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Beyblade Burst Premieres in Germany

BeybladeBurstSunrights Inc.’s animated series Beyblade Burst premiered on Nickelodeon in Germany last month. The series airs Saturdays in the 11:10 a.m. timeslot. Additionally, licensed Beyblade Burst products have also been introduced at retail.The licensing program in German-speaking territories is handled by German brand management and media company m4e AG, in cooperation with Studio 100 Media.

The animated series follows a group of passionate Bladers who follow their dreams on an unforgettable journey to the top. Valt Aoi is crazy about Beyblade, the popular spinning top. Valt’s best friend, Shu Kurenai, is a Beyblade prodigy and was named as one of the National Beyblade Tournament’s Supreme Four. Inspired by Shu’s accomplishments, Valt sets his sights on reaching the national tournament. As he battles his way to the top, Valt broadens his circle of friends and reaches new heights.

The Beyblade Burst product line from Hasbro lets kids scan their Beyblade Burst tops in the Beyblade Burst app, allowing them to customize their collection and battle with others using WiFi.  

IDW Games to Launch ’90s-Themed Nickelodeon Games

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IDW Games partnered with Nickelodeon to bring Nick ’90s properties to market as tabletop games. Focusing on the hobby and specialty channels, IDW Games will release a variety of games featuring characters from RugratsInvader ZimSpongeBob SquarePantsThe Wild ThornberrysHey Arnold!CatDogThe Angry BeaversRocket PowerAaahh!!! Real MonstersThe Ren & Stimpy Show, and Rocko’s Modern Life. Read the rest of this entry »

Walmart to Debut Exclusive Miffy’s Adventures Toy Line

image002 copyThis summer, Walmart will debut a toy line based on Miffy’s Adventures: Big and Small, exclusively in stores and online. The line will feature a Miffy 3-inch Family Multipack, Miffy Little Red Plane, Miffy Little Blue Car, and 6-inch Miffy, Melanie and Snuffy plush.

 The line is currently available at Walmart, and new additions will be added next month, including plush, a Miffy house, and several Miffy figurines. Details on the new line, as well as more Miffy related products will be announced next month.

Genius Brands Appoints Broadcast Partner for Rainbow Rangers Preschool Series

Rainbow Rangers newGenius Brands International Inc. licensed exclusive broadcast rights for season one of Rainbow Rangers to Nickelodeon in the U.S. and Caribbean. Currently in development, the mission-based action adventure series is expected to air on Nickelodeon’s preschool channel, Nick Jr. The deal follows the recent announcement of Fisher-Price Toys as global master toy partner for the brand. Read the rest of this entry »

Cra-Z-Art Enters Licensing Deal for Nickelodeon Slime

Cra-Z-Art_SlimeCra-Z-Art announced a strategic licensing agreement of Nickelodeon to market and distribute Slime kits in the U.S. The kits, which will be branded Nickelodeon Slime, will include the ingredients needed for kids to make their own version of the network’s iconic green goo.

Available this March, Slime will also come in a variety of colors and textures, including glitter, neon, and glow in the dark. Cra-Z-Art already produces components of Slime, including white and clear glue, in the U.S.

Nickelodeon Slime will be manufactured in the U.S. and is expected to be available at major retailers prior to the Easter holiday.

The Alpha Group US to Launch Regal Academy Toy Line

RegalAcademyRainbow Group’s Regal Academy will return to Nickelodeon, where it will continue to air new episodes from season one on Saturday mornings. Master toy partner The Alpha Group will release a full line of fashion dolls and play sets based on Regal Academy this fall. The line is designed for kids ages 5 and up and will debut at the North American International Toy Fair later this month.

Regal Academy follows Rose, the granddaughter of Cinderella, as she enters the Regal Academy and embarks on magical adventures with her classmates, who also have a fairytale heritage and belong to the school’s founding families. The series debuted on Nickelodeon last summer.

DHX Media Licenses Broadcast Rights for Teletubbies Season Two on Nick Jr.

teletubbiescarDHX Media licensed exclusive U.S. broadcast rights for 30 brand-new half-hour episodes of Teletubbies. The new season will air on Nickelodeon’s Nick Jr. preschool channel this year.

Season two of Teletubbies introduces new elements for a new generation of fans. Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po continue to laugh, learn and play as they discover a new area of Teletubbyland called the Hidey Hup. Read the rest of this entry »

Robert Bakish Named Acting President and CEO of Viacom Inc.

bob_bakish_headshotThe Board of Directors of Viacom Inc. appointed Robert Bakish as acting president and chief executive officer, effective Nov. 15. He will succeed Tom Dooley, who previously announced that he will be leaving the company.

Bakish will be responsible for the growth of Viacom’s industry-leading networks and brands. He will be expected to develop new content, expand distribution, and pursue strategic growth opportunities in Viacom’s core businesses. Read the rest of this entry »

LIMA UK Names Rising Star Nominees

The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) announced the nominees for the 2016 UK Rising Stars Award. Now in its third year, the award is designed to recognize excellence among junior licensing industry professionals in the UK.  Nominees were named during the Young Professionals Network summer event, hosted by Cartoon Network Enterprises EMEA.

The 2016 finalists are:

·         Georgina Huckle, sales and marketing executive, Rainbow Productions

·         Eloise Jones, buyer – Girls Wear and Baby Wear, George @ ASDA

·         Julia O’Brien, licensing executive, Turner Broadcasting Systems

·         Sarah Patel, retail marketing executive, Nickelodeon

·         Sole Puerto, licensing manager, Bulldog Licensing

·         Talia Tester, licensing manager, Carte Blanche Greetings

The winner will be announced during the 2016 Licensing Awards, taking place in London on September 13.  All six nominees will receive a free ticket to the event.

Zag’s CGI-animated Series Miraculous Greenlit for Second and Third Seasons

MiraculousCGI-animated series Miraculous, Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, from Zag/Zagtoon and France’s Method Animation, has been greenlit for a second and third season (26 x 22 minutes, episodes 27 to 65), produced in collaboration with Disney Channel in Europe and French broadcaster TF1. Season two is set to premiere early next summer.

Miraculous currently airs on Nickelodeon in the U.S., Disney Channel Europe/LATAM/Korea, TF1 in France, EBS in Korea, Gloob in Brazil, and ABC in Australia. TV broadcast exposure of the first season will expand in Italy and the UK on SUPER and POP respectively, premiering next February and March.

The story will continue to feature the magically transforming Ladybug and her partner Cat Noir, as they encounter new “akumatized” villains in each episode and meet new superhero friends.

TF1 (France), Disney (EMEA), Gloob (Brazil), Super (Italy) and Tele-Quebec (Canada) have already committed to the second season.

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