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Toys & Games

What’s the [Toy] Story? Same as Last Year, Just Better!

Straight from the floor of New York Toy Fair, TLL brings you the latest and greatest in toy trends. They just happen to be the same as last year’s—Only more nuanced, thoughtful, and developed…


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Business

M&A: New Faces, Same Places

The latest in business news takes us full circle, from home brands (Oneida, Zippo) to publishing (Penske Media, Hearst) to talent agencies (UTA) to retail (Walmart, Sears, TRU)…


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Entertainment/Character

Feature Creatures: Horns, Hooves & Hybrids

Take a moment to recall last year’s feature headline for New York Toy Fair: Blind Bags, Glitter & Poop. This year, we can safely replace the last one with: Unicorns…


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Corporate/Trademark

Going Corporate: 2019 Toys/Games Built on a TM

Lest TLL neglects to honor those corporate trademarks/brands with influence in the toys and games space, here are some of the top highlights…


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Economics

2019 U.S. Retail Growth Forecast Rosy; But Not Without Challenges

This year’s batch of respondents to TLL’s Annual Licensing Business Survey agree with the experts: the U.S. economy is good for business in 2019—despite a weaker-than-expected Q4 2018…


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Video games

State of the Union: Reviewing Video Games in 2018

The U.S. video gaming industry broke records in 2018 to hit an estimated $43.4 billion in sales—and retail sales of licensed products based on those games are expected to follow in those same footsteps…


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People

Who’s News—February 2019

The latest hires, promotions, and departures.

Featuring: Activision Blizzard, Cloudco, Macy’s, NFLPA, MGAE, Iconix, TSBA Group, and more…


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Licensing Law

Right of Publicity & Using Celebrities Without Permission

In the U.S., can a company utilize a person’s intellectual property without being under a licensing agreement? The answer: “Yes, sometimes.” While it might seem an anathema for any sensible licensing professional…


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Domestics & Stationery

Living Coral: 2019 NSS, NY Now & Surtex Edition

Conscientious, Organized, Retro, and Animated Living—From the floor of the 2019 National Stationery Show (NSS), Retail Renaissance NY Now, and Surtex, TLL brings you the latest in home, stationery, and surface design…


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Estates

Ruth, Ross & Rogers: America’s Top Personalities

Americans can’t seem to get enough of the three R’s—RBG, Bob Ross, and Mister Rogers. They’re calm, they’re collected, and they’re what we need right now…


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