WildBrain CPLG kicks off MENA representation for FC Bayern München and Paris Saint-Germain FC

WildBrain CPLG, one of the world’s leading entertainment, sport and brand licensing agencies, has grown its roster of high-profile football club brands in MENA, signing representation for globally recognised clubs FC Bayern München and Paris Saint-Germain FC (PSG), which is managed by Fanatics, a global leader in licensed sports merchandise. The deals expand the agency’s sports representation to seven globally recognised football club brands.

Additionally, the agency will handle rights for FC Bayern München in Israel, along with an expanded remit for FC Barcelona in that territory, while in India, it will add FC Bayern München and Juventus to its representation slate.

The new representations expand on WildBrain CPLG MENA’s portfolio of many of the world’s most successful football club brands, including Arsenal, FC Barcelona, Juventus, Liverpool FC and Manchester City, with extensive partners signed across a number of key categories.

Existing licensees include Sun Ce for back-to-school, Andy Enterprises for apparel at Babyshop, Riva Fashion for kids’ lifestyle apparel, Esal for footballs and Todo Mundo for apparel, with a new deal signed for health and beauty products with My Perfumes for Liverpool FC, FC Barcelona and Juventus.

Neesha Krishna, Managing Director MENA and South Asia, says: “The opportunities presented by these new additions to our football portfolio are very exciting and both clubs have a squad of not only exceptional players but international superstars.

“PSG is currently one of the fastest growing brands in football. FC Bayern München, which has the highest number of club members worldwide, is renowned for its consistent presence at the top of the sport. These brands are natural additions to our top-level sports pillar, which we are looking to grow and expand across new markets through our global presence.”

WildBrain CPLG India is the agency’s newest office and represents entertainment, lifestyle, and sporting properties from the agency’s portfolio, including Yale and Harvard universities, Tetris, Archie Comics, emoji® – The Iconic Brand, Juventus Football Club and OSPREY LONDON, plus Authentic Brands Group’s celebrity brands Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and Muhammad Ali, fashion brands Aéropostale and Nine West and Prince.

WildBrain CPLG India will also focus on broadening licensing activity to support the ambitious global strategy for WildBrain’s proprietary brands, including Strawberry Shortcake and the Teletubbies.


FC Bayern Munich on path to revolutionise souvenir photos with AR and AI tech partnership

With the opening of its new flagship store in central Munich, FC Bayern Munich is offering its fans a unique experience to have photos taken with its players at anytime, thanks to a partnership with the German virtual tech specialist, Sensape.

Under the partnership, the pair are setting out to redefine souvenir photos as the football club expands it Augmented Reality activities to offer store visitors the chance to take photos with their players through the use of Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality technology.

Players and fans will be able to interact in real-time via the store’s photo screen where a realistic souvenir photo can then be taken. The project is the first permanent installation of its kind in Europe.

“Meeting players in person is a rare occurrence and not granted to many people anyway. Since the spread of Covid-19, personal contact is no longer possible. With this project, we are bringing a technology to Europe that allows anyone to take a photo with the players at any time, as it is not tied to a specific date. The photo even comes signed to the fan and makes the whole experience even more special,” said Sensape’s Michael Lehnert.

The AR technology has been developed at Sensape’s headquarters in Leipzig, Germany. The intelligent system recognizes as soon as a fan stands in front of the device and starts the AR application. After players pose virtually in the picture, fans can position themselves in the middle and a photo is taken. An intelligent rendering system automatically adjusts the exposure and proportions to the fan and the environment, creating a photo-realistic image.

The result can be downloaded to the user’s own smartphone via QR code and shared with friends and on social media channels at the touch of a button.

A similar procedure will soon be used in the Member Corner, where fans can sign their membership contract in the presence of club president Herbert Hainer and honorary president Uli Hoeneß and seal it with a photo.