Hot Topic, Star Wars Win Big at LIMA Awards

The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association held its annual awards ceremony Tuesday night, with Hot Topic taking the top honor of Retailer of the Year for its “Doctor Who” program and Disney’s Star Wars walking away with four awards. 

April 6, 2018

Hot Topic, Star Wars Win Big at LIMA Awards

Top brands secure honors in categories including art, entertainment, food and beverage and more.


The evening also inducted Danny Simon, president, The Licensing Group, into the LIMA Licensing Hall of Fame. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Simon has headed up licensing departments at Lorimar Studios, 20th Century Fox and Carolco Pictures. Since 1992, he has operated his own independent licensing agency, The Licensing Group.

The LIMA International Licensing Awards were held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

“This year’s award winners are definitive leaders in their respective categories and across the entire licensing landscape,” says Charles Riotto, president, LIMA. “Once again, nominees and award recipients truly exemplify licensing excellence in all corners of the globe.”

The winners are:


  • Art/Design


    The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    /The World of Eric Carle–owned by Eric Carle Studio, represented by Joester Loria Group

    • Celebrity/Fashion

      : Cupcakes and Cashmere–represented by Brand Central

      • Character/Toy Brand

        : Shopkins–owned by Moose Toys, represented by The Licensing Shop

        • Corporate Brand

          : Girl Scouts of the USA–represented by The Wildflower Group

          • Digital: “Candy Crush Saga”–owned by King Digital Entertainment, represented by Striker Entertainment

            • Film/TV/Entertainment–Animated

              : Peppa Pig–Entertainment One

              • Film/TV/Entertainment–Live Action


                Star Wars: The Force Awakens

                –Disney Consumer Products & Interactive Media

                • Food & Beverage/Restaurant

                  : Corona, Constellation Brands–represented by Joester Loria Group

                  • Licensed Promotion


                    Star Wars

                    : Force Friday/unboxing program–Disney Consumer Products & Interactive Media

                    • Location-Based or Experiential Initiative

                      : AMC and Parque de Atracciones de Madrid–AMC’s “The Walking Dead”, represented by

                      Striker Entertainment

                      • Retailer

                        : Hot Topic–“Doctor Who” licensing program

                        • Sports

                          : NFLPA



                          • Apparel/Footwear/Accessories

                            : Peter Alexander for “Sesame Street” (sleepwear, outerwear and accessories)

                            • Appliances/Automotive/Electronics/Hardware/Housewares/Paint

                              : The Sherwin-Williams Company for HGTV HOME paint

                              • Digital

                                : Story Toys for

                                The World of Eric Carle

                                /The Very Hungry Caterpillar (apps)

                                • Food/Beverage

                                  : The Republic of Tea for “Downton Abbey”

                                  • Health & Beauty Aids

                                    : Lovehoney for Motörhead official pleasure collection

                                    • Home Decor

                                      : Pottery Barn for

                                      Star Wars

                                      Millennium Falcon bed

                                      • Publishing/Social Expression/Back-to-School

                                        : Moleskine for Batman limited edition collection

                                        • Toys/Games/Novelties/Role-Play

                                          : Sphero for

                                          Star Wars

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