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Focus Features, Carnival Films Produce Downton Abbey Movie

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Focus Features set production with Carnival Films on a movie based on the TV show, Downton Abbey. The original principal cast from the TV series will return for the feature which will begin production this summer. Also returning from the series is creator Julian Fellowes, writer of the film’s screenplay who will produce alongside Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge. Brian Percival, director of the series’ pilot, will direct the film and Nigel Marchant will return to executive produce.

The Downton Abbey movie is a Carnival Films production, with Focus Features and Universal Pictures International distributing.

 

 

Rovio Entertainment Partners With Chupa Chups and Teases Multi-Year Content Roadmap

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Rovio will launch an extensive program of new licensing partnerships in North America for the flagship Angry Birds franchise. Rovio will also maintain its previous long-term partnership with TCC for global retail loyalty campaigns.

Rovio is partnering with global confectioner Perfetti Van Melle, owner of Chupa Chups. Commencing in 2019, this long-term partnership will develop an extensive range of Angry Birds-branded Chupa Chups products with 6 million units set to be distributed across global markets. Rovio will unveil further key partnership announcements over the coming weeks.

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Disney Raises Bid to $71.3 Billion for Twenty-First Century Fox Assets

Disney_FOXAccording to a CNBC report, The Walt Disney Co. raised its offer for Twenty-First Century Fox (21CF)’s movie and TV assets to $71.3 billion. The new bid is for $38.00 a share, which rivals last week’s offer from Comcast for an all-cash $35.00 a share.

Disney and 21CF entered into a definitive agreement in December for Disney to acquire 21CF, including the Twentieth Century Fox Film and Television studios, along with cable and international TV businesses, for approximately $52.4 billion in stock.

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J&M Brands is Newest Agent for Rovio’s Angry Birds

J&M Brands Angry BirdsRovio Entertainment has appointed J&M Brands as their licensing agent in the Benelux for the Angry Birds brand. With The Angry Birds Movie 2 premiering in 2019, games and series releases are in the works.

Jakks Pacific, Paramount Pictures Partner for Creepy Crawlers Film

Jakks_CreepyCrawlersParamount Players acquired the film rights to Jakks Pacific’s Creepy Crawlers toy brand.

Neal H. Moritz and Marc Gurvitz will produce the film, and Toby Ascher and Stephen Berman will serve as executive producers. Ali Bell and Royce Reeves-Darby will oversee the prpject for Paramount Players,

Production of the film is subject to the conclusion of definitive production agreements among the parties.

Scholastic Appoints Sony as Agent for Goosebumps Licensing Program

goosebumpsScholastic appointed Sony Pictures Consumer Products (SPCP) as the official agent for the children’s book series, Goosebumps. There are seven confirmed licensees for the Goosebumps franchise, and the consumer products program is set to rollout with the second film entitled, Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween. SPCP will also represent the licensing efforts for the films. The new film is currently scheduled to release this October.   

New licensees include Scholastic Inc. for movie tie-in books; Changes for adult apparel; Bioworld for apparel, accessories, and desktop items; Mad Engine for apparel and accessories; KJMC Sportswear California for apparel; Philcos Enterpriser for apparel in Canada; and Zinc International Ltd. for in-cinema concession stands.

 

 

Toy State Named Master Toy Partner for Spies in Disguise

SpiesInDisguiseArtThe action-comedy film Spies in Disguise debuts in theaters next spring, and will feature licensees across categories including toys, games, publishing, apparel, accessories, sleepwear, and home.

Toy State was appointed master toy partner for the film, and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products also partnered with HarperCollins Children’s Books, Centum Books Ltd., Hachette Livre Group, New Moda, Hybrid, Accessory Innovations, ABG Headwear, Secret Charm, Global Brands Group, and Titan Books. Read the rest of this entry »

Research and Markets Analyzes Top Players in Global TV and Movie Merchandise Market

ResearchandmarketsThe global TV and movie merchandise market to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 8.9 percent during the period 2018-2022, according to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s latest Global TV and Movie Merchandise Market 2018-2022 report.

The report found that key vendors are Comcast, Disney, Hasbro, Time Warner, and Twentieth Century Fox. It was prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts, covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years, and includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market. Read the rest of this entry »

TCG, Marvel Launch Branded Home Products Line

marvel matTCG  will launch an assortment of  Marvel-branded home décor products for kids’ rooms. The debut line-up of Marvel Megamats, Gelli Mats, and Tidy Town 2- in-1 storage units will debut at retail beginning this fall.

TCG’s new Marvel collection will include a large double-sided foam Gelli Mat featuring licensed characters on one side, and a complementary pattern on the other. The Gelli Mat wipes clean and rolls up for easy storage. Read the rest of this entry »

Fandango Fanshop Launches Prop Shop

jurrasic-world-fandango-prop-shopFandango FanShop will launch its first Prop Shop, giving fans an opportunity to own official, limited edition prop replicas from popular films and franchises. In partnership with Universal Studios, Fandango FanShop’s first offerings will feature official prop replicas molded from original on-screen props from the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World film franchise, handcrafted on the Universal Studios backlot.

To enhance the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World prop replicas’ collectability, Fandango FanShop will provide an official signed certificate of authenticity issued by Universal Studios that will include the product number in the series, among other details.

FanShop will take pre-orders for the Jurassic prop replicas at Fandango FanShop leading up to the theatrical release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in June. Fandango is part of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, a business unit of NBCUniversal.

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