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The Jim Henson Co., Cyber Group Studios Enter Co-Production Collaboration

The Jim Henson Co. and Cyber Group Studios have finalized a first-time agreement to co-finance and co-produce two new children’s series, Jim Henson’s Enchanted Sisters and Cyber Group Studio’s Boubouh! Animation for both series will be produced at Cyber Group Studios, with The Jim Henson Co.’s Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford serving as executive producers.

Jim Henson’s Enchanted Sisters is an animated series for kids ages 5 to 8 with comedy-adventure stories featuring the Sparkles: Spring, Winter, Summer, and Autumn—four sisters who come together every three months to join their Mother Nature in a ceremony that changes the seasons in our world.

Cyber Group Studios’ Boubouh! stars a monster who is frightened of kids After coaching from an old teddy bear, Boubouh overcomes his fear becomes best friends with 6-year-old Lucas.

WWE, Authentic Brands Group Launch New Lifestyle Fitness Brand

WWE and Authentic Brands Group LLC (ABG) have launched a joint venture for Tapout, a newly repositioned fitness lifestyle brand. Tapout is now the official fitness and training partner of WWE, and will be integrated across WWE’s global platforms, including TV programming, WWE Network, pay-per-view broadcasts, live events, and digital and social media.

As part of the partnership, WWE will create new content featuring its Superstars and Divas in Tapout apparel and market the brand across all platforms. Tapout branding will also be featured at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., and all performers, trainers, and staff will be outfitted in Tapout workout apparel.

The new line of men’s and women’s performance apparel and accessories will launch at retail next spring. New Tapout branding and packaging will roll out in key categories throughout this year, starting with beverages, supplements, and fitness centers.

Nelvana Partners with Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton for The Very Fairy Princess TV Series

Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana Enterprises has partnered with Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton to develop a new animated girls’ preschool TV series based on their book series The Very Fairy Princess.

The Very Fairy Princess franchise, which is part of The Julie Andrews Collection, and published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, first launched in 2010. Illustrated by Christine Davenier, the book series includes eight titles, with a ninth book, The Very Fairy Princess: A Spooky, Sparkly Halloween, due out later this year. The series chronicles the adventures of Geraldine, who knows deep down that she is a very fairy princess, despite all evidence to the contrary. From morning to night, Gerry does everything that fairy princesses do: she dresses in royal attire, practices her flying skills, and is always on the lookout for problems to solve. But it isn’t all twirls and tiaras. As every fairy princess knows, dirty fingernails and scabby knees are just the price you pay for a busy day—it’s one’s inner sparkle that matters most.

The animated TV series will focus on Geraldine, for whom being a very fairy princess is less about appearances than it is about knowing what makes your heart sing, and having the courage to share that with others. Slated to launch on air next year, the series will be jointly developed with Andrews and Walton Hamilton and produced at Nelvana Studio in Toronto.

DC Thomson Outlines International Growth Plans for Children’s Book Publishing

DCthomsonAhead of Bologna Children’s Book Fair, DC Thomson has outlined international growth plans for its expanding children’s book publishing category.

In collaboration with Penguin Random House, DC Thomson launched kids’ fiction series The Diaries of Dennis the Menace, which has sold more than 130,000 copies. The range has been extended into a selection of non-fiction titles that have introduced new publishing formats to the programme including The Beano: Official Sticker Book, Where’s Dennis (and Gnasher!) search-and-find book and The Beano Prankipedia.

Penguin Random House has secured a slate of pan-European deals for The Diaries of Dennis the Menace. Rights for the series have been acquired by 20/20 Editora in Portugal, Artline Studios in Bulgaria, Ulpius-haz Kiado in Hungary, and Slovart in Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Penguin Random House Rights Division will showcase the series at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

Marvel, Five Four Club Debut Elevated Menswear Collaboration

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Five Four and Marvel Entertainment will launch a series of elevated men’s apparel capsule collections that bring together Marvel’s iconic legacy, superhero characters, and storytelling with fashion-forward innovation. The collections will launch next month.

The debut of Five Four and Marvel collection draws inspiration from Marvel’s catalog of iconic characters and consists of outerwear, dress shirts, graphic T-shirts, and accessories.

In addition to the capsule, Five Four and Marvel will launch an exclusive exhibition pop-up in New York City to celebrate and showcase the collection. Located at Openhouse Gallery in the Lower East Side, the pop-up is open from March 26 to March 29 and will host a series of events for Five Four Club members.

All Five Four and Marvel collections will be made available exclusively to new Five Four Club members and will focus on extending the iconic character-based entertainment brand into contemporary fashion.

Tommy Bahama Partners with COOLA Suncare

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Tommy Bahama has signed a licensing agreement for an exclusive Tommy Bahama line of sunscreen products with COOLA Suncare.

The new sunscreen collection is available in a variety of scents and variations and features classic and mineral formulas. Bright packaging reflects the brand’s upbeat mantra, and each product combines a mixture of tropical fragrances with hints of coconut, pineapple, banana, cinnamon, almond, and vanilla.

COOLA’s exclusive Perfect 10 Blend, which is a cocktail of natural ingredients that help minimize the effect of UV radiation and sun exposure on the skin, was used to create each Tommy Bahama product. The full product lineup includes the Tommy Bahama SPF 30 Natural Vanilla Mineral Face Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50 Natural Coconut Mineral Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30 Zephyr Face Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30 West Indies Punch Body Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50 California Dream Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 06 Acapulco Gold Bronzing Mist Sunscreen Spray, SPF 15 Bay Breeze Sunscreen Spray, SPF 30 Day At The Beach Sunscreen Spray, SPF 50 Unscented Sport Sunscreen Spray, SPF 30 Mojito, Green Tea, Bluemonade, Cocobango, and Fresh Guava Lip Balm Sunscreens.

The new Tommy Bahama sunscreen collection will be available at all Tommy Bahama retail locations as well as prestige beauty boutiques, swimwear boutiques, select department stores, and online merchants.

Hawaiian Tropic Extends Signature Indulgence with Four New Licensees

Energizer Personal Care has partnered with four licensees to extend the exotic essence of Hawaiian Tropic sun care into a variety of everyday and seasonal product categories that include swimwear, footwear, fragrance, cosmetics, and beach accessories. Licensed products will leverage the fragrances and formulas along with design assets to capture the multi-sensory experience of Hawaiian Tropic.

The four new Hawaiian Tropic licensees include Dreamwave for women’s and juniors’ swimwear, Eastman for summer footwear, Luxe Brands  for cosmetics and fragrance, and Morgan Home for beach towels and beach tote bags. Beach accessories and footwear will launch this year, and swimwear, cosmetics, and fragrance next year. The partnerships between Energizer Personal Care and its new licensees were brokered by Brandgenuity.

For licensing opportunities, please contact Brandgenuity at 212-925-0730 or info@brandgenuity.com.

LIMA Finalizes Ballot for Incoming Board of Directors

The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) has announced its slate of nominees for positions on the Board of Directors of the industry’s primary global trade organization. The ballot, which was assembled by the LIMA Nominating Committee and approved by the current Board of Directors, was culled from a large number of well-qualified individuals who had expressed their interest in serving on the LIMA Board. Ballots will be sent to LIMA members in April for voting, and the new directors will be introduced to the membership at the LIMA Annual Meeting on June 8 in Las Vegas. Read the rest of this entry »

Marvel Expands Home Textiles Program with Adult and Teen Offerings

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Marvel will expand its home textiles and room décor program with a focus on the college and adult demographic. Marvel aims to expand its offerings to these audiences to bring fandom into their dorms and homes.

Marvel has partnered with Jay Franco, Northwest, Artissmo, Silver Buffalo, and others to design home textiles and décor utilizing a retro comics vibe featuring Marvel’s iconic characters. Jay Franco will offer a line of adult focused bedding, pillows, and more; Northwest will introduce a line of plush throws and throw wraps; Artissmo and Silver Buffalo will make canvas wall art; Open Roads Brands will launch retro Marvel comic tin signs; and 3DLight FX will offer 3-D wall lighting. Assorted Marvel bean bags and other adult chairs will also be available.

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