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Panini and OneTeam To Include NCAA Athletes On Trading Cards

By Gary Symons TLL Editor in Chief Recent rule changes at the NCAA are sparking a boom in licensing opportunities, among them a new deal that will allow Panini America to issue trading cards featuring college athletes. The NCAA announced on July 1 that it would allow college athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness, or NIL. As a result, Panini America says it has signed an “exclusive landmark agreement” with OneTeam Partners. The deal gives Panini the right to produce and sell college sports trading cards for any athlete who opts in to OneTeam’s College Athlete Group Licensing Program. Panini, one of the world’s largest trading card and collectible companies, says it plans to produce new product lines for college football, basketball, baseball, and also for Olympic… . . . read more

BBC Signs Trio Of US Deals For Doctor Who

BBC Studios’ long-running hit Doctor Who continues to soar in licensing circles, as the studio has signed on three new partners. “Fans are the lifeblood of Doctor Who,” said Suzy Raia, the VP of Licensing at BBC Studios Americas. “Those who have been along for the ride for decades will enjoy adding these collectibles to their collections—and if you’re just joining us, these are great gifts for the Doctor Who newbie in your life as well.” The studio says its agreement with Hallmark, one of the world’s largest card and collectible companies, will result in the launch of new Doctor Who collectables, including a TARDIS Keepsake Ornament with Light and Sound and The Fourth Doctor Keepsake Ornament. For the uninitiated, the TARDIS in Doctor Who is essentially a time machine… . . . read more

Brevettar: A New Player In Global Sports Licensing

A new player hit the field in the lucrative world of sports licensing, as Brevettar announced July 7 the launch of its full-service licensing agency. The new company describes its mission as maximizing revenue by connecting best-in-class brands with strategic collaborations and licensing opportunities. As the exclusive licensing agent for Upper Deck, the worldwide leader in authentic sports and entertainment memorabilia and premium collectibles, Brevettar already provides collectible merchandise opportunities for some of the world’s most popular athletes, brands and intellectual properties. “Brevettar creates one-of-a-kind merchandise for brands interested in expanding their brand portfolio through authentic autographed and/or licensed collectibles,” the company said in a statement. “To deliver, Brevettar brought on industry veteran Stu Crystal as General Manager. Crystal brings years of experience in marketing, merchandising, and consumer products to the company…. . . . read more

SpongeBob Says “I’m Ready!” For Fanattik Partnership

The world’s most popular sponge is heading for Europe this summer, as pop culture company Fanattik signed a licensing deal for Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants franchise. The deal, signed with ViacomCBS Consumer Products, will allow Fanattik to create SpongeBob-themed home decor, gifts, collectibles, and barware. The collection is expected to hit the European market beginning in September. Fanattik managing director Anthony Marks said the company is understandably thrilled to bring the world’s most popular TV cartoon character to the continent. “An internationally beloved and timeless brand, SpongeBob SquarePants is one of the most watched programmes in the world with 100 million global viewers monthly and a feature film on the way in 2021,” Marks said. “This was a brand the whole team wanted to have in the Fanattik portfolio.” Fanattik has received… . . . read more

Edible Signs A Tasty Deal With Brand Central

Brand Central announced this week it will be representing the wildly successful Edible brand, which turns lush fruits into incredible ‘floral’ arrangements and bouquets. Edible is one of those companies that exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit and the importance of innovation in commerce. The company was founded by Tariq Farid, who immigrated to the US from Pakistan with his family at the age of 11. He got his early experience working at a local McDonald’s, but Farid turned the experience into the foundation of his business. Today, Farid says it was at McDonald’s that he learned the importance of business systemization. At age 17 Farid used a $5,000 loan from family and friends to purchase a flower shop, and within two years owned four stores. But it was the idea of… . . . read more

Iscream Launches Licensed Care Bear Collection

The lifestyle brand Iscream is launching a new line of Care Bears products and accessories, under an agreement signed with licensor Cloudco Entertainment. Iscream says it will be launching a full-scale Care Bears line of accessories by fall 2021. The full line of products will feature bright, cheerful and fun prints, and every fan’s favorite Care Bears characters on items both large and small. Products will include plush sleeping bags and blankets, onesies and other children’s apparel, backpacks, luggage, pillows, beauty items, stationery, and much more. “Iscream’s goal has always been to share fun, happy products with people of all ages,” said Jennifer Mines Kamen, Vice President of Iscream. Care Bears iconic imagery and positive messaging is in perfect alignment with our brand, and we are overjoyed to present our… . . . read more

Fanatics Dives Into NFTs With Majority Stake in Candy Digital

North America’s largest fan merchandise company, Fanatics, has launched a new NFT (non-fungible token) service known as Candy Digital to leverage its wide range of sports collectibles and major league licenses. Fanatics describes Candy Candy Digital ( as a “next generation digital collectible company” that is entering the NFT space with three of the world’s most innovative companies across sports, e-commerce, technology, collectibles and cryptocurrency, along with an exclusive long-term agreement with its first content partner, Major League Baseball (MLB). “At its core, Candy is about allowing everyone to own a piece of their passion—whether that be sports or gaming, fashion or art, music or pop culture, the goal is to broaden the fanbase of digital collectibles,” said Michael Rubin, Executive Chairman of Fanatics and Co-Chair of Candy Digital. “Both Candy… . . . read more

Stamp Collection A Global First For Minecraft

Microsoft’s Australian and New Zealand licensing agency for Minecraft, Merchantwise Licensing, has secured another world first for the brand with Australia Post set to produce a brand-new Minecraft themed licensed stamp pack. Designed by Australian creative agency, Three Scoops, the Minecraft licensed stamp pack, which is launching June 1, includes 12 stamps featuring many of Minecraft’s much-loved characters and iconic images in Australia Post’s MyStamps range. The launch of the Minecraft licensed stamp pack will be supported by a strong digital campaign including eDM marketing and activity across social platforms from Minecraft and Australia Post, including Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Microsoft Australia will also support across owned social channels. Merchantwise Licensing’s General Manager, Kerryn McCormack, said the launch of Australia Post’s Minecraft licensed stamp pack comes after Merchantwise Licensing successfully… . . . read more

Licensing Deals: Simon’s Cat Expands Global Pawprint

Licensing agent appointed in Japan and new product ranges across Europe, Australia, North America and Asia Banijay Brands announced this week a litter of new licensing deals for its digital content sensation, Simon’s Cat, and says Japanese agency ZenWorks has been appointed to represent the brand’s interests in that cat-crazy country, home of the cat cafe. The licensing program for Simon’s Cat is continuing to expand with new licensees appointed for fashion, crafting, phone accessories, puzzles and accessories, said Banijay, in announcing deals with Fashion UK, Wulydermy, Ecell, Pinfinity, and Dr. Woof. “Simon’s Cat is such a lovable brand that resonates with fans all around the world,” said Jane Smith, Group Director, Brand Licensing at Banijay. “The extensive licensing programme, that continues to expand, is testament to its enduring popularity.”… . . . read more

Warner Launches Space Jam Licensing Onslaught

More than 200 licensing partners launching ‘Looney’ collections around the world Warner Bros. Consumer Products is rolling out the largest collection of Looney Tunes merchandise in decades ahead of debut of Space Jam: A New Legacy. The mixed animation and live action flick stars basketball star LeBron James playing alongside proven hoop ball talents Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, Daffy Duck, and the rest of the Looney Tunes squad. Starring basketball champion and global icon LeBron James alongside Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny and the Looney Tunes Squad, the live action/animated adventure is a manic mash-up of two worlds that reveals just how far some parents will go to connect with their kids. The movie it due to launch in cinemas in North America and the UK on July 16, and will… . . . read more