Yearly Archive: 2010

UK Spring Fling rocks again!

A sunny Thursday in London and we’re in town for the LIMA Licensing Essentials Course and Spring Fling. We’ve enjoyed record attendances for our last few seminars so we’re all a little disappointed that we’re down on numbers for the full day. On the plus side we had a number of key retailers send staff as part of the ‘retail

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Sean John/Macy’s Deal Brings Questions For Licensees

Today’s  announcement that Macy’s has become the exclusive U.S. department store retailer of Sean John men’s sportswear is only the latest in a long line of retailer moves that is having a profound effect on the licensing business. In a phased rollout beginning in Spring 2011, Macy’s and macys.com will be the only retailers selling the line outside Sean John’s

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Iconix Gets A True Icon

This morning’s announcement of the purchase of  the Peanuts characters and United Media Licensing by a  joint venture formed by the heretofore fashion-centric Iconix Brand Group and the family of Peanuts icon Charles Schulz is indeed a stunner.  There have been many rumored suitors since UM parent E.W. Scripps announced earlier this year that it was looking to dispose of

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Developing The Next Generation of Licensing Professionals

I spent an interesting afternoon last week listening to Michael Stone’s guest lecture to 35 students in an MBA class at Boston University. The 90-minute lecture – initiated via an initial contact by LIMA — was part of a branding course taught by Associate Professor Susan Fournier. Interestingly, Stone’s opening thesis didn’t present licensing overtly as a brand enhancement and

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Kids Licensing Forum

Just back from a hastily re-arranged trip to Bologna. Hastily re-arranged courtesy of the British Airways cabin-crew strike, but rearranged in different ways, too. I’ve been a regular visitor to Bologna in early spring since 1981, to the long-standing Children’s Book Fair. Publishing is a core activity for licensing, of course, and anyone in children’s printed works has annually congregated

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Great response from UK members to the international licensing awards

This year LIMA has made a special effort to encourage wider participation in the international awards to be presented in Las Vegas in June. In previous years members could be forgiven for assuming that the awards were too focussed on North American companies. I’m pleased to say that the LIMA push has produced a very fine response from UK LIMA

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Impression of Brand Licensing Central & Eastern Europe

The inaugural Brand Licensing Central & Eastern Europe earlier this week had a good buzz about it for its two-day run in Budapest. Though their goals coming into the show varied -– some were looking primarily to find new licensees, others more to cement and enhance existing relationships – the 18 exhibitors seemed by and large happy with the breadth

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Scripps Exploring “Strategic Options” For United Media

U.S. media company EW Scripps said Tuesday announced that it’s “exploring strategic options for United Media Licensing, the wholly owned character licensing operation of United Media. Among the possible outcomes of the exploratory process are a sale or joint venture involving all or part of United Media Licensing. Another option is to keep operating the business if the exploratory process leads

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Reflections from the trade show circuit

In the midst of the early-year trade fairs around the world – stretching through Hong Kong to Nuremberg, London, Birmingham, Atlanta, New York and Las Vegas, among many others — there seems to be a recurring theme: retail sales have slowly improved, inventories have gotten in line, and buyers are buying again, rather than battening down the hatches. In the

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Rick Isaacson

Rick Isaacson, one of the true “characters” of the licensing business, who was a key builder of the sports licensing business as one of the earliest and longest-tenured employees of IMG, died over the weekend after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Rick was a valued friend, source, sounding post for me and many others in and around the licensing

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