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Licensing News: January 2, 2012

UglydollsUglydolls, Thumbtack Press

PrettyUgly LLC has partnered with Thumbtack Press for some unique Uglydoll art. The new Uglydoll licensed prints feature the Uglydolls in various scenes-in a supermarket, on the streets or taking the Uglydog for a walk. The 18 prints are available on canvas, or as prints on gallery quality paper with archival inks and multiple framing options. Prints start at $19.99.

VIZ Media LLC, publisher, distributor and licensor of manga, graphic novels and anime in North America, has signed on to develop a new series of original graphic novels based on the Uglydolls characters. The Uglydoll series is scheduled to launch Summer of 2013 under the VIZ Kids imprint and will carry a rating of 'A' for All Ages.

Mind Candy

Mind Candy is expanding its U.S. executive team with the appointment of Jocelyn Stevenson as executive creative producer.

Stevenson, formerly of Sesame Street, HIT Entertainment, and The Jim Henson Company, will lead the creative teams for Mind Candy's upcoming Moshi Monsters Movie and the further development of Moshi Monsters TV, in her new position. She will utilize her vast experience as a creator, writer/author, and producer to grow Moshi Monster and transform the property from its digital world. Her career spans nearly 40 years in children's entertainment and includes such stellar kid brands as Fraggle Rock, The Magic Schoolbus, Bob the Builder, and Barney & Friends, and more.

Debra ValenciaDebra Valencia's Boho Girl pattern
Debra Valencia

Artist, Debra Valencia, has signed nine new licensing deals in stationery, textiles, housewares, gifts and fashion accessories, featuring some of her most popular designs: Boho Girl, Silk Road, Prima Flourish, Kyoto, Bloom and Annabelle.

Valencia has licensed the following: 10 designs to Decal Girl for tech device skins, used to protect and cover the outside of electronic devices including phones, tablets, laptops, cameras and gaming devices; six new designs to Solid Line for hard covers for iPad and Kindle tablets; an exclusive licensing deal with MYX (Make Your Own Mark) to be the featured designer brand for photo albums, scrapbooks and desk accessories in 2013; an exclusive licensing deal with South Sea Imports for quilting fabrics for the home sewing market; a new collection of seven designs for Spring 2013 to Charm 14 for the Charm 14 line of Tote Bag Sets, Insulated Lunch Totes, Purse Plus Cell Phone Bags,Travelers, Wristlets and ID Cases; three designs to Galleria Accessories for umbrellas and coordinating microfiber line of cross body bags, cosmetic bags and tech device covers; four designs to Ho

Suzy TorontoSuzy Toronto rollerball pen designs
usewares International for matching ceramic picture frames and votive candle holders.

She has also licensed the Bloom collection to Gina B Designs for a collection of stationery items including calendar, notecards, list pads, purse pads and birthday cards and is the first featured licensed artist for Plan Ahead's line of school stationery products.

Suzy Toronto

Brownlow Gifts has partnered with artist Suzy Toronto as the artist's latest licensee for a wide range of gift products debuting January 2013.

Brownlow's Spring 2013 release includes five groupings in the following categories: rollerball pens, notepad gifts sets, manicure sets, sticky note assortments and clipboard sets.

Fifty ShadesFifty Shades

H.E.R. Accessories has signed on to produce and market costume jewelry inspired by author E L James's best-selling Fifty Shades book trilogy.

"H.E.R. Accessories incorporated various signature items and catchphrases from the books into designs for its Fifty Shades of Grey jewelry," said Carole Postal, president, CopCorp Licensing. "Millions of readers have been drawn into these books and now H.E.R. has created a fun, fashionable jewelry line for female fans in their twenties, thirties and beyond."

Sloane Ranger, HAP

Sloane Ranger, known for its preppy-inspired accessories, has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with boutique NYC licensing agency HAP Consulting.

Under the new partnership, HAP will be responsible for managing the licensing roll out of the Sloane Ranger brand across a wide range of product categories including apparel, personal accessories, back to campus and home furnishings.

Robin Zingone

Robin Zingone has renewed a partnership with Publications International following the success of the Cocomimilulu and Girlygirl robinzingone activity sticker books and deluxe tween scrapbooks. Girlygirl robinzingone continues with new financial check packages for Deluxe Financial Services. After renewing a partnership that began in 2006, Zingone has designed two new checkbook covers for the package featuring her signature bright colors and modern prints which will be introduced to the market in 2013.

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