Weekly e-News, Issue #118, July 12, 2005

 

 

 

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The Joester Loria Group to Support Little Robots
BBC Worldwide appointed The Joester Loria Group the U.S. licensing agent for preschool property Little Robots. Cartoon Network U.S. recently acquired the rights to 65 episodes of the property, which is produced by Create TV & Film, a part of the newly formed UK media and rights owner, Create Media Ventures. Over the next three years, The Joester Loria Group will manage the rollout of products across a range of categories including apparel, home, toys and gifts, food, and partyware.

Alliance Atlantis Secures Latin America Deal
Alliance Atlantis secured a broadcast deal with Jetix in Latin America for Dragon Booster. The children's CGI animated property will launch throughout Latin America in fall 2005. This deal is in addition to agreements already in place with broadcasters in the U.S., UK, Australia, and Canada. Other deals in place include Jakks Pacific as worldwide master toy licensee, Konami for video games, a publishing deal with Hyperion Books for Children, and an apparel deal with Extreme Concepts.

MGM Studios Aligns with Media Services Concern
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. and Corbis inked a deal to leverage MGM's movie moments. Corbis now will be able to license MGM's motion picture and still image library for editorial and commercial use on a global basis. In addition, Corbis' advertising and editorial clients worldwide can license moments from films such as the Rocky series, The Pink Panther series, the James Bond series, Legally Blonde, Fargo, and Silence of the Lambs, as well as MGM's film library of more than 4,200 titles.

eFashion Solutions Takes Elvis to the Web
Elvis Presley Enterprises signed on eFashion Solutions, LLC, to manage the global Web retailing for officially licensed and trademarked products. eFashion Solutions, LLC, will be responsible for the worldwide Web marketing and Web retailing for Web, catalog, and fan club sales for all merchandise that bears the trademark, likeness, and image of Elvis. Over the next 18 months, the company plans to enhance the business by leveraging its international platform, including accepting foreign currency and providing faster, less expensive shipping to fans from more than 120 countries.

Avirex Joins Forces with Kids Headquarters
Avirex, known for its aviation/military-inspired leather outerwear and sportswear, entered into a multi-year, multimillion dollar license agreement with Kids Headquarters. A collection of sportswear and outerwear for boys will debut this holiday season in the U.S. with girls to follow shortly after.

Two New Properties to Ring True with Mobile Users
Smartphones Technologies, Inc., signed a mobile content agreement with G Studios, LLC, to license Earth 2 Jane and Chosen Girls, two new lifestyle brands targeting teen and 'tween girls. Smartphones Technologies will enable wireless customers to download Earth 2 Jane wallpapers, ringtones, ringback tones, animations, and video clips to their mobile phones. Smartphones will create licensed Earth 2 Jane and Chosen Girls mobile content and distribute it to interested wireless carriers and content providers worldwide.

Russ Berrie Signs Spirited New Deal
Russ Berrie and Company, Inc., will create The Good News Bears, Scripture-inspired gifts designed by artist Amy Wulfing and licensed exclusively by OTay! Inc. Wulfing's designs will be distributed through Russ' retail partners, as well as members of Christian Booksellers Association (CBA), which serves the Christian retail channel in more than 50 countries around the world. First products will be in stores in October.

Avent Joins WBCP in VP Role
Warner Bros. Consumer Products named Lisa Avent vice president of worldwide marketing. In her new position, Avent will handle all facets of marketing related to the Looney Tunes and DC Comics brands. Additionally, she will oversee the regional marketing responsibilities for Latin America and Asia/Pacific.

Licensing Fact: Did you know that Licensing 2005 International boasted a 15 percent increase in attendance over last year? That means 23,000 people attended this year's show. To see photos, go to www.licensingshow.com and click on the photo gallery link on the home page.

LINK Las Vegas-Networking with the Best of the Best
Are you a leading retailer, licensor, licensee, or licensing agent looking for quality face time with your counterparts? LINK sponsors MAGIC, NPD Group, and The Doneger Group will help attract the industry representation to make it happen. LINK is the perfect opportunity for the "who's who in licensing" to network in a dynamic, yet relaxing atmosphere-August 31 to September 1 at the Bellagio. Running concurrently with the last 1 1/2 days of MAGIC Marketplace, LINK Las Vegas will focus on the challenges and opportunities of brand licensing in the fashion and entertainment worlds. For information on sponsorship, speaking, and attending, visit our Website. Registration now is open at http://www.linkconference.com.

Brand Your Magic in August
No matter what property you license, you fit into fashion. And in August, License! weaves together stories on sports and fashion, bringing all to life at LINK in Las Vegas. As the official licensing publication of MAGIC Marketplace, License! has more show distribution than any other industry magazine. In addition to MAGIC Marketplace, we distribute August License! at LINK Las Vegas and Action Sports Retailer. Our Xtension supplement focuses specifically on building fashion brands and offers exposure via company profiles. For more information on advertising in August License!, contact Steven Ekstract at (212) 951-6684 or sekstract@advanstar.com.

Submit Licenses Granted & Available Now Online

License!'s License! Finder allows you to submit licenses granted and available now online, which will be published on the License! Website (http://www.licensemag.com/) on a weekly basis once approved by an editor. Go to http://www.finder.licensemag.com/ to fill out the verification form and submit your licenses granted or available now. Highlights from each month's online submissions will be published in License! magazine. Any questions, contact Alyson Grala at (212) 951-6743 or via e-mail: mailto:agrala@advanstar.com.

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