FremantleMedia Kids & Family (FMK) appointed Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) Content Group as a multi-territory home entertainment partner for FMK’s programming portfolio across key territories.
UPHE will manage all DVD and DTO releases and will take on FMK’s existing range of titles, including Danger Mouse, Tree Fu Tom, and Kate & Mim-Mim. FMK will also manage the division’s catalogue of classic archive content, including The Big Friendly Giant; Danger Mouse; Count Duckula; The Wind in the Willows; and Rainbow.
Macy’s partnered with AwesomenessTV to launch In Awe Of You, a new lifestyle brand aimed at Gen Z women. The line features dresses, clutches, and accessories such as nail decals, mobile chargers, and temporary tattoos.
Closet Wars, a new series starring YouTube twin stars Vanessa and Veronica Merrell, will feature the In Awe Of You line on the AwesomenessTV YouTube channel. The twins will use the fashion line to compete against each other in curating unique looks for themselves.
In Awe Of You offers young women stylish products for special occasions at affordable prices, including an assortment of dresses and separates ranging from $39 to $79. The product line will launch in February at select Macy’s stores and online at macys.com.
Bret Michaels and overstock.com launched the Bret Michaels luggage collections by Traveler’s Choice earlier this month. The limited collection is available exclusively at overstock.com/livebretmichaels.
The collection’s classic and road tour line are designed to be durable, functional, and fashionable. Michaels continues to work with overstock.com to develop branded products, available exclusively on the company’s online shopping website.
Nintendo’s first app made exclusively for smart devices Miitomo will launch in North America in March for both iOS and Android devices.
Starting February 17, people can pre-register for Miitomo by signing up for the new Nintendo account service using their existing email, social media accounts, or current Nintendo Network IDs. People who pre-register will be among the first to be notified about the availability of Miitomo when it launches in March.
Nintendo will offer a special Miitomo bonus to anyone who signs up for a Nintendo account between February 17 and the launch. Miitomo is a social experience that uses Nintendo’s Mii characters, which first debuted on the Wii console to spark lighthearted conversations like “What song has been stuck in your head lately?” or “Do you believe in aliens?” Users can also share photos featuring their Mii with the Miifoto feature.
Saban Brands appointed artist and designer Paul Frank as director of creative development for the company. Frank is the original founder of Paul Frank Industries (PFI), the creator of Julius the Monkey, and the additional cast of Paul Frank characters.
In his new role, Frank will serve as a key player for PFI, bring authenticity back to the brand, work on new character development, and additional properties.
Genius Brands International Inc. (GBI) and Mills Entertainment partnered to create a live show based on animated series Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab. The Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab live show will run in major cities across the U.S. next year, and will incorporate original music by Ron Fair and his singer-songwriter wife Stefanie Fair.
GBI will also debut a new toy line from master toy partner Wicked Cool Toys in the fall. Mobile apps, games, activity kits, apparel, publishing, and an in-school curriculum program are set to launch next year.
Sega partners with more than 25 merchandising and promotional licensees for its Sonic the Hedgehog franchise this year, after the success of animated series Sega Boom.
With Sonic’s 25th anniversary this year, these partnerships in categories such as apparel, accessories, and novelties aim to bolster the classic Sonic the Hedgehog brand and Sonic Boom franchise.
The licensing program is lead by master toy partner Tomy. New partners include Komar Brands, Concept One Accessories, LoungeFly, Bentex Group Inc., Signorelli Inc., and Accutime Watch Corp.
Pacific Licensing Studio will represent the consumer products division of Cartoon Network in Southeast Asia. The partnership includes driving the regional licensing business for global brands, including The Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, We Bare Bears, and Adventure Time.
The deal stretches across Southeast Asia, including major markets such as Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
Toy State has secured a licensing partnership with Nickelodeon to design, develop, and manufacture lines of toy vehicles featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles entertainment brand. The three-year deal will allow Toy State to create Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed lights and sound, preschool, and radio-controlled vehicles. Product will be available in mid-2016 at major retailers.
Toy State recently added Barbie and NASCAR to its licensing portfolio, joining the company’s flagship Road Rippers and Nikko brands, as well as lines featuring leading licensed properties including Hot Wheels, Caterpillar, WWE, Thomas & Friends, and DC Super Friends in its brand lineup.
Disney Consumer Products (DCP) and Bandai unveiled the new global product lineup celebrating Disney•Pixar‘s Finding Dory, debuting in the U.S. on June 17.
With recognizable sounds and voices from Dory, Marlin, and Nemo, Bandai’s products capture the essence of the film and transform key moments into play sets, interactive toys, feature figures, plush, and bath toys. Highlights include a My Friend Dory interactive soft figure and Swigglefish Figure. The merchandise will roll out globally starting May.