VIZ Media: VP of Consumer Products and Promotions, Laura Takaragawa
On this episode of The Brainbase Podcast, we're speaking with a true licensing powerhouse, Laura Takaragawa, VP of Consumer Products and Promotions at VIZ Media. Prior to VIZ Media, Laura served as VP of Licensing at Sanrio, VP of Consumer Products at National Geographic, and Head of Licensing at Netflix, in addition to roles earlier on in her career with Guess, Mattel, and Disney. Hear how Laura has climbed the ranks throughout her career at some of the licensing industry's biggest brands, her emphasis on the importance of connections, diversity and gratitude, some of the incredibly cool partnerships she has brought to life, and how VIZ Media has taken the anime world by storm.
November 12, 2021
Eastman Kodak: VP Global Brand Licensing, Clara Fort
On this episode of The Brainbase Podcast, we're speaking with licensing maven Clara Fort, VP Global Brand Licensing at Eastman Kodak. Clara has also worked in licensing for Ben Sherman and Timberland. Learn how Clara has grown Kodak's licensing business with long-term strategic partnerships, helping them break into the top 50 in License Global’s 2020 top global licensors list, her keys to success, as well as her take on the challenges and opportunities that come from managing such iconic, global brands.
October 29, 2021
McFarlane Toys: EVP of Global Sales/Business Development, Tanya Visano
On this episode of The Brainbase Podcast, we’re speaking with licensing powerhouse Tanya Visano, Executive Vice President of Global Sales, Business Development, and Licensing at McFarlane Toys. (You may know them as the company behind Spawn and licensed toys based on DC Comics, Fortnite, and My Hero Academia.) She’s also worked for some of the biggest licensors in the world, including ViacomCBS, MEGA Brands, and Disney. Learn more about Tanya’s experience working as both a licensor and licensee, how she’s seen technology impact her work, and her advice about how to tackle a career in the licensing industry.
September 24, 2021
Overtime: VP and GMM, Tyler Rutstein
On this episode of The Brainbase Podcast, we’re talking with Tyler Rutstein, VP, General Merchandise Manager at Overtime. Overtime is one of the most well-known up-and-coming sports media companies with more than 50 million followers across social media, targeted towards the next generation of sports fans. Hear how Tyler chose to join the team at Overtime after his success at Adidas and Reebok, how Overtime’s collaboration strategies are paying off, and get the inside scoop on Overtime Elite: the new, revolutionary high school basketball league paying young athletes professional wages.
June 9, 2021
THINK450: Executive VP of Licensing, Josh Goodstadt
On this episode of The Brainbase Podcast, we’re joined by Josh Goodstadt from THINK450, the NBPA's licensing and business development entity! Listen as Josh discusses his journey into sports licensing, working at HBO (for all you Game of Thrones fans!), and being at the forefront of the NBA Top Shop & NFT craze.
April 30, 2021
Moose Toys: VP of Global Licensing, Menal McGrath
In this episode of The Brainbase Podcast, we were lucky enough to speak with the VP of Global Licensing for Moose Toys, Menal McGrath. Menal spoke with us about her amazing career with innovative companies such as Disney and Mattel, as well as Moose Toys’ focus on unique and creative product development and licensing.
April 23, 2021
Moonwalk: Chairman & Chief Strategy Officer, Greg Consiglio, and CEO & Technical Lead, Shiv Madan
In this episode of The Brainbase Podcast, listen as we discuss Moonwalk’s strategy and vision to help brands find new revenue streams through digital tokens (also known as NFTs) and blockchain technology.
March 12, 2021
KissCam: Business Development Director, Alex Veitch
In this special Valentine's Day episode of The Brainbase Podcast, we have a conversation with Alex Veitch of KissCam about the iconic brand's origin, the importance of patents and trademarks to the KissCam business, and how brands can work with KissCam to engage their audience base.
February 11, 2021
ThePoint.1888: Founder and Managing Director, Will Stewart
“Your ultimate purpose is to have a business to do good and to make the world a better place.” - Will Stewart, Founder and Managing Director of ThePoint.1888. In Episode 10 of The Brainbase Podcast, we talk with Will about running a disruptive licensing agency, the need for a healthy work-life balance in today’s world and his mission to change the world by giving 11% of agency profits to charity.
January 21, 2021
Brainbase Co-founder and CEO, Nate Cavanaugh
What better way to start 2021 than with Episode 9 of The Brainbase Podcast, featuring our very own Co-founder, CEO and recent Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree, Nate Cavanaugh! Nate dives into how he is making his mark on the IP and licensing industries through Brainbase’s game-changing technology for brand owners, the growth of our impressive roster of customers, as well as startup trends on his radar heading into the new year.
January 6, 2021
kathy ireland® Worldwide: Chair, CEO and Chief Designer, Kathy Ireland
We’re excited to close out the week with Episode 8 of The Brainbase Podcast, where we have an inspiring conversation with the Chair, CEO and Chief Designer of kathy ireland® Worldwide and Brainbase’s Global Chief Brand Strategist, Kathy Ireland! From philanthropic endeavors that positively impact the world, to growing a company that generates billions of dollars in retail sales and was named the 26th most successful brand in the world by License Global, Kathy reveals her keys to success across all sectors of business and what the future holds for kathy ireland® Worldwide.
December 18, 2020
Calm: Brand Partnerships Lead, Adam Zloto
In this episode of The Brainbase Podcast, we have an exciting conversation with the Brand Partnerships Lead at Calm, Adam Zloto. With over 90 million downloads on the App Store and millions of reviews, Adam reveals his strategies and insights behind the unique partnerships that have ultimately helped Calm become a household name brand and make the world a happier, healthier place.
December 3, 2020
CAA Sports Licensing: Co-Head Scott Bouyack
In this episode of The Brainbase Podcast, we chat with the Co-Head of CAA Sports Licensing, Scott Bouyack. Scott reveals deep insights from his career helping powerful sports properties build and commercialize their brands through the development of licensed consumer products and how he has focused more on the digital and tech spaces to navigate his clients through the pandemic.
November 18, 2020
FISLL: Former New York Knicks All-Star and Olympian Gold Medalist Allan Houston
We sit down with NBA All-Star and Olympic Gold Medalist, Allan Houston to discuss FISLL - a social impact brand dedicated to providing leadership training, legacy development and consumer products. We dive into his goals to create change and engage with youth leaders to build cultural leadership and increase economic empowerment in the black community.
October 14, 2020
Brainbase's Global Head of Licensing, Ted Larkins
We're thrilled to release Episode Four of The Brainbase Podcast, where we chat with industry leaders about how technology is impacting the future of brands, licensing, partnerships and tech. In this episode we sit down with our very own in-house licensing expert and Global Head of Licensing, Ted Larkins! We find out how he got his start in the licensing industry, hear some of his favorite licensing ideas and how his "Get To" Principle guides how he approaches his work today.
September 10, 2020
IMC Licensing: An In-Depth Interview with Brainbase CEO Nate Cavanaugh
In this episode of The Brainbase Podcast, we switch it up and join IMC Licensing on their new podcast to talk about how Brainbase came to be, our entrance into the licensing industry and what to expect in the near future.
July 20, 2020
Trevco and Blue Wheel: Trevor George
In this episode we sit down with Trevor George, CEO of Trevco and Founder of MaskClub, as we dig deep into how he built MaskClub in just four days and his future plans for the subscription mask service, including an exclusive announcement first heard here on The Brainbase Podcast.
June 4, 2020
The Shark Group: Morri Chowaiki
We sit down with Morri Chowaiki of Daymond John’s The Shark Group to discuss his journey to becoming Head of Sales and Retail for Daymond John and what it takes to get innovative products on the shelves of top retailers.
March 30, 2020