International Licensing Awards Winners Announced at 2015 Licensing Expo!

Posted June 10, 2015

The consumer products campaign for Disney’s mega-hit animated movie Frozen took top honors as Overall Best Licensed Program last night at the annual International Licensing Awards – held at the 2015 Licensing Expo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.  Frozen also won in the Film, Television, or Entertainment (Animated) Program category, while Kohl’s Department Stores received the coveted Retailer of the Year Award for its in-store presentation of Frozen. In addition, JAKKS Pacific tied with Playmates Toys’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles product line for the win in the Film, Television, or Entertainment Animated Licensee: Hard Goods category for its Disney’s Frozen/Snow Glow Elsa doll.  Mojang’s hit video game Minecraft was also recognized with wins in multiple categories, as was Knockout Licensing for multiple wins in the Film, Television, or Entertainment (Live Action) category.

“We’re delighted to recognize the huge impact that all of our Awards winners have had in the marketplace, including Frozen as 2014’s top success story,” said LIMA President Charles Riotto. “These achievements underscore the high caliber of today’s licensing initiatives and the significance of licensed properties and brands throughout the world.”

The full list of 2015 award winners follows:

Celebrity or Music Program – One Direction, Modest Management/Global Merchandising Services Ltd.
Character or Toy Brand Program – My Little Pony, Hasbro
Character or Toy Brand Licensee: Hard Goods – LAFOOD, Sesame Street healthy food
Character or Toy Brand Licensee: Soft Goods – Under Armour, Captain America collection
Corporate Brand Program – HGTV HOME, Scripps Networks/Beanstalk
Corporate Brand Licensee – Reynolds Consumer Products/Hefty Brand, Arm & Hammer/ Hefty Ultimate waste bags
Digital Program – Minecraft, Mojang
Digital Licensee – Jazwares, LLC, Minecraft Overworld Series #2 Toys
Film, Television, or Entertainment (Animated) Program: Disney’s Frozen, The Walt Disney Company/Disney Consumer Products
Film, Television, or Entertainment (Animated) Licensee: Hard Goods – (tie) JAKKS Pacific, Disney’s Frozen/Snow Glow Elsa doll; Playmates Toys, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles product line
Film, Television, or Entertainment (Animated) Licensee: Soft Goods – Havaianas, Despicable Me flip flops
Film, Television, or Entertainment (Live Action) Program – Downton Abbey, NBCUniversal International Television Production/Knockout Licensing
Film, Television, or Entertainment (Live Action) Licensee: Hard Goods – Lovehoney, Fifty Shades of Grey: Official Pleasure Collection
Film, Television, or Entertainment (Live Action) Licensee: Soft Goods – Accessory Innovations, Star Wars R2D2 light-up & voice-activated backpack
Licensed Promotion – AMC The Walking Dead “Carnage Asada” Slim Jim Beef Sticks, AMC/Striker Entertainment
Lifestyle: Art, Design or Fashion Program – The Very Hungry Caterpillar/The World of Eric Carle, Eric Carle Studio/The Joester Loria Group
Lifestyle: Art, Design or Fashion Licensee – Samick Musical Instrument Co. Ltd., Paul Frank musical instruments line
Location-Based or Experiential Initiative – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Retailer – Kohl’s Department Stores, Disney’s Frozen
Sports or Sports-Themed Entertainment Program – World Cup, FIFA
Sports or Sports-Themed Entertainment Licensee – ISC Sports Pty Ltd., National Rugby League and Marvel Heroes jerseys
Overall Best Licensed Program – Disney’s Frozen, The Walt Disney Company/Disney Consumer Products