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LIMA ANZ Celebrates Inaugural Awards
Last week saw the first ever LIMA Australian & New Zealand Licensing Awards with the industry gathering at Leonda by the Yarra in Melbourne.
The night featured retail, product and licensing awards as well as the introduction of the LIMA Australia Licensing Hall of Fame. LIMA Australia comments: “The support from the industry across Australia & New Zealand was phenomenal and LIMA Australia would like to thank everyone for supporting this inaugural awards evening. A huge thanks also goes to the sponsors for being a part of the event and helping LIMA Australia to make the event a success.
“On behalf of the Licensing Industry, LIMA Australia would like to congratulate Fred Gaffney on his induction into the LIMA Australia Hall of Fame this year. Fred was one of the founding figures for licensing here in Australia and is our first inductee.”
For the full list of winners, please follow:

Barbour x The Snowman Christmas 2018
Barbour has launched its 2018 Christmas campaign, which this year is inspired by the much-loved children’s book, The Snowman.
Created by renowned illustrator and author, Raymond Briggs, The Snowman celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
In partnership with Snowman Enterprises Ltd, in conjunction with Penguin Ventures (part of Penguin Random House) Barbour and The Snowman bring together a combined love of family tradition, spending quality time with loved ones and the joy of sharing memories and making new ones.
Barbour’s Christmas campaign is a 110 second bespoke film, made by The Corner London’s in-house production team Busk. It uses real life people to depict the impact that The Snowman has had on one family. Like the original film, it focuses on actions rather than words.

Metropolitan Police Taps The Point.1888 for Licensing Programme
Seeking to build on its consumer products programme, the Metropolitan Police Service has tasked The Point.1888 to be its exclusive Brand Extension partner. 
The Point.1888 will work to secure long-term sustainable licensee partnerships across a spectrum of select retailers. By expanding the Metropolitan Police Service brand into new categories and new retail channels, it is hoped it will generate significant income to reinvest in front-line police services, training existing staff and building greater affiliation with, and support for the service, thereby inspiring future generations to join.
The contract was tendered by Transport for London, who are also partnering with the Metropolitan Police to share knowledge and experience from their own successful brand licensing programme.

Esports Music Label Enter Records Announces ’The Chosen One’ from TheFatRat
Two months after announcing the partnership between the world’s largest esport company, ESL, and a world leader in music-based entertainment, Universal Music Group, the newly founded label Enter Records is proud to announce its first major signing and label release will come from the acclaimed electronic producer TheFatRat.
In making the announcement, Christian ”TheFatRat” Buttner said, "The opportunity that Enter Records gives musicians like me to build a community and grow broader audience is amazing. I’m signing to Enter Records, as I believe in the idea of the platform and how music and gaming belong together.”
Since his first appearance during ESL One Cologne 2017, TheFatRat has grown his community to over 3.1 million subscribers on Youtube and over 350,000 followers on Spotify.

Horrible Histories: The Movie to Invade Britain in 2019
Altitude Film Entertainment and Citrus Films have announced the launch on 26 July 2019 of a major new feature film, based on global publisher Scholastic’s best-selling and award-winning children’s historical comedy book series Horrible Histories.
Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans will include members of the cast that have made the television version of the books a massive hit on CBBC, as well as an array of comedy and acting talent, including rising stars Sebastian Croft and Emilia Jones, Nick Frost, Kim Cattrall, Rupert Graves, Alexander Armstrong, Lee Mack, Warwick Davis – and Sir Derek Jacobi, reprising his iconic role as Claudius.
With the confirmation of the launch date of this eagerly awaited film, independent licensing company Rocket Licensing, appointed by Altitude to manage the UK licensing for Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans, is expecting to boost the already strong licensing campaign in place for Scholastic’s classic brand, as it continues to enjoy success across TV, stage and published platforms.

Acamar Films and HarperCollins Launch Bing bedtime stories with JB Gill
Acamar Films and HarperCollins have teamed up with celebrity parent and television presenter JB Gill to celebrate the launch of Goodnight Bing. 
On 1st November 2018 at 7pm ‘Bing bedtime stories with JB Gill’ premiered on Facebook and is now available across the Bing YouTube and Instagram channels as well.  JB, who has a Bingster of his own, reads four Bing stories including Smoothie and Ducks from Bing’s Bedtime Stories compilation, and the stand alone title Hello Doggy!
This activity forms part of a wider Bath and Bedtime themed campaign which has been running since the beginning of October, supported by a press partnership between Acamar and Mother & Baby.  The Bing themed print and online advertorial runs until the end of November and suggests helpful tips along with product solutions for bedtime.

Atlantyca Entertainment Appoints Mendía Licensing SL for Geronimo Stilton
Atlantyca Entertainment has appointed Spain-based Mendía Licensing SL as its new licensing agent to represent Geronimo Stilton brands throughout Spain and Portugal specifically.
Commencing immediately, Mendía Licensing SL will work with Atlantyca to find new key licensing partners for the Geronimo Stilton Classic, Geronimo Stilton Animated and Geronimo Stilton: Kingdom of Fantasy brands.
The brands have been a success in the region with both publishing and broadcast partners. The Geronimo Stilton Animated Series is currently broadcast on Spain’s Clan, TVE’s children’s channel. Planeta is the appointed publisher for Spanish Language version of the books with21 million copies books sold.  Additionally, Grup 62 is the publisher for Catalan Books currently boasting 3 Million copies sold to date, and Presenca, the Portuguese Publisher maintains an estimated 2.4 million copies sold.

Party All Night with KISS’ Final Australian and New Zealand Tour
Set to be their final tour, aptly titled ‘End of the Road’, rock icons KISS are heading to Australia and New Zealand in 2019 to rock out in Perth (November 16), Adelaide (November 19), Melbourne (November 21 and 22), Newcastle (November 23), Sydney (November 26), Brisbane (November 28) and Auckland (December 3).  
Australia’s Merchantwise Licensing, on behalf of Epic Rights, is currently developing a comprehensive licensing and merchandising program to tie in with their final Australian and New Zealand tour.

CPLG to Represent MGM’s Animated Feature The Addams Family Across EMEA
CPLG has been appointed EMEA licensing agent for the animated feature film The Addams Family on behalf of Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM).
Based on the famous New Yorker creations of Charles Addams, this is the first-ever Addams Family origins story with a modern-day twist.  The animated action-comedy will follow the eccentric and quirky Addams family whose lives begin to unravel when they face-off against a crafty reality-TV host, while also preparing for their extended family to arrive for a major celebration, Addams-style.
CPLG will develop a cross-category licensing programme to include dress-up, partyware, apparel, accessories, toys and games, health and beauty and confectionery inspired by this much-loved and memorable family.

Universal Music Group Partners with Africa’s Boomplay
Boomplay, Africa’s leading music streaming and download service and Universal Music Group (UMG), announced the signing of a landmark licensing agreement covering multiple markets within Africa.
UMG is the first major music company to license its catalog to Boomplay, which has quickly established itself as the most popular streaming service in Africa. Under the terms of the multi-year agreement and effective immediately, Boomplay will distribute music from UMG’s world-renowned labels through its streaming and download platform in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. Boomplay currently provides more than two million songs and thousands of music videos to more than 36 million users, with nearly two million new users added each month.
Users will now have access to UMG’s extensive catalog of both local and global recording artists.

Active Merchandising to Represent Sissi the Young Empress
Mondo TV has announced the appointment of Active Merchandising as licensing agent in Germany for its popular animated TV show for four-to-eight-year-olds, Sissi the Young Empress.
Active Merchandising will manage licensing activities for Sissi in the key markets of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The agreement extends from September 2018 to December 2021.
The partnership will be formally announced during Licensing Market 2018 – the LIMA event for the German licensing market – on 6 November at Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich.

Global Partners Unite to Launch Hope Works
Children’s broadcasters and media companies from around the world, led by Sky UK & BBC Children’s, have joined forces on an ambitious collaborative project with global reach. Hope Works – a collection of short films offering stories of hope and inspiration – will launch simultaneously on leading children’s networks around the world, and via a dedicated YouTube channel, on World Children’s Day on 20 November 2018. Hope Works is collaborating with UNICEF on this project.
Today’s children are exposed to increasing levels of media output which can cover a range of difficult topics from war to natural catastrophes, from gender intolerance to racism and hate crime. Sensational headlines, social media, access to smartphones and rolling news means this exposure to complex issues is only growing, and with it levels of anxiety. Today’s connected world has also resulted in children experiencing heightened stress around self-image and bullying.
At the 2016 Children’s Media Conference in the UK, broadcasters raised concerns over these issues and questioned what they could do together. As a direct result of this the Hope Works initiative was launched, led by Lucy Murphy, Head of Kids’ Content at Sky TV and Alison Stewart, former Head of CBeebies Production at the BBC.
The 12 truly inspiring films aimed at children aged 5-12 vary in style and subject matter ranging from pre-school animation to documentary, but all offer young viewers around the world stories of hope – showing them that through thoughtfulness, understanding and kindness they can make a difference to the world.

Zag Appoints Ian Lambur to Newly Created Role of SVP, Global Disribution and Co-Productions
Award-winning global independent animation studio ZAG has appointed Ian Lambur as its Senior Vice President, Global Distribution & Co-Productions, reporting to CEO and Founder Jeremy Zag.
As SVP, Global Distribution & Co-Productions, Lambur is responsible for the Company's global distribution and co-production strategy of content to all platforms, including television, home entertainment and digital media. The premiere title in ZAG’s portfolio is the brand Miraculous - Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, winner of the 2018 Teen Choice Award for Choice Animated Series. Lambur will also be leading strategy around ZAG’s upcoming development slate including multiple animated series over the next three years, as well as the expansion of the Zag Heroez collection of entertainment.
“All of us at ZAG are thrilled to welcome Ian,” said Jeremy Zag in announcing Lambur’s appointment.



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5 November 2018

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