The winners of the International Licensing Awards have been unveiled, with video-game hit Fortnite bagging five wins.
The game was named Best App/Video Game Brand of the Year and also took out the inaugural Newcomer Award. Licensees scored big with the Fortnite licence, with Spirit Halloween for Fortnite costumes, Jazwares for a Fortnite pinata and Hasbro for Fortnite Monopoly all taking home awards.
The 2019 edition of the awards was the first time all submissions and judging took place online, with 150 executives in 18 countries judging over 600 entries.
Licensing International president, Maura Regan, said the 2019 awards reflect the rising international nature of the industry.
"2018 was an incredible year for our industry, which is reflected in this slate of winners and honorees.
"It’s been particularly satisfying to see the increasingly international nature of the licensing business reflected throughout the entire awards process.
"Congratulations to the winners, who showcase the creativity and innovation that makes our global industry tick," she said.
In addition to the awards ceremony, Pam Lifford, president of Warner Bros. Global Brands & Experiences, and Michael Stone, chairman and co-Founder of Beanstalk were inducted into the Licensing Industry Hall of Fame.
Meanwhile, Barbara Adu of PEZ Candy; Sophie Booth of Brandgenuity; Nemo Bussu, of KIDdesigns; Hélène El Arouni of TF1 Entertainment/Licenses; Pablo Franco of International Management Group; Sophia Hunter of pocket.watch; Mireille Maragakis of KMPG LLC; and, Kalle Törmä of Flowhaven were named as Rising Stars.
The winners were:
Best Licensed Products:
Apparel/Footwear/Accessories – Spirit Halloween for the Fortnite costumes and accessories range
Appliance/Automotive/Housewares/Electronics – Ion Audio for the Ford Mustang LP record player
Toys/Games/Novelties (ages 0-12) – (Tie) Lego for the Harry Potter range AND Jazwares for the Fortnite Llama Loot Piñata
Apps/Software/Video Games – Kano for the Harry Potter Coding Kit
Food/Beverage – The Ruprecht Company for the Tony Roma’s range
Health & Beauty Aids – ASOS/CREA Cosmetics for the Crayola Beauty Range
Home Decor – Crate & Kids for the Sesame Street furniture and décor range
Publishing/Back-to-School – Moleskine for Super Mario notebook and stationary range
Toys/Games/Novelties (ages 13+) – Hasbro for Fortnite Monopoly
Best Licensed Brands:
Art/Design/Celebrity/Fashion Brand – The Very Hungry Caterpillar / World of Eric Carle by Eric Carle Studio, LLC & The Joester Loria Group
Digital/App/Video Game Brand – Fortnite by Epic Games
Corporate Brand – The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
Entertainment/Character Brand: Animated – LOL Surprise! by MGA Entertainment
Entertainment/Character Brand: Live-Action – Harry Potter by Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Food/Beverage/Restaurant Brand – Hershey’s Reese’s by The Hershey Company
Sports/Collegiate Brand – NFLPA by NFLPA
Best Licensed promotion – Home Alone Again by 20th Century Fox / Google Assistant
Best Licensed Collaboration – The Peanuts Global Artist Collective by Peanuts Worldwide
Best Experiential/Location-based initiative – Camp Master Chef by Cerdanya / Endemol Shine North America
Best Retailer for a Character/Entertainment Initiative – Galéries Lafayette for Wizarding World
Best Retailer for Coporate/Lifestyle/Sports Initiative – Forever 21 for Coca Cola
The Newcomer Award – Fortnite by Epic Games
Community Choice Award – Funko for Warhammer 40,000 figurines