Simmons1Simmons Bedding Co. knows that a good night’s sleep is priceless and that trust in an established brand can give consumers peace of mind. So with that in mind, it is continuing its product innovation and broadening its licensing efforts. “We are working on branching into new categories with our brands and conducting a study to look at new channels that may be relevant,” Director of Global Licensing Todd Merker declares.

Among the products Simmons currently licenses for the top of its beds are linens, pillows, mattress toppers, mattress pads, protectors, encasements and electric blankets. The company also licenses upholstered furniture – such as sofas, chairs, recliners and Hide-A-Beds®. The company also licenses futons, airbeds, crib mattresses, cribs, juvenile furniture, foam healthcare mattresses and foam overlays. 

Sega1Tokyo-based SEGA has been a dominant player in the video game industry for many years. From its San Francisco-based offices, SEGA of America is the point of the spear in the Americas, driving consistent interactive entertainment along with compelling licensing programs to help support its leading properties.

“SEGA has some of the most compelling and recognizable intellectual properties on the planet,” Director of Licensing René Flores says. “If you look at Sonic the Hedgehog alone, the character has become an icon for generations of gamers. This has carved a very powerful place within the gaming space and allowed us to build our business incrementally over decades.”

The company has a long and storied history, one that includes revolutionizing the industry with the introduction of the SEGA Genesis game console in the 1990s. SEGA understands everything that is involved with creating characters and game environments that are compelling and resonate with consumers. The company has also aligned itself with best-in-class manufacturers such as Nintendo, which continue to support its titles and provide shared equity with top releases.

Rasta1Not many people say they have fun at work, but Robert Berman, the president and CEO of Rasta Imposta, does. “I think every day is fun, even if faced with challenges – I love coming to work and my job,” he says.

That is not surprising, considering Rasta Imposta’s business. Based in Runnemede, N.J., the company manufactures costumes for adults and children. “We put the happy in Halloween,” Berman says.

Rasta Imposta’s roots go back 20 years, when Berman created the company’s signature product: a hat with sewn-in fake dreadlocks made out of felted wool. Since then, the company has grown to offer 1,200 items that were born from Berman’s imagination and licensed properties such as Kool-Aid, Tootsie Roll candy, Tetris and Campbell’s Soup.

Additionally, the company sells costumes based on such hit films as “Ted,” “The Hangover,” “Dumb and Dumber” and “Caddyshack.” Berman’s sister, COO Jodi Berman, credits Rasta Imposta’s success to its creativity.

Pga1For almost 50 years, the PGA TOUR has represented the highest level of competition in golf, pitting the game’s legends against each other and producing some of the most memorable moments in its long history. The PGA TOUR also represents the highest level of excellence in the retail licensing arena, as well, forming partnerships with top-line licensees to create products that bring the thrill and excitement of the TOUR to fans’ homes. According to Senior Vice President of Retail Licensing Tim Hawes, the PGA TOUR knows that to be successful, it has to work on its long game of global planning as well as the short game of developing new products that strike a chord with the individual fan. 

Penthouse1Penthouse Magazine has been an international brand from its inception, when Italian-American founder Bob Guccione started what would become one of the world’s most popular men’s magazines in the United Kingdom in 1965. The U.S. edition was launched four years later, and today Penthouse is one of the world’s leading names in adult entertainment, with distribution of its U.S. publication in 45 countries, 11 distinct broadcast channels, more than a dozen premium entertainment clubs and licensed products sold around the world. Managing Director Kelly Holland says developing Penthouse into a global brand was a major focus for Guccione, and continues to define the company’s strategy today. 

Loudmouth1If you’re standing in a place where a small, hard, white sphere could accidentally be hit at you at high velocity, you want to make sure that you can be seen. Perhaps that is how the custom of wearing loud pants while golfing was established. Approaching their zenith in the 1970s, wild and colorful golf fashions had to wait another 40 years for Loudmouth Golf to enter the sartorial fairway.

The company started with one pair of golf pants that founder and graphic designer Scott “Woody” Woodworth made for himself to wear in a local tournament. Now, with a seemingly endless supply of wild, loud, retro or logo-encrusted clothing, Loudmouth’s dressing of the Norwegian curling team at the recent Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, turned up the volume on loud clothing to deafening levels. Spectators who thought curling was boring only had to look at the patterns and colors of the outfits worn by the Norwegian team to be jolted with the force of a double shot of espresso.

Got1Many perceive milk as an old-fashioned product, but it is also a universal and essential one, California Milk Processor Board (CMPB) Executive Director Stephen James asserts. “We’re talking about a product that is a staple,” he says. “It’s in everybody’s lives.”

For more than two decades, the California Milk Processor Board, which James manages, has promoted the benefits of milk through the famous got milk? brand. With more than 90 percent awareness nationally, “got milk? is known [all] over the English-speaking world,” he says. “It’s one of the most recognizable and recallable trademarks in advertising history.”

got milk?’s history goes back to 1993, when the fluid milk processors in California joined together to form CMPB.

Electrolux1No matter where you live, there’s a good chance that an appliance from The Electrolux Group is your kitchen. The Stockholm, Sweden-based company sells more than 50 million appliance products to customers in 150 countries every year.

But each of those brands needs someone to oversee their licensing opportunities, and that’s where Electrolux Global Brand Licensing comes in. The business unit, based in Stockholm, Sweden, and Charlotte N.C., develops the licensing opportunities for the company’s product lines including Frigidaire, Eureka, AEG, Zanussi, Kelvinator and Philco.

“There are 46 active brands in the Electrolux Group,” Vice President and Head of Global Brand Licensing Ciarán Coyle says. “Across all those brands is circa $2.8 billion in retail value. That would make the Electrolux Group one of the top-20 licensors in the world.

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