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SYBO Games Premieres Subway Surfers Short-Form Series

subway_surfersSYBO Games launched a short-form animated series inspired by its  Subway Surfers mobile game. The series is scripted by Brent Friedman and Francesca Marie Smith, and is produced by Sander Schwartz. It is available now on SYBO’s YouTube channel.

In the series, viewers meet four best friends as they navigate teenage life. Together, these friends explore their magical city on skateboards and discover an amazing mystery that will introduce new technology.

A long-form series is in development, currently slated for a late 2019 launch.

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.

Wildbrain, King Features to Produce Original Popeye Content for Youtube

Wildbrain_PopeyeKing Features Syndicate entered an agreement with WildBrain to manage and produce original Popeye content on YouTube. This marks the first agreement for original Popeye content in more than 10 years, leading to a reimagination of the brand ahead of its 90th anniversary next year.

WildBrain will have worldwide management rights for the Popeye and Friends Official YouTube Channel, and will work with King Features to enhance existing programming. The digital studio will begin by producing new compilations of popular cartoons, including Classic PopeyePopeye and Son, and The Continuing Adventures of Popeye. Read the rest of this entry »

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

Fingerlings Entertainment to Launch on May 11

TheFingerlingsShowThe Fingerlings property expands with YouTube entertainment content based on the toys from WowWee. The channel will launch with three distinct programs on May 11.

Fingerlings Tales follows the adventures of Bella, Boris, Gigi, Marge, and friends as they navigate the waters of friendship and family in their hometown of Melody Village. A mix of wild wackiness and classic heart, Fingerlings Tales reflects the creativity, originality, and laughter created by the toy line itself. Read the rest of this entry »

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.

NBA, Perform Media Enter Multi-Year Digital Media Partnership

NBAThe National Basketball Association (NBA) and Perform Media entered a multiyear partnership that will see Perform manage the league’s official websites in more than 15 international markets, including Argentina, Australia, Canada, India, Japan, Mexico, and Spain.

Through the partnership, Perform will manage the NBA’s official online destinations in select international markets that reach more than 15 million unique visitors each month.  Read the rest of this entry »

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