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2016 highlights: January & February

The Source takes a look at some of the big licensing stories of the year.

2016 has been another stellar year in the UK licensing industry – from big name blockbusters at the cinema transferring their success onto retail shelves, to the launch of the B&LLAs and a storming year for the Licensing Awards and The Light Fund, new properties emerging and newcomers in the retail space.

We highlight some of our most read stories and articles of the year, beginning with January and February.

January

“Everything David Bowie did is timeless” – The Source talks to photographer Terry O’Neill about how he met the late star, and how his shots are now being used by Iconic Images.

Amazon reveals 2015 top sellers – Minions and Inside Out movies, plus Frozen toys among best performers for last year.

Ladybird’s grown-up titles hit 1.2m units – How it works: The Husband is top seller over the Christmas period.

Bladez Toyz makes preschool move – RC inflatable specialist has signed up Peppa Pig, Thomas and Teletubbies.

Sam Ferguson joins Jazwares global team – Former Mind Candy executive becomes senior director of licensing and retail.

Mothercare inks Dinosaur Roar exclusive – Partnership will see retailer stock apparel, plus additional toys and gifting items.

Licensees get on board with emoji brand – Global Merchandising Services reveals first batch of partners for hotly tipped brand.

February

New ceo takes the helm at Mind Candy – Ian Chambers brings gaming background from Ubisoft and EA to the role.

Licensing industry stars on Channel 4 – Supershoppers highlights Brand Licensing Europe.

Danilo’s Trevor Jones to semi-retire at end of February – Popular licensing director to semi-retire after 18 years with the company.

Disney UK honours licensees at annual awards – Sphero, Jakks, Primark and Egmont among winners at 2015 Disney Licensee Awards.

Hasbro, Mattel discuss potential merger – Media buzzing over possible game changing merger between two mega toy brands.

Disney reveals ‘Dream big, Princess’ initiative – New campaign aims to put the Disney Princess stories ‘front and centre’.

Mothercare reveals Classic Peter Rabbit tie up – Cross category product range hitting stores this spring following deal with Silvergate.

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