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Ranger Rob Series Renewed for Second Season, New Toy Line Set for Release

RangerRobRanger Rob, an animated series from Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana, has been renewed for a second season. The season is set to include 14 new episodes.

The series was ranked No. 1 for boys ages 2-11 on Corus’ Treehouse network in Canada during the fall 2016 season. Its rankings are also high in other territories, such as TF1 in France, Super RTL in Germany, Disney Channel in Australia, Nickelodeon in Italy, Canal Panda Portugal, YLE/TV2 Finland, and HOP Israel.

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Rovio Entertainment Appoints Evolution as Licensing Agent in the U.S., Names New SVP

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Rovio Entertainment appointed Evolution as its licensing agent in the U.S., focusing on consumer products and retail expansion. Evolution will represent Rovio’s ongoing Angry Birds initiatives for merchandising, promotions, and retail opportunities, while looking to focus on the Hatchlings, the newest addition to the franchise, for next year.

In a separate but related announcement, Simo Hämäläinen was named senior vice president, brand licensing for Rovio Entertainment.

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eOne Adds Global Partners to PJ Masks Licensing Program

PJMasksEntertainment One (eOne)’s preschool property PJ Masks expands its global footprint with merchandise launches throughout the Asia Pacific and Latin America regions, as well as new licensees in the UK and Australia.

Lead by master toy partner Just Play, the new merchandise will launch in the Asia Pacific region this June. Medialinkis will represent the property in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South East Asia. Dianos will manage consumer products in Korea, and Bradford Licensing will be responsible for licensing the property in India.  Read the rest of this entry »

eOne Signs New Partners for Peppa Pig Licensing Program in North America

PeppaPig_PrincessCastleEntertainment One (eOne) named additional new partners and renewed more licensing agreements for Peppa Pig in the U.S. and Canada. The licensing program now includes more than 70 licensees.

eOne has negotiated contract renewals with Candlewick for publishing (the U.S.); DecoPac for cake-decorating (the U.S. and Canada); Fiesta for amusement plush (the U.S. and Canada); GBG Beauty for bath and personal care (the U.S.); Penwizard for publishing (the U.S.); Primary Colors for confectionery and stationery (the U.S. and Canada); and Tin Box for tin ware (the U.S.). Read the rest of this entry »

Super 4, Foster’s Hollywood Restaurants Partner for Children’s Menu Toys

Super4_FosterHollywoodRestaurant chain Foster’s Hollywood launched a food promotion that incorporates the PLAYBILL-inspired animated TV series Super 4 into its children’s menus in Spain.

With the purchase of a children’s menu item, kids will receive a personalized cup with the series characters and one of four Super 4 products including a stationery set, a giant pencil, a diary, or a pencil case. This promotion will be in effect until the end of stock in more than 180 of the restaurant chains across Spain. Read the rest of this entry »

Candlewick Entertainment to Debut Book Series Based on Educational Insights Games

SneakySnackySquirrelGameCandlewick Entertainment, an imprint of Candlewick Press, acquired world rights in all languages to a series of books based on games from Educational Insights. This marks the debut of a licensing program for Educational Insights.

The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel will be the first title and feature a lift-the-flap board book, which will be published this summer in the U.S. and Canada by Candlewick Entertainment and in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand by Walker Entertainment. This tree-shaped board book explores counting and color concepts.

 

LAIKA Appoints Striker Entertainment to Launch Worldwide Licensing Program

Laika_StrikerAnimation studio LAIKA appointed Striker Entertainment LLC to serve as its worldwide licensing agent. Striker Entertainment will work with LAIKA to develop a global licensing program with a roster of licensees.

Founded in Portland, Ore. in 2005, LAIKA’s mission is to blend art, craft, science, and technology to tell new stories. To date, the studio has had four Oscar-nominated features including Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), The Boxtrolls (2014), ParaNorman (2012) and Coraline (2009).

Sesame Workshop to Expand Sesame Street and Autism Content this Year

SesameWorkshop_JuliaSesame 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 »

eOne Debuts New Toy Ranges for its Properties at Abrin Toy Fair

PJ Masks 4x3FEB15 no logoEntertainment One (eOne) outlined plans to strengthen its brands in Latin America with a new appointment to manage its portfolio for TV properties including, Peppa Pig, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom, and PJ Masks.

Bruna Sawada joins the company in the newly created role of regional territory manager – Brazil and will report directly to London-based Murilo Hinojosa. Hinojosa leads consumer products for the entire Latin American region. Read the rest of this entry »

DHX Media Appoints Studio and Distribution Management Teams

Anne Loi, Executive Vice President, Global Operations, DHX MediaDHX Media appointed management members to integrate its studio and distribution teams, as well as enhance synergies across its businesses to propel its global growth strategies, effective immediately.

Anne Loi was named executive vice president, global operations, and will oversee all studio and distribution group operations as well as global technical services and business analytics. Josh Scherba was appointed to the position of executive vice president, distribution and content, with responsibility for creating and selling kids and family content. Loi and Scherba will report to Steven DeNure, DHX Media’s president and chief operating officer.

In addition, Stephanie Betts was named senior vice president, development and current series, and will report to Josh Scherba. Betts will continue to lead the company’s development slate, and in her new position will also take an active role in the creative oversight of production for all DHX Media original content.

Ken Faier was named senior vice president and executive producer, DHX content, and will report to Steven DeNure. Faier will continue his focus on new business, interactive, and brand development.

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