DHX Brands announced that Teletubbies will be the lead sponsor for the Shop Direct Baby and Toddler event, which starts this week and runs until April 17th. Shop Direct increased its category footprint of the preschool brand to include bedding and blankets from Character World and the Teletubbies Crayola range. Shop Direct is the UK’s second largest pure-play digital retailer.
Teletubbies will be featured throughout the Baby and Toddler event on all the Very and Littlewoods platforms, email marketing materials, and digital ATL activities, as well as on third-party sites such as Mumsnet and BBC Good Food. The event will be supported by multi-branded activities including event emails, onsite category takeovers, and offsite digital support. There will also be homepage support for the campaign that will feature Teletubbies product placement.
Maurizio Distefano Licensing (MD Licensing) signed a new licensing agreement on behalf of Angry Birds brand owner Rovio. Granarolo will partner with the Angry Birds brand to bring special editions of its 100 percent natural Yomino yogurt lines to retail.
Yomino Angry Birds products will be available from Q1 this year in Italian supermarkets, hypermarkets, and traditional channels. When customers buy an Angry Birds Yomino product, they will receive points that can be collected and redeemed for one prize, including a play tent, a trolley, and a complete set of luggage available in different colors.
Yomino is the Granarolos Yomo line of products for kids. It includes squeezable yogurt available in a number of flavors and produced in Italy with only Italian milk, and no dyes, preservatives, flavorings, or thickeners.
Cra-Z-Art announced a strategic licensing agreement of Nickelodeon to market and distribute Slime kits in the U.S. The kits, which will be branded Nickelodeon Slime, will include the ingredients needed for kids to make their own version of the network’s iconic green goo.
Available this March, Slime will also come in a variety of colors and textures, including glitter, neon, and glow in the dark. Cra-Z-Art already produces components of Slime, including white and clear glue, in the U.S.
Nickelodeon Slime will be manufactured in the U.S. and is expected to be available at major retailers prior to the Easter holiday.
Jakks Pacific Inc. renewed its mult-year licensing agreement with Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media in China for merchandising rights for more than 50 properties.
The agreement includes Disney princess and Disney Frozen for the large doll category, plus new entertainment properties including Disney’s Moana and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The deal also covers dress-up, role-play, costumes, and masks and accessories, as well as properties for Disney Tsum Tsum collectibles, action figures, ride-ons, and wagons.
Turner’s Cartoon Network EMEA adds partners to the apparel and accessories category for The Powerpuff Girls in the UK. The announcement follows the recent unveiling of London-based fashion label Fyodor Golan’s line inspired by the animated series.
The Powerpuff Girls x Fyodor Golan debuted at London Fashion Week last month. Set to launch in July at select department stores and boutiques worldwide, the full range of products includes outerwear, tops, sweatshirts, skirts, dresses, and trousers. Read the rest of this entry »
Entertainment One (eOne) partnered with Youth Sport Trust (YST) for its animated TV property, PJ Masks, to become a brand ambassador for YST’s work with kids in the UK.
eOne will collaborate with YST on a PJ Masks-branded initiative that will introduce an Early Years day to the charity’s annual National School Sport Week, which will be rolled out to more than 9,000 schools and early learning venues across the UK from June 26 to 30. Read the rest of this entry »
Pop Warner Little Scholars secured marketing agency Ignite2X to develop official licensed merchandise under the Pop Warner brand. Pop Warner is known for its youth football, cheer and dance, and scholastic programs.
The range will include sports, fan, and lifestyle merchandise, including apparel and accessories, school supplies, home accents, collectibles, toys, accessories, electronic games, apps, and more.
The licensing effort is led by Ignite2X with licensing veteran Alita Friedman. The deal will include the Pop Warner football and cheer divisions.
In addition to developing licensing programs, Ignite2X is the official sponsorship marketing agency of Pop Warner. To learn more about the Pop Warner brand, visit: PopWarnerDelivers.com.
Jazwares partnered with NERF, in collaboration with Hasbro, to introduce a NERF line that includes targets, tactical gear, storage, and more.
Jazwares will offer a variety of products to enhance the NERF lifestyle and blaster play. In addition, Jazwares will also extend the Nerf Sports segment with indoor and outdoor sports and games. The Jazwares Nerf Collection will be available at major retailers this fall in North American and Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).
Breyer Animal Creations was named specialty toy licensee for the new DreamWorks Animation Television series DreamWorks Spirit Riding Free. Breyer debuted the new line at the North American International Toy Fair this week.
The Netflix original series DreamWorks Spirit Riding Free will launch exclusively on May 5. Inspired by the 2002 film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, the reimagined story will enchant a new generation. Lucky, a gutsy twelve‐year‐old girl, befriends a wild mustang she names Spirit. With her two best friends and their horses by her side, they explore a world filled with endless rides, magnificent horses, and never ending fun. Read the rest of this entry »
Hasbro Inc. was named global master toy licensee by Sutikki, the new kids and family division of Bento Box Entertainment. The line of toys will based on the new preschool series, Moon and Me from Andrew Davenport’s Foundling Bird.
Inspired by tales of toys that come to life when nobody is looking, Moon and Me is the comical story of a special friendship between two characters from completely different worlds. Moon and Me will combine the latest production methods with traditional storytelling, comedy, and music to create a picture-book world. Read the rest of this entry »