Kids Preferred’s Doug the Pug collection brings fan favorite canines to life with an assortment of Doug the Pug characters. Doug the Pug is the adventurous 3-year old pug that is melting hearts with his funny videos.
The new line includes: Doug the Pug Clip-On Assortment; Doug the Pug Pizza Shirt; Doug the Pug Rhasta; Dug the Pug Donut Bother Me; Doug the Pug Raincoat; Dug the Pug You Can’t See Me; Doug the Pug Life is Beachy; Doug the Pug Pizza Pug; Doug the Pug Pug Life; Doug the Pug Crown & Collar; Doug the Pug Shower Cap & Collar; and Doug the Pug Lamb Hat & Collar.
The Wish Factory LLC and Takkoda partnered for Takkoda’s pet art collection Pets Rock. The range from The Wish Factory will include apparel for men, women, children, and pets; fashion accessories; pet products; plush; The range will be available in territories including North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
Mr. Bean’s live-action series has launched on Hulu. The brand celebrated its 25th anniversary last year with a range of product launches from licensees in North America.
The Mr. Bean Bendable, from NJ Croce; Mr. Bean Bobblehead, from Royal Bobbles, and T-shirts, towels, pillows, accessories, and homewares from Tevco, continue to sell across North America. S&A Partners released a collectible 25th Anniversary limited-edition coin.
The PBS Kids’ Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! by the Fred Roger Co. will premiere on January 15 at Merriam Theater, Philadelphia, featuring lovable characters, engaging storylines, and toe-tapping tunes for fans. The official tour details can be found at www.danieltigerlive.com.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! stars Daniel Tiger in his iconic red sweater and sneakers, with other characters, including Mom and Dad Tiger, Baby Margaret, Katerina Kittycat, Miss Elaina, Prince Wednesday, O the Owl, and Trolley. The live show features musical numbers as Daniel and his friends embark on an adventures.
Two new episodes of Sesame Street will debut on HBO starting at 9 a.m. on January 16. Every Saturday thereafter, a new episode will air at 9 a.m. followed by a repeat episode at 9:30a.m. New episodes will also simultaneously debut on HBO Latino and be dubbed into Spanish. All episodes will now be 30-minute long allowing young viewers to engage with the TV series.
Families will also be able to watch new and past seasons of Sesame Street daily on HBO Family at 8 a.m., and five years of library episodes will be available for streaming on HBO Now and HBO Go. Episodes will also be available on HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.
Sesame Street content continues to be available to PBS Kids viewers on weekdays and Sundays on local stations, and on the PBS Kids video app. Season 46 episodes will begin airing on PBS Kids next fall.
Sesame Street’s well-known set, theme song, and show opening will have new updates and the show will open in the Sesame Street neighborhood. Cookie Monster will have an all-new segment, “Smart Cookies,” where he’ll continue to work on his self-regulation skills. The show will introduce Nina, a young, bilingual, Hispanic woman, who uses her wit, compassion, and charisma to help the furry residents of Sesame Street solve their daily dilemmas.
Sesame Street has announced a new initiative Sesame Street’s Everyday Heroes Club to continue its mission of helping kids grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. The project includes engaging online activities, hilarious Muppet videos, local events, and a social media campaign to share stories and to encourage kids and families that practicing kindness not only makes other people feel good, but also makes the doer feel good.
Kids and families can share their act of kindness on www.sesameheroes.org to earn a membership card, a club certificate, and special badges, including Manners, Respect, Giving, and Sharing.
Cartoon Network will include four Australian-made animation projects in its regional programming line-up next year.
Cartoon Network’s first full-length Australian-made series Exchange Student Zero, a pilot for Monster Beach: The Series, Sydney-produced short-form comedies Bill & Tony, and The Sketchy Show Out of Brisbane are all part of the list.
In addition to the TV, the content will also air on the recently launched app Cartoon Network Anything that promotes micro-short content and Cartoon Network Watch and Play digital platform.
Cartoon Network has launched its most popular characters with a range of branded stickers on the free call and messaging app Line.
Characters from Adventure Time, The Amazing World of Gumball, and The Powerpuff Girls are now available for download in Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and India. All characters have Chinese, Japanese, and English versions.
Line stickers, shared during chat sessions, function as large-scale emoji, and are available for download from the Sticker Shop in the Line app.
Shopkins has secured three new partners for the brand, which is represented by Bulldog Licensing.
Character World will develop bedding, curtains, fleece blankets, hot water bottles, cushions, rugs, sleeping bags, inflatable chairs, towels, bean bags, canvas art, toddler beds, fitted sheets, and robes. RMS International will launch a stationery and craft range, including coloring books, sticker books, and puzzles. Master toy licensee Flair is supporting the brand with TV advertising and in-store activity.
Other licensees include NJ Screen Prints for apparel, Pedigree for annuals, DJ Murphy for magazines, Winning Moves for games, Pyramid for posters, and Whitehouse Leisure for amusement plush.
Genius Brands International Inc (GBI) has partnered with Chronicle Books to publish a book based on the From Frank humor brand. GBI subsidiary A Squared Entertainment will manage the publication of the book, Don’t Fart When You Snuggle: Lessons On How To Make Humans Smile, as well as a corresponding 2016 wall calendar.