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Shaun the Sheep Set for Expansion

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Shaun the Sheep The Movie is coming to movie theaters worldwide next spring. The TV show, now in its fourth series, airs on kids’ channels in 170 territories. The movie is now in production.

Aardman Animations continues to develop an international licensing program for the property across core categories and looks forward to meeting current and new partners at Licensing Expo in June. Aardman will present new Shaun the Sheep product opportunities and style themes for this year and next.

Shaun the Sheep has also reached a publishing deal for Tales from Mossy Bottom Farm and Shaun the Sheep The Movie titles, as well as a joint licensing program with Rugby World Cup 2015.

Women In Toys Appoints New President, Board Members

Women in Toys (WIT), a global organization for professional women in the toy, licensing, and entertainment industries, has appointed Ashley Mady, president of Brandberry Inc., as its new board president.

Women in Toys provides its members with a collaborative, empowering environment through shared resources, industry connections, and extensive networking opportunities to foster professional growth and career enrichment. The organization recognizes and promotes the achievements of outstanding female leaders at all levels and capacities within the industry.

Other new appointments include Stephanie Barone, vice president of product development for Innovative Designs, as treasurer; Caitlin Gutekunst, senior manager, content acquisition and business development at LeapFrog, as regional chapter chair; Jennifer Quattrock, independent design contractor, as design chair; and Mali Baum, CEO of Beezeebee, as chair of international chapters.

Outfit7 Expands Licensing Reach for Talking Tom and Friends

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Outfit7 has appointed nine licensing agents to expand the reach of its licensing business worldwide.

Exim Licensing Group is now on board to support the Talking Tom and Friends brand in Latin America, while Bulldog Licensing will push opportunities for the entertainment sensation in the U.S. and Canada.

In Western Europe, Enjoy Licensing represents Talking Tom and Friends in Spain, Portugal, and Andorra, and J&M Brands will handle the brand’s licensing and promotional rights in Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg. The rights for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland will sit with Team! Licensing.

Plus Licens will manage the Taking Tom and Friends licensing program in Scandanavia and CEE as the brand gains traction in these markets. Icon Promotion covers Russia, Ukraine, and CIS, while Brand Is Real will oversee the rights in Israel.

Partnerships with Promotional Partners Worldwide for Greater China, TIGA for Thailand, and Empire for South East Asia will allow Outfit7 to spearhead its licensing program for Talking Tom and Friends in major cities all around Asia.

Walls 360 Launches Kids’ Decal Line from Caleb Gray Studio

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Walls 360 has launched a new kids’ decal line from artist Caleb Gray. Among the first designs to debut are race cars and fire engines for boys, teddy bears and tea parties for girls, and little ducky and sweet silhouettes for baby.

Made in the U.S. and printed on a premium, self-adhesive fabric material, the decals can be removed and reused hundreds of times without damaging surfaces. Walls 360 decals are available in several different sizes.

Walls 360 offers a 20 percent discount on all Caleb Gray Studio decals with coupon code CALEB20 through April 30.

WBCP Gears up for Easter with Family-Friendly Products

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Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) and DC Entertainment are gearing up for Easter season, having teamed up with retail partners nationwide and MegaToys to provide Easter products inspired by Scooby-Doo, Superman, and Batman.

WBCP brings Batman to life this Easter season with large and medium-sized Batman Easter baskets containing sweet treats, toys, and more from MegaToys. The large sized baskets are available at Family Dollar and grocery stores nationwide, and the medium sized baskets are available at Wal-Mart.

The Mystery Machine revs up this Easter with assorted Scooby Doo Easter baskets containing candies, toys, and other products, available at Kmart and grocery stores nationwide. Also available this spring is a 21-inch Scooby-Doo Easter porch greeter wearing a bunny costume.

Large Superman Deluxe Easter baskets by MegaToys are available at Meijer, Kmart, and grocery stores nationwide. The supercharged Easter basket includes a variety of seasonal toys and candy.

Bazooka Candy Brands, R5 Invite Fans to Choose the Next Big Flavor

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Bazooka Candy Brands, maker of Ring Pop, has teamed up with rock band R5 for a tasty Facebook flavor face-off. R5 has selected three new Ring Pop flavors—cherry limeade, strawberry banana, and grape—and will rally fans to visit the Ring Pop Facebook <https://www.facebook.com/ringpop> page and vote for their flavor choice. The third annual Choose the Next Big Flavor Competition runs through May 2nd and the winning Ring Pop flavor will arrive on store shelves this fall. The Facebook flavor face-off is part of a larger campaign that kicked off last month, inviting fans to share photos and videos of themselves sporting their edible bling with the #RockThatRock hashtag for a chance to be featured in a music video this summer. Bazooka Candy Brands and R5 will continue to collaborate throughout 2014 as part of a year-long partnership for Ring Pop and Ring Pop Gummies.

For three weeks, the Ring Pop brand will host the “battle royale” on its Facebook page for fans across the country to voice their choice. R5 will reach out to their fans on social media to vote for one of the three flavors that the band personally selected as their favorites.

More information about Ring Pop and their collaboration with R5, can be found by visiting Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Candymania.com.

KISS and Bare Tree Media Release KISS Photo Bomb App

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KISS and Bare Tree Media have partnered to launch the KISS Photo Bomb mobile app in a deal brokered by Live Nation Merchandise. Available as a free app for iOS, the app features both free and premium KISS virtual items. Additional categories of virtual merchandise will be released throughout the year.

KISS Photo Bomb allows fans to “KISSify” their phones and text messages with rock ‘n roll elements from the band. Fans can easily add KISS effects, KISS makeup, KISS band members, KISS frames, and more. Users can instantly share their KISS moments via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The app also lets users apply KISS emoticons in text messages. Fans can connect to KISSOnline.com and get up-to-date news on the band and events.

Bug Rangers Heading to TV

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Lawless Entertainment and Animagic Media Group have reached a worldwide distribution and co-production deal with Mondo TV on behalf of Bug Rangers, a property owned by Animagic Media Group targeted to kids ages 4 to 9.

The complete series will consist of 26 22-minute episodes and will debut for distribution at MipJunior in Cannes in October.

Mondo TV will handle the worldwide distribution of the series (except for North America) and the licensing and merchandising in Southern Europe and Russia, while Lawless Entertainment will handle distribution of the series in North America as well as licensing and merchandising worldwide.

Miss Universe Hair Styling Products, Tools to Launch at Ulta Stores

Women can look as glamorous as Miss Universe with a new line of Miss Universe hairstyling products and tools by Chi that will hit Ulta stores across the country on April 22.

The line is part of a licensing partnership that Parham Santana manages for its client, The Miss Universe Organization, with Farouk Systems Inc., the parent company of Chi. This new partnership allows the Miss Universe brand to extend further into the beauty category. Parham Santana has actively collaborated on products that reflect the true essence of Miss Universe—confidently beautiful.

The line’s pliable styling products allow women to re-work their hair to create several styles in one day, moving from an up-do to loose waves (and back again) with ease. Each product is designed to increase hair volume while reducing styling time.

The Miss Universe Style Illuminate by Chi line encompasses both styling products and tools. Products include Work Your Style Flexible Hair Spray, Rock Your Crown Firm Hair Spray, Restage Dry Shampoo, Spotlight Shine Spray, Set the Stage Blow Dry Spray, and Moringa & Macadamia Oil. Styling tools include a curling iron, a hair dryer, a flat iron, and a volume iron.

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