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Pyramid International Launches Star Trek: The Original Series Art Prints

CBS Consumer Products and CPLG, its UK licensing representative, announce that Pyramid International has introduced the first sixteen designs from the Star Trek: The Original Series Art Prints Program.

The exclusive art prints, created by artist Juan Ortiz, include retro-style designs for each episode (including the first pilot) of Star Trek: The Original Series. Four new designs will be released each month with the first sixteen now available at www.pyramidinternational.com.

Pyramid has also released a limited edition boxed set featuring the first 12 prints plus an exclusive bonus print. Each set includes a booklet, providing details on each of the 30x40cm prints in the set. In honor of the Enterprise registry number, NCC-1701, there are only 1701 units available.

Star Trek fans can purchase the designs as framed prints, on canvas and on wood in four different sizes. The prints, which retail from £14.99, and the boxed set are now available for purchase at Amazon.co.uk, ForbiddenPlanet.co.uk and Allposters.co.uk.

Ludorum Promotes UK Executives

Ludorum plc announces three UK promotions which are effective immediately.

Natalie Setton has been promoted from International Sales & Licensing Manager to Head of International Sales. Natalie will manage Ludorum’s international sales operations with particular emphasis on its Asian operations.  Natalie joined Ludorum in 2008 from TV Loonland where she held the position of Sales Executive for Asia.

Dawn Bushnell has been promoted from Product Development and Approval Manager to Senior Product Development and Approval Manager. Dawn will be working closely with TOMY to ensure that all future toy product development best reflects the new creative and marketing directions Ludorum is implementing for Chuggington. Dawn joined Ludorum in 2009 following three years at HIT Entertainment working across international territories for all brands including Thomas & Friends.

Laura Bond has been promoted from Associate Product Development and Approval Manager to Brand Executive. Laura will continue to support Dawn Bushnell in product development and will also report into Natalie Setton with brand management responsibilities for European markets including Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.  Laura joined Ludorum in 2010 as Creative Coordinator.

Discovery Communications Partners With Cohesion Products For Line of Animal Planet Garden Decorations

Discovery Communications has announced an agreement with Cohesion Products for a line of Animal Planet-branded garden flags and banners. The line is the latest addition to an assortment of Animal Planet lifestyle and pet product offerings.

Set to debut in the Fall of next year, the Animal Planet-branded flags will be available in two sizes, mini (12”x18″) and regular (28”x40″), and will feature various designs including holiday themes, photos of popular pets and more. The line will launch at a wide range of retail outlets including home store chains, mass, mid-tier and department stores, direct to consumer sales catalogs, warehouse membership clubs, independent specialty stores and e-commerce sites.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Animal Planet flags and banners will benefit the principal partners of R.O.A.R (Reach Out. Act. Respond), Animal Planet’s national campaign that, together with leading animal organizations, leads the way in taking action and being a voice for animals.

Salma Hayek Unveils New Nail Polish Collection

Salma Hayek has added nail lacquer to her Nuance beauty line, joining hair care, skin care, and cosmetics. The line is sold exclusively at CVS pharmacy stores. The nail polish is long-lasting and contains nourishing, natural ingredients that are gentle enough for use on children. The collection offers 30 chip-resistant shades.

Beanstalk is Salma Hayek’s brand licensing agency of record.

Warner Bros. Consumer Products Unwraps Online Harry Potter Holiday Gift Guide

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) announced today the Harry Potter Holiday Gift Guide, an artistically illustrated digital catalogue designed to offer Muggles the chance to shop for all of their Harry Potter presents in one place. The digital catalogue is available on www.harrypotter.com/giftguide and via the Harry Potter Facebook page.

With offerings from a variety of licensees including Noble Collection, Gentle Giant, Bioworld, Rubie’s Costume Co., Elope, Insight Editions, The Printorium, Tonner Doll and Mead, and others, the Harry Potter Holiday Gift Guide features Harry Potter-inspired apparel, prop replicas, collectibles, toys, publishing products, and more. Each product image functions as an intuitive hyperlink that directs users to the purchase point, giving all Muggles access to their own personal Diagon Alley.

Among the catalogue’s offerings are several new items, including an augmented reality t-shirt from Bioworld, offered in conjunction with Hot Topic, that allows users to interact with the shirt’s image via a smartphone or tablet app. The gift guide will also include products sold exclusively at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, as well as a special vacation package to the theme park.

The Harry Potter Holiday Gift Guide has eight themed sections with tailored offerings. Would-be Hogwarts students can purchase ties, robes, hats, and iPhone cases with the colors and crests of their favorite houses from the “Houses of Hogwarts” section, and fans who wish to show their allegiance to the Dark Lord can select from a multitude of offerings in the “Dark Arts” section. The “Magical Artefacts” section showcases prop replicas; the “For the Young Wizard” section features kid-friendly apparel and toys. Fans can select apps, Blu-ray DVDs from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, video games from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and more in the “Essential Wizard Assortment” section. Stocking-stuffers can be found on “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” page, and prized collectibles in the “Harry Potter Special Collection.” The catalog also offers an access point to buy tickets for “Harry Potter: The Exhibition,” a touring, interactive museum attraction featuring props, artifacts, and costumes from the films, now in New York City’s Discovery Times Square.

CPLG Secures New RFU Publishing Agreements

CPLG Sport, licensing agent for the Rugby Football Union (RFU), has recently brokered two publishing agreements for the England Rugby brand.

ProgrammeMaster is set to publish a full-color England Rugby magazine featuring all the latest news on the team, which will be published four times a year, with the first issue set to hit shelves in the coming weeks to tie in with the QBE Internationals.

In a renewal agreement, Haynes Publishing will produce an updated version of its Rugby Union Manual, which includes case studies and photographs of England’s current players, information on new rule changes, the latest on women’s rugby, and a foreword by England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster.

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