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
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 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 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. 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.
To 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.
One Animation appointed Brandgenuity as licensing agent in the U.S. and Canada for the animated series Oddbods. The New York-based agency will build a licensing program for the Oddbods brand in categories including publishing, toys and games, apparel and accessories, back-to-school, home, gifts, social expression, experiences, and more.
The non-dialogue, slap-stick comedy follows the madcap antics of seven adorable yet quirky friends, surviving the perils of everyday life with hilarious consequences. These vignettes are stories, told in 7-, 5-, and 1-minute episodes.
The National Wildlife Federation signed new licensing partnerships to expand its Ranger Rick brand across digital, print, and kid-focused products. Partners include MerryMakers Inc., Ruckus Learning, Sage Licensing Group and Playlife Co., Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Stores, Once Kids, and The Quarto Group. The announcement was made during the North American Toy Fair 2017 in New York City. Read the rest of this entry »
Entertainment One (eOne) expanded the consumer products program for the global preschool series Peppa Pig, which airs on Nick Jr. in the U.S. and Treehouse TV in Canada. TCG will renew its contract for Peppa Pig games, and Ty Inc. will renew its contract for plush Beanie Babies. Jazwares continues its role as the master toy licensee for the property in the U.S and Canada. Read the rest of this entry »
Beginning this spring, Make It Real will manufacture and distribute a line of fashion design and watercolor sketchbooks made for kids ages 6 to 12. Each product comes with a full design style guide, dozens of sketch pages, stickers, stencils, instructions, and inspirations. The line will feature Mickey and Minnie, as well as characters from Disney Frozen, Elena of Avalor, and the Descendants.