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The annual International Licensing Awards nominees have been announced, with 132 nominees chosen from more than 700 submissions.

42 per cent of nominations received were from markets outside the US; this figure represents a 25 per cent increase over those received in 2017.

LIMA members will cast their votes in April, and winners will be announced at a ceremony during the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas in May.

This year’s nominees within the kids entertainment space include:

CHARACTER/TOY BRAND

  • LOL Surprise! – MGA Entertainment
  • Nickelodeon Slime – Nickelodeon
  • Paddington – Vivendi/The Copyrights Group
  • Pusheen – Pusheen Corp./Fluid World Limited
  • Rube Goldberg – Rube Goldberg/Brand Central
  • Shopkins – Moose Toys/The Licensing Shop

FILM/TELEVISION/ENTERTAINMENT – ANIMATED

  • Ali the Fox – Beijing Dream Castle Culture
  • Boonie Bears – Fantawild Animation
  • PAW Patrol – Spin Master/Nickelodeon
  • Peppa Pig – Entertainment One
  • PJ Masks – Entertainment One
  • Rick and Morty – Cartoon Network
  • Super Wings – Alpha Group

FILM/TELEVISION/ENTERTAINMENT – LIVE ACTION

  • The Walking Dead – AMC Network/Striker Entertainment
  • Baahubali – Arka Mediaworks/Black White Orange Brands Pvt Ltd
  • JoJo Siwa – Nickelodeon
  • The Rap of China – iQIYI
  • Ushuaia – TF1/TF1 Licenses

DIGITAL

  • emoji – the iconic brand – the emoji company/Global Merchandising Services
  • Five Nights at Freddy’s – Scottgames/Striker Entertainment
  • Kanahei’s Small Animals – Yurutto Inc./TV Tokyo Communications Corp.
  • LINE Friends – LINE Friends Corporation
  • musical.ly – musical.ly/Brand Central

LICENSED PROMOTION

  • Angry Birds Debit Card at China Merchandise Bank – Rovio (Shanghai) Commerce and Trading Co.
  • Masters of the Universe and Dirty Dancing – Mattel and Lionsgate/Born Licensing
  • Murder on the Orient Express & Godiva – Twentieth Century Fox Licensing & Merchandising/Sinerji Reklam Danismanlik Pazarlama Ve Dis Ticaret
  • Octonauts Swimming Programme – Silvergate Media
  • The Lapins Crétins (Raving Rabbids)/Carrefour – Ubisoft/CPLG France
  • Paramount Pictures’ “Transformers: The Last Knight” in partnership with Coca-Cola China – Paramount Pictures and Coca-Cola China

LOCATION-BASED OR EXPERIENTIAL INITIATIVE

  • Green Day Pop-Up – Warner Music Artist Services/Warner Music Group
  • Masha and the Bear on Ice – Animaccord/The Ink Group A/S
  • National Geographic Encounter – National Geographic
  • Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Lightstorm Entertainment & Twentieth Century Fox
  • PAW Patrol Live – Nickelodeon & Spin Master
  • Star Trek: The Cruise – CBS Consumer Products
  • Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle, Haven Licensing & The Joester Loria Group

RETAILER

  • Cotton On Kids – Mulga the Artist
  • Etam — Wonder Woman
  • Jay Jays – Rick and Morty
  • Saks Fifth Avenue – Snow White
  • Spirit Halloween – Stranger Things
  • Target – PAW Patrol
  • Woolworth’s – Marvel Heroes

TOYS/GAMES/NOVELTIES/ROLE-PLAY (0-12)

  • Bonkers Toys – slither.io toy line
  • Cra-Z-Art – Nickelodeon Slime kits
  • Headstart – Tickle Me Elmo
  • Just Play – Disney Junior Doc McStuffins All-in-One Nursery
  • Toynami – Tulipop blind box figures
  • Wicked Cool Toys – Teddy Ruxpin

TOYS/GAMES/NOVELTIES/ROLE-PLAY (13 plus)

  • Funko – Rick and Morty Funko Pop!, action figures, apparel
  • Hasbro – Star Wars: The Black Series Poe Dameron Electronic Helmet
  • Jazwares – Roblox product range
  • Kidrobot – Andy Warhol art toy collectibles
  • McFarlane Toys – Five Nights at Freddy’s construction sets
  • Spin Master – Jumanji board game
  • The LEGO Group – LEGO Star Wars BB-8

PUBLISHING/SOCIAL EXPRESSION/BACK-TO-SCHOOL

  • Centum Books Limited – JoJo Siwa publishing range
  • Insight Editions – A Die Hard Christmas: The Illustrated Holiday Classic
  • Jieli Publishing House – Super Wings Warrior picture storybooks
  • lovepop – Beatles pop-up card collection
  • Scientific Games Corporation – Willy Wonka Golden Ticket lottery game
  • Weldon Owen – RuPaul’s Drag Race: Paper Doll Book

DIGITAL/APPS/SOFTWARE/VIDEO

  • Amazon – Sesame Street Alexa Skill
  • EA Sports & Discovery Education – Madden NFL: Football by the Numbers digital learning game
  • Lenovo – Star Wars: Jedi Challenges
  • Metamoki – Wiz Khalifa’s Weed Farm mobile game
  • Mighty Kingdom – Shopkins World mobile game
  • SEGA – Total War: Warhammer 2 PC game series
  • Ubisoft – Star Trek: Bridge Crew

The entire list of nominees can be found here.

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