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Innovative Graffiti Fashion Line Features Banksy

Art Ask Agency has announced a major launch of its Brandalised licensing program, which it is carrying out in partnership with UK-based licensee Park Agencies. The Brandalised collection—a twist on the word ‘Vandalized’—features clothing with designs taken literally from the streets, in the form of graffiti art work created by enigmatic artist Banksy. Art Ask says the collection is launching this week with the Polish fashion retailer Medicine, across nearly 1,000 stores in Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus and online. The collection now has 27 SKUs available, ranging from T-shirts and hoodies, socks and denim jackets to tailored shirts for men and women. The designs are based on the most famous of Banksy’s Graffiti artworks, gathered from the streets of the largest cities across the world. The licensing deal made a… . . . read more

Centennial in Deal for Specialty Magazines and Books

North Equity LLC, a venture equity firm that owns and operates over 15 media properties, has agreed to terms with Centennial Media to produce special interest magazines and books for Popular Science and SAVEUR.  Centennial, a leading book and magazine publisher that specializes in richly illustrated publications, will produce six single-topic, Special Interest Publications (SIPs) for Popular Science, and three for SAVEUR, in 2021. They will also publish two children’s books for Popular Science to bring kids the fascinating science behind everyday topics and engage them in STEAM subjects. The parties plan to expand their program in 2022 to include some of North Equity’s other enthusiast brands such as The Drive, Field & Stream, Domino, and Outdoor Life.  “Centennial Media is the best partner to help us create a diverse… . . . read more

Boat Rocker’s Dino Ranch Lassoed by Disney

The highly rated kids show Dino Ranch from Boat Rocker Studios has been snapped up in a deal with Disney+ that will see the program air in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand starting in April. The show takes dinosaurs from Jurassic Park to a Jurassic farm, with a cute assemblage of dinosaur steeds that has already premiered for audiences on Disney Junior and DisneyNOW in the US and Canada in January. Dino Ranch was an almost instant hit with kids on Disney Junior in the US, ranking as the #1 US cable series among Kids, Boys and Girls 2-5 since launch, notes Boat Rocker. Among Disney Junior repeats, Dino Ranch also ranks #1 with Kids, Boys and Girls 2-5. Also available on DisneyNOW and VOD, Dino Ranch has… . . . read more

LOL Surprise Joins the Digital Fun With ROBLOX

Two giants of the children’s play industry have combined forces in a licensing deal between the gaming platform ROBLOX and the toy franchise LOL Surprise. LOL Surprise Official Party will launch on Roblox’s social gaming platform on April 2, according to a statement to The Licensing Letter from MGA Entertainment. “This past year has found parents discovering new ways to get their kids to play,” said Aram Atamian. “With that, one of America’s top toy properties LOL Surprise is joining forces with top digital gaming platform ROBLOX – creating a relationship with the 1st Doll World of Roblox on a global level. Through these two leaders in toy/play coming together, billions of fans can now discover a more immersive and shared gaming experience.” As a lead up to the LOL/ROBLOX… . . . read more

Spotify Removes K-Pop Songs in Licensing Debacle

If you’re a big K-pop fan with a Spotify account, you’re probably not too happy today. Thanks to a breakdown in licensing talks, songs from some of the world’s biggest K-pop stars have vanished from Spotify’s music library after talks between the streamer and Korean distributor Kakao M hit a brick wall. Some of the acts affected include many of Korea’s most popular acts, including Seventeen, MonstaX, Mamamoo, (G)I-DLE and IU. The issue was first noticed on March 1 (Korean time) as Spotify users around the world first noticed that many K-pop songs were no longer available to them on the platform. Some artists’ entire catalogs disappeared without warning from Spotify, while other artists saw some of their songs remain. Later the same day Spotify announced that its licensing agreement… . . . read more

Tetris Waffle Maker Shows You Should Play With Your Food

Lisle Licensing takes the Tetris brand forward in 2021 The video game property Tetris and their UK-based licensing agent Lisle Licensing have launched a slate of new deals, including one for a hilarious new Tetris waffle maker from Fizz Creations. Apparently, someone with a love of trapezoids realized waffles are just a lot of tasty Tetris shapes packed together, and decided to produce a waffle maker that punches out the individual shapes. No more can you mother tell you to stop playing with your food. “We’re all about fun and novelty at Fizz Creations, so are excited to partner with Tetris to launch the waffle maker,” said Zoe Ryan, Marketing Manager at Fizz Creations. ” added Tetrimino shaped waffles … what’s not to love!” Lisle Licensing says they’ve kicked off… . . . read more

Under Armour Slashed Sponsorships in 2020

The sporting gear company Under Armour has been shedding sponsorship deals over the past year, and now we know how deep the cuts have gone. Under Armour Inc. released its annual report in late February, which shows the company slashing its sponsorship spending by an astounding 47 per cent in a single year. The cuts reduce Under Armour’s spending on sponsorships from $679.1 million in 2019 down to $361.6 million in 2020. Under Armour’s CFO David Bergman explained the move on the company’s fourth quarter earnings call, saying it’s all about getting more bang for the marketing buck. “That allows us to have a bigger war chest, to be nimble on a marketing front going forward and making sure we’re deploying that marketing in the areas of highest return,” Bergman… . . . read more

Special Report: The Future of Hasbro

By Gary Symons TLL Editor in Chief The ‘Play and Entertainment’ conglomerate Hasbro has for the first time outlined its future plans in a live investor event, and as expected, the news will be game changing for the company and for its licensing partners worldwide. Sit down and grab yourself a coffee or tea, because it’s a LOT. At the core of the announcement, Hasbro has outlined its “strategic growth drivers” for the near and medium term, and has unveiled new product segments aligned to these drivers. In other words, the company is restructuring, and it’s doing so in ways that it feels will better prepare Hasbro for a rapidly changing environment. The new financial reporting segments are: Consumer Products, including toys and games; Wizards of the Coast (Wizards) and… . . . read more

Peppa Pig Theme Park To Open at LEGOLAND Florida

Thanks to the soaring popularity of Peppa Pig, families will squeal with delight in 2022 as they jump into the playful world of Peppa Pig for an unforgettable day of adventure at the World’s First Peppa Pig Theme Park, built out as part of the LEGOLAND Florida Resort. Designed to be the ultimate day trip for little ones, the all-new standalone theme park will feature multiple rides, interactive attractions, themed playscapes and water play areas — complete with “muddy puddles” of course — and live shows daily, all based on instantly recognizable locations from the globally popular brand. Families will meet Peppa and her friends as they snort, giggle and play to build their family’s first theme park memories together. The project to build a Peppa Pig theme park within… . . . read more

Hasbro Expands License Deal With Epic Games

Toy and entertainment company Hasbro has announced an expansion of its current licensing program with Epic Games for products based on the Fortnite video game. The deal, announced during Hasbro’s Investor Event on Feb. 25, extends the agreement by five years, and expands the deal beyond outdoor play products and tabletop games into item expressions such as collectible action figures, vehicles, and role-play gear. The announcement extends a successful two-year deal brokered by IMG between Hasbro and Epic Games wherein the company was granted license to integrate Fortnite into its NERF and MONOPOLY products. Now, with the growing partnership, Hasbro is excited to bring new products as well as in-game experiences to Fortnite fans of all ages, first with the recent in-game debut of the G.I. JOE character, Snake Eyes…. . . . read more


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