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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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Preschool

Preschool Properties With Some Licensing Activity

TLL’s feature of selected preschool properties with active merchandising programs worldwide, complete with retail sales ranges…


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Entertainment/Character

2016 Only Gets Better for $100+ Entertainment/Character Brands

For the first time, we’re casting our predictions for what next year’s list will look like for TLL‘s $100+ million entertainment/character brands list. Of the 44 properties that made it for 2015, 43.2% will grow, with…


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Experiential Licensing

Experiential Activations

Keep track of the latest experiential marketing moves.

Featuring: Hasbro, Warner Bros., DreamWorks, PepsiCo, Nelvana, Cartoon Network, and more…


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Retail Sales

44 Entertainment/Character Brands Make the $100 Million List

Forty-four entertainment/character properties make our list of brands that generate over $100 million in retail sales of licensed merchandise in the U.S./Canada—accounting for $41 billion in sales worldwide in 2015…


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Comic Books

Superheroes Revisited: Batman Overtakes Spider-Man

The age-old question is re-examined: DC or Marvel? We’ve restated the 2014 retail sales figures for Batman, Avengers, and Superman to reflect the relative rankings between the four superhero brands…


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ENTERTAINMENT/CHARACTER

Preschool: A Passport to the Worldwide Market

As one of the first categories in which properties originating outside the U.S. became part of global culture, the $10+ billion worldwide preschool sector…


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ENTERTAINMENT/CHARACTER

Franchise Films Losing Ground to Publishing Adaptations

Franchise films still consistently top the U.S. box office, but 2016 has seen many sequels and reboots fall flat with audiences. While it takes time before…


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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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