LIMA Unveils 2018 Award Nominees

GLOBAL–The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association has revealed the finalists for the 2018 International Licensing Awards.

April 5, 2018

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Winners of the annual International Licensing Awards will be announced at Licensing Expo this May.

GLOBAL–The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association has revealed the finalists for the 2018 International Licensing Awards.

The International Licensing Awards recognize outstanding creativity and performance in all major segments of licensing. The winners will be announced at Licensing Expo, May 22, in Las Vegas, Nev.

“This is a banner year for the LIMA Licensing Awards program. We received a record 700 submissions, which truly reflects the broad scope of licensing from around the world,” says Charles Riotto, president, LIMA. “The prestige–not to mention the sense of competition–is greater than ever and we are excited to see it all play out at the Awards Ceremony at Licensing Expo.”

This year’s nominees include:



  • Andy Warhol–The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts,

  • Kaomoji–Dou Weiwei

  • Keith Haring–The Keith Haring Studio/Artestar

  • Nina and Other Little Things–Eloise Morandi Nash/DIC 2

  • Selfies–Howard Robinson Illustration

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar/The World of Eric Carle–Eric Carle Studio–The Joester Loria Group

  • Victoria and Albert Museum–Victoria and Albert Museum


  • Airwalk–Authentic Brands Group

  • Dear Drew–Barrymore Brands/CAA-GBG

  • Guns N’ Roses Was Here…–Bravado

  • LaurDIY–Lauren Riihimaki/The Brand Liaison

  • Maya Angelo–Estate of Maya Angelou/CMG Worldwide

Character/Toy Brand

  • L.O.L. Surprise! –MGA Entertainment

  • Nickelodeon Slime–Nickelodeon

  • Paddington–Vivendi/The Copyrights Group

  • Pusheen–Pusheen Corp./Fluid World

  • Rube Goldberg–Rube Goldberg/Brand Central

  • Shopkins–Moose Toys/The Licensing Shop

Corporate Brand

  • American Red Cross–American Red Cross/Seltzer Licensing Group

  • Energizer–Energizer Brands/Beanstalk

  • Girl Scouts of the USA–Girl Scouts of the USA/The Wildflower Group

  • Pantone–Pantone/Brand Central

  • Parental Advisory–BPI/CPLG

  • Polaroid–Polaroid/The Sharpe Company

  • Vogue—Condé Nast


  • Emoji–The Emoji Company/Global Merchandising Services,

  • “Five Nights at Freddy’s”–Scottgames/Striker Entertainment

  • Kanahei’s Small Animals–Yurutto/TV Tokyo Communications

  • Line Friends–Line Friends Corporation

  • “”– Central


  • Ali the Fox–Beijing Dream Castle Culture Co.

  • “Boonie Bears”–Fantawild Animation

  • “Paw Patrol”–Spin Master/Nickelodeon

  • “Peppa Pig”–Entertainment One

  • “PJ Masks”–Entertainment One

  • “Rick and Morty”–Cartoon Network

  • “Super Wings”–Alpha Group Co.

Film/Television/Entertainment–Live Action

  • AMC’s “The Walking Dead”–AMC Network/Striker Entertainment

  • Baahubali–Arka Mediaworks/Black White Orange Brands

  • JoJo Siwa–Nickelodeon

  • “The Rap of China Ushuaia”–TF1/TF1 Licenses

Food and Beverage/Restaurant

  • Bailey’s–Diageo/Beanstalk

  • Guinness–Diageo/Beanstalk

  • Tapatio Hot Sauce–Tapatio Hot Sauce/Brand Central

  • The Cheesecake Factory at Home–TCF Co./CAA-GBG

  • The Hershey Company–Asia Licensing Program–The Hershey Company/CAA-GBG

  • Tony Roma’s Restaurants–Roma Dining/Broad Street Licensing Group

  • Welch’s–Welch Foods


  • England Rugby–RFU Rugby Football Union/CPLG


  • PGA Tour–PGA Tour/CAA Sports

  • Real Madrid Football Club–Global Merchandising (Adidas)/Tycoon Enterprises


Licensed Promotion

  • Angry Birds debit card at China Merchandise Bank–Rovio (Shanghai) Commerce and Trading Co.

  • “Masters of the Universe” and Dirty Dancing–Mattel and Lionsgate/Born Licensing

  • Murder on the Orient Express and Godiva–Twentieth Century Fox Licensing & Merchandising /

  • Sinerji Reklam Danismanlik Pazarlama Ve Dis Ticaret

  • “Octonauts” Swimming program–Silvergate Media

  • “The Lapins Crétins” (“Raving Rabbids”)/Carrefour–Ubisoft/CPLG France

  • Paramount Pictures’ Transformers: The Last Knight in partnership with Coca-Cola China–Paramount Pictures and Coca-Cola China

Location-Based or Experiential Initiative

  • Green Day pop-up–Warner Music Artist Services/Warner Music Group

  • “Masha and the Bear on Ice”–Animaccord/ The Ink Group

  • “National Geographic Encounter”–National Geographic

  • “Pandora: The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom”–Lightstorm Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox

  • “Paw Patrol Live”–Nickelodeon and Spin Master

  • “Star Trek: The Cruise”–CBS Consumer Products

  • Very Hungry Caterpillar–Eric Carle–Haven Licensing and The Joester Loria Group


  • Cotton On Kids–Mulga the Artist

  • Etam–Wonder Woman

  • Jay Jays–“Rick and Morty”

  • Saks Fifth Avenue –Snow White

  • Spirit Halloween–“Stranger Things”

  • Target–“Paw Patrol”

  • Woolworth’s–Marvel Heroes



  • Alex and Ani–Harry Potter jewelry line

  • AME/Global Brands Group–Care Bears union suits

  • Happy Socks–The Beatles socks

  • I.N.C. International Concepts –Popsicle capsule collection

  • Reebok–Alien Stomper “Final Battle” Pack sneakers

  • Ripple Junction–“Rick & Morty” apparel line

  • Vans–Peanuts footwear, apparel and accessories


  • Blue Rhino–Hershey s’mores caddy

  • Broil Chef–Star Wars Tie Fighter gas grill

  • Gorenje–Volkswagen retro van fridge

  • Icon Health & Fitness–Le Tour de France TDF Pro 5.0

  • KidsEmbrace–DC Comics Batman combination booster seat

  • Pro-Ject Audio Systems–The Beatles 1964 record player limited edition

  • The Paint Makers–V&A classic collection

Digital–Apps, Software, Video

  • Amazon–“Sesame Street” Alexa skill

  • EA Sports and Discovery Education–“Madden NFL: Football by the Numbers” digital learning game

  • Lenovo—Star Wars: Jedi Challenges

  • Metamoki–“Wiz Khalifa’s Weed Farm” mobile game

  • Mighty Kingdom–“Shopkins World” mobile game

  • SEGA–“Total War: Warhammer 2” PC game series

  • Ubisoft–“Star Trek: Bridge Crew”


  • Bon Bon Buddies–Disney characters Fruitickles fruit snack

  • Brand & Vision–“Sesamstrasse” organic food range

  • Cameron’s Brewery–Motörhead’s Röad Crew

  • Dole Food Company–Disney Pixar Cars 3 fruits and vegetables

  • Gustavo Gusto–Luca (YouTube influencer) pizza

  • General Mills–“Paw Patrol” yogurt product line

  • Mymuesli–Bibi & Tina organic cereal

  • Nature’s Touch–Welch’s frozen avocados

Health and Beauty Aids

  • American Crew–Elvis Presley The King of Men’s Grooming pucks

  • Colgate–Despicable Me oral care product line

  • Elsker–Pleasant Goat skin care product line

  • Kester Black–Pantone nail polish

  • Sally Hansen–Crayola + Sally Hansen insta-dry back-to-school nail color collection

Home Décor–Domestics, Furniture, Giftware, Textiles

  • Bassett–Home Design Studio by Bassett

  • GB Eye–“Rick and Morty” drinkware range

  • Half Moon Bay–“Warhammer 40,000” giftware range

  • Jay Franco & Sons–“Minecraft” home collection

  • Pyramid International–“Doctor Who” (Tardis) doormat

Publishing/Social Expression/Back-to-School

  • Centum Books–JoJo Siwa publishing range

  • Insight Editions–A Die Hard Christmas: The Illustrated Holiday Classic

  • Jieli Publishing House–“Super Wings” warrior picture storybooks

  • Lovepop–pop-up card collection

  • Scientific Games–Willy Wonka Golden Ticket lottery game

  • Weldon Owen–RuPaul’s Drag Race: Paper Doll Book

ToysGames/Novelties/Role Play: 0-12

  • Bonkers Toys–“” toy line

  • Cra-Z-Art–Nickelodeon Slime kits

  • Headstart–Tickle Me Elmo

  • Just Play–Disney Junior “Doc McStuffins” all-in-one nursery

  • Toynami–Tulipop blind box figurines

  • Wicked Cool Toys–Teddy Ruxpin

ToysGames/Novelties/Role Play: 13-Plus

  • Funko–“Rick and Morty” Funko Pop!, action figures, apparel and more

  • Hasbro–Star Wars: the black series Poe Dameron electronic helmet

  • Jazwares–“Roblox” product range

  • Kidrobot– Andy Warhol art toy collectibles

  • McFarlane Toys–“Five Nights at Freddy’s” construction sets

  • Spin Master–Jumanji board game

  • The LEGO Group–LEGO Star Wars BB-8–75187

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