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Loudmouth, Jay Franco Sign Licensing Deal for Bedding and Bath Collection

Loudmouth has signed a deal with Jay Franco and Sons Inc. for bedding and bath products. The partnership will allow Jay Franco to develop and sell a collection of home goods including reversible comforters, sheets, throws, bath and hand towels, shower curtains, bath accessories, and decorative pillows in Loudmouth’s patterns and argyle prints. The initial collection is designed to appeal to adults, youth, back-to-school, college, and dorm markets.

The Loudmouth bedding and bath collection will be showcased at the New York Home Fashion Market from Sept. 15-18 in the Jay Franco Showroom. Loudmouth bedding and bath collection will be available to consumers in Fall 2015.

Soho Square Studios Launches TV Production Co.

kim_goody.TIFSoho Square Studios has launched its new TV production company, Soho Square Productions. The new company will tailor their programming toward kids’ and family entertainment.

Soho Square Productions’ first preschool CGI-animation will be targeted toward kids aged 4 to 7. Tim Harper will direct the company’s first 52 x 11-minute series, which will be available for broadcasters to view at MIPCOM.

As well as kids’ animation, Soho Square Productions will cover a cross-section of genres, skews, and production styles, including live action, with plans to expand into documentaries and drama.

Maw Broon’s Kitchen Expands to Retail

Sept16.MawBroonDC Thomson Consumer Products has entered into a partnership with Food and Drink Hub Scotland (FDHS) for sales and distribution of Maw Broon’s Kitchen products.

The partnership will create a new business, Maw Broon’s Retail Management Ltd, to expand the Maw Broon’s Kitchen franchise into new markets, demographics, and product lines.

Inspired by the matriarch of Scotland’s classic weekly comic strip from The Sunday Post, Maw Broon’s Kitchen is an established fictional celebrity chef with a best-selling cookbook series and line of home goods products.

Food and Drink Hub Scotland will introduce a line of cakes, bakery, confectionery, and gifting items into grocery stores, garden centers, delis, and farm shops in the UK.

New Ring Pop Flavor Celebrates Sweet Victory


Bazooka Candy Brands has announced the winning flavor of its national Choose the Next Big Flavor competition. Cherry Limeade beat out Strawberry Banana and Grape for a limited-time run. Cherry Limeade Ring Pops will be available at major retailers this fall.

The three flavors were chosen by pop rock band R5 as the next phase of Bazooka Candy Brand’s Ring Pop #RockThatRock campaign. R5 encouraged fans to visit the Ring Pop Facebook page and to vote on the flavor of their choice.

This marks the third year of the Choose the Next Big Flavor competition on Facebook, which has also featured teen pop stars Bella Thorne and Mindless Behavior. 


LIMA Highlights Top Kid Toy Brands in Survey for Back to School Season

A new study by the Licensing Industry Merchandiser’s Association (LIMA) has revealed Britain’s top licensed toy brands amongst British children and what is expected to be seen on back-to-school products such as backpacks, pencil cases, and lunch boxes. The study showed that global brands Lego and Barbie dominate both in the UK and abroad as the brands celebrate their 65th and 55th birthdays, respectively. Read the rest of this entry »

DC Thompson, Dr. Martens Extend Partnership for The Beano Collection

Sept8.CharacterShoesDC Thomson Consumer Products has extended its partnership with Dr. Martens to launch a Autumn/Winter 2014 Limited Edition The Beano collection. This latest shoe line will be available for adults and juniors, which boast artwork from the comics Dennis the Menace, Gnasher, and Minnie the Minx. The second line of boots is available for infants and juniors. In addition to laces, the styles made for kids also feature a side zip, and new to the line, is a T-bar style shoe.

The Autumn/Winter Limited Edition The Beano collection will be available from Dr. Martens stores internationally and at selected independent stores this month.

Hasbro, Bazooka Partner for Cross-Promotion

Hasbro and Bazooka Candy Brands have partnered for a cross-promotion in merchandising and retail, digital, and social media to launch this month through the end of the year.  Retail initiatives will feature a strong in-store presence, where shoppers can receive $3 off any one Hasbro game coupon or a chance to win a Carnival cruise, sponsored by Topps, or one of 100 Hasbro game and Bazooka Candy Brand prize packs., Bazooka Candy Brands’ site, will be rebranded and skinned, featuring Hasbro game themes showcasing the joint promotion and integration. The website will also host an interactive online promotion, sponsored by Topps, featuring an instant win game where fans can play for a chance to win game and candy prize packs. In addition, there will be cross promotions on both Bazooka Candy Brands’ and Hasbro’s social media platforms.

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