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Nelvana and Sony Pictures Animation Partner for Hotel Transylvania TV Series

HotelTransylvaniaCorus Entertainment’s Nelvana will develop an animated TV series based on the film, Hotel Transylvania, from Sony Pictures Animation, slated to launch in 2017.

Produced by Nelvana Studio in Toronto, the series will focus on the teenage years of Dracula’s daughter, Mavis, and her friends as they take on new adventures.

FrementleMedia Previews Danger Mouse at Comic-Con

JeopardyMouseFremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment’s (FMKFE) reboot of the 80s animation Danger Mouse debuted at Comic-Con International: San Diego last week, with a panel which discussed the series’ return and revealed exclusive casting news. The new series is set to air on CBBC in the UK later this year, and will roll out in the U.S. and internationally on Netflix next year.

The panel revealed that actress Lena Headey (Game of Thrones, Dredd) and talk show host John Oliver (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver) are set to join the voice cast for Danger Mouse, with Headey to voice U.S. Secret Agent Jeopardy Mouse, and Oliver to voice the mad scientist wolf Dr Augustus P Crumhorn III.

It was also revealed exclusively that villainous vampire duck and original Danger Mouse spin off character Count Duckula will appear in the new series, testing Danger Mouse’s resolve with his traditionally dark and dangerous ways.

Toy State Partners with Sébastien Loeb Racing

ToyStateLogoToy State and Sébastien Loeb Racing (SLR) have entered into a worldwide partnership, a deal that includes both race sponsorships and product licensing components. The four-year global licensing agreement grants Toy State exclusive rights to develop ranges of toys in the R/C and lights and sound categories.

Marketed under the Nikko R/C and Road Rippers brands, each vehicle will feature models and liveries driven in competition by Sébastien Loeb, a nine-time World Rally Championship (WRC) world champion.

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Shaun the Sheep Land to Open in Sweden Next Summer

STS SkanesDjurparkAardman and Skånes Djurpark have partnered to bring the first international Shaun the Sheep family attraction to Sweden next summer.

“It will be a world’s first and a great way to give families an opportunity to immerse themselves into the fun and excitement of Shaun the Sheep,” says Sean Clarke, head of rights and brand development at Aardman.

Doctor Who Travels Across Time and Space in Lego Dimensions

DrWhoLegoDimensionsWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has revealed that Doctor Who’s Peter Capaldi, who plays the 12th Doctor, Jenna Coleman, who plays Clara Oswald, and Michelle Gomez, who plays Missy, will voice their respective characters from the TV series in Lego Dimensions. The announcement was made at Comic-Con International: San Diego.

In a new trailer giving the first look at the Doctor Who gameplay, worlds collide as the TARDIS pop up in Gotham City and Hill Valley and the Doctor battles alongside Homer Simpson.

Doctor Who, which has never before been in a Lego videogame, will be playable in the Lego Dimensions Starter Pack with a complete Doctor Who level where the game’s heroes continue their quest while encountering Daleks, Cybermen, and other adversaries from the Whoniverse.

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The Art of the Brick: DC Comics to Debut at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney

Unknown-1Lego Artist Nathan Sawaya in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) and DC Comics has created the world’s largest collection of DC Comics-inspired Lego artwork, The Art of the Brick: DC Comics. The exhibition will be on display at the Sydney, Australia’s Powerhouse Museum, part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), in November—the first venue to host the exhibition’s worldwide tour. The announcement was made by WBCP at Comic-Con International: San Diego.

The contemporary art exhibition takes on the DC Comics’ 80-year history with large-scale sculptures of super heroes and super-villains made entirely out of Lego bricks. Fans at San Diego Comic-Con were given a behind-the-scenes glimpse at several sculptures to be showcased at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum, including interpretations of Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman during the DC Comics Meets Lego Art panel.

Elie Dekel Steps Down from Saban Brands

5b91b0bb-2828-4d54-a91b-841fcddee4f6Elie Dekel has stepped down from his position as president of Saban Brands to pursue other opportunities. He will remain involved as a senior advisor for the company. Joel Andryc, managing director of Saban Capital Group, has been appointed interim president overseeing Saban Brands.

“Andryc will work closely with CFO Bill Kehoe and the executive team to lead strategy and continue to build on the company’s world-class portfolio of entertainment and lifestyle properties,” said Saban Brands in a statement. “We wish Elie much success in the future.”

William Shatner to Make Special Guest Appearance at San Diego Comic-Con

BBP16070lgEntertainment Earth and CBS Consumer Products have announced that William Shatner from Star Trek: The Original Series will make a special guest appearance at San Diego Comic-Con on July 9.

Shatner will read excerpts from The Autobiography of James T. Kirk, as James T. Kirk himself. Afterward, Shatner will participate in a limited edition signing at the Entertainment Earth booth (#2343). All signings at the Entertainment Earth booth are free, but require a ticket.

Entertainment Earth is also selling two limited-edition and individually numbered Star Trek convention exclusives: a Star Trek Captains Monitor Mate Bobble Heads Set of 5 and a Star Trek IV: Whales with Spock Bobble Head, from Bif Bang Pow!.

Convention Exclusives will be available first on July 8 at the Entertainment Earth booth at San Diego Comic-Con.

Nelvana’s Little Charmers App Hits No. 1 on iTunes

LittleCharmersSparkleUpLittle Charmers: Sparkle Up, from Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana, has secured the No. 1 spot for downloaded iPad apps in the iTunes App Store across the U.S. and Canada. The app is free to download on tablets and smartphones, and will become available on Amazon and Google Play in July.

Based on the Little Charmers animated preschool series, which launched in January, the app immerses users in a magical world where they can cast spells to transform their surroundings and create images to save, print, and share with friends.

Little Charmers is produced by Nelvana and Spin Master.

Grateful Dead Celebrates 50th Anniversary with New Partnerships

GratefulDeadMerchTruckTo celebrate the 50th anniversary of Grateful Dead, the band’s four original members— Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir—will reunite at Chicago’s Soldier Field for a Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead concert. The concert will take place from July 3 to 5, and will mark the original members’ last-ever performance together.

During this time, two official Grateful Dead trucks will roam the streets of the Chicago, stopping at various locations to offer fans limited edition merchandise, including t-shirts, hats, hoodies, jewelry, tote bags, and more. All limited edition merchandise will only available for purchase from the trucks, while supplies last. The trucks are in the Chicago now and will be there until July 6. For more information and to keep up with the truck locations, follow the Grateful Dead on Twitter @gratefuldead, and use the hashtag #GDtruckin.

Both trucks will also be handing out a free map of the city The Official Dead Head’s Guide To Chicago.

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