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King Features Launches Cuphead Licensing Blitz

Six-Time Platinum Video Game Grows Its International Presence With New Products Including Apparel, Accessories, Novelties, Publishing and More King Features Syndicate this week announced a robust international expansion, including new agents and licensing deals for the global gaming sensation Cuphead. Ahead of the 2021 debut of The Cuphead Show! with Netflix Animation, the brand is expanding its domestic and international presence with new  products across product categories including apparel, accessories, novelties, publishing and more. Canadian development studio MDHR’s award-winning video game has been unstoppable since its 2017 release, racking up six platinum sales records, and is continuing the momentum with new licensing partners across a wide range of product categories. Fans of Cuphead and Mugman in Asia will see their favorite characters come to life with new accessories, apparel, houseware, novelties,… . . . read more

Flash Gordon Board Game Rocketing to Retail Via Plastic Meatball

King Features is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the cult classic film Flash Gordon by engaging retro-nostalgia experts Plastic Meatball for a multi-year licensing agreement across multiple product categories.  Plastic Meatball is kicking off the program with a retro-style family board game, but the deal encompasses a wide swath of consumer products categories, including apparel, puzzles, paper goods, housewares, limited-edition artwork and more. Additionally, it extends beyond the 1980 film to include nearly all comic and animated iterations of the character. “I’ve loved this movie since I first saw it opening weekend at the Village Cinema in Newark, NY,” said Mark Morse, President of Plastic Meatball. “As a kid, I was always frustrated that a proper merchandise program was never developed around the film. We’re hoping to correct that, with… . . . read more

Merchantwise Brings Popeye Fitness Wear Down Under

Now all you need for your workout is a can of spinach. Australia’s Merchantwise Licensing, on behalf of King Features Syndicate has brokered the first ever Australian Popeye sportswear collection with popular online sportswear label, The WOD Life. The partners say the collection was a perfect fit for The WOD Life, who saw a strong correlation between its loyal customer base with Popeye’s strength and fun nature. The range features a number of iconic and incredibly familiar Popeye, Brutus and Olive Oyl images. Launching this month ahead of the Australian summer season, the limited-edition range of fashionably branded Popeye sportswear apparel for women and men includes a high-waisted booty short, fleet bra, motion shorts, slash crop, flex short and printed tank. Popeye will grace a wide range of branded sports… . . . read more

Flash Gordon Back From the Future for 40th Anniversary

It’s probably been a while since you’ve seen Flash Gordon in action, and in fact, half our audience is young enough they weren’t even born when the original Flash Gordon film was released in 1980. But thanks to some big plans for the cult sci fi hero, you’re likely to see a lot more Flash in the near future. King Features is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Flash Gordon film with a wide slate of new screenings and related products that started this month. It kicked off with Universal Pictures and Fathom Events presenting theatrical screenings in over 330 theatres across the US on Nov. 15 and 16.  The theatrical events included an on-screen introduction to the film by actor Sam Jones, who played Flash Gordon, as well as… . . . read more

ENTERTAINMENT/CHARACTER

Retail Sales of Licensed Merchandise Based on $100MM+ Entertainment/Character Properties

This chart was published Nov. 2019 in conjunction with an in-depth analysis of entertainment/character properties with at least $100 million in sales in the U.S./Canada for 2018…


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Experiential

Wrap-Up: Experiential, Promotional & Personalized

The top deals this week, in brief, from King Features, AT&T, HBO, Urban Outfitters, Peeps, Dunkin’ Donuts, Amazon, Scholastic, Global Icons, and more…


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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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People

Who’s News — 12/18/2017

The latest hires, promotions, and departures.

Featuring: King Features, Beanstalk, Endemol Shine, Bulldog Licensing, Jazwares, Trends Intl., 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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On Point

Who’s News

Follow the latest hires, promotions, and departures.

Featuring: LMCA, Iconix, Disney, Rockpool Licensing, King Features and more…


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