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Universal Parks & Resorts Consolidates Its Operations

By Allison Watkinson TLL Reporter Universal Parks & Resorts has merged two of its key businesses to create a new division called Universal Products & Experiences (UP&E). The new division is a combination of the… . . . read more

Fashion: Estée Lauder in Talks to Acquire Tom Ford

By Gary Symons TLL Editor in Chief Estée Lauder is making a move into the fashion world, as the company has initiated talks to acquire Tom Ford International. Estee Lauder is best known as a… . . . read more

Who’s News: Throop To Step Down as CEO of Hasbro’s eOne Division

By Gary Symons TLL Editor in Chief Hasbro has reported another senior management shakeup, saying Darren Throop will step down as president and CEO of its eOne division. Throop is the founder of what was… . . . read more

Licensing Mergers: IMG Acquires Auction and Live Events Company

By Allison Watkinson TLL Reporter The licensing and brand giant IMG has acquired a majority stake in the collector car auction and live events company Barrett-Jackson. Barrett-Jackson’s events and high-energy auctions are known to attract… . . . read more

Crunchyroll Acquires North America’s Largest Anime Retailer

The anime streamer Crunchyroll has completed a strategic acquisition of Right Stuf, considered the largest retailer of anime products in North America. The Sony-owned streaming service announced on Aug. 4 that it had purchased Right… . . . read more

Technology: Walmart Expands Its Metaverse Ambitions

By Gary Symons TLL Editor in Chief Walmart is placing its bets on metaverse technologies as it announced the acquisition of an AR developer, and launched new augmented reality shopping experiences. The latter initiative sees… . . . read more

Collectibles Licensing: Funko Acquires Pop Culture Company Mondo

By Allison Watkinson TLL Reporter The collectible giant Funko, Inc. has acquired Mondo, a pop culture company that creates iconic collectibles and products. Mondo is best known for its limited-edition vinyl records and screen-printed posters…. . . . read more

Feature Report: The Back Story of Hasbro’s Boardroom Victory Over Alta Fox

Activist Investor Says Hasbro Board Needs To Go, But The Licensing Letter’s Analysis Shows Reason for Optimism By Gary Symons TLL Editor in Chief Hasbro says shareholders voted by “a substantial margin” to re-elect all… . . . read more

Universal Music Centralizes Rosters for Bravado and Epic Rights

Bravado, Universal Music Group has announced the centralization of both Bravado and Epic Rights licensing rosters. Bravado acquired Epic Rights in 2019 and the new structure includes the expanded purview of Epic Rights’ SVP Global… . . . read more

Licensing Partnerships: LMCA and Stobbs Form Joint Venture in Europe

By Gary Symons TLL Editor in Chief The brand licensing agency LMCA is expanding into Europe in an innovative partnership with the IP law firm Stobbs. The new partners say their collaboration will offer clients in… . . . read more