How Will The Marketplace Deal With Big Movie Property Gridlock Going Forward?

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Vendors Tightened Terms as Toys R Us Weighed Restructuring, CEO Says

Toys R Us filed for bankruptcy protection late Monday as it sought to restructure debt left over from its $6.6 billion sale 12 years ago. The top unsecured creditor is Bank of New York ($206.3 million), followed by Mattel ($135.6 million), Hasbro ($59 million), Spin Master Corp. ($59 million), Graco ($32.7 million), Lego ($31.5 million), Just Play ($28.9 million), MGA

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Colonial Williamsburg Shifts Retail, Product Strategies

Colonial Williamsburg Co. is adopting an “inspired by” approach to licensing as if shifts retail and merchandising to Aramark as part of a broader restructuring of the organization, says Williamsburg’s Melissa Fraley Agguini. The company, the for-profit wing of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, will continue to license and approve products and doesn’t expect immediate changes in its roster of more

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Inside Licensing News & Notes, Sept. 18, 2017

Netflix Expanding Stranger Things Licensing Program A year after first dipping into licensing with “Stranger Things”, market sources say that Netflix is expanding the program for the hit series with a range of licensing agreements, including a direct-to-retail program for Halloween costumes with Spirit Halloween. The series’second season is slated to drop on Oct. 27. Spirit’s collection of 37 items

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Report: Hasbro’s Micone Takes Top NFL Licensing Job

According to today’s Sports Business Daily… “Hasbro VP/Licensing for North America Michelle Micone has been hired as the NFL’s new Senior VP/Consumer Products. In perhaps the most talked-about job opening this year in sports licensing, the NFL has been looking for a new consumer products chief since April, when Leo Kane left the league after 23 years. The position will

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Hasbro Debuts Hascon Fanfest

Hasbro brought its brands under a single banner at the first Hascon this past weekend, drawing fans of all stripes to the Rhode Island Convention Center for a three-day event featuring panel discussions and product showcases. The show was a mix of Hasbro’s own properties such as My Little Pony, Candyland, Hanazuki, G.I. Joe, Tonka, Magic the Gathering, Transformers and

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Vera Bradley Sharpens Focus on Licensing, Moves to Close Stores

Vera Bradley is sharpening its focus on licensing in reformulating its business. The company has landed seven new agreements to go with its long-time pact for eyewear with The McGee Group, with the bulk of new products arriving this fall. Peking Handicrafts’ Vera Bradley bedding will be sold through 200 Bed Bath and Beyond stores starting this month, while distribution

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Inside Licensing News and Notes, Sept. 7, 2017

G-III Apparel Investing in DKNY, Donna Karan Licensing G-III Apparel will spend a “good deal of money” on marketing the DKNY and Donna Karan brands in expanding a licensee base that includes Hanesbrands (hosiery, legwear, sleepwear), Estee Lauder (fragrances), PVH (menswear) and Fossil (watches), G-III CEO Morris Goldfarb told analysts. “They are all very significant licensees that are aggressive in

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Colleges, Licensees Seek To Maximize The Opportunity via Exclusivity

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Inside Licensing News and Notes, September 5, 2017

Executive changes June DeFabio, ex-Ralph Lauren, appointed EVP Women’s and Home Divisions at Iconix Brand Group… Rachel Wakley, ex-Tesco, named General Manager of Warner Bros. Consumers Products for the UK and Ireland… Changes at Vera Bradley: Beatrice Mac Cabe, VP Design, named Chief Creative Officer, replacing founder Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, who remains with the company; Theresa Palermo resigns as EVP

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