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Now We’re Cooking

The kitchen housewares and tabletop industry has in recent months been the focus of a number of retail-exclusive product lines that involve licensed properties. This type of partnership has been going on for years, but the frequency seems to be on the rise of late. The following have debuted since mid-2018: Chrissy Teigen and Target […]

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Holiday Cheer

With Black Friday coming up next week, it seems like a good time to take a look at what’s up with some of the key Christmas-themed licenses whose annual prime time is just beginning. These evergreen properties expand their reach each year, increasingly extending well beyond traditional holiday-centric categories. A few recent examples: • Universal […]

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Produce Plus Protein

Grocery shoppers have seen a proliferation of healthy snacks that combine fruits or vegetables with protein in a single, convenient package for on-the-go eating. Licensed products are part of the mix, as these examples illustrate: B&G Foods and its master licensee for Green Giant Fresh, Growers Express, are debuting six vegetable-based meal bowls. They include […]

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Prom Dates

Last month Discovery Consumer Products and Macy’s announced they were extending their licensing agreement for Discovery’s Say Yes to the Prom, creating a new line of dozens of prom dresses and accessories for high school girls. Say Yes to the Prom is a community-outreach spin-off of the Discovery series Say Yes to the Dress that […]

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Front and Center

Licensing has become a key marketing tool in the higher-end specialty store tier, even in shops that tend to focus mostly on private-label goods or products from established brands. Several such chains are currently demonstrating this fact by highlighting licensed collaborations, often devoting their front windows to these partnerships: J. Crew is touting its alliance […]

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Creative Play

Makers of activity kits that have an educational slant are increasingly looking to add to their assortments by acquiring appropriate licenses. Three recent examples: Educational Insights, known for its Hot Dots and Hot Dots Jr. brands, among others, has secured the rights to the kids magazine Highlights for Children, following up on its deal with […]

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The Expanding World of Character Collaborations

Collaborations between globally recognized cartoon characters and emerging and established fashion designers have become ubiquitous, with new examples arising weekly. Most of the activity to date has been in the key territories of North America, U.K. and Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and Japan. But the practice is starting to gain a foothold in some […]

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Sponsorship, Storytelling, and Self-Expression

Two trends have emerged on the emoji-related licensing front. First, IP owners with sponsored emoji sets are starting to launch outbound licensing programs based on their unique designs. Second, emoji-based properties are extending into children’s publishing as they try to build story and characterization to supplement their inherent value as symbols of self-expression. Sponsored emojis […]

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Share and Share Alike

One way to keep a licensing program alive over time is to regularly release new characters, storylines, or art styles that licensees can use to freshen their product assortment. Increasingly, licensors are enlisting their licensees in this effort by facilitating the sharing of licensee-developed assets for new merchandise collections in other categories. NBCUniversal partnered with […]

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Spinning Some Tunes

Wherever there is a consumer trend, licensing will follow. The presence of licensed examples among the exclusive vinyl releases for Record Store Day, the 2016 edition of which took place on Saturday (April 17), illustrates this truism. Record Store Day was launched as a way to support independent stores that continue to offer new and […]

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