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.
H.J. Heinz Company and Kraft Foods Group have agreed to merge, forming the third largest food and beverage company in North Americ.
Licensing industry professionals raised £12,000 for the Light Fund charity at the 8th annual quiz night in Manchester, England, March 19.
Saban Brands has acquired another new brand for its burgeoning portfolio of fashion and lifestyle properties–the Australian surf brand Piping Hot.
Rock band AC/DC has tapped Perryscope Productions and Epic Rights to jointly lead its licensing and merchandising efforts.
Registration is now open for the Licensing University conference program held in conjunction with Licensing Expo and organized by LIMA.
NLC, which was recently tapped to represent Warner Bros. Consumer Products EMEA in Benelux, has hired Jacqueline Hofman to manage the account.
Floor care brand Bissell has appointed IMC to expand its brand into a range of new product categories including home, DIY and automotive.
The Bologna Licensing Trade Fair has launched Licensing Prospect Day, a networking event that aims to introduce Italian manufacturing companies to licensing.
The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association has undertaken its first-ever comprehensive survey of the global licensing business.
Consumer Product Connection has appointed Home Made Licensing to serve as the French licensing agent for the virtual pet app "Pou."
Guru Studio has appointed Monika Sharma in the newly created position of director of marketing.
Nerd Corps Entertainment has secured several broadcast deals for its latest original comedy series, “Endangered Species” (52 x 11).
Walmart has maintained its No. 1 spot on Interbrand's 2014 Best Retail Brands list, while four other brands saw major increases.
Lima Sky has appointed Danish firm INK as licensing agent in the Nordics and Eastern Europe for its mobile game “Doodle Jump.”
The Collegiate Licensing Company, the licensing affiliate of IMG College, has named Nicole Armentrout as senior director, marketing.
Mattel has completed its acquisition of fellow toy company Mega Brands for approximately $460 million.
Global brand extension agency Beanstalk has launched a new consulting division -Blueprint–Powered by Beanstalk.
As exampled by the exclusive Top 150 Global Licensors report, licensing remains one of the most important businesses among retailers and consumers, accounting for more than $250 billion in retail sales worldwide.
Authentic Brands Group has added Zach Davis as its new vice president of celebrity, media and entertainment.
Corus Entertainment's Nelvana has appointed two new licensing agents for Franklin and Friends in German-speaking territories and Turkey.
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