Spotlight Licensing

Creative. Resourceful. Dynamic. Results-Oriented.

The industry source for expertise in brand, character, and entertainment licensing.

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.

Our Team

Carole Postal, President 

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.

Jodi Gottlieb, Senior Vice President 

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 Wong, Director of Marketing 

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. 

Alex Meisel, West Coast Affiliate

Alex serves as a West Coast Sales Affiliate with the Spotlight team, with over 25 years in brand building and licensing consumer products.  Having represented elite lifestyle designers, brands, archives, characters and technology, Alex is a match maker, pairing creative content with companies across industries and categories, and has represented properties that have garnered LIMA’s top awards and nominations as well as listing in the License Global “Top 150 Licensors”.

Bob Connell, Chief Financial Officer

Scott Zelniker, UBS, Financial Advisor

Paul Brachle, Auditor

Linda Victor, Esq.

Marcial Velez, Xperteks, IT Services

Anna Lisa McBride, Moller Friis Marketing, Social Media

Philanthropy

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”).

Brands

BOO The World’s Cutest Dog is a worldwide social media sensation with over 17 million Facebook “likes” (hundreds of millions of views) and over 600,000 Instagram followers. Boo is a licensing sensation with top-selling plush by Gund, 3D figurines, books, Apps, and a wide range of products for fans around the world.

The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady is a naturalist’s diary filled with Edith Holden’s beautiful watercolor illustrations of wildflowers, birds, butterflies as well as observations on the flora and fauna of the English countryside. First published in 1977 after Holden’s great niece took the diary to a local publisher, the book has been on The Sunday Times’ overall best-seller list for the last 40 years.

Downton Abbey® (NBCUniversal International Studios) arrives in theaters as a feature film in September 2019. This world-famous entertainment property dramatizing the lives of an aristocratic British family and their household first debuted as a British television series in 2010 which inspired not only a popular touring exhibition (downtonexhibition.com) but also a wide range of luxurious, stylish and elegant consumer products.

The Great British Baking Show™ (Love Productions) is a warm, charming, and popular British television series featuring talented amateur bakers competing over a series of “Signature,” “Technical,” and “Showstopper” challenges for the privilege of being proclaimed the “UK’s best amateur baker.” New season begins streaming on Netflix Fall 2019. Past seasons available on Netflix, PBS Passport, and Amazon.

Imperial War Museums (IWM) is a family of five British museums dedicated to telling the powerful stories of people’s spirit, resilience, creativity and innovation in the face of adversity. From tanks to tea cups, Spitfires to submarines, posters, photographs, and more… assets in the IWM collection span the history of modern war and wartime experiences from the First World War up to the present day.

The Last Kingdom (NBCUniversal International Studios) is an epic British historical adventure television series set during the time of Alfred the Great. Based on Bernard Cornwell’s The Saxon Stories books, The Last Kingdom 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. Netflix has already approved a 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.

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.

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