Fall Toy Preview takes place next month in Dallas. TIA says every major retailer is registered to attend. Find out which retailers as well as manufacturers will be there.
This past July, NASCAR announced the establishment of the NASCAR Teams Licensing Trust. It’s an industry-operated organization created to expand and develop the NASCAR licensing program. The Licensing Trust is composed of the organization’s sanctioning body and a number of NASCAR teams, including more than 30 NASCAR national series drivers. Blake Davidson, managing director of licensed products at NASCAR, discussed the establishment and goals of the Licensing Trust.
Parfumologie—once solely a fragrance distributor—is now dedicated to the development, manufacturing, packaging, marketing, and merchandising of unique fragrances. Fragrance is one the hottest areas of licensing in an otherwise down market. Parfumologie is venturing into licensed fragrances with The American Line, licensed through the U.S. military.
Bradford Licensing, a New Jersey-based global licensing agency, has inked a joint venture agreement with Franchise India Group to create Bradford License India. With India continuing to develop a fast-paced and aggressive economy, this collaboration will be focused on developing brand licensing in the Indian market by leveraging both companies’ strengths. Bradford Licensing’s president, Michelle Minieri, discusses building Bradford License India and the joint venture’s goals.
Kidz Bop, known most notably for its CDs for families, is on the cusp of celebrating its 10th anniversary. As the music landscape changes, the company is evolving. It’s expanding its reach through licensing, a website, a kid’s music talent search, and a back-to-school promotion with Macy’s.
The Boy Scouts of America celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. The organization has come a long way in licensing over the past 100 years, including the recent introduction of two new characters available for licensing.
When Melissa Segal joined The Jim Henson Company at the start of 2009, the company quickly ramped up its licensing efforts. Through a three-pronged strategy that focuses on new family entertainment (such as Sid the Science Kid and Dinosaur Train), well-known legacy properties, and third-party brands, the company’s licensing stable is not only growing, but also diversifying.
Lavish Group—a privately owned group of companies operating within the media, content creation, and marketing industries based in London—is undertaking a very ambitions rollout strategy for its Luv Me Buddies property. The 100-day plan, which kicked off on June 25, includes specific targets and milestones for the campaign, which will focus heavily on the Luv Me Buddies website, which is set to launch on July 21. The brand is designed for global appeal. Lavish Group’s CEO, Marc Todd, gives aNb Media the scoop on the Luv Me Buddies, the 100-day strategy, and more.
There’s lots of excitement at Nickelodeon this year, from Dora the Explorer’s 10th anniversary to the company’s recent acquisition of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Lourdes Arocho, Nickelodeon Consumer Products’ recently promoted vice-president of toys & games, gave aNb Media the update on the company’s plans for 2010.