Former Disney Exec Jonathan Symington Takes Jo Rose’s Arts & Lifestyle Brand to USA.
Koko Rose Media is delighted to announce the appointment of THE LANTIC GROUP as its branding & licensing agent for Deer Little Forest in the US.
THE LANTIC GROUP is a brand-building specialist headed up by industry veteran Jonathan Symington, former Vice President and General Manager of Global Entertainment Licensing at Disney Consumer Products. The company will be tasked with creating brand awareness in the US, developing a licensed publishing strategy as a basis for ancillary activities across toys, stationery, apparel, arts & crafts and more.
Jonathan Symington, CEO and Founder of THE LANTIC GROUP, commented, “I am so excited to be collaborating with KoKo Rose Media on launching the Deer Little Forest property in the US. Jo and Lisa have built a truly unique lifestyle brand with a beautiful art style that will appeal to kids and parents alike, as well as give licensees and retailers a fresh new qualitative property to add to their assortments. Working across multiple distribution channels, THE LANTIC GROUP will partner with key licensees and retailers to build strong evergreen, cross-category programs for Deer little Forest in US.“
Prior to creating THE LANTIC GROUP, Symington spent over 15 years in key positions at Disney Consumer Products and Disney Publishing Worldwide, in Paris, New York and Los Angeles. During his tenure at the world’s largest licensing powerhouse, he oversaw the global operations for book retail, book licensing, global licensing, live action studio licensing, and global entertainment Licensing.
“We cannot wait to start working with THE LANTIC GROUP to build the Deer Little Forest brand in the US,” added Lisa Hryniewicz, Managing Director of Koko Rose Media. “Jon’s specific expertise in publishing-related licensing, within his vast array of general industry-wide knowledge, is the perfect fit for a high-end, illustration led brand. We are certain that this partnership will help establish and maintain Deer Little Forest as an evergreen, classic brand.”
Deer Little Forest is an Arts & Lifestyle brand created by illustratore Jo Rose featuring a one-of-a-kind collection of beautiful animal characters and nature-inspired designs. The high-end property has been licensed across stationary, housewares, digital games and magazines, and is represented by agents in 30 countries. Related publishing projects include a picture book written by Alison Green (Fox in the Dark), developed in partnership with Ingrid Selberg (former Managing Director, Simon & Schuster) and Margaret Hope (former Art Director at Random House, Simon & Schuster and the BBC); a series of interactive book apps in development with digital book specialist AmayaSoft; and a line of baby book concepts.
All Deer Little Forest rights are held by Koko Rose Media, a joint venture between Managing Director Lisa Hryniewicz and Creative Director Jo Rose. International licensing rights are managed by: This is Iris (UK & Ireland); Honmoku Files (Japan); Icon Company (Russia, CIS); and Empire Multimedia (China, South Korea, South East Asia).
For more information see: www.deerlittleforest.com