LIMA Licensing Blog

Building the business in emerging markets

I’m in the midst of a series of visits to shows and conferences in markets where the licensing business is still relatively undeveloped. In recent weeks, that’s included a trip to Zagreb, Croatia for Licensing New Europe, and to Dubai for the Dubai International Character and Licensing Fair. On December 11-12, it will be Brand Licensing India in New Delhi.

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Winter Warmer beats the chill UK weather.

It was with some trepidation that Saphia and I arrived at Centre Point at 7.30 am on a sub-zero morning last Thursday, ready to set up for the Licensing Essentials Course. Trepidation due to the harsh weather, that’s to say. With the best part of a week’s worth of snow in the UK, up to 24 inches in parts of

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LIMA on the radio

A sharp-eared friend heard one of my rare appearances on the radio yesterday. Last summer I was asked to contribute to a Radio 4 programme about Calvin and Hobbes, the famous syndicated cartoon strip. The show was presented by UK comedian Phil Jupitus, who is a big fan of the strip. The reason I was contacted is because the author

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The Royal Wedding 2011 – will we get any official merchandise?

So the UK has a new Royal wedding to look forward to, and thus, forward-looking LIMA members have been contacting me this week to ask about official rights for merchandise to celebrate the nuptials. You will probably not be surprised to learn that such matters have to be dealt with in writing, and no-one at Buckingham Palace was able to

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“Should I Take This License or Pass?

I just finished moderating a really good LIMA webinar, with Will Thompson of Changes Inc. and Rick Mallow of Making Connections offering their perspectives on how licensees evaluate licenses — and the companies that own them.

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LIMA Germany Award Winners

In addition to brand owners, manufacturers and agents, LIMA Germany’s annual Licensing Market in Munich last week drew an impressive array of key retailers. The day was capped off by the presentation of the LIMA Germany 2010 Awards at a gala evening networking event.

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International business takes off at Brand Licensing Europe

Getting back last night after BLE 2010, for once I was grateful to be arriving at an empty house. With my family all away on sundry musical/business and educational missions, only my ageing cat, Alice, was around. Alice, being a typical feline, is far too wise to expend energy on conversation, so I was free to luxuriate in the realisation

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Accessorize!

Last week, I stopped into the Hot Topic store in the spanking new Santa Monica Place shopping center in Southern California and noted an interesting pattern in the adult Halloween section. Virtually all the adult costumes were private label SKUs that verge on knock-offs of licensed properties ( i.e. “Miss Wonderland” that could be seen as Alice, and “Tea Party

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Doing Business In “The New Normal”

The following also appears as a column in the Fall/Autumn issue of Total Licensing magazine, viewable at http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/d5f6ae6e ****** Years ago, I attended a business conference whose featured speaker was Alan Greenspan, best known recently as the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, a key economic policy-setting part of the U.S. government. When he gave this particular speech, though,

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The Licensing Awards 2010

Thursday last saw the fifth annual Licensing Awards in London in the new format launched by the team at Max Publishing in 2006. The occasion lived up to all expectations with plenty of entertainment, from comedian Chris Addison to the plethora of special videos created by a variety of UK licensors and event sponsors. More than 1000 guests made this

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