World of Eric CarleThe World of Eric Carle and The Joester Loria Group celebrate 50 years of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

By Alan Dorich, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Publishing

When Eric Carle’s children’s book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” was introduced in 1969, it captivated readers as it told the timeless story of a caterpillar who eats his way through a large smorgasbord of food before becoming a butterfly. Fifty years later, the book is renowned as a “must read” and a top-selling children’s book worldwide.

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M&M’S Retail is bringing its M&M’S brand deeper into the B2B market.

By Kat Zeman, Knighthouse Media

Businesses love to be associated with a quality brand. John Capizzi knows that. He considers himself lucky to be associated with M&M’S®, one of the most celebrated and recognizable chocolate candies in the world.


King’s Hawaiian never disappoints with its bread products that are consistently baked to perfection. The bread is always soft and fluffy with just the right amount of sweetness. “Nothing else comes close to our product and our recipe is the main thing that sets us apart,” says Courtney Taira, granddaughter of founder Robert Taira and consumer care department lead. “For us it’s all about the quality. It has to be 100 percent correct or it doesn’t go out.” 

Although the company is based in Torrance, Calif., Robert R. Taira founded King’s Hawaiian in Hilo, Hawaii in the 1950s when he opened his first bake shop – Robert’s Bakery – after graduating at the top of his baking class. The first round, soft loaves of original recipe King’s Hawaiian Sweet Bread were made there and a local traditional favorite was born. 

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Licensing Spotlight: White Space Entertainment

By Alan Dorich, Knighthouse Media

It’s not easy to get people to place their bets on unknown properties, but White Space Entertainment CEO and founder Stephanie Sperber has done that with UglyDolls. Prior to founding her company, she helped Universal Pictures develop the “Minions” characters into a multibillion-dollar retail program.

Now, with the “UglyDolls” movie set to be released this May 3, the brand is poised to be a major event in consumer products. “We took a big bet on focusing on one IP and our success in setting this up looks more like a sequel than a new IP first film,” she says.White headshot bio

The property, Sperber says, has a large number of licensees and unprecedented buy-in from retailers. “[There is] support at massive levels from people who are typically pretty conservative about the bets they make in licensing,” she says.

But that just shows the appeal of the characters, Sperber says. “There is something unique about the property that just resonates,” she says. “There’s an interesting world with lots and lots of rich themes and deep characters.”

White Space plans to stay character focused and is currently working with Dr. Seuss Enterprises. “We’re their agency for digital gaming,” she says, noting that the characters created by the famed author have not fully made the transition to the digital world yet.

In 2017 and 2018, White Space and Seuss Enterprises partnered with Jam City to bring the Grinch character into the “Panda Pop” and “Cookie Jam” games. But the partnership is not ending there. “We’re close to announcing a significant deal for Seuss,” Sperber reports. “It’s a great client.”

The company also will stay focused on UglyDolls, as well. “What is interesting is people have seen what we’re able to do with UglyDolls,” she says. “We’re getting a lot of incoming calls and people saying, ‘Can you launch my IP?’”

While UglyDolls and Seuss Enterprises are keeping her company busy, it will stay centered on its primary goal. “The future of White Space will be to continue to focus on those IP gems that aren’t already established and build them into big business,” she declares. 

For more information, contact:

Stephanie Sperber


Licensing Spotlight: Universal Branding & Media

By Kat Zeman, Knighthouse Media

Universal Branding & Media (UBM) is a leader in licensing acquisition and consultation services, specializing in connecting quality manufacturers with world-class brands. The Shelton, Conn.-based company services clients in the areas of retail management, consulting, consumer awareness and brand leveraging.

UBM prides itself on creating successful partnerships between licensors and licensees to drive increased reach, revenue and results. “We serve as a trusted consultant, leveraging our industry relationships to optimize our clients’ opportunities in branding, marketing and retail Heidiheadshot biodistribution,” says Heidi Schwartz, vice president of business development. 

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