Chapter: United Kingdom

Licensing in India Conference 2009

I’ve recently returned from India where I chaired the second annual Brand Licensing Conference  in Delhi. As in all sectors of business, licensing looks upon India and its sensational economic growth with ambitious eyes. The large middle class, the high level of graduate education, the improving retail environment, all make for a heady mix to entice the licensing world to

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The Global Challenge

“Anyone who hasn’t been thinking of their licensing business in global terms is in trouble.” That statement by a U.S.-based licensing agent is both a comment on the state of the U.S. retail scene in 2009, as well as an acknowledgement about where the biggest growth is likely to come from in the years ahead. For those looking forward, though,

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Brand agencies moving in new direction?

Speculation of about a possible purchase of Playboy by Iconix Brand Group – owner of such fashion brands as Ecko unltd, London Fog, Joe Boxer, and Starter — spotlights the vibrancy of strategic brand licensing as an important business model. Iconix’ interest in Playboy stems from its value as a lifestyle brand, not as the iconic magazine and media brand

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Challenges in the Videogame Category

The fact that the third quarter numbers published earlier this week by NPD Group, GfK Chart-Track Ltd and Enterbrain showed a decline in unit sales of videogame software couldn’t have surprised anyone vaguely familiar with the category. In Japan, unit sales were off 15% from the year-earlier period (which itself was off 20% from the same quarter in 2007). In

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An Exciting, Strategic Keynote At Licensing Expo

Just in case you’ve missed our emails… Mark your calendar to come hear Dan Stanek, EVP of consulting group TNS Retail Forward in the first-ever FREE Keynote Session at Licensing Expo. Dan’s a dynamic speaker, and will address the ongoing shifts in consumer attitudes and shopping patterns, and give insights into which of those shifts are likely to be short-term

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Do Promotions and Consumer Products Belong Under The Same Roof?

The sometimes uneasy relationship between promotions and consumer products licensing hits the headlines again. Two years after laying off the vast majority of its consumer products licensing business to The Beanstalk Group, Universal Studios is bringing it back inhouse, creating Universal Partnerships and Licensing (UP&L). The move brings product licensing into the orbit of Stephanie Sperber, who previously headed Universal

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