The Slither.io bendable blind bag toys are now available at Target stores across the U.S. The blind bags will also debut at Toys “R” Us, Hot Topic, and other national and regional locations beginning next month. Based on slither.io, the Google Play app, the first assortment features 15 mystery Slithers, including rainbow, patriotic, and ultra-rare styles. Read the rest of this entry »
Moose Toys signed a licensing agreement with Build-A-Bear Workshop for an assortment of Shopkins plush and accessories that will launch at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores and buildabear.com late summer. The global agreement, brokered by The Licensing Shop Inc., covers Build-A-Bear Workshop locations in the U.S., Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Puerto Rico, the UK, and China, in addition to franchise stores in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Mexico, and the Middle East. Read the rest of this entry »
Azoomee, an entertainment app for primary school kids, partnered with BBC for a 12-month licensing agreement. Azoomee launched in the UK Last summer.
As part of a 12-month agreement, Azoomee licensed shows from BBC including Charlie and Lola; Horrible Histories; Katie Morag; The Next Step; Deadly 60; Nina and the Neurons; and Little Human Planet. Read the rest of this entry »
Kaiken Entertainment was awarded the London Book Fair (LBF) International Excellence Award for Brand Licensing for the global publishing program for the Angry Birds Movie.
“Kaiken Entertainment is thrilled to be acknowledged for our innovation, creativity and hard work. We are honored to be in this company of respected nominees and to receive this formidable recognition,” says Laura Nevanlinna, co-founder, Kaiken Entertainment and CEO, Kaiken Publishing
Sesame Workshop announced a new phase of the autism initiative Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children, which welcomes Julia, a Muppet with autism. Julia was introduced last year in digital form and will come to life as a Muppet, in addition to a release of resources designed to increase awareness and understanding of autism.
The See Amazing library will add digital videos, books, and e-books, which will be available in English and Spanish. The “Meet Julia” special episode airs on next month on HBO and PBS KIDS in the U.S. and around the world on Cartoonito UK, Australia’s ABC network, and Mexico’s Televisa, with worldwide rollout planned within the year. Read the rest of this entry »
DHX Media signed an exclusive deal with ZDF to launch season one of its new Teletubbies series on children’s channel KiKA in Germany. The launch builds on the original version of the preschool series that first aired in Germany in 1999.
The global licensing program for the new Teletubbies series is growing rapidly, with more than 85 partners signed to date. The series follows the same four characters and styling as the original show, but brings a contemporary look and feel to the preschool properties. The series has been picked up by 24 broadcasters worldwide, as well as Amazon Prime Video in the U.K., where the commissioning broadcaster is CBeebies.
Following the announcement that CPLG will represent the Parental Advisory brand, the first wave of market leading licensees will include Trademark, Misirli, and Brand Clothing International.
Branded Clothing International will feature a line of nightwear and kids wear with the brand logo. Trademark will produce a range of apparel that includes tops, sweatshirts, hoodies, joggers, leggings, dresses, and bags. Misirli will have a range of socks and hosiery. All three partners will launch in product this spring and summer.
Roblox announced the closing of a $92 million investment, which will be put toward enhancing the platform’s infrastructure and recruiting talent. The new funding follows the company’s rebranding and an online to offline expansion with a first-ever user-generated toy line from Jazwares.
The Roblox and Jazwares toy line will feature popular user-generated characters. The line is available at Toys “R” Us, additional retailers, and online at www.roblox.com and www.jazwares.com. The deal marks the beginning of an offline strategy that will bring Roblox to retail.
Jakks Pacific debuted its line of toys inspired by the upcoming live-action film Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The collection includes Enchanted Rose Jewelry Box, Enchanted Objects Tea Set, Belle’s Ball Gown, Belle’s Dress Up Accessory Set, Ballroom Belle, and Baby Belle.
For more information or to speak with a Jakks Pacific spokesperson, contact Rachel Griffin (RGriffin@jakks.net) or Kopper Overton (KopperO@jakks.net).
YOTTOY adds new classic collections to its line this year. The Paddington for Baby collection will launch alonside the Paddington 2 movie and will be available in the U.S. and Canada. A new range of toy and books will also launch this year to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Little Golden Books. Additionally, YOTTOY adds new Eloise collectibles, an inspired new plush and book collection from author and illustrator Greg Pizzoli, and more to its line this year. Read the rest of this entry »