Executives

Stephanie Sperber, CEO of agency White Space Entertainment, named also as President of Imagine Kids & Family, a newly formed division of Imagine Entertainment. Imagine Entertainment “will continue its on-going client relationship with White Space, with White Space supporting all Consumer Products efforts that develop from the new Imagine Kids & Family content division.”… Changes at Sybo Games: Naz Amarchi-Cuevas,

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CES Day Three: Companies Fine-Tune Licensing Brand Strategies

Pantone, Sketchers, U.S. Army Take on CE Market Brands not traditionally in the electronics business were on the CES floor via their licensees. ESI Cases and Accessories will launch Pantone headphones/earbuds in March in pink peacock, aspen gold and living coral and update the line every six months with new colors, says the company’s Mark Weinberger. The company also plans

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CES Notes: A Monster Move, Fashion Brands, Mascots Revamped

From fashion brands woven into electronics gear and time-honored labels revived for gaming and notebook PCs to companies adopting new designs for their mascots and strategies for their products, there were ample changes being made in licensing at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.   Monster Products Adopts Licensing Strategy Monster Products, long known for developing, designing and sourcing

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CES News and Notes: Bioworld, Beauty, Wellness and Soccer

Among the developments we saw and discussed on the first day of CES, as brands showed new technologies and marketing approaches, in some cases setting the stage for potential licensing efforts down the road:   Bioworld Readying Licensed Smart Wallets Bioworld is readying a small collection of licensed “smart” wallets for delivery this fall that feature its Bluetooth-based Foundmi technology,

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LIMA Survey: As 2019 Dawns, Optimism Reigns in a Changing Marketplace

As the calendar has turned to 2019, licensing professionals enter the new year with a sense of optimism but with their eyes wide open about challenges ahead. Of all those responding to our annual global flash industry survey, more than four out of 10 (44 percent) expect their licensing-related business to increase seven percent or more this year, and another

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Executives

Sarah Cummins, ex-New York Road Runners and U.S. Tennis Association, named SVP for Consumer Products at World Wrestling Entertainment, filling position vacant since Casey Collins departed last year for Hasbro… New Appointments as eOne Entertainment opens office in Shanghai to supplement one added last spring in Hong Kong: Pengchung Xu, ex-Pearl Studio, named VP China for Licensing, Family & Brands;

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Merlin Entertainments Group Readies Legoland Expansion

With its long-delayed Legoland in South Korea now slated to open in 2022, Merlin Entertainments Group sees room “over time” for 20 such parks globally, CEO Nick Varney said in a statement. The 280,000-square-meter Legoland on Hajungdo Island in Chuncheon, South Korea, will be Merlin’s ninth Lego park, following one scheduled to open in Goshen, NY in 2020. The facility,

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CAA/GBG Develops James Bond Sub-Brands

CAA/GBG, which recently began representing James Bond, has developed four sub-brands – Mr. Bond, Agent 007, 007/Special Issue and Q Branch – in an effort to expand sales opportunities for the franchise beyond periodic film releases, says CAA/GBG’s Robert Schwartz. It will show the sub-brands this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with a focus on Q

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At CES, Brands Will Be Seeking Out Technologies, and Vice Versa

The latest advances in smart/connected home, wearable and health and wellness technologies will mix more standard-issue TVs, audio, smartphones and computer products at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week. The more predictable product offerings – flat-screen 8K TVs promising a doubling of the current highest picture resolution and the heralding of the next-generation 5G wireless

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Retail Struggles: Lampert Bids for Sears, HMV Files for Administration

Troubled Sears Holdings won a reprieve from liquidation when Chairman Eddie Lampert and his ESL Holdings submitted a $4.4 billion offer effort to buy the retailer. Sears creditors have until tomorrow (Jan. 4) to decide whether ESL is a qualified bidder. If the ESL is accepted as legitimate, it still must participate in an auction with liquidation bidders on Jan.

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