The World of Eric Carle Partners with Langers Juice

In celebration of the 45th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, The Joester Loria Group brokered a deal for its client, The World of Eric Carle™, with Langers Juice for a six week on-pack promotion featuring Eric Carle’s iconic character. The promotion kicked off the first week of March and will run through April 19, 2014, in over 10,000 participating supermarkets and Walmart grocery stores nationwide on a series of Langers juice containers.

With the purchase of three marked bottles of Langers juice, customers can receive a limited edition The Very Hungry Caterpillar snack box. The juice flavors include: Cranberry Cocktail, Cranberry Raspberry Cocktail, Cranberry Grape Cocktail and Cranberry Pomegranate Cocktail. To support the promotion, both The World of Eric Carle™ and Langers will execute social media outreach on their respective platforms, as well as a presence on www.langers.com.

Based on the award-winning publishing franchise, The World of Eric Carle promotes the joys of playful learning that three generations have experienced through Carle’s timeless stories and vibrant artwork.  The Very Hungry Caterpillar is the centerpiece of this global consumer products program, known for beautifully designed products.

Langers Cranberry Juice Cocktails provide delicious and nutritious refreshment anytime of the day. They contain no preservatives, no high fructose corn syrup, nothing artificial and are chock full of antioxidants.  These cranberry cocktails are just a sampling of the more than 200 100% juice, juice blends and cocktail varieties currently offered by Langers.

The Langers Juice partnership is one part of The World of Eric Carle’s yearlong celebration of the 45th Anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The World of Eric Carle and The Joester Loria Group are working with a number of licensing partners on exciting marketing activities to mark this special milestone.

Licensing News From The 2014 Housewares Show

Earlier this month the home and housewares industry gathered at McCormick Place in Chicago for the 2014 International Home + Housewares Show, the world’s largest marketplace of home goods.   Approximately 60,000 industry professionals attended the annual event to check out the latest trends.

At this year’s show the International Housewares Association partnered with Licensing Expo for the first time in a collaboration that will help cross promote these two interconnected trade shows. Housewares is an important category for the licensing industry and this exciting new partnership will be beneficial to attendees of both events. A special panel featuring speakers from License! Global, Licensing Expo and The Food Network highlighted the interdependence of two industries.

Many major homewares licensees attended the event and showed off their latest brand extensions and partnerships. Some of the key licensed products on display at the show included:

  • -JLG client, Fabio Viviani debuting a line of serving and prepware produced by Picnic TIme
  • -Tabletops Unlimited unveiled new items under the Kellogg’s tabletop program
  • -ICUP presented Pepsi and Mountain Dew beverage ware
  • -A new line of pet products from Kathy Ireland
  • -A new pressure oven from celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck
  • -A wide range kitchen tools and cookware under the HSN umbrella from a slew of celebrity chefs including Ming Tsai and Lorena Garcia.
  • -The Cookware Company and Füri have teamed up with country music superstar Trisha Yearwood for a line of non-stick cookware, cutlery and gadgets.
  • -Conde Nast is extending their Epicurious brand into cookware, accessories, tools and gadgets.
  • -Meanwhile, rival publisher Bonnier Corp. is expanding their Saveur brand into the Saveur Selects collection of cookware and kitchen appliances.
  • -Food & Wine is also introducing licensed products with new dinnerware, flatware, glassware and bakeware.
  • -Meyer is extending Cake Boss and Rachael Ray products with collections for younger consumers .

More coverage of the event is available from License! Global and HFN.

 

Children’s Entertainment News from the Kids Upfronts

Last week children’s television executives, advertisers and press gathered for the Kids Upfronts, which offer a preview of what’s in store for the children’s entertainment industry. Children’s entertainment properties are a significant segment of the licensing industry and for us as a brand licensing agent. The Joester Loria Group represents several brands in this category including Annoying Orange airing on Cartoon Network, The Hive airing on Disney Jr, and evergreen publishing brands, The Snowman and The World of Eric Carle.

Leading up to the Upfronts, all of the major networks announced their plans for new series and formats. The Cartoon Network, which airs Annoying Orange, shared its plans for a free app called Cartoon Network Anything, which will share short pieces of content on mobile devices. The network also announced its plan to develop a mini series featuring classic characters like Bugs Bunny and Tom and Jerry.

Meanwhile, the Disney Channel announced its plans to continue to experimenting with how it premieres content by making episodes of some shows available on its Watch Disney app before they air on TV. Additionally, a live-action movie about the children of Disney villains called “Descendants,” is also in the works for the Disney Channel. The network plans to expand the movie into a new franchise.

Nickelodeon’s biggest news is a crop of new shows for kids and preschoolers including a spinoff for “Dora The Explorer.” Other new offerings include a mix of cartoons and live-action shows. Nickelodeon is also focusing on digital platforms with the development of a Nick Jr. app that will allow users to stream content, play games and interact with popular characters.

One major challenge facing the industry is the decline in kids’ likelihood to watch the same content over and over. Content and digital platforms are becoming even more important as a result of this obstacle.

Ad Age and Broadcasting & Cable have more coverage of the Upfronts.

The World of Eric Carle Celebrates 45th Anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

This year marks the 45th anniversary of Eric Carle’s most popular title, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The World of Eric Carle will celebrate this milestone with exciting consumer promotions, new product introductions and dynamic marketing campaigns.

Some highlights will include:

*A yearlong under 3 kids meal promotion with Wendy’s, which will distribute up to 4 million premiums in over 6,500 locations. The promotion kicked off January and will run through December 28, 2014 in participating Wendy’s restaurants in the US and Canada. Customers will receive one of seven mini board book premiums, while supplies last, developed exclusively for Wendy’s with the purchase of an Under 3 Kids’ Meal.

*A six-week on-pack promotion featuring The Very Hungry Caterpillar on 1 million Langer’s juice containers in over 10,900 stores. Flavors include Cranberry Cocktail, Cranberry Raspberry Cocktail & Cranberry Grape Cocktail.

*Retail initiatives and events with Barnes & Noble supported with dedicated product tables.

*Two new apps launching in the first quarter of 2014 including Publication International’s Around the Farm app along with an app from new partner StoryToys scheduled to launch on The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day in March.

*Costume character appearances at malls, book fairs, schools and parades.

*A partnership with Sanrio in Japan for a Hello Kitty co-branded product collaboration for the brands’ joint anniversaries in 2014.  A number of World of Eric Carle licensees will create product in categories including plush, baby apparel, fabric, bags, and smartphone content.  Products will be distributed in Japan at specialty and fancy goods stores.

*Partnership with U.K. organization Action for Children encouraging children’s centers, nurseries and groups for the under-5’s across the U.K. to host sponsored ‘Giant Wiggle’ walks on The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day, March 20, 2014. The events will bring children together to wiggle along in giant caterpillar conga lines and also  encourage them to play and develop their imaginations through storytelling and creativity.

*As part of Australia’s 45th anniversary celebrations, The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been transformed into a spectacular sand sculpture as part of StoryLand’s Sand Sculpture exhibit running January through April. The sand sculpture is double-sided and used 250 tons of sand. The event is attended by approximately 250,000 people.

*Coordinated programs across all international social media pages including the launch of The Very Hungry Caterpillar German language Facebook page in collaboration with German Publisher Gerstenberg Verlag.

The Joester Loria Group is excited to celebrate the 45th anniversary of this iconic book with a year of new licensed product introductions, partnerships and marketing initiatives.

New Apps For The World of Eric Carle

The Joester Loria Group, exclusive global licensing agent for The World of Eric Carle, has brokered a deal with StoryToys for a three-year partnership to develop and publish a series of global apps based on the beloved characters created by Eric Carle, the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 children’s books, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar. StoryToys will launch the first The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends app on March 20th 2014, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day, as part of the celebration of the 45th anniversary of the time -honored children’s book.

The World of Eric Carle, the award winning publishing franchise with 125 million books sold, promotes the joys of playful learning through timeless stories and vibrant artwork featuring Very Hungry Caterpillar and Friends.  The brand’s centerpiece, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is a global best seller that is beloved by parents, caregivers, educators, and children.

StoryToys is a leading publisher of interactive books and games for children, and has enjoyed global success on all major app distribution platforms, including over 100 No. 1 worldwide apps on the App Store. StoryToys has been the recipient of numerous awards and commendations for the quality of its products, including 10 prestigious Children’s Technology Review Editor’s Choice Awards.

“We consider this partnership with The World of Eric Carle as the perfect fit for both parties” said Barry O’Neill, CEO of StoryToys. “We share a dedication to creating family-friendly, entertaining products, and to promoting learning through play. StoryToys has a strong heritage of bringing much-loved classics into the digital world, and our aim is to build beautiful apps that will enable children to interact with their favorite Eric Carle characters in totally new ways.”

Debra Joester, President and CEO of The Joester Loria Group adds, “We are excited to be working with StoryToys. We are looking forward to a partnership that will boost awareness of this much-loved brand even further in the app space with engaging activity apps that inspire imaginative thinking and encourages creative exploration.”

License! GlobalKidscreenThe Bookseller and MediaBistro all shared the news of this exciting brand extension for The World of Eric Carle.

Mountain Dew’s New Licensing Partner

In partnership with The Joester Loria Group, Mountain Dew is growing their lifestyle licensing program to include sporting gear and accessories.  A leader in the action sports industry and title sponsor of the competition series Dew Tour, Mountain Dew’s entry into snow, skate and water sports extends Mountain Dew’s leadership in promoting action sports and partnering with leading athletes.

JNJ International, Inc. was tapped to develop a Mountain Dew program consisting of skateboards, snowboards, mountain boards, scooters, skates, boogie boards, skim boards and protective gear ranging in price from $9.99 to $59.99.

This new licensing category will provide Dew loyalists with unique and exciting products featuring iconic Dew graphics with a bold design.  The collections will use quality materials and offer a wide range of product to fit the needs of beginner level and advanced athletes alike.

The new Mountain Dew scooters and skateboards will launch spring 2014 at Kmart and Toys “R” US and at select Walmart doors for the holiday season.  The program is slated to roll out across additional retail channels including sporting good specialty stores, mid-tier and additional mass accounts.

New Footwear and Hosiery Licensing Deal For The World of Eric Carle

The Joester Loria Group recently brokered a licensing agreement with PS Brands to serve as the U.S. footwear and hosiery partner for The World of Eric Carle brand.

Under the new agreement, PS Brands will develop a collection of hosiery for newborns and infants and no-skid newborn and infant footwear including boots, rubber-soled socks and sandals.  The collections will feature Eric Carle’s distinctive artwork and iconic characters with a focus on The Very Hungry Caterpillar and friends.

Footwear and hosiery are the latest additions to The World of Eric Carle’s robust licensing program, which already spans toys, games, apparel, home décor, social expressions, stationery, classroom supplies and mobile apps in 15 countries worldwide.

License! Global recently shared The World Of Eric Carle’s licensing news.

 

Kidscreen Summit Preview

Next week, more than 1600 attendees will gather in New York City for one of the biggest annual events in the children’s entertainment industry, the Kidscreen Summit.

A highlight of the event will be the keynote speech from cultural anthropologist Grant McCracken who will discuss the implications of binge watching and video-on-demand services in the children’s entertainment sector.

The event also will feature a variety of mentoring sessions for those trying to break into the children’s entertainment field. One of the sessions specifically will focus on licensing for kids properties. Other mentoring sessions will focus on topics ranging from finance to pitching and development.

Additionally, several top executives from leading children’s networks like Disney, Cartoon Network, Sprout, and Nickelodeon will also be on hand for sessions during which they will share their expertise and take questions from attendees.

On Tuesday evening, the Kidscreen Awards, hosted by comedian Seán Cullen, will honor the best children’s programming of the year. The full event agenda is available here: http://summit.kidscreen.com/2014/agenda/.

Kidscreen is a great forum for JLG to meet established and new creators of children’s entertainment properties, and keep abreast of new developments in the sector.

Pepsi & Mountain Dew Licensing Programs Add New Housewares

The Joester Loria Group is working with its client to grow the Pepsi and Mountain Dew brand licensing programs with new tabletop, entertaining and home décor partners.  Both beverages are always a key element to entertaining and these new housewares and home décor items will give extra pop to any home.

Pepsi is essential to entertaining and Permasteel’s line of coolers will further extend the life of the party by offering consumers a chic way to cool and store their beverages.  The line consists of high quality indoor/outdoor coolers, sleek silhouettes and graphics that tap into Pepsi’s most iconic logos and imagery. Pepsi coolers will hit stores Spring 2014, retailing for $99 to $249.

Art.com joins the Pepsi program for print-on-demand art and photographic prints, posters, canvas and wall decor.  Utilizing Pepsi’s 110+ years graphic archive,  Art.com will house iconic artwork and advertisements for their print-on-demand capabilities. This exciting partnership allows Pepsi consumers to truly connect with the brand, picking favorite pieces to incorporate into their homes.

A leader in glassware and kitchen accessories, iCup joins the PepsiCo portfolio with a line consisting of everyday glasses, pitchers, canisters and trays along with a set of acrylic and melamine products set to follow market trends. The Pepsi collection will take inspiration from the brand’s youthful pop image and its 100+ years of logos and graphics to design both modern and retro houseware items.

In contrast, the Mountain Dew collections will reflect an edgy and high energy spirit with innovative design as well as call upon Dew’s playful hillbilly heritage with mason jars and other novelty items.

Both assortments will launch in the Spring of 2014, with broad retail reach, targeting channels from mass up to specialty.

To further Mountain Dew’s home décor,  Advanced Graphics joins the program for a line of cardboard stand-up wall decals. The unique items will be found at specialty stores and across major e-commerce platforms such as AllPosters.com starting February 2014.

As the official North American licensing agent for PepsiCo, The Joester Loria Group is excited to welcome these new partners to the brand’s licensing portfolio.

Licensing Lessons From Retail’s Big Show

Last week the National Retail Federation held their annual Retail’s Big Show at the Javits Center in New York City. The event had 30,000 attendees and 500 exhibitors. While the conference focused on the retail industry as a whole, there were some important lessons particularly relevant for the licensing industry.

One panel discussion highlighted the success of HGTV’s multicategory brand licensing program. Meanwhile, retail security was a topic on everyone’s minds in light of the recent security breaches at high profile retailers like Target and Neiman Marcus. Another hot topic at the conference was the NRF’s report which detailed the top retailers and their revenues, which totaled $4.3 trillion. Costco’s Jim Sinegal was honored with the NRF’s Gold Medal Award for his work at the innovative retailer. Additionally, Rick Caruso, CEO of Caruso Affiliated, spoke about the future of the indoor mall and the need for innovation in the mall development business.

Retailers are an important component of any successful brand licensing program. At The Joester Loria Group, we stay on top of the latest topics and trends that affect the licensing industry in order to ensure success for all of our clients.