Nominees Unveiled for the 2020 Licensing International Excellence Awards

New York, NY, April 8, 2020 – The 2020 International Licensing Awards ballot has been finalized, featuring a star-studded list of nominees from all over the world vying for the industry’s most prestigious honor.

More than 600 entries were received this year from companies in 22 countries. Those submissions were judged by a panel of 152 executives from 20 nations. The hours of analysis and evaluation by those judges produced a ballot that includes 175 nominees in 23 categories of brands, properties and companies.

Be sure to gather your team to cast your Vote! It’s one Member Ballot per company! Vote Now!

“This elite group of nominees is truly representative of the global licensing community, showcasing the creativity and innovation that is part of our industry’s DNA,” said Maura Regan, President, Licensing International. “During these difficult times, we want to make sure that we don’t forget about the importance of celebrating the companies and people behind these successes.”

In the next phase of the Licensing Awards process, members of Licensing International will submit their votes online when the member voting period opens next week. Each member company is allowed to submit one ballot.

The winners will be unveiled at the Awards Ceremony during Licensing Expo, where the year’s Hall of Fame inductee and Rising Stars are also honored at a gala evening celebration and networking event.  Each week leading up to the Awards Ceremony, Licensing International will spotlight one award category and its nominees on the Licensing International website, in Newslinks and on its social media platforms.

Here are this year’s nominees:

Best Licensed Product – Apparel / Footwear / Accessories

COMPANY                                                                                                                          PROPERTY / PRODUCT

Água de Coco……………………………………….…………………..……………………………………………Coca-Cola Beach Wear

Black Milk Clothing…………………………………………………………………………………….…………Harry Potter Collection

Coco de Mer………………………………………………………………………………………….V&A Luxury Lingerie & Nightwear

People Tree…………………………………………………………………………………..…………….……V&A Pop Generation Line

Peter Alexander…………………………………………………………………………………………….……..Harry Potter Sleepwear

Puma…………………………………………………………….………………………………………………………….Sesame Street Range

Sahinler………………………………………………..………………………….……………………………….emoji® Capsule Collection

Vans…………………………………………………………….…………………………………………………………..…….David Bowie Line

Vans……………………………………………………………………………………………………….……………………….Shark Week Line

 

Best Licensed Product – Appliances, Automotive, Housewares

COMPANY                                                                                                                     PROPERTY / PRODUCT

Bullit Mobile Ltd.…………………………………………………………………………………………Caterpillar “Cat” Smartphone

Cuisinart…………………………………………………………………………………….…………………………..Tasty Kitchen Electrics

ezpz………………………………………………………………………………………….…………Sesame Street All-in-one-Placemat

Haier COSMOPLAT ……………………………………YIHE Fairyland (Summer Palace) Kitchen & Bathroom Fixtures

Personalized Plates Queensland……………………………….……………………………………………..emoji® License Plates

Pro-Ject Audio Systems……………………………………………………………………………………………The Beatles Turntable

Stern Pinball Inc.……………………………………………………………………………………….…………………The Beatles Pinball

 

Best Licensed Product – Toys, Games, Novelties 0-8yr

COMPANY                                                                                                                       PROPERTY / PRODUCT

Bonkers Toys……………………………………………………..Ryan’s World Cap’n Ryan’s Mega Mystery Treasure Chest

Bright Starts………………………………………………………………………………………..Sesame Street Baby Toy Collection

Giochi Preziosi………………………………………………………………………………………………….Frozen 2 Whisper & Glow

Kid Trax…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..Paw Patrol Rubble’s Digger

Mattel…………………………………………….…………………………….Jurassic World Destroy ‘N Devour Indominus Rex

Mattel………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..………….Toy Story 4 Range

Sakar………………………………………………………………………………………..………………………….Paw Patrol 3-D Scooters

Spinmaster………………………………………………………………..………….DreamWorks Dragons “Hatching Toothless”

WowWee…………………………………………………..………….Pinkfong Baby Shark Song Puppets w/ Tempo Control

 

 

 

Best Licensed Product – Apps, Software, Video Games

COMPANY                                                                                                                           PROPERTY / PRODUCT

Epic Games……………………………………………………………………………………………..…….Fortnite cross-console POSA

PBS Kids……………………………………………………………………………………………….………………………………Dr. Seuss App

Salesforce………………………………………………………………………………….…………………………………Salesforce Einstein

Samsung Galaxy (Brazil)……………………………………..…………………………………….Hello Kitty smartphone Themes

Steel Wool Games…………………………………………………..………………….Five Nights at Freddy’s VR: Help Wanted

Story Toys / Touch Press………………………………………………………….……………………………Lego DUPLO World App

Walmart / Buzzfeed…………………………………………………..………………………………….Tasty Online Grocery Pickup

Weyo Pty Ltd………………………………………………………….…………………………….…………………………The Wiggles App

 

Best Licensed Product – Food & Beverage

COMPANY                                                                                                                          PROPERTY / PRODUCT

The Coca-Cola Company / Ferrero………………………………………….………………………………………Tic Tac Coca Cola

Cookies United……………………………………………………………………………….……………..Oreo Gingerbread House Kit

Harrogate Tipple Ltd…………………………………………………………………………………Downton Abbey Gin & Whiskey

Mondelēz / Oreo………………………..…………………………………………………………..……………Game of Thrones Oreos

Grupo Herdez…….…………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Baileys Ice Cream

Tea Forté……………………………………………………………………………..New York Botanical Garden Jardin Collection

Tingyi-Asahi…………………………………………………………………………………………..……………………Boonie Bears Water

Twinings………………………………………………………………………………………………………………V&A William Morris Tea

 

Best Licensed Product – HBA

COMPANY                                                                                                                            PROPERTY / PRODUCT

Lipsmacker……………………………………………………………………………………………….……………….Crayola Lip Care Line

Mad Beauty Ltd…………………………………………………………………………………Disney Villains Bath & Beauty Range

Murdock London……………………………….………………………………………Peaky Blinders Shave & Grooming Range

Peaches & Cream…………………………………………………………………………….……………….Pink Panther Pigment Line

Perfect Diary………………………………..……………….The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Royal Camp Lipstick Line

Shiseido………………………………………………………………..……………………………………………………..V&A Beauty Range

Sally Hansen……………………………………………………………………………………….……………………….Jelly Belly Nail Care

 

Best Licensed Product – Home Décor

COMPANY                                                                                                                  PROPERTY / PRODUCT 

Beast…………………………………………………………………………..The Little Prince Giftware, Tableware and Bedding

Ecology by CWM Homewares……………………………………………………………….May Gibbs Homewares Collection

Dreamtex Ltd …………………………………………………………………………..…..National Geographic Recycled Bedding

Jay Franco & Sons Inc…………..……….Hayley & Ivy Designs & The Little Mermaid Home Collection for Teens

Larousse…………………………………….……………………………………..….Peaky Blinders Drinkware & Giftware Range

Little Greene…………………………………………………….……………………………………………..National Trust Paint Range

Modernica…………………………………………………………………………….……..SpongeBob SquarePants Furniture Line

Selamat…………..…………………….Morris & Co. Indoor/Outdoor Furniture, Lighting & Home Décor Collection

Skechers USA Inc.…………………………………….…………………………………..….BOBS for DOGS Pet Accessory Range

 

Best Licensed Product – Publishing, Back-to-School

COMPANY                                                                                                                      PROPERTY / PRODUCT

Carlton Books…………………………………………………………………………………..…………………………Rubik’s Puzzle Book

Clarkson Potter…………………………………..…………………………………………….MasterChef Junior Bakes! Cookbook

Crane Stationery……………………………….……………………………………………Downton Abbey Stationery Collection

IDW Publishing………………………….………………………………Rick & Morty vs Dungeon & Dragons Graphic Novel

Party City………………………………………..………………Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year Partygoods & Tableware

Penguin Random House……………………………….…………………………Tasty Dessert & Tasty Everyday Cookbooks

Quirk Books……………………………………………….William Shakespeare ‘Get Thee Back to the Future” Mash-Up

Random House Children’s Books……………………………….……………………..………………Dr Seuss’s Horse Museum

UHU……………………….………………………………………………………………………Smiley UHU Limited Edition Glue Stick

 

Best Licensed Product – Toys, Games, Novelties 8+

COMPANY                                                                                                                    PROPERTY / PRODUCT

Bandai……………….…………………………………………………Warhammer 40,000 Primaris Intercessor Action Figure

Funko Games………………………………………………………………………………….Harry Potter Funkoverse Board Game

Hasbro / Nerf………………………………………………………………………………………………………….Fortnite Blaster Range

Jazwares……………………………………………………………………………………………………………Fortnite Battle Bus Drone

Lagoon Group…………………………………………………………………………….Professor Rubik Games & Puzzles Range

Lego……………………………………………………………….……………………………………………………Stranger Things Lego Set

Mattel………………………………………………………………………………………….….Ziggy Stardust “Barbie as Bowie” Doll

Orientavida……………………………………………………….………………….………………………E.T. eco-ethical Denim Plush

 

Best Brand – Art / Design / Celebrity / Fashion

PROPERTY                                                                                                                            OWNER / AGENT

Andy Warhol…………………………………………………………….……………..………………….The Andy Warhol Foundation

David Bowie…………………………………………………………………………………………..……………Epic Rights & Perryscope

Drew Barrymore Flower Home…………………………………………………..………………….Drew Barrymore / CAA-GBG

Morris & Co.……………………………………………………………………………………………………Morris & Co. / Style Library

Ninja (Tyler Blevins)………………………………………….…………………………………………………….Loaded, Brand Central

Smiley…………………………………………………………….…………………………………………………………The Smiley Company

The Very Hungry Caterpillar / World of Eric Carle……….……Eric Carle Studio, LLC / The Joester Loria Group

V&A……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….Victoria and Albert Museum

 

Best Brand – Digital / Apps / Video Game

PROPERTY                                                                                                                                     OWNER / AGENT

Brown & Friends…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….LINE Friends

emoji ® …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..emoji company GmbH

Five Nights at Freddy’s……………………………………………………………………………………………………………Scottgames

Fortnite……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………Epic Games

Best Brand – Corporate

PROPERTY                                                                                                                                  OWNER / AGENT

American Red Cross …………………………………………………………..American Red Cross / Seltzer Licensing Group

Cat by Caterpillar ………………………………………………………….……………………………………………………Caterpillar Inc.

Craftsman……………………………………………………………………………………………Stanley Black & Decker / Beanstalk

Energizer & Eveready…………………………………………………………..………………………………….Energizer / Beanstalk

Febreze……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………P&G / Beanstalk

Frigidaire ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….The Electrolux Group

Goodyear…………………………………..……………………………………………………………The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

Hewlett-Packard……………………………………………………………….…………………………………Hewlett-Packard /LMCA

 

Best Brand – Entertainment / Character – Animated

PROPERTY                                                                                                                                   OWNER / AGENT

44 Cats …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………Rainbow SpA

Batman………………………………………………………………………………………………….Warner Bros. Consumer Products

Bing …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….……….Acamar Films

Boonie Bears ……………………………………………………………………………………………………..Fantawild Animation Inc.

BT21 …………………………………………………………………………………..……………………………..………………….LINE Friends

Peppa Pig …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..………eOne / Hasbro

PJ Masks………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….………… eOne / Hasbro

Pop! ……………………………………………………….………………………………………………………………………..………Funko, LLC

Warhammer……………………………………………………………………………………………………….………… Games Workshop

 

Best Brand – Entertainment / Character – Live Action

PROPERTY                                                                                                                                 OWNER / AGENT

JoJo Siwa …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..…….ViacomCBS

MasterChef……………………………………………………………………………………………….…………….Endemol Shine Group

Mr Bean……………………………………………………………………………………….………………………….Endemol Shine Group

Peaky Blinders…………………………………………………………………………….….……………………….Endemol Shine Group

Ryan’s World/Mystery Playdate………………………………………………………………….……………………….pocket.watch

Sesame Street ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..Sesame Workshop

 

Best Brand – Food / Beverage / Restaurant

PROPERTY                                                                                                                                 OWNER / AGENT

Baileys …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………Diageo / Beanstalk

Cinnabon ………………………………………………………………………………….……………………………………Focus Brands LLC

Coca Cola ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………The Coca-Cola Company

Corona …………………………………………………………………………….Constellation Brands / The Joester Loria Group

Guinness ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..Diageo / Beanstalk

Hershey’s Reese’s……………………………………………………….The Hershey Company / MDR Brand Management

Oreo …………………………….……………………………………………………….Mondelēz International / Brand Central LLC

Tasty ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..…………………Buzzfeed

 

Best Brand – Sports / Collegiate

PROPERTY                                                                                                                                    OWNER / AGENT

Cricket World Cup 2019……………………………….International Cricket Council / Velocity Brand Management

NFLPA …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….NFLPA

Rugby World Cup…………………………………………………………….………………………………………….World Rugby / IMG

US Women’s National Team Players Assc.……………………………….……………………………………………….USWNTPA

WWE…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………WWE

 

Best Licensed Promotion

PROMOTION NAME                                                                                                                  OWNER / AGENT

Crayola & Kraft Mac N Cheese ………………………………………………………………………………………….Crayola & Kraft

JoyPixels 2Degrees ‘Fighting For Fair’……………………………..……..………………………….JoyPixels / Born Licensing

McDonald’s ‘Discovery Space with Snoopy’…………………..……….McDonald’s & Peanuts Worldwide & NASA

Peppa Pig TMall Super Brand Day………………………………………………………………………… eOne / Hasbro & TMall

Rubik’s & SmileyWorld Happymeal……………………..…………………………McDonald’s & Rubik’s & SmileyWorld

Squarespace & Sesame Street ‘A Cautionary Tale’……………….……………. Sesame Workshop & Squarespace

The World of tokidoki at Changi Airport………………Changi Airport & Tokidoki LLC / Pacific Licensing Studio

 

Best Licensed Collaboration

COLLABORATION                                                                                                               OWNER / AGENT

Coca-Cola x Diesel ……………….…………………………………….………………………….The Coca-Cola Company & Diesel

Crayola x Levi’s & Haddad Apparel Group…………………………………………………………………………Crayola & Levi’s

Kikkoman & Primitive Skateboarding……………………………………………… Kikkoman & Primitive Skateboarding

Peaky Blinders x Kent & Curwen…………………………………………………..Endemol Shine Group & Kent&Curwen

Peppa Pig x Hunter…………………………………………………………………………………….……….eOne / Hasbro & Hunter

SpongeBob SquarePants x Nike……………………………………………………………………………….……ViacomCBS & Nike

Stranger things x Nike………………………………………………..………………………………………………..………Netflix & Nike

 

Best Experiential or Location Based Initiative

NAME                                                                                                                                                 COMPANY

Evil Dead 2 Official Escape Room……………………………………….……………………….…………Hourglass Escapes LLC

Jurassic World Live!…………………………………………………………………………………………………….Feld Entertainment

MasterChef, the TV Experience …………………………………………………………………………………….….The First Group

Peaky Blinders The Live Escape Game………………………………………………………………………………..……Escape Live

Room on the Broom ‘A Magical Journey’…………………………….Merlin Entertainments / Magic Light Pictures

SpongeBob SquarePants ‘The Bikini Bottom Experience’…………………………………………………….…..ViacomCBS

Taco Bell ‘The Bell – A Taco Bell Hotel’……….……………………………………….……….United Entertainment Group

The Beatles Pop-Up Shop………………………………………………………………….……..The Thread Shop at Sony Music

The Very Hungry Caterpillar at the Royal Horticultural Society ………………………. Royal Horticultural Society

 

 

Best Retailer – Entertainment / Character

RETAILER                                                                                                                                          PROPERTY

Box Lunch …………………………………………………………………………………………………………..Friends 25th Anniversary

Cotton On…………………………………………………………………The Simpsons & Family Guy, Father’s Day #DadBods

Galeries Lafayette……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….…………Batman

H&M …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………Stranger Things

Myer …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….……….Harry Potter

Peter Alexander……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..……Dr. Seuss

Spencer’s………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………Rick & Morty

 

Best Retailer – Corporate / Lifestyle / Fashion / Sports

RETAILER                                                                                                                                                PROPERTY

Aldi ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..emoji®

Barbour International ………………………………………………………………………………………………………Steve McQueen

Forever 21…………………………………………………………………………………………….Hershey’s, Reese’s, Jolly Rancher

NBA Stores Brazil ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………NBA

Spencer’s………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….……………Corona

TUDN Fan Shop………………………………………………………………………………………………………………TUDN / Univision

 

The Newcomer Award

Boonie Cubs ………………………………………………………………………………………………………Fantawild Animation Inc.

Brainbase ……………………………………………………………………………………………………..…………………Brainbase Assist

Fly with Yaya Tohoku ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….…..Fly with Yaya

Forthglade……………………………..………………………………………………….National Trust & Forthglade Dog Dinners

Frito Lays…………………………………….……………………………………………………….Cheetos / The Joester Loria Group

Ghost Whey Protein……………………………………………………………………….…. Ghost & Chips Ahoy! Whey Protein

Harrogate Tipple Ltd ……………………………………………………………………………..…Downton Abbey Gin & Whiskey

US Postal Service……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….USPS

 

Best Agency / Manufacturer’s Rep

Haven Global……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

La Panaderia……………………….…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Pacific Licensing..……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Redibra……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Retail Monster…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Seltzer Licensing Group.…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

The Joester Loria Group…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

The Point.1888………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Wildbrain CPLG………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

 

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