Barry Hughes, Managing Director of Golden Bear Toys, on soft toys and hard challenges

Golden Bear’s Barry Hughes talks about licensing soft toys – and developing ideas.

Elan Freedman, EVP Business Development & Licensing at Surge Licensing, on a life in licensing

Surge Licensing’s Elan Freedman reveals how he brings out the best in creative people…

Netflix teams with vegan lifestyle brand UnHide for limited-edition blankets

One features the word ‘chill’, while another boasts a design inspired by the spectrum of colours seen in the Netflix intro.

A24 launches Horror Caviar: A Cookbook, featuring recipes inspired by The Shining, Alien and Rosemary’s Baby

Recipes include Snap Pea Gelatine Labyrinth inspired by The Shining and Roasted Leg of Lamb & Carrot Flan inspired by Rosemary’s Baby.

Numskull Designs’ Karl Mizen on designing Christmas jumpers for Jaws, Jurassic Park and Back to the Future

Karl Mizen, Creative Director at Numskull Designs, discusses how to successfully bring brands to life as Christmas jumpers.

Licensed to Charm’s Maggie Calmels on embracing trends, avoiding bandwagons and designing Frida Kahlo pieces

Maggie Calmels – Founder and Creative Director at Licensed to Charm – discusses her approach to bringing brands like Labyrinth, Pusheen and Frida Kahlo into jewellery.

Northern Monk and Rebellion celebrate Thought Bubble festival with Judge Dredd beer

The collaboration forms part of Northern Monk’s New Patrons Project range, with each launch boasting artwork from a different artist to celebrate Thought Bubble, the UK’s biggest comic art festival.

Netflix celebrates Stranger Things Day with limited-edition cereal, toys and pop-up stores

In the US, fans can take a tour of the first-ever Stranger Things pop-up stores located in New York City’s Times Square and at The Americana at Brand in Los Angeles.

Netflix partners with Champion for Stranger Things apparel collection

The college-inspired collection features Hawkins branding – based on the town featured in the show – as well as a mirrored design to reflect The Upside Down.

Talking Brands: Vincent van Gogh toys, Nelson Mandela apparel, Einstein energy ads… Which other historical figures have licensing potential?

Skew’s Oliver Dyer, Licensing Link’s Chris Taday and The Ashmolean Museum’s Declan McCarthy tell us which iconic figures deserve brand extensions of their own.

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