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Scholastic Announces Sale of More Than 2 Million Copies of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Parts One and Two

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two script book, the eighth Harry Potter story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne, published in the U.S. and Canada by Scholastic, hit bookstores nationwide on July 31, and sold more than 2 million copies in North America within the first two sale days.

Scholastic announced a first printing of 4.5 million copies of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two script book, and retailers reported fast-paced pre-sales leading up to the release date.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, a play by Jack Thorne based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany, premiered at The Palace Theatre in London’s West End on July 30.

At 12:01 a.m. ET on July 31, Scholastic released the script book in print in the U.S. and Canada. This Special Rehearsal Edition contains the complete script, including stage directions, used by the original West End production during the play’s preview period.

Sale of 250,000 tickets was announced for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play, starting August 4, for which further information is available on : www.HarryPotterthePlay.com.

The Jim Henson Co. Appoints Partners to Celebrate Labyrinth’s 30th Anniversary

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The Jim Henson Co. signed new apparel and figurines licensing partners to celebrate fantasy classic Labyrinth’s 30th anniversary. The film, starring David Bowie and Jennnifer Connelly, was produced by the Jim Henson Co. and Lucasfilm Ltd.

New apparel partners include Trademark Products in the U.K. and Zen Monkey Studios in the U.S., and new partners for figurines include Funko in the U.S.

Additionally, publisher Insight Editions will release Labyrinth: The Ultimate Visual History in October, featuring artwork, interviews, and on-set photos. Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: The Board Game from River Horse will debut this summer. The classic will also launch on Blu-ray and next generation 4K Ultra HD on September 20 with special features that will take fans behind the scenes at the Center for Puppetry Arts. The film will be released in a Limited Edition Gift Set to include a Digibook in mirrorbox packaging inspired by the film’s climactic and iconic final scene, retailing initially exclusively at Amazon.

2016 LIMA International Licensing Award Winners Announced; Star Wars Wins Big

Winners of the 2016 LIMA International Licensing Awards in 20 categories were announced yesterday at the 2016 Licensing Expo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Disney Consumer Products Star Wars won four awards, while Hot Topic won the Retailer of the Year for Doctor Who. AMC and Parque de Atracciones de Madrid (Striker Entertainment) won the Location-based/Experiential Initiative Award for its The Walking Dead walk-through attraction.

A full list of winners includes:

Licensed Program

Art/Design: The Very Hungry Caterpillar/The World of Eric Carle – owned by Eric Carle Studio, represented by Joester Loria Group

Celebrity/Fashion: cupcakes and cashmere – represented by Brand Central, LLC

Character/Toy Brand: Shopkins – owned by Moose Toys, represented by The Licensing Shop, Inc.

Corporate Brand: Girl Scouts of the USA – represented by The Wildflower Group
Digital: Candy Crush Saga – owned by King Digital Entertainment, represented by Striker Entertainment, LLC

Film/TV/Entertainment – Animated: Peppa Pig –Entertainment One

Film/TV/Entertainment – Live-Action: Star Wars: The Force Awakens –Disney Consumer Products & Interactive Media

Food & Beverage/Restaurant: Corona, Constellation Brands – represented by Joester Loria Group
Licensed Promotion: Star Wars: Force Friday/Unboxing Program – Disney Consumer Products & Interactive Media

Location-Based or Experiential Initiative: AMC and Parque de Atracciones de Madrid – AMC’s The Walking Dead, represented by Striker Entertainment

Retailer: Hot Topic – Doctor Who licensing program

Sports: NFLPA

Licensed Product

Apparel/Footwear/Accessories: Peter Alexander for Sesame Street (sleepwear, outwear and accessories)

Appliances/Automotive/Electronics/Hardware/Housewares/Paint: The Sherwin-Williams Company for HGTV HOME paint

Digital: Story Toys for The World of Eric Carle/The Very Hungry Caterpillar (apps)

Food/Beverage: The Republic of Tea for Downton Abbey

Health & Beauty Aids: Lovehoney for Motörhead Official Pleasure Collection

Home Decor: Pottery Barn for Star Wars Millennium Falcon Bed

Publishing/Social Expression/Back-to-School: Moleskine for Batman Limited Edition Collection

Toys/Games/Novelties/Role-Play: Sphero for Star Wars BB-8 app-enabled Droid

Disney Launches #DreamBigPrincess Campaign to Inspire Kids

The Dream Big, Princess campaign takes Disney’s princess stories and qualities and pairs that with real-life girls to inspire and encourage kids around the world to dream big. Every kid is different and there is a Disney Princess to help inspire them and show them their dreams and ambitions are possible.

The campaign recruit’s girls, not actors, who have a range of diverse interests, dreamed big and achieved their goals, and who love Disney Princesses and their stories.

Super Impulse Expands with World’s Smallest Line

Super Impulse will expand its product line in spring to include tiny versions of four Mattel toys, the Fisher-Price Chatter Telephone, the Fisher-Price Rock-A-Stack, the Magic 8 Ball, and the Fisher-Price Little People School Bus.

World’s Smallest toys are designed with the same working functions as the original classic toys, but in the smallest sizes ever created.

The Fisher-Price Chatter Telephone will feature a friendly face just like its original, with eyes that move up and down, a rotating dial, and rolling wheels that click as it moves.

The Fisher-Price Rock-A-Stack will have six colorful stacking rings and a wobbly base that rocks back and forth like the original, and the World’s Smallest Magic 8 will help kids with life’s toughest questions, just like its predecessor.

LIMA Hosts Asian Licensing Awards on January 11

The LIMA Asian Licensing Awards ceremony and cocktail reception will be held on January 11, the opening night of the Hong Kong International Licensing Show. The event will bring the global licensing industry together, giving attendees the annual opportunity to network.

All industry colleagues, including non-LIMA members, active or interested in Asian markets, are welcome to participate. The award ceremony will be held at the Honk Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but guests must register online to participate.

GBI and NCircle Entertainment Debut First Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab DVD

Genius Brands International (GBI) and NCircle Entertainment have released the first DVD from Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab animated series that shows kids how much fun science can be. The DVD was released nationwide at Walmart stores and digitally on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Hoopla on December 15.

The company will partner with Wicked Cool Toys to launch merchandise, including STEM-based toys next year.

Rubie’s Costume Co. Announces Star Wars: The Force Awakens Costume Collection

Rubie’s Costume Co. Inc. has launched Star Wars-inspired costumes and accessories based on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, that opened in theaters on December 18.

Available in toddler, child, and adult sizes, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens collection includes costumes based on Finn, Rey, Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma, Flametrooper, and Stormtrooper.

The film introduces many new characters in its seventh installment of the episodic film series created by George Lucas, set 30 years after Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

Hogwarts is Coming to Universal Studios on April 7

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 7, marking the highly anticipated arrival of the west coast’s dynamic immersive experience at the entertainment capital L.A.

More than five years in the making, and inspired by J.K. Rowling’s stories and Warner Bros. films, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is being masterfully recreated with impeccable detail complete with Three Broomsticks, Hog’s Head pub, Butterbeer carts, and the iconic Hogwarts castle.

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey will make its U.S. debut at Universal Studios Hollywood in hyper-realistic 3D-HD design to immerse guests in a life-like Quidditch-match. Flight of the Hippogriff, a family coaster will also open at the studios as Hollywood’s first outdoor roller coaster.

Guests can sign up at www.universalstudioshollywood.com/harrypotter/signup to keep up to date about the latest developments.

Saban’s Glitter Force Partners with Blush for Series’ Music

Saban Brands has partnered with Blush for its new Netflix original series Glitter Force. Blush, recorded the Glitter Force theme song and performed additional tracks to be featured in music videos throughout the series.

Blush members include girls from different Asian countries, including Angeli Flores from the Philippines, Natsuko Danjo from Japan, Alisha Budhrani from India, Victoria Chan from China, and Nikita Vecino from the Philippines. Their music is edgy and combines pop, R&B, and dance genres.

Glitter Force is adapted from a Japanese TV series Pretty Cure. The new series follows five pre-teen girls who learn that they are legendary superheroes that must defend earth from evil fairytale villains.

The first season of Glitter Force is set to premiere on December 18 on Netflix and The Glitter Force music will be digitally released via iTunes and Amazon next year.

 

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