MUMBAI, Sept. 12, 2019 – NBA India today announced that the first-ever NBA game in India will be played in front of 3,000 boys and girls from more than 70 schools under the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program.
Reliance Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports various philanthropic initiatives of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and has partnered with the NBA on the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program in India since 2013.
The NBA India Games 2019, which will feature the Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers playing two preseason games Friday, Oct. 4 and Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Dome, NSCI, SVP Stadium in Mumbai, will mark the first games that teams from a North American sports league will play in India. The NBA India Game on Oct. 5 will be open to fans who have purchased tickets through BookMyShow.
“We are proud to provide young Indian boys and girls under the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program with the opportunity to experience the first-ever NBA game in India,” said NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum. “We share Reliance Foundation’s belief in the transformative power of sport and its ability to capture a child’s imagination, and these historic events will inspire youth across the country for years to come.”
In addition to the games, the league and its partners will host interactive fan activities, Jr. NBA events, an NBA Academy India development camp for women, and NBA Cares community outreach efforts benefiting fans of all ages across Mumbai.
The Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program is a comprehensive youth development initiative that aims to develop the game at the grassroots level and apply the core values of basketball – teamwork, respect, determination and community – to positively impact the lives of boys and girls in India. Since its launch in 2013, the program has reached more than 10 million youth from 10,000 schools across 34 cities and has trained more than 10,000 physical education instructors nationwide. Ten boys and 10 girls from the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program represented India in the second Jr. NBA Global Championship, a youth basketball tournament for top 13- and 14-year-old boys and girls teams from around the world on Aug. 6-11, 2019 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla.
For more information, fans in India can follow the NBA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and use the hashtag #NBAIndiaGames. For the latest news, updates, scores, stats, schedules, videos and more, download the official NBA App on iOS and Android.
About Reliance Foundation
Reliance Foundation (RF), the philanthropic arm of Reliance Industries Limited, aims to play a catalytic role in addressing the nation’s development challenges through innovative and sustainable solutions. Led by Founder and Chairperson Smt. Nita Ambani, RF is relentlessly working towards facilitating transformative changes to ensure overall well-being and higher quality of life for all. Among India’s largest social initiatives, RF is focused on addressing the nation’s development challenges in areas of Rural Transformation, Health, Education, Sports for Development, Disaster Response, Urban Renewal, and Arts, Culture and Heritage. Reliance Foundation has touched the lives of more than 29 million people across India, in more than 18,000 villages and several urban locations.
About the NBA
The NBA is a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the NBA G League and the NBA 2K League. The NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 100,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents. NBA rosters at the start of the 2018-19 season featured 108 international players from 42 countries and territories. NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA League Pass. The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 1.6 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms. Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.
Marty Brochstein is responsible for Licensing International’s information resources, as well as its educational efforts, such as the year-round webinar program, the extensive Licensing University seminar program that takes place each year in conjunction with the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, and the Coursework in Licensing Studies (CLS) continuing education program for licensing professionals. He also oversees Licensing International’s information operations, including the Inside Licensing news service and the NewsLinks headline service, and also coordinates all industry research. He speaks regularly at conferences and seminars around the world on a wide range of licensing- and retail-related issues, writes regularly on licensing topics, and is widely quoted on issues related to licensing, marketing and branding.
He joined Licensing international (known until recently as the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association, or LIMA) in 2008 after 12 years as Executive Editor of The Licensing Letter, a New York-based newsletter that covers the global licensing business. He also was Editorial Director of the parent publishing company, EPM Communications. In addition to writing and editing the twice-monthly newsletter, he also compiled the publication’s industry numbers and edited EPM’s other licensing-related publications, including International Licensing: A Status Report, and The Licensing Letter’s Sports Licensing Report.
Brochstein was a business journalist for more than 30 years, primarily covering the consumer products and retail industries. Before joining The Licensing Letter, he spent five years as Senior Editor of Television Digest and founding editor of Consumer Multimedia Report. He also has been editor of several publications in the consumer electronics and retail fields. He is a graduate of Boston University.
In our free-wheeling chat on the side lines of the India Licensing Expo in Mumbai earlier this year Marty talks about his experiences covering the retail consumer electronics and licensing industries over the last 3 decades and the joys of being a grandparent! Listen in.
Fashion designer Cynthia Rowley debuted a new line of apparel inspired by the work of Dr. Seuss as part of a runway event at this year’s New York Fashion Week.
The spring 2020 “Oh! The Places You’ll Go” show included raffia hats, scalloped leather bags and two-tone shoes based on the art and characters of classic Seussian children’s book. Rowley’s collection joined the various festivities from NYFW, which included a runway show inspired by the Cheetos brand.
Marvel has entered a series of deals for merchandise inspired by its new animated film Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.
Funko is on board for a line of Pop! general release and exclusive renditions of Peter, Miles, Gwen, Noir, Green Goblin and The Prowler.
An additional Miles in his first attempt at costume makeup, hatless Noir and Spider-Ham are available exclusively at Walgreens. Hasbro has signed for a line of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse toys, including a new action figure series that consists of a six-inch Spider-Gwen, Miles, Peter and Prowler. A Miles figure is available as a foot-tall Titan Hero and a Shock Strike rendition. A Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy 2-pack is available exclusively at Target.
A 16-month 2019 calendar is now available that features images of Miles, Gwen, Peter, Noir and Spider-Ham. Hot Topic has released a range of t-shirts that feature the Miles Morales logo, among others.
Ramin Zahed’s Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse: The Art Of The Movie hardcover book offers a look at the making of the film. The film’s original soundtrack is available now at Target and includes tracks such as, “What’s Up Danger,” “Familia” and “Scared of the Dark.” Hasbro’s Prowler Attack 3-D Game, a Walmart exclusive, invites players to play as Miles, Gwen, Peter or Noir to capture Prowler.
Finally, Nike’s Jordan Brand has paired for the Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG Origin Story, the shoes seen on Miles in the film.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is now playing in theaters!
Following your heart in a world of conformities is inarguably an audacious act. That is exactly what Mrinalini Chandra is doing and making it large! Her debut collection called PLEASE HAVE A SEAT showcased in Lakme Fashion Week 2014 took the fashion fraternity by storm. It was a hit and marks a humongous breakthrough in her journey.
With an urge to take handcrafted finesse to a new high, inspired by the the rich culture & poetic verses of India, trained in Fashion Luxury at the Creative Academy, Milan & NIFT, New Delhi, Mrinalini Chandra worked at Tanishq (New Delhi) and Montblanc (Germany) before launching her own label in India. She was also listed as one of Asia’s top jewelry designers by WGSN – the global trendspotting agency.
In 2017, Mrinalini collaborated with global iconic brand Candy Crush to launch an exclusive range of jewelry for women and men.
We are going to talk about all of this and more with her, a warm welcome to Mrinalini Chandra!
If you would like to listen to the interview instead of reading, scroll to the bottom and hit play!
ILP: You’ve been very busy with the Shaadi of the year – how did it feel like designing jewelry for your favorite muse Sonam Kapoor?
MC: It’s always an incredible experience to make anything for Sonam. She is the warmest person to work with and everything you make for her, she brings it to life. It is nice to see someone do justice to creativity. It was really nice to make the Kaleeras for her. She was the most resplendent bride ever; so real and traditional. In a world, where everyone is trying to be too modern and different, she stuck to the most traditional way of dressing as an Indian bride and she did all her ceremonies as they were meant to be in her Punjabi culture which was the part that I loved most about the wedding. It wasn’t about breaking any norms but doing something that she really believed in and doing it with utmost honesty. Kudos to her.
ILP: Bollywood plays by a different set of rules. How does a girl from Lucknow with no “godfather” get a foothold in the industry?
MC: That’s a very tough question to answer. I feel that I am still figuring things out in my journey and when I look back, I feel I have come a long way. I have never aimed to be in this part of the industry. I have always thought of creating a better product every time I work on a project. From the very first product that I designed to the Candy Crush project, it was always about creating something better than the last time. So, for me, this has been a very exciting journey and I am lucky to have people in the industry, who see the beauty in it and have supported me as well. Of course, the journey has its ups and downs, but it sure has been a rollercoaster ride. I am blessed with a great support system: my family, my team and my incredibly gifted karigars. The high is that if you can create the visions you have in your mind with people who have not seen it but are willing to give the chance, I think that is the most satisfying feeling of being in this field. There is no substitute to hardwork.
ILP: What does the brand Mrinalini Chandra stand for?
MC: I would like the brand to evolve into something stronger but I also want it to retain the qualities it has always had. The brand is all about evoking a sense of wonder. Every time I create something, I want people to be a little surprised by it. I want the brand to evolve into something classic – like a Dior or Chanel which becomes a part of your trousseau. If you buy earrings from me, even though they are not precious jewelry, but it is precious enough for you to relate to it, tell your story, keep your secret and pass it on to your next generation.
ILP: Since ILP is primarily about licensing, tell us about how artists, like yourself, view collaborations with global brands to reach different segments of the market or reach a completely new audience?
MC: I think it is a great way of giving an opportunity to new and upcoming talent. It helps you generate a visibility which is otherwise beyond your reach. I feel that is what luxury is all about. Someone sitting in Antwerp can place an order of something made with filigree. The best thing about collaborations is that brands from different horizons feel that there is compatibility and the result is always exciting. It brings together two cultures and people are up for newness.
ILP: Tell us about your experience partnering with global sensation Candy Crush. Jiggy George, Head, LIMA India & Founder & CEO – Dream Theatre called you one of the “most talented yet down to earth designers to work with”. What was your experience like?
MC: It was most exciting and fun experience working with on a collaboration with Candy Crush. It was not just about the collaboration but about the whole team and how it came together with everyone contributing to it in terms of not just putting in ideas but also putting their heart and spirit in it. That made it really very special to me. Since this collaboration has happened at an initial phase of my career, it has definitely been a milestone for me. I am very thankful for the faith that Mr. Jiggy George had put in me when I first met him and for him to think that this is worth investing in a young label like ours. My work is very craft oriented so for someone to see this possibility was truly visionary. I also think that the product that we made and the kind of responses that we have had, made a huge difference in the way that our label is now seen.
ILP: Any particular collaboration on the global stage that piqued your curiosity?
MC: There have been a lot of collaborations that have caught my eye in the past. I like that major international sensations of brands collaborate with artists. I find this very fascinating. Of course, a lot of brands collaborate with models and singers but not much with artists as they have very strong opinions of certain things and brands have very strong ideologies which results in a bit of a clash. However, I like that because eventually both compromise and that, for me, is a collaboration in its true sense. I really like Louis Vuitton, which is a brand known to have very commercial products, collaborating with Jeff Koons which is a very different brand altogether.
Among Indian brands, the Manish Arora collaboration with MAC was really exciting. MAC is a brand known for its classic colors and not known for its fun and spunky nature whereas Manish is known for his out-of-box thinking. I loved the packaging in this collaboration.
ILP: We interviewed art aficionado Jasmine Shah Verma sometime back and she talked about her passion for taking art out of the galleries and to the masses via everyday objects like cutlery, lampshades etc. Do you think branded jewelry also holds the same potential?
MC: I think it definitely does. Also, because branded jewelery is wearable, and the potential of wearing it, the usage is much more. In fact the Hindu called my jewelry a “wearable installation” – which I really relate to. I like it more than being called a haute couture designer because of the high utility factor. I have clients who are known for their quirkiness. Its like they say it takes one to know one.
ILP: Tell us a little bit more about your product mix and distribution platforms.
MC: I started with basically every-day jewellery category moving towards the customized wedding range with not just the massive Kaleeras and but also wedding gift products. Customization is really becoming a hallmark for me because people want something different and I am more than happy to create it for them.
ILP: Do you face the problem of piracy of your designs?
MC: Yes, I do. India has very poor laws with copyright infringement. Labels, both established and younger ones, go this route and it breaks your heart. You do not know if you should take this as a compliment because you have put your heart and soul in creating something new. I feel with some new social media pages coming up, it is easier to shout out and point out piracy and it has noticed that people are in support of anti-piracy. That is very helpful and encouraging to us. I believe the consumer is not so unaware anymore, is more educated and smarter and because of social media exposure their knowledge is better. You cannot fool anyone so easily anymore.
ILP: Although the overall consumption of gold dipped last year vs the average over the past decade, India is still the 2nd highest consumer of gold behind China according to the World Gold Council. Are you looking at other precious or semi-precious metals to de-risk?
MC: Since I have started working, we have most commonly dealt with 24-karat, 22-karat and diamonds in 18-karat. Now what we see is, something very typical to Dubai, an offering from a 9-karat to a 14-karat which is becoming very prominent in India. In fact, I am myself working on a line like that. Silver jewelry has always been there. Precious stones are not so popular in India unless they are combined with white or yellow gold. Because platinum jewelry has a higher price point, I don’t see it working so much for women as much as wedding bands for men which would work. I do not see gold disappearing from an Indian market point of view. The younger women now still prefer gold but with a modern outlook. In a pret way, I see gold in 9 – 14 karat continuing to grow.
ILP: How do you balance art & commerce?
MC: That is the hardest thing I have ever had to do because when I am creating something I don’t want to think about how to monetize it. But sadly, I have to. Aditya, my husband, has taught me the importance of commerce and how to balance it with art.
ILP: Which designers do you draw inspiration from?
MC: In India, it would be Anamika Khanna. I have been a big fan of her since I was in college. I happened to interact with her just after my first show. She just stopped by to buy the products in the stall area. She said my products really caught her eye and commended me on it. That moment meant a lot to me. All her clothes are like an artwork which does not follow a regular pattern making process. I think she does draping on a mannequin and it comes off as an original. I don’t think she is a person who would compromise on the amount of work she wants to put in her designs which I really like and follow in my line of work as well. I would not like to compromise on my products. Sometimes the product gives minimal profit, but at the end of the day it is the client satisfaction that really matters.
On the international scene, I love many jewelry designers and follow their work. One of them if Jacqueline Ryan who takes her inspiration from Greens – its 3D jewelry. I’m not very clued into their personal lives, but I love their work and continue to follow them.
The winners of the 2018 LIMA International Licensing Awards were unveiled this evening on the opening night of Licensing Expo in Las Vegas.
“This was an outstanding year for the LIMA Licensing Awards program. Not only did we receive a record 700 submissions, but 42% of the nominees originated from outside the US,” said LIMA President Charles Riotto. “Tonight’s winners truly exemplify the very best of our global industry. They are definitive leaders in their respective categories and across the entire licensing landscape.”
Winners were selected across 21 categories from a total of 132 nominees. The ceremony also honored the lifetime achievements of Hall of Fame inductees Elias Fasja-Cohen, CEO and Founder of Tycoon Enterprises, and Brian Goldner, Chairman and CEO of Hasbro. In addition, 10 licensing up-and-comers received Rising Star awards – these young industry professionals were recognized for their early contributions to shaping the future of our industry.
ART / DESIGN PROGRAM
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The World of Eric Carle Eric Carle Studio, LLC
The Joester Loria Group
CELEBRITY / FASHION PROGRAM
Dear Drew Barrymore Brands
CHARACTER / TOY BRAND PROGRAM
L.O.L. Surprise! MGA Entertainment
CORPORATE BRAND PROGRAM
Pantone Pantone / Brand Central
emoji – the iconic brand the emoji company
FILM / TELEVISION / ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM
Rick and Morty Adult Swim & Cartoon
FILM / TELEVISION / ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM
– LIVE ACTION
Jojo Siwa Nickelodeon
FOOD & BEVERAGE / RESTAURANT PROGRAM
Guinness Diageo / Beanstalk
Masters of the Universe and Dirty Dancing Mattel and Lionsgate Born Licensing
LIMA joined hands with CBME India to showcase the Indian licensing industry at the 6th edition of CBME, Mumbai
Day 2 of the 6th edition of CBME India saw some of India’s leading luminaries from the licensing industry take the stage to discuss and share their experiences on how Licensing can help grow the businesses of business owners in different markets.
Jiggy George, Head LIMA India & Founder & CEO of Dream Theatre kicked off the session with a quick introduction to each of the panelists before passing the baton on to Nitin Kalra – Director AI Interactive licensing to conduct the panel discussion – Leveraging Licensing to Grow your Market. The session covered top trends in licensing in the kids’ category, how brand owners and manufacturers can benefit from adding licensing to their portfolio supported by the growth in Indian retail and its impact on licensing, and upcoming opportunities in new licensing genres. Panelists included luminaries from the licensing space like Permendra Singh – Head, Consumer Products, Mattel India, Manish Rajoria Purple Turtle (Aadarsh), Muslim Kapasi – CEO, Excel Group, Sweta Agnihotri – CEO – Content Syndication at Reliance Big Entertainment Pvt Ltd and Mona Singh – Vice President, Sesame schoolhouse.
Nitin opened the panel discussion by asking all panelists to share their experiences of doing business in India which then led to a discussion about e-commerce and how that was playing a role in breaking down earlier norms of the business as far as pricing of products was concerned, the importance of marketing and promotion to drive sales etc. Many hot-button issues came to the fore and all panelists weighed in with their inputs.
In case you missed the session, here are some audio excerpts.
Muslim Kapasi sharing dynamics of distributors and licensees in industry:
Mona Singh talking about Sesame Street in India:
The panel discussion was followed by a masterclass on licensing by Sushmita Singhdeo – General Manager, Dream Theatre who has spent over 2 decades in the licensing business.
The National Football League Players Association has unveiled its annual Rising Stars List, an annual ranking that attempts to identify the next round of players to have an impact on consumer sales.
Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants, Baker Mayfield of the Cleveland Browns and Sam Darnold of the New York Jets were among the top of the list. Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills and Josh Rosen of the Arizona Cardinals complete the five rookies predicted to have high impact at retail.
“It is always exciting for us to see new players have the opportunity to break out both on the playing field and on retail shelves,” says Steve Scebelo, vice president, licensing and business development, NFLPA. “This year’s NFLPA Rising Stars list will provide partners with a valuable resource for evaluating potential endorsers and influencers, planning product lines and creating a marketing strategy for the season.”
This year’s list was divided into three categories–rookies, veterans and familiar face, new places. Each category weighed a variety of factors including draft position, on-field performance, fantasy football popularity, early demand from NFLPA sponsors for content and marketing, product submissions from NFLPA licensees and the strength of a player’s new team market.The list is also based on data reported from more than 80 NFLPA licensees such as Fanatics, Nike, Majestic Athletic, Outerstuff, Forever Collectibles, Fathead, McFarlane Toys, Bleacher Creatures, FBF Originals, 500 Level, FanPrint, Photo File and New Era.
Highlights from the NFLPA’s Rising Star List include:
Since the first list in 2015, 29 players have climbed from a Rising 50 designation to the quarterly or year-end NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales Lists including eight players this year: Jay Ajayi, Deshaun Watson, Christian McCaffrey, Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, Mitchell Trubisky, T.J. Watt and Jimmy Garoppolo.
Saquon Barkley joins Marcus Mariota (No. 3 in 2015), Ezekiel Elliott (No. 1 in 2016) and Myles Garrett (No. 6 in 2017) as the Rising Stars list’s all-time highest ranked rookies to watch. Elliott rose from No. 5 on the 2016 Rising 50 to No. 1 on the 2017 Year-End Top 50 Player Sales List.
Leonard Fournette and Jalen Ramsey of the Jacksonville Jaguars were among the top five young veterans.
On the defensive side, Ramsey and Aaron Donald ranked high on the list.
The 2018 NFLPA Rising Stars List projects:
Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants
Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns
Sam Darnold, QB, New York Jets
Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills
Josh Rosen, QB, Arizona Cardinals
Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons
D.J. Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers
Derrius Guice, RB, Washington Redskins
Bradley Chubb, DE, Denver Broncos
Shaquem Griffin, LB, Seattle Seahawks
Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints
Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
Jalen Ramsey, CB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints
Alex Collins, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers
Aaron Donald, DT, Los Angeles Rams
Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans
Familiar Faces, New Places:
Case Keenum, QB, Denver Broncos
Allen Hurns, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Brandin Cooks, WR, Los Angeles Rams
Allen Robinson, WR, Chicago Bears
Jerick McKinnon, RB, San Francisco 49ers
The NFLPA Rookie Premiere will provide NFLPA sponsors and licensees access to 40 top rookies, many of whom are on the aforementioned list, May 17-19, in Los Angeles. It is the first major business event following the draft.