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Deal Summary: Spread Group, Emoji Co., Lucasfilm, League of Legends

Another week, another slate of great deals in our industry, as we lead our coverage today with expansion of an existing agreement with Warner Bros. and Spread Group. Spread Group Expands Warner Bros. Collaboration Beyond Europe Spread Group – formerly known as Spreadshirt – has worked with Warner Bros. in Europe since 2012, developing more than 1,700 designs for the entertainment giant’s many popular brands and characters, and distributing in Germany, France, The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. The company has notched impressive sales in the Eurozone, and now Warner Bros. is expanding that relationship to allow Spread Group to bring 14 key brands like DC and Harry Potter to new markets in North America, the UK, and Australia. The company expects to release more than 1,000 SKUs for these… . . . read more

Who’s News Roundup: New Faces, Promotions in Licensing & Entertainment

Cici Zheng Takes on Senior Role as Reesee Grows Its China Market Children’s entertainment, licensing and media company Reesee Entertainment is bolstering its development division with the appointment of Cici Zheng as a joint partner and VP of Content, Global Media and Licensing. Zheng’s previous role was as Director Content Development, Global Media and Licensing in Alpha Group (China), where she worked for nearly eight years, with project experience across properties including Super Wings, Rev and Roll and Katuri. In her new role at Reesee Entertainment, Zheng will lead the global exploitation of content partnership, worldwide television and digital media distribution as well as the licensing business for Reesee. She will report to Ray Wang, CEO of Reesee Entertainment. “I’m delighted to join Reesee Entertainment, and look forward to exploring… . . . read more

Special Report: Warner Bros. May Kill the Movie Theater With Plan to Stream First Run Movies

By Gary Symons, TLL Editor in Chief Glaring headlines involving media conglomerate Warner Bros. signal a dramatic shift in the way the entertainment business is run and how the public will in the very near future consume first run movies. The news appeared in virtually every news outlet in the world, and the headline in the industry publication Hollywood Reporter blared, “Warner Bros. Smashes Box Office Windows, Will Send Entire 2021 Slate to HBO Max and Theaters.” In a town entirely dedicated to film production, one can understand the level of alarm. The company itself released the news under a much less alarming banner headline, reading, “Warner Bros. Pictures Group Announces Innovative, Hybrid Distribution Model for Its 2021 Theatrical Slate.” But, make no mistake, Warner’s plan to send all of… . . . read more

Super Oops: Why the Snyder Cut of Justice League was Removed from HBO

If you’re a DC Comics fan anxiously awaiting the release of the controversial ‘Snyder Cut’ of Justice League, then you’re likely aware the first epic trailer has been pulled from YouTube and other video or streaming services … and it appears a licensing wrangle serves as the super villain in the plot. While there’s been no official explanation, it appears the trailer was removed due to a licensing issue with the background song ‘Hallelujah’, written by Canadian poet/singer Leonard Cohen, and owned by Columbia Records … and it’s a perfect example of why proper licensing agreements are so vital. For non-DC fans, the Snyder Cut is a new version of the Justice League movie that Zack Snyder was directing until he stepped away after the tragic death of his daughter. … . . . 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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People

Who’s News: August 2019

The latest hires, promotions, and departures.

Featuring: Netflix, Nike, PUBG, Warner Bros., CPLG, Disney, Discovery, and more…


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People

Who’s News: July 2019

The latest hires, promotions, and departures.

Featuring: Viacom, PVH, pocket.watch, Kidtagious, PRH, Wildbrain, and more…


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Entertainment/Character

WB, Sony & Fox Leading Producers of 131 Upcoming Films with Licensing Potential

TLL has updated our regular feature of upcoming films with licensing potential. This time around, we have our eye on 131 releases, which we break down by source, type, studio, and diversity…


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Entertainment/Character

Planned Feature Films with Licensing Potential

TLL’s ongoing feature highlights 132 upcoming movie properties with potential for licensing. Last updated May 13, 2019…


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People

Who’s News: June 2019

The latest hires, promotions, and departures.

Featuring: Warner Bros., Sambro, Funko, Saucony, Dick’s, Versace, Modell’s, Anki, and more…


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