From an increased focus on building 360-degree franchises to a host of major executive moves, here's the news that shaped 2015.
Playmates Toys, the global master toy partner for Cartoon Network’s “Ben 10,” has appointed the Giochi Preziosi Group as the pan European marketing and distribution partner for its upcoming “Ben 10” product range.
“Little Baby Bum,” an award-winning educational YouTube channel by El Bebe Productions, has appointed Parragon as its global master publisher.
PlayFusion, the creators of “RuneScape,” has appointed Tomy International as the master toy licensee for its upcoming fantasy role-playing game.
In anticipation of its upcoming film Trolls, DreamWorks Animation has added a host of licensees across numerous categories.
Discovery Consumer Products has added a wide range of new licensing deals and expanded its existing partnerships in North America for the Discovery Kids brand.
Thousands of toys and games will be unveiled this weekend in New York City at the 113th North American International Toy Fair–the largest toy marketplace in the Western Hemisphere.
Senior licensing executives Jessica Blue of UBM Americas and Dianne Bellchambers of Moose Toys will host a session on brand licensing basics at New York Toy Fair this Saturday.
Spiffy Pictures has appointed HiHat Media and 9 Story Media to represent its new series “Nature Cat” for U.S. licensing and international distribution.
Nitro Circus has partnered with its co-founder Travis Pastrana, making Pastrana a fully sponsored Nitro Circus athlete and giving the company exclusive branding rights to his headwear and apparel.
Toys ‘R’ Us has promoted Joe Venezia to executive vice president, global store operations, effective Feb. 22.
The Seven Network Australia has appointed Licensing Link to represent its long-running TV series "Home and Away" in the U.K. and Eire.
Sesame Workshop has hired Elizabeth Weinreb Fishman as vice president of strategic communications.
According to the National Retail Federation, more than two-thirds, or 90 percent, of holiday shoppers still have some shopping left to do before the holiday season comes to a close.
MHS Licensing will introduce its newest artist Lisa Jane Smith at the upcoming Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market later this month.
The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association is currently accepting submissions for openings on its board of directors.
The 14th annual Hong Kong International Licensing Show hosted a record number of visitors at the three-day event, held last week.
Brand Licensing Europe has entered into a new charity partnership with the U.K. non-profit KidsOut for its 2016 event, which will take place Oct. 11-13 in London.
Toei Animation has sold its newly re-mastered versions of “Dragon Ball Z” and “Saint Seiya” in Latin America.
The Fred Rogers Company has appointed Ellen Doherty as executive in charge of production.
Mattel and HIT Entertainment have sold “Bob the Builder” to multiple channels in Europe and Africa.
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