Archive | Business models

Turning the Channel

News came to light this summer that three key players in kids’ animation are leaving the original production business, although they will remain active as distributors or licensing specialists: Amazon is moving away from investing in original children’s programming in favor of shows for family and young adult audiences. It will continue to acquire licensed […]

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Agency Evolution

The licensing and retail landscape has evolved over the past several years to one that, in many sectors of the business, is more about collaborations and capsules than long-term merchandise lines, more about targeted initiatives than mainstream programs, and as much about experiences as products. Licensing agencies have been gradually reacting to this transformation by […]

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Seeing the Bigger Picture

The number of artists and art agents exhibiting at Licensing Expo continues to shrink, with the smallest contingent in recent memory represented at the 2019 edition earlier this month. In part, this decline is due to the nature of the Expo. It faces competition from art-only events, such as Surtex and Blueprint, which attract more […]

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The People’s Choice

Licensees, and some licensors, turn to crowdfunding as a way to raise awareness for new products among their most loyal fans, test new products and features, and/or generate funding for new initiatives. Most recent campaigns have taken one of the following directions: • Using crowdfunding as an ongoing strategy for launching new products under an […]

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The Company They Keep

A number of recent collaborations touching lifestyle categories such as apparel, footwear, and cosmetics have highlighted capsule collections inspired or designed by groups of celebrities. The initiatives, which integrate anywhere from three to six personalities simultaneously, tend to be mainly promotional in nature, but have a merchandise component as well. In recent months: Adidas premiered […]

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Unboxing New Kids’ Initiatives

The subscription box and meal kit sectors have undergone a number of challenges in 2018. But boxes for children represent one area that seems to be thriving. Many players in this sector are expanding their product arrays, maintaining strong and growing subscriber bases, and/or attracting continued influxes of investment funding. Meanwhile, new competitors—some formidable—are entering […]

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Private Property

Retailers’ focus on in-house developed private labels has been on the upswing of late, creating more competition for manufacturers and property owners seeking shelf space for their licensed products. These recent examples illustrate the trend: Target introduced three new private labels this summer. They include Heyday for electronics, which debuted in June; Wild Fable for […]

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Cultivating New Concepts

Licensors, licensees, and retailers have been launching incubator, accelerator, and crowdfunding-based innovation programs in an effort to find new ideas for properties and products that could succeed at retail and that they might not find through traditional means. The programs vary from one another in many ways. They begin at different stages of a property’s […]

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A Meditation on Mergers & Acquisitions

Last month came news that Learfield and its competitor IMG College were in late negotiations to merge. If the plans go through, this move would bring together the two major agents in the collegiate licensing business, not to mention their vast sponsorship and multimedia operations, marking a big change for the collegiate licensing business. It […]

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Agents of Change

Three leading licensing agencies, all handling a variety of property types but best known for their corporate trademark licensing activities, have debuted new consulting businesses this year: Seltzer Licensing Group added a proprietary suite of services—brand analytics and valuation, brand strategy assessment and development, market and retail entry strategy, and strategic alliance growth plans—under The […]

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