BLE Roundup: Video Games Take Center Stage, and Studios Reach Into Their Vaults

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Inside Licensing News and Notes, October 16, 2017

WWE Expanding Tapout Distribution Tapout athletic apparel will expand to more than 500 Aeropostale stores in November following a 120-store test, moving distribution outside J.C. Penney, says World Wrestling Entertainment’s Casey Collins, which operates Tapout as a joint venture with brand owner Authentic Brands Group (ABG). Aeropostale will start with Tapout mens athletic apparel and potentially add womens and boys

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Licensed Collectibles Front and Center at NY Comic-Con

Licensed collectibles of every stripe were front and center at New York Comic-Con (NYCC) with some toymakers seeking to reposition themselves in the category. That never-ending stream of collectibles is entering the market as an ever-larger array of retailers dedicate space to them – teen retailer Tillys is one of latest to add the category in select stores. For example,

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Market Velocity and Dynamics Discussed at House of Commons

With new content available at an ever-quicker pace companies are working against rapidly compressing deadlines to deliver product that once took months, even years to reach retail, industry executives said Monday during LIMA’s annual seminar at House of Commons. With the tighter delivery cycles driven by a constant flow of IP, some companies are shifting to a “mixed bag” of

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Funko Files for IPO

Licensing powerhouse Funko, with more than 1,000 properties from 112 licensors, has filed for an initial public offering. In documents filed Friday, Funko reported net income for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31 declined 1% to $26.8 million as sales rose 96% to $426.7 million. In Q2 ended June 30, the company swung to a $4.5 million net loss from

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Inside Licensing News and Notes October 9, 2017

Kidde’s Red Cross Smoke Detectors Launch at Home Depot What started as a safety program is expanding into a licensed retail business. Kidde, which has been supplying smoke alarms as part of the American Red Cross’ Home Fire Campaign that is aimed at reducing the number of home fire deaths and injuries, is selling the first branded models through about

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Inside Licensing News and Notes, Oct. 4, 2017

Executives Steve Davis, ex-Rue La La, named Pres. of Fanatics International, filling a position vacant since Andy Anson’s departure in March. Davis’ hiring follows a funding round led by Softbank that closed recently, reported to be $1 billion … Changes at Universal Brand Development: Ben Braun, ex-Universal Pictures Senior VP for Strategic Planning, named Chief Financial Officer, new position, assuming

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DTRs’ Role in Halloween Rising As Specialty Retailers Seek Margins, Differentiation

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Inside Licensing News and Notes, September 29, 2017

  Spin Master Settles Hatchimals Infringement Suit Spin Master Corp. settles the suit it filed against Maxima Wearable Tech, barring Maxima from selling its Hatchimals-like Fuzzy Wonderz product, Spin Master said. Spin Master sued the New York-based company in U.S. District Court, New York, in July alleging Fuzzy Wonderz, launched as Hatchimals gained in popularity last fall, infringed on Hatchimals-related

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Inside Licensing News and Notes, Sept. 27, 2017

Toys R Us Closes on $3.1 Billion in Financing, Awaits Court Approval Toys R Us has closed on $3.1 billion in financing designed to fund the chain during bankruptcy and allow for store remodeling, but is awaiting court approval. A hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Richmond, VA. is set for Oct. 10.  A U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge gave interim approval

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