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According to Downsey – Edition 1 (The Annual January Madness Month of Trade-Shows)

According to Downsey – Edition 1 (The Annual January Madness Month of Trade-Shows)

This article was written by Ian Downes, Director at Start Licensing Limited, for The Bugg Report I always feel January should be re-named trade-show – it seems the whole of the UK licensing industry is on one continuous cycle of trade-shows. It is part of the routine of licensing but it is important to challenge…

The “State of the Licensing Nation” in the United Kingdom

The “State of the Licensing Nation” in the United Kingdom

As we begin the countdown to October’s Brand Licensing Europe (BLE), what is the “state of the licensing nation” here in the UK? Outside of politics (more on this later) there’s been a good deal to cheer up the country through spring and summer. In sport, women’s teams came to prominence with good performances in…

Where to for Bricks and Mortar Retail in Australia?

Where to for Bricks and Mortar Retail in Australia?

For those who sell consumer goods to bricks and mortar (B&M) retailers, it is impossible to escape the reality of a changing landscape not just in Australia, but also around the world. Each market is currently coping with different phases of transition, which include B&M, online, omni-channel and vertically integrated platforms. One thing is clear……

Dan Amos on the Blurring of Two Worlds

Dan Amos on the Blurring of Two Worlds

Dan Amos is Head of New Media of Tinderbox, the dedicated digital division of leading global brand extension agency, Beanstalk. Introduction Last month, “Game of Thrones” fans might have been surprised to see Ed Sheeran dressed as a soldier in the opening episode of the latest series. Although the unexpected sighting of the singer serenading…

Expression of Interest to Become an Official AFL Licensee

Expression of Interest to Become an Official AFL Licensee

The AFL invites suitably qualified and experienced respondents to submit an Expression of Interest in order to submit a full proposal to become an Official AFL Licensee for products within the Sporting Goods, Publishing and Toys & Games categories. At the end of the 4 Stage process the successful respondent (s) will be granted non-exclusive…

Sasha Banks is Set to Light Up Australia this September

Sasha Banks is Set to Light Up Australia this September

The Bugg Report had the opportunity to sit down and speak to Sasha Banks during her latest trip to Melbourne this past July. Banks was here in Australia to promote the upcoming WWE LIVE Tour in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane this September which will follow on from last year’s sell out tour to the land…

Funko Pop! Vinyls are a Worldwide Phenomenon

Funko Pop! Vinyls are a Worldwide Phenomenon

Arguably the hottest phenomenon on the planet is Funko’s Pop! Vinyl revolution. In terms of things that resonate around licensed properties in the gift and collectible world, Funko have all bases covered. This company has continued to defy gravity over the past 10 years as their brand portfolio expands and their sales head north at…

The World’s Hottest Collectible Toys

The World’s Hottest Collectible Toys

I came across an article that was recently written for The Sydney Morning Herald; “Retail revolution: How a superhero toy could change the Australian landscape.” If you’re interested, the article is worth reading and taking the time to understand. It is an interesting question to ask because there is certainly a shift towards a new…

Art Imitating Life: How Professional Sporting Teams are Turning to eSports and what it Means for the Digital World

Art Imitating Life: How Professional Sporting Teams are Turning to eSports and what it Means for the Digital World

Dan Amos is Head of New Media of Tinderbox, the dedicated digital division of leading global brand extension agency, Beanstalk. Widely regarded as a phenomenon only present within the gaming community, it has long been questioned whether eSports can be classified as a ‘real sport’ by critics. To those outside the gaming arena, it is…

Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products Look Forward to 2017

Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products Look Forward to 2017

Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products return for the third year as an exhibitor at the Hong Kong International Licensing Show, to showcase their vast portfolio of licensing opportunities. Alien: Covenant Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created with Alien: Covenant, a new chapter in the groundbreaking Alien franchise. Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products will…