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Acquisitions and restructurings have resulted in several licensors being dropped from the rankings, but still are very much a part of brand licensing.
They include: The Top Global Licensors experienced a few changes this year as one new licensor joined the top of the list and another reported a significant jump in retail sales. Meredith joined the Top 150 Global Licensors at No.
Strong and sustained product sales across action figures, role-play, construction, bedding, apparel, party, stationery and consumables showed its broad appeal.
Among the top licensors added to the Top 150 are Meredith, IBML, Rovio, Ralph Lauren, Hershey, Blue Star Alliance, Authentic Brands Group, Focus Brands, Sequential Brands, HIT Entertainment, Activision, Televisa and Tommy Bahama.
Disney Junior is working closely with licensees and major retailers to grow new product segments beyond tent pole TV windows, making the franchise's cast of characters into a true evergreen property. With vehicle role play as a central part of boys' play patterns, Planes will deliver hours of imaginative fun and play as they re-enact stories filled with colorful characters.
In May 2014, Disney-Pixar will present The Good Dinosaur.
With a pipeline of robust and innovative content carrying it into 2013 and beyond, Marvel's Avengers will continue to build as a franchise licensing opportunity through films with Marvel's Iron Man 3 (May 2013), Thor 2: The Dark World (November 2013) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014). Retail enthusiasm has also reached new heights following the record-setting sales of Marvel's The Avengers Blu-ray/DVD.
Additionally, the Avengers will come to life on the small screen and DVD in 2013, as Disney XD premieres two animated television series on the Marvel Universe programming block–"Marvel's Avengers Assemble" and "Hulk and the Agents of S. Marvel continues to work closely with buyers and retailer marketing teams to develop innovative Avengers programs to ensure there is a 365-day presence at all major retailers.