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WBIE, Niantic Developing Harry Potter AR Game

HarryPotterWizardsUnite_blogWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Niantic Inc. will develop Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, an augmented reality (AR) mobile game inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. Published by Niantic and co-developed by Niantic and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, under the Portkey Games label,  Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will use augmented reality mobile technology to put magic in the hands of aspiring wizards and witches worldwide. Read the rest of this entry »

Spin Master Launches Moonlite Storybook Projector

SpinMaster_MoonliteSpin Master Corp. partnered with creator Natalie Rebot to bring the Moonlite Kickstarter campaign to Target stores beginning November 5.

Moonlite is a kid’s storybook projector that attaches to mobile phones and uses the flashlight of the phone to project story images onto the ceiling or wall. The initial prototype on kickstarter.com surpassed funding goals, and reached more than 40 million views on the product’s original video. Read the rest of this entry »

Rovio Entertainment, Iron Maiden Partner for Angry Birds Evolution Halloween Edition

ABEvolution_EddieRovio Entertainment will feature Iron Maiden in a special Halloween version of Angry Birds Evolution. Eddie—the mascot of Iron Maiden—will be a playable character as Eddie the Bird in Angry Birds Evolution this Halloween season. In this two-week character event beginning October 18, players who recruit Eddie the Bird to their team will be able to keep him as a player permanently.

There will be four evolutions of the character to represent different albums from Iron Maiden. In addition, the Bird Island will be transformed into a Halloween-themed, heavy metal oasis full of tributes to Eddie, Iron Maiden, and the heavy metal universe. Read the rest of this entry »

Genius Brands Launches Kid Genius Cartoons Plus! Subscription Streaming Service

BabyGeniusGenius Brands International Inc. launched of Kid Genius Cartoons Plus!, a premium subscription streaming channel for families available on Amazon Channels.

Kid Genius Cartoons Plus! offers exclusive access to stream full seasons of content for toddlers to tweens via the Amazon Video app for TVs and connected devices, including Fire TV, mobile devices, and amazon.com/channels.com. Kid Genius Cartoons Plus! features series that support STEM skills, as well as social-emotional development and literacy skills. Content from the Genius Brands catalog available on Kid Genius Cartoons Plus! includes Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club, Baby Genius, Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab, SpacePOP, Stan Lee’s Mighty 7, Martha Stewart’s Martha & Friends, and Gisele Bündchen’s Gisele & The Green Team.
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Bungalow Media + Entertainment to Launch Googles.com Kids Entertainment Platform

BungalowLogo_Bungalow Media + Entertainment will launch Googles.com, a destination for original, short-form “edutainment” that encourages curiously and a love for discovery. This content will target kids ages 8 to 12, including online, mobile, apps, and over-the-top (OTT) content.  It will also incubate new content and talent for distribution across multiple platforms.

Using a combination of live-action and animated video, along with activities, quizzes, and polls, Googles.com will offer a topical, fast-paced, and engaging experience for kids. The Googles.com buzzword is GO, empowering kids to go think, go play, and go explore. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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