Archive | Demographic groups

Playing to the Preschool Crowd

The landscape of experiential licensing and promotions has diversified over the years, with licensors now highlighting their properties through signature hotels, escape room themes, blood drives, and much more, depending on the brand image and/or content associated with the IP. But when it comes to creating experiences for the preschool set, property owners tend to […]

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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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Family Fandom

It wasn’t that long ago that a property associated with violence, swearing, and/or adult themes would be unlikely to find its way into the baby products category. But things have changed, as three recent deals illustrate: • Blizzard Entertainment licensed Líllébaby for baby carriers made of a printed fabric inspired by Battle of Azeroth, the […]

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In Tune with the Times

The “girl power” trend in children’s media and entertainment has been ongoing for several years, but it continues to intensify and diversify, perhaps assisted by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. Some of the recent permutations include: Female superheroes assuming leading roles in film and TV. Some examples are original, including TV animation such as Nickelodeon’s […]

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Retailers Proud to Celebrate Pride

The number of retailers in the U.S., Canada, and U.K. offering limited-edition merchandise collections timed to Pride events—held mostly in June in North America and across the summer months in Britain—has been growing each year. Some of 2018’s participants include: Bloomingdale’s, which teamed with t-shirt maker Native Son on a Pride-themed capsule collection designed by […]

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Honing in on the Hispanic Market, Part 2

Just two weeks ago (“Honing in on the Hispanic Market,” May 17, 2018), we noted the slow and steady rise of licensing initiatives intended to appeal to Hispanic consumers in the U.S. Last week’s Licensing Expo confirmed this trend, with more exhibited properties than ever having this population in mind: Entertainment and publishing. One Entertainment, […]

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Honing In On The Hispanic Market

Licensors and licensees continue to develop product initiatives meant to appeal to U.S. Hispanic consumers: In April, Masked Republic introduced a website, LuchaCentral.com, with Asteri Networks as a hub for news and content about Mexican masked wrestling. In addition to curated and original news, an event calendar, profiles of the luchadors (wrestlers), and a social […]

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Gender-Blind Basics

Licensing deals involving unisex lines of apparel, which are designed in such a way that they fit and appeal to both genders, have been on the rise for some time, and the trend seems to be accelerating. Agreements typically focus on t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, and other basic items, although they can extend beyond that. Some […]

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Keeping the Faith

The perceived viability of faith-based (e.g., Christian-themed) properties for licensing tends to rise and fall cyclically. Recent announcements suggest that inspirational licensing programs may be on an upswing as we enter 2018: Last month, Sony Pictures Consumer Products debuted a range of holiday merchandise tied to its animated feature film The Star, representing the studio’s […]

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Subscription Crates for Kids

The entertainment/character-driven portion of the subscription box industry to date has been dominated by so-called “geek-and-gamer” properties—videogames, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, comic books, anime, adult-focused animation, and the like—with end users skewing toward male teens and adults. A number of kawaii-themed boxes also exist and tend to appeal to women. While there is some spillover attraction […]

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