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Articles from 2021 In July


Haven Global to Release a ‘Little Miss’ and ‘Mr. Men’ Collection

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Haven Global has announced the release of a children’s clothing line to mark the 50th anniversary of the “Little Miss” and “Mr. Men” brand, and will feature characters like Little Miss Princess, Little Miss Sunshine, Mr. Noisy, Mr. Strong and Mr. Happy.

Haven plans to add more designs in the coming months. The collection will be available in Big W stores across Australia starting this month.

Brizo Reveals Frank Lloyd Wright Bath Collection

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The Frank Lloyd Wright Bath Collection by Brizo channels the architect’s artistry and influence and was developed in collaboration with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

"We have been honored to work with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation as we developed and designed this collection," says Judd Lord, senior director, industrial design, Brizo. "Their dedication to create and inspire in the name of making life more beautiful mirrors our own steadfast commitment to inspire, challenge and elevate the world around us through distinct design and unparalleled craftsmanship. Staying true to Frank Lloyd Wright's vision of reinvention was core to our product development, and the Foundation's incredible knowledge and deep reverence for that vision has been invaluable."

Frank Lloyd Wright's six principles of organic architecture are reflected throughout details of the collection: simplicity, individuality, belonging, palette, substance and integrity. Each element draws from Wright’s legacy.

"People sometimes make the mistake of thinking Frank Lloyd Wright's legacy is complete," says Stuart Graff, president and chief executive officer, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. "But really, it's ongoing. It's not just about what he created in his lifetime – it's about all the artists and all the disciplines he inspired and their work going forward. That's why working with the Brizo brand has been such a delight. They understand that honoring Frank Lloyd Wright's vision means continuing it. And in this collection, they have."

Available in six distinct finishes, the Frank Lloyd Wright Bath Collection offers a suite of products, including faucets, spouts, shower systems, knobs and hooks. In celebration of the collection's debut, Brizo and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation have created a virtual showroom to showcase its design elements and story. To explore the showroom, visit brizo.com/frank-lloyd-wright/virtual-showroom.  

The Frank Lloyd Wright Bath Collection will be available to order Aug. 2021 through kitchen and bath showrooms nationwide. For more information about Brizo kitchen and bath products or to locate a dealer, visit brizo.com.

‘Bing’ Comes to America

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Acamar Films have announced that they will partner with WarnerMedia Kids & Family to bring TV show, “Bing,” to the U.S.

“Bing” joins WarnerMedia Kids & Family’s upcoming preschool programming block, Cartoonito, which launches this fall on Cartoon Network and HBO Max.

“We’re tremendously excited to have WarnerMedia as our exclusive partner to introduce ‘Bing’ to American preschool children,” says Mikael Shields, producer, “Bing” and chief executive officer, Acamar Films. “We know how valuable our stories are for young children, and so we’ve created an entirely new version to help make ‘Bing’ as relatable as possible for our audience in America.”

“Bing” is currently broadcast in more than 130 territories.

TSBA Group Secures 5-Year American Golf Partnership

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TSBA Group has secured a five-year partnership with American Golf, Europe’s largest golf retailer, to design and exclusively retail an officially licensed range of products inspired by The Open.

“We are delighted to have secured this long-term partnership between American Golf and The R&A,” says Jo Edwards, global licensing head, TSBA Group. “One of the key objectives of the licensing program is to make The Open accessible to all, 365 days of the year; American Golf’s significant retail presence will help us in this goal with a range of The Open apparel, accessories and equipment for every golfer.”

The core product range will include apparel – designed under American Golf’s Stromberg label – for men, women and children including polos, shorts, trousers and waterproofs, as well as golfing accessories and equipment including tees, golf bags, luggage and trolleys.

“Partnering with The R&A on a new range of apparel, accessories and equipment for The Open is incredibly meaningful for us,” says Gary Favell, chief executive officer, American Golf. “This range will provide golfers of every level with the kit intended to make them feel like they’re stepping out to play at the Open Championship – affordable without compromising on quality, we will ensure that we are behind every golfer.”

Officially launching in 2022 to coincide with The 150th Open, the range will include designs celebrating this milestone in the championship’s history.

The range will be available exclusively via American Golf’s 96 stores across the U.K. and Republic of Ireland, along with its online store.

“We look forward to working with American Golf over the next five years and seeing them develop a range of exciting and affordable products for consumers of all ages ahead of The 150th Open being played at St Andrews next year,” says Neil Armit, chief commercial officer, The R&A.

Preseason NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales List Unveiled

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Three months after he topped the year-end list, Tom Brady is again leading in NFL player retail sales heading into the new season. The NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales List features a mix of new and familiar faces, including perennial best-selling players, rising new veterans and rookies making their debut heading into the 2021-22 season. 

The first list of the season is based on sales of all officially licensed NFL player merchandise, tracking year-to-date preseason results March 1-May 31. The list comprises the only verified rankings of NFL player product sold from online and traditional retail outlets as reported by more than 75 NFLPA licensees. Licensed product across hardline, apparel, digital and unconventional categories include items such as: game jerseys, T-shirts, hoodies, bobbleheads, plush toys, socks, face coverings, headbands, figurines, wall decals, backpacks, pennants, photos, drinkware, pet products and many more.

The top 10 players among all officially licensed product sold are:

  • Tom Brady, QB, Tampa Bay;
  • Patrick Mahomes II, QB, Kansas City;
  • Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas;
  • Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati;
  • CeeDee Lamb, WR, Dallas;
  • Justin Fields, QB, Chicago;
  • Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas;
  • Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jacksonville;
  • Rob Gronkowski, TE, Tampa Bay; and
  • Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo.

 

Either Tom Brady or Patrick Mahomes has led quarterly rankings 12 straight times since October 2018. Brady’s supremacy includes topping the year-end sales chart a record four times and appearing among the top three, 24 times – including 12 straight – since the list was introduced in 2014.   

Chase Young, Davante Adams, CeeDee Lamb and Dak Prescott rocketed from the NFLPA’s year-end list to first quarter rankings. Young surged 26 spots (No. 39 to No. 13), Adams 18 spots (No. 45 to No. 27), Lamb 14 spots (No. 19 to No. 5) and Prescott 10 spots (No. 13 to No. 3). 

In addition to eight 2021 NFLPA Rising Stars (rookies and veterans) making the list – Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, Zach Wilson, Trey Lance, Najee Harris, Jalen Hurts, Justin Jefferson and Darren Waller – two additional veterans made their Top 50 debut with Devin White and Henry Ruggs III (Ruggs III was also a Rising Stars member in 2020).

Linebacker Devin White debuted at No. 17, the highest-ranked defensive player since the start of the 2020 season. Seven defensive players appear in the rankings, the most on a preseason list since the 2019 season.

Three quarterbacks made moves to new markets following the season, which project on this first quarter list: Matthew Stafford (LA Rams), Carson Wentz (Indianapolis) and Jared Goff (Detroit).

The most popular Fanatics-branded and Nike jerseys were Tom Brady, Dak Prescott, Joe Burrow, Justin Fields and Patrick Mahomes. Additionally, the most customizable jerseys, T-shirts and hoodies sold from Fanatics featured Brady, Mahomes, Burrow, Fields and Rob Gronkowski. The best-selling Fathead wall decals and cutouts featured Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady, Dak Prescott, Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen. 

Funko reported sales of Pop vinyl collectibles were led by Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady, Lamar Jackson, Aaron Rodgers and Nick Bosa. The top five best-selling players in youth apparel from Outerstuff included a mix of rookies and veterans: Justin Fields, Joe Burrow, Trevor Lawrence, Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes.

Aaron Rodgers, Dak Prescott, Khalil Mack, Patrick Mahomes and Ezekiel Elliott led in sales of figurines and squishy toys from Party Animal. Tom Brady and Devin White led sales of commemorative coins, puzzles and trains from Bradford Exchange. Tom Brady also led sales of JUNK athletic headbands and pet accessories and apparel from Pets First. T-shirt maker BreakingT saw big sales from rookies Justin Fields, Trevor Lawrence, DeVonta Smith (not among the Top 50), Trey Lance and Zach Wilson.

Socks from FBF Originals, Rock ‘Em and Strideline were led by Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady, Trevor Lawrence, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson.

WildBrain CPLG Secures Never Fully Dressed Deal for Charlotte Posner

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Charlotte Posner and Never Fully Dressed have teamed up for a co-branded apparel collection. The deal was brokered by WildBrain CPLG’s UK team on behalf of Charlotte Posner.

“With their use of vibrant colors and versatile styles, Never Fully Dressed is the ideal partner to kick-off our design-led licensing program for Charlotte Posner,” says Jennifer Gould, brand and retail manager, WildBrain CPLG. “The collection perfectly utilizes Charlotte’s unique artwork and has resulted in a wonderful and timeless range.”

The Never Fully Dressed x Charlotte Posner summer collection features Charlotte Posner’s hand-drawn illustrations across Never Fully Dressed’s satin style dresses, a wrap top, the Jaspre skirt and an organic T-shirt.

“The Never Fully Dressed x Charlotte Posner collaboration was born in 2020, a year where we were in some lights starved of creativity, fashion and fun,” says Lucy Aylen, founder, Never Fully Dressed. “Charlotte’s fun prints offer escapism featuring extravagant, glamorous scenes showcased through her beautiful art. We hope our customers can live through the prints whilst feeling fabulous and fun when wearing.”

“Using my color palette and some playful details, I’ve enjoyed watching this collection come to life,” says Charlotte Posner. “It’s been fabulous!”

Launching this month, the collection will be available in stores and online at neverfullydressed.co.uk. The range will be stocked in sizes 6-24.

‘Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’ Reveals Major Expansion

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Ubisoft has announced that “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s” next major expansion, “The Siege of Paris,” will be available on Aug. 12. In addition, season 3, Sigrblot Season, features exclusive rewards and activities accessible to all players. The Sigrblot Festival is live until Aug. 19.

“Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s” second expansion, “The Siege of Paris,” will release on Aug. 12. “The Siege of Paris” will be available for all season pass owners or as a separate purchase by all owners of the main game. Along with the second expansion, a “The Siege of Paris” music album will release on Aug. 12.

Starting July 29, players can participate in the limited-time Sigrblot Festival, a traditional Viking festival celebrating the start of the raiding season. Until Aug. 19, various festive activities will be available in the Ravensthorpe settlement around the traditional bonfire, including:

  • Flyting, Fight Tournament, and Dice Game mini-games;
  • Three new quests available; and
  • Exclusive rewards including settlement decorations, customization items and weapons, including the one-handed sword Skrofnung can be acquired with Sigrblot tokens in the festival shop for a limited time before the festival ends.

To experience the Sigrblot Festival, players must reach England and complete one of the first narrative arcs – either Grantebridgescire or Ledecestrescire – and have their settlement reach Level 2.

An additional update is planned for later this season and will bring a new River Raids map pack, with destinations scattered along the rivers of Francia and Ireland.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is available on Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One consoles, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, the Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Store on Windows PC, as well as on Stadia, Amazon Luna and Ubisoft’s subscription service, Ubisoft+.

Zuru Expands Dino Lines

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Details on Zuru’s summer and fall 2021 dino-themed toys have been unveiled.

The lineup includes a Smashers Lava Light Up Dino Mega Surprise, available fall 2021, Smashers Lava Light Up Dino Mini Surprise, available fall 2021, Robo Alive Dino Wars, available now and a licensed Vlad & Niki Superhero Surprise, available now.

Warner Bros CP Opens Mexico Office

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Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) will open its office in Mexico City, Mexico on Aug. 1. WBCP Mexico will also support global franchise opportunities this summer/fall 2021 including the annual Back to Hogwarts celebration, Wonder Woman’s 80th anniversary, Batman Day and DC FanDome.

“Mexico is a hugely important market for us and having our own flagship office there working directly with our amazing partners simply makes sense,” says Preston Kevin Lewis, senior vice president, Warner Bros. Consumer Products Latin America. “As we drive new business and partner across WarnerMedia divisions currently based in Mexico, including HBO Max, WB Games, WB Home Entertainment and others, having our team in-market allows us to be much more collaborative with our licensees and ensure the highest-quality fan experience.”

Javier Garza will be the new head of Warner Bros. Consumer Products Mexico. He will report to Lewis and Sharon Zyman, general manager, WarnerMedia Mexico and Colombia. Garza will also join the local WarnerMedia Mexico executive leadership team. Garza previously worked for WBCP for more than 14 years as the licensing vice president for Latin America and general manager of Mexico, before launching his own agency, The Brand Licensing Entertainment Co. (BLEC), in 2015. Now Garza brings his years of experience within WB and is serving as a WBCP licensing agent.

“It is a great responsibility to lead the Mexico office, knowing the huge opportunities this market provides Warner Bros.,” says Garza. “The goal for our team will be to develop unforgettable content, products and world-class experiences for fans of Warner Bros. brands and franchises.”

Ahead of the grand opening of the office, License Global spoke exclusively with Preston Kevin Lewis, senior vice president, Warner Bros. Consumer Products Latin America about the new team, WBCP’s plans in the region and more.

License Global: Why was it important for WBCP to open an office in Mexico City?

Lewis: As the second-largest licensing market in Latin America behind only Brazil, Mexico is very important for us and offers incredible growth opportunities. LATAM makes up 4 percent of the worldwide consumption of licensed goods and services with $11.8 billion in sales in 2019, and Mexico sales of licensed merchandise and services are estimated at more than $3 billion.

This is also about timing. Our Latin America business is a major priority for the company with country managers now in place across the region to drive cross-divisional alignment in new and exciting ways. Our Mexico office will be a critical partner in this and our licensees and retailers will be key beneficiaries.  

Tell us a bit more about your staff at the new Mexico office. Any licensing veterans that the industry can lean on?

Javier Garza, who will be the new head of Warner Bros. Consumer Products Mexico, is an industry veteran who previously worked for WBCP for more than 14 years as the licensing vice president for Latin America and general manager of Mexico. In 2015, he founded The Brand Licensing Entertainment Co. (BLEC), which served as our licensing agent in the market for Warner Bros. We are very excited that Javier is returning to WBCP, bringing his years of experience, extensive network of contacts and LatAm knowledge. 

The rest of our WBCP Mexico team has expertise in merchandising, retail, marketing, creative and more and are passionately ready to deliver premier experiences for fans of DC, Wizarding World, Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera, HBO, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and more.

What WB properties are the most popular in the territory and what will you be focusing on?
Consumers in Mexico historically have robust engagement with entertainment brands and our brands are among the most popular, including DC Superheroes like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, “Harry Potter,” “Game of Thrones,” “Friends,” “Rick and Morty” and classic cartoons such as “Looney Tunes” and “Scooby-Doo.”

As SVP of WBCP LatAm, how does the new Mexico office fit into the overall LatAm licensing strategy?

We are focused on growth and the Mexico office is a critical part of the plan to reach our ambitions. Doing this requires the development of unforgettable content, products and world-class experiences for fans of our brands and franchises. Having a team in Mexico will allow us to be much more attuned to the local market opportunities, drive deeper cross-divisional collaboration and ensure deeper penetration and partnerships across digital and physical retail.

Are there any incoming deals in Mexico that you can share?

We have a very robust slate of DC films and other major releases coming next year – you’ll get a sneak peek at DC FanDome on Oct. 16. So you can imagine our CP business may have some surprises planned next year and beyond. The future for our business in Mexico is bright indeed.

Uno Unveils Limited-Edition OBEY Deck

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OBEY artist Shepard Fairey and Uno have teamed up for the latest edition of their Artiste Series. The deck features new environmentally themed designs from Fairey, complete with a limited color palette that can also be found on the artist’s clothing lines. There are also four two-sided cards that create two different art pieces when placed together. His wife, Amanda Fairey is also featured throughout the deck.

Along with the environmentally themed designs, the deck is 100% recyclable, staying in line with Uno’s “Nothin’ But Paper” pledge, which focuses on removing cellophane packaging materials and using sustainable materials for the cards. Mattel will also be donating to the Ocean Conservatory on behalf of Fairey.