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Nelvana, Dark Horse Comics Enter Licensing Agreement for New Action Series Mysticons

Nelvana_DarkHorse_MysticonsCorus Entertainment’s Nelvana entered a licensing agreement with Dark Horse Comics. Dark Horse will produce a series of graphic novels based on Nelvana’s original animated action series, Mysticons. Set to be released next summer, the graphic novels follow four unexpected heroes who transform into legendary warriors and undertake a mythic quest to save the world.

Dark Horse’s Shantel LaRocque will act as editor on the Mysticons graphic novel series. Having previously worked on titles such as Hellboy, B.P.R.D., Fight Club 2, Rexodus, and David Mack’s Kabuki, LaRocque brings a knowledge of comics and genre fiction to the project. Read the rest of this entry »

Publishers Weekly, Combined Book Exhibit, BolognaFiere Launch First New York Rights Fair

PublishersWeekly copyPublishers Weekly, Combined Book Exhibit, and BolognaFiere S.p.A. partnered to launch the New York Rights Fair, the first trade and licensing show in the U.S. centered around international rights, distribution, and licensing of both adult and children’s content.

The fair is scheduled to take place May 30- June 1, 2018 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan and will act as a networking opportunity for U.S. publishers and agents and their global counterparts. Items set to be covered include rights, sales, negotiation, and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film, and digital channels.

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Mattel Partner for New Monster High Novel

MonsterHighBookLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers partnered with Mattel for a novel mash-up, Monster High/Ever After High: The Legend of Shadow High, written by the  Shannon Hale and Dean Hale. The Legend of Shadow High will be published in October in a paper-over-board format, with a 150,000 first copy print run.

In the new novel for middle grade readers, Monster High characters Frankie Stein and Draculaura are transported to Ever After High, where they meet Raven Queen and Apple White. The four discover that the Evil Queen has escaped her mirror in search of the ultimate power hidden inside the ominous Shadow High. They have to work together to stop the Evil Queen and save the World of Stories. Filled with exciting, interactive details, including write-in pages that encourage readers to advance the story based on their choices, The Legend of Shadow High will release just in time for Halloween. Read the rest of this entry »

The Jim Henson Co. Renews Licensing Agreements with Boom! Studios for Classic Brands

DarkCrystal_CreationMythsThe Jim Henson Co. signed a new five-year agreement with graphic novel and comic book publisher BOOM! Studios to develop and publish at least seventeen new titles for its classic brands, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Fraggle Rock, and The Storyteller.

An earlier agreement between The Jim Henson Co.and BOOM! Studios resulted in the publication of twenty new titles under its Archaia imprint for the four brands. Read the rest of this entry »

Kaiken Entertainment Awarded London Book Fair Brand Licensing Award

AngryBirds_KaikenEntertainmentKaiken 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

Gaumont Options Neal Shusterman’s The Star Shards Chronicles

Gaumont_StarShards_Gaumont optioned the global rights to Neal Shusterman’s epic trilogy, The Star Shards Chronicles, for development as an animated series. The author of more than 30 award-winning books, Shusterman’s novels have been translated into more than 20 languages.

The trilogy features six ordinary kids conceived at the same instant that a star exploded light-years away, transforming their souls into living star fragments and causing them to receive extraordinary powers. As they struggle to discover the source of their supernatural afflictions, they learn that only by finding one another will they be strong enough to defeat the mysterious sources that are attacking them. Julian Stone will serve as an executive producer on the new animated project.

YOTTOY Adds New Paddington and Eloise Collections

PaddBaby_CozyBlankieYOTTOY 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 »

Condé Nast, Schumacher Partner for Fabric and Wallpaper Line

CONdeNastCondé Nast partnered with Schumacher for a fabric and wallpaper collection, which will be launched under the Vogue Living brand this August.

The collection will consist of approximately 50 products and will include designs inspired by Vogue archives. The line will be sold through interior designers and architects, online at fschumacher.com, and through Schumacher showrooms and designated Schumacher agents.

Berkshire Blanket & Home Co. adds The Rainbow Fish Products to its Collection

BerkshireBerkshire Blanket & Home Co. Inc. will add a number of The Rainbow Fish products to its collections, including blankets, throws, quilts, nap mats, and wearables.

Originally published in 1992, The Rainbow Fish series has sold more than 30 million copies and celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The series was the first book to use holographic foil, which allows the Rainbow Fish shimmer and the book to mirror his movement.

Gemma International Joins as Care Bears Licensee to Celebrate 35 Years and Beyond

Gemma_CareBearsTo celebrate Care Bears 35th anniversary this year, the brand partnered with Gemma International for a Care Bears greeting cards collection. Gemma International, in collaboration with brand licensing agency CPLG, launched the first greeting cards at Spring Fair last week.

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