Preparations are well underway for the 35th edition of Licensing Expo, with a host of new brands already set to exhibit and a new Sports section planned for the show floor.
New branding executives at Universal, Hello Kitty's latest sports venture, Gwen Stefani's new girls' TV series … these are the stories that shaped the week of April 13.
Actress, model and philanthropist Lisa Ray has gathered a management team and created Lisa Ray Worldwide to build her lifestyle brand.
Planeta Junior has signed on to represent Motion Pictures' new series "Pumpkin Reports" in Spain, Portugal, France, Greece, Turkey and Eastern Europe.
All American Licensing & Management Group has been appointed to represent the new entertainment brand Mulligan.
Home shopping network Evine Live has appointed Penny Burnett as senior vice president and chief merchandising officer.
LMCA has brought in two new executives–Ted Curtin as chief marketing and business development officer, and Jane Ma as assistant manager of brand licensing for LMCA Asia.
Authentic Brands Group has partnered with the Japanese brand management company Itochu in a joint-ownership agreement for the youth brand Airwalk in Japan.
Talent and media agency WME/IMG acquired the bull riding circuit Professional Bull Riders, which features more than 300 events worldwide each year.
Saban Brands is launching an advisory committee for its new lifestyle group that will counsel the company on its current brands and future acquisitions.
Universal Pictures has added three new executives to its recently formed brand development division–Santiago Capdepont, Stephanie Kraus and Marc Low.
Joy Tashjian Marketing Group has been appointed as the licensing agent for Over Active Imagination’s Enchantails brand.
Global brand extension agency, Beanstalk, will now represent America’s original bar and grill, TGI Fridays.
Preston Kevin Lewis has been promoted to general manager of Warner Bros. Consumer Products U.K. and Ireland.
Studio 100 International has appointed Sunny Lee as licensing manager in the Asian Pacific region.
Tommy Bahama Group has appointed Bradley O’Brien to the newly created position of executive vice president, design and product development.
Peavey Electronics and Diamond Comic Distributors will give away a limited edition 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles guitar from Peavey at San Diego Comic-Con.
IMC has launched its own influencer marketing division, built on the platform established by its sister company, Vibrant Nation.
MGL Licensing has signed on the represent art brand GAL Designs.
Smiley has made two new executive appointments–David Fox as head of design and Salvatore Zingrillo as global brand director of fashion.
A new study by the Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association has revealed the top licensed toy brands among British children.
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