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Snap, DC Entertainment Bring Mad Magazine to Snapchat

Snap_DCEntertainment_MAD__Snap Inc. and DC Entertainment entered a content collaboration that will bring the Mad Magazine humor to Snapchat seven days a week. The partnership will launch on Sept. 1.

This collaboration will reimagine Mad’s satirical content of contemporary politics and other topical issues, along with classic and nostalgic material. John Ficarra, the former Mad senior vice president and executive editor who serves as a creative advisor for DC Entertainment, and Peter Girardi, executive vice president of Blue Ribbon Content, the digital content studio of the Warner Bros. Television Group, will oversee the project. Ficarra and Girardi are longtime creative partners, most notably teaming up for the Mad animated series for Cartoon Network from 2010 to 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

Nickelodeon International Launches Dora’s Worldwide Adventure, Nick Football Champions Apps

Nick_FootballNickelodeon International launched two new apps: Dora’s Worldwide Adventure and Nick Football Champions. Both apps are available in 12 languages and accessible to markets outside of the U.S. via the iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon stores.

Dora’s Worldwide Adventure introduces preschoolers to geography, inviting them to learn and celebrate different cultures with Dora, Boots, Swiper, and more. The app will let players explore seven different countries: Australia, Brazil, China, Italy, Japan, the UK, and the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »

Sanrio Launches Makeup Collection, Digital Stickers

Sanrio_MakeupDropSanrio partnered with MakeupDrop to create two versions of the makeup brand’s eco-friendly beauty tool featuring Hello Kitty and Gudetama. The MakeupDrop x Hello Kitty and MakeupDrop x Gudetama collections are available for purchase at makeupdrop.com and sanrio.com, and at Bloomingdale’s, Revolve, and select Sanrio stores.

Additionally, Sanrio teamed up with Quidd to develop limited-edition, rare digital stickers, trading cards, and toys. The first edition is available for purchase through the Quidd app on iOS and Andriod devices.

Hasbro, Quidd Partner to Create Digital Stickers

Hasbro_4c_noRHasbro Inc. partnered with Quidd Inc. to distribute and sell digital stickers, trading cards, and digital toys through the Quidd app.

Quidd will create, distribute, and sell limited-edition digital stickers, trading cards, and toys from 40 of Hasbro’s brands, including Dungeons & DragonsGI Joe, Nerf, Optimus Prime, Rainbow Dash, and Demogorgon.

The Transformers, My Little Pony, Magic: The Gathering, and Monopoly first edition releases are now available via the Quidd app.

King Features to Expand Merchandising Program for Cuphead Game

CupheadKing Features Syndicate, the official licensor of Studio MDHR’s Cuphead property, introduced a merchandising program inspired by the game, featuring apparel, accessories, costumes, home décor, and more.

Merchandise from Funko, Accutime, Fifth Sun, Dark Horse Comics, Underboss, and Just Funky will begin to rollout at retail and continue throughout this year. Additional partners include Sunstaches for traditional and novelty sunglasses; Artovision for shadowbox art, desktop art, and postcards, available worldwide; Marketing Instincts Inc. for consoles, controllers, charging stands, and more in the U.S.; Hpynotic Hats for socks and hosiery in the U.S. and Canada; elope Inc. for costumes, cold weather accessories, socks, and jewelry; and NTD Apparel for activewear, sleepwear, and swimwear for adults and kids

Rovio Extends Angry Birds Licensing Program

AngryBirdsRovio Entertainment introduced licensing partners for Angry Birds in North America with new, renewed, and ongoing deals.

Partners include FAB for bags, backpacks, and lunch kits; Ranir for children’s oral care; Merske for ride-on and pretend-play toys; WEI Sales/Wells Dairy for frozen confections; Blue Spring Partners/Fin Fun for wearable blankets and towel wraps; Crocs for footwear and Jibbitz charms; and Brown Trout for calendars. Rovio also secured promotions with Sonic Restaurants and Hostess Brands, which will release more than 10 million co-branded packaged bakery foods. Read the rest of this entry »

Vewd, Kaltura Partner for Sesame Street App

VewdKaltura_SesameStreetSesame Workshop launched a new Sesame Street streaming TV app for Vewd-enabled connected TV devices. The app features content from the 48 seasons of the TV series, and includes dedicated sections to Sesame Street characters. The new app is available on connected TV devices from Sony, Samsung, HiSense, Tivo, Vestel, and many more.

The new app was built in partnership by Vewd and Kaltura. Kaltura added compatibility with Vewd Snap, the app creation and distribution tool. Vewd Snap features a full HTML5 TV app, complete with a turnkey user experience and light customization options.

Masha and the Bear Heads to North America

MashaAndTheBearAnimaccord entered an agreement with worldwide educational platform PlayKids, PlayKids app subscribers access to the Masha and the Bear series in the U.S. and Canada. The series follows Masha and a paternal bear that she befriends. Each episode features a new adventure that the two face

My Singing Monsters to Debut at Licensing Expo

Oct24.MySingingMonstersBig Blue Bubble partnered with Wind Sun Sky Entertainment and Skybound Entertainment to host licensing discussions at the Licensing Expo next month to expand the My Singing Monsters brand. The franchise development will be led by Wind Sun Sky Entertainment’s Catherine Winder.

The licensing program will include collectible merchandise, toys, and lifestyle products. Wind Sun Sky Entertainment and Skybound Entertainment will also adapt the mobile game into an animated series.

Slither.io, Surreal Entertainment Partner for New Range

slither.ioSlither.io added Surreal Entertainment to its growing roster of licensees. Created by Lowtech Studios LLC, slither.io is a game app that had more than 160 million downloads and more than 28 billion plays last year.

Surreal Entertainment will manufacture and distribute beverage-ware, novelty items, and home goods. Other licensed partners include Party City, Bonkers Toys, Fifth Sun, Accessory Innovations, Franco Mfg, Just Toys Intl., Trends, Aquaris, and Everything Legwear, and Raw Thrills. Read the rest of this entry »

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