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.
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.
Cherokee has appointed Copyright Promotions Licensing Group to represent Cherokee Global Brands in its European markets.
DC Thomson has appointed Ishika Kawiratne as brand licensing manager in its consumer products division.
My Gym Children’s Fitness Center has appointed Mary M. Mueller as head of business development.
At this year’s Licensing Expo, the Ministry of Culture of Taiwan is sending 10 delegate exhibitors to represent not only Taiwan, but also all of Asia.
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