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Licensing International Expo 2008 Show Preview

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April 6, 2018

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It's not just spring that's in the air right now. For the licensing industry, there's also the palpable sense of excitement as the 2008 Licensing International Expo approaches. To get an idea of how much there will be to do June 10-12 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York, License! Global presents its annual preview of the Licensing International Expo.

In the following pages you'll find some of the major highlights of the roughly 500 exhibitors (including 100 first-time companies) representing over 6,000 properties, brands, and licensing extensions. More than 25,000 guests are expected to attend, and if you're one of them, this preview will help you plan your strategy for the show.

This Show Preview is just one of the ways License! Global seeks to be the total resource for Licensing Expo attendees. The magazine will be producing Show Dailies for all three days of the convention, providing the latest-breaking announcements from exhibitors and news from the show floor.

In the meantime, turn the page for a look at some of what Licensing International Expo 2008 holds in store.

Licensing International

June 10-12,New York City

4Kids Entertainment

4Kids Entertainment plans to further develop its licensing and merchandising program for the Chaotic Trading Card Game, a new collectible trading card game with free multi-level online game-play that has quickly become a major sensation at retail and online. Additionally, the Cabbage Patch Kids celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2008 with a slate of promotional partners and activities planned throughout the year. 2009 also marks the 25th anniversary for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, with major marketing activities planned in celebration. Hit properties American Kennel Club, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Monster Jam, Viva Piñata, Cat Fanciers' Association, Jim Henson Designs, and Jim Henson's Pajanimals will continue to offer licensing opportunities.

Contact: Carlin West, EVP, acquisitions & new concept development; Roz Nowicki EVP, marketing and licensing; Alyssa Tucker, SVP, sales & marketing +1.212.758.7666www.4kidsentertainment.com

Access Licensing Group

ALG is making an impact with its portfolio of international successes that includes Pucca, Gusanito, and the four major Mexican soccer teams. Reaching juniors, teens, and tweens, Pucca, which has taken Europe, Latin America, and Asia by storm, is finally coming to North America. The fashionable brand's premium positioning will be hitting retailers in the fall. Gusanito is also launching in North America. The brand has tweens accessing its Web site on a daily basis and engaging in social networking. For the ever-growing and important United States Hispanic population, ALG brings Elite Mexican Soccer, a successful program already available in major retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target.


Contact: David Gebel, VP, marketing +1.213.891.1982; [email protected] www.accesslicensing.com

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Adness Entertainment LLC

Adness Entertainment will introduce "Kamen Rider Dragon Knight," the United States production inspired by the prolific and popular "Kamen Rider" series, which is Japan's longest running live-action kid's television program. The production's complete 40 episodes will be ready for global broadcast this fall. Also being represented is the adorably spooky character property "Crack and Bonky" a rapidly growing brand in its home territory of Mexico and throughout Latin America. Adness Entertainment is currently seeking licensing partners worldwide for both properties.

Contact: Takeshi Okajima, director of licensing, United States S and Latin America +1.310.479.4630; [email protected] www.adnessentertainment.com

American Greetings Properties

AG Properties, the intellectual property and outbound licensing division of American Greetings, continues its momentum as one of the most innovative licensors in the industry. AGP will announce new licensees and entertainment for Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake, which is set to fuel both brands in 2009 and beyond. AGP rolls out product introduction for Sushi Pack; new licensing expansion for greeting card and digital sensation Twisted Whiskers; gross-out classic toy series Madballs; cherished childhood classic Holly Hobbie; and the original wish-granting fantasy world of Maryoku Yummy. AGKidzone.com, launched in September 2007, generates over 4 million monthly unique visitors and averages time spent of 16 minutes per visitor.

Contact: Joan Grasso, director of domestic licensing +1.212.386.7347; [email protected] www.agpkidzone.com

Angel Cat Sugar

Angel Cat Sugar is a new character by Yuko Shimizu, the creator of Hello Kitty. Angel is very quiet and shy and likes listening to music and reading books. A loving cat, she takes care of her friends, healing their hurt feelings in an effort to make them happy. Angel Cat Sugar will impart warm feelings of kindness, friendship, love, and courage. She will bring a smile to people's faces, peace to their hearts, and happiness to their souls.


Applejack Art Partners

Applejack Art Partners is introducing several new artists including Tom Antonishak, Diane Kaylor, Tricia Reilly-Matthews, and John Rowe. In addition, premier wildlife and portrait artist Kevin Daniel will be signing posters of a new release in the Applejack Booth, 2039, on Tuesday, June 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Applejack Art Partners represents more than 300 artists and has a database with over 100,000 images.

Contact: Susan Biggs, corporate communications director +1.802.362.3662, ext. 222[email protected]

Art Makers International (AMI!)

AMI! licenses original art to manufacturers worldwide. Offering tens of thousands of original designs, AMI! represents The Vicky Howard Collection, Morehead Inc., and Designs by Current. These established collections include fluffy animals, delightful kids, and charming holiday characters. AMI! also offers cartoon images, fine art, nostalgic designs, country themes, and fun graphics.

Contact: Leslie Brewin, vice president [email protected] www.artmakersintl.com

Beanstalk Group, The

The Beanstalk Group, a leading brand licensing consultancy, recently added Johnson Publishing Company, publisher of Ebony and Jet, and Samsonite to its impressive client roster, and developed innovative new brand extensions for Ford, Purina, Stanley, and the Andy Warhol Foundation, among other clients. Additionally, Beanstalk is currently developing a wide range of HBA products for Procter & Gamble's Pampers brand, creating environmentally sustainable products for the World Wildlife Fund, designing accessories and apparel with Vespa's Italian heritage and design in mind, and broadening and refining Universal Studios Consumer Product Group's evergreen properties while maximizing various theatrical releases.

Contact: Elizabeth O'Neill, SVP, business development and marketing +1.212.421.6060www.beanstalk.com

Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens extends beyond the magazine to products that inspire consumers to improve and transform their surroundings. Products include the Better Homes and Gardens furniture collection and a collection of home decor fabrics. Meredith Publishing's family of trusted magazine brands reach 91 million adults each month—people who are passionate about their homes, parenting, decorating, and health.

Contact: David Johnson, VP of brand licensing +1.515.284.3574; [email protected] www.bhg.com

Big Tent Entertainment

Big Tent Entertainment has quickly become a standout in the industry with a diversified client roster. Big Tent will unveil developments for the following: viral sensation Domo leader in educational content Discovery Kids; preschool favorite The Wiggles; preschool, tween, and teen brand Miffy and Friends; motocross superstars Crusty Demons; design brand chiyo chiyo; and television properties Nothing a Cake Can't Fix, Geo Cross, and Tom Mule. Big Tent continues to focus on Latin America with several properties, including newly acquired MGM Consumer Products.

Contact: Rich Maryyanek, partner/chief marketing officer +1.212.604.0064 ext. 206; [email protected] www.bigtent.tv

Bradford Licensing Associates

After recent internal restructuring, Bradford Licensing Associates is gearing up to uncover its new look and introduce new president Michelle Minieri. The Bradford logo and Web site were recently revived to give the company a more modern look. Pepsi's involvement in some of the country's largest events has made it a pop culture icon and one of the most sought-after brands throughout Asia. The Shaw Family Archives collection of Marilyn Monroe photographs is performing particularly well in the United States and worldwide, with Russia as its newest territory. Australian tween brand Happy House has new partners on board for room decor, balloons, and paper partyware accessories. Plush products recently launched at Target. Other top brands include PEZ Candy, The City of Beverly Hills, and Aspen.

Contact: Michelle Minieri, president +1.973.509.0200; [email protected] www.bradfordlicensing.com

Brand Central LLC

Brand Central recently launched a division that specializes in eco and wellness brands, which includes the Weil brand. Brand Central and its client Mark Burnett Productions will be expanding on the licensing program for "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?," and will launch a new consumer products program for the new Mark Burnett Productions series "Jingles." Brand Central will also solicit new partners for Berman Braun's game show "Duel." The company also represents top cable networks E! Entertainment and The Style Network, as well as celebrities like Quincy Jones. The corporate brands division will feature new opportunities for Kellogg's and Keebler.

Contact: Eri O'Diah, licensing coordinator +1.310.268.1231www.brandcentralgroup.com

Capital Licensing Group

Capital Licensing Group is a full service art, brand, and design licensing agency for existing proven retail properties. ODM creates and delivers artwork that promotes self expression and is considered to be one of the industry's most innovative and trendy, leading-edge design firms that creates and markets lifestyle apparel. ODM's prolific design team generates thousands of original designs that consistently prove themselves at retail. ODM's newest lines include Ace of Spades, Exile, Music is my Nature, Music is my Weapon, Treehouse, and The Green Project. All of ODM's lines are open to many product categories.

Contact: Sheila Zable, licensing agent +1.858.755.0095; [email protected], www.caplicense.com

Cartoon Network Enterprises

Cartoon Network Enterprises enters the show with great momentum and news surrounding its original programming, while also making a splash as a first-time licensing agent with major news for Nelvana and Spin Master's Bakugan. Building on the brand's tremendous success, the next-generation series, Ben 10 Alien Force will debut an all-new range of toys from Bandai America and follow-up with a video game from D3PA this fall, along with new partners and categories arriving at retail in spring 2009. "The Secret Saturdays," a fantasy-adventure series debuting this fall, will name a master toy partner at the show. CNE will announce a series of new partners for Bakugan in an effort to broaden the brand's consumer products line. A successful soft lines program for Foster's will continue to expand its distribution, while the top-rated comedy show "Chowder" looks for launch partners.

Contact: Chritina Miller, vice president of consumer products +; [email protected] www.cartoonnetwork.com

CBS Consumer Products

With a classic TV library of over 150 shows and some of the most popular current programming on television today, the "We Are TV" maxim will serve as the essence of CBS Consumer Products' merchandising initiatives. CBS continues to develop its strategy of signing large portfolio deals for its extensive classic TV series collection, driven this year by numerous shows celebrating significant anniversaries in 2009: The Twilight Zone (50th), The Brady Bunch (40th), Happy Days (35th), and Rawhide (50th). The primetime smash-hit CSI franchise and the pioneering reality shows "The Amazing Race" and "Survivor" will continue to thrive with an energized focus on apparel, games, food and beverage, and live events. In addition, CBS is building momentum for the legendary Star Trek franchise in preparation for the May 2009 release of the new Star Trek film.

Contact: Liz Kalodner, EVP & GM +1.212.975.7795www.cbs.com

Christie's Images

Exhibiting for the first time in the show's art and design section is Christie's Images—the picture library for the famous auction house. Images of art treasures from over 30 years of sales can now be licensed to create all kinds of products from textiles to ceramics. Be inspired by art from all countries and cultures from ancient mosaics to 20th century masterpieces and from Asian silk paintings to film posters.

Contact: Mark Lynch, marketing & development manager +44 20 7389 2475; [email protected] www.christiesimages.com

Cold Fusion Entertainment

Cold Fusion Entertainment is an entertainment licensing firm that provides its clients with an integrated marketing support infrastructure, to include advertising, sales, public relations, and product development. Brainy Baby, which is powered by Cold Fusion's integrated licensing model, is the pioneer of the infant video category. Previous offerings include DVDs/videos, music CDs, Brainy Baby books, toys, and games. Cold Fusion also introduces and implements innovative technologies as seen by its newest 2008 product Cypher—a reading device that brings words on the page to life, making reading and learning a new language interactive and fun.

Contact: David Elmekies, president & CEO +1.212.842.9154www.coldfusionent.com

Creative Brands Group

Creative Brands Group is proud to announce its partnership with world-renowned supermodel, actress, TV presenter, fashion designer, and television producer Heidi Klum. CBG is in the process of establishing strategic relationships with manufacturers of home furnishings, home decor, apparel, and accessories. Current brands include Heidi Klum, Thomas Kinkade, Rachael Hale, Myrka Dellanos, Roma Downey, Bethany Hamilton, and Wilmer Valderrama, as well as the LIFE brand, Calavena, Kitson LA, and surfer brand Walden Wahine.

Contact: Rebecca Washo, project manager +1.408.907.9940; [email protected] www.creativebrandsgroup.com

Curtis Publishing Company

Over 2,000 new inside illustrations have been added to the 4,000 The Saturday Evening Post and Country Gentleman magazine covers in the Curtis Publishing Company archives. These illustrations will be added to the famous 20th century illustrators such as Norman Rockwell, J.C. Leyendecker, John Falter, N.C. Wyeth, Mead Schaeffer, Steven Dohanos, and other illustrators presently being offered for a wide variety of licensing opportunities. To introduce this artwork to new, younger audiences, Curtis Publishing Company has dedicated itself to insuring the continuation of this important time period in American art history.


Contact: Joan SerVaas, president and CEO +1.317.633.2070www.curtispublishing.com

Design Plus

Design Plus, which brought the Spammobile to last year's show, does it again by increasing its portfolio of America's favorite brands to include Icee, a leader in frozen carbonated beverages. SPAM is back with brand extension opportunities and exciting programs for Japan and the UK, as is Kiddie Rides USA, a pop-culture toy and collectible brand. Adding flair to Design Plus, the artwork of Sharon Dold is set to make a big American splash after much success internationally.

Contact: Carol Janet, CEO +1.404-847-7273; [email protected] www.dplicensing.com

Digital Dreams Company

Digital Dreams Company is introducing "The Primitives," an original character-driven comedy following the eventful adventures of two mischievous and curious monkeys, Bongo and Grunge. The animations are two minutes each, and there are 52 episodes in the first series. It is now being broadcasted in Asia on various broadcasting media platforms. Bongo and Grunge even have their own fan club.

Contact: Anne Szeto, executive director +1.852.2543.8669; [email protected] www.digitaldreamsintl.com


Eaglemont is a dynamic multi-media content developer that puts environmental education in the spotlight. The company publishes children's adventure books and eco-travel photo essays that focus on the conservation and preservation of wildlife, habitats, and culture. Children's brand Adventures of Riley deftly blends vibrant character illustrations with spectacular wildlife and landscape photographs, producing award-winning content that has dazzled and informed children ages 4-10 (and their parents and teachers). On the cutting edge of today's "green" movement, Riley's daring global expeditions provide kid-friendly, scientifically accurate, and timely information on endangered wildlife, protecting the environment, careers in science, and more.

Contact: Janet Corson, publisher +1.425.462.6618; [email protected] www.eaglemont.com; www.adventuresofriley.com


This year, Ellistrations is introducing four new concepts, which include Bling Bling the Panda—a lavish character-driven property where urban edginess meets the luxurious life. The Befri & Stends property focuses on two "wonky" best buds that do everything together. Both properties target tween girls. East 161 is an art/lifestyle brand that fuses bold cartoon illustrations with grafitti, tattoo, and rock culture influences. Ben Shiddon depicts a witty take on an unlucky loser that can't catch a break. Both properties target teen boys.

Contact: Tim Ellis, president +1.614.855.5934www.ellistrationsgo.com

Entertainment Rights Plc.

Entertainment Rights is offering an extensive array of the world's best known and loved brands for children, families, and young adults. The Entertainment Rights, Classic Media, and Big Idea portfolios include favorites Where's Waldo?, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Postman Pat, VeggieTales, George of the Jungle, Finley the Fire Engine, Little Golden Books, and Santa Claus is Comin' to Town. The company's library features more than 9,000 episodes and is distributed in more than 170 territories worldwide. Entertainment Rights is showcasing new marketing, promotional, and retail campaigns for its global brands and content portfolio.

For UK and the rest of world: Contact: Andrew Kerr, executive director consumer products & marketing – international +44.208.7626.264; [email protected]

For North America: Contact: Karyn Schneider, vice president, licensing, North America +1.212.659.1965; [email protected] www.entertainmentrights.com

Fadel Partners Inc.

Fadel Partners Inc. is a New York-based technology consulting company and a certified Oracle partner for the licensing, media, and publishing industries. At this year's show, Fadel Partners is proud to introduce and demonstrate the next generation of the award-winning eRoyalty licensing management system. The company's mission is to simplify the licensing process by offering a complete enterprise solution for managing rights and royalties.

Contact: Joe Fadous, business development manager +1.646.417.7555; [email protected] www.fadelpartners.com

Foto by Eva

Foto by Eva is a working portrait studio specializing in children, babies, and animals. Award-winning photographer Eva Freyss, through her division "Eva Collections," licenses her images for puzzles, posters, screensavers, school supplies, greeting cards, calendars, and other stationery and manufactured products. Eva's satisfied clients can be found worldwide. New this year from Willow Creek Press is a 2009 calendar, which will be sold in Barnes & Noble and Borders.

Contact: Eva Kersti Freyss, photographer/owner +1.757.340.8939; [email protected] www.fotobyeva.com

FremantleMedia Enterprises

FremantleMedia Enterprises will unveil new third-party licenses for the first time. From the power of American Idol and its top game show brands to TV mega-hits, and new high-end fashion icon Rebecca Bonbon, FME will offer prospective partners more options than ever before. American Idol continues its high note with a myriad of off-air sponsorships such as Walt Disney World, McDonald's, and Apple. American Idol also has a merchandising program of more than 40 licensees. The Price Is Right and Family Feud are connecting with consumers on multiple levels thanks to a presence in the interactive, mobile, and online space. Recent additions to the schedule of live stage show adaptations for these brands will further their reach.

Contact: David Luner, SVP interactive & consumer products +1.818.748.1137; [email protected] www.fremantlemedia.com

Fusion Brand Marketing & Licensing

Fusion Brand Marketing & Licensing is a full-service brand licensing agency and marketing consulting firm. For Blue Note Records, Fusion will leverage the label's assets, including album covers and photo archives. 2009 marks the 70th anniversary of Blue Note, a milestone that will be celebrated with high-visibility events worldwide. In addition to traditional categories, Fusion will pursue high-end consumer electronics, musical instruments, and spirits. Fusion will also feature vintage British brands such as Austin-Healey, MG, Mini Cooper, and Triumph, and the British Royal Mail.

Contact: Alexander Mousiadis, EVP +1.310.392.6067; [email protected] www.fusionlicensing.com

Gilded Dog Enterprises

In anticipation of its second book in the Cookie Paws series, Spreadin' the Sweetness, available June 1st, Gilded Dog Enterprises is negotiating licensing opportunities with products for children and pets alike. Soon, the childhood names we have all come to know will have to compete for space on store shelves and in bedroom drawers as Cookie Paws hits the sweet spot of every child's mind.

Contact: Suzanne Jorden, managing partner +1.215.350.1362; [email protected] www.gildeddog.com

Giordano Studios

Things at the show are heating up, but the folks at Giordano Studios are all snuggled up with new quilting fabrics to be released at independent Stores throughout the United States. Now introducing their ninth collection, the company has developed an arctic series to compliment its safari collection, which was a top seller at retail. Celebrating its 28th year in art licensing, Giordano Studios will be previewing new puppy and kitten designs as well as holiday and Santa. The art of Greg Giordano will also be on-site with new garden and bird collections.

Contact: Bob Giordano, vice president, product development +1.631.423.6593; [email protected] www.giordanostudios.com

Global Brands Group

Global Brands Group is presenting brand initiatives from Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), among others. Global Brands Group will feature the company's expanding activity as the exclusive, worldwide master licensee for FIFA, the world governing body of football, and amongst others, the organizer of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2007 in China and the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Global Brands Group is an internationally recognized brand management and licensing company. It builds and commercializes leading sports, lifestyle, and other types of intellectual properties through merchandise, manufacturing, and retail license agreements.

Contact: Mark Matheny, CEO and co-chairman [email protected] www.globalbrandsgroup.com

Global Icons

Global Icons is a licensing and brand merchandising agency that specializes in the development and extension of corporate brands and trademarks. On behalf of its ever-expanding roster of clients, the company's goal is to increase brand awareness and revenue through the establishment of new products, distribution channels, and revenue streams. Select clients include Acura, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Chuck E. Cheese's, Cold Stone Creamery, Crock-Pot, Duraflame, The Hershey Company, Hollywood, Honda, Honda Motorcycle, Humvee, Igloo, Tonino Lamborghini, LoJack, Make-A-Wish, Miso Pretty, Mr. Coffee, Mrs. Fields, Oster, Spic and Span, Sunbeam, and UPS, among others.

Contact: Mike Gard, COO +1.310.820.5300; ext. 202; [email protected] www.globalicons.com

Halcyon Consumer Products

Halcyon Consumer Products is representing the upcoming film Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins. Starring Christian Bale, this film goes beyond the original Terminator trilogy and into the post apocalyptic war between man and machine. The film is scheduled for release Memorial Day 2009. Halcyon Consumer Products will also be representing several new and exciting Lionsgate properties including The Spirit (an action-packed film directed by Frank Miller, which is opening January 16th 2009), the continuing mayhem of the Saw franchise, and more.

Contact: Russell Binder, president +1.818.225.9355; [email protected] www.TheHalcyonCompany.com

Hasbro Inc.

Hasbro Entertainment and Licensing, a division of Hasbro, will showcase a portfolio of global powerhouse brands supported by hundreds of licensees. It introduces innovative products that span all major categories. Several deals are set to unfold at the show in entertainment, fashion, and sports. Adding to the overall momentum will be the unveiling of significant programs supporting the G.I. Joe and Nerf properties, ongoing growth for the Littlest Pet Shop, My Little Pony, Transformers, Tonka, Playskool, and Monopoly, as well as the new game show, "Trivial Pursuit: America Plays," which launches this fall.

Contact: Darlene Masse, director of corporate communications +1.401.727.5622; [email protected] www.hasbro.com

HIT Entertainment

HIT Entertainment is a global producer and rights owner with properties that engage children worldwide. "Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps," a new CGI series, is slated for a fall 2009 premiere. Continuing his 20th anniversary celebration, Barney launches an all-new retrospective DVD and continues with new production. Following the success of Bob the Builder On Site, Bob visits more real-life construction sites in a series of DVD specials. Fall 2008 introduces Thomas & Friends: The Great Discovery direct-to-DVD special, narrated by Pierce Brosnan. Fireman Sam also gets a new look in CGI, set to premiere on Cartoon Network UK in 2008.

Contact: Denielle Webb, director, public relations +1.646.277.5216; [email protected] www.hitentertainment.com

Hollywood Revolutions LLC

Hollywood Revolutions will showcase several celebrity properties and introduce new brands for a variety of licensing opportunities. Signature Comedy includes properties from George Wallace, Bobby Slayton, Amazing Jonathan, and others. Jim Smith, co-creator of "Ren and Stimpy" and "Samurai Jack," will present his epic, slapstick cartoon, "Chestaclese." Legendary concert photographer Neil Zlozower offers a series of classic rock band photos. The U.S. Poker Tour is expanding into new licensing categories. Hollywood Revolutions will premier fashion brand opportunities including Snow Diva, Bottom Line Gear, RepWear, and Mistress of Romance. Black and white and color landscape photos are also available.

Contact: Brandie Knight, president +1.702.587.5185; [email protected] www.hollywoodrevolutions.com

House-Mouse Designs

House-Mouse Designs has been delighting fans for over 28 years. Artist, Ellen Jareckie, has created five mouse characters—Amanda, Monica, Mudpie, Maxwell, and Muzzy. They have the ability to brighten even the worst of days. Providing grins and giggles, whimsy, and wonder to adults and kids alike, Jareckie's illustrations are imaginative and detailed, giving each character a distinct personality. The artist draws inspiration from some real life critters she has helped to save by volunteering as a wildlife rehabilitator.

Contact: Nicole Percy, director of licensing +1.800.240.7109; +1.802.316.3068; [email protected] www.house-mouse.com/licensing


Idbids is a brand of huggable, lovable characters whose mission is to teach children the iddy biddy steps they can take each day to help keep our Earth happy, healthy, and green.


The eco-friendly Idbids are Scout, Lola, and Waverly—three colorful characters with green feet and distinct personalities. Each one is dedicated to a particular environmental element. Scout is a fluffy white cloud who is knowledgeable about the air. Lola, the flower of the bunch, teaches children about trees and plants. Waverly is a bright blue water drop that cares deeply about the oceans, seas, rivers, and lakes.

Contact: Sara Alvarez, co-owner +1.770.856.6714www.idbids.com


IMG Worldwide Licensing and Consumer Products is a diverse global licensing organization, which manages the licensing efforts for some of the most prestigious brands, trademarks, athletes, celebrities, and models. IMG has operations in over 30 countries, which uniquely positions the mega-agency for growth because it offers its clients global efficiencies through a single relationship. IMG's strong retail relationships and diverse portfolio of brands will continue to fuel its growth. IMG represents brands such as MLB, PGA Tour, Wimbledon, Arnold Palmer, Ferrari, LA Gear, Mischa Barton, Cesar Millan, and Petty Enterprises.



Iplex is an international ideation company with an internal group of IP attorneys capable of qualifying and patenting innovative new ideas. Its marketing group and graphics studio work in conjunction with market analysts and business strategists to develop novel and persuasive presentations, which depict the product using functional and visual interpretation. They also assist Iplex to provide its clients with production-quality samples for use in promoting product opportunities to potential licensees. With product in hand, the commercialization effort is carried out in concert with international counterparts to finalize production prototyping and conceptualization for marketing and salability.

Contact: Ernest D. Buff, managing partner +1.908.901.0220; [email protected] www.iplexinc.com

Joester Loria Group, The

The Joester Loria Group will unveil its new clients, Discovery Communications' networks and shows, and Elmer's, which will include the X-ACTO brand. It will also highlight its robust client roster, including BBC's Planet Earth; Chrysler Corporation for the award-winning Jeep brand and Chrysler on a global level; American Greetings for Care Bears; PepsiCo North America for Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Aquafina, and energy drink Amp; Entenmann's Products; Couch Potato; Baby Genius; Fido Dido; and Zippo. The Joester Loria Group develops fully integrated licensing programs that include strategic planning, competitive analysis, product design and development; retail program development, and management of publicity, advertising, and marketing initiatives.

Contact: Debra Joester, president and CEO Joanne Loria, chief operating officer and EVP +1.212.683.5150, [email protected]; Joanne Loria, +1.212.683.5150, [email protected] www.tjlgroup.com


Joy Tashjian Marketing Group is representing Mary Frances Accessories, a fashion accessories leader whose celebrated collections of hand-crafted handbags are regularly seen on the arms of such celebrities as Jessica Simpson, Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria, Sheryl Crow, and Kate Hudson, to name a few. Mary Frances Accessories is an ever-changing brand clutched together by one commonality: each and every design is inspired by her unique personality. The company is also representing NBC Universal Video, Music & Product Development Group. JTMG will handle the licensing programs and merchandising campaigns on behalf of several NBC Universal entities including NBC, Universal Media Studios, USA Network, Sci Fi Channel, Bravo properties, and CNBC.

Contact: Joy Tashjian, president +1.925.736.0512; [email protected]

King Features Syndicate

King Features Syndicate, a member of Hearst Entertainment and Syndication Group, is the premier distributor of comics, columns, editorial cartoons, puzzles and games, distributing in print and online some 150 features to nearly 5,000 newspapers worldwide. King represents both classic and new properties such as Popeye, Betty Boop, and Flash Gordon, as well as the apparel brand David & Goliath; the public art sculptures GuitarMania and The Trail of Painted Ponies; the conscientious-living brand Mutts; and "SeeMore's Playhouse," the Emmy Award-winning children's series for public television.

Contact: Claudia Smith, director of advertising & public relations +1.212.969.7542; [email protected] www.kingfeatures.com

Laughing Redhead Studio

Teresa Roberts Logan is known for her clean yet edgy approach to humor, and has been featured on hit comedy shows such as "Evening at the Improv." Roberts Logan's artwork is also part of Whoopi Goldberg's collection. Her print humor clients include Hallmark, Recycled Paper Greetings, and Andrews McMeel Publishing. Roberts Logan will do a signing of her recent book, The Older I Get, The Less I Care on June 11 at 11 a.m. at the Laughing Redhead booth. Other properties offered include her graphic novel Women Aren't Funny.

Contact: Teresa Roberts Logan, owner +1.757.645.5842; [email protected] www.laughingredhead.com

Legends Licensing LLC

Legends Licensing provides a business-friendly, one-stop shop for licensees seeking the rights to a wide range of celebrities and other legendary figures from entertainment, sports, and other fields, in all consumer products categories. The company handles licensing for many iconic names, including Marilyn Monroe, Groucho Marx, Harold Lloyd, and the David Sutton Collection's John Wayne series. In addition to image libraries, Legends Licensing can often provide multi-media licensing opportunities, such as sound clips.

Contact: Gary Saal, director of licensing +1.707.566.7825; [email protected] www.legendslicensing.com

Licensing Company, The

The Licensing Company (TLC) is an award-winning global brand extension agency. With five international offices in London, New York, Paris, Munich, and Tokyo, TLC has the ability to look at brands on a global basis from the outset and has led the way in creating innovative, long term licensing partnerships. TLC's unique approach has led to opportunities to represent some of the best-known brands in the world. TLC also has three specialist divisions: TLC Entertainment, representing key studios and entertainment clients; TLC Food & Beverage, representing food and beverage brands; and TLC Consultancy, harnessing the skills of TLC for brand owners considering entering the licensing market.

Contact: Angela Farrugia, group managing director +1.212.413.0880; [email protected] www.thelicensingcompany.com

Licensing Liaison

Licensing Liaison is featuring a wide variety of work from talented and branded artists such as Susan Branch, Leslie Clark, Jane Davies, Ron DiCianni, Lyn Dillin, Sarah Mann, Barbra Music Shoes, Lisa Peruchini, Jane Shasky, and Thimbleberries Designs.

Contact Alicia Dauber, president +1.360.224.5459; [email protected] www.licensingliaison.com

Licensing Link is revving up for 2008 with Speed Racer's animated properties along with partners Southpole, SaraMax, Hanes, IMT, Jada, JEM, and Rand. Link continues to bubble up with their partners on Dubble Bubble with Junkfood, H3 Sportsgear, Star Ride, and Blue Bunny. Dubble Bubble's lottery ticket program with Pollard launched in March with record-breaking results. Link is establishing programs with clients including White Castle, Jolt Energy, White Rock, Brooklyn Brewery, Genesee Beer, JW Dundee's Honey Brown, Heathcliff the Cat, Made U Look, and Duncan. Classic candy brands such as Lemonheads and Red Hots hype things up with Junkfood's partnership in tees with the GAP.


Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment will continue to focus on building integrated licensing programs worldwide. For 2009, a key focus will be the theatrical release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, (20th Century Fox). Marvel is also developing a major licensing initiative to support its new TV animation launching in 2009, including "Iron Man: Armored Adventures" and "Wolverine and the X-Men," airing on Nicktoons, as well as series for Incredible Hulk and Super Hero Squad. Another key focus will be its successful Spider-Man Classic character licensing business, with fresh new art to update the brand, and further emphasis on its brand segmentation strategy, including Marvel Heroes and a new approach targeting females.

Contact: Paul Gitter, president, consumer products, North America +1.212.576.8578www.marvel.com

Mattel Brands

Mattel Brands will showcase best-in-class partnerships, innovative products, and unparalleled brand experiences across its industry-leading portfolio of boys, girls and infant and toddler brands (Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fisher-Price, Polly Pocket, and U.B. Funkeys). Known for delivering innovative, category-breaking partnership programs, Mattel continues to grow its brands outside the toy aisle, announcing an exciting line-up of new entertainment initiatives, unique retail experiences, products that inspire an active lifestyle, and a roster of new and extended licensing programs, particularly on behalf of the Fisher-Price brand. Additionally, Mattel unveils the extension into licensing on behalf of its hot new brand U.B.Funkeys.

Contact: Richard Dickson, senior vice president of marketing, media & entertainment, worldwide [email protected] www.mattel.com

MGM Consumer Products

MGM Consumer Products welcomes new entertainment properties and reinvents classics from the studio's illustrious film and TV library, including new incarnations of the Pink Panther franchise in advance of the February 2009 theatrical release of The Pink Panther 2. The studio will also unveil a new style guide for the popular Legally Blonde franchise. In addition, MGM Consumer Products introduces the smash-hit American Gladiators franchise and new offerings of the record-breaking Stargate legacy. MGM continues to mine the studio's enormous library to develop additional opportunities for classic titles such as Some Like It Hot and Fame, as well as genre-themed library fare such as Soul Cinema and Midnite Movies.

Contact: Theo Dumont, manager of public relations/corporate communications +1.310.449.3956; [email protected] www.mgm.com

Miller Kaplan Arase & Co. LLP

With competition, licensing agreements, strategic alliances and globalization influencing business like never before, it has become a necessity to take a proactive approach to the management of licenses and other contractual arrangements. Miller, Kaplan, Arase & Co.'s licensing and royalty division brings global experience and expertise to a myriad of industries.

The company's professionals guide clients in comprehensive matters regarding contract compliance, revenue recovery and understanding accounting interpretations of license language. The teams evaluate licensee compliance with licenses and other business agreements to help clients realize revenue expectations and mollify risk.

Contact: Marcus O'Bryant, marketing coordinator +1.818.769.2010 www.millerkaplan.com

MODA International Marketing Inc.

MODA, an international licensing agency, leverages intellectual property to meet clients' marketing, business development, and revenue goals. New clients include history destination The Henry Ford, Dakar, and Hoppe's.

Recent brand extensions include the National Trust for Historic Preservation (decorative moulding exclusively at Lowe's, new furniture collection from Hammary); The New York Times (Pagemark Dictionary from Franklin Electronics, new products from Excalibur Electronics); Le Tour de France (Jibbitz shoe charms); Lycra (Coty cosmetics expansion into China); and AmerTac (licensed exclusive patent-pending lighting technology from client Prism).

Contact: Michelle Alfandari, president +1.212.687.7640; [email protected] www.modaintl.com

Most Management

New United States products for the smash hit new "Doctor Who" show in 2008 include Inkworks trading cards, IDW for comics, and Creation Entertainment for collectibles. New licensees include Aquarius Posters and Tonner Doll Company. Additionally, EmCe Toys will produce reproductions of the Mego-style toys of the '70s. With the building success of Doctor Who in the United States, MM adds spin-off series "Torchwood" to its roster, with new deals with Underground Toys, Titan, and Tonner Doll. New programs include long-awaited video game sequel Street Fighter IV, supported by an upcoming live-action feature film in summer 2009. Resident Evil expands its line with the upcoming game Resident Evil 5.

Contact: Marc Mostman, president +1.818.880.0508; [email protected] www.mostmanagement.com

Musical DNA Software LLC

Musical DNA Software LLC has developed what it believes to be the very first exact visual translation of the language of music—color-coded to the rainbow, geometrically precise, and interchangeable in two and three dimensions. In two dimensions music is a circle; however, in three dimensions music is a spiral. More accurately, it is a ten-ringed coil that resembles a helical strand of DNA. The company's software visualization is intriguing, entertaining, and educational, and it can be utilized in many product formats ranging from children's toys to computers and hand-held electronic devices.

Contact: Scott C. Kuhn, projects manager +1.317.624.9100; [email protected] www.musicaldnasoftware.com

Nancy Bailey & Associates Inc.

At the forefront of brand licensing for 25 years, Nancy Bailey & Associates continues to develop strategic brand extensions for Fortune 100 companies. New programs include Procter & Gamble's Febreze closet storage products, Coppertone UV protective prescription lenses, and Crayola children's furniture. The company represents some of America's biggest brands including Ocean Spray, Cover Girl, Mr. Clean, Tide, Scope, Crayola, Coppertone, Pennzoil, Travelocity, and USA Today. Chairman, Nancy Bailey is a 2008 inductee into the Licensing Industry Hall of Fame for her pioneering work in trademark licensing and brand extension.

Contact: Nell Roney, president +1.678.352.1000; [email protected] www.baileylicensing.com

Nancy Wolff

Nancy Wolff's award-winning designs, illustrations, and characters have appeared on every imaginable surface—fabric, gift-wrap, children's bedding, calendars, puzzles, pens, greeting cards, juice boxes, rugs, and more. An animated short she created for Nick Jr. won a Parent's Choice Gold Award. She's currently writing and illustrating Tallulah In The Workshop, the third in her Tallulah picture-book series, published by Henry Holt. Wolff is partnering with Karen Neuburge, Ltd. for Books at Bedtime. This holiday season, Tallulah, Freddie, and Flapjack, will be featured on KN pajamas and other products and sold with Tallulah In The Kitchen, to benefit First Book.


Contact: Nancy Wolff, owner/artist +1.212.873.6183; [email protected] www.nancywolff.com


NASCAR's licensing program manages approximately 200 accounts, with efforts to help make the sport more accessible to fans while bringing additional exposure and financial rewards to teams, drivers, and tracks. The department, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., works with licensees ensuring quality control, researching new categories and industries and developing retail partnerships for NASCAR-licensed products.

NASCAR fans purchased more than $2 billion annually in licensed products and services. That growth is due to significant strides in various categories including apparel, accessories, collectibles, electronics/toys, gifts and novelties, house and home, food, and publishing, and taking advantage of NASCAR's 60th anniversary this year.


Nelvana Enterprises

Nelvana Enterprises will showcase three of its hottest animated properties: Max & Ruby, Grossology, and Z-Squad. Licensees for Max & Ruby include master toy licensee JAKKS Pacific/Play Along, Ty Inc. for beanies, JV Apparel for apparel and sleepwear, SG Footwear for footwear in the United States, The Canadian Group for games and puzzles, and Penguin Young Readers Group for books. A host of licensing partners have already signed onto Grossology—categories for potential new licensees include "gross" novelty toys, confectionery, apparel, and promotions. Available categories for Z-Squad include: apparel collections, fashion accessories, bags, stationery, mobile content, room decor, home furnishings, publishing, home video, and interactive.

Contact: Mark Northwood, VP, merchandise licensing, the Americas +1.416.588.5571; ext. 2361; [email protected] www.nelvana.com

Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products

"Ni-Hao, Kai Lan," the first preschool animated series to incorporate Chinese culture and Mandarin Chinese, debuts at retail. Nickelodeon hit "iCarly" comes to retail in fall 2008 with a limited product launch including electronics and apparel. "Avatar" and "The Naked Brothers Band" extend to new product categories. Neopets introduces a new range of products featuring virtual prize codes that unlock Web content. Licensing icon SpongeBob SquarePants celebrates his 10th anniversary in 2008. Nickelodeon's Slime debuts new compounds, activities, social expressions, and apparel. NVCP also takes the lead on Comedy Central hits including "South Park," "The Colbert Report," "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," "Lil' Bush," and "The Sarah Silverman Program."

Contact: Leigh Anne Brodsky, president +1.212.846.7066www.nick.com

Painted Planet LLC

Although not new to licensing, Deb Grogan recently signed with Painted Planet Licensing Group. Products featuring Grogan's popular folk art style with a "touch of whimsy" have been sold across the globe. Although folk art is her first love, there's been a natural progression to florals painted with watercolors, textile design, and product development. Designs can be adapted to enhance any product.

Contact: Jan Draheim, president +1.507.835.8009; [email protected] www.paintedplanetlicensing.com

Paradox Entertainment Inc.

Paradox Entertainment Inc. is an entertainment development and licensing company, specializing in fantasy and science fiction properties. New projects include Conan—a major motion picture based upon the world-famous barbarian is currently in development and slated for a 2009 release—and an award-winning Age of Conan MMO Game from Funcom. Mutant Chronicles is a newly completed feature film based on the popular role-playing game. It stars Thomas Jane, John Malkovich, and Ron Perlman.

Contact: Leslie Buhler, VP, licensing +1.323.655.1700; [email protected] www.paradox-entertainment.com

Paramount Licensing

Paramount Licensing, headquartered on the historic Paramount Studios lot in Hollywood, handles worldwide merchandise, publishing, film clip, and recreation licensing for films of the company's labels, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV Films, Nickelodeon Movies, and DreamWorks Studios. Properties include the films Love Guru, Tropic Thunder, Hotel for Dogs, Angus Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging, The Godfather, Grease, and many more.

Contact: Darren Kyman, executive director of marketing & retail development +1.323.956.4463; [email protected] www.paramount.com

Patterson International

Veteran Licensing Show exhibitor Patterson International, representing artist and illustrator Gary Patterson, will be offering a number of new introductions of images comprised of whimsical cats, dogs, and sports of all sorts that appeal to young and old alike.

Contact: Sean Patterson, vice president +1.310.456.6864; [email protected] www.garypatterson.com

Paws Inc.

Paws Inc. is celebrating Garfield's 30th birthday with a new movie and TV series. In 1978, Garfield first appeared in newspapers, launching a career in licensing, TV, books, and movies. In 2008, Garfield stars in a new movie feature: Garfield's Fun Fest. This whimsical adventure will be available on DVD in August. A new TV series, "The Garfield Show," (Dargaud Marina) will debut on France 3 this fall and is available for worldwide distribution beginning early 2009. Garfield also rolls out new products and promotions, and, as always, the fat cat is ready to make a deal.

Contact: Kim Campbell, director of public relations +1.765.287.2364; [email protected] www.garfield.com

Planet Earth

"Planet Earth," the BBC's epic award-winning show, is the inspiration behind an extensive licensing and merchandising program. BBC Worldwide, together with licensing agent The Joester Loria Group, will leverage the excitement surrounding the brand with retailers and the current roster of leading industry partners—including American Greetings, Planet Toys, Modern Publishing, Accessory Network Group, and Scholastic Publishing—to expand into new categories including infant, maternity, domestics, and home decor. Planet Earth products echo the awe-inspiring visual beauty of the series, creating a greater sense of awareness about our planet. As often as possible, products use environmentally friendly or recycled materials and less harmful manufacturing processes.

Contact: Jacqueline DeMaio, program manager, The Joester Loria Group +1.646.354.4514; [email protected] www.tjlgroup.com


Planetpals' innovative and cheerful characters teach through rhymes, slogans, and fun facts. Each character represents a natural resource and in turn teaches kids responsibility for their planet. These "friends for Earth" include Earth-friendly role-playing applications in a variety of themes targeted to kids 4-11. Planetpals originated at Planetpals.com in 1998, an award winning educational earth-science site. It is a premier resource for green marketing to kids and among the top 100 children's Web sites. Planetpals' teaching tools and information sources make learning about the world an adventure. Earthman, Sunnyray, Moonbean, H20, Fluffy, Breezy, Greenbean, Starbright, and Planetterri will introduce their new friends at the show.

Contact: Judith Gorgone +1.617.244.7531; [email protected] www.planetpals.com


Since its introduction in 1996, Pokémon has become one of the most popular toy and entertainment properties in the world. In 2007, Pokémon reached new heights as Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl became the fastest-selling video games in franchise history, the 10th season on Cartoon Network saw tremendous ratings increases across all markets, and the Pokémon trading card game was the No. 1 collectible TCG. 2008 will see several new Pokémon video game, trading card game, and trading figure game releases; the United States DVD release of Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai; the 11th season of the television series, a new line of toys from JAKKS Pacific; and an international Burger King promotion.

Contact: Kelly C. Hill, director of licensing +1.917.369.2050; [email protected] www.pokemon-usa.com

Polaris Industries Inc.

Trademarketing Resources Inc. working in partnership with its client, Polaris Industries Inc., has created a Polaris licensing program with the Polaris and Victory brands. A new line of Polaris and Victory bicycles by Cycle Source Group is now at retail. One of the most successful Polaris brand extensions, Polaris ATV children's ride-ons by Peg Perego, continues with outstanding results. R/C Snowmobiles and ATVs by Interactive Toy continue to grow in popularity. New Polaris products for 2008 include a new line of Polaris Ranger RZR toys.

Contact: Mike Rachuy, EVP licensing +1.248.922.9678; [email protected] www.polarisind.com

Preziosi Group

Preziosi Group, a leading European company in the development, production and distribution of kids' and teens' products, will announce the opening of Giochi Preziosi U.S.A. and the acquisition of Flair Leisure Products Plc. in the UK. Preziosi Group is ready to bring to the international markets, among others, girls' brand MyLife and boys' brand Gormiti, two leading brands in kids' entertainment, from Giochi Preziosi. After scoring a huge international success in Europe, Giochi Preziosi's brands will be showcased to all potential licensees.

Contact: Graziano Delmaestro, licensing director +39 02 9647 51; [email protected] www.giochipreziosi.it

Robin Zingone

"Ultrahappeningfabulous" is the fresh and modern look of Robin Zingone. The tragically hip dogs and cats of "loveMe by Robin Zingone" are making their way to trendy boutiques and department stores on paper products, scrapbooks, notebooks, wrapping paper, journals, pencil cases, stickers, and shoulder bags. The absolutely fabulous fashionistas in "Girly Girly by Robin Zingone" can be seen on shower curtains, bath accessories, personal checks, paper products, and the Robin Zingone greeting card line. Zingone also offers an array of coordinating graphic patterns and a style guide with over 400 images.

Contact: Robin Zingone, artist/owner +1.860.526.1755; [email protected] www.robinzingone.com

Santoro London

With monthly Web site hits exceeding 35 million and a successful merchandising program building via 14 agents, 65 international licensees, and over 30 distributors worldwide, Santoro's brands are going global.

Santoro will be exclusively showcasing several new properties for the first time in the United States, including fab and funky girls' brand Squeeze the Juice, the crazy Doolallys animals, quirky 101 Ways, and the laid-back Atomic Babes.

The Cheeky Pirate and Miss Cheeky Tropical collections will be launched for Jeli.deli alongside adorable new Tutti Cuti Love Kitty. After making an impact at last year's show, edgy urban brand Drop 720 will also be showing.

Contact: Jenny Gullon, product development manager, licensing +44 (0) 8781 1104; [email protected] www.santorographics.com

Scholastic Media

Scholastic Media steps into 2008 with a new slate of properties unveiled for the first time, providing a greater variety and depth of merchandising programs available to prospective partners than ever before. New programs include The39 Clues, a book series with a fully integrated entertainment experience; Goosebumps HorrorLand, a new 12-book series with a new merchandising program; kids' animation property "WordGirl!;" and "Turbo Dogs," a new collaboration between Scholastic Media and CCI Entertainment that will debut on qubo on NBC this fall. The company will seek partners across all tiers of retail.

Contact: Leslye Schaefer, SVP marketing & consumer products +1.212.389.3900www.scholasticmedia.com

Sharpe Company, The

Bestselling books The Dangerous Book for Boys and The Daring Book for Girls have both won fans worldwide and have now become major licensing programs, including a QSR program planned for fall '09. Animated series "Franny's Feet," currently airing on PBS, continues to grow with Playskool as the worldwide master toy licensee. Rubik's Cube has two new high-profile licensees slated for release in '08—Converse (sneakers) and the Game Factory (Nintendo DS and Wii). Angry Little Girls joined with Nakajima USA and will release a full line of back-to-school items and novelty products in '08. Other properties include Bang on the Door, Naughty Naughty Pets, Bruno and the Banana Bunch, Humphrey's Corner and Finley the Fire Engine.


Contact: Charles Day, president +1.310.545.6839; [email protected] www.sharpeco.com

Signatures Network

Signatures Network is the industry-leading music merchandising, licensing, and branding company, representing over 100 top artists and entertainment franchises, including The Beatles, John Lennon, Madonna, KISS, Bag One, The Sex Pistols, Woodstock, The Who, Ozzy Osbourne, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and many more. Renowned and respected in the licensing industry and beyond, Signatures Network excels in identifying exciting licensing opportunities and building music artist franchises worldwide. Signatures Network is a Live Nation Artists company.

Contact: Natasha Ostrowski, licensing coordinator +1.415.247.7440; [email protected] www.signaturesnetwork.com

SloaneVision Unlimited Inc.

SloaneVision Unlimited Inc. is an innovative licensing agency that designs and executes comprehensive plans to meet its client's needs and objectives. SloaneVision's clients include Chicken Soup for the Soul; Coney Island USA; EcoNation by Doug Wilson; Dairy Queen; J-14; Little League Baseball Inc.; Little League Softball; "Little Trees" by Car-Freshner Corporation; Peek-A-Boo Zoo; Slinky Inc.; Silly String; SmileyCentral.com; and Zwinky. Multiple categories are available for all brands.

Contact: Glenn Hendricks, VP business development +1.212.922.0555; [email protected] www.sloanevision.com


Sparefingers' Cybertropolis and Big Round Head properties, by Artist J-Sun, are hip, modern cartoon designs that can make any product stand out. Right on the pulse of the trend for fresh cartoon-styled artwork, the signature bold lines and bright colors will give all the latest products a distinctive look. Already available as cell phone wallpapers (Oasys Mobile Inc.) and laser-etched art (Etchstar.com), Sparefingers seeks to expand into stationery, apparel, bags, school supplies, toys, home decor, fashion and tech accessories, and the entertainment industry. Cybertropolis connects with techno-savvy teens and tweens. Big Round Head and Friends is for teens and up.

Contact: J-Sun, artist/owner +1.646.591.0339; [email protected] www.sparefingers.com

Studio Espinosa

Art and design shop Studio Espinosa made a name for itself with "Sushi Pack" on CBS' Saturday morning block, Kewlopolis, co-produced by American Greetings and DIC Entertainment. Now the company is offering new brand Otis and Rae, which it will feature at the booth it shares with its partners The Magic Store, the creator/directors of Nickelodeon's new hit series, "Yo Gabba Gabba!" In addition to featuring Otis and Rae as a publishing and merchandising property, Studio Espinosa and The Magic Store will present a pilot animation that it aims to use as an audiovisual tool to pitch the property to networks, licensees, distributors, and investors.

Contact: Laura Jaffe Espinosa, president +1.617.441.7773; [email protected] www.studioespinosa.com

Suzan Waldinger

Fresh from the successful debut of her "Think Peace" collection at ArtExpo, Suzan Waldinger will launch her dynamic work for merchandising at this year's show, which will feature the star, "Chick Peace." Fashioned with peace signs, this bright yellow "Chick Peace" painting has been drawing rave reviews from young and old alike.

Contact: Suzan Waldinger, artist/owner +; [email protected] www.suzanwaldinger.com.

Taffy Entertainment (The MoonScoop Group)

Taffy Entertainment will launch a handful of award-winning new projects at the show. Topping the list is Geronimo Stilton, the children's book series named Grand Prize winner and the top publishing property for 2008 at the first-ever License! Global Challenge at the Bologna Children's Book Fair in April. Geronimo Stilton is now being developed into an animated TV series for 2009 by Atlantyca Entertainment and MoonScoop Group. New brands being introduced at the Expo also include Dive Olly Dive, Hero: 108, and Growing Up Creepie.

Contact: Cynthia Money, president, worldwide consumer products and marketing +1.818.999.0062; [email protected] www.taffyentertainment.com

Thomas Kinkade Company, The

As an award-winning artist, Thomas Kinkade has partnered with a number of organizations to commemorate important milestones in their heritage. In 2005, Kincade celebrated the 50th anniversary of Disneyland; in 2006, he was chosen to be the commemorative artist for Graceland; in 2007, he painted Walt Disney World Resort's Cinderella Castle, Biltmore House, Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park; and in 2008 he painted the 50th Running of the Daytona 500. All have created excellent co-branded product opportunities for Thomas Kinkade licensees.

Contact: Linda Mariano, VP marketing & licensing +1.408.201.5210; [email protected] www.kinkade.com

Tosh Licensing

Based in the hip beach-side town of Brighton, England, Tosh Licensing started in 2007 with its unique, highly colorful Global Ikon city imagery. In 2008, the company adds two new properties—Local Folk and Street Speak—both ideal for the international travel and tourism markets.

Contact: David McLagan, creative director +44 (0)8450 563 779; [email protected] www.tosh.tv


ToyQuest, creator of innovative, outdoor seasonal products, will present Banzai, a recognized seasonal brand for children ages 5-15. Banzai is the fastest growing mass surf brand and the No. 1 seasonal toy brand, entering 20,000 retail doors every year. The brand currently encompasses several product categories such as playhouses, flat waterslides, inflatable pools and pool toys, sprinklers, backyard water activities, and much more. ToyQuest will be actively licensing out the brand in all categories, including footwear, sporting goods, stationery, sunglasses, surf gear, and more.

Contact: Tonia Nessl, licensing & public relations +1.714.849.0171; [email protected] www.toyquest.com

Twentieth Century Fox Licensing & Merchandising

Fox L&M will roll out the red carpet for some of the most-anticipated films of 2008, including Marley & Me and Fox Walden's City of Ember. In 2009, James Cameron's spectacular Avatar and the live-action adaptation of the Dragonball franchise will be center-stage. The company will extend two of its biggest franchises with the third installment of Ice Age and the sequel to Night at the Museum. Alvin and the Chipmunks continues to soar following its successful holiday film and spring DVD release. On the television front, "The Simpsons" continues its dominance on TV and off, and will celebrate opening of its first theme park ride at Universal Studios in Orlando and Hollywood. Licensing programs for "Family Guy," "24," and a"Prison Break" continue their expansion at retail. Both the Fox Sports and Speed brands are resonating with fans and retailers alike with product innovations based on the NFL's Fox Sports Robot and Digger, the auto racing "gopher cam" used in NASCAR coverage for the network. Fox L&M's representation of the one of the best selling videogame franchises of all-time—Halo—continues with apparel, toys and collectibles.

Contact: Elie Dekel, EVP, licensing and merchandising +1.310.369.2207; [email protected] www.fox.com


Uglydoll, the award winning art-based brand, has an adorable line of characters in a variety of plush sizes and styles. Uglydoll is licensing to the specialty market and will exhibit new licensed items. Uglydoll plush toys inspire children of all ages to be creative and explore their own sense of expression and individuality. Uglydoll is sold to specialty stores around the world, including gift, museum, book, toy, and lifestyle shops.

Contact: Lisa Costa, event coordinator +1.908.620.0931; [email protected] www.uglydolls.com

United Media

United Media's new partnerships include Hallmark for Hoops & Yoyo and Maxine and Original Productions for Deadliest Catch. New distribution partner Warner Home Video will release seven re-mastered Peanuts specials in '08. The first Peanuts-themed "Snoopy Café" recently opened in Japan. Marks & Spencer will debut a House of Snoopy collection in the UK for fall 2008. Precious Moments is introducing "Precious Girls Club," a unique brand extension targeting girls 4-8. This fall, American Greetings' Fancy Nancy party line launches at mass and the Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine video game from Destineer will be released.

Contact: Joshua Kislevitz, SVP domestic licensing +; [email protected] www.unitedmedialicensing.com

Urban Fish Design

Artist Rebecca Berenson is gearing up for the launch of her character Wynona Urban Fishat. Berenson has used the sassy character with her unique "fishical" human features, on greeting cards and gift-wrapping that she hand-made for friends, relatives, and professional colleagues. Berenson will be seeking representation to license the Wynona Urban Fish character or any of the design details found within the Wynona fashion designs at the show. Wynona is an ideal subject stationery and paper goods, home furnishings, toys, clothing, and gift accessories. The target audience is females of all ages.

Contact: Rebecca Berenson, owner/artist [email protected] www.urbanfishdesign.com

VIZ Media

VIZ Media is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in manga publishing, animation, and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. The company offers an integrated product line and develops and markets animated entertainment from production, television placement, and distribution, to merchandise licensing and promotions for audiences of all ages. VIZ Media will feature a rich selection of series, including several that presently enjoy great success on major television networks in Japan, North American and Europe, including "Naruto;" "Blue Dragon;" "Bleach;" "Death Note;" "Kilari;" "Case Closed;" "Inuyasha;" "Buso Renkin;" "Hunter X Hunter;" "Deko Boko Friends;" "Shojo Beat;" "Nana;" "Honey And Clover;" "Ichigo 100%;" and "Hamtaro."

Contact: Evelyn Dubocq, senior director public relations +1.415.644.9238; [email protected] www.viz.com

Wayne Enterprises

For the last 15 years, the Harris Poll has surveyed Americans, asking, "Who is your favorite movie star?," and ever since, John Wayne has topped the list. In fact, he's the only actor who's been in the top ten every year since the survey began. Needless to say, the Duke rides on. More than a movie star, John Wayne represents an American icon and timeless legend. Today, the legacy that John Wayne created has never been stronger. Wayne Enterprises, the sole and exclusive brand keeper, is excited to expand the brand to the home, pet, kids, and gourmet food categories.

Contact: Sherry Leysen, licensing director +1.949.631.8411; [email protected] www.johnwayne.com

Wildflower Group LLC, The

The Wildflower Group proudly adds The World of Roald Dahl to its portfolio. The classic children's brand—based on Quentin Blake's illustrations—includes bestselling books Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach. The Charlie and Lola licensing program debuts the "most wonderfullest" dolls from Kids Preferred while The World of Beatrix Potter introduces Peter Rabbit Naturally Better environmentally-friendly plush from Kids Preferred and bath and body products from Econatura. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Mad Libs DVD game launches this summer from Imagination Games. TWG has also partnered with online retail community Yerzies to offer on-demand licensed product and design contests featuring popular brands.


Contact: Michael Carlisle, principal +1.212.924.2322; [email protected] www.thewildflowergroup.com


The company produces original weekly programming 52 weeks per year, distributed domestically, internationally, and via WWE.com. WWE's domestic cable and broadcast programs reach more than 16 million total viewers during the average week, and its television programming can be seen in more than 130 countries around the world, translated in more than 20 languages throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America. In 2007, WWE held 308 live events, including 75 international events, which entertains more than 2.1 million fans.

Contact: Toni Starson, senior manager, marketing/corporate events +1.203.352.8608; [email protected] www.wwecorp.com

Wyland Worldwide LLC

Known for his "artful" conservation, renowned marine life artist Wyland has introduced more than a billion people to the world of nature over the last 30 years with his contemporary eco-themed fine art, gift products, books, and apparel. Today, this multi-faceted artist and educator is reaching millions more as an official artist for the United States Olympic Team, an ocean-themed Hawaiian Hotel, his award-winning global Whaling Wall mural project, music albums, conservation outreach, and a new art series on PBS. Wyland captures the skyrocketing interest of today's consumer for nature, art, and "green" products like no other brand today.

Contact: Julie Alexander, licensing and brand development coordinator +1.949.643.7070; [email protected] www.wyland.com

The Zolan Company LLC

Zolan's new collection of co-branded Santas is flying high in 2008. What started as a line of classic Americana Santas expanded to the first-ever John Deere Santa co-branded program in 2007. With the art's popular Americana appeal, the co-branded programs expanded in 2008 to include Collegiate and International Harvester's Farmall, which will be launched at the show. Building on the success of the John Deere Santa line, new licenses include American Greetings for stationery and Evergreen Enterprises for dinnerware and kitchen accessories. For Collegiate, new launches include mobile content and kitchen accessories. And Santa, as his own rightful brand, expands in collectibles, fabrics, greeting cards, and mobile content.


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