Beano Studios announces Rocket Licensing as UK Licensing Agent

The Beano Logo 2016Beano Studios has announced the appointment of Rocket Licensing as their UK licensing agent and Angeles Blanco’s promotion to Director of Global Licensing.

Rocket Licensing – whose clients also include US comics publisher Valiant Entertainment, MGM and Sony Pictures – will grow the licensing programme across Beano Studios’ stable of brands in the UK and Ireland.

The London-based company specialise in strategic marketing plans, brand building and ensuring maximum long term performance for brands.

“As Beano Studios continues to grow it’s offering, we are excited to have Rocket Licensing on board to extend our licensing portfolio in the UK,” commented Emma Scott, CEO of Beano Studios.

“With a proven track record of success, I’m confident they will provide opportunities in new categories and build upon our existing licensing partners.”

“Rocket Licensing is delighted to be working with Beano Studios to help maximise the potential of the Beano portfolio of brands,” say Rocket Licensing Managing Directors Rob Wijeratna and Charlie Donaldson. “Beano has been an important part of growing up for generations and remains as relevant and important now as it has ever been.

“Dennis & Gnasher, Minnie the Minx, Bananaman and the rest of the Beano characters bring with them both humour and heritage, and we see this as an invaluable combination when it comes to creating innovative and engaging product and a licensing programme with longevity. The Beano has a huge heritage as well as new television, digital content and of course the hugely successful comic to drive recognition and interaction with new generations of children.

“There is great scope to have fun with this brand with terms of new product and brand marketing and moving forward we will be targeting categories including toy, apparel, stationery, games & puzzles, health & beauty and gift.”

Angeles Blanco, Beano Studios Director of Global Licensing

Angeles Blanco, Beano Studios Director of Global Licensing

Angeles Blanco’s promotion to Director of Global Licensing follows two years with Beano Studios as part of the team that spearheaded the new licensing strategy across the brand. In her new role Angeles will lead the development of Beano’s global licensing programme working closely with Rocket Licensing and international agents to develop local licensing programmes for Beano brands.

“I am looking forward to working closely with Rocket Licensing to further develop our licensing opportunities,” says Angeles. “Beano is loved across four generations, and powered by our freshly transformed brand, our new content output and rapid digital growth, we’re able to offer a unique proposition to new partners.”

Bettina Koeckler continues to act as a senior consultant on the strategic development of Beano Studios brands.

Beano Studios will also be announcing international agents very soon.

• Beano Studios will be exhibiting on stand E87 and Rocket Licensing will be exhibiting on stand B5 at Brand Licensing Expo this October at Olympia in London. BLE runs from 9th – 11th October. Web:

• Rocket Licensing is online at

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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