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Business

Roundup: M&A & Legal

Hasbro and DC settle their Bumblebee suit, LaLiga comes to (North) America, Thunderbird goes public, and publishers Bongo House and New York Magazine are shaken…


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ENTERTAINMENT/CHARACTER

Comic-based, Original Films Lead Films With Licensing Potential

Of the 213 upcoming films that TLL has identified as having licensing potential, 39% are based on comic books while 37% are original works. And 43% are sequels or reboots…


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Experiential

Experiential, New Media & Partnerships

New content creation initiatives from Asmodee and DC Entertainment, Six Flags and Turner bring branded attractions to China, and more…


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Entertainment/Character

Franchises Drive Comics Sales in 2017

The top comic book, graphic novel, and manga properties of 2017 with potential for licensing—plus, Valiant and Nelvana get superpowered as they continue to expand into content production…


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Publishing

Publishing Driven by Kids; General Market Softens

As retail sales of licensed publishing reached $3.7 million in the U.S./Canada, the general market for books, magazines, and comic books remained soft in 2017…


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Back-to-school

Top Trends for the $27-30 Billion Back-to-school Season

Rosy estimates from NRF and Deloitte place K-12 back-to-school retail sales at their highest levels yet. Unpacking the numbers…


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Business

M&A & Legal

Business moves, merges, rebrandings, and lawsuits.

Featuring: Joester Loria, Nickelodeon, Hearst, Licensing Matters, Jelly Belly, and more…


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Publishing

Soft Book Sales as the World Celebrates Reading

To mark the 20th anniversary of Read Across America (or World Book Day), children dressed up as their favorite publishing-based characters as book retailers report disappointing holiday sales…

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TLL Survey

Publishing Up 1% in the U.S./Canada; Steady Growth Worldwide

Retail sales of publishing-based licensed merchandise grew 1.0% to reach $4.51 billion in retail sales in the U.S./Canada—the highest since the category peaked in 2008 at $4.53 billion. Although 2015 growth is less than the previous year’s…

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TLL Survey

Apparel Fuels 3.1% Growth in U.S./Canada Fashion Licensing—Global Growth Is Even Higher

For all of its challenges, the fashion licensing industry continues to post strong sales in the U.S. and abroad. Global retail sales of licensed fashion goods totaled…


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