mostman, partner, Striker Entertainment, Celso Rafael, general manager, Exim Character Licenciamento e Marketing, Steven Scebelo, vice president, licensing and business development, NFL Players Association and Jamie Stevens, executive vice president, worldwide consumer products, Sony Pictures Entertainment The terms beginning from July 1 are for three years. In addition, Cindy Levitt, senior vice president, merchandise…

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Entertainment Licensing 

SPE opens licensing arm in China

  In a first, the consumer products division of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) has established its first-ever Shanghai-based licensing office. It has also tapped Sabrina Gu to lead the charge as director of consumer products, China. In this particular role, Gu will expand SPE’s licensing opportunities in the region and lead relationships with partners in the territory. She will continue to report to Joseph Liao, CMO Beijing, and to Jamie Stevens, EVP worldwide consumer products. Earlier, Gu held CP roles at Disney from 2004 to 2013, before moving to Mattel Asia Pacific as…

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Celebrity Licensing Character Licensing Corporate Brand Entertainment Licensing 

A house full at the NYC Licensing Summit

  The NYC Licensing summit that is to take place this Thursday and Friday has been officially sold out. It is being held at e the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Close to 400 global executives are to attend the annual event. They hail from the U.S., the U.K., France, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Israel and many other countries around the globe. The event will feature thought leaders from across all sectors of licensing including: Celebrity: The world’s largest licensing agency CAA-GBG along with its client Drew Barrymore. Corporate Brands: Head Sport (known…

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