Top Brand Insights from The Licensing Mixtape Podcast 2021

License Global breaks down the top episodes from The Licensing Mixtape podcast from across 2021.

License Global

December 20, 2021


Since launching The Licensing Mixtape in 2020, License Global has sat down with the biggest names in brand collaboration, extension and licensing to discuss the ever-changing world of toys, gaming, movies, fashion and more. 

Now, with a new year ahead, the License Global team breaks down its top choices of The Licensing Mixtape (TLM) episodes to recap on the five best insights, stories and leadership techniques of 2021. 

The Art of Storytelling with The Walt Disney Company 

In the final episode of TLM’s third season, three franchise experts within The Walt Disney Company – Lauren Yenokida, director, franchise development, Lucasfilm and National Geographic; Melissa Lasdon, vice president, franchise development, Disney Princess & Animation and Disney Media, Classics & Entertainment and Brian Siegel, vice president, franchise development, Marvel, 20th Century and ESPN – joined License Global for an exclusive discussion surrounding bringing iconic brands and stories to life. 

Exclusive Episode: Macy’s and Funko Discuss a Partnership Like No Other 

Working with Macy’s and Funko, the License Global team was given a rare and exclusive licensing insight into one of the most ambitious projects of 2021. Turning “The Mandalorian” icon Grogu into a Funko-inspired Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon. The story behind the project, the licensing decisions and unparalleled dedication to brand authenticity are just some of the talking points from the interview behind License Global’s December issue cover story.  

Influencer Hyram Yarbro on Breaking the Beauty Market 

Major influencer, Hyram Yarbro, explains his journey from social media star to brand creator when bringing his own range of beauty products, Selfless by Hyram, to retail with Sephora. Joining forces with Mike Bienstock of Semaphore Licensing who, in turn, brought in brand partners, The INKY List, the story of Yarbro’s Selfless beauty range is a lesson in uncompromising ethics and partner-driven success. 

Discussing The Halo Effect with Xbox 

John Friend, head, Xbox and Halo consumer products, Xbox, worked with License Global on the biggest insight into the video game disruptor brand for the animated, exclusive cover story for the April 2021 Gaming Issue. What’s more, John Friend extended that exclusive to our TLM podcast to provide even more insights into his love for gaming, the upcoming launch of “Halo: Infinite,” why gaming works in licensing and the fans behind the biggest blockbuster titles of all time. 

In Conversation with Max Rangel, Spin Master 

A master in brand growth, Max Rangel, chief executive officer, global president, Spin Master, joined TLM to share his view on the key pillars of Spin Master’s future and the strategies behind the brand’s success. With case studies across entertainment with brands like "Paw Patrol" and "Bakugan" and global toy partnerships with the likes of DC, this interview is among TLM’s top thought leadership insights of 2021.  

Bonus Mention: The License Global x Bioworld Series 

The License Global team worked closely with global licensee, Bioworld, to chart the brand’s approach across fandom, intellectual property trends, employee care and more in a three-part series that spanned 2020 and 2021. This series tops a list of its own given its span across expert insights into retail, trend highlights and the importance of staying positive. You can listen to the entire series via the links or through License Global. 

The Licensing Mixtape podcast will return in 2022 after a short hiatus as we work to bring you better and bigger insights than ever before. In the meantime, you can listen to seasons 1, 2 and 3 via, Spotify, iTunes or Soundcloud. 

About the Author(s)

License Global

License Global is the leading news source for the brand licensing industry, delivering award-winning editorial content including news, trends, analysis, and special reports about the global consumer product and retail marketplace.

Through its print edition, website, daily e-newsletter and event publications, License Global reaches more than 150,000 executives and professionals in all major markets. The magazine also serves as the official publication for the sector’s trade events, which include Licensing Expo, Brand Licensing Europe, Licensing Expo Japan, Licensing Expo Shanghai and the Licensing Leadership Summit.

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