Kinoshita Group Buys Copyrights Asia

Japan conglomerate Kinoshita Group acquires Copyrights Asia from RM Holdings, adding licensing to its growing TV and film distribution and movie-related book publishing businesses, says Copyrights’ David Buckley, who will remain President under the new ownership. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Copyrights Asia and its 13 employees will remain based in Tokyo and continue to represent Paddington Bear, Betty

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Welspun Seeks to Expand Licensing Business

Welspun is moving to layer a licensing business onto its well-established position as a private label bedding supplier. Welspun USA CEO Julie McKenzie  says the company is in “active” discussions on 11 potential licensing deals; it already has licenses with Buzzfeed (Goodful brand bedding due at Macy’s this fall) and wellness technology developer Delos (Stay Well brand for sheets, duvets,

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Tough Mudder to Expand Event Licensing to 20 Countries in 2019

Tough Mudder Inc. will expand international licensing of its obstacle course race event to 20 countries in 2019, Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer Jerome Hiquet tells us. The company currently has 4-5 licensees operating 10-12-mile obstacle course races, and 24-hour competitions in 12 countries including the UK, Ireland, Australia, Indonesia and the Middle East. It signed an agreement with IMG

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Entertainment One to Launch Ricky Zoom Preschool Series in Spring 2019

Entertainment One (eOne) will launch its new “Ricky Zoom” boys preschool animated series across France (Gulli), Italy (RAI) and Latin America (Discovery Kids) in spring 2019 with toys from master licensee Tomy to ship in the fall, the company said. Ricky Zoom will be a 52-episode, 11-minute series. U.S. program distribution plans haven’t been released. Tomy will initially field a

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Meredith Sets Its Licensing Operations

Meredith Corp. names Steven Grune VP of Brand Licensing, filling a post vacant since February and adding responsibilities for the newly acquired Time Inc. properties. Grune, formerly VP and Group Publisher of Meredith Parents Network, will report to Meredith Consumer Products President Tom Witschi. Grune will oversee a licensing program that extends brands including Better Homes and Gardens, EatingWell and

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Executives

Jamie Kampel, formerly Legendary Entertainment, named Head of Licensing and Merchandising at Amazon Studios, new position… Iconix Global Brands extends interim CEO Peter Cuneo’s contract through Dec. 31, replacing one that expired Sept. 15 as the company continues its search for a full-time CEO, according to an SEC filing… Suzy Lee Raia, formerly Nickelodeon, appointed VP of Licensing at BBC

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Ecommerce Growth Give Broader Array of Licensees Opportunity in Bedding Market

The increasingly important role of ecommerce as a distribution channel for bedding has given an increasingly broad array of designer, lifestyle, celebrity and other licensed properties more of a chance to find their consumer audiences. According to NPD Group, the ecommerce channel in 2017 was the only one to show year-on-year gains in bedding sales, (with a 4.5 percent rise),

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London Law Firm Forms Brand Management Group

London law firm Mishcon de Reya (MDR) has formed a brand management group, bringing the 500-attorney firm, which specializes in IP and trademark law, into the global licensing agency business for the first time. The move is part of broader effort by law firms and other professional service companies to offer a range of services, says MDR Brand Management CEO

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TGI Fridays Ready-to-Mix Drinks Launch at Tesco

TGI Fridays is extending its ready-to-drink cocktails business to the UK. Licensee Manchester Drinks Co. has launched TGI Fridays Passion Fruit Martini, Pink Pink Mojito and Long Island Ice Tea exclusively at Tesco. TGI Fridays, which has 84 restaurants in the UK, also has UK licensees for slow cooked meats (Tulip) and food gifting (IG Design Group). Beanstalk represents it

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Cherokee Moves Away From Total Reliance on DTRs

Cherokee Global Brands is moving away from a reliance on DTR licensing agreements toward a business mix that also includes licenses with wholesale manufacturers and making its design services available for retailers’ private label programs. While DTRs remain an “important tactic” in international markets for retailers lacking design and sourcing capabilities, it is not “the full solution anymore,” says CEO

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