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Genius Brands’ Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club to Debut on Cheddar

Warren Buffett's Secret Millionaires Club with Bill GatesCheddar, the leading post cable networks company and Genius Brands International, Inc. will debut Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club this Saturday. 26 half-hour episodes will be available on Cheddar’s OTT partners, including Sling TV, Hulu, YouTube TV, Philo, and fuboTV.

Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club stars an animated Warren Buffett and features a group of kids who have adventures in business, mentored by Buffett. The series features the guest talents of Bill Gates, Jay-Z, Shaquille O’Neal, Nick Cannon, Gisele Bündchen, and Kelly Rowland.  The celebrities play themselves, provide their own voiceovers, and lend the lessons of their own life experiences in the context of stories.

All Things Equal Celebrates The Big Lebowski With New Products

AllThingsEqual_TheBigLebowski_GameAll Things Equal Inc. will launch a new game and puzzle to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the classic film, The Big Lebowski.

Where’s the Money, Lebowski? is a Loaded Questions co-branded party game featuring original artwork, custom components, and more than 180 open-ended, Lebowski-inspired questions. Designed for ages 17 and up, no knowledge of the movie is required.

Meet Your Match, Dude is a nine-piece adult puzzle and brainteaser, featuring four of the movie’s main characters, including The Dude, Walter, Donny, and Jesus. The oversized puzzle pieces also double as coasters.

The game and the puzzle will be available at toy and game stores and beginning July 1.

Disney Raises Bid to $71.3 Billion for Twenty-First Century Fox Assets

Disney_FOXAccording to a CNBC report, The Walt Disney Co. raised its offer for Twenty-First Century Fox (21CF)’s movie and TV assets to $71.3 billion. The new bid is for $38.00 a share, which rivals last week’s offer from Comcast for an all-cash $35.00 a share.

Disney and 21CF entered into a definitive agreement in December for Disney to acquire 21CF, including the Twentieth Century Fox Film and Television studios, along with cable and international TV businesses, for approximately $52.4 billion in stock. Read the rest of this entry »

MindMix 2018 Kicks Off Next Week In London

lima_mindmixMindMix, a one-day, C-level event that brings together business and thought leaders for high-level dialogue around Licensing: 2025 – The Technological, Social, and Commercial Forces Shaping Our Business World, will take place on June 27 in London.

The day will include four formal presentations: Vanella Jackson, CEO of the strategic brand consultancy Hall and Partners, will address The Intersection of Consumer & Brand – How and Why It’s Changing; Stephanie Wissink, managing director, research analyst, and consumer for the investment firm Jefferies LLC, will present FutureThink: Breaking Down the Characteristics of Successful, Adaptive Companies; Taco Ketelaar, co-founder of digital content and platform creators Dffrnt Media, will present Adapting to Ever-Changing Platforms and Technology; and Boris Planer, director of Go-To Market Insights at the consultancy Planet Retail, will present Future Disruptions in Retail – Drivers of Change.

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Cosmopolitan Partners with Cousin Corp. to Launch CosmoStyle

Cosmo JewelryHearst Magazines partners with Cousin Corp. to develop a new jewelry line in collaboration with the editors of Cosmopolitan magazine. The brand will be licensed as CosmoStyle by Cosmopolitan.

The debut Fall/Winter 2018 jewelry line will launch in June, offering four distinct collections: American Prep, Boho Traveler Cali, VIP, and Zen. Products will include necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings.

Cousin’s current sales partner, The Ivystone Group, will be heading up U.S. distribution. The new jewelry collection will be available at, as well as in independent boutiques in the U.S. and Canada. The partnership was brokered by IMG, Cosmopolitan’s exclusive global licensing representative.


J&M Brands is Newest Agent for Rovio’s Angry Birds

J&M Brands Angry BirdsRovio Entertainment has appointed J&M Brands as their licensing agent in the Benelux for the Angry Birds brand. With The Angry Birds Movie 2 premiering in 2019, games and series releases are in the works.

Princess Tam Tam Launches Frida Kahlo Campaign

Friday KahloPrincesse Tam Tam, part of the Fast Retailing Co. Ltd. launched a second campaign on Frida Kahlo for fashion-conscious swimwear for its 133 storefronts and online across France. Mirabello Carrara in Italy have launched four collections of high-end Frida Kahlo bedding sets and accessories.

The Frida Kahlo Making Her Self Up exhibition, featuring artifacts and history about the artist opened on June 16 in London. The opening launch party featured a red-carpet atmosphere with stars from fashion, music, and film, including Salma Hayek, Annie Lennox, Philip Treacy, Donna Air, Holly Candy, Douglas Booth, Toby Huntington-Whiteley, Amelia Windsor, and Kitty Spencer.

Janson Media, Crawford’s Corner to Distribute Crawford the Cat

crawfordcatJanson Media is partnering with Indiana-based Crawford’s Corner LLC to bring the new animation series, Crawford the Cat, to Amazon Prime Video and educational digital platforms such as Discovery Education and Safari Montage. Alita Friedman, CEO of Alita’s Brand Bar, brokered the deal and is responsible for the global merchandise licensing program and furthering brand development.

The first season of Crawford the Cat includes 13 five-minute episodes designed for kids ages 3 to 7. Additional half-hour episodes and one-hour specials are in production. Each episode features educational lessons on personal grooming, manners, exercise, and nutrition.


9 Story Media Group Appoints Angela C. Santomero as Chief Creative Officer

9 Story Media GroupAngela appointed Angela C. Santomero to the newly established role of chief creative officer (CCO). As CCO, Santomero will report to president and CEO Vince Commisso to lead the creative content strategy across 9 Story Media Group. The appointment follows 9 Story’s recent acquisition of Out of the Blue Enterprises, which was co-founded by Santomero.

With Santomero’s appointment, Out of the Blue will be rebranded as 9 Story USA. The New York-based creative studio will be the anchor of 9 Story’s creative development, formative research, and creative stewardship across current series, and the studio will continue to be supported by key development staff and operations in Toronto and Dublin.

Genius Brands International Greenlights Season Two of Llama Llama

llamallamaGenius Brands’ preschool series Llama Llama will get a second season on Netflix. Jennifer Garner will return in the lead role as Mama Llama. Season one of Llama Llama, also starring Jennifer Garner, debuted worldwide in 20 different languages on Netflix in January 2018. Currently in production on season two, Genius Brands and Netflix are developing two new, 30-minute Llama Llama specials, including one for Mother’s Day.

Based on the book series by author and illustrator Anna Dewdney, the preschool series is about first childhood experiences and adventures. Llama Llama tells the tales of life in a safe, friendly town seen through the eyes of Llama as he interacts with the world around him.

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