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ANALYSIS

Turtles, Trolls and Other Movie Licenses That Will Challenge Star Wars This Year

Disney’s new wave of licensed products for Star Wars: The Force Awakens may help the property maintain dominance at retail, but it won’t be without hardy competition…


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New Licensing Model

Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ Merchandising Campaign: Bigger & Earlier than Anything Before

The timing between movie release and merchandising is a perennial challenge in movie licensing. Historically, merchandise associated with an anticipated blockbuster appears on store shelves around six weeks before release. But several of the entertainment executives we interviewed last spring for The Licensing Letter’s 2014 Annual Licensing Business Survey predicted…

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EXPERIENTIAL

Licensing to Theme Parks Builds Revenue & Brand Exposure

One of the editors of The Licensing Letter was recently at a party on the Universal Studios backlot when some fellow guests began, by their own admission, to “geek out” over the distant spires of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which is under construction for a planned opening next year. The attraction…

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Movies

Marvel Back in Spidey Web

Sony Pictures will restyle the Spider-Man franchise in partnership with Marvel Studios, returning the web slinger to the Marvel universe. Sony has owned the movie rights to Spider-Man since 1999, when it bought them from Marvel (now owned by Disney). The deal is expected to produce a new Spidey film due in theaters in summer 2017. Before then…

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GOOD-FOR-YOU LICENSING

Fighting Obesity In the Produce Aisle

With an increasing societal focus on health and wellness and a desire to combat childhood obesity, entertainment/character licensors are interested in associating their properties with the produce category, and vice versa…

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