Genius Brands International Inc. has elected entertainment industry veteran Anthony D. “Tony” Thomopoulos to the company’s board of directors.
Thomopoulos began his career as a mail clerk with NBC, rising up the corporate ladder to senior positions in the company’s marketing unit. From 1973 to the present, Thomopoulos held high-ranking positions at ABC, United Artists Pictures, Amblin Television, International Family Entertainment Inc., Thomas Kinkade’s Media Arts Group, Morning Light Productions, the California Service Corps, and Thomopoulos Productions.
Animal shelters nationwide will host the world’s largest mobile cooperative adoption event as North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization, gets ready for its 14th annual Tour For Life. From March 12 through May 16, this mobile pet adoption tour will make its way across the country, stopping in 52 U.S. cities and 26 states, plus Washington D.C., and will cover more than 17,000 miles.
To continue the celebration of animal shelter adoptions, Scooby-Doo will join forces with North Shore Animal League America by inviting schools and libraries along the Tour For Life route to celebrate locally by hosting Mutt-i-grees Pack Parties. In conjunction with Tour For Life and its mobile adoption events, locally hosted Pack Parties are events designed to raise funds and raise awareness for local shelters and Mutt-i-grees’ in-school curriculum programs that teach social and emotional learning skills by helping homeless animals.
Proceeds raised through the national Mutt-i-gree’s Pack Party website will benefit North Shore Animal League America and the Cesar Millan Foundation. The school or library raising the most funds at a Mutt-i-grees Pack Party will also be eligible to win $1,000 for their organization, along with a visit from Scooby-Doo.
To learn more about local events or to support the national Mutt-i-grees Pack Party efforts, visit www.scoobypackparty.com.
Xcel Brands Inc. has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Signal Brands. Signal Brands will manufacture and distribute suitcases, carry-on items, and travel accessories under the Isaac Mizrahi New York label. The collection will debut at The Travel Goods Show this month.
UK stationery and gift retailer Paperchase has signed a distribution deal with Jo Rose, illustrator and creator of the Deer Little Forest franchise. Paperchase will distribute cards with 16 of Jo’s signature Deer Little Forest designs across its flagships stores starting this spring.
Now in development as a picture book and preschool TV series, the Deer Little Forest features a cast of characters which endeavour to save the forest, one tune at a time. The stories are entertaining and gently educational, with themes ranging from the forest ecosystem (bee happy) to mayhem and magic on Halloween (mischief night).
Jo Rose’s designs are created using a combination of paper cutting, illustration, and photography. All rights for Deer Little Forest are being managed by Koko Media.
Marvel Entertainment LLC has unveiled several new collaborations in the drinkware category. New products will include Marvel characters from The Avengers and Spider-Man franchises, including designs inspired by the theatrical releases of Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Marvel’s newest team, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
Thermos brings a range of Marvel characters to insulated containers to be sold in mass market retailers and at Amazon.com starting this summer. The products feature characters from The Avengers, Spider-Man, and Guardians of the Galaxy. The line also includes lunch kits and food jars. Zak Designs will also feature a range of characters from the Marvel Universe on drinkware. Spider-Man and The Avengers characters are available now, while new drinkware designs for Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy will launch timed to each theatrical release. The Zak Designs products will also include dinnerware and food storage.
Available now, ICUP has launched a line of drinking glasses featuring Marvel favorites including Spider-Man, Captain America, and The Incredible Hulk. The glasses are sold at Spencer’s Gifts, HMV, Transworld, and more, with additional designs rolling out through the end of summer. Silver Buffalo and Vandor are the newest licensees added to the intergalactic Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy lineup. A line of drinkware will hit shelves this July, in time for the theatrical release of the film in August.
Select General Mills Big G cereals now include four collectible comic books featuring DC Comics’ Justice League characters, on shelves now through April. Four specialty issues created exclusively for General Mills, in partnership with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, can be found in grocery retailers nationwide, with a bonus fifth issue available only in select boxes of Cheerios at Target.
Each specially-marked box of Big G cereal also features several DC Comics Super Hero costume piece cutouts on the back. Fans can put them on to strike a Super Hero’s pose, with chest out and hands on hips, to participate in #SuperHeroing, a social media movement to show how to start off the day with confidence. Photos can be shared on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using the hashtag #SuperHeroing.
Fans who have read Part One of each in-box comic book can then visit www.BigGCerealHeroes.com to read Part Two.
Participating Big G cereals include Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms, Honey Nut Cheerios, Trix, Cookie Crisp, and Reese’s Puffs.