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PET PRODUCTS

As Pet Pampering Grows, Licensing Goes to the Dogs

The emerging trend of pet “parenting” has increased demand for specialty products, including toys and other products licensed from fashion, entertainment and celebrity properties, as pet parents seek to share their favorite brands with their pets…


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TOYS & GAMES

Mattel, Hasbro see Q3 Retail Sales Split Along Gender Lines

Reported third quarter (3Q) sales from toy giants Hasbro and Mattel exhibited an interesting break along gender lines, with boys’ toys outperforming girls’, amidst depressed…


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Toys and Games

Hulk Car Races Across Retailers’ Holiday Toy Lists

On the evening of Labor Day, 105 days before Christmas, Toys ‘R’ Us unveiled its Holiday Hot Toy List for 2015, and was quickly followed by Target and Kmart. It wasn’t, however, the earliest “hot holiday toys” proclamation. That distinction went to…


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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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Movie Licensing

Disney Opens 15 Week Merchandise Window for Star Wars

When The Licensing Letter spoke to entertainment executives for our Annual Licensing Business Survey back in the spring, several sources predicted that movie-based licensed merchandise this fall would begin to appear in stores earlier than ever, with end-of-year movies loading merchandise into stores as soon as September. The expected leader of that trend: Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which competitors also predicted would mount the biggest licensing campaign in history…

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June 15, 2015

Who’s News

Follow the latest hires, promotions, and departures.

Featuring: Disney, Global Brands Group, Xcel Brands, Vera Bradley, Hasbro, and more…

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April 20, 2015

Who’s News

Follow the latest hires, promotions, and departures.

Featuring: Character World, DeAPlaneta, eOne, McMurry/TMG, Nitro Circus, and more…

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April 6, 2015

Who’s News

Follow the latest hires, promotions, and departures.

Featuring: 41e, American Greetings, Amscan, FremantleMedia, Nordic Licensing Co., Toys ‘R’ Us, and more…

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Experiential Licensing

Variations on a Retail Theme

Five years ago, Toys ‘R’ Us opened 350 holiday express pop-up stores during the fourth quarter. The program was vastly scaled back the following year and has pretty much disappeared. And while TRU wasn’t the first to implement a pop-up concept, its efforts in 2009 gave rise to a wide array of much smaller—often single-unit pop-ups—that have been as much about promotion as sales…

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