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Nike Repeats As Top Apparel Brand In Tough Year

By Gary Symons TLL Editor in Chief US shoemaker Nike has done it again, claiming the title of the world’s most valuable apparel brand for the seventh year in a row, but the bad news is that virtually all apparel brands faced a major decline in sales and revenue. That’s according to the annual Brand Finance Apparel 50 report for 2021, which looks at the industry over the past year. And what a year it was. According to Brand Finance’s data, the total value of the top 50 most valuable brands crashed by an almost unheard of eight per cent in a single year, thanks to the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, decreasing from US$ 301.9 billion in 2020 to US$276.4 billion by Jan. 1, 2021. Also, while Nike still took the crown for… . . . read more

Fordham Tags NXT GEN As Agency For Little Tracker IP

NXT GEN Brand Marketing announced today its appointment by Fordham USA as the global licensing agency for the Little Tracker lines of adventure books and snack foods. Little Tracker is based on a series of books connecting curious children and families to explore our vast and diverse world. The Little Tracker characters and story are deeply rooted in messages of global sustainability, animal preservation, diversity, and inclusion; all relevant and important topics in our world today. Through the Litter Tracker books, hildren can learn to identify wild animals, birds and ocean life, and their unique habitats through a diverse and inclusive cast of child ambassadors featured on a range of products and retail partners such as Walmart, Kroger, Smith’s, Target and more. “Nxt Gen agency is the ideal partner to develop… . . . read more

Dole Says Aloha With New Licensing Agent Beanstalk

THE DOLE FOOD COMPANY PARTNERS WITH BEANSTALK TO EXTEND BRAND INTO NEW PRODUCT OFFERINGS The Dole Food Company is partnering with global brand extension licensing agency, Beanstalk, to extend its iconic brand into food categories that further empower consumers to experience healthy living through association with the DOLE brand. Most famous as the world’s largest producer of pineapples, the DOLE brand has for generations represented the highest quality in produce with a mission to make the world a healthier place through education and research programs. More than just pineapples, DOLE is one of the world’s largest producers of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. “Today, being a meaningful part of everyday wellness and an environmental steward increasingly resonates with a growing audience across age groups,” the company said in… . . . read more

Bluey Crosses the English Channel to Air on France Television

The award winning kids animated series Bluey is crossing the English Channel to thrill a generation of children in France, as France Television has secured the rights to the show and BBC Studios has appointed France TV Distribution as its licensing agent in the country. Beginning this week, Bluey will be broadcast daily in the prime spots of 8:45 a.m. on weekends, and from Monday to Friday at 8:20 a.m.  Julie Kekwick, senior licensing manager, BBC Studios, said: “Building on the success of Bluey in Australia, New Zealand, the US and of course the widely anticipated launch in the UK, I am delighted that we have expanded our pre-school portfolio with France TV Distribution, as our licensing agent for Bluey alongside Hey Duggee and in turn strengthening our partnership with… . . . read more

Augusta Partners on EA Sports PGA Tour

Licensing Deal Will See EA SPORTS PGA TOUR As The Exclusive Home of All Four Majors — the Masters Tournament, PGA Championship, U.S. Open Championship and The Open Championship EA Sports has unveiled EA SPORTS PGA TOUR: Road to the Masters as the exclusive video game home of the historic Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, one of the most prestigious golf events in the world, with some of the most recognizable traditions in sports. The Masters made its first-ever virtual appearance with EA SPORTS in 2011, and its return to video games has been highly requested by golf fans. Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, unveiled the new cover of EA SPORTS PGA TOUR today during his annual press conference before the… . . . read more

Big Week For Dr. Seuss: Three New Deals And An Anniversary

You just can’t keep Dr. Seuss out of the news lately. After getting political conservatives into a fluster last month after cancelling certain Dr. Seuss books for images now considered racially offensive, the children’s book brand has seen sales increases and this week announced three new deals. The first slate of deals, announced April 6, celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Dr. Seuss classic The Lorax, with a lineup of sustainable brand partnerships to further enhance the book’s strong message of environmental activism. “The Lorax has always been a beloved Dr. Seuss story and introduces children to why we need to protect our planet through a beautiful story,” said Susan Brandt, President of Dr. Seuss Enterprises. “We are proud to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the book in 2021 and… . . . read more

Hershey’s Expands Licensing For S’Mores

The Hershey Company and Brand Activation Consulting (BAC) today announced the expansion of its line of officially licensed Hershey’s S’Mores accessories with Mr. Bar-B-Q and new partner, International Wholesalers. The extensive line of Hershey’s S’Mores products that features popular backyard barbeque accessories, like carrying cases, wooden and light up skewers, will now include Hershey’s wipes, storage bags, grub holders, freezer-safe storage containers and rotating skewers. “The Hershey Company understands that consumers who have deep, personal connections to brands like to experience them in multiple ways,” said Michelle McLaughlin, Chief Executive Officer, Brand Activation Consulting. “These new accessories from International Wholesalers as well as Hershey’s S’Mores graphics integrated in our lifestyle product stories will further those connections by allowing consumers to have a complete S’Mores celebration from beginning to end.” For… . . . read more

Crunchyroll Releases New Book Based on Bananya Anime

Crunchyroll is getting into the book business, launching the The Secret Life of Bananyas, an adorable new children’s book published by Running Press. The new book is available at nine major retailers, including Amazon, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, and more, and will also be available through the Crunchyroll Store. Based on the popular anime streaming now on Crunchyroll, this official “Bananya” guide will take readers on an adventure into the secret world of the kitties who live in bananas. This guide has everything that readers need to know about the show and all of its characters including full-color illustrations, an identification guide, playful advice facts, and memories of past adventures. Running Press also offers a charming collectible “Bananya” mini kit, perfect for display in a home or office. In each kit,… . . . read more

Brands Taking A Deep Dive Into NFT Market

By Gary Symons TLL Editor in Chief As many have predicted, the licensing industry and in particular companies involved with collectibles like comics and trading cards, have dived headfirst into the world of Non-Fungible Tokens, or NFTs. Some of the examples include DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Funko, and the collectible giant Topps Company, which has been into NFTs for close to a year now. Among them, Funko has likely taken the biggest step yet, as the company announced on April Fool’s Day that it has acquired a majority ownership stake in TokenWave, LLC, the developer of TokenHead, a leading mobile app and website for showcasing and tracking Non-Fungible Token (NFT) holdings. TokenHead is available on iOS and Android, and currently displays over 10 million NFTs and has more than… . . . read more

Sanrio Partners With Nintendo on Animal Crossing

Items, clothing and new characters inspired by Sanrio brands are coming to the Nintendo hit video game Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. Sanrio owns several popular character brands, the most famous being Hello Kitty (pictured), which have been licensed in everything from apparel, to gifts, to home products. Now Sanrio’s suite of adorable characters will be setting up camp in the Animal Crossing world as well. Last week saw the game Animal Crossing: New Horizons welcome new residents and items inspired by a number of popular Sanrio characters, with the launch of the Animal Crossing Sanrio Collaboration Pack. The pack includes all six amiibo cards from the unique Sanrio Collaboration Series. The cards are compatible with Animal Crossing: New Horizons and each comes with a different… . . . read more


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