Half of the company's business is generated from U.S. sales while the remainder comes from sales in Japan. Ayako Parks, president of D. Parks and Associates, said she expects the European market to become a bigger part of the business going forward.
"We have long-term relationships with many of our artists," said Parks. "Thomas Kinkade's art images have been licensed for the Japanese calendar market for many years and we've also licensed Norman Rockwell's images, which are owned by Brown & Bigelow, with our Japanese co-agency for more than 10 years." D. Parks has licensed Rockwell's images for a wide range of product categories, including leather goods, CD covers, calendars, tabletop, textiles, school supplies and stationery products.
The company recently teamed
D. Parks has an exclusive with Kentaro Nishino, a Japanese artist known for his wildlife paintings. After its initial line of puzzles with Nishino's images had a strong launch last year, Ceaco Puzzles has added a second series of three puzzles to its lineup. "More of Kentaro's images are expected to be added later this year," said Parks.
Parks would like to expand Kentaro's artwork and brand name to new licensed product lines, particularly in school supplies, stationery, toys and computer-related products.
Subscribe and receive the latest news from the industry.
Join 62,000+ members. Yes, it’s completely free.