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PRESS RELEASES  

 

 

  • BECKER, recognized as stem expert in the toy industry, OFFERS STEM SERVICES at AsTRA and LICENSING SHOW

  • stem credentialing awards for products, people and programs -- a credible trustmark with benefits

  • BECKER ASSOCIATES IS booking appointments FOR NUREMBERG and NY toy FAIRS!

  • WIT PANEL DISCUSSION: SHIFTING TRENDS. JAN 28 at 10am, in the TREND GALLERY (Hall 3a). FREE NETWORKING AND COFFEE. NUREMBERG. MODERATED BY PATTI BECKER. Men and women, members and non-members are welcome. .

  • wit dinner. nUREMBERG. jAN 28, 2016 AT 7 pm - mARITIM HOTEL RESTAURANT.

  • WIT GALA. FEB 14TH at 6 pm. GRAND HYATT NYC.

  • BECKER ASSOCIATES IS booking appointments now for UK, NUREMBERG and NY toy FAIRS!

  • 4th WALMART - WIT EMPOWERMENT EVENT RAISES THE BAR! MARK CUBAN KEYNOTES! ANNE-MARIE KEHOE KEYNOTES!

  • BECKER MODERATES START-UP PANEL!  ZWeiRS MODERATES WALMART PANEL!

  • MegaHouse and Anjar Announce Joint Press Release

  • booking appointments now for the fall toy preview!

  • fabulous fall consulting special

  • 4th walmart-wit empowerment event

  • Women In Toys gets facetime with Walmart, Hasbro - kidscreen

  • Mark Cuban to Give Keynote at Women in Toys' Empowerment Day - gifts

  • WIT Gathers Resources for Upcoming Empowerment Day Panels - toy book

  • Mark Cuban to Deliver Keynote at WIT Empowerment Day - toy book

  • Women in Toys details its upcoming Empowerment Day - toy news

  • CT Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Forum

  • JPMA's ASK THE EXPERTS SERIES on TOY SAFETY. FEATURED AUTHOR: PATTI BECKER

  • TOY BOOK FEATURED LICENSING AGENT: BECKER ASSOCIATES

  • BECKER ASSOCIATES: FULL SERVICE GLOBAL CONSULTING AND LICENSING AGENCY

  • ANJAR & BECKER ASSOCIATES: BRANDS BUILT TO LAST

  • CONNECTICUT CELEBRATES WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

  • BECKER ASSOCIATES ANNOUNCES EXPANDED WALMART - WIT EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM

  • BECKER ASSOCIATES EXPANDS WALMART - WIT EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM

  • BECKER ASSOCIATES CREATES ANIMATION VIDEOS

  • BECKER RETURNS TO KIDSCREEN SUMMIT AS SPEAKER AND MENTOR

  • BECKER ASSOCIATES IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE STUYVESANT HIGH SCHOOL MENTORSHIP

  • BECKER ASSOCIATES PILOTS WALMART - WIT EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM

  • James R. Becker, TAGIE award winner in memoriam

  • Becker Chairs Advisory Board of Women in Toys, Licensing and Entertainment (WIT)

  • BECKER ASSOCIATES RECEIVES PHILANTHROPY AWARD

  • BECKER ASSOCIATES RECEIVES “OUTSTANDING LICENSING AGENT” AWARD

  • OTHELLO® RECEIVES DR. TOY’S 'BEST CLASSIC TOYS' AWARD

  • OTHELLO® NAMED TO TIA'S TOP 100 TOYS OF THE CENTURY LIST

  • Meet JAMES R. BECKER, WORLD-FAMOUS TOY INVENTOR, AND GLOBAL LICENSOR of Othello® excluding JapaN, at 2003 licensing intl show

  • james r. Becker, mARKETING GENIUS, & global LICENSOR OF Othello® EXCLUDING JAPAN, AVAILABLE FOR AUTOGRAPHS

  • TRY TO BEAT JAMES R. BECKER, global LICENSOR OF Othello® EXCLUDING JAPAN

 

 

 

June 6, 2016

 

 

  BECKER, RECOGNIZED AS STEM EXPERT IN THE TOY INDUSTRY, OFFERS STEM SERVICES

  at ASTRA and LICENSING SHOW

 

 

   Because of her unique position in the industry and her expertise in   

   developmental child psychology and education, Becker has been sought out  

   by ASTRA and trade publications to provide information about STEM.

 

NEW! 

STEM CREDENTIALING AWARDS

for Products, People and Programs

 

A Credible Trustmark with Benefits

 

                   

    STEM-Approved™    STEM-Certified™      STEM-Accredited™

Products        *          People             *        Programs

 

 

   WE ARE THE RECOGNIZED STEM EXPERTS IN THE TOY INDUSTRY

  • STEM CREDENTIALING

  • STEM CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

  • STEM PROMOTIONS

  • STEM PRODUCT LICENSING

  • 1000 STEM-RELATED WEBSITES FOR SALE OR LEASE

  • STEM CONSULTING

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEM Credentialing AWARDS

for Products, People and Programs

 

A Credible Trustmark with Benefits

 

                  

    STEM-Approved™    STEM-Certified™      STEM-Accredited™

Products        *          People             *        Programs

 

 

   WE ARE the RECOGNIZED stem EXPERTS in the toy industry

  • STEM CREDENTIALING

  • STEM CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

  • STEM PROMOTIONS

  • STEM PRODUCT LICENSING

  • 1000 STEM-RELATED WEBSITES FOR SALE OR LEASE

  • STEM CONSULTING

                      STEM-APPROVED PRODUCTS                                 

          What does the STEM-APPROVED product certification process entail?

              - Each product undergoes comprehensive STEM evaluation and testing.

              - STEM-worthy CONTENT and CURRICULUM RECOMMENDATIONS*

              - A unique STEM registry number*

              - Option to lease or buy a premium STEM domain name*

              - Digital badging.

              - STEM-APPROVED PRODUCT AWARDS for use on all                                        

                packaging and promotional materials.

               * Additional fees may apply.

                    STEM-CERTIFIED PEOPLE

        Who should apply to become STEM-CERTIFIED?

             - Toy store owners and workers, teachers and Child Care Workers

                   STEM-ACCREDITED PROGRAMS

          who should apply to become STEM-ACCREDITED?

              - Schools, organizations, programs, and online courses

 

 

 

WE PROVIDE TURNKEY, INTERACTIVE, SPONSOR-BRANDED STEM PROMOTIONS

 

Past Promotions (samples):

·         A customized branded website with engaging, downloadable, curriculum-appropriate, interactive games and activities targeting   

          teachers, parents and kids.

·         An online competition with a mail-in contest entry form challenging teams of students to submit ideas for STEM inspired products.

·         Social media and video messaging.

 

PR Milestones Achieved (examples of real promotions):

·         Over 3 Billion media impressions including CNN, CNBC, New York Times, Forbes and Wall Street Journal.

·         85MM PR impressions

·         3.2MM education impressions generated

·         50,000 educators engaged

 

Past Promotion Results (highlights):

·         Over 11,000 kids entering a Challenge

·         4100 product invention submissions

·         132,000 votes cast

·         500,000 downloads

·         100,000 kits distributed to teachers

·         3500 teachers receiving digital curriculum kits

·         100+ free educational teacher activities

·         Trips for winning teams

 

 

 

 

 

Book your ASTRA & LICENSING SHOW appointment! 
Booking appointments for:   
  

ASTRA

LICENSING SHOW

 
Info@BeckerAssoc.com
 
 
ANJAR CO. LLC  is well-known for having been instrumental in marketing, licensing, selling, promoting, distributing and popularizing OTHELLO branded products in the U.S. and around the world outside of Japan since 1975, and developing or licensing other familiar products globally includingGUMBY & POKEY, BARREL OF MONKEYS, DISAPPEARING MAGIC BABY BOTTLE, NERF PING PONG, BATTLE DOME, GO FOR BROKE, SLIDERS, GOT A MINUTE WORD GAME, FLIPSIDERS, GOOPS, SHIRT POCKET GAMES, BABY GET WELL and hundreds more, many of which have sold millions of pieces! 
 
BRANDS BUILT TO LAST!
 
 
BECKER ASSOCIATES IS AN AWARD-WINNING 
FULL SERVICE GLOBAL AGENCY PROVIDING:
      • NEW PRODUCT LICENSING & BRAND EXTENSIONS
      • STRATEGIC MARKETING CONSULTING
      • LEGAL COUNSEL, IP RIGHTS NEGOTIATIONS 
      • PRIVATE LABEL PRODUCTS
      • SOCIAL MEDIA
      • MENTORING 
      • GLOBAL LICENSING 
      • STEM CREDENTIALING: 
        • STEM-APPROVED PRODUCTS! 
        • STEM-ACCREDITED PROGRAMS! 
        • STEM-CERTIFIED PEOPLE!
      • 1000's of STEM DOMAIN NAMES FOR LICENSE OR SALE
      • STEM-SPONSORED TURNKEY PROMOTIONS
STEM Accredited Programs
PROGRAMS


 
STEM Approved Products
PRODUCTS
STEM Certified People
PEOPLE

 
EXPAND YOUR BRAND!
LICENSE NEW PRODUCTS!
NEW TERRITORIES!
GROW YOUR BUSINESS!
OUR INNOVATION DRIVES YOUR SALES!

 
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Becker Associates LLC Logo
LIMA Logo
JUDGES PANEL
TIA Logo
CONSULTANT
WIT Logo
CHAIRMAN, ADVISORY BOARD & PAST-PRESIDENT

 
Jonathan S. Becker l Anjar Co. LLC | JSBecker@Anjar.com l 42 Russet Road, Stamford, CT  06903 | (203) 613-5190 | http://www.Anjar.com
 
Patti Becker l Becker Associates LLC | PBecker@BeckerAssoc.com l 42 Russet Road, Stamford, CT  06903 | (203) 321-6813 | http://www.BeckerAssoc.com

 
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FOR NUREMBERG AND NY TOY FAIR

 

 

 

 

Nuremberg Toy Fair  

WIT Networking Event & Panel Discussion

Shifting Trends in Toys, Licensing, and Entertainment

New York, NY – January 18, 2016 –

WIT (Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment) announce that it will host a panel discussion & annual networking event Thursday, January 28th at 10:00 am in the Toy Business Forum of Messe Trend Gallery, Hall 3A at the Spielwarenmesse Toy Fair in Nuremberg, Germany.

Click here for details & tickets! Learn More...

   All industry guests attending Nuremberg Toy Fair are invited.

   Topics to be discussed include:

• Screen Time vs. Face Time: kid trends in the toy business • The Future of Licensing • Female start-ups, entrepreneurs, VCs • The popularity of STEM toys • Increasing demand for products marketed to seniors • Trends in crowdfunding and social media

   Panel members include:

  • • Patti Becker – CEO/Founder, Becker Associates LLC (Moderator)

  • • Mali Baum – CEO/Co-Founder, Beezeebee (Introduction)

  • Trudi Bishop – Head of Marketing and Licensing, Cartamundi

  • • Dr. Amanda Gummer – CEO/Founder, Fundamentally Children

  • • Fay Goodman – Managing Director, Goodmedia Ltd.

   Business is constantly changing; are you keeping up? Join us for lively conversation and hear from our     industry experts - all savvy businesswomen who have experienced the shifting trends first-hand, and look     forward to sharing their business adventures and insights with you.  

   Attendance to the panel discussion is free, and is open to WIT members and non-members, but, you must pre-    register.  

 

Nuremberg Toy Fair 

WIT Networking DINNER

All industry guests attending Nuremberg Toy Fair are invited to a special WIT Networking Dinner on January 28th, 2016 at 7 pm for a buffet-style dinner at the Maritim Hotel - Nurnberger Stuben Restaurant. WIT Members and non-members welcome! Advanced ticket purchase is required.

2016 marks WIT’s 25th anniversary, and the organization is experiencing unprecedented expansion with over 50 global events, new initiatives, and continued growth in membership, sponsors and industry partners. For questions about WIT, its events, programs and initiatives, please visitwww.WomenInToys.com or email info@womenintoys.com.

Click here for details & tickets!

 

 

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Book your Toy Fair appointment online! 
Booking appointments for:   
  
UK TOY FAIR
NUREMBERG TOY FAIR
 
 
Info@BeckerAssoc.com
 
ANJAR CO. LLC  is well-known for having been instrumental in marketing, licensing, selling, promoting, distributing and popularizing OTHELLO branded products in the U.S. and around the world outside of Japan since 1975, and developing or licensing other familiar products globally includingGUMBY & POKEY, BARREL OF MONKEYS, DISAPPEARING MAGIC BABY BOTTLE, NERF PING PONG, BATTLE DOME, GO FOR BROKE, SLIDERS, GOT A MINUTE WORD GAME, FLIPSIDERS, GOOPS, SHIRT POCKET GAMES, BABY GET WELL and hundreds more, many of which have sold millions of pieces! 
 
BRANDS BUILT TO LAST!
 
 
BECKER ASSOCIATES IS AN AWARD-WINNING 
FULL SERVICE GLOBAL AGENCY PROVIDING:
      • NEW PRODUCT LICENSING & BRAND EXTENSIONS
      • STRATEGIC MARKETING CONSULTING
      • LEGAL COUNSEL, IP RIGHTS NEGOTIATIONS 
      • PRIVATE LABEL PRODUCTS
      • SOCIAL MEDIA
      • MENTORING 
      • GLOBAL LICENSING 
      • STEM CREDENTIALING: 
        • STEM-APPROVED PRODUCTS! 
        • STEM-ACCREDITED PROGRAMS! 
        • STEM-CERTIFIED PEOPLE!
      • 1000's of STEM DOMAIN NAMES FOR LICENSE OR SALE
      • STEM-SPONSORED TURNKEY PROMOTIONS
STEM Accredited Programs
PROGRAMS


 
STEM Approved Products
PRODUCTS
STEM Certified People
PEOPLE

 
EXPAND YOUR BRAND!
NEW PRODUCTS!
NEW TERRITORIES!
GROW YOUR BUSINESS!
OUR INNOVATION DRIVES YOUR SALES!

 
Anjar Logo
Becker Associates LLC Logo
LIMA Logo
JUDGES PANEL
TIA Logo
CONSULTANT
WIT Logo
CHAIRMAN, ADVISORY BOARD & PAST-PRESIDENT

 
Jonathan S. Becker l Anjar Co. LLC | JSBecker@Anjar.com l 42 Russet Road, Stamford, CT  06903 | (203) 613-5190 | http://www.Anjar.com
 
Patti Becker l Becker Associates LLC | PBecker@BeckerAssoc.com l 42 Russet Road, Stamford, CT  06903 | (203) 321-6813 | http://www.BeckerAssoc.com

 
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WONDERFUL WINTER CONSULTING SPECIAL
Offer Expires 2/28/2016
 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE #2015-13

uk, nuremberg and ny toy fair APPOINTMENTS

Stamford, CT

For Immediate Release

 

 

ANJAR & BECKER ASSOCIATES ARE BOOKING APPOINTMENTS

for the UK, Nuremberg and NY toy fair!

 

 

Click on the link above to book your appointment.

Please let us know if you'd like to meet to see exciting new products!

We're booking London, Nuremberg & NY Toy Fair Booth #2681 appointments online!

 

You can see some of the ~800 items, many of which have sold more than 1MM pieces, in our  product gallery.  These products are available for licensing or private label! http://www.BeckerAssoc.com/productgallery.htm

 

We also offer:

  • PROPRIETARY PRODUCTS

  • TURNKEY PROMOTIONS

  • CEO-LEVEL CONSULTING

  • LEGAL SERVICES

  • STRATEGIC MARKETING

  • STEM CERTIFICATIONS

    • STEM Approved™ FOR PRODUCTS

    • STEM Accredited™ FOR PROGRAMS

    • STEM Certified™ FOR PEOPLE

  • 1000s of STEM-RELATED DOMAIN NAMES

  • STEM Content/Curriculum Development

  • Alignment of Existing STEM Content/Curriculum to State & National StandardS

PAST PROMOTIONS HAVE INCLUDED:  

·         A customized branded website with engaging, downloadable, curriculum-appropriate, interactive games and activities aligned to Common Core and national science standards - targeting teachers, parents and kids.

·         An online competition with a mail-in contest entry form challenging teams of students to submit ideas for STEM inspired  products.

·         Social media and video messaging.

PR Milestones Achieved:

·         Over 3 Billion media impressions including CNN, CNBC, New York Times, Forbes and Wall Street Journal.

·         85MM PR impressions and

·         3.2MM education impressions generated

·         50,000 educators engaged

Past promotion result highlights:

·         Over 11,000 kids entering a Challenge

·         4100 product invention submissions

·         132,000 votes cast

·         500,000 downloads

 

·         100,000 kits distributed

PRESS RELEASE #2015-12

DALLAS, TEXAS

For Immediate Release

www.womenintoys.com

 

 

4th WALMART - WIT EMPOWERMENT EVENT RAISES THE BAR!

MARK CUBAN KEYNOTES!  ANNE-MARIE KEHOE KEYNOTES!

ZWEIRS MODERATES WALMART PANEL! 

BECKER LEADS START-UP PANEL! 

 

 

WIT’s Empowerment Initiative reached for the stars with Mark Cuban as keynote speaker. Anne-Marie Kehoe, VP Toys at Walmart provided information about the types of products Walmart was looking for.  All this excitement was built upon the success of the empowerment program conceived of and spearheaded by WIT Advisory Board Chairperson, Patti Becker in Oct. 2012. To date more than 175 women have pitched over 550 concepts to 20+ Walmart buyers to take advantage of Walmart’s $20 billion business initiative to expand and diversify their supplier base. Many WIT members have had success launching products into Walmart through the WIT-Walmart Women’s Global Economic Empowerment Initiative Program including Jodi Norgaard, CEO of Dream Big Toy Company.  This year, Nancy Zwiers moderated a Walmart Buyers Panel and Patti Becker led a Start-Up Panel. The afternoon consisted of many experts offering free counsel. The day was extremely valuable to all who attended and efforts are already underway to make next year's event even better. A networking cocktail party closed out the exciting and worthwhile day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE #2015-11

4th walmart-wit empowerment event!

Stamford, CT

For Immediate Release

 

 

mark cuban: keynote speaker

walmart VP TOYS: Anne-marie keough

walmart buyers reviewing your products!

 

4th walmart-wit empowerment event! 

Dallas Market Center located at 2100 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX

contact pbecker@beckerassoc.com for more information!

 

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PRESS RELEASE #2015-10

Anjar & MegaHouse - JOINT PRESS RELEASE

Stamford, CT

For Immediate Release

 

 

MegaHouse and Anjar Announce Joint Press Release

[September 11, 2015] – TOKYO, JAPAN / STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT – Kabushiki Kaisha MegaHouse (MegaHouse Corporation / President: Iwao Okuyama, Headquarters: Taito-ku, Tokyo) and Anjar Co. (Owner:  Jonathan Becker, Headquarters:  Stamford, CT) have entered into an agreement that MegaHouse is the worldwide owner of all rights, title and interests in the OTHELLO trademark and all of its related intellectual property. MegaHouse is grateful to the late James R. Becker and Anjar Co. for their role in successfully marketing, licensing, selling, promoting, distributing, and popularizing OTHELLO branded products in the U.S. and around the world outside of Japan since 1975. All future inquiries regarding licensing opportunities or the World Othello Championship should be directed toward MegaHouse.  Terms of the deal are confidential.

 

MegaHouse Media and Othello® License Contact:

Tadataka Maehata

Media Strategy Department

othello-license@megahouse.co.jp

 

 

PR Contact for Anjar:

Jonathan Becker

Owner, Anjar Co.

JSB@Anjar.com

 

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE #2015-9

FALL TOY PREVIEW APPOINTMENTS

Stamford, CT

For Immediate Release

 

 

ANJAR & BECKER ASSOCIATES ARE BOOKING APPOINTMENTS NOW FOR THE FALL TOY PREVIEW!

 


 

 

Click on the link above to book your appointment.

 

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE #20158

Fabulous Fall Consulting Special

Stamford, CT

For Immediate Release

 

 

 

BECKER ASSOCIATES LAUNCHES FABULOUS FALL CONSULTING SPECIAL!

 

 

TRYING TO LAUNCH A NEW PRODUCT? LET US HELP YOU! JOIN OUR FABULOUS FALL CONSULTING SPECIAL!

WE HAVE DEVELOPED THE 4-STEP BECKER SYSTEM TO HELP YOU MARKET YOUR COMPANY, PRODUCTS AND BRANDS AND SCALE YOUR COMPANY TO THE NEXT LEVEL. 

 

50% OFF

FIRST 6 HOURS OF CONSULTING SERVICES

 

 

Sign-up deadline: Sept. 30, 2015

Offer expires: Dec. 20, 2015

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE #20156

4th walmart-wit empowerment event!

Stamford, CT

For Immediate Release

 

 

mark cuban: keynote speaker

walmart VP TOYS: Anne-marie keough

walmart buyers reviewing your products!

 

4th walmart-wit empowerment event! 

Dallas Market Center located at 2100 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX

contact pbecker@beckerassoc.com for more information!

 

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TRENDING     Women of the Year 2015   Lego    Inventors

 

Women in Toys details its upcoming Empowerment Day

Billy Langsworthy

By Billy Langsworthy

JUNE 22ND 2015 AT 11:14AM 
UPDATED
 JUNE 23RD 2015 AT 12:05PM

Women in Toys details its upcoming Empowerment Day

 

The Dallas-based event in October gives WIT members

 

'exclusive access to the industry’s best and

brightest who can help them on the path to their success'

 

 

Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment has shed light on this year's WIT Empowerment Day.  Taking place in Dallas on October 5th, this year's Empowerment Day gives WIT members 'exclusive access to the industry’s best and brightest who can help them on the path to their success'. The event is for entrepreneurs, manufacturers, inventors and business owners who want to grow their business  in the area of toys, games, licensing and entertainment. In partnership with Walmart, WIT is offering pre-qualified participants the opportunity to pitch their product to Walmart buyers onsite.

This year's WIT Empowerment Day includes:

  • Keynotes from Industry Luminaries

  • Walmart Buyer Panel

  • Startup & Growing Companies Panel

  • Pitch Sessions & Speed Mentoring

  • Expert guidance on product development, manufacturing and production, sales and distribution, marketing/PR, crowdfunding and small business financing

  • WIT Cocktails & Connections Evening Reception open to all Dallas Fall Toy Preview attendees

Empowerment Day is free to WIT members, however they must be registered guests of Dallas Fall Toy Preview. Empowerment Day registration is required, including an application form for those wishing to pitch walmart buyers to prequalify and determine individual needs.

 

WIT will also host a series of free briefing webinars to prepare participants for Empowerment Day. The first Webinar, 'Are You Ready to Pitch Walmart' will be held on June 24th from 12:00-1:00 PM, and will discuss the requirements women-owned businesses need to qualify to pitch Walmart, provide insights on how to prepare for product pitches, and answer questions about the event.

Following Empowerment Day is WIT’s Cocktails & Connections evening networking reception, which will begin immediately after the event.

 

 

 

Women In Toys Gets Facetime With Walmart, Hasbro

 

EmailWIT

August 22, 2014 by Daniela Fisher

Women In Toys (WIT), the professional organization supporting women in the toy industry, is running a workshop in Dallas just prior to the start of TIA’s Fall Toy Preview in the city, that will provide its members with the opportunity to pitch their products to mega retailer Walmart, as well as other toy companies. 

WIT’s Winning Moves empowerment workshop focuses on career development and business growth. As part of the day-long event, women-owned businesses can pitch their products directly to Walmart buyers, while female inventors can present their product ideas to toy companies, including Hasbro.

Along with pitches, the event will also include a speed mentoring session where those looking for advice can meet with toy experts. The event is scheduled for October 6, the day before the Fall Toy Preview starts.

The workshop builds on the Walmart WIT Economic Empowerment Initiative. It will also feature panel discussions on topics such as selling products to Walmart and strategies for raising capital and developing and manufacturing a product. Panelists will include Anne Marie Kehoe, VP of toys at Walmart US, and Melissa Bernstein, co-founder and co-owner of toymaker Melissa & Doug. 

The panel discussions are open to all registered Fall Toy Preview attendees. Pitch session applications are due by September 5, details are available here and at Womenintoys.com.

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Mark Cuban to Give Keynote at Women in Toys' Empowerment Day

mark cubanNEW YORK - Mark Cuban, billionaire and entrepreneur will deliver the opening keynote at the upcoming Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment (WIT) Empowerment Day.

Cuban will deliver the opening keynote at their 2015 WIT Empowerment Day, which will be held at Dallas Market Center on October 5. This annual event, held the day before the Toy Industry Association’s Dallas Fall Toy Preview, gives female business owners access to industry resources, mentors and role models.

Cuban will help kick off the event. As a 12-year-old selling garbage bags door-to-door to billionaire entrepreneur, today Cuban has a portfolio of businesses across a variety of industries. He is the owner of the NBA Dallas Mavericks, Landmark Theaters, Magnolia Pictures, AXS TV (which he founded as HDNet), an investor on the TV series Shark Tank, and author of How to Win at the Sport of Business, among many other roles.

"Mark Cuban’s honest, no-nonsense approach to achieving personal and professional success are the building blocks that will help our members take their business to new heights,” said Deb de Sherbinin, chair, WIT Empowerment. “Our attendees, speakers and mentors will walk away inspired, motivated, and armed with new business-building ideas.

 

 

 

 

 

WIT Gathers Resources for

Upcoming Empowerment Day Panels

 

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Women in Toys (WIT) has gathered business executives, celebrities, government officials, and more for the panel slate of its upcoming WIT Empowerment Day. Scheduled to take place on October 5 at the Dallas Market Center, WIT Empowerment Day will provide opportunities to meet with panelists, as well as more than a dozen hand-selected expert industry mentors, who can offer advice on how to grow businesses and get concepts to market. The event is free to WIT members.

The current WIT Empowerment Day schedule includes:

 Shark Tank Keynote Panel, featuring Mark Cuban and winning contestant Roominate.

 Walmart Buyer Panel, with the Walmart’s vice president of toys and members of its buying team.

 Start-Up Success Story Panel, with entrepreneurial role models, including previous Empowerment Day graduates.

 Financing Panel, with three different sources of capital, specializing in funding toy start-ups.

 Friends in High Places Panel, featuring representatives from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

 Winning Pitch Panel, with Hasbro inventor relations, a licensing agent, and a manufacturers sales rep.

Registration for the event closes on September 10.

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Mark Cuban to Deliver Keynote at WIT Empowerment Day

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Women in Toys, Licensing, and Entertainment (WIT) has announced that business maverick and entrepreneur Mark Cuban will deliver the opening keynote at this year’s WIT Empowerment Day, which will be held at Dallas Market Center on October 5.

This annual event, held the day before the Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) Dallas Fall Toy Preview, offers women business owners access to industry resources, mentors, and role models, and for those who pre-qualify, the opportunity to pitch Wal-Mart toy buyers onsite.

Cuban’s business advice will kick off the event. He is the owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, Landmark Theaters, Magnolia Pictures, and AXS TV (which he founded as HDNet), as well as an investor on the TV series Shark Tank and author of How to Win at the Sport of Business.

WIT Empowerment Day is open to all WIT members who are registered guests of Dallas Fall Toy Preview. To register for WIT Empowerment Day, visit the WIT homepage.

 

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE #20155

women entrepreneurs empowerment forum

Stamford, CT

For Immediate Release

 

 


 

 

CELEBRATE WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

 

3rd Annual Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Forum
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2015 | 8:30 am to 2:30 pm


Results-Driven Workshops,
Women-Owned-Business Exhibits and Keynote Luncheon.

Joanna Coles, Editor in Chief of Cosmopolitan will be the Keynote Speaker

Press, State and Local Government Officials to attend.

 

PATTI BECKER WILL BE EXHIBITING FOR THE 4TH YEAR!

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE #20154

Toy Safety Featured Author

Stamford, CT

For Immediate Release

 

JPMA's ASK THE EXPERTS

TOY SAFETY FEATURED AUTHOR: Patti Becker

 

 

Patti Becker is the featured author for JPMA's Ask the Experts Series on Toy Safety 

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/b1f8d1f9

 

           

 

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE #20153

FEATURED LICENSING AGENT

Stamford, CT

For Immediate Release

 

FEATURED LICENSING AGENT: BECKER ASSOCIATES

 

 

Becker Associates is the Featured Licensing Agent in prestigious Lutz Muller, Licensing Book article on The Licensing Business.

 

Licensing Book "The Licensing Business" By Lutz Muller. An interview with Patti Becker
 

The licensed toy segment is large and continues to grow. According to The NPD Group, the overall toy market in the U.S. declined by 1.8 percent last year, while licensed toy sales grew by 1.8 percent and now represent about 31 percent of the U.S. toy market in value.

There are two parties to any licensing deal: the licensor that owns the property to be licensed, and the licensee that will take it to the marketplace. Not surprisingly, the perceived value of a license differs sharply depending on which of the two parties you ask, but the perspective can be boiled down to a very simple statement: The licensor sees the upside of a product or a brand through rose-tinted glasses, while the licensee sees the downside given by competition and retailer limitations.

Because of the difference in perspective, the role of the licensing agent—the marriage counselor, so to speak—has become increasingly important. Industry experts estimate that today, about a quarter of all toy licenses are brokered in one form or another. The role of the agent is complex. On one side, he or she has to reduce the expectations of the would-be licensor to realistic levels, sharpen the product or brand narrative to a coherent and focused message, and ensure that the necessary conditions for a license arrangement are in place. On the other side, the agent has to identify a potential licensee with a product portfolio that has gaps into which the product could fit, that has the necessary clout to bring the product to market, and that is not a total slave to the “not invented here” philosophy barring any idea not conceived in-house.

The agent also fulfills another major role in that he or she is known to the would-be licensee, and hence trusted to be familiar with the legal and financial parameters governing license deals. In fact, many toy companies simply refuse to look at unsolicited license proposals from outsiders because it is often just a waste of their time.

This article looks at the perspective of one licensing agent, Patti Becker of Becker Associates LLC, and compares it to that of Brian Klauber, partner at Creative Toys, the licensor of Swivel-Snaps. Becker Associates LLC is a top licensing agency in the toy field, whereas Creative Toys has just completed the development of its first product, Swivel-Snaps.

Lutz Muller: What are the attributes of a product to be licensed?

Patti Becker: We’re very selective with what we represent. That said, we are always interested in properties that have the potential for global, mass-market appeal. I think one of the most important aspects is whether or not a product or property fits our licensees’ budget and line. We offer our customer innovative, proprietary products. Many of these require a significant investment, which can be challenging in this type of a conservative environment, with limited retail shelf space. We are fortunate to have many proven, successful products and brands to offer during times like these when the economy makes manufacturers risk-averse. In fact, our family is recognized for our evergreen products. My father-in-law, Jim Becker, who founded Anjar, the company my husband Jonathan runs, was just nominated for the Toy Industry Hall of Fame. He created, developed, or licensed Gumby, Pokey, Barrel of Monkeys, Disappearing Magic Baby Bottle, Nerf Ping Pong, Shirt Pocket Games, Betsy McCall Fashion Designer Set, and so many other toys that have become familiar household names and sold millions of pieces.

Brian Klauber: Our Swivel-Snaps are construction toys that enable kids and adults to build and explore 2-D and 3-D models quickly and without the danger of magnets. The geometric shapes found in Swivel-Snaps give everyone a chance to see, touch, and interact with geometry in a new and exciting way. The unique fastening technology in Swivel-Snaps allows users to safely build large structures and then quickly rotate pieces or entire sections to change their creation instantly into something new.

LM: What is the importance of price points?

PB: Price is always important. Hitting key price points in the range where the customer expects to see it is important to the success of all products, as is having a good price/value relationship. We all know examples of a great product at the wrong price that bombed, so we try to provide a line of branded merchandise that hits different price points whenever possible, which ultimately expands the reach to more consumers.

BK: At Creative Toys, our goal is to offer the best value possible to our customers. Initially, we will bring compelling and exciting options to market in the $20 to $30 price range. After gathering feedback from our customers, we plan to offer higher and lower priced [items] that can augment and enhance an owner’s prior Swivel-Snaps inventory. The market leader in the construction toy vertical (a household name) can charge upwards of $50 to $70 per kit. We believe Swivel-Snaps can offer equal or greater value to customers at a lower price point.

LM: What is the ideal partner?

PB: One of our sweet spots is representing inventors and entrepreneurs who come to us with a brand they’d like to develop and license. We also provide strategic marketing consulting services to help scale our clients’ businesses.

We work globally with many major toy, game, and consumer products manufacturers. Licensors often approach us to represent their brands. Other times, we have a product that would work especially well with specific licensors and we go after those properties. We also license product lines to manufacturers that obtain the rights directly from the licensor. In some cases, we help negotiate intellectual property (IP) rights. The industry has changed since I started in 1977, with more products being licensed and sold to fewer manufacturers, on a larger, global scale.

BK: We, the founders of Creative Toys, are passionate about our technology, creativity, and innovation, more than the day-to-day responsibilities inherent with manufacturing, distribution, and retail obligations. That isn’t to say we couldn’t tackle those challenges, but for us they made licensing the clear winner.

Ideally, we are looking for a partner that has penetration in the global toy market, a stable financial record, the ability to secure top-tier licenses for co-branding opportunities, a history of producing quality products, and a reputation for ethical business relationships—but not necessarily in that exact order. One worldwide licensee would certainly be simpler and preferable, but such deals are not easy to come by, so we are also exploring regional partnerships.

LM: How do you view the difference between exclusive and non-exclusive licenses?

PB: Exclusive license arrangements give retail competitors the opportunity to be the sole providers of the product or category, which is often seen as an advantage in attracting consumers.

BK: It is hard to draw a line in the sand on this one, because each situation and relationship is so different. Exclusive contracts can be mutually beneficial if the appropriate protections are in place for the licensor. For example, an exclusive contract should include guaranteed sales volume with penalties for lower-than-forecast performance. This ensures that a licensor who enters into an exclusive contract will be compensated even if the licensee changes their mind on bringing the product to market. In this case, the licensor would be entitled to compensation based on the missed sales opportunity. And on the other hand, an exclusive contract ensures that the licensee will have guaranteed access to the market without competition so long as the contract is valid. In both scenarios, the licensor and licensee are protected.

LM: What is your position regarding patents and trademarks?

PB: Patent and trademark protection are very valuable. IP protection, such as patents, trademarks, and copyrights, provide exclusive rights and keep competition away. Anjar Co. provides IP legal advice, protection, and management for product licensing, character licensing, and entertainment licensing, as well as trademark and copyright IP enforcement.

BK: We have filed international patent applications in the major toy producing and consuming countries. Additionally, a trademark for the product name “Swivel-Snaps™” has been secured.

 

As you can see, the two parties are not that different as far as the philosophical bases for a successful license negotiation are concerned. However, that does not necessarily mean that a license negotiation will finish up successfully. A license is a legal contract with a great number of conditions, and this is where things tend to get difficult. The most important points are:

•Financial aspects, including required advances, royalty rates [percentage on net or gross sales], upfront payments, minimum sales guarantees, and minimum inventories.
•Length of contract and renewal options including early termination.
•Territorial extent and deadlines for country launches; channel distribution guarantees.
•Territorial or channel exclusivity or non-exclusive arrangements.
•Licensor’s right to audit books, monitor production, and quality control.

There are no hard and fast rules for any of these conditions because, at the end of the day, a licensing deal must reflect a value judgement by both parties as to how successful the brand, the product, or the idea is likely to be in the marketplace at some point in the future.
This article compared the license agent to a marriage counselor. On second thought—a marriage counselor probably has an easier job!

Lutz Muller has been active in the global toy and video game market since 1984. He has lived and worked in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia, and the U.S. His insights are based on his daily contacts with toy buyers at big-box stores in the U.S. and Europe, his proprietary retailer panel in the U.S., and his third-party manufacturing contacts in China.

Posted by: Guest on October 6, 2014..

 CATEGORY: Around the IndustryBrand LicensingKids PropertiesThe Licensing BookToys, becker associates llcbrian klaubercreative toylutz muller, Patti Beckerswivel-snapsThe NPD Group

 

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE #20152

Full Service Global Consulting and Licensing Agency

For Immediate Release

TOY FAIR

JAVITS CONVENTION CENTER

 

 

BECKER ASSOCIATES

About Becker Associates LLC

Becker Associates LLC is an award-winning, full service global brand extension and consulting agency growing our customers revenues through strategic and creative development of licensed products. We generate results quickly and cost-effectively for customers in consumer goods, management and health care, by providing strategic consulting services, branding, product development, animation, social media, IP rights negotiations, mentoring, and International licensing. We are recognized for the evergreen products we’ve licensed, marketed or popularized, including: Gumby, Pokey, Barrel of Monkeys, Disappearing Magic Baby Bottle, Battle Dome, Nerf Ping Pong, Baby Get Well, TMNT Goops, Sliders, and Shirt Pocket Games, many of which have become familiar household names and sold millions of pieces! Our customers, including Mattel, Fisher-Price, Hasbro, have distributed our products in over 100 countries through virtually every channel of retail distribution. Becker's products connect kids with their favorite licensed properties and characters in numerous categories. They have been co-branded with Disney, Sesame Street, Simpsons, Spiderman, Superman, Batman, Barbie, Pokémon, Hello Kitty, Angel Cat Sugar and Smiley. We are the proud recipient of the prestigious “OUTSTANDING LICENSING AGENT” award from Women in Toys, Licensing and Entertainment. We're passionate about mentoring and empowering entrepreneurs and have helped more than 100 women-owned businesses pitch their products to Walmart and Toys"R"Us buyers, resulting in several dozen listings. Recently published articles & talks include: Toy Safety http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/b1f8d1f9 for the JPMA's Ask the Experts Moderator for the Walmart-WIT Women's Empowerment Program (2x). KidScreen Summit Speaker and Mentor (2x). Guest Speaker at Stuyvesant High School "Teen Entrepreneurship". Patti Becker is the Past President of Women in Toys, Licensing and Entertainment (WIT) and Chair of the Advisory Board. Under Patti’s leadership, WIT saw explosive growth into more than 23 countries on five continents, 35x increased membership and 500% growth in funding. Let us know how we can help you create, develop, source, license or market your consumer products and brands.

  

  

 

PRESS RELEASE #20151

Brands Built to Last

For Immediate Release

TOY FAIR

JAVITS CONVENTION CENTER

 

 

ANJAR & BECKER ASSOCIATES: BRANDS BUILT TO LAST

 

We are recognized for the evergreen products we’ve licensed, marketed or popularized, including: Gumby, Pokey, Barrel of Monkeys, Disappearing Magic Baby Bottle, Battle Dome, Nerf Ping Pong, Baby Get Well, TMNT Goops, Sliders, and Shirt Pocket Games, many of which have become familiar household names and sold millions of pieces!

 

 

About Becker Associates LLC

Becker Associates LLC is an award-winning, full service global brand extension and consulting agency growing our customers revenues through strategic and creative development of licensed products. We generate results quickly and cost-effectively for customers in consumer goods, management and health care, by providing strategic consulting services, branding, product development, animation, social media, IP rights negotiations, mentoring, and International licensing. We are recognized for the evergreen products we’ve licensed, marketed or popularized, including: Gumby, Pokey, Barrel of Monkeys, Disappearing Magic Baby Bottle, Battle Dome, Nerf Ping Pong, Baby Get Well, TMNT Goops, Sliders, and Shirt Pocket Games, many of which have become familiar household names and sold millions of pieces! Our customers, including Mattel, Fisher-Price, Hasbro, have distributed our products in over 100 countries through virtually every channel of retail distribution. Becker's products connect kids with their favorite licensed properties and characters in numerous categories. They have been co-branded with Disney, Sesame Street, Simpsons, Spiderman, Superman, Batman, Barbie, Pokémon, Hello Kitty, Angel Cat Sugar and Smiley. We are the proud recipient of the prestigious “OUTSTANDING LICENSING AGENT” award from Women in Toys, Licensing and Entertainment. We're passionate about mentoring and empowering entrepreneurs and have helped more than 100 women-owned businesses pitch their products to Walmart and Toys"R"Us buyers, resulting in several dozen listings. Recently published articles & talks include: Toy Safety http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/b1f8d1f9 for the JPMA's Ask the Experts Moderator for the Walmart-WIT Women's Empowerment Program (2x). KidScreen Summit Speaker and Mentor (2x). Guest Speaker at Stuyvesant High School "Teen Entrepreneurship". Patti Becker is the Past President of Women in Toys, Licensing and Entertainment (WIT) and Chair of the Advisory Board. Under Patti’s leadership, WIT saw explosive growth into more than 23 countries on five continents, 35x increased membership and 500% growth in funding. Let us know how we can help you create, develop, source, license or market your consumer products and brands.

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE #20144

CT WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS EMPOWERMENT

For Immediate Release

STAMFORD, CT 2014

 

 

 

CONNECTICUT CELEBRATES WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

 

UCONN sponsored the second Women Entrepreneurs Day. Jenny Lawton, CEO, MakerBot, World leader in 3D printing and serial entrepreneur and Dr. Linda Scott, DP World Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Oxford, were guest speakers. Becker Associates LLC provided guidance and strategic marketing consultation.

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE #20143

WALMART EMPOWERMENT EVENT

For Immediate Release

www.WomenInToys.com

DALLAS TOY PREVIEW 2014

 

 

 

BECKER ASSOCIATES ANNOUNCES

EXPANDED WALMART - WIT EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM

 

 

"The WIT’s Empowerment Workshop builds upon the success of a program spearheaded by WIT advisory board chairperson, Patti Becker. The WIT-Walmart Women’s Global Economic Empowerment Initiative program started two years ago and to date more than 120 women have pitched 500 concepts to 20 Walmart buyers to take advantage of Walmart’s $20 billion business initiative to expand and diversify their supplier base. Many WIT members have had success with this program including Jodi Norgaard, CEO of Dream Big Toy company has completed a summer regional market test for her GoGo Sports Dolls and is launching into more stores this fall."

 

Walmart Women's Economic Empowerment and Supplier Diversity 4/2/14   https://youtu.be/SNM2zRe5Rb8

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE #20142

For Immediate Release

www.WomenInToys.com

WALMART EVENT

TOY FAIR 2014

EMPOWERMENT

 

 

BECKER ASSOCIATES EXPANDS WALMART - WIT EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM

 

 

Over 100 Women-Owned-Businesses have pitched their products to 20 Walmart buyers during two all-day sessions at 2013 and 2014 Toy Fairs, so far,  resulting in several dozen listings online and several Walmart store brand listings!  The program was envisioned by Patti Becker, Past-President of WIT and current Chair of the WIT Advisory Board. WOB Entrepreneur Debra Sterling, engineer & founder of GoldieBlox, who created a buzz by raising over $250,000 on Kickstarter and additional Venture Capital money provided a wealth of information to a roomful of aspiring Women-Owned-Businesses. Julia Prim provided solid information and statistics about Venture Capital and the dearth of women on boards (7%) and raising VC money (less than 4%).  Anne Marie Kehoe provided tips on  'Selling to Walmart' and thanked Women in Toys for providing a pilot program for many other Walmart departments looking to expand their supplier base. 

 

Walmart Women's Supplier Summit Video

https://youtu.be/iZxk1l5QJD0

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE #2014

For Immediate Release

ANIMATION VIDEOS

 

BECKER ASSOCIATES CREATES ANIMATION VIDEOS

AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

 

BECKER ASSOCIATES EXECUTIVE PRODUCES ANIMATION VIDEOS
 
               GREEN KIDS CLUB GORILLA’S ROAR:  http://youtu.be/bx1OK3IFrkc
 
               GREEN KIDS CLUB GREEN SPRING:  http://youtu.be/xuXAn16OTm0
 
               GREEN KIDS CLUB TRAILER:    http://youtu.be/q8e-yrW9JoY
 
               NURSE NICOLE THEME SONG:   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAsB2358JyA

 

 Nurse products for kids

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE  20141

For Immediate Release

KIDSCREEN SUMMIT SPEAKER AND MENTOR

 

 

BECKER RETURNS TO KIDSCREEN SUMMIT AS INVITED GUEST SPEAKER AND LICENSING MENTOR

 

 

Patti Becker - Kidscreen Summit 2014
www.summit.kidscreen.com/2014/speakers/880055/pattibecker/


Speakers - Kidscreen Summit 2014
www.summit.kidscreen.com/2014/speakers


Mentor Meeting: Licensing - Kidscreen Summit 2014
www.summit.kidscreen.com/2014/sessions/66143/mentormeetinglicensing


Kidscreen Summit 2014
www.summit.kidscreen.com/2014/agenda/expanded

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE #20132

For Immediate Release

MENTOR

 

 

BECKER ASSOCIATES IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE STUYVESANT HIGH SCHOOL MENTORSHIP

 

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NEW YORK, NY   Patti Becker to be Guest Speaker at Stuyvesant High School on "Teen Entrepreneurship".  Slide show available on LinkedIN.com/in/pattibecker. 

 

How We Are Learning to Start a Toy Company
http://flipncheck.tumblr.com/post/68078865673/a-toy-business-consultant-shares-her-expertise

 

Nov 20, 2013
"The not-for-profit group, Teen Entrepreneur Boot Camp, started a toy [...] entrepreneurship to high school students, and to fund the program [...] Patti Becker came in to talk to Toys By Teens and Stuyvesant's Wall Street class."

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE #20131

For Immediate Release

WWW.WOMENINTOYS.COM

WALMART EVENT

TOY FAIR 2013

EMPOWERMENT

 

 

BECKER ASSOCIATES PILOTS WALMART - WIT EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM

 

55 Women-Owned-Businesses pitched their products to 11 Walmart buyers during Toy Fair, resulting in several dozen listings online and in Walmart!  The program was envisioned by Patti Becker, Past-President of WIT and current Chair of the WIT Advisory Board. WOB Entrepreneurs Amy Pennington and Carol Fenster, who have successfully navigated 'Selling to Walmart' provided highly sought after tips during their talks prior to the event. Walmart's SVP Toys, Anne-Marie Kehoe provided valuable guidance as to what Walmart was looking for.  TIA's Carter Keithley and Marian Bossard donated a large space at Javits so privacy during the pitches would be possible. The WIT-Walmart Women’s Global Economic Empowerment Initiative program was initially pitched to Laura Phillips, SVP Toys at Walmart, who agreed that WIT-Walmart would be a wonderful strategic partnership to build on Walmart’s $20 billion business initiative to expand and diversify their supplier base. The 55 women were empowered by pitching their concepts to Walmart buyers. Many WIT members have had success with this program including Raquel Taylor and Jodi Norgaard, CEO of Dream Big Toy company both of whom are launching into Walmart stores.

 

 

PITCH TIPS from the largest retailer in the world for an event I conceived!

 

WALMART SUPPLIER DIVERSITY EVENT (Toy Fair 2013): 

https://youtu.be/qGb-mCx5CqE 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE  #20111

For Immediate Release

TAGIE AWARD WINNER!

 

 

James R. Becker (1921 - 2011)
Tagie Award Winner IN MEMORIAM, 2011
The TAGIE Awards are part of Chicago Toy & Game Week.
Copyright 2008-2014 Chicago Toy & Game Group Inc.

James R. Becker (1921 - 2011) VIDEO:
http://www.tagieawards.com/nominees-and-recipients/becker-james-r

 


 

For over 55 years, Jim Becker devoted his energy and life’s blood to developing and licensing products in the Toy Industry. He helped create global licensing as we know it today. By creating Gumby and Pokey merchandise from a TV Show, he helped spawn an $80 billion Licensing Industry. He recognized and created many trends, like Gumby & Pokey, Barrel of Monkeys, Disappearing Magic Baby Bottle, Nerf Ping Pong, Battle Dome and The Betsy McCall Fashion Designer Set. Before Jim, no one adapted items made for the US to appeal and sell in foreign markets, including the most difficult of all to penetrate, Japan. He also innovated the concept of developing and marketing Japanese and European toys and games for the American market. In those days, the 1940s-1970s, global marketing didn’t exist; global companies didn’t exist, and neither Hasbro nor Mattel had worldwide distribution or subsidiaries in most foreign markets.

James R. Becker, together with his company Anjar Co., was instrumental in introducing OTHELLO to the U.S. and worldwide market outside of Japan; organizing the WOC; and successfully licensing, marketing, promoting, advertising, merchandising and popularizing OTHELLO around the world outside of Japan. One of the most popular games of all time, Othello is rich in strategy, but still approachable by the casual player. Othello was first introduced in Japan in 1973, by Tsukuda Original Co. In 1975, the international licensing company Becker founded, Anjar Co., licensed Othello to Gabriel Industries for the U.S. market and, subsequently, Anjar licensed Othello around the world outside of Japan. Becker also encouraged Othello licensees to use the tagline, “A Minute to Learn... A Lifetime to Master.”

 

Today, Othello Associations exist in over 40 different countries. Othello has been sold in over 100 different countries, making it the most successfully licensed strategy game in the world. In 1977, Anjar organized the first World Othello Championship™ (WOC), bringing together the world’s top Othello players. The World Othello Championship has been held in the U.S. every 10 years.
 

 

Othello® has appeared in virtually every format as these platforms have become available including: Atari 2600, Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Gameboy, computer CD-ROM games, coin-op arcade machines, and handheld electronic games. Othello was licensed to Bandai in Europe and the U.S. for cell phone games.

Othello was recognized by Playthings Magazine, the principle Toy Industry publication, as one of the ‘Classic Toys and Games of the 20th Century’ still in production. Other prestigious awards that Othello has won include the Parents’ Choice Classic Toy Award and Games Magazine’s Hall of Fame. In 2005, in recognition of Jim’s lifetime achievements, Becker was the recipient of the prestigious International Designers & Inventors of Toys Award.

In addition, Jim developed Gumby, Pokey, Barrel of Monkeys, Disappearing Magic Milk Bottle, Nerf Ping Pong, Elmo’s Trike, Barbie ‘Really Works’ Activity Toys, ‘Land Before Time’ Hand Puppets, Shirt Pocket Games, GI Joe Earthquake Vehicle, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Foldable Flying Saucers, the Betsy McCall Fashion Designer Set, Grabbin’ Dragons and hundreds of others.

Jim used his expertise, his charisma, his sense of humor and the strength of his personal relationships to create one of the most successful product development and licensing companies in the world, Anjar, an acronym for Jim’s four sons: Arto, Neil, Jonathan and Roger.

As Rockwell Kent, the famous American artist and illustrator of Herman Melville’s novel ’Moby Dick’, wrote about Jim in his autobiography ‘It’s Me O Lord’, Jim Becker was “one who has known and followed the way to…the hearts of countless children at Christmas time”.

 

He has been an inspiration and mentor to his family and countless others. His integrity is such that when a 'street inventor' calls the TIA or a major company trying to show a new product concept, they are often referred to Anjar Co. It’s a rare person who has not played with at least one of the toys Jim made famous. Whether it is Gumby, Pokey, Barrel of Monkeys, the Disappearing Magic Baby Bottle, or Othello, Jim has touched the lives of so many.
 

 

In 2005, in recognition of Jim Becker’s lifetime achievements, Becker was the recipient of the prestigious International Designers & Inventors of Toys Award.

 

Jim is survived by his wife of 57 years, Frances, children. Arto (Beverly), Jonathan (Patti) and Roger, grandchildren Neil, Stephanie, Talia, Isaac, Michael, Julie, Haylee, and Noah and great grandson Eversmith.

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

 

Becker Chairs Advisory Board of

Women in Toys, Licensing and Entertainment (WIT)

 

Patti Becker is the Past President of Women in Toys, Licensing and Entertainment (WIT) and Chair of the Advisory Board. Under Patti’s leadership, WIT saw explosive growth into more than 23 countries on five continents, 35x increased membership and 500% growth in funding.  Patti created and implemented the 5 year WIT strategic marketing plan, which she implemented during the 5 years she was President of WIT. She also created a stellar Advisory Board while she was President, which added prestige to the organization. In addition, she created an annual Nuremberg WIT event featuring NPD Industry Research. 

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE #20092

For Immediate Release

 

 

BECKER ASSOCIATES RECEIVES PHILANTHROPY AWARD

 

BECKER ASSOCIATES LLC is the proud recipient of a prestigious Philanthropy Award from the Toy Industry Foundation.

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE #20091

For Immediate Release

 

 

BECKER ASSOCIATES RECEIVES “OUTSTANDING LICENSING AGENT” AWARD

 

BECKER ASSOCIATES LLC is the proud recipient of the prestigious “OUTSTANDING LICENSING AGENT” award from Women in Toys, Licensing and Entertainment.

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE #20039

For Immediate Release

LICENSING INTL

JAVITS CONVENTION CENTER

BOOTH  #4335 

       

 

OTHELLO® RECEIVES DR. TOY’S 'BEST CLASSIC TOYS' AWARD

 

STAMFORD, CT  (April, 2003) - The Toy Industry celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2003.  Othello®: manufactured by Mattel has been selected by Dr. Toy as one of the Best Classic Toys.

 

What is a classic toy?  

Stevanne Auerbach, aka Dr. Toy says, “Classic toys are lasting favorites of those children who played with them. They are toys that are enduring, encourage your child's involvement, are “child-powered” and of course fun.  [Dr. Toy has] carefully surveyed the toy marketplace to collect a range of great classic toys. There are 33 winners of 'Dr. Toy's Best Classic Toy Product' Search.”

 

James R. Becker, together with his company Anjar Co., has marketed, licensed, promoted, and popularized Othello® Branded products around the world outside Japan since 1975. It is positioned for children 8-12 and costs about $14.99 at retail.  One of the most popular games of all time, Othello is rich in strategy, but still approachable by the casual player. Othello was first introduced in Japan in 1973, by Tsukuda Original Co. In 1975, the international licensing company Becker founded, Anjar Co., licensed Othello to Gabriel Industries for the U.S. market and, subsequently, Anjar licensed Othello around the world outside of Japan, organized the WOC; and successfully licensed, marketed, promoted, advertised, merchandised and was instrumental in popularizing OTHELLO around the world, outside of Japan. Becker also encouraged Othello licensees to use the tagline, “A Minute to Learn... A Lifetime to Master.” 

 

 

 

Press Release 20038

For Immediate Release

TOY FAIR

Javits Convention Center

Booth  #4335

 

 OTHELLO® NAMED TO TOY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION'S

TOP 100 TOYS OF THE CENTURY LIST

 

HIGHLIGHTING 100 OF THE CENTURY'S MOST TREASURED TOYS

Toy Industry Association Announces Its "Century of Toys List"
List Highlights One Hundred of the Century's Most Treasured Toys

Business, Entertainment & Feature Editors

As Part of the American International TOY FAIR Centennial Celebration

 

From Lionel trains to Lite-Brite, there's a toy on this list for everyone. Toy Industry Association (TIA) has released a list of one hundred of the industry's most memorable and creative toys from the past century. The list is part of the industry's celebration of the 100th Anniversary of American International TOY FAIR held in New York City. Fashioned to highlight momentous toys from the past 100 years, the list will set the stage for a week of activities that salute the history and inventiveness of the toy industry.

TIA has owned and managed the American International TOY FAIR since 1932 and is honored to acknowledge the power of toys and play for children the world over. Only a small fraction of successful and innovative products that have been introduced during the last 100 years are featured on the "Century of Toys List," which consists of unforgettable products from all types of play including activity sets, board games, dolls, ride-on toys, action figures and more.

"As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of TOY FAIR, this list allows us to pay tribute to the toys that have brought joy and happiness to children for decades. By looking through the Century of Toys list, people of all ages will be reminded of the thrill that toys have contributed to their lives," said Neil Friedman, Chairman of TIA and President of Mattel's Fisher-Price Brands. "By looking at this list, we'll all be wondering which toys previewed during TOY FAIR will be honored throughout the next century," he continued.

Selecting toys for the Century of Toys List involved a very stringent review process, which began with a list of criteria to establish the benchmark. With an initial list in hand, a variety of veterans throughout the industry, including members of the Toy Industry Hall of Fame, toy design professionals, and the TIA Executive Committee were involved to narrow down the list of 100, and helping to ensure the integrity of the list.

"The 100th anniversary of TOY FAIR in New York City affords us the perfect opportunity to honor our industry's vast contributions through the many toys and playthings introduced over the past century," said Thomas Conley, President, TIA. "Because TOY FAIR is known as the premier toy show in the world, we can't help but experience a sense of wonder and excitement as we anticipate the many ways the toy industry will captivate the imagination of children in the years ahead," he concluded.

The public is invited to view the list at their leisure, by visiting TIA's website: www.toy-tia.org.

TIA, formerly known as Toy Manufacturers of America (TMA), was established in 1916 as the trade association for North American producers and importers of toys, games and entertainment products for children and families. TIA also owns and operates American International TOY FAIR, a trade-only event, held each February at the Javits Convention Center and at showrooms in Manhattan's Toy District.

 

Toy Industry Association, Inc.

Century of Toys List

 

 

Year Introduced

Product Name

Manufacturer at time of Introduction

Current Manufacturer

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1900 Lionel Trains Lionel LLC

Lionel LLC

 

1903 Crayola Crayons

Binney & Smith, Inc.

 

1903 Flinch Card Game

Flinch Game Company

Winning Moves, Inc. (license of Hasbro, Inc.)

 

1903 Teddy Bears

Ideal

Commonwealth, Gund, Russ Berrie and others

 

1906 Model T Ford

Tootsietoy/diecast car Strombecker Corp.

Strombecker Corp.

 

1913 Erector Sets

A.C. Gilbert

BRIO Corporation

 

1913 Tinkertoys

Toy Tinkers

Playskool, div. of Hasbro, Inc.

 

1915 Raggedy Ann doll

P.F. Volland

Knickerbocker Toy Co., Applause and

Playskool, div. of Hasbro, Inc.

 

1916 Lincoln Logs

John Lloyd Wright, Inc.

K'NEX Industries, Inc.

 

1917 Radio Flyer Wagon

Radio Flyer, Inc.

 

1923 Madame Alexander 

Madame Alexander collectible dolls

 

1929 Yo-Yo 

Duncan Toy Company

 

1930 Mickey Mouse (and Minnie) California Disney

plush dolls Stuffed Toys Consumer Products

 

1932 Tripoley Game

Cadaco, Inc.

 

1934 Sorry Game

Parker Brothers

Hasbro, Inc.

 

1935 Monopoly

Parker Brothers

Hasbro, Inc.

 

1937 Betsy Wetsy doll

Ideal

Mattel, Inc.

 

1938 View-Master

3-D Viewer View-Master

Fisher-Price, div. of Mattel, Inc.

 

1942 Nok-Hockey

Carrom Games

 

1947 Tonka Trucks

Hasbro, Inc.

 

1947 John Deere Die Cast

The Ertl Racing Tractor Company Champions

The Ertl Company

 

1947 Magic 8 Ball

Alabe Crafts

Mattel, Inc.

 

1948 Cootie

Schaper

Milton Bradley, div. of Hasbro, Inc.

 

1948 Scrabble Game

Selchow & Righter

Milton Bradley, div. of Hasbro, Inc.

 

1948 Slinky James Industries

James Industries

 

1949 Candy Land

Milton Bradley

Milton Bradley, div. of Hasbro, Inc.

 

1949 Clue

Parker Brothers

Hasbro, Inc.

 

1950 Silly Putty

Peter Hodgson

Binney & Smith, Inc.

 

1951 Ginny Dolls

Vogue Doll Company

 

1952 Mr. Potato Head

Playskool

Playskool, div. of Hasbro, Inc.

 

1953 Colorforms

University Games

 

1953 LEGO Building Sets

LEGO Systems, Inc.

 

1954 Matchbox Cars

Lesney

Mattel, Inc.

 

1955 Wooly Willy

Smethport Specialty Company

 

1956 Play-Doh Kenner

Hasbro, Inc.

 

1956 Original Ant Farm

Uncle Milton Industries

 

1956 Yahtzee Game

E.S. Lowe

Milton Bradley

Milton Bradley, div. of Hasbro, Inc.

 

1957 Corn Popper push toy

Fisher-Price

Fisher-Price, div. of Mattel, Inc.

 

1957 Frisbee

Wham-O

 

1958 Hula Hoop

Wham-O

 

1959 Barbie

Mattel, Inc.

 

1960 BRIO Classic Wooden Railway

BRIO Corporation

 

1960 Etch-A-Sketch

The Ohio Art Company

 

1960 Game of Life

Milton Bradley

Milton Bradley, div. of Hasbro, Inc.

 

1961 Slip N' Slide

Wham-O

 

1961 Troll dolls

Thomas Dam, Inc.

 

1962 Chatter Telephone

Fisher-Price

Fisher-Price, div. of Mattel, Inc.

 

1963 Easy Bake Oven

Kenner

Hasbro, Inc.

 

1964 G.I. Joe

Hasbro, Inc.

 

1965 Creepy Crawlers

Mattel, Inc.

JAKKS Pacific

 

1965 Operation

Milton Bradley

Milton Bradley, div. of Hasbro, Inc.

 

1965 See 'n' Say

Mattel, Inc.

 

1966 Twister

Milton Bradley

Milton Bradley, div. of Hasbro, Inc.

 

1967 Battleship

Milton Bradley

Milton Bradley, div. of Hasbro, Inc.

 

1967 Big Wheel ride-on

Marx Toys

Various manufacturers

 

1967 Ker Plunk

Ideal Toy Company

Mattel, Inc.

 

1967 Lite Brite

Hasbro, Inc.

 

1968 Hot Wheels and Racing Sets

Mattel, Inc.

 

1970 Nerf Balls

Parker Brothers

Hasbro, Inc.

 

1971 Mastermind

Invicta Plastics, Ltd.

Pressman Toys

 

1972 Uno Card Game International

Mattel, Inc. Games

 

1973 Shrinky Dinks

K&B Innovations

Spin Master Toys

 

1974 Dungeons and Dragons

TSR, Inc.

Wizards of the Coast, div. of Hasbro, Inc.

 

1974 Playmobil people & playsets

Playmobil

 

 

1975 Othello® Gabriel

Industries, Inc.

Mattel, Inc.

 

 

1976 Magna Doodle

Mego Toys

Fisher-Price, div. of Mattel, Inc.

 

1977 Star Wars action figures

Kenner

Hasbro, Inc.

 

1978 Hungry Hungry Hippos

Hasbro, Inc.

Milton Bradley, div. of Hasbro, Inc.

 

1978 Rubik's Cube

Ideal

Hasbro, Inc.

 

1978 Simon Electronic Game

Milton Bradley

Milton Bradley, div. of Hasbro, Inc.

 

1979 Cozy Coupe Ride-On

Little Tikes

 

1979 Strawberry Shortcake

Kenner

Bandai

 

1982 Stompers die-cast vehicles

Schaper

 

1982 Trivial Pursuit

Selchow & Righter

Hasbro, Inc. 

 

1983 Cabbage Patch Kids

Coleco

Mattel, Inc.

 

1983 Care Bears

Kenner

Play Along

 

1983 My Little Pony

Hasbro, Inc.

 

1984 Transformers

Hasbro, Inc.

 

1985 Scruples Game

Henry Makow

Hasbro, Inc.

 

1985 Teddy Ruxpin

Worlds of Wonder

Hasbro, Inc.

 

1986 Pound Puppies Tonka

Mary Meyer

 

1987 Koosh Ball

OddzOn

Hasbro, Inc.

 

1987 Pictionary

The Games Gang

Hasbro, Inc.

 

1988 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Playmates Toys, Inc.

 

1989 Super Soaker

Larami

Hasbro, Inc.

 

1992 Barney the Dinosaur plush

The Lyons Group

Mattel, Inc.

 

1992 K'NEX Building Sets

K'NEX Industries, Inc.

 

1993 Magic Gathering: The collectible card game

Wizards of the Coast

Wizards of the Coast, div. of Hasbro, Inc.

 

1993 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Bandai

 

1995 Lamaze products

Learning Curve International

 

1996 Beanie Babies

Ty

 

1996 Tickle-Me Elmo

Tyco

Fisher-Price, Preschool div. of Mattel, Inc.

 

1997 Bass Fishin' Game

Radica Games, Ltd.

 

1997 Tamagotchi

Bandai

 

1998 Furby

Tiger Toys, div. of Hasbro, Inc.

 

1998 Rescue Heroes

Fisher-Price

Fisher-Price, div. of Mattel, Inc.

 

1999 Groovy Girls

Manhattan Toys

 

1999 LeapPad

LeapFrog

 

2000 Razor scooter

Razor

 

2001 Jumbo Music Block

Neurosmith

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE #20037

For Immediate Release

LICENSING INTL

JAVITS CONVENTION CENTER

BOOTH # 4335

 

 

 

JAMES R. BECKER,

WORLD-FAMOUS TOY INVENTOR, GLOBAL LICENSOR, AND FOUNDER OF ANJAR CO., WHO LICENSED OTHELLO worldwide excluding Japan, WILL BE AT LICENSING INTL

 

For over 55 years, Jim Becker devoted his energy and life’s blood to developing and licensing products in the Toy Industry. He helped create global licensing as we know it today. By creating Gumby and Pokey merchandise from a TV Show, he helped spawn an $80 billion Licensing Industry. He recognized and created many trends, like Gumby & Pokey, Barrel of Monkeys, Disappearing Magic Baby Bottle, Nerf Ping Pong, Battle Dome and The Betsy McCall Fashion Designer Set. Before Jim, no one adapted items made for the US to appeal and sell in foreign markets, including the most difficult of all to penetrate, Japan. He also innovated the concept of developing and marketing Japanese and European toys and games for the American market. In those days, the 1940s-1970s, global marketing didn’t exist; global companies didn’t exist, and neither Hasbro nor Mattel had worldwide distribution or subsidiaries in most foreign markets.

James R. Becker, together with his company Anjar Co., was instrumental in introducing OTHELLO to the U.S. and worldwide market outside of Japan; organizing the WOC; and successfully licensing, marketing, promoting, advertising, merchandising and popularizing OTHELLO around the world outside of Japan. One of the most popular games of all time, Othello is rich in strategy, but still approachable by the casual player. Othello was first introduced in Japan in 1973, by Tsukuda Original Co. In 1975, the international licensing company Becker founded, Anjar Co., licensed Othello to Gabriel Industries for the U.S. market and, subsequently, Anjar licensed Othello around the world outside of Japan. Becker also encouraged Othello licensees to use the tagline, “A Minute to Learn... A Lifetime to Master.” Today, Othello Associations exist in over 40 different countries. Othello has been sold in over 100 different countries, making it the most successfully licensed strategy game in the world. In 1977, Anjar organized the first World Othello Championship™ (WOC), bringing together the world’s top Othello players. The World Othello Championship has been held in the U.S. every 10 years.

Othello® has appeared in virtually every format as these platforms have become available including: Atari 2600, Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Gameboy, computer CD-ROM games, coin-op arcade machines, and handheld electronic games. Othello was licensed to Bandai in Europe and the U.S. for cell phone games.

Othello was recognized by Playthings Magazine, the principle Toy Industry publication, as one of the ‘Classic Toys and Games of the 20th Century’ still in production. Other prestigious awards that Othello has won include the Parents’ Choice Classic Toy Award and Games Magazine’s Hall of Fame. In 2005, in recognition of Jim’s lifetime achievements, Becker was the recipient of the prestigious International Designers & Inventors of Toys Award.

In addition, Jim developed Gumby, Pokey, Barrel of Monkeys, Disappearing Magic Milk Bottle, Nerf Ping Pong, Elmo’s Trike, Barbie ‘Really Works’ Activity Toys, ‘Land Before Time’ Hand Puppets, Shirt Pocket Games, GI Joe Earthquake Vehicle, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Foldable Flying Saucers, the Betsy McCall Fashion Designer Set, Grabbin’ Dragons and hundreds of others.

Jim used his expertise, his charisma, his sense of humor and the strength of his personal relationships to create one of the most successful product development and licensing companies in the world, Anjar, an acronym for Jim’s four sons: Arto, Neil, Jonathan and Roger.


As Rockwell Kent, the famous American artist and illustrator of Herman Melville’s novel ’Moby Dick’, wrote about Jim in his autobiography ‘It’s Me O Lord’, Jim Becker was “one who has known and followed the way to…the hearts of countless children at Christmas time”.

His integrity is such that when a 'street inventor' calls the TIA or a major company trying to show a new product concept, they are often referred to Anjar Co.  It’s a rare person who has not played with at least one of the toys Jim made famous. Whether it is Gumby, Pokey, Barrel of Monkey, the Disappearing Magic Baby Bottle, or Othello, Jim has touched the lives of so many. 

Jim's newest project is the Annual Toy Industry Reunion held every December in Palm Beach, FL. This year 103 veterans of the Industry came together for the Fourth Annual Dinner to laugh and reminisce.
 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE #20036

For Immediate Release

LICENSING INTL

Javits Convention Center

Booth #4335

 

 

       

MARKETING GENIUS & GLOBAL LICENSOR OF OTHELLO, EXCLUDING JAPAN

AVAILABLE FOR AUTOGRAPHS

 

STAMFORD, CT - Becker Associates is proud to announce that James R. Becker, Founder of Anjar Co. who successfully marketed, licensed, promoted, and popularized Othello® Branded products around the world outside Japan since 1975, will be available for autographs from 9:00-9:30 a.m. June 10th, June 11th and June 12th at the Javits Licensing Show, Booth #4335

Jim will also be available each day from 2:00-2:30 p.m. to play Othello® with anyone who would like to challenge him to a game.

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE #20035

For Immediate Release

LICENSING INTL

Javits Convention Center

Booth #4335

        

BECKER ASSOCIATES CHALLENGES YOU TO TRY TO BEAT THE GLOBAL LICENSOR OF OTHELLO®, EXCLUDING JAPAN
 

STAMFORD, CT  - Becker Associates is proud to announce that James R. Becker, Founder of Anjar Co. who successfully marketed, licensed, promoted, and popularized Othello® Branded products around the world outside Japan since 1975, will be available to play Othello® with anyone who would like to challenge him to a game June 10th, June 11th and June 12th at the Javits Licensing Show, from 2:00-2:30 p.m., Booth #4335. Jim will also be available for autographs from 9:00-9:30 a.m. each day. 

 

 

 
 

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