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Collectibles: The Story Behind Fanatics Acquisition of Topps Trading Cards

By Gary Symons TLL Editor in Chief If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. The venerable Topps trading card business has agreed to an acquisition offer from Fanatics … the same company that yanked its… . . . read more

Mattel Honored With First Licensing Sustainability Award

The Society of Product Licensors Committed to Excellence and The Licensing Letter are pleased to announce that Mattel’s toy recycling program has won the first ever Licensing Sustainability Award. The LSA is awarded quarterly to… . . . read more

Licensing Opportunities: All The Shows And Films Unveiled On Disney+ Day

By Gary Symons TLL Editor in Chief It’s Disney+ Day, and the House of Mouse has revealed release dates, trailers and artwork for more than two dozen new shows and films for the coming year…. . . . read more

Sustainability In Licensing: Mattel Exceeds Sustainability Goals For Packaging

Mattel continues to make huge strides toward a sustainable business model, saying the company exceeded its 2020 goal to achieve and maintain 95% recycled or FSC-certified content in the paper and wood fiber used in its… . . . read more

Ray-Ban Smart Glasses Put the ‘Face’ Into Facebook

By Gary Symons TLL Editor in Chief Facebook is getting into the smart glasses business in a big way, partnering with the premiere shades company Ray-Ban to release a line called Stories. The release of… . . . read more

Trends: Rise Of The ‘Re-Commerce Economy’

By Alicia Rosa Manager of Trend & Creative Services Brand Central Re-commerce, or reverse commerce, is peaking with the introduction of a slew of new resale partnerships and concepts from mainstream retailers and brands. This… . . . read more

WTF Are NFTs, And Why Should You Care? Find Out In This Video

By Gary Symons TLL Editor in Chief If you’ve read recent articles in TLL about the rise of NFTs, or Non-Fungible Tokens, you’d know I am not a fan of the technology, nor how it… . . . read more

What Consumers Will be Looking for in a Post-COVID World

By Alicia Rosa Brand Central Insights Consumers are starting to see the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. This new vaccinated world will be a testing ground to see if the pandemic-driven trends… . . . read more

SPLiCE Hosting ‘License To Play Globally’ Conference on April 26

By Gary Symons TLL Editor in Chief The Society of Product Licensors Committed to Excellence (SPLiCE) is celebrating its 17th anniversary on Monday—which is also World IP Day—by hosting a conference on ways to protect,… . . . read more

Beijing Lashes Out at Western Fashion Brands

WAR OF WORDS OVER HUMAN RIGHTS SPILLS OVER INTO LICENSING, AS CHINA HITS BACK AGAINST H&M, ADIDAS, NIKE, AND MORE Stung by accusations of human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region, Beijing is lashing out… . . . read more


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