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Rovio Entertainment, Everton Enter Multi-Year Shirt Sleeve Partnership

AngryBirds_EvertonRovio Entertainment Corporation and Everton, the English Premier League Club, signed a multi-year shirt sleeve partnership. Beginning September 17, Angry Birds will be an official shirt sleeve partner for Everton.

The Premier League sports league has more than 1.5 billion global viewers in more than 200 territories, and Rovio has 80 million monthly active users. The partnership will bring together fans from these two communities to participate in collaborative content in the Angry Birds games and co-branded fan merchandise.

Rovio’s Revenue Increased by 94 Percent in the Second Quarter

rovioRovio Entertainment Ltd.’s growth continued in the second quarter of this year, with the company’s revenue increasing to EUR 86.2 million. The year-on-year revenue increase was 94.0 percent, mainly due to the performance of Rovio’s games, and the revenue from The Angry Birds Movie release last May. During second quarter, Rovio also launched two new games: Battle Bay and Angry Birds Evolution.

The revenue of the games business unit increased by 65.0 percent and amounted to EUR 61.3 million. The growth was driven by a 30 percent increase in the number of monthly paying users, and a 51 percent increase in revenue per monthly paying user.

The revenue of the brand licensing business unit increased by 242.6 percent to EUR 24.9 million. The strong revenue growth was also due to revenues from The Angry Birds Movie. Read the rest of this entry »

Endemol Shine Group, London & Partners, Pointvoucher Partner for London Tourist Game

MrBeanEndemol Shine Group, London & Partners, Pointvoucher partnered to design and market a mobile game to attract visitors to the city.

Play London with Mr Bean is an interactive mobile Match-3 game with geo-location features, starring an animated Mr Bean character visiting scores of tourist attractions in central and outer London. Launching later this year on iOS and Android the game will engage with visitors to the city and help them discover London’s hidden tourist gems, the city’s cultural sights, and gourmet food destinations.

Players will be able to pick up vouchers, which they can cash in for discounts when they are in London, and find bonus offers on locations around the city, including free Wi-Fi, hotel room rates, and discounts at famous visitor attractions.

Nelvana Launches Digital Media Strategy for Mysticons


MysticonsCorus Entertainment’s Nelvana will launch the YouTube channel and social media pages for its original animated action series, Mysticons.
In anticipation to the upcoming premiere, the Mysticons YouTube channel and social pages are now live, with a website to launch shortly. Fans can watch a preview of the series online before the TV premiere in the U.S. and in Canada next month.
The online presence is part of a social and digital media content strategy involving more than 80 pieces of short-form original content supporting the brand, including introductions to stories and settings from Mysticons, DIY videos, and ive-action content that will be available to fans throughout the season. In addition, web games and an adventure role-play app will launch this fall.

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Amazon Original Kids Series Niko and the Sword of Light to Premiere on Prime Video

Niko_AmazonPrimeThe Amazon original animated kids’ series Niko and the Sword of Light will premiere on July 21 on Prime Video. The pilot is now available to stream exclusively for Prime members via the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices, and online.

Niko and the Sword of Light follows Niko, the last of his kind in a fantastical world, as he embarks on a quest to defeat the darkness and bring the light back to his land. Niko journeys to the Cursed Volcano, making new friends and powerful foes along the way, all while uncovering secrets about his mysterious past.

Fremantlemedia Kids & Family Appoints Little Dot Studios to Manage YouTube Channels, Signs Danger Mouse App Deal

Fremantle_DangerMouseGamesFremantleMedia Kids & Family appointed Little Dot Studios to manage and expand its digital presence on its YouTube channels. Little Dot Studios will grow its channel viewers and subscribers for Tree Fu Tom, Kate & Mim-Mim, and Danger Mouse, as well as new digital channels for Monsuno, Grojband, and Ella the Elephant. Flashback TV, the new family classics channel, will feature series including Sooty, Count Duckula, Button Moon, and Chorlton and the Wheelies. Read the rest of this entry »

SpacePOP, Six Flags, VideoBomb Partner for Promotional Campaign this Summer

SpacePOP_VideoBombGenius Brands International Inc. partnered with Six Flags Entertainment Corporation and VideoBomb for a SpacePOP brand experience this summer.

Expanding last year’s partnership with Six Flags, 10 theme park locations will feature SpacePOP original content and music videos across the Six Flags Media Networks, sponsored by VideoBomb, a free mobile app allowing fans to incorporate their own content into clips of their favorite music videos. The content includes music videos and trailers that will entertain guests while waiting in ride lines, as well as music played throughout the parks on the Six Flags radio network. Read the rest of this entry »

Rovio’s Angry Birds Evolution Now Available for Download

AngryBirdsEvolutionRovio Entertainment’s new Angry Birds Evolution puts a spin on the Angry Birds brand, featuring eastern-style RPG mechanics and console quality graphics. The reimagined and redesigned birds let players collect, train, and evolve them.

Rovio, in co-operation with Chimera Entertainment, created more than 100 new birds with multiple evolution states, some modeled after 80s action characters and comic book heroes.

The game is now available to download for free on the App Store and Google Play.

NPD Study Shows Toys and Technology Drive Licensed Sales for Kids in the U.S.

NPD_Stats According to the U.S. Kids License Report from The NPD Group, video games, electronics, and apps make up a combined 22 percent of kids’ licensed product dollar sales in the U.S.

This is on par with the volume represented by toys, which is the number one licensed industry at most retailers.

Toys capture the largest share of licensed sales among younger kids, representing over one-quarter of dollar sales for kids ages 2 to 5. This percentage shifts as video games, electronics, and apps gain more prominence as kids get older. Video games earn 27 percent of sales among boys ages 10 to 14, and share also increases substantially among girls as they get older. Toys and video games capture the largest share for eight out of the top 10 licenses, illustrating the weight carried by each of these industries. Read the rest of this entry »

Chic Sketch, Getty Images Enter Exclusive Multi-Year Agreement

ChicSketchChic Sketch entered a multi-year agreement with Getty Images, where it will be the exclusive media distribution and licensing platform for editorial content.

Chic Sketch illustrations are available on gettyimages.com and showcase fashion sketches of celebrities, award show red carpets, runway looks, and other pop culture events. The agreement creates a new collection category for Getty Images and will make Chic Sketch content available to millions of customers worldwide. Read the rest of this entry »

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