Candlewick 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.
Animation 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 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 »
Entertainment 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 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.
Genius Brands International Inc. (Genius Brands) extends the reach of its Kid Genius Cartoon Channel as the channel “goes live” on OTT (over-the-top) platforms, including Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon’s Fire, boosting the channel’s reach to an estimated 50 million U.S. households. Additionally, the company is launching new apps for its signature Baby Genius and SpacePOP brands on these platforms. Read the rest of this entry »
A Creative Galaxy Valentine’s Day special guest starring Samantha Bee (The Daily Show) and Jason Jones (The Daily Show) as Arty’s parents will premiere Tuesday, Feb. 7 on Prime Video in the U.S. In the special, Epiphany is ready to show her love with a special performance on Groovopolis, but accidently ruins her costume before the show. She and Arty fly into the Creative Galaxy for a solution and help all his friends along the way, learning how everyone has their own special way of saying “I heart you!” Read the rest of this entry »
Toonbox Animation is partnering with Rovio Entertainment to create a consumer products licensing program for Kit^n^Kate, Toonbox’s educational short-form animated series for preschoolers. Kit^n^Kate has also been extended for two full seasons that will be available by the end of 2018.
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Epic! partnered with Sesame Workshop to bring Sesame Street content to its subscribers for the first time. A collection of Sesame Street audio-enabled read-to-me books and a range of learning-based short-form content will join the library of e-books and educational videos available to Epic! subscribers. The new Sesame Street material is included in Epic’s regular monthly subscription price.
Epic! subscribers will have access to favorite books, such as The ABCs of Cookies, Elmo Visits the Dentist, and Monsters in the Bathroom, as well as videos including People in Your Neighborhood and Elmo’s Got the Moves.
EatWith and MasterChef will offer fans the opportunity to dine with their favorite MasterChef contestants and winners.
Former MasterChef contestants will join EatWith to host their own meals and events. Read the rest of this entry »