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Saban Brands Launches “Show Us Your Shorts” Contest

Sept22.SabanShortsSaban Brands has launched its first “Show Us Your Shorts” contest. The company is calling out for original animated shorts and is accepting submissions throught Oct. 24. The winner will receive $5,000 and a developmental deal with Saban Brands.

Upon submission, a Saban Brands executive committee will judge all shorts. The top 10 selects will be displayed for public vote for two weeks. Once the top 10 are chosen, the public can campaign for their favorite short via social media using #sabanshorts.

Harman International Becomes NBA’s Headphone, Speaker, and Audio Partner


Harman International has entered a marketing and merchandising partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA) as the official headphone, speaker, and audio partner of the NBA, Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), NBA Development League (NBA D-League), and USA Basketball.

The partnership is the NBA’s first-ever marketing partner in these categories and Harman’s first partnership with a professional sports league.

The new partnership will focus on Harman’s JBL brand, with products featured at NBA events worldwide and integrated into league operations.  Harman will provide JBL and other Harman products to players and coaches.

Harman will also produce NBA-branded audio products, including team- and player-branded headphones and portable speakers.

Opry Entertainment Group to Create Merchandise for Nashville TV Show

Sept18.OpryEntertainmentNashville-based Opry Entertainment Group will create official merchandise for the TV show Nashvillean American TV drama series co-produced by ABC Studios and Lionsgate Television Group. Knockout Licensing brokered the deal.

Opry Entertainment will produce a broad range of T-shirts, accessories, gift items, and other products based on the series. Items will be sold at Opry Entertainment retail locations throughout the country music capital, including at the Grand Ole Opry.

Gas Monkey Garage Enters Four New Partnerships


Gas Monkey Garage has entered into partnerships with four new companies to expand its line of apparel and accessories. Brandgenuity brokered the deals.

The new licensees, Westchester, Waterloo, Gatco, and MjC, will create products in a variety of categories, including apparel, auto accessories, utility knives, and welding accessories.

Product Lines for Boo–The World’s Cutest Dog Continue to Grow


Delfino Co. Ltd. and Takarajimasha Inc. have entered into licensing agreements with Boo–The World’s Cutest Dog. The deal was brokered by Tact Communications as Knockout Licensing’s appointed sub-agent for Boo in Japan.

The new agreement will create lines of Boo-themed gifts, jewelry, accessories, and a photography book for the Japanese market.

Stationery Team Europe was also granted rights to produce a line of Boo stationery products.

BBC Home Entertainment to Introduce Two New DVD/Blu-ray Collections


BBC Home Entertainment will release two collectors’ edition box sets—Merlin: The Complete Series and Doctor Who: The Complete Matt Smith Years—which will be available November 4.

The Merlin TV series, a retelling of the fabled Arthurian legend of Camelot, will be available for the first time as one complete set on DVD and Blu-ray Disk. The collection also includes bonus footage and a set of collectible magnets.

Doctor Who: The Complete Matt Smith Years gift set will include the complete adventures of the Eleventh Doctor, portrayed by Matt Smith.

The Blu-ray collection also includes Doctor Who Proms 2013, The Day of the Doctor: From Script to Screen, The Five Doctors Reboot, Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide, and the two-part special Sarah Janes Adventures: The Death of the Doctor.

Both Blu-ray collections include 16 disks, and the Merlin DVD collection includes 24 disks.

Kellogg’s Releases New Home Goods Products

Kellogg’s has partnered with home textiles manufacturer Dophes and innovative housewares company Evriholder to launch two new programs. The Joester Loria Group brokered the deals.

Dophes has created a line of Kellogg’s-inspired home textiles and kitchen accessories for the brand, which will be available next spring at mass and mid-tier retailers.

The All-Bran Microwave Muffin Maker is currently available at Wal-Mart locations. Evriholder has developed the product to allow consumers to make Kellogg’s recipe for All-Bran Muffins in minutes.

Rock ‘n Roller, The Big Bopper Now Represented by C3 Entertainment Inc.


C3 Entertainment Inc. will represent Rock ‘n Roll legend The Big Bopper for aspects of licensing and merchandising. The license is with Patty Richardson, who represents the Big Bopper estate.

The Big Bopper, whose real name is Jiles Perry “J.P.” Richardson, Jr., was one of the pioneers of rock ‘n roll. His signature song, “Chantilly Lace,” was one the earliest hits in rock ‘n roll history.

Innovation First, Tony Hawk Partner to Launch Circuit Boards Brand, Product Line

Innovation First, creator of Hexbug, will launch the Tony Hawk Circuit Boards brand and product line, due to hit shelves across Europe and North America, this fall. The new line of motorized remote control skateboards and ramp sets revolutionizes the traditional sport of fingerboarding.

Kids can choose between two ways to play: traditional fingerboard style or using the power axle to take off with a remote control. The initial product assortment will include a 24 Birdhouse and Tony Hawk authentic decks to customize and collect, along with a variety of ramp sets and skateparks.

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