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Trese Available for Licensing Through Reemsborko

The award-winning comic Trese,  from ABLAZE Publishing, created by writer Budjette Tan and artist Kajo Baldisimo, is now represented globally in all categories for merchandising by Reemsborko.  “We are delighted to have Reemsborko on-board helping create a must-have range of merchandising for Trese,” said Rich Young, Co-Founder of ABLAZE. “This is going to be great.” Trese is set in a version of Manila where the mythical creatures of Filipino folklore live in hiding among humans, and follows our heroine Alexandra Trese as she battles with a criminal underworld run by malevolent supernatural beings. Seven volumes of the comic have so far been released in the Philippines and are now being steadily republished worldwide by ABLAZE.  Trese-inspired clothing is about to appear in the US courtesy of two apparel licensees, and apparel… . . . read more

Aconyte Publishing Novels Inspired by Marvel, Assassin’s Creed

The newly launched Aconyte Books says it’s publishing a new series of novels inspired by Marvel’s hit tabletop miniatures game Crisis Protocol, and a series based on the Assassin’s Creed video game series. Aconyte is the novels division of Asmodee Entertainment, created last year to deliver on the Asmodee slogan: “Great games, amazing stories!”, and to create new  content to be leveraged on further entertainment platforms. Unlike many publishing houses, Aconyte focuses very tightly on becoming a “go-to partner” for tie-in fiction, inspired by the world’s most popular brands. To helm the imprint, Asmodee Entertainment has hired Marc Gascoigne, formerly the  publisher & Managing Director of award-winning global sci-fi imprint Angry Robot. The team works in the UK, and began publishing last summer for the US, UK and export markets. As well… . . . read more

Genius Brands Licenses Likeness For Marvel’s Most Frequently Appearing Character

Here’s a pop quiz for you: Which character has appeared in more Marvel superhero movies than anyone else? Is it Ironman, played by Robert Downey Jr.? Or perhaps Nick Fury, the head of Shield, played by Samuel L. Jackson? It’s neither. In truth, those characters place a distant second, each having played roles in 10 out of the 23 Marvel movies to date. The man who appeared in the most movies was in all 23 films, namely Stan Lee, the legendary captain of the Marvel ship for many decades. Now, Genius Brands International has announced a collaboration with Marvel Studios where Marvel Studios has licensed from Genius Brands certain likeness rights to Stan Lee in support of future marketing content celebrating Marvel Studios’ legacy. “The faithful protection of Stan’s brand for… . . . 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

Marvel, DC Initiate Seismic Shift in Comics Distribution

By Gary Symons Editor in Chief Marvel Comics has followed the lead of DC Comics, ending its exclusive arrangement with Diamond Comic Distributors, and signing a global agreement with publishing giant Penguin Random House (PRH) to be its new Direct Market distributor. Direct Market sales are those that involve distribution to independent comic book shops, which until recently received almost 100 per cent of their product from Diamond, which held a virtual monopoly on the industry. Both Marvel and DC are giants in the licensing industry, and while the comics industry itself is not that large in terms of revenue, the films, TV shows, and other licensed content or products are a major part of the licensing sector globally. As well, comic book customers play a major role in determining… . . . read more

Aardman Secures Two Licensing Deals for Robin Robin

The animation studio Aardman, which got its start with the celebrated Wallace and Gromit series, has secured two new licensing deals for its new animated musical special Robin Robin. Aardman this week announced it has reached an agreement with Macmillan Children’s Books for publishing and Aurora World for plush. Robin Robin is a 30-minute festive holiday special, created by directors Dan Ojari and Mikey Please. Robin Robin is the endearing story of a robin who is adopted by a family of burglar mice when her egg fortuitously rolls into a rubbish dump. As she grows up her differences become more apparent. She sets off on the heist to end all heists to prove to her family that she can be a really good mouse, but ends up discovering who she really is…. . . . read more

Random House Signs LEGO Book Deal

Random House has signed a deal that will see a major expansion of book titles being published and distributed globally for toy giant LEGO. Under the agreement, Random House Children’s Books will partner with AMEET Publishing, LEGO Publishing’s worldwide strategic partner, to expand the LEGO Books business, said Chris Angelilli, VP & Editor-in-Chief of Licensed Publishing, Random House Books for Young Readers. The first titles will release in Fall 2021, notably marking the first-ever publication of LEGO Books titles from Random House Children’s Books. “It’s no secret that Random House Children’s Books has admired the LEGO Group and all of its products, franchises, and films for decades,” said Angelilli. “We are absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to partner with AMEET in building a strong and dynamic LEGO Books publishing program.”… . . . read more

Massive Campaign Marks Wonder Woman 80th Anniversary

Following hard on the release of Wonder Woman 1984, DC and Warner Bros. are launching a sprawling, global campaign to celebrate 80 years of the Wonder Woman character, which is arguably more popular today than ever. The global anniversary party will launch under the ‘Believe In Wonder’ slogan, and will include worldwide events such as fan favorite digital content, new publishing releases over a variety of genres and platforms, new fashion collaborations with award winning designers, live physical exhibits, and online or in-person experiences inspired by the iconic super hero. It all started on International Women’s Day (March 8) as DC UNIVERSE INFINITE unlocked exclusive and free access to the first ever comic book headlined by the Amazonian warrior princess, and launched a Twitter campaign under the hashtags #BelieveinWonder and #WonderWoman80…. . . . read more

VIZ Media Hires Former Netflix Licensing Chief Laurie Takaragawa

VIZ Media announced it’s made a major addition to its licensing team, hiring Laura Takaragawa, the Head of Consumer Licensing at Netflix, as its new VP of Consumer Products Licensing & Promotions. Viz says the newly created position will allow for the integration of all of VIZ Media’s licensed merchandise, collaborations, interactive and digital games, LBE, and promotions across all its licensed properties worldwide. Takaragawa will be responsible for all licensing and consumer product activities and, alongside senior leadership, will shape the company’s long-term growth plan, further developing its consumer products brand portfolio and expanding the company’s retail profile. “The new role will help us in driving continued growth across our licensing and consumer product business and will provide opportunities to further deepen our relationships with consumers and our partners alike,” said Brad Woods,… . . . read more

Google Gives Ground in War Over Who Pays For News

By Gary Symons TLL Editor in Chief US tech giant Google has announced a new policy to pay for some licensed news content in the UK, after coming under intense fire in Europe and Australia for allegedly profiting from news content without compensating the news organizations that produce that content. Google is now faced with new legislation that could force it to pay massive sums to news organizations, in return for posting their content as search results. While the outcome is uncertain, Google and fellow tech giants like Facebook are fighting hard to prevent governments from forcing them to pay for the news content they are serving up through their respective platforms. In doing so, it appears Google is now giving up some ground, and trying to work with news… . . . read more


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