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Massive Monster Mayhem Adds International Broadcasters

massive monster maniaDHX Media added five broadcasters for season one of Massive Monster Mayhem, including Lagardère’s Gulli TV and Canal J in France, TVE’s Clan in Spain, CiTV in the UK, and ABC in Australia. Global distribution for Massive Monster Mayhem is handled by DHX Media, and the series is expected to roll out in these territories this year.

Massive Monster Mayhem launched on Nicktoons in the U.S. and Family Channel in Canada last fall. The consumer products licensing for Massive Monster Mayhem is managed by DHX Brands, with Alpha Group as global toy licensee, excluding Asia. Toys based on the series will launch at retail this fall.

Clifford the Big Red Dog to Launch Reboot, Licensing Program

cliffordClifford The Big Red Dog will return to TV for a reboot series. Based on the Scholastic book series by Norman Bridwell, the reimagined animated series will launch on Amazon Prime Video and PBS KIDS in the fall of 2019.

The series will still take place on Birdwell Island, but Clifford The Big Red Dog will also offer new locations. The rebooted show will have a strong emphasis on social-emotional skills, along with a curriculum designed to boost early literacy and encourage imaginative play.

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Firefly Brand Management Secures New Licensing Deals for Bob Ross Brand

BobRossHeadShotFirefly Brand Management signed new licensing partners for the Bob Ross brand, inspired by the TV show, The Joy of Painting, which debut in the ‘80s and still runs today.

New partners include JY Instyle for socks; Rasta Imposta for Halloween costumes and leggings; Running Press for activity books; Surreal Entertainment for drinkware and impulse; Aquarious Entertainment Merchandise for playing cards, tin signs, magnets, and more; Advanced Graphics for cardboard standees; Incogneato LLC for vinyl figures;  Read the rest of this entry »

Masha and the Bear Season Three to Air on KIKA in Germany

MashaAndTheBearInk Media signed a deal to make season three of Masha and the Bear available across Germany on KIKA. The new season will debut on the national, free-to-air children’s channel on June 18, and then screen daily, with two episodes on back-to-back.

Additional channels to recently air the preschool series include HBO Europe (all Central Europe and Spain), Minimax, Czeszka TV, TVP Poland, NBCUNI France, Telequebec, France TV, Canal Plus France, De Agostini Kid, RTS Switzerland, and Tiny Pop and Cartoonito in the UK.

Nelvana Expands Ranger Rob Licensing Program, Broadcast Partners

Nelvana_RangerRobCorus Entertainment’s Nelvana added new deals for its original preschool adventure series, Ranger Rob. The second season will launch on Treehouse in Canada this June, and on Universal Kids’ Sprout later this year.

Newly announced licensees include J Corp for apparel, Black & White for footwear, and Jellifish for sleepwear. Product will begin to launch in Canadian beginning this fall. In addition, new broadcast partners include MediaCorp (Singapore), TVNZ (New Zealand), Tiny Pop (UK), Clan TVE (Spain), Frisbee (Italy), and Hulu (U.S.). Read the rest of this entry »

Cartoon Network, Cryptozoic Release Rick and Morty Tabletop Game

rick morty gameCryptozoic Entertainment and Cartoon Network Enterprises will release Rick and Morty: The Ricks Must Be Crazy Multiverse Game this month. In this tabletop game, two to four players take on the roles of Rick, Morty, Zeep, and Kyle. Based on the Rick and Morty episode “The Ricks Must Be Crazy,” gameplay takes place in four “’Verses” with unique attributes: the Rickverse, Microverse, Miniverse, and Teenyverse.

Rick and Morty: The Ricks Must Be Crazy will be available at retailers nationwide beginning May 30 and at Origins Game Fair from June 13 to 17 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Sony Acquires Stake in DHX Media’s Peanuts

peanutsDHX Media and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. (SMEJ) agreed that SMEJ will indirectly purchase 49 percent of DHX Media’s 80 percent interest in Peanuts for $185 million in cash, subject to customary working capital adjustments. Pro forma for the transaction, DHX Media will own 41 percent of Peanuts, SMEJ will own 39 percent, and the members of the family of Charles M. Schulz will continue to own 20 percent.

DHX Media and SMEJ have also agreed to extend the duration of the current Licensing and Syndication Agency agreement with SMEJ’s consumer products division, Sony Creative Products Inc. in Japan.

 

Genius Brands Expands Licensing Partners for Rainbow Rangers Retail Launch Next Year

RainbowRangersGenius Brands International Inc. continues to grow its range of licensing partners in support of next year’s Rainbow Rangers retail launch based on its new original preschool series by the same name. The CGI-animated series is currently in production on season one, and will premiere in fall 2018 on Nickelodeon’s Nick Jr.

New partners for the U.S. include Berkshire Fashions for outerwear, Disguise for Halloween costumes, and Ceaco for puzzles. The Rainbow Rangers retail program will begin to launch in the U.S. late next spring, and continue through back-to-school and holidayRainbow Rangers partners are led global master toy partner Mattel Inc., and global master publisher Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group for its Imprint label.  Read the rest of this entry »

Zag Heroez Miraculous Ladybug Signs New Licensing Deals

MiraculousLadybugBulldog Licensing signed three new licensing agreements for Zag Heroez Miraculous-Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir. The show airs in more than 120 countries, and a live-action feature film will be debut in 2020.

New partners include Smith and Brooks for T-shirts, leggings, dresses, and swimwear; William Lamb for bags and purses; and Rainbow for costume characters. These deals follow recent agreements with H&A for health and beauty products and Sambro for arts and crafts.

 

Fingerlings Entertainment to Launch on May 11

TheFingerlingsShowThe Fingerlings property expands with YouTube entertainment content based on the toys from WowWee. The channel will launch with three distinct programs on May 11.

Fingerlings Tales follows the adventures of Bella, Boris, Gigi, Marge, and friends as they navigate the waters of friendship and family in their hometown of Melody Village. A mix of wild wackiness and classic heart, Fingerlings Tales reflects the creativity, originality, and laughter created by the toy line itself. Read the rest of this entry »

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