Global Partners list as of April 21
4Kids Entertainment 646-822-4272 Roz Nowicki, executive vice president, marketing and licensing
A global leader in children's brands, 4Kids Entertainment will feature both trademark franchises and newer properties WordWorld, Karito Kids and Quints at Licensing International Expo 2010. Dinosaur King from Sega chronicles the adventures of a paleontologist's son who finds mysterious cards that bring dinosaurs to life. Upper Deck's trading card game and innovative toys from Playmates are global favorites. Generating nearly
Established in 1977, Alchemy is England's Gothic jewelers and pewter craftsmen. With U.K.-based design and manufacture, Alchemy holds a vast library of original images, all of which are available under license and are supported by a dedicated in-house team. Alchemy provides successful, niche licensing for Gothic, Black Rose and UL13 (retro tattoo and rock-styled imagery) in all categories from apparel and stationery to décor and gifts. Lines include Black Rose, a collection of romantic-gothic-fantasy artwork; Alchemy Gothic, which began as pewter alternative jewelry giftware and lifestyle products, is now known as Alchemy 1977 and refers specifically to Alchemy's unique, prolific and definitive library of artwork and illustration, covering vampires, dragons, angels, reapers, the Victorian and Renaissance period, mythology, ancient legend and more; Man's Ruin appeals to the urban male and is inspired by traditional iconic and retro images, '40s and '50s pin-up girls, skulls, poker cards, dice, dragons and tribal images; and retro-industrial/stream punk revolves around the tales of Ezekiel Empire Rosenstein, a radical Victorian and Edwardian inventor in science and engineering.
Avenue LA features the rarest, greatest collection of Hollywood and music nostalgia imagery. Brand collection features Hollywood's history spanning more than 100 years and is now iconic in pop culture. Avenue LA showcases vintage as the hottest trend. The company cross-brands with some of the biggest brand names around the world and offers a one-stop license, saving clients money. Avenue LA is an extensive resource content provider that is tailored to meet retailers' needs. The company promotes brands through artistic reinvention in categories that include rock icons, Hollywood legends, animation, horror/sci-fi and Western.
Bang on the Door +00353 (0)74 9386740 Karen Duncan, director
Bang on the Door will be showcasing its character ranges including Fabric Animals, Fairy Girl, Classic Animals, Pony Girl and Make Me Famous. Bang on the Door is an independently owned design license that has more than 20 years of licensing success behind it. Well known for the iconic Groovy Chick, Bang on the Door is noted for its original use of design, character creation and its innovative approach to licensing. The company is looking for licensees and retailers to build on highly successful programs in markets such as the U.K., Belgium, Holland, Korea and Brazil. Bang on the Door has a great resource of artwork and design concepts, but also has introduced a tailor-made program in which it supports licensees with bespoke development. Licensees include Blueprint Collections, Portico, Little Star Creations and Hallmark.
BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation. The children's and licensing business within BBC Worldwide manages a portfolio of brands including In the Night Garden, 3rd & Bird, BBC Earth and Doctor Who in the U.K. and international markets. The business extends brands across numerous categories through robust licensing programs. Children's and licensing is one of the U.K.'s largest licensors and is a major operator in the international licensing industry. Profits generated by children's and licensing are returned to the BBC to invest in future output.
Beanstalk 212-421-6060 Brooke Bridges, associate vice president, business development and marketing
Beanstalk recently added
magazine, Sean John (Europe only), Christopher Lowell, Carmen Electra and Countess LuAnn De Lesseps to its client roster, while it continues to develop innovative brand extensions for Ford, Stanley, AT&T, U.S. Army and Paris Hilton, among other brand and celebrity clients. In additional, Beanstalk is developing innovative and stylish home and garden products for its most recent client, HGTV, the country's leading shelter lifestyle television network; creating fun and playful lifestyle products for Airheads, the irreverent and "out-of-control" fruit-flavored candy bars; and continuing to extend the Ford licensing program globally, as well as expanding into new categories such as food. Beanstalk's celebrity and entertainment experience was bolstered this year by the opening of its Los Angeles office, headed up by former principals of L.A.-based Associated Talent Management.
Cartoon Network Enterprises 212-275-6535 Peter Yoder, senior director of licensing
With a portfolio that showcases the hottest boys' action properties in the market, Cartoon Network Enterprises will unveil plans for both new and existing properties at this year's Licensing International Expo. The all-new original series Generator Rex will make its consumer products debut, with key announcements of master toy, interactive, party, apparel and home entertainment partners for the latest action-adventure show from Men of Action. The newest series from the evergreen Ben 10 franchise, Ben 10 Ultimate Alien will continue to expand the brand's multi-category successes, including the first-of-its kind line of constructible aliens from LEGO and all-new toys from Bandai America, plus the Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: The Game interactive release from D3Publisher. CNE continues to build its profile as a licensing agent with Spin Master and Nelvana's Bakugan brand, gaining more momentum as a red-hot brand with a consumer products program that dominates at retail. The group will also unveil consumer products plans for the PGA in its role as licensing agent in the youth marketplace and will announce a new agency partnership.
Formed in 2002, Chapman Entertainment specializes in the creation, production and licensing of children's entertainment properties. The first two properties developed and produced at Chapman Studios are Fifi and the Flowertots and Roary the Racing Car, both of which have gone on to become global brand successes. There is a raft of new projects under way at Chapman Entertainment, including Rah Rah the Noisy Lion and Little Charley Bear, which launch in the U.K. on Cbeebies in 2011. Roary the Racing Car follows the adventures of Roary, a bright, cheeky and energetic single-seater racing car, filled with boundless enthusiasm and curiosity, which often drives him straight into trouble. Fifi and the Flowertots follow the life of Fifi Forget-Me-Not, who lives in an enchanting garden-filled world called Flowertot Garden. Little Charley Bear is a contemporary, gently paced preschool show that inspires creativity, discovery and imagination. Rah Rah the Noisy Lion is a noisy preschool series about Rah Rah and his friends that helps develop communication skills.
Olivia, the 3-D animated children's television series that debuted around the world in 2009, headlines Chorion's 2010 portfolio. Spin Master introduces Olivia toys at retail for fall 2010. Other lead licensees include Simon & Schuster for TV tie-in books, Nickelodeon Home Video (U.S.) and Sony Home Entertainment (non-U.S.). Mr Men and Little Miss continues to grow with more product ranges for fashion-conscious young adults and teens. At retail, Mr Men and Little Miss titles are now available as downloadable books in the U.S., with more interactive product in development around the world. Spanning all ages, Mr Men and Little Miss finds humor in the personalities we all encounter in life.
Chorion will also present two new preschool animated series—Gaspard and Lisa and Octonauts, along with classic literary properties, including The World of Beatrix Potter, The World of Eric Carle, Noddy, Paddington Bear and Spot.
Reinventing classics of yesterday and creating classics of tomorrow, Classic Media presents its new global preschool brands: Tinga Tinga Tales successfully debuted in the U.K. on CBeebies in early 2010 and will follow with a U.S. premiere on Playhouse Disney (Bandai, pan-regional master toy partner; Penguin Group, global publisher). Guess with Jess made its U.K. broadcast debut on CBeebies in November 2009 and recently expanded to Canada, launching on Treehouse (Fisher-Price, master toy partner; Egmont, U.K. master publishing partner). Where's Waldo?/Where's Wally? is experiencing growth at retail in key categories such as Halloween costumes and social expressions. Where's Waldo?/Where's Wally? app for iPhone/iPod touch (Ludia), reached No. 1 on the App Store and has sold 1 million units. Digital success continues with new mobile games (Capcom, Ludia) launching summer 2010. Family favorites like Casper the Friendly Ghost, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town and Peter Cottontail make Classic Media the go-to company for turnkey seasonal solutions.
Dependable Rights Manager automates the core operations of any licensor, licensee or agent contract management, financial, sales activity and royalty reporting processes. DRM fully automates brand licensing, royalty reporting, guarantee tracking, invoicing and trademark registration processes to increase sales, coordinate brand teams and streamline licensing financials. Provides fully integrated approvals to process every stage of artwork, product, advertising and packaging processes initiated by licensees. DRM product development links directly to contract rights and captures characteristics on each approval offering valuable insight into approved products, ads and artwork. A content library helps keep licensees fully informed with the latest licensor style guides, approved artwork, training videos and other media content to help get a jumpstart on product approvals. A catalog manager puts licensed products online to share with retailers, customers or licensees to help promote a brand, increase licensed product sales and reduce infringed product sales. Online sales come together quickly with a new e-commerce module to help sell or fulfill licensed products to wholesalers, retailers and consumers. All licensed product information gained through the approval process and within contracts can be repurposed to help sell goods on the Web.
Dissero Brands owns and manages rachaelhale, the world's most lovable animals. A
Top 125 Global Licensor, Dissero Brands is dedicated to the creation, marketing and development of design and image brand properties. The rachaelhale brand works with more than 150 licensees around the world. Established in 1996, this evergreen property extends across virtually all product categories. Transcending age, language and culture, the brand's unique personalities tap into the heart of emotion, to inspire and delight (
). The Wag Alley photographic brand features a range of animal characters—pirates, army commandos, soccer stars and racing drivers—guaranteed to spark imaginations and appeal to everyone's sense of fun and adventure (
Dr. Fresh, one of the fastest growing oral care companies in the U.S., is a multinational company with distribution in more than 35 countries worldwide with major offices in London and Schenzhen, China. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the company offers consumers more than 250 quality and affordable personal care products. Dr. Fresh has the No. 1 selling kids' toothbrush called the Firefly in the U.S. Dr. Fresh also has an impressive portfolio of licensed brands. Grosvenor Consumer Products Ltd., owned by Dr. Fresh, is a health and beauty company specializing in licensed kids and adult toiletry products. The company is looking to grow even further through increasing breadth of distribution and depth of product line throughout the U.K. and Europe. The company retains its individuality and autonomy being based in a separate U.K. location. This gives Grosvenor the flexibility and innovation of a small company, backed by the stability of a larger U.S. organization. Grosvenor's current license portfolio ranges from preschool through to adult properties including In the Night Garden, Toy Story, Cars, Hello Kitty and Top Gear.
E1 Entertainment +44 (0) 0207 907 3773 Andrew Carley, head of licensing
E1 Entertainment will be showcasing hit U.K. preschool property Peppa Pig, which now boasts more than 55 U.K. licensees, a nationwide tour of U.K. theaters for 2010 and 2011, 180 international broadcast partners and a host of new major initiatives and programming for 2011 and beyond. In addition, there is excitement building around the U.K. launch of Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom with numerous licensees, including E1 for DVD, Penguin for books and Golden Bear for master toy launching product this year. More than 120 international broadcast partners are on board. Other properties in the E1 portfolio include preschool hit Humf and nostalgia property Janet and John.
FitzRoy Media is a media property development company specializing in children's entertainment created for a variety of new and emerging media platforms, including mobile, Internet and interactive broadcast TV. FRM's flagship property is Heathcliff (created in 1973 by cartoonist George Gately). Its new comic strip is written and drawn by George Gately's nephew Peter Gallagher and is being developed for multiple mediums.Other key properties include Daktari Park, Secret Wings, Funny Face and Fido Dido, a new series for tweens that combines live-action with animation. The Fido Dido animated series (50x1) is a co-production of FitzRoy Media, Honest Entertainment and Graphita India Limited. Fido Dido is a pervasive pop culture icon who gained pop culture prominence in the '80s. Secret Wings is based on a brand that became the U.K.'s best-selling brand of stationery and back-to-school products. Created by BlondePilot and represented by FitzRoy Media, Secret Wings depict a rich fantasy environment. Products available in 20 countries include BTS, books, apparel, toys, dolls, sporting goods, stickers and more. Direct-to-DVD is available for TV, DVD and VOD in 2010. The Funny Face animated series (25x1) is produced by Renegade Animation/Brady Enterprises and inspired by the popular fruit drink of the '60s.
FremantleMedia Enterprises is the commercial and brand extension arm of FremantleMedia, offering a one-stop shop for distribution, licensing and home entertainment around the world. FME's brand licensing division is responsible for building brands on and off screen and extending them into areas such as sponsorship and promotions, consumer products, and interactive, mobile and gaming. FME also has a unique live events division. In international TV distribution, FME represents some of the world's best-known independent channels and producers. Its portfolio includes American Idol, The Adventures of Merlin, Project Runway and the Jamie Oliver and Martha Stewart franchises. FME's home entertainment division includes hundreds of great titles on DVD and Blu-Ray across films, sports, TV, kids, documentaries and music.
These smiley, colorful and whimsical characters were created by Mexican Gabi Moad, who began scribbling them when she was 9 years old. She believes that this is exactly the reason why children love them so much. Each character has different favorite things in life, so children always find a Fulanito they can identify with. This positive brand has been in the market since 1995 in México and gradually expanded to the United States, Costa Rica, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Greece and the Middle East. Its licensing program began in 2004. Fulanitos now has licensees in several European countries in categories such as bed linen, carpets and stationery. Characters include Garagato, who appeals to cat lovers; Merenganita for girls who like to bake and cook; Lolipop for creative, crafty girls; and Floripondia for girls who love pink.
Launched in 2009 by Australian entrepreneur Geoff Rosenhain, Gator Group has quickly grown into a full-service licensing agency offering the unique combination of seasoned licensing executives coupled with expertise in product design and manufacturing. Gator Group provides a wide range of services for a focused group of strategic corporate partners, as well as wholly owned brands. The company shares equity in and manages the worldwide licensing for fashion lifestyle brand birdie and legendary sportswear brand ACA Joe. In addition, Gator Group is the global licensing agent for renowned fashion brand Paul Frank Industries, as well as style icon and publishing success Emily the Strange. Also an electronics accessories licensee, the company manufactures and markets a range of protective cases for Apple iPods, iPhones and laptops with distribution worldwide. Gator Group has headquarters in Dana Point, Calif., with offices in Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Paris.
Giochi Preziosi Group S.p.A. +39 02 9647 5597 Luca Bonecchi, licensing department
The Giochi Preziosi Group is a successful European toy group founded by Enrico Preziosi in 1978. It is the market leader in Italy and one of the four largest worldwide players in the toy industry. In addition to an extensive toy range, the group operates profitably in various markets and in consumer products. Giochi Preziosi has foreign subsidiaries in the U.S., U.K., France, Spain, Germany, Greece and Turkey. At Licensing International Expo, the group will present two of its brands: Gormiti and Puppy in My Pocket. From Gormiti, the record-breaking toy brand, comes a new licensing opportunity that takes the property to a new level. Gormiti is now the subject of a 65-episode TV series breaking onto TV screens worldwide. From Puppy in My Pocket, the globally successful toy brand, comes Puppy in My Pocket: Adventures in Pocketville, a 52x13 TV series co-produced by Mondo TV, Giochi Preziosi and MEG, expected to hit screens worldwide in 2011.
The Guide to the Licensing World is a comprehensive international directory available on the brand and character licensing industry. The guide references more than 25,000 property listings, such as characters, films and personalities with more than 1,900 licensing agents in more than 80 countries worldwide. It also has approximately 1,100 licensees, along with hundreds of specialist services—all fully supported by its regularly updated online guide. The company knows that this makes it a leader in supplying the information that clients need. The guide will be available at Licensing International Expo.
Hakan Canta is a father-son company that has produced suitcases and specially designed bags for the preschool, school, college, fashion and promotional categories since 1995. In Turkish, European, Middle Eastern and North African countries and Russia, the company is expanding business and enlarging selling regions becoming a well-known worldwide company in the marketplace. The company has been working under the license of well-known brands and characters including Spider Sense Spider Man, The Spectacular Spider Man, Marvel Heroes, Hulk, Iron Man, Transformers, Hot Wheels, Action Man, SpongeBob, High School Musical, Barbie, Hello Kitty, Dora the Explorer, Strawberry Shortcake, Littlest Pet Shop, Out Pack, Only Sixteen, National Geographic and NBA. The company also distributes stationery products and is the licensee of Barbie, SpongeBob, Hot Wheels, High School Musical, Hello Kitty, Transformers, Action Man and NBA. In the 2008-2009 season, Hakan Canta signed a contract with the Turkish National Football teams Fenerbahçe, Besiktas, Galatasaray and Trabzonspor to produce a special bag collection.
Hasbro Paula Walsh, associate manager, public relations,
The entertainment and licensing division of Hasbro will arrive at the Licensing International Expo showcasing its vast portfolio of globally renowned toy and game brands across all major licensing categories, as well as growing entertainment mediums from television to film and digital games. Expansive and groundbreaking programs supporting Hasbro's iconic toy properties, including Nerf, Tonka, Transformers, Littlest Pet Shop, My Little Pony and Playskool, will headline the show alongside the innovative extension of top-selling Hasbro game brands, such as Monopoly, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.
Bella Sara is a magical world of horses where girls can expand their imaginations through play. Originally launched in Denmark by Gitte Odder Braendgaard, Bella Sara inspires and empowers children globally with positive messages and the magic of North of North. First introduced to the North American market in 2007 by Hidden City Entertainment, Bella Sara quickly expanded into an international children's entertainment property and has since broadened its family to more than 30 licensees, global distribution and more than 6.3 million members.
HIT Entertainment introduces new content, partners and programs in 2010. Thomas & Friends, the No. 1 preschool toy brand worldwide, ventures off Sodor in Misty Island Rescue with more than 50 tie-in products, from global partners Fisher-Price, Mega Bloks, Learning Curve and more; Angelina Ballerina welcomes Fisher-Price to her dance card as global master toy partner and expands broadcast distribution to 35 countries. Bob the Builder cements his popularity with new series "Ready, Steady, Build" and new DVDs and toys; Barney premieres a "rock" concert in Latin America and partners with Vee Corp for a new U.S. touring stage show; Fireman Sam races to the rescue with new DVD specials and toys; Chapman Entertainment's Roary the Racing Car speeds ahead with toys from Bandai USA at Toys"R"Us.
Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With 40 offices worldwide, including 11 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and Asia. The HKTDC also organizes trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. The Hong Kong International Licensing Show is organized by the HKTDC every January and engages more than 140 licensors, licensee agencies, brand owners and corporations.
IMPS +32 2 652 02 20 IMPS Belgium (ex. U.S.) LAFIG Belgium (U.S.)
IMPS and LAFIG Belgium are the official licensors of the evergreen The Smurfs and generate Smurf universes worldwide with the help of their different business units and close collaboration with agents. Over the years, the team has developed successfully licensed merchandising, retail and co-branded promotions, publishing activities and broadcasting deals that have secured the ongoing success of The Smurfs. Over the years, The Smurfs haven't just limited themselves to comic books and the small screen, they have also inspired many products. Leading brands and retailers worldwide, including McDonald's, Ferrero, Kelloggs, Jakks Pacific, Schleich, H&M and Benetton, have partnered with The Smurfs. Summer 2011 will be another milestone for The Smurfs as they make their first 3-D trip to the big screen in a live-action and animated family comedy movie produced by Sony Pictures.
Jast has invented 12 sound products for patent applications so clients can apply their characters and sounds to pens, gift bags, gift boxes, caps, mugs, pencil cases, makeup bags, diaries/notebooks/photo albums, candy/jewelry/wine packaging and football club sound products. Talking and singing pens stand five and a half inches high. Click the top of the pen to turn the music on or off. Pens are packaged in a collectible blister card. Replaceable batteries last for 1,000 to 3,000 playbacks, depending on the sound length. The talking and singing gift bags play music or a voice when the bag is opened by unsnapping the button. Recordable versions are also available to make it the perfect personalized gift. With multiple designs for all occasions, this gift bag can be used as a gift accessory or a stand-alone gift. Talking and singing gift boxes, mugs and notebooks/photo albums/diaries/binders are available.
John Wiley & Sons in Europe 201-748-6873 Matt Goulet,
Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons provides must-have content and services to lifelong learners worldwide. Wiley's portfolio of best-selling brands includes: For Dummies, which started out as one book and has grown into an international, multimedia knowledge brand; Frommer's, the No. 1 travel brand in North America, with more than 350 guidebooks; CliffsNotes, the most widely recognized study guides today; and the How To Cook Everything brand, the perfect property to inspire confidence in cooking consumers of all levels.
King Features Syndicate, a member of Hearst Entertainment and Syndication Group, is the world's premier distributor of some 160 comics, columns, editorial cartoons, puzzles and games to nearly 5,000 print and online newspapers and other outlets worldwide. One of the largest and most experienced organizations in merchandise licensing and entertainment, King represents classic properties, such as Popeye, Betty Boop, Flash Gordon, The Phantom, Mandrake the Magician, Blondie and Sunday Funnies, a classic design combination of comic-strip properties. In recent years, the company has continued to expand its portfolio and now represents new properties such as Brazilian pop culture artist Romero Britto; graphic artist and children's book author Mary Engelbreit; the graffiti lifestyle brand, Sprayground; the new apparel brand, Scaredy-Kat & Friends; classic food brands Bazooka and Carvel; and the United Football League.
KOCCA was established in recognition of the value of cultural content and its importance in economic growth. KOCCA supports Korean companies related to animation, character, comics, broadcasting, games and music industries in their production and export of cultural content and encourages their involvement in international joint ventures and partnerships. By doing so, KOCCA helps industry professionals around the globe access information and explore business opportunities in Korea's cultural industry. Ever since its establishment, KOCCA has exerted its utmost effort to spearhead the Korean cultural content industry in the world market.
Established in 1999 by Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar, California-based Last Lemon originates, produces and manages internally generated graphic-based character properties and their commercial exploitation through licensing. Existing properties include: Vimrod (
), which boasts cards that sell millions, 14 books by HarperCollins and Andrews McMeel, a large range of 3-D products and the daily Vimrod e-mail cartoon that has 11,000 subscribers. Harold's Planet (
) cards also sell millions, there is a large stationery and giftware range and the daily Harold's Planet e-mail cartoon has 13,000 subscribers. The Brainwaves & The Little Brainwaves (
) are licensed to Dorling Kindersley, which has published eight titles in 20 languages. Accolades include US Parent Choice Award winner two years running, Royal Society Science Book of the year shortlist two years running and
book of the week. A major publishing program is scheduled over the next five years. The Honours List (
) is a successful card property in the U.K., licensed to Woodmansterne (U.K.) and Recycled Paper Greetings/AG (U.S.).
LazyTown Entertainment 354-590-1700
LazyTown is a children's entertainment brand dedicated to promoting health and well being in a fun way. This is its unique selling point, and by remaining committed to this, LazyTown Entertainment has been able to develop the brand with integrity and authenticity. The high-definition television series consists of 53 LazyTown episodes and 26 LazyTown Extra episodes produced with the BBC, and broadcast in 128 countries. The TV series remains the company's core asset, and it continues to be broadcast worldwide to a recurring market of pre-school children. The LazyTown Entertainment brand enjoys enormous respect from parents, educators and national governments for its key messages and for remaining committed to its core values. Business partners benefit from this value by association. LazyTown is a television series designed to engage and motivate kids to make healthier choices in their everyday lives and feel good about it. LazyTown Extra is a spin-off series for 3- to 6-year-olds from LazyTown in which the characters have fun finding out about different sports and activities. LazyTown Extra episodes are 11 and 15 minutes in duration.
LEGO +45 20 28 05 90 Andrea Ryder, joint head of licensing (Europe/ROW); Stephanie Lawrence, joint head of licensing (North America/Australia)
The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company, based in Billund, Denmark. It was founded in 1932, and today the group is one of the world's largest toy manufacturers and the largest in construction toys and play materials for children. The world's children spend 5 billion hours a year playing with LEGO bricks. The company is committed to the development of children's creative and imaginative abilities through its products, which can be purchased all over the globe. LEGO City is the successful and classic playtheme targeted for boys 5 to 12 years old re-creating exciting daily life scenes and activities including airport, police, construction and road rescue. LEGO Duplo is the first LEGO experience for children ages 2 to 5 and includes fun characters and engaging animals. LEGO Universe is the first massively multiplayer online game for LEGO fans.
The Beverly Hills Polo Club image evokes the casual, relaxed elegance of the Southern California lifestyle. The name Beverly Hills instantly suggests luxury, success, style, elegance, self-confidence and comfort. Beverly Hills Polo Club can be found in more than 60 countries around the globe with more than 66 licensees and distributors worldwide. Comprehensive product lines present the Beverly Hills Polo Club image in fashion categories that include, in addition to all apparel segments: sunglasses, fragrances, bath, oils and body care, fashion accessories, handbags, watches, laptop bags, footwear and home textile.
Lo Coco Licensing is an American full-service licensing and design agency. Founded in 1990 by Peter and Julie Lo Coco, it currently licenses its visual properties in more than 70 countries on more than 250 products. Brands include Keith Kimberlin, a renowned photographer whose images capture the unique personalities of kittens and puppies; R.J. McDonald, one of the best North American wildlife artists living today; Petfolio, a photography company owned by a New York City-trained photographer, Jeannie Hartman, specializing in photography of people's pets; and Lulu Frances, an American photographer who specializes in still life and children photography.
Already the No. 1 preschool show in the U.K., Australia, Germany and other countries around the world, Chuggington is on the fast track to becoming a hit in the United States. This modern, train-centric series premiered in the U.S. on Playhouse Disney in January 2010 and airs six days a week. Chuggington teaches preschoolers to "ride the rails" and focuses on strengthening kids' social-emotional skills. Ludorum continues to expand its global licensing roster and is building a comprehensive U.S. consumer products program that will launch in 2011. Learning Curve, Scholastic, VTech, Anchor Bay and other quality partners are already on board.
Created by one of the world's leading science fiction artists, Danny Flynn with Simon Harris, Lunartics is fast becoming one of the must-have collectible properties for boys ages 7 to 12 years. Lunartics is a brand of global opportunity and scope. New for Licensing International Expo 2010, Lunartics will be exclusively represented in North America by The Creative Brands Group. With a uniqueness and positivity surrounding the brand, Creative Brands Group feels that Lunartics brings a fresh new look and appeal to the market and will be initially targeting core toy and publishing sectors. With 147 unique characters to collect and seven moonzones full of games, spaceships, guns and gadgets, Lunartics is a secret place for children to explore and are indeed the moon's best kept secret.
Lucasfilm Ltd. is one of the world's leading film and entertainment companies. Founded by George Lucas in 1971, it is a privately held, fully integrated entertainment company. In addition to its motion-picture and television production operations, the company's global activities include: Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, serving the digital needs of the entertainment industry for visual effects and audio post-production; LucasArts, a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software worldwide for video game console systems and PC; Lucas Licensing, which manages the global merchandising activities for Lucasfilm's entertainment properties; and Lucasfilm Animation, which is currently producing Star Wars: The Clone Wars, a CG-animated half-hour television series produced jointly with the latest addition to the Lucas family, Lucasfilm Animation Singapore. In addition, Lucas Online creates Internet-based content for Lucasfilm's entertainment properties and businesses. Lucasfilm's motion-picture productions include three of the 20 biggest box-office hits of all time and have received 19 Oscars and more than 60 Academy Award nominations. Lucasfilm's television projects have won 12 Emmy Awards. Lucasfilm Ltd. is headquartered in San Francisco.
In 2010, Mattel Brands showcases the breadth of its portfolio of brands and ability to deliver unparalleled play, whether as an industry-leading licensor or licensee by providing customized experiences across its girls, boys, games and infant brands (Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fisher-Price and other girls and games brands). Delivering best-in-class partnership programs, Mattel Brands provides 360-degree play experiences for girls and boys of all ages, through the announcement of pre-eminent alliances and innovative licensing partnerships.
MGL has more than 70 artists and an archive of thousands of images. MGL offers a broad range of art to suit a large variety of licensed products with very diverse styles and themes. Successful properties and artists include Dragon Chronicles, Extreme Zombies, Hot Foot, Hip Hedz, Lisa Jane, Jody Bergsma, John Butler, Ciro Marchetti, Haruyo Morita, Greg Cuddiford, Steve Read and Garry Walton. MGL will also be showcasing newly signed artist Dominic Davison's stunning cottages and landscapes and Steve Read's new gothic-inspired collection, Gothica. MGL's sister company, Vision, showcases the work of some of the most sought-after contemporary graphic designers and fashion illustrators. These images are aimed at fashion-conscious manufacturers and retailers. Artists include Reilly, Anna Hymas, Melvyn Evans, Melv, Tom Redfern, Lucy Truman, Gavin Reece and Barbara B.
Mondo TV possesses one of the largest animation libraries in Europe, consisting of more than 1,600 episodes of television series that it owns outright, together with more than 75 animated movies for video and theatrical releases. The cartoons produced by Mondo TV have always set themselves apart by their top-flight educational value and the fact that they do not have violent or immoral contents. Top titles include Puppy in My Pocket, based on the pocket-size collectible pets by Meg Toys U.S.; Angel's Friends—The Secret World Around You, based on the comic books by Simona Ferri; Virus Attack, a series planned for spring 2011; and Jurassix Cubs, 2-D animation with CG effects.
Nelvana Enterprises distributes quality entertainment from the award-winning Nelvana Studio and key creative partners to broadcasters and home entertainment companies around the world, including properties such as The Backyardigans, Babar, Bakugan, Hot Wheels: Battle Force 5 and Max & Ruby. Its merchandising team manages consumer products licensing globally. Founded in 1971, the Nelvana Studio is one of the world's leading producers of children's animated content operating out of a state-of-the-art digital animation production facility in Toronto. Its library now has more than 3,800 half-hour animated episodes. In addition, Nelvana is an equity owner of two exciting children's channel ventures, qubo and KidsCo.
NMSI 0207 942 4479 Brenda Conway,
The U.K. National Museum of Science and Industry is a family of museums with three world-class visitor attractions at its center: The world-renowned Science Museum in London, The National Railway Museum in York and the National Media Museum in Bradford. Collections span more than 300 years of scientific and social history, exploring science and technology. Licensing opportunities exist for three brands: Science Museum, firmly established as a trusted brand on the U.K. high street with its core range of toys, gadgets and stationery products; National Railway Museum, which has recently established itself as a strong performer in collectibles, models, souvenirs and stationery and is now expanding apparel and homewares; and Flying Scotsman with branded homewares, collectibles and men's accessories. The Science and Society Picture Library is the official image Web site for the Science Museum, National Railway Museum and National Media Museum, offering tens of thousands of images as high-quality prints. NMSI is looking for international partners to drive brands forward.
Paramount Licensing handles licensing rights worldwide for properties of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV Films, Nickelodeon Movies and DW Studios L.L.C. Upcoming films currently being licensed include Paranormal Activity 2 (October 2010), Rango (March 2011), The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn (in 3-D, December 2011) and Mission Impossible IV (2011). Paramount Licensing has established robust licensing programs for Paramount's extensive library of films and current releases through merchandise, stage plays, publishing, and recreation programs. Popular library titles include Breakfast at Tiffany's, Top Gun, Footloose, The Godfather, Grease, It's a Wonderful Life, Up in Smoke and The Warriors.
Rainbow S.p.A. +39071 (7506) 7512 Friderico Gatti, commercial director
Rainbow will bring properties PopPixie and Maya Fox to Licensing International Expo, as well as established icons Winx Club and Huntik. PopPixie has proven itself even before broadcast. In 2007, PopPixie's appearance in Winx Club 2 boosted ratings, they were the No. 1 fashion doll and sold 6 million Kinder eggs. Bandai is the master toy licensee. Maya Fox is an edgy fashion property that combines thrills and fashion in a multi-platform publishing format. Originally a novel about a 17-year-old fashion blogger in London who can speak to the dead, the property also boasts a magazine, thriving web community, four new novels and more. Winx Club keeps delivering new licensing opportunities with its fourth series, a second 3-D film, live shows touring Europe, new MMO game and, soon, its own theme park. Rainbow's flagship boys' property Huntik is present in 50 countries, including the U.S. and U.K., with partners Upper Deck, Panini, Blues Clothing and more.
RDF Kids & Family is a dedicated unit of RDF Rights that develops, produces and distributes children's and youth brands to the global marketplace. RDF Kids & Family consists of a team of in-house rights specialists covering TV distribution, co-production, home entertainment, publishing, consumer products and brand management. The company offers full-service rights representation to producers, broadcasters and licensees—from deficit financing and sales to product development, launches and brand marketing—and is able to manage all rights worldwide. The division is now in its third year, with a portfolio of high-quality new brands targeting a variety of audiences. Brands include: Waybuloo, the No. 1 U.K. new preschool property, top-rated BBC Children's show and licensing chart topper in retail 2009; Yo Gabba Gabba!, a fun, music-filled, live-action show focused on being active and learning life lessons through celebrity visitors; Mr Bean, the evergreen property is a $1 billion brand and the live and animated TV series has sold to 190 countries worldwide; Simon's Cat, created by award-winning English animator Simon Tofield, is a genuine word-of-mouth and YouTube phenomenon; and Mister Maker, the ultimate arts and crafts show for younger kids, which now airs in more than 100 countries.
Sega of America is the American arm of Tokyo-based Sega Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment. Properties include Sonic the Hedgehog celebrating its 20th birthday in 2011; the popular Super Monkey Ball series; Conduit 2, sequel to the original Conduit Wii shooter from High Voltage Software, with new game mechanics, fast multiplayer and a rich and detailed storyline; and Alpha Protocol, from the creators of Neverwinter Nights 2 and Knights of the Old Republic 2, a modern day spy role-playing game.
Based in Manhattan Beach, Calif., Skechers is a $1.4 billion global lifestyle brand that designs, develops and markets a diverse range of footwear for men, women and children under the Skechers name, as well as under several uniquely branded names, including Mark Nason. Growing its offering, Skechers has partnered with leading licensees to produce a wide range of products, including children's apparel, sunglasses, legwear, medical scrubs and leather accessories. Recognized around the world, Skechers is available in more than 100 countries and territories. Mark Nason, handcrafted in Italy and designed to complement designer denim and dress casual wear, offers a range of classic and modern boots, shoes and sandals.
Sony Pictures Consumer Products is a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment. SPCP generates and extends the branding potential of an individual film, film franchise or television series through the development of licensed merchandise and retail promotion. It leverages opportunities worldwide that include, but are not limited to, clothing, toys, books, electronics and collectibles. Based on the bestselling memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert, Columbia Pictures' will bring Eat, Pray, Love, starring Julia Roberts, to the big screen on Aug. 13, 2010. The Green Hornet, a classic character of film, television, radio and comic books returns to the big screen in Columbia Pictures' feature film starring Seth Rogen. The film is scheduled to release holiday 2010.
Sony Pictures Animation's live-action family comedy, The Smurfs, will hit theaters Aug. 3, 2011. Ghostbusters has a phenomenal global licensing program, targeting the Ghostbusters core fan, that continues to add partners who recognize the strength and longevity of the brand.
Target Entertainment Group +44 (0) 870 164 7474 Helen Howells, commercial director
Target Entertainment Group's main focus at Licensing International Expo will be the PlayStation brand, available to license for the first time, plus a range of exciting PlayStation software IPs. Since LIE 2009, Target has signed a host of licensees for PlayStation IPs and will be looking to build on that success at this year's event. Sackboy, the cheeky, cool character from unique platform game LittleBigPlanet is proving to be particularly popular. Joining this eponymous little hero in Vegas will be family-targeted IPs Invizimals and EyePet, critically acclaimed franchises God of War and Killzone, plus ModNation the crazy karting game. Other properties Target will be representing at the expo include the fashion and lifestyle brand Brit Chicks and preschool animation Fluffy Gardens. Attending for Target will be Helen Howells, commercial director and Richard Woolf, director of licensing.
SmileyWorld +44 (0) 207 378 8231 Nicolas Loufrani,
Smileyworld is a creative universe of self expression; an international language of colorful, emotive icons used to express feelings without the written word. It's a universally recognized visual form of communication that encourages personal expression through thousands of different icons and characters. Smileyworld is home to an extensive licensing program featuring hundreds of different products that promote a simple and expressive message and encourages everyone to express their thoughts and ideas.
Toei Animation Co.
Toei Animation is focusing on several key properties at Licensing International Expo. Sailormoon is about an ordinary girl who helped a black cat bullied by children. The strange black cat, in turn, tells her to protect the earth and the moon. In Digimon Data Squad, a special investigation unit recruits Masaru to protect the world from the evil digimons. Along with his partner, Agumon, and the fellow DATS members, Masaru confronts his enemies. In Dragon Ball Z, friends battle for the Earth and all that is good against the deadly forces of an incredible warrior race. The characters were created by Akira Toriyama. In Saint Seiya, Seiya and his fellow bronze cloth warriors go after Phoenix and his Shadow Army to retrieve the lost Gold Cloth. In Pretty Cure, Natalie and Hannah become superheroes. Through a fateful meeting with two creatures from the Garden of Light, they are chosen as the legendary warriors known as Pretty Cure.
Twentieth Century Fox 310-369-1279 Robert Marick, executive vice president
Twentieth Century Fox Licensing & Merchandising boasts some of the most popular brands in the world and is focusing on 2010 to build high-impact retail programs. Home to the highest-grossing film of all time, James Cameron's Avatar, Fox Licensing will extend its groundbreaking merchandising program to include home goods, social expressions, costumes and more. Turning its focus to family fare, the division will lay the groundwork for Rio, a vibrant, 3-D animation event from Blue Sky Studios, the creators of Ice Age. Rio is a heart-warming story, filled with vivid characters, epic adventure and an incredible soundtrack that will appeal to audiences of all ages. This new brand will be introduced to retailers across the globe with toys, games, apparel and publishing.
For its established film franchises, Ice Age and Alvin and the Chipmunks, licensed products will feature refreshed art, new designs and line extensions. Fox Licensing will also expand the product offering related to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series and feature film and has been named agent to
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bestselling author Jeff Kinney for all Wimpy Kid merchandise based on the established book franchise. The line will include product from core licensees for apparel, accessories, games, puzzles and select novelty items. On the television side, Glee will have targeted product rollout this fall. The Glee merchandising line—starting with apparel, accessories, domestics and social expressions—will develop at retail as a lifestyle brand. The Simpsons and Family Guy will also get top billing at the show. The Simpsons recently posted record ratings of more than 14 million total viewers with its 450th episode, and Family Guy celebrated its 150th episode in May.
Ubisoft is dedicated to expanding its multimillion-selling, award-winning video game intellectual properties into broader consumer experiences. The company will be showcasing one of the interactive industry's most diverse portfolios at this year's Licensing International Expo as a first time exhibitor. Ubisoft is very interested in exploring licensing opportunities in the toy, apparel and publishing categories for its popular kids and tweens brands including Imagine, Battle of Giants, Petz and Raving Rabbids. For its more mature consumers, Ubisoft will be featuring the new Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction and Assassin's Creed II collectible figures releasing later this year from partners NECA, Hot Toys and Triad Toys. Additionally, Ubisoft partnered with Penguin Books to develop novels for Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction and Assassin's Creed II, which will also be on display at the booth; Ubisoft is seeking to develop these two powerhouse franchises further into other entertainment categories. Ubisoft reaches new fans every day and is constantly looking for the right partners to deliver on its promise of offering high-quality products to its consumers.
V&A Licensing +44 (0) 20 7942 2981 Lauren Sizeland, director, business development and licensing,
Winner of Best Licensed Brand Property in 2009, V&A Licensing continues the Victoria and Albert Museum's founding mission as the world's greatest museum of decorative arts, providing design resources to creative industries, manufacturing and retail partners worldwide. Product categories include home furnishings, apparel, jewelry, accessories, stationery and gifts. Collections available to partners include the national collection of textiles, which covers a period of more than 2,000 years, with a broad geographic range and an emphasis on Europe; the V&A Fashion and Costume Collections, with an emphasis on progressive and influential designs from the major fashion centers of Europe; the V&A Jewellery Collections, one of the finest and most comprehensive jewelry collections in the world, numbering more than 16,000 pieces; the V&A Prints, Drawings and Wallpaper Archives, which give access to more than a million items, including one of the finest collections of wallpapers in the world; and the V&A Photographic Archives, one of the most important in the world with work by both classic and contemporary photographers.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products arrives at Licensing International Expo 2010 with a rich portfolio of entertainment properties. Leading the line-up is the highly-anticipated feature film Green Lantern slated for a summer 2011 release. The blockbuster Harry Potter franchise remains a cornerstone property, with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opening in June 2010 at Universal Orlando Resort and the upcoming seventh and final film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 in November 2010 and Part 2 in 2011. WBCP has partnered with Olympic champion Nastia Liukin to create Supergirl by Nastia, the first lifestyle merchandise collection of its kind for girls, available exclusively at JCPenney in July 2010. WBCP's all-star line-up also includes DC Comics' Batman and top-rated Cartoon Network series Batman: The Brave and the Bold, as well as perennials Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and others. Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo and Hanna-Barbera continue to remain core properties.
Wild Apple Licensing helps manufacturers use artwork to enhance their products. The company offers a broad range of trend-right art to leading manufacturers in the home décor industry and beyond. It represents a talented group of more than 20 artists whose subjects and styles range from elegant fine art to whimsical illustration. The company publishes hundreds of new images a year for its line of open-edition prints. Wild Apple identifies upcoming trends in art and home fashion so that the art and designs are in hand when customers need it. Wild Apple has the great fortune of working with talented artists who create beauty and share that beauty with people all over the world through publishing and licensing work.
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A Squared Entertainment 310-273-4222 Amy Moynihan Heyward, co-president
A Squared Entertainment is a full-service brand entertainment company that creates, develops, produces, programs, markets, merchandises and distributes content across all channels: online, offline, on-air and at retail outlets. The company has created several original properties, including Secret Millionaire's Club with billionaire Warren Buffett, Gisele & The Green Team with supermodel Gisele Bündchen, Martha & Friends with American media and business mogul Martha Stewart and a new property with Stan Lee named Super Seven, with its own comic book label, Stan Lee Comics. All of A2 Entertainment's properties will feature a series of animated webisodes, full 30-minute television programs, mobile apps, digital and traditional publishing and a comprehensive licensing program. The company was created in 2009 by co-presidents Andy Heyward (former chairman and chief executive officer of DiC Entertainment) and Amy Moynihan Heyward (McDonald's, Disney) with a mission to develop meaningful entertainment and recreate how brands are managed and brought to market.
Act III Licensing 310-385-4003 Jackie Jensen,
Sunkist, a billion-dollar licensing brand in the food and beverage category, has selected Act III Licensing as its sub-agency for non-food categories. Sunkist's iconic brand logos, as well as the fruit crate art representative of its famed 100-year history, are available for licensing. Targeted categories include housewares, home décor, outdoor, beachware, apparel and stationery products. Act III will also represent the Ray Charles estate. In celebration of his 80th birthday, the licensing program will include the rights to Ray Charles' name and likeness and hundreds of never-seen photos. Targeted categories include apparel, stationery, wall décor and collectibles. Act III clients include Concord Music Group (Stax, Prestige, Fantasy, Riverside), The Princess Bride, Playing for Change, Karen Katz, Diner Dash, Dream Day, Fandango, Environmental Media Association, Dr. Stacy Fuchino and Da Jammies.
A frequent attendee, cross media entertainment company, Atlantyca Entertainment is exhibiting for the first time at this year's Licensing International Expo. Atlantyca Entertainment's licensing division manages the international licensing initiatives for the Geronimo Stilton brand and all of its character franchises. In addition to these key brands, the company will be showcasing Geronimo Stilton/Kingdom of Fantasy, Le Petit Prince (Italy only) and FitzRoy Media's fruit icons Funny Face (Italy only). Key licensing partners include Giochi Préziozi, Biplano and San Benedetto, among others.
Big Idea Entertainment and VeggieTales, the popular preschool series, celebrates its 17th year by launching new products in several key categories with industry leaders such as candy (Frankford Candy & Chocolate), gift and plush lines (Enesco/Gund/Gregg Gift), seasonal baskets and gift sets (Sherwood Brands) and ball, bounce and sport products (Hedstom). These new licensees join recently added premium VeggieTales partners, including ScrollMotion (digital books), Carpets for Kids (area rugs), Kidlandia (personalized maps), Find It Games (games), Trace Designs (wall murals) and Eyes of Faith (optical eyewear) in addition to the current roster of industry leaders, including ConAgra (fruit snacks), DaySpring (cards and calendars), Bendon Publishing (coloring and activity books), Cranston (fabrics) and Northwest (bedding and outerwear). VeggieTales continues to be the No. 1 children's faith-based property with more than 53 million videos, 13 million books and 7 million CDs sold to date. Newly opened categories available for licensing include food, toys and apparel.
With its vast client portfolio ranging from preschool to adult, New York-based branded entertainment company Big Tent Entertainment continues to be an industry leader representing some of today's hottest brands that span traditional and new media. At Licensing International Expo 2010, Big Tent Entertainment will showcase a number of standout properties, including viral and fashion sensation Domo; children's entertainment brand Discovery Kids; leading content producer for Hispanic audiences worldwide, Telemundo; global leader in personalization products PixFusion; manga giant Tokyopop; iconic U.K. social expressions brand Purple Ronnie; preschool, tween and teen brand Miffy and Friends; the world's most popular series about girls and horses, The Saddle Club; and international motocross superstars Crusty Demons. Big Tent will also be introducing its newest property TLC and TLC Baby at the show.
Brand Central 310-268-1231 Ross Misher, president and chief executive officer
Brand Central, a premiere global brand consultancy, will showcase its portfolio of world-class brands at Licensing International Expo. Brand Central is a dominant force in food and beverage licensing, representing clients, including The Kellogg Company, Keebler, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Necco Sweethearts and HIT Entertainment (Barney, Bob the Builder and Thomas & Friends for packaged goods only). The agency also represents Jarden Outdoor Solutions' leading sporting good brands, including Coleman, K2, Rawlings, Berkley and Shakespeare and Jarden Branded Consumables, which include First Alert, the No. 1 safety and security brand; U.S. Playing Cards, the most recognized brand in the playing card category; and Pine Mountain, the leading manufacturer and marketers of fire logs.
In the wellness arena, the agency represents industry-leading media and fitness brand Gaiam and integrative medicine pioneer Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D.; as well as Healthy Child, Healthy World, a non-profit organization inspiring parents to protect young children from harmful chemicals. Brand Central will also showcase popular entertainment properties, including Mark Burnett Productions ("The Apprentice" and "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?"), in addition to Allstar Marketing Group, a leading retail marketing firm with popular brands, including pop culture phenomena Snuggie, Topsy Turvy, The Perfect Brownie, Bendaroos and Mister Steamy.
Brandgenuity 212-925-0730 Rachel Humiston, brand manager
Brandgenuity is bringing a number of strong brands to Licensing International Expo. Pabst Brewing Company, owner of Schlitz, Colt 45, Lone Star, Old Style and Primo, is brewing up a lifestyle program. It's already under way, leveraging unique flavor profiles and extensive artwork. The Really Useful Group unmasks a licensing program for the quintessential musical, The Phantom of the Opera. Seen by more than 100 million people and touting an expansive style guide, Phantom is primed for home décor, collectibles and more. MGM is expanding programs for franchises Pink Panther, Rocky and Stargate, along with upcoming Cabin in the Woods and Red Dawn. Church & Dwight's top brands Arm & Hammer, OxiClean and First Response are geared up for further brand extensions. These partnerships join agency clients Food Network, Atari, Cadbury Adams and World Poker Tour.
Brentwood Licensing 310-720-3285 Joel Barnett, president
Brentwood Licensing will be showing for the first time at Licensing International Expo 2010. Brentwood Licensing is proud to represent brands such as Peace Frogs, with 20 stores across the U.S. and more than 20 years of successful product sales; Rubes Comics, in more than 400 newspapers across the country and new book launches; Afro Sheen, the popular hair care brand of the 1970s; Green Label Organic with successful organic products and fun graphics; PJ Salvage with more than 10 years' success as the premier sleepwear brand in better stores; Love This Life, the contemporary positive message brand; and Little Celebrity, created from the folks at Local Celebrity. Brentwood Licensing also represents art brands such as Happy Art by Sally Huss, with hundreds of happy pieces of art and inspirational messages and Robert Marble humor and animal art.Brentwood Licensing has fun new properties such as Banpaia vampire pets and other great opportunities.
CBS Consumer Products 310-264-3406 leslie Ryan, vice president of communications
With a television library of more than 180 shows, including some of the most popular current programming on television today, CBS Consumer Products gears up for this year's Licensing International Expo with a lineup of some of the world's most anticipated entertainment properties. New theatrical film opportunities include CBS Films' upcoming release Consent to Kill by best-selling author Vince Flynn, as well as the re-imagining of the classic Western series, Gunsmoke. Following the blockbuster reboot of the Star Trek film franchise, CBS will look to extend its presence across all retail channels with movie, classic and branded products targeting new fans and collectors timed to the follow-up installment slated for summer 2012. Based on the greatest collection of TV icons in existence, Television City will honor the 50th anniversary of classic TV series The Andy Griffith Show and upcoming milestone anniversary campaigns for I Love Lucy and Mighty Mouse. Among primetime series, look for new merchandising categories for NCIS, CSI, 90210, America's Next Top Model and more.
CopCorp Licensing 212-947-5958 Carole Postal, president,
CopCorp Licensing is an award-winning and innovative licensing agency specializing in the development of brand, character, art, publishing and entertainment-based licensing opportunities. CopCorp will be presenting several key properties at Licensing International Expo, including Barcode Kitties, the adorable kittens with bar code whiskers; Jim Benton's It's Happy Bunny, the cute little bunny with the big attitude; trend-right Pink Cookie Design international fashion brand; Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey (also known as The Greatest Show On Earth); and the colorful and quirky (not so) Scary Monsters children's characters.
Edebé is the master licensing agent of Charuca and Catalina Estrada worldwide. Charuca is a Spanish designer who has quickly become a referent in the design of cute characters worldwide. Her characters stand out because of their high-quality design, positive message and sense of humor. A successful licensing program includes Enri (stationery and BTS), Karactermania (bags and accessories), Ditexmed (kidswear), Cunill (jewelry and decorative products in silver), Ingo Devices (accessories for laptops and mobile phones), Play By Play (plush and gift products), Cache-Cache (adult apparel collection) and Fix Design (extensive apparel and accessories collection). Catalina Estrada brings all the colors and power of Latin-American folklore and refines it with a subtle touch of European sophistication. Catalina Estrada has developed exclusive collections and advertisement campaigns for high-profile brands such as Sony BMG, Nike, Custo Barcelona, Levi's, Camper, Smart, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Solomon, Paul Smith and San Miguel. The company's stationery team, which develops stationery and accessories, and Educa (art puzzles for adults) have already bet on Catalina Estrada—a worldwide retailer is going to launch a summer collection. An umbrella collection is going to hit the market soon and, next year, two companies will launch textile collections in Europe.
Design Plus has added Slush Puppie to its roster of American and international iconic brands, which include ICEE and Tarzan among others. Design Plus will be debuting two new pop-culture food brands at Licensing International Expo, and much flavor and fun will be served up at the Design Plus market and café. Experience ICEE, the brand that is still cool after all these years, and swing into action with Tarzan and sample the taste of strength that is driving this brand extension program.
Dr. Seuss Enterprises 858-459-9744 Susan Brandt, president, licensing and marketing
My Natural Cat in the Hat eco-plush is made from cotton that's untreated, unprocessed and unbleached. This cat is at the top of the class when it comes to being planet friendly. He's also colored using the PureWaterWash process created by trusted green toy maker, miYim. This coloring process is all-natural and uses only plants and minerals to create the brand's signature color palette. The My Natural Cat in the Hat eco-plush is also tested and certified 100 percent non-toxic. Snatch one up just in time to watch the new The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That on PBS this fall.
Edward Walton Wilcox manifests an unforgettable hybrid vision: haunting Victoriana and edgy urban modernism. Under the trademark Flying Dutchman, Wilcox is seeking partners in licensing for fashion apparel, accessories, toys and sporting goods. In addition to the expo in Las Vegas, Wilcox is preparing for two solo exhibitions in Los Angeles and Seattle and recently published "An American Gothic," an overview of his paintings and sculpture from 2000 to 2010. For decades, Wilcox's paintings and sculptures have only been available through fine-art galleries in California, New York and Berlin. His work has also appeared in The L.A. Times, LA Weekly, Art Ltd., Art and Living, Poets and Artists, Southern Living, Ocean Drive Magazine, 944, Coagula Art Journal and Flaunt Magazine.
Feld Entertainment 212-971-1488 Allison Lort, senior director of licensing
Feld Entertainment is one of the worldwide leaders in producing and presenting live entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, Disney On Ice and Monster Jam. Monster Jam is the hottest, edge-of-your-seat, live motor sport property in the world. With more than 4 million fans attending more than 325 events performances annually, Monster Jam is one of the most recognized brand in motor sport competition. Now reaching audiences in more than 20 international markets, Monster Jam boasts the most extensive international schedule to date. Mattel's Monster Jam vehicle replica line and Activision's Monster Jam video game franchise has established the brand as a license of monstrous proportions.
Heifer Hope 212-265-7474 x211 Natasha Muraszew, licensing associate, LMCA
LMCA is excited to launch Heifer International's licensing program and the creation of the Heifer Hope label. Heifer International is a 65-year-old, non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to ending hunger and poverty and caring for the Earth. Heifer Hope symbolizes the gifts needy families receive and the gifts they give back to the world. Licensed products carrying the Heifer Hope label have compelling stories to tell connected to actual Heifer projects. Heifer's rich history and high-success rate makes these stories resonate with consumers. The Heifer Hope licensing program is a unique opportunity to utilize a specially created consumer-accepted label that conveys the mission and values of an established humanitarian organization. The Heifer Hope label has been consumer tested and is available for licensing in select product categories.
Idolz 323-304-2351 Bill Cahalan, president,
Idolz debut their incredible collectible brand at 2010 Licensing International Expo featuring dozens of colorful new characters for kids and kids at heart. Idolz creator Bill Cahalan will be on hand to guide fun-seekers through a world of serious chocolatiers, sweetheart mummies, disco aliens, divine divas and cape crusading foul. Catch a preview of what's in store at
, the company's showcase game site, then come by and decide for yourself... Who is your idol? Pedestals not included.
Jewel Branding & Licensing 404-303-1872 Julie Newman,
Jewel has just signed Jessie Steele, a brand well known at retail for re-inventing the hostess apron. The brand is currently selling product into 3,000 retailers and in 20 countries. Jewel is adding tabletop, home décor and bedding to extend the brand throughout the home. Izak is launching a collection of apparel, jewelry and accessories this year at department stores and specialty boutiques. Izak's back-to-school stationery will be hitting all Target stores this fall. Robin Pickens has signed 10 new licensing deals in the past six months, including Bacova, Certified International, Franco Manufacturing and CR Gibson launching spring and fall of 2010. Clairebella launched a fabric collection with David Textiles and the designs have been picked up by major chain stores including Joann's, Hobby Lobby and Walmart. Phillips Allrich is launching a complete line of greeting cards with Leanin' Tree and is looking to expand into wall art and scrapbooking for 2010.
Key 2010 initiatives for The Joester Loria Group include: for Pinkalicious the launch of multiple categories, TV-supported Burger King promotion, toy section at Walmart and retail promotions at Barnes & Noble and department stores. For Jeep there will be ongoing global expansion of retail stores, juvenile products, luggage, apparel and toys and retail promotions at BRU. Baby Genius grows with toys, apparel and toddler/infant products. Discovery Communications licensing continues to grow. For Animal Planet there will be new product and licensees in apparel, plush, pet and interactive, as well as expansion of the Animal Planet partnership with TRU and launch of Animal Planet Baby; Discovery Channel builds on Discovery Expedition's successful electronics with outdoor, gift, gear and apparel, expands interactive business and mobile applications, and launches 31 Discovery Adventures-branded travel destinations. Planet Green launches eco-friendly cleaning products. AMP will have a dedicated website and e-store. Entenmann's food extensions include ice cream and coffee. Pepsi and Mountain Dew launch new graphic apparel and soft goods and Aquafina expands HBA initiatives.
Joy Tashjian Market Group 925-736-0512 925-202-7511 (mobile) Joy Tashjian, president,
Joy Tashjian Marketing Group was formed in 1998 and was recently awarded for Retail Promotion of the Year for their work on Deal or No Deal. JTMG specializes in the development, implementation and strategic retail development of entertainment trademarks for consumer products. JTMG represents many prestigious television properties and production studios: Agency of record for NBC Television, USA Network and CNBC. In addition, JTMG represents Fresh TV for Stoked; Endemol for Fear Factor, Deal or No Deal, Big Brother and 1 vs. 100; Breakthrough Films and Television Captain Flamingo on Jetix; Miss BG and Atomic Betty, Shaftesbury for Life with Derek on Disney Channel; LXTV; and Gormiti: The Invincible Lords of Nature and Gogo's Crazy Bones. Released to the mass retail market in 2009, Gogo's Crazy Bones has quickly garnered a huge fan base in the U.S., U.K., Spain, Germany, Canada, South Africa, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Benelux, Australia, New Zealand and the Nordics. Breakthrough Films & Television will be developing a television series based on the property.
Kate McRostie DesignWorks 720-870-5334 Kristin Ashman, vice president, licensing and business development,
This spring, artist Kate McRostie will introduce more than 60 new designs available for licensing at the Licensing International Expo. McRostie's latest collections will include Christmas Quartet, a holiday celebration of music; Oasis, a warm tropical bird collection done on linen; Nature's Colors, a colorful seashell grouping; and Fresh Picked, a collection of bold florals. "I am looking forward to introducing these collections. My main inspiration this year has been color—focusing on unique yet pleasing color combinations that can really add some wonderful depth to product offerings." McRostie is currently seeking licensees in bath, bedding, home furnishings, lighting, kitchen and home décor fabrics, as well as gift, stationery and apparel.
Lemur Licensing 770-794-1111 John Merrick, president,
Lemur Licensing is a trademark and brand licensing agency with a brand owner's perspective. It specializes in licensing both for profit and non-profit brands and has a history of licensing some of the world's most recognizable brands. At this year's expo, it will feature the 4-H brand owned by the National 4-H Council and the Live United, United Way and Born Learning brands, owned by United Way Worldwide. Additional properties represented by Lemur Licensing include Cheerwine, See Rock City, Briggs & Stratton, Snapper and Murray. The company is listed in the directory under both National 4-H Council and United Way.
LMCA 212-265-7474, x 200 Margie Smith,
LMCA, worldwide leader in brand extension licensing, will be representing the following iconic brands for licensing opportunities: AgfaPhoto, American Dental Association, AT&T (for Asia), Black Flag, Cordura, Easter Seals, Heifer, Irish Setter, Mack Trucks, Melitta, New York Philharmonic, Polarguard, Red Wing, San Diego Zoo, United Airlines, Winchester and Westinghouse.
As a novel and classic animated film—and now a new comic book miniseries from IDW Publications—The Last Unicorn is an iconic fantasy property with millions of fans around the world and success in every commercial market where it has been released. Now a team of experienced Hollywood and publishing professionals has joined together with Peter S. Beagle, the story's creator, to make The Last Unicorn's characters, mystery and magic available to the licensing industry for the first time. The Seattle Times says Beagle's stories "outshine the moon, the sun, the stars, the entire galaxy." The complete body of his work—from A Fine and Private Place to Tamsin to I'm Afraid You've Got Dragons and more—offers an imaginative range of possibilities for commercial development.
The extraordinary growth and success of its handful of properties has made Lifestyle Licensing International one of the world's leading licensing agencies for art, design and lifestyle brand development. Its featured properties include Pampered Girls, Frou Frou, Flitterbyes, Kathleen Francour and Gail Marie. Its Pampered Girls brand is powered by more than 50 global licensees and strategic alliances, participating in a major worldwide licensing program under the company's direction. Lifestyle Licensing International will showcase all of its brands in an extensive 700-square-foot exhibit at this year's expo.
Mars Retail Group 702-435-2689 Jessica Ruttman, associate marketing manager of licensing,
Mars Retail Group is a division of Mars, Incorporated, a private, family-owned company that produces some of the world's leading brands, including M&M's, Snickers, Starburst and Skittles. Over the last four years, MRG has invested significantly in its licensing program, growing from 12 licensees to nearly 60. The company's goal is to promote a one-voice strategy between licensees, MRG and other Mars divisions. By doing this, MRG offers retailers a cohesive, differentiated plan for displays and endcaps that includes candy, novelty and gifting.
Marathon Projects 201-791-3055 Craig Kalter, president,
Cause-related licensing programs are critical for retailers and manufacturers to differentiate themselves and garner customer loyalty by giving consumers opportunities to support charities. In fact, 94 percent of Americans have a more favorable impression of companies that are committed to a cause. The Kids In Need Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995 that provides free school supplies nationally to students most in need. It also awards grants to teachers for vital, under-funded classroom projects. Its mission is to ensure every child is prepared to learn and succeed by having the resources they need. The Kids In Need Foundation will be at Licensing International Expo seeking licensees that want to help kids. See how your company can make a difference and help educate America's children by becoming a Kids In Need Foundation licensee.
Marvel Entertainment will continue to focus on building integrated licensing programs worldwide. At Licensing International Expo 2010, a key focus will be on Marvel Studios' upcoming theatrical slate—the first time individual Super Hero story arcs will be interwoven and culminate in a multi-character motion picture. Following the release of Iron Man 2 in May 2010, Thor and The First Avenger: Captain America will hit theaters in 2011, paving the way for the highly-anticipated movie event, The Avengers, in 2012. Marvel is also developing a comprehensive licensing and merchandising initiative to support its slate of TV animation, highlighted by Marvel's Super Hero Squad, among others, as a vehicle to drive awareness for key brands outside of the film window. Additional emphasis will include the expansion of a lifestyle brand targeting women; Marvel Comics (retro); continued international growth; ongoing development of innovative direct-to-retail; and co-branded partnerships.
Most Management/Striker Entertainment 818-225-8452 Marc Mostman,
Striker Entertainment and Most Management, the licensing team behind the successful Twilight Saga merchandise program, have partnered on several new blockbuster properties for 2011 and beyond. The big announcement is Real Steel, the live-action blockbuster from DreamWorks Studios, staring Hugh Jackman. Master toy and video game partners will be announced at the show. The team is also representing the author of the successful series of Hunger Games novels. The third book in the series ships in August and a limited retail merchandise program is in place to support the release. A feature film series from Lionsgate is in the works and the licensing program will be handled by the Striker/Most Management team. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn will also be a major focus at the show. The Twilight Saga: New Moon has been nominated for five LIMA Awards, including Best Overall Licensing Program for 2009.
Muhammad Ali Enterprises 212-407-9107 Kelly C. Hill, director of licensing
The licensing division of Muhammad Ali Enterprises is charged with protecting and perpetuating the unique legacy of Muhammad Ali. Ali, the iconic celebrity, is both a world-class athlete and a cultural phenomenon. He is a unique living legend and is well known by the public for both sporting and humanitarian endeavors, and Ali's popularity with worldwide consumers continues to grow. He was ranked No. 1 "most familiar" among all sports figures, both active and retired; ranked in the top three as "my favorite" and "most familiar" among kids ages 12 to 17 and women; and ranked "my favorite" nearly four times higher than the average athlete. 2010 marks the 50th anniversary of Ali's gold medal win at the Rome Olympics.
NASCAR 704-348-9665 Blake Davidson, managing director, licensed product
NASCAR's licensing program manages more than 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. Over the past decade, NASCAR has seen considerable growth in its licensing business. NASCAR fans purchase nearly $1.7 billion annually in licensed products and services. A number of core categories make up the bulk of the licensing sales, including apparel, accessories, collectibles, electronics/toys, gifts and novelties, non-traditional branded licensing initiatives and publishing. In 2010, there will be an emphasis on video games, outdoor programs, the launch of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and expanded retail.
Nancy Bailey & Associates 678-352-1000 Nell Roney, president
At the forefront of brand licensing for more than 25 years, Nancy Bailey & Associates continues to develop strategic brand extensions for Fortune 100 companies and some of America's biggest brands, including Febreze, CoverGirl, Mr. Clean, Tide, Energizer, Eveready, Crayola, Coppertone, Pennzoil and Travelocity. Despite the economic downturn in 2009, many exciting new brand extension licensing programs were launched such as Scope portable breath fresheners, Febreze vacuum cleaner bags and Travelocity travel accessories. Many others are in the works. The Mr. Clean brand celebrates 10 years as the leading household licensed brand extension program. Nancy Bailey & Associates will be showcasing two new clients at the expo.
Nickelodeon Consumer Products 212-846-4082 David Bittler, senior vice president of communications,
Nickelodeon Consumer Products is headed to Licensing International Expo with a strong portfolio based on popular entertainment brands for preschoolers, kids and tweens. Nickelodeon has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does, from television programming to consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films, including the summer release of M. Night Shyamalan's adventure The Last Airbender. NCP will look to extend the brand's presence across all retail channels with movie-branded products targeting fans timed to the release of the Nickelodeon Movies' and Paramount Pictures' feature film. Additional merchandising partners will be announced at this year's show, joining master global toy licensee Spin Master and global interactive games partner THQ. NCP is celebrating Dora the Explorer with a toy and licensing program from Fisher-Price, Mattel, Hasbro and Mega Brands, as well as publishing from Wiley, Random House, Bendon and more. NCP will continue to enhance merchandising programs for network favorites, including SpongeBob SquarePants and iCarly and newcomers Big Time Rush and Team UmiZoomi.
Pokémon 425-274-4804 J.C. Smith, director of consumer marketing,
Since its introduction in 1996, Pokémon has continued to perform as one of the most popular entertainment properties in the world and one of the most successful children's franchises in history. The Pokémon video game series has sold more than 197 million units worldwide, while the Pokémon Trading Card Game continues to rank as one of the most popular trading card games of all time and is sold in more than 40 countries. Pokémon releases for 2010 include Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver versions for the Nintendo DS and four new Pokémon TCG expansions. The 13th season of animation will debut on Cartoon Network in the U.S. in spring 2010. Throughout the year, Pokémon will engage fans in a series of TCG and video game tournaments culminating with the eagerly anticipated Pokémon World Championships in Hawaii in August.
It's been said that laughter is good medicine and Save the Ta-Tas Brand believes it. Since its inception in 2004, the company has quickly evolved into a tour de force in the fashion industry, along with a well-deserved reputation as a serious fundraiser for cancer research, donating 5 percent of each sale to the fight—a commitment that's put the young company in the ranks of major breast cancer contributors, donating more than $400,000 to date.
Scholastic Media 212-389-3900 Leslye Schaefer, senior vice president of marketing and consumer products
Clifford the Big Red Dog celebrates his 10th anniversary on PBS Kids this fall, along with the second year of SM's Be Big! civic engagement campaign and a new Be Big publishing program. As the brand looks ahead to its 50th publishing anniversary in 2012, SM eyes additional partners to celebrate the milestone. SM also has plans for its WordGirl brand, with the definition dynamo serving as the first ambassador of summer reading as part of the 2010 Scholastic Summer Challenge. With new episodes continuing to air on PBS Kids Go and with toys, games, books and graphic novels hitting shelves this year, SM will build upon these categories and more. The company's best-selling multi-platform property The 39 Clues readies its fans for the 10th and final book in September with a new tie-in consumer promotion with Post Cereals and an additional promotion scheduled for 2011. Products from Briarpatch and Scholastic Interactive continue to roll out in 2010 for its best-selling seek-and-find franchise I Spy as the company looks ahead to the property's 20th anniversary in 2011. The Scholastic and Little Scholastic brands hit shelves for the first time this year with a new electronic and non-electronic developmental learning toy line from Kids Station Toys and a full range of categories for toddlers and children from Tara Toy and Danara.
Sesame Workshop 212-875-6416 Maura Regan, senior vice president and general manager, global consumer products,
Sesame Street, and specifically Abby, continues to be a key property. Abby, who joined the Sesame Street gang in 2006, serves as a role model for young children. Best friend to Elmo, Abby is all about problem solving and embodies the wonderment of a 3-year-old. Fans will find new toys, DVDs, apparel and books. Abby even made her debut in the form of a large balloon at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2009. Abby now has her own CGI segment called "Abby's Flying Fairy School" on Sesame Street and appears regularly at Sesame Place (Sesame Street's theme park) and Sesame Street Live. Abby and Elmo will celebrate Christmas in July to promote the 40th anniversary and make special appearances in Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast.
Sharpe Company 310-545-6839 Charles Day, president,
At the Sharpe Company, anniversaries abound in 2010 and its roster of properties continues to grow. Rubik's Cube celebrates its 30th anniversary as one of the world's most recognized icons. Sharpe will highlight new Rubik's products, including apparel, plush and its award-winning line of electronic games. Also in 2010, Mr. Bean celebrates his 20th anniversary, and the ultimate cute property Humphrey's Corner marks its 10-year milestone with a new worldwide publishing program. The preschool animated series Animal Mechanicals will began airing in the U.S. this fall with a major new broadcast partner. Norton Motorcycles apparel hits retailers this fall, and new to the roster this year are U.K. '80s TV personality, Roland Rat Superstar and Illicit Clothing from New Zealand.
Stone America Licensing has specialized in turning brand equity into profit centers for some of the world's leading brands, trademarks, designers and logos. The company has the expertise, the relationships and the passion for strategic licensing and direct-to-retail programs. Stone America has extensive experience in branded trademark extension licensing and has been involved in licensing of many Fortune 100 brands. The company will showcase the following properties at the Licensing International Expo: Laura Ashley, Carte Blanche's Me to You and My Blue Nose Friends, David & Goliath, International Truck & Engine, Paris Blues, The Bold and the Beautiful, University of Oxford, Stall & Dean, Lexani, Pet Head, JLG, Kampgrounds of America, Pamela Anderson, StinkyKids, Mel's Drive-In, Ne-Yo, School of Rock, Norman Rockwell, Scientific American, Nadia Geller Designs, Scratch DJ Academy, American Bass Anglers, Jennifer Love Hewitt, U.S. Speedskating and Andy Capp.
Synchronicity 207-967-9940 Cynthia Hall Domine, president,
Synchronicity is back to Vegas with the popular Tootsie Roll candy brands and Wham-O toy and surf brands; Sexy and Sporty Slang iconic graphics; urban art by Justin Bua; low-brow art by Kalynn Campbell; and Dan Statler's Vulture Kulture, "Metal Art with an Edge." Sexy Slang's Stud Muffin T-shirt made its movie debut in Paramount's hit film "She's Out of My League" this spring. Fans are snapping them up at Kohl's and Walmart, along with Sexy Slang's Chick Magnet shirts both from Trau & Loevner. MJC recently joined Sexy Slang licensees Trau & Loevner, Net Sales, Silver Buffalo, Funmobility, Perri's Leather and Yerzies. Sexy Slang's Bedroom Challenges published by Sourcebooks hits bookstores this September. See Dan Statler's custom-made Vulture Kulture board room table unveiled at Licensing International Expo. Justin Bua, urban artist and host of Ovation's American Revolutionaries, will be there for several exciting licensing announcements.
The Licensing Company 212-413-0880 Angela Farrugia, managing director
TLC is an award-winning global brand extension agency with a track record of success around the world. With five strategically located offices, TLC has the ability to look at brands from a global perspective, creating innovative, long-term partnerships that set the standard in the industry. TLC's unique approach has led to partnerships with some of the best-known companies in the world, including Coca-Cola, Jelly Belly, Reckitt Benckiser, Welch's, Zagat and Iconix Europe. TLC's unique capability allows it to consider multi-territorial approaches.
Thomas Kinkade 408-201-5210 Linda Mariano, vice president, marketing and licensing,
Thomas Kinkade commemorates two decades as a licensor and its 10th year as an exhibitor at the Licensing International Expo. Thomas Kinkade will also be disclosing the name of his newest partner at the show, while unveiling a new painting associated with one of this company's most beloved brands of all time. Bambi's First Year, Thomas Kinkade's newest release in his
Disney Dreams Collection
will be featured as part of the activities surrounding the artist's booth at the show. The
Disney Dreams Collections
can be found in more than 500 Thomas Kinkade Signature and Showcase Galleries in the United States and internationally, as well as at Disney Theme Parks. Kinkade has created images based on Disney's most classic films, including Peter Pan, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, The Princess & The Frog and Pinocchio prior to releasing Bambi's First Year.
Trish Biddle's glamorous ladies have been turning the heads of collectors, publications and major national events worldwide such as the Westminster Dog Show and the Kentucky Derby. With her penchant for fashion and her textile design background, the two became one in the recently trademarked "Glamorous Women in Fabulous Places" taking her fashionistas to exciting new destinations. Retro vintage in style with modern twists, this concept pairs well with products in jewelry and accessories, home décor, food and beverage, fashion and apparel, travel and leisure.
Two Town Studios 239-549-9550 Jim Marcotte, principal,
Following her successful My Friend Ronnie release, artist and writer Ronnie Walter will debut her Real Women Real Country brand with some licensees already on board. New artists have joined the Two Town illustration roster, including author, artist and connection expert Marianne Richmond, whose self-illustrated books have sold more than 1 million copies in the children's book market. Artist and designer Gayle Kabaker began her career in fashion illustration, but has developed her own unique and beautiful style that combines elements of her experience as a writer, illustrator and fine artist. Award-winning artist David Wohlrab is Chicago born and raised and has achieved an impressive career in gift and product design with his own successful design studio. All of the Two Town artists and brands will be available for viewing at the show.
Universal Partnerships and Licensing (818) 777-0276 Amy Taylor, senior vice president,
Universal Partnerships and Licensing will showcase several key 2011 film properties at the show, including Cowboys & Aliens, a DreamWorks Studios and Universal Pictures co-production based on the graphic novel and directed by Jon Favreau; Hop, the second film for Universal from Chris Meledandri's Illumination Entertainment and starring Russell Brand and James Marsden; Fast Five with Vin Diesel and Paul Walker returning to star; and the sci-fi thriller prequel to John Carpenter's The Thing. UP&L will continue to offer opportunities around its evergreen properties including Curious George, Scarface and The Big Lebowski, in addition to featuring opportunities around the studio's 100th anniversary, which will be celebrated in 2012. On the promotions side of the business, Universal will be focusing on several key properties, including the 2012 release of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax from Chris Meledandri's Illumination Entertainment and the first two films in development through the studio's Hasbro partnership, Battleship and Stretch Armstrong.
Vermont Teddy Bear Company (802) 985-1651 Storm Tussey, retail marketing coordinator,
The Vermont Teddy Bear Company will be attending Licensing International Expo for the first time, presenting great licensing opportunities with five exciting brands. "We have enjoyed great partnerships with NFL, Playboy, Elvis Presley Enterprises and more," says John Gilbert, VTB chief executive officer. "We're very excited to welcome new ideas and look forward to talking with everyone about our world-famous bears and our sister companies." The company will feature new bears and time-honored classics, as well as exclusive PJs from PajamaGram and high-fashion bouquets from Calyx Flowers. Two hot brands will be at the expo: PajamaJeans, described as "the pajamas you'll live in, the jeans you'll sleep in" (as seen on Rachael Ray and Today) and the Hoodie-Footie Snuggle Suit.
Wildflower Group 212-924-2322 Michael Carlisle, principal,
The Wildflower Group represents the world-renowned Natural History Museum. With an already successful licensing program in the U.K., the Natural History Museum now brings its collection, including its amazing dinosaurs and more than 50,000 images, to the U.S. The museum aims to license fun, innovative products that make science inspiring and accessible to all. The Wildflower Group is also newly representing the beloved infant brand Bunnies By The Bay. Known for its endearing plush and playful art, Bunnies By The Bay is excited to extend its classic cast of characters into new products in the infant category. In addition, The Wildflower Group seeks licenses for its popular Mad Libs brand. Mad Libs is finding success as an iPhone app, placing in the top 10 for several months and boasting more than 1.8 million users.
Yums Shoes, a Dallas-based lifestyle footwear and apparel brand with a pop culture aesthetic and graffiti art influence, has become the go-to brand for the street-savvy consumer. Designed by legendary graffiti artist Howard "Tex" Moton, Yums delivers its vision of streetwear and music to the masses. Supported by popular music artists such as Soulja Boy Tellem, Sean Kingston, Iyaz, Dorrough, and many other pop culture figures through national print, TV, online media and red carpet events, Yums defines the future of footwear and apparel. Yums' unique image appeals to all ages, genders and influences in trend-setting street fashion.
Zenescope 215-540-9080 Jennifer Bermel, director, licensing and specialty sales,
Grimm Fairy Tales is the longest, independent comic book in publication with 50 issues and 1 million copies in print. With this success, several spin-offs were created. Fans fell in love with the sinister and sometimes darkly humorous story of Alice's daughter, Calie Liddle, who follows in her mother's footsteps to discover the twisted world called Wonderland. Neverland is a new addition to the Grimm Universe. Pan never wanted to grow up and now he's found the key to immortality and only one person to stop him. These graphic novels can be found on the shelves of major book and specialty retailers. Licensed and translated into multiple languages, including German, French and Spanish, several properties are optioned for film. Statues, T-shirts, racing graphics, gaming skins and action figures are part of the Grimm Universe.
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