Success Stories
Ss1 Gateway to the world market

Accent Corporation is a retail shop founded in 2002 specialising in interior fabric, home furnishing and lifestyle products designed by a creative team in Tokyo. In 2008, Accent Corp launched its own IP namely Craftholic®. Apart from opening brand name shops, it also put up an online shop under Craftholic ®.

Accent Corp joined HKILS 2017 under the Japan Pavilion. They met a mainland retailer and reached a joint-venture agreement for bringing Craftholic® to the Chinese mainland.

Accent Corporation has been participating in the HKILS via their agent in Hong Kong since 2015 to explore licensing business. Seeing their business growth on licensing, Accent Corp made their debut direct presence in HKILS 2017.

Ss2 Japan properties are spotlighted

TXCOM is a member of the TV TOKYO Group and a major Japanese broadcaster. Like some global broadcasting companies, riding on its content distribution operation, TXCOM has started to develop its own IPs and diversified into the IP licensing business. Kanahei’s Small Animals are the major IPs being promoted by TXCOM. Kanahei is a young Japanese illustrator and manga artist.

TXCOM joined HKILS 2017 under Japan Pavilion and met Easy Card Corporation at the show. Both parties reached an agreement with TXCOM to license Kanahei’s Small Animals to Easy Card Corp for uses on stationary, toy and goods items. The move would help expand TXCOM’s business to the SE Asia market.

TXCOM joined HKILS 2017 under Japan Pavilion and met Easy Card Corporation at the show. Both parties (TV TOKYO Group and Easy Card Corp) reached an agreement with TXCOM to license Kanahei’s Small Animals to Easy Card Corp for uses on stationary, toy and electronic transport ticket. Their cooperation successfully helped TXCOM to create public awareness to its IPs concerned and hence facilitated TXCOM to expand it’s business to the SE Asia market.

Ss3 Through HK Int’l Licensing platform to meet global buyers

ZaciWork x 2Spot Communications Co., Ltd.

Hong Kong product design company ZaciWork met with 2Spot Communications Co. from Thailand in HKILS 2018. They started their partnership in designing and producing a mighty mug with a popular character “Unsleep Sheep and Bloody Bunny”. As a result, ZaciWork successfully explored and has developed the business in the Asian market. Their product collection is now available in Thailand and has become more popular.

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Futaba Ltd Futaba Ltd

Futaba Ltd (Japan) decided to be the exhibitor of HKILS to tap into overseas market. They joined the show at HKILS 2015 and got very positive feedbacks from a variety of buyers. Their merchandised products were clocks, necklaces, facial masks etc. They collaborated with ASUS’s mobile phones and their character "Tapu Tapu the Panda" was used as the promotional wallpapers of mobile phones. Futaba joined HKILS 2016 again and collaborated with Chung Hwa Book Company (HK) which they organised the "Tapu Tapu the Panda" promotional event held at the bookstore's Tseung Kwan O and Tsuen Wan branches.

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Dnaxcat Co. Limited Dnaxcat Co. Limited

Dnaxcat Co Ltd met Color & Character Co Ltd (Taiwan) at HKILS 2016 and they licensed their characters to produce a series of playing cards, which would be available in Taiwan's 7-Eleven.

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San-Byte Creative Co Ltd San-Byte Creative Co Ltd

San-Byte Creative Co Ltd (Taiwan exhibitor) and Jin Yuh Tarng (Taiwan buyer), a distributor of stationery and gift items with its own outlets in Taiwan, met at HKILS 2015 and eventually concluded business co-operation on licensed brand "Kobito Dukan" to produce note book and stationery items. The two companies signed another deal at HKILS 2016, for Jin Yuh Tarng to use San-Byte Creative' animal character "Kanahei" for licensed gift items.

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Old Master Q Old Master Q

iGen6 met F&B Group (金石餐飲集團) and confirmed a collaboration to open a OMQ Diningroom in HK. This HK-style tea house is now under renovation and will be opened in June 2016. Also they are planning to tap into the mainland market by opening OMQ Diningroom in Tianjin and Shanghai.

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Kityicat Creation Kityicat Creation

Kityicat Creation collaborated with the Commercial Press after HKILS 2016, and there was a new product launch "Picture Eraser"at the Commercial Press exclusively with the bookstore's membership promotion.

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JCAP Australia Moon Island

Moon-Island met South China Media in HKILS 2016 and have a collaboration with their fashion magazine "Jessica" to use their illustrated character "Charlotte Mola" for promotion in the charity event "Jessica Run 2016", which was held on 3 April 2016. The image was published in the magazine and also displayed at the event venue.

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Chiilaku Chiilaku

Chiilaku met the shopping mall SSSpot! in HKILS 2015 and licensed their characters "Squly & Friends" for Christmas promotions and decorations at the shopping mall with mascot parade, Chiilaku's souvenirs and bus advertisement.

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Artspirit Artspirit

Artspirit met Jibiao (Taiwanese licensing agency for character brands) in HKILS 2016 and they granted a 3-year contract of using the licensing rights for characters "Rose Tumbler" and "QQ Tumbler" in producing all types of licensed products in Taiwan. The first promotion of these characters was published in the Taiwanese gift and houseomeware magazine called"居家致".

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JCAP Australia Licence to Thrill
JCAP Australia

Jamie Cooper is one of Australia’s most respected and talented sports artists, having held elite-level memorabilia licences for the Australian Football League (AFL), National Rugby League, Australian Cricket Board and Australian Olympic Committee. In January 2014, Mr Cooper’s attendance at the Hong Kong International Licensing Show opened important doors overseas – exactly what the former professional footballer-turned-artist was hoping to achieve.

Digital Media Rights Take Centre Stage at Las Vegas Licensing Expo Digital Media Rights Take Centre Stage at Las Vegas Licensing Expo

YouTube has also been the key to success for Kokonuzz, a Hong Kong-based brand created by Alexis Bautista, a Spanish graphic designer. The property features seven characters from different parts of the world who want to become YouTube celebrities and documents their quest for stardom through a series of short videos. What started as a comic strip doodles just over a year ago is already turning into a sought-after licensing property.

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Licensing Cute Licensing Cute

Capitalising on Hong Kong’s love for all things cute, Malaysian comic artist management company Sage Tree Sdn Bhd teamed up with MTR Malls to feature Procotee Loh’s animation, Pocotee & Friends, at Telford Plaza, with more possible collaborations with Hong Kong companies to follow.

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Licensed for Growth in China Licensed for Growth in China

The Chinese mainland is one of the world’s fastest-growing licensing markets, with local and international brands keen to enter into licensing deals there. Licensing agent such as IMG, which represents such international brands as the PGA Tour and 20th Century Fox films among others, have found success on the mainland. Safeguarding intellectual property rights, nevertheless, remains an issue in a market that is rapidly evolving.

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Asian Animation Success Asian Animation Success

Taiwan has had great success with A-li the Fox, a red fox starring in cartoons and comic books. “Our picture books are available in Hong Kong and Taiwan, and our animation episodes are available on Youtube and Facebook,” said Figo Yu, CEO of animation content developer Beijing Dream Castle Culture, which is responsible for the character. “In the future, we will explore the global market and distribute our products, picture books and animation episodes everywhere in the world,” he said.

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License Strategy License Strategy

SLCA has had great success extending the brands it manages throughout the Chinese media, handling movie releases, publishing, television and digital online entertainment. When a company’s licensing aspirations involve more than extending their brand name, he says, success in China depends on having more than a strong brand.

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Branding Success Branding Success

In Hong Kong, companies that focus on a set of graphic characters with a matching design aesthetic are appearing everywhere. In the case of Chocolate Rain, Fatina figures have been added to everything from Octopus smart cards to envelopes, while furniture and clothing that draw from the character's distinctive patchwork aesthetic are sold in pop-up shops and boutiques.

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XnT x Pony Canyon Brands Go Digital
XnT x Pony Canyon

Entering into the digital era, online games and mobile applications have been prevalent with growing importance in the sector of communication and retail distribution in the recent years, which caused a revolution in the world of licensing. Many brand-holders have seen and unlocked the potential of digital entertainment in new markets, making the leap from online to consumer products through licensing resulting in retail triumph. Pony Canyon, a renowned player in the music industry, has grasped this opportunity by partnering with Hong Kong-based app-maker XnT to create a game app that uses the fish-like mascot of a Japanese classic folk song.

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Asia Animation License to Groove
Bang On The Door x Transtek

Bang on the Door (BotD) is a UK company that created and carried popular characters such as Groovy Chick and FABric Animals. Over the years, it has been licensed in every single category spanning across cosmetics, toys, clothing and stationery, etc. Given that the Chinese mainland is the world’s fastest-growing market for licensed goods, BotD has extended its arm and outreached the untouched market by partnering with Transtek Automotive, a Chinese company specializes in manufacturing automobile childcare products. The property, the BotD baby car seat, received positive feedback in the region.

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Asia Animation Animating Asia
Asia Animation

Transforming from the toys industry to the animation business, Asia Animation began by acquiring established Hong Kong licenses such as Master Q and Storm Rider. Then the company started making their own brands and branch into licensing, with products like plush toys, biscuits and school bags with the aim of penetrating the products in a global perspective.

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Yeung’s Group Inc. Building Business through Licensing
Yeung’s Group Inc.

After 15 years of OEM business, Stanley Yeung, the President of Yeung’s Group Inc., found out there were enormous expansion opportunities and business potential beyond manufacturing by building a licensing portfolio.

Hong Kong character Maggiology was Yeung’s Group’s first licensed character, the experience gained convinced the Japanese licensor through Rody, the famous character, they were the right partners for them to promote a new brand for the Greater China market.

Over the years, the Group has partnered with other businesses, including an electronics store chain, supermarkets and restaurants with resources.

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