Surge Licensing to lead Stanley Kubrick programme for North America

Leading global licensing agency Surge Licensing has been appointed by the Stanley Kubrick Film Archives and Caroline Mickler Ltd, global licensing agent for the brand, to develop a North American licensing and retail programme inspired by six iconic features from the visionary filmmaker: The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Barry Lyndon, Eyes Wide Shut and the dystopian masterpiece A Clockwork Orange, which continues its 50th Anniversary celebration this year.

Surge Licensing, collaborating with Mickler, will create a unique licensing and retail campaign across North America that will pay homage to Kubrick’s extraordinary work and its enduring popularity with millions of fans around the world, focusing on the development of merchandise across multiple key categories including apparel/fashion, accessories, toys, games, collectibles, gift, novelty, paper goods and lifestyle collaborations. Products are anticipated to begin debuting at retail in Q4 2022.

“Representing the works of such an evocative and awe-inspiring filmmaker requires creating a strategy that can meet the expectations of his renowned style known to his legions of fans worldwide,” says Caroline Mickler. “I know Mark Freedman and the Surge Licensing team will be up to the task to develop and deliver a truly spectacular merchandise campaign that honours Stanley Kubrick’s legacy.”

Mark Freedman, President, Surge Licensing, adds: “I have been a huge fan of Stanley Kubrick’s legendary filmmaking since I can remember so this is truly a tremendous career opportunity to be able to represent the brand and to bring high quality merchandise representative of Kubrick’s visionary genius to his legions of fans across North America. We have worked with Caroline over many years, starting with Ninja Turtles, and have the upmost respect for her talent so it will truly be an honour to collaborate with her again on such a special campaign.”



Caroline Mickler Ltd appointed as global agent for Stanley Kubrick classics

Caroline Mickler Ltd has been appointed by The Stanley Kubrick Film Archive as global licensing agent for a number of Stanley Kubrick’s best-known works.

In this role the award-winning independent company will build on the success of the Warner Bros global licensing programme for six of Stanley Kubrick’s iconic films: The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Barry Lyndon, Eyes Wide Shut and A Clockwork Orange, which continues its 50th anniversary celebrations in 2022.

Stanley Kubrick created genre-defining worlds for his films, using stunning imagery and designs that are uniquely recognisable to this day. It is the visually striking nature of these films, along with their classic status, that Caroline Mickler plans to translate into a truly original licensing campaign focusing on the delivery of unique products across multiple categories.

Brand collaborations, fashion collections and fan-based merchandise are all expected to play a role in a carefully curated licensing programme that will pay homage to Stanley Kubrick’s extraordinary work and its enduring popularity with millions of fans around the world.

MD Caroline Mickler will be at BLE discussing the development of this programme along with plans for the coming year.

In a career that spanned nearly 50 years Stanley Kubrick gained an enduring reputation as one of the most original and influential filmmakers in cinematic history. He proved his genius across multiple genres, including war, science fiction, satire, horror, historical drama and much more, gaining a reputation as a true visionary, whose works have influenced innumerable filmmakers and remain popular to this day.

Jonathan Cameron, President of The Stanley Kubrick Film Archive, says: “Bringing the iconic work of this master filmmaker to a global licensing programme requires a partner with a clear understanding both of brand management and of the unique nature of Stanley Kubrick and his films. In Caroline Mickler we have found that partner. We are looking forward enormously to working with her and her team.”

Caroline Mickler says: “Few films in history can claim the lasting significance and appeal of Stanley Kubrick’s works, which are visually striking and memorable in a way that we believe can inspire products that are both desirable and highly original. We are truly honoured to be representing Stanley Kubrick and his unique and ground-breaking movies.”