Disney, Authentic, Pokémon, Mattel and More Named License Global's Top Global LicensorsDisney, Authentic, Pokémon, Mattel and More Named License Global's Top Global Licensors
License Global’s Top Global Licensors report is back for 2023, showing huge growth for returning brands, the arrival of new players and forecasts for 2024 industry activity.
July 27, 2023
Each year, License Global calls for intellectual property owners to provide revenue figures of licensed goods and their formulas for the prior year. The License Global editorial team then validates each brand and curates submitted figures to build each edition of the report.
In total, the Top Global Licensors report retail sales of licensed consumer products and experiences in 2022 of $278 billion.
The top 20 of the 84 brands in the report generated a combined $230 billion, with $189 billion in the top 10 alone. The top 10 brands, each returning to the Top Global Licensors report, saw an average growth rate of 20% year-over-year (YoY), with individual businesses seeing YoY growth as high as 61%.
The Top 10 Global Licensors of 2023:
The Walt Disney Company – $61.7 billion
Dotdash Meredith – $31.5 billion (E)
Authentic Brands Group – $24.1 billion (E)
Warner Bros. Discovery – $15.8 billion (E)
The Pokémon International Company – $11.6 billion
Hasbro – $11.5 billion (E)
NBCUniversal/Universal Products & Experiences – $10.5 billion
Mattel – $8 billion (E)
Bluestar Alliance – $7.5 billion
WHP Global – $6.7 billion (E)
Despite working with brands on our list directly to ensure accuracy for the most part, many businesses are often unable to participate due to time pressures, private company structures and confidentiality clauses. Missing brands approached but not included range from Coca-Cola and Netflix to Activision Blizzard and Playboy, to name a few, alongside brands absent from across food and beverage, sports and fashion. Therefore, the Top Global Licensors report can only claim to have part of the picture, yet working with the brands featured in the report, can provide a validated and authoritative barometer of industry health, growth and trajectory.
To emphasize the growth and trajectory of the brand licensing industry, the 2023 edition of License Global’s Brandscape asks brands to rank their strategies, focal partnerships and key collaboration categories for the coming year.
Fashion, one key pillar in the licensing market, came out on top, with 60% of respondents wanting to explore the space through brand-on-brand collaboration and best-in-class partnerships with licensees. What’s more interesting, however, is the second category of interest for brand owners in 2024.
Beauty and wellness is an increasingly important category in licensing. For example, the range of partnerships behind Mattel’s “Barbie” movie beauty ranges, the “Free Fire” Maybelline line that linked high-octane gaming and beauty, or the long line of reveals to take place this year from Lush, Mad Beauty, Scent Theory and Elemis. So, for beauty and wellness to overtake major markets like toys, food and beverage, corporate brands, and gifting is a marker of true excitement for the vertical.
Read more about:The Walt Disney CompanyMeredith CorporationAuthentic Brands GroupWarner Bros. DiscoveryPokémonHasbroNBCUniversalNBCUniversal Consumer ProductsMattelBluestar AllianceWHP GlobalGlobal
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