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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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Just when you think you’ve seen everything

File this under “Just when you thought you’d seen everything involving rights issues…” Washingtonpost.com this morning has an article a suit filed ni France by infamous terrorist Carlos the Jackal to protect his image’s use in a documentary on his life. Read it at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/25/AR2010012503690.html?hpid=moreheadlines

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Canine Social Media

Ran into an unexpected licensing application during a trip through Mattel’s pre-Toy Fair sneak preview. Under its Radica brand, the company this fall will introduce Twitter-licensed  “Puppy Tweets” — a system that includes an electronic tag to be hung from a dog’s collar, a USB receiver, and a software download. Create  a Twitter™ account for the dog and voila, messages

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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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