At Hasbro, not everything is fun and games. There are also fashion products, movies, television shows, digital apps and a variety of innovative ideas to tell the story of the company that introduced the world to iconic products such as Mr. Potato Head, the Monopoly game or one of the first action figures, G.I. Joe.

For Joel Barnett, there’s more to licensing a brand than just placing a name on a product and putting it on store shelves. Barnett, the owner of Irvine, Calif.-based boutique licensing agency Brentwood Licensing, believes in understanding the needs of his clients and what makes their brands unique.

The publishing business may have changed a lot over the last decade, but that doesn’t mean established companies can’t build on past success. Andrews McMeel Publishing sees great opportunities ahead that should lead to more decades of leadership.

Some firms might focus on supplying only one end of the market, but that is not the case at Concept One Accessories, CEO Sam Hafif says. “We are very diverse,” he asserts. “We supply everyone from Walmart to Saks Fifth Avenue.”

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