Feeling Good About Emojis

Not surprisingly, the emojis and emoticons that are so ubiquitous in social media, texting, and email are making their way into the physical world as a theme for a variety of consumer products. In the toy industry, Jakks introduced Emoji Bears, a line of plush bears that allow children to express their emotions by placing […]

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Something’s Fishy

Fresh and frozen fish may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about licensing. But there have been several deals in this category over the years. Most recently, FremantleMedia Enterprises licensed the rights to The Deadliest Catch, a reality series airing on the Discovery Channel, to ShopHQ (now rebranded as […]

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Embracing Offbeat Opportunities

When licensing executives walked the aisles of Toy Fair years ago, they would see products based on the top entertainment and character licenses at the booths of exhibitor after exhibitor across the show floor. Today, licensing activity in the toy category, even for the hottest licenses, tends to be consolidated with the master licensee and […]

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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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Models and Intimates: Good Fit But Bad Business

In November, the news came that Australian model Elle Macpherson was splitting with her 25-year lingerie licensee Bendon, as she announced plans to move to the U.S. and continue Elle Macpherson Intimates and her other lingerie brands with a new, as-yet-unnamed manufacturer. Shortly thereafter, Heidi Klum added New Zealand-based Bendon to her roster of licensees, […]

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At Work and At Play

Camouflage patterns and workwear brands—both associated with a rugged, outdoorsy positioning—are a good match, as a number of recent licensing deals attest: • In October of 2014, Realtree Camo and Wrangler Workwear came together for a work shirt featuring accents in Realtree’s Xtra Camo design. The shirt is meant to be rugged enough for work […]

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Day of the Dead Lives As A Licensing Theme

A handful of properties featuring imagery associated with Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), most with roots in the worlds of entertainment or art, have launched limited licensing programs. Properties such as the animated series Muertoons, created by actor Wilmer Valderrama and his WV Enterprises, focus mostly on the U.S. Hispanic consumer segment. […]

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Lending Star Power To Playthings

Celebrity licensing, which has become so prevalent in apparel, accessories, home décor, beauty, and other categories, has not touched the toy industry much to date, aside from the occasional endorsement deal or signature doll line. But the landscape is starting to change. More celebrities are not only lending their names to toy lines, but becoming […]

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In And Out

Pop-up shops have become a frequent method for licensors to test products, forge a connection with fans, and spur coverage in traditional and digital media. In fact, the number of pop-up initiatives tied to licensed properties proliferated in 2014, especially in the second half of the year. The technique is being adopted broadly, across property […]

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