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2018 highlights: May

From Hasbro swooping in for Power Rangers to Licensing Expo, May was a busy month.

2018 has been another strong year in the UK licensing industry – despite a challenging retail environment, licensees and licensors have been experimenting with new routes to market and new retail names have emerged.

Brands from the digital world have been making an impact, plus it’s been a record year for fundraising for industry charity, The Light Fund, and Brand Licensing Europe said farewell to London’s Olympia on a high.

We are highlighting some of our most read stories and articles of the year in the lead up to Christmas.

Today: May


Tina-Louise Foster teams up with Vickie O’Malley – Former MGA exec sets up Nimbus Nine, with Vickie’s agency as first client.

Max Arguile opens specialist licensing consultancy – Reemsborko to focus on emerging areas such as animé, video and mobile gaming.

Hasbro acquires Saban’s Power Rangers brand – $522m deal also includes other entertainment brands such as Julius Jr and Luna Petunia.

View our Licensing Expo 2018 picture gallery – Relive this year’s industry showcase, networking events, awards, star performers and more.

Embrace new brands, Spring Fling panel tells retail – Take more risks and try new things, panel tells licensing industry at LIMA gathering.

Hasbro reveals United Colors of Benetton collab – Apparel and accessories for My Little Pony and Transformers to debut later this year.

Remembering Maralyn Redfern – The Light Fund’s Trevor Jones leads the tributes to Blueprint’s co-founder.

Fashion UK takes first step in European expansion – New German office sees ambitious licensee extend business further into Europe.

Primark grows homeware offer with Barbie line – Bedding and nightwear from Character World and Somerbond launches in retailer.

View our LIMA Spring Fling picture gallery – Check out our exclusive pictures from the popular industry networking event.

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