Focus Features and Carnival Films have officially announced that Julian Fellowes and the Downton Abbey cast— including Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Laura Carmichael and Michelle Dockery — will be back for Downton Abbey 2, the sequel to the hit 2019 Downton Abbey movie.
Additional stars joining the sequel included Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West.
Production began in mid-April and the film is slated for cinemas December 22 2021.
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Spotlight Licensing is a full-service, New York City based, boutique licensing agency dedicated to delivering results with unmatched integrity, experience, and standards of excellence, as well as the highest level of client service. We deliver strategic, and innovative solutions and have earned a reputation for successfully extending licensing programs beyond traditional product categories by expanding into inspired product lines and retail programs based on each brand’s unique DNA.
Carole is known for her entertainment experience, trend licensing acumen, fashion branding and retail expertise. Prior to founding Spotlight Licensing, Carole founded CopCorp Licensing, over 23 years ago and co-founded Knockout Licensing in 2012. Under Carole’s leadership, thanks to her 14 years representing movie, television and animation programming from Warner Bros, coupled with her fashion brand and entertainment consulting experience, Carole built a reputation within the licensing industry for creating successful branding and licensing programs for trend-licensing non-media based properties including billion-dollar brand Jim Benton’s It’s Happy Bunny and international fashion brand Pink Cookie. More recently, Carole gained industry recognition for innovative and strategic management of leading television/entertainment properties highlighted by huge licensing success with Downton Abbey and Outlander.
Carole is a nine-time LIMA Licensing Excellence Award winner (including 2004 “Art Brand License of the Year” and 2015 “Best Overall Film, Television, or Entertainment Live Action Licensing Program of the Year”). Prior to founding CopCorp Licensing, Carole served as Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Licensing for the Americas for the Children’s Television Workshop (now called Sesame Workshop). Carole is on the Board of Directors for the non-profit organization Delivering Good. She also served as an Officer and on the Board of Directors for LIMA, the licensing industry trade association, for over 15 years.
As Senior Vice President, Jodi is responsible for overseeing a wide range of essential internal and external agency functions. Jodi is well-known and widely respected in the industry for her keen eye for detail and a commitment to quality seen in her work managing Spotlight clients, licensees, and vendors. One of Jodi’s key responsibilities is soliciting new manufacturing and retail partners and working with those partners and attorneys to generate and negotiate contracts. Once partners are on board, Jodi works with them to develop and implement strategic brand initiatives as well as licensee and retailer merchandising initiatives. Jodi is the primary contact for product development and approvals and, in that role, monitors licensee adherence to quality, copyright, and style guide standards. Jodi plays a hands-on role in tracking, collecting and reporting royalties on a global basis and is instrumental in projections, audits and other financial matters. Jodi supervises booth design, logistics and other aspects of the agency’s presence and presentation of client properties at industry trade shows, retailer expos, client /agency presentations, and other industry-related events across the country and around the world.
Jodi’s prior experience in the licensing industry includes work as the licensing liaison at Blitzz International where licenses were held with The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros., Nickelodeon, and The Coca-Cola Company, among others. Before joining Blitzz, Jodi was a buyer for licensed products and accessories for five years. In addition to her work on behalf of Spotlight, Jodi holds a leadership role in an animal rescue organization where she is dedicated to pet adoption and takes unwanted, abandoned, abused, or stray pets and attempts to find suitable homes for them.
Ken is an award-winning marketing communications professional with more than 20 years experience planning and executing successful public relations, advertising, and marketing programs. As Director of Marketing, Ken oversees Spotlight’s publicity and marketing efforts; is responsible for graphic design and copy writing for all of the agency’s sales materials, presentations, and graphics and keeping licensees as well as partner retailers and affiliated sub-agencies apprised of marketing, advertising, promotional and licensing activities related to client properties.
Prior to his work in the licensing industry, Ken ran his own PR firm after previously honing his craft at global agencies Burson-Marsteller and GCI among others. Ken is a freelance writer and self-published cartoonist. He has served as a Guest Curator and past President (2005-07) at the nonprofit Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) in New York City. He is a graduate of Brown University.
Spotlight Licensing President Carole Postal is proud to serve as an Executive Board member for Delivering Good and to Co-Chair the organization’s annual Women of Inspiration Luncheon.
Since 1985, Delivering Good has been providing new merchandise to people impacted by poverty and tragedy around the world. As a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, Delivering Good works directly with hundreds of companies in the fashion, home and children’s industries to distribute new products – such as apparel, accessories, shoes, home furnishings, toys, books, cribs and other items – to more than 1,000 charitable organizations across the United States and the world. With over $1.8 billion of donated product to date, Delivering Good provides hope, dignity and self-esteem to families and individuals facing daily challenges and recovering from disasters.
Through her work with Delivering Good, Carole sees many opportunities for those in the licensing industry to support Delivering Good’s mission and to share its impact with companies looking to support community causes and build out CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) efforts. An efficient nonprofit, Delivering Good continues to be the charity of choice for product donations by hundreds of companies across a variety of industries. For more information, and to learn about how to make donations or get involved, visit www.delivering-good.org.
Spotlight Licensing is a member of Licensing International (formerly known as LIMA), the leading trade organization for the global licensing industry. Carole served as an Officer and on the Board of Directors for LIMA and remains active in the organization by leading Coursework in Licensing Studies (CLS) online webinars. She is a nine-time LIMA Licensing Excellence Award winner (including 2004 “Art Brand License of the Year” and 2015 “Best Overall Film, Television, or Entertainment Live Action Licensing Program of the Year”).
BOO The World’s Cutest Dog™ is a worldwide social media star with millions and millions of Facebook and Instagram followers. Boo is a licensing sensation with top-selling plush by Gund, puzzles by Buffalo Games, as well as calendars, note cards, collectible figurines, digital Apps, and a wide range of products for fans around the world.
Call the Midwife (Neal Street Productions) is a long-running and heart-warming British period drama about the nurses, midwives, and nuns of Nonnatus House in London’s East End during the 1950s and 60s. With a large and devoted fanbase, Call the Midwife offers licensing potential for calendars, cards, puzzles, games, stationery, t-shirts, accessories, gifts, novelties, and more.
Downton Abbey® (NBCUniversal) is a world-famous and critically acclaimed entertainment property dramatizing the lives of an aristocratic British family and their household. It spans six enormously popular television seasons and an international hit feature film, provides inspiration for a popular interactive touring exhibition, and has spawned a wide range of luxurious, stylish and elegant consumer products.
Elmer (Andersen Press) is the star of the classic children’s picture book series created by British author/illustrator David McKee. Elmer is a cheerful, fun-loving elephant with a colorful patchwork appearance differing from the grey of other elephants. The Elmer books – which can help introduce young readers to themes of diversity, friendship and individuality – have sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
The Last Kingdom (NBCUniversal) is an epic British historical adventure drama set in medieval England. It combines historical people and events with fictional characters in the adventures of Uhtred of Bebbanburg – born a Saxon nobleman but captured and raised by invading Danes – and his role in the birth of England as a new nation. A Netflix Original television series now in its fourth season.
Little House on the Prairie™ is a classic brand rooted in the stories of an American pioneer family. In print for 80+ years and spanning three generations of fans, Little House on the Prairie appeals to fans of all ages with its message of love, family, community, courage, optimism, joy, and a simpler life.
Precious Moments, “The World’s Most Recognized Inspirational Brand,” is the perfect brand for commemorating special occasions and life’s unforgettable moments with just the right sentiment. First launched in 1978, the property has grown into a classic, evergreen, well-known and much loved brand – with exceptional (93%) brand awareness and brand appeal among both religious and secular markets – for baby, children, and gifting.