Xilam Launches Licensing Program for Paprika Preschool Series

French animation studio Xilam launches a licensing program for its first preschool animation series, “Paprika,” with plans to introduce a new stylebook at BLE next month, says Xilam’s Marie-Laure Marchand. The 78-episode, eight-minute series first aired on France 5 last November and will debut on Disney Junior in EMEA on Oct. 18; distribution also includes Italy (Frisbee), South Korea (EBS)

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DHX Completes Strategic Review, Signs Peanuts Agreement for Asia with CAA/GBG

DHX Media signs CAA-Global Brand Group to represent Peanuts Worldwide in China and Asia (outside Japan) in a deal that it expects to boost the brand’s revenue in the region 35 percent over the next five years, CEO Michael Donovan told analysts. The pact, which runs through 2023, will increase revenue from the region in the “low single digits” million

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Stay By Stacy Garcia Launches on QVC

Interior designer Stacy Garcia launched an exclusive home products collection on QVC under her Stay by Stacy Garcia brand. The line, which includes licensed bedding, accent pillows, blankets, rugs, spa robes and slippers aired on Sept. 13 and will return in January. The brand previously was introduced last year in the hospitality industry and has 10-15 licensees. Garcia also introduced

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Agencies

Collaborations Licensing is representing EMO NITE as the music event organizer moves to expand its reach in licensing in North America starting with Ripple Junction, which will launch apparel and accessories late this year. EMO’s “Talking Back Tuesday” events have a been fixture in Los Angeles for more than three years and the company has developed apparel collections with Urban

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Executives

Hannah Miles, Creative Director at Fashion U.K. and Global Licensing, promoted to Managing Director, joining Co-Managing Directors Gurdev Mattu and Mickey Mattu… Kellee Hartman, ex-Crayola, appointed Senior Manager for Licensing and Marketing at SG Companies, replacing Ginamarie Perez, who departs

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Retro Videogames Find Home in New Arcade Machines

With retro videogames gaining a higher profile via recent films and TV series, some companies are harnessing the heightened visibility for arcade game machine-like products. Circa 1980s videogames have benefited from references made to them in Netflix’s Stranger Things (Namco’s “Dig Dug”; Cinematronics’ “Dragon’s Lair”) series and films such as Ready Player One (Williams Electronics’ “Joust”; Capcom’s “Black Tiger”) and

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Sears CEO Pushes for Asset Sale

Sears Holdings is faced with “near-term liquidity constraints” and should sell $1.75 billion in assets including the Kenmore appliance brand, in a bid to avoid bankruptcy, according to an SEC filing today by Sears CEO Eddie Lampert’s hedge fund ESL Investments. Lampert, who also is Sears’ chairman and controlling shareholder, wants creditors to restructure $1.1 billion in debt due in

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Kinoshita Group Buys Copyrights Asia

Japan conglomerate Kinoshita Group acquires Copyrights Asia from RM Holdings, adding licensing to its growing TV and film distribution and movie-related book publishing businesses, says Copyrights’ David Buckley, who will remain President under the new ownership. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Copyrights Asia and its 13 employees will remain based in Tokyo and continue to represent Paddington Bear, Betty

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Welspun Seeks to Expand Licensing Business

Welspun is moving to layer a licensing business onto its well-established position as a private label bedding supplier. Welspun USA CEO Julie McKenzie  says the company is in “active” discussions on 11 potential licensing deals; it already has licenses with Buzzfeed (Goodful brand bedding due at Macy’s this fall) and wellness technology developer Delos (Stay Well brand for sheets, duvets,

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Tough Mudder to Expand Event Licensing to 20 Countries in 2019

Tough Mudder Inc. will expand international licensing of its obstacle course race event to 20 countries in 2019, Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer Jerome Hiquet tells us. The company currently has 4-5 licensees operating 10-12-mile obstacle course races, and 24-hour competitions in 12 countries including the UK, Ireland, Australia, Indonesia and the Middle East. It signed an agreement with IMG

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