Inside Licensing News and Notes, July 16, 2018

Voxx Banking on RCA Licensed Security Products to Turn Around Accessories Business Voxx International is banking on its new licensed RCA brand security and smarthome products to help turn around its struggling consumer electronics accessories business, CEO Patrick Lavelle told analysts as it reported results for Q1 ended May 31. Voxx’s accessories sales fell 25% to $28.7 million in Q1.

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Marquee Brands Readying Retail Stores

Marquee Brands is planning to open Ben Sherman, Body Glove, BCBG Max Azaria and Bruno Magli popup stores as it seeks to extend the brands, COO Cory Baker tells us. Each of the 2,500-sq.-ft. stores will be open for a minimum of four months and be a combination of a retail store and event space and feature displays that trace

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Licensing Deals Spotlighted at The Toy insider’s Sweet Suite Show

From a seven-year-old toy reviewer turned licensor to the continued revival of vintage videogames brands, The Toy Insider’s Sweet Suite show spotlighted several licensing deals. Among those we observed: Bonkers Toys will launch licensed toys with Ryan ToysReview, a YouTube Channel featuring seven-year-old Ryan unboxing toys that has attracted 14.5 million subscribers. The line, which will be available Aug. 6

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Inside Licensing News and Notes, July 12, 2018

BuzzFeed Extending Tasty Brand to International Markets BuzzFeed is extending the Tasty brand to international  markets for the first time in hiring agents for EMEA (Licensing Matters), Australia (Haven), Mexico (La Panaderia), Spanish-speaking Latin America (Lotus Global Latam) and Brazil (Lotus Global Brasil).  The agents will seek deals for kitchenware, publishing and food. As part of the international push, Tasty

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Inside Licensing News and Notes, July 11, 2018

Byrnwood Partners Buying J.M.Smucker’s Baked Goods Business Byrnwood Partners agreed to buy J.M. Smuckers’ baked goods business, including a royalty-free perpetual license with General Mills for the Pillsbury brand. The $375 million acquisition also includes the Funfetti (cake mix), Hungry Jack (potato mix), White Lily (flour), Jim Dandy (grits) and Martha White (cornbread, muffin mixes) brands. Smucker has been seeking

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Peanuts Worldwide and NASA Forge New Agreement

Peanuts Worldwide and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) signed a new multi-year agreement that will yield consumer products in 2019 as the space agency marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 10 and 11 missions. The Space Act Agreement, which will also result in new content in 2019 and STEM-based learning materials, was created to “grow and build”

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Film Franchises Fuel Efforts to Marry Merchandise to Theater Visits

As the film industry continues to focus its efforts on building and extending licensing-friendly franchises, theater operators AMC, Regal and Cinemark are part of a renewed push to create new revenue streams by bringing merchandise sales into the theaters themselves. It’s an idea that’s been tried in the past, but has always been hamstrung by logistical and profitability challenges. But

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Notes from the Summer Fancy Food Show

Coffee, tea, cider and snacks were among the many licensed products we saw at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York. Among the trends we observed: Licensed brands continue to be evident in coffee and other beverages. Two Rivers Coffee has shipped Bailey’s Irish Cream cappuccino that packages six frothing milk packets with six flavored coffee K-cups and is

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Barnes & Noble CEO Fired

Barnes & Noble Tuesday fired CEO Demos Parneros for violating company policies. The retailer didn’t detail which policies were violated, but said the firing didn’t stem from any disagreement with the company regarding “financial reporting, policies or practices.” Parneros won’t receive severance and is no longer a director on Barnes & Noble’s board, the company said. Barnes & Noble said

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Inside Licensing News and Notes, July 3, 2018

Uncanny Brands Plots Strategy for Bleacher Creatures Uncanny Brands, having acquired plush brand Bleacher Creatures nearly a year ago out of bankruptcy, has formulated njew licenses with the NBA and NHL, but has no immediate plans to follow suit with the NFL or MLB due largely to rising royalty rates and minimum guarantees, says Uncanny’s Jeremy Kelley. Uncanny also has

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