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MOVIE MERCHANDISE

Turtles Toys Twice as Big as 2014

Licensed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures from Playmates were the top toy of 2014, according to…


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DIGITAL CELEBS

Social Media Ledger

At Brand Licensing Europe, keynote speaker Cassey Ho outlined the history behind her successful merchandising program, and more…


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LITERARY LICENSING

King, Patterson are America’s Favorite Authors

In Harris Poll, authors whose work is more prolifically licensed come in at numbers 3 (J.K. Rowling) and 7 (J.R.R. Tolkien). Nevertheless, there is something for the fans of every scribe. Custom printing retailers are full of Stephen King tote bags or Mark Twain coffee mugs…


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TV LICENSING

‘Days’ Marks 50 Years with Photobook

Ratings are up for once-endangered daytime dramas. Daytime TV families the Bradys, the Hortons and the DiMeras of fictional Midwestern town Salem are about to again be captured the old-fashioned way…


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ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING

Japanese Phenomenon Poised to Enter U.S. Market

Yo-kai Watch will debut as 3DS game, manga; Hasbro toys coming next year…


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Publishing

Penguin Books Clangers for U.S.

Penguin, the worldwide master publishing licensing partner of Clangers, will now take the British property to North America. The latest deal, brokered by Coolabi Group, gives Penguin Group US the right to publish a Clangers picture book and audio CD recording narrated by TV and pop icon William Shatner in the U.S. and Canada. The expected release date is fall 2016…

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PRE-SCHOOL

Genius Builds Team for Llama Llama

Genius Brands International is building its team for the 2016 multimedia launch of beloved children’s book property Llama Llama. The company just brought on NCircle Entertainment as its exclusive U.S. home video distributor for the new Llama Llama animated series that is scheduled to debut next year. GBI earlier signed Kids Preferred, LLC as…

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Throngs Discuss Thrones

Game of Thrones, the highest rated show in HBO history, set the social media universe ablaze with the plot twists in its fifth season finale June 14. Despite the controversial developments, the publicity can only be good news for licensees…

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Content Licensing

Licensing to Lottery Games Offers Rich Royalties and Brand Exposure

For over a decade, the casino and lottery gaming industry (including slots, lotteries, bingo, etc.) has provided a rich source of licensing opportunities. Although licensing activity has ebbed and flowed, today, in almost every state where…


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Digital Celebs

Grumpy Cat Grows Her Brand

Digital celebrity Grumpy Cat continues to ride the cyber wave by making new license agreements with Dynamite Comics, Playrific, and Bay Northwest…

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