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Licensing Excellence Awards Winners Announced at 2014 Licensing Expo

Duck Dynasty Nabs Best Overall License and Best Film, TV or Entertainment Program; Hot Topic Takes the Retailer Prize for Doctor Who; Junk Food Wins in Three Categories 

Las Vegas, NV, June 17, 2014 – The most successful and creative licensed properties and products of the past year have been recognized with Licensing Excellence Awards from the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) at LIMA’s annual Awards Ceremony, held this evening at Licensing Expo 2014. The winners were culled from a record 360 total entries, which were pared down to 118 nominees and then voted on by LIMA members. The winners included Duck Dynasty from A+E Networks/Brandgenuity for both Overall Best Licensed Program of the Year and Best Film, Television or Entertainment Program; and Retailer of the Year went to Hot Topic for the blockbuster hit TV series, Doctor Who. Other big winners included Junk Food Clothing, which accepted three awards, including its third straight win for Best Sports Licensee; and LEGO, for Best Character or Toy Brand Licensee in Hard Goods for the second year in a row.

In addition, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles collected two prizes, for Film, Television or Entertainment Licensee in both the Hard and Soft Goods categories; and Angry Birds from Rovio, received the prize in the new Digital/New Media category.

“It was truly a spectacular night, and a banner year, for our Awards program. We’re proud to celebrate all of our Licensing Excellence Awards winners, which represent the best work from companies around the globe,” said LIMA President Charles Riotto. “This year, we received more entries from more countries than ever before, which was very gratifying and made voting especially challenging.”

The LIMA Licensing Excellence Awards honor the top licensed properties, products and campaigns in 11 distinct categories, including two new awards categories, Location-based or Experiential and Digital/New Media. This year’s 20 total winners are (listed by category):


  • Best Art or Design Program of the Year
    • Dena (Dena Designs, Inc.)
  • Best Art or Design Licensee of the Year
    • Junk Food Clothing (for Jean-Michel Basquiat Apparel Collection)


  • Best Property of the Year
    • Cake Boss – Buddy Valastro (Discovery Communications)
  • Best Celebrity Licensee of the Year
    • Thomas Pink Limited (for The Beatles Shirt Collection)


  • Best Property of the Year
    • Monster High (Mattel)
  • Best Character or Toy Brand Licensee of the Year – Hard Goods
    • LEGO (LEGO Star Wars)
  • Best Character or Toy Brand Licensee of the Year – Soft Goods
    • Junk Food Clothing (for DC Comics Apparel Collection)


  • Best Property of the Year
    • Girls Scouts of the USA (Girls Scouts of the USA/The Wildflower Group, LLC)
  • Best Corporate Brand Licensee of the Year
    • Bassett Furniture (HGTV HOME Design Studio Only at Bassett)


  • Best Property of the Year
    • Angry Birds Star Wars (Rovio Entertainment Ltd & Lucasfilm Ltd)
  • Best Licensee of the Year
    • Jazwares (Minecraft Toy Line)


  • Best Film, Television, or Entertainment Program of the Year
    • Duck Dynasty (A+E Networks/Brandgenuity)
  • Best Film, Television, or Entertainment Licensee of the Year – Hard Goods
    • Playmates Toys, Inc. (for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Toy Line)
  • Best Film, Television, or Entertainment Licensee of the Year – Soft Goods
    • Accessory Innovations (for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3D Special FX Backpack)


  • Best Sports Property of the Year
    • WWE (WWE)
  • Best Sports Licensee of the Year
    • Junk Food Clothing Co. (for Vintage NFL Collection)


  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – Durango (Paramount Pictures)


  • The Walking Dead: Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studio (AMC/Striker Entertainment)


  • Best Retailer of the Year:
    • Hot Topic (for Doctor Who)


  • Duck Dynasty (A+E Networks/Brandgenuity)

Nominations were solicited from the worldwide licensing industry.

For a complete list of the 2014 Awards nominees, please visit the LIMA website,


About LIMA

LIMA – the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association – is the leading trade organization for the global licensing industry. LIMA’s mission is to foster the growth and expansion of licensing around the world, raise the level of professionalism for licensing practitioners, and create greater awareness of the benefits of licensing to the business community at large. Founded in 1985, LIMA maintains offices in New York, London, Munich, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Melbourne, with representatives in India, Italy, Korea, Spain, Turkey and the Middle East.  Members in over 35 countries enjoy access to an array of benefits, including LIMANET – licensing’s interactive, global directory – extensive educational programming, and worldwide networking events.  LIMA is the exclusive sponsor of Licensing Expo, the industry’s largest trade event, in addition to shows in London, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Visit for more information and to utilize licensing’s definitive online resource.

LIMA is a proud supporter of the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation. To learn more about how to join LIMA in finding a cure, visit and “like” LIMA Cares on Facebook.

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