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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.

Kids Genius Cartoon Channel Goes Live on OTT Platforms

KidGeniusCartoonChannelGenius 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 »

Amazon Studios Premieres Creative Galaxy Valentine’s Day Special Next Month

Creative GalaxyA 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 »

Rovio Creates a Licensing Program for Kit^n^Kate

rovioToonbox 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! and Sesame Workshop Team Up for Sesame Street Books and Short Videos

epic_sesamestreetEpic! 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, MasterChef Partner To Bring Fans a MasterChef Dining Experience

EatWith_MasterChefEatWith 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 »

Rubie’s Costume Co. Releases Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Collection

unnamedRubie’s Costume Co. will launch officially licensed costumes, accessories, and masks inspired by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Available in toddler, child, tween, adult, and plus sizes, the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Collection includes DC Comics superheroes Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and more. Each detailed costume reflects a representation of the characters portrayed in the film. The collection will be available this Halloween season.

Al Kahn and Jillian Crane Form Kids Entertainment Company

Alfred Kahn, founder of 4Kids Entertainment Inc., and Jillian Crane, a writer, actress, and producer, have formed CraneKahn, an international children’s entertainment and licensing company that will focus on products and experiences.

As part of their licensing and marketing strategy to bring new forms of entertainment to children living through the digital revolution, CraneKahn has hired Kerry Novick, as senior vice president, global sales and acquisitionsNovick spent the past 20 years in global program distribution, representing Sesame Workshop and other top children’s series and brands in the world.

Kahn has been responsible for many of the biggest hits in licensing, including Cabbage Patch Kids, Pokémon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Yu-Gi-Oh!

In 2005, Kahn was inducted into the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) Hall of Fame.

Jillian Crane, along with Kahn, is currently producing a young adult film franchise based on the book series, H.I.V.E. (Higher Institute of Villainous Education). They are also developing two Broadway musicals: “The Boys of Summer,” based on the iconic book about the Brooklyn Dodgers and “The Blind Boys of Alabama,” the world renowned gospel group.

Novick spent five years working at Sesame Workshop distributing the company’s programs to Asia, Latin America, and Canada. She also founded Small Screen Distribution in 2004.

The Angry Birds Movie Enters Comprehensive Licensing Program

The Angry Birds Movie entered a comprehensive licensing program with the Lego Group, Spin Master, Hasbro, and Commonwealth Toy & Novelty ahead of the film set to release on May 20.

The book-publishing program for The Angry Birds Movie launched with HarperCollins in the U.S. and Centum Books in Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand, and parts of the U.S. IDW is publishing comics for films in English worldwide, with National Geographic on board.

Jewel Branding & Licensing Signs Collier Campbell

Jewel Branding & Licensing was appointed by Collier Campbell to expand the brand into the lifestyle category.

Collier Campbell designs are hand painted works in distinct patterns with an extensive design library. Collier Campbell is found at retailers including Bed, Bath & Beyond; Belk; Wayfair; JC Penney; and Kohl’s in the U.S.

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