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Viacom Names Jim Gianopulos Chairman, CEO of Paramount Pictures

ParamountPictures_JimGianopulosViacom Inc. appointed Jim Gianopulos as chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Paramount Pictures, effective April 3. Gianopulos will report directly to Bob Bakish, president and CEO of Viacom.

In his role as chairman and CEO of Paramount, Gianopulos will oversee the studio’s film and television operations worldwide, including production, marketing, distribution, and all other facets. He will also set a new strategy for Paramount, including developing new content, strengthening Paramount’s slate with co-branded releases from Viacom flagship brands, and expanding the studio’s global footprint. Read the rest of this entry »

Fisher-Price Named Master Toy Partner for New Series Kingdom Force

Fisher-Price_KingdomForceBoat Rocker and Industrial Brothers named Fisher-Price master toy partner for the new original series Kingdom Force.

Kingdom Force was created by Industrial Brothers’ Matt Fernandes and will be co-produced by Industrial Brothers and Boat Rocker Studios. Boat Rocker will distribute the series internationally and manage the merchandising and licensing for the brand on all platforms, as well as leading the digital and brand initiatives. Read the rest of this entry »

Rovio Entertainment and Mikael Hed Honored with Hulda Award for The Angry Birds Movie

angry birdsRovio Entertainment and Mikael Hed, executive producer of The Angry Birds Movie, received the Finnish Audiovisual Export Award Hulda. The award is presented annually by Audiovisual Finland and honors excellence in creative industry export.

The Angry Birds Movie is the most internationally successful Finnish film of all time and is also the second highest-grossing movie based on a game. The award was presented by Finland’s minister of economic affairs Mika Lintilä at the annual Finnish film industry event Jussi Gaala, which took place last Friday.

Ascot Racecourse Signs New Licensees in Time for Royal Ascot Event

smile@richardjarmy.co.uk - Richard Jarmy PhotographyAscot Racecourse announced five new licensing deals ahead of its flagship racing festival Royal Ascot. Brokered by IMG, a cross-category licensee portfolio was assembled for the 305-year-old racecourse that include, Links of London, Christy, Christys’ Hats, Milly Green, and Oliver Brown.

The brands’ new collections will be released in mid-May in licensees’ standalone, concession, and web stores, as well as in high-end high street retailers. They will also be available for the first time in Ascot’s new on-site retail stores, which will be managed by IMG. Read the rest of this entry »

Turner Wins Best Case Study for Lamput at FICCI Fames 2017

TurnerTurner was named the Best Case Study in the Animated Frames category for Lamput at FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) Frames 2017.

Featuring a gooey orange nutcase that outwits a pair of hapless doctors, the series received praise for its ability to tell multiple stories and inspire laughter. Read the rest of this entry »

9 Story Distribution International Acquires New Children’s Series

9StoryMedia_Vivi9 Story Distribution International acquired three children’s series for international distribution. The acquisitions include Vivi, Ruby’s Studio, and short series My Friend Bubbles. 9 Story plans to showcase each series at MipTV.

Acquired from Brazilian-based Mixer Films, Vivi follows seven year old Vivi and her friends, Backpack and Flashy, as they embark on magical journeys to fantastic new places while learning something about the world and ultimately themselves. 9 Story Distribution International acquired all international rights to the 26 x 11 minute series, excluding Latin America, where the series is set to air on Discovery Kids. Read the rest of this entry »

Vans, Kendra Dandy Partner for Apparel and Accessories Collection

Vans_KendraDandyVans partnered with artist and illustrator Kendra Dandy to design a collection of imaginative illustrations across Vans footwear, apparel, and accessories.
Dandy is known for transforming her colorful illustrations into cheeky, smile-inducing patterns. The Vans includes Vans Authentic, women’s apparel, and accessories.

The Vans x Kendra Dandy collaboration was brokered by Jewel Branding & Licensing, Kendra Dandy’s global licensing agent. The line is available now in Vans retail stores and Vans.com.

Amazon Original Special Tumble Leaf Spring-A-Ling Surprise Debuts Next Month

TumbleLeafThe Amazon Original Special Tumble Leaf Spring-A-Ling Surprise debuts on Tuesday, April 4 on Prime Video in the U.S. and the UK. Tumble Leaf features lush worlds, playful stop-motion animation, and scientific thinking through play. Everyone helps Bloom the bunny hunt for his lost eggs, which he plans to plant for a spectacular spring surprise, and Fig uncovers many other signs of the bright and sunny season of spring along the way. Read the rest of this entry »

Filippo Berio Olive Oil Selects Beanstalk as U.S. Strategic Licensing Partner

Beanstalk_FilippoBerioFilippo Berio appointed Beanstalk as its strategic licensing partner in the U.S. Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, Beanstalk will help extend the olive oil brand’s Italian heritage and values into healthy food categories.

Beanstalk will aim to extend Filippo Berio into healthy foods such as pasta sauces, salad dressings and kits, marinades, savory snacks, specialty olives, marinated vegetables, dips and spreads, crackers, and specialty breads. Many Americans regard olive oil as an important part of a healthy diet, as it has been proven to lower the risk of heart disease, provide important vitamins and nutrients, and serve as an essential source of antioxidants.

Slither.io Blind Bags Now Available at Major Retailers in the U.S.

Slither.io_Blind+BagsThe Slither.io bendable blind bag toys are now available at Target stores across the U.S. The blind bags will also debut at Toys “R” Us, Hot Topic, and other national and regional locations beginning next month. Based on slither.io, the Google Play app, the first assortment features 15 mystery Slithers, including rainbow, patriotic, and ultra-rare styles. Read the rest of this entry »

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