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According to Downsey – Edition 3 (Summer In The City)

This article was written by Ian Downes, Director at Start Licensing Limited, for The Bugg Report Summer in the city (of London) and elsewhere in the UK has been unusually hot. To paraphrase a tabloid newspaper it has been a scorcher and continues to be so. Maybe nothing compared to Australian standards but this hot […]

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Peanuts Hotel to Open in Kobe Japan on 1 August 2018

The Peanuts Hotel in Kobe, Japan will officially open on Wednesday August 1st, 2018. This is a boutique style hotel that consists of 18 rooms and will include the first Peanuts Café and Peanuts Hotel in the Kansai area of Japan. Within the comics, there is a strip where Snoopy is visited by birds that […]

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United States Retail Observations by The Bugg Report

Whilst over in the US for the recent Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, The Bugg Report team visited a number of US retail outlets and below are some of the key observations. World class merchandising and POS executions US retailers still lead the way with exciting and captivating retail in-store executions to drive product sales. […]

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A Hectic Week of Global Brand Updates & Presentations at Licensing Expo 2018

Licensing Expo 2018 concluded after a hectic week of global brand presentations, increased space on the show floor and vigorous conversation as to where our industry is heading. Everyday we see more announcements of adjustments to the “bricks & mortar” retail space globally; much of this looks at closures. More recent news suggests that Macy’s […]

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Wide Eyes News from the Tube (June 2018 Edition)

Wide Eyes News from the Tube is written by a leading industry expert and is focused on providing a quick snapshot of the best opportunities in the television & animation market. Over the last ten years the changes that new technologies have brought to our world have been overwhelming and every industry that we work […]

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According to Downsey – Edition 2 (Sports Licensing & The World Cup)

This article was written by Ian Downes, Director at Start Licensing Limited, for The Bugg Report The big sporting tournament this Summer is the Football World Cup taking place in Russia. Football really is the global game and the tournament reflects this with competing nations including England, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Peru and Senegal. A tournament […]

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BBC Studios Feature Market Wrap Update | April 2018

2018 is set to be an exciting year for BBC Studios in the Licensing Space! “It’s a big year for our brand portfolio and we look forward to working with our licensees and partners on new and exciting products” says Brigid Roberts, Manager of Licensing and Sponsorship. Doctor Who Ahead of the highly anticipated series […]

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Feature Coverage by The Bugg Report on the State of Retail

As an independent, we spend considerable time in the marketplace understanding where retail is heading and what brands are delivering in the market. The marketplace is basically unrecognisable from five years ago. The lightning fast changes in how people consume information and product has continued to challenge all of us over recent times. It’s fair […]

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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 […]

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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 […]