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West Meets East

U.S.-based licensors of classic characters are making inroads into the Chinese market by forging deals with fashion-forward retail operators. Three examples announced in the last month illustrate the trend: Twentieth Century Fox paired with Her-Chain Clothing, a multibrand retailer, and HongFang Group to open Simpsons flagship apparel stores across the country. King Features and its […]

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Around The World In Three Days

Last week’s Licensing Expo once again underlined how globally connected the licensing business has become. Properties from outside the U.S. and Canada commanded an ever-higher profile at the show, continuing a growth trajectory that has been ongoing for several years: A half dozen territories hosted large multi-exhibitor pavilions. Examples included Korea (with properties such as […]

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Traveling to the Middle East

As is obvious to anyone who keeps up with the news, the Middle East remains a challenging territory for consumer products. Global property owners and manufacturers continue to enter the market or expand their operations there, however. In fact, there has been a burst of activity over the last six or so months. One area […]

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Properties From Unexpected Places

Homegrown properties represent ever-stronger competition for multinational licensors in territories around the world. This is true not only in well-established markets but in countries such as China, India, and Turkey, where licensing is newer. Even territories that are nowhere near the center of global licensing executives’ radar are starting to produce licensed properties for both […]

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