Amberwood Ent. announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Mattel, Inc. to produce toys and other products based on the 3D animated action-comedy series ROLLBOTS (26x30). The series is in full production and was commissioned by Canada's YTV, a division of Corus Ent. Inc.
Icon Animation, Spain's leading production and distribution company specialising in youth programming, has scored a multi-territory deal with leading collectible stickers and trading card company Panini for its popular girl-skewed animated show LOLA & VIRGINIA. Panini will launch a series of products across Spain, Portugal, Italy and Brazil, including a sticker stack book, story albums, and puzzle and coloring books. The roll out will begin in Italy, where the series airs on the Disney Channel.
ION Media Networks announced that it will undertake innovative advertising and media initiatives for its qubo and ION Life digital networks aimed at improving children's health and reducing the rates of childhood obesity in the U.S.
Star Farms EDGAR & ELLEN is poised to break out in a panoply of merchandising in the coming months, according to KIDSCREEN. Port Chester, New York-based licensing agency Lisa Marks & Associates has lined up a battalion of licensees and partners for a highly visible campaign that will begin with a promotion at a major US retailer in September. Among the rollouts to follow in 2008 are products from Lionsgate (DVDs), Activision (video games), Ballzout (T-shirts, denim and fleece), Keyser Kosmetics (bath and body), Recycled Greetings (stationery) and a major toy deal with Sababa Toys.
Leading kids and family entertainment specialist DECODE Ent. has signed up Rocket Licensing as the U.K. licensing agent for its hit preschool property FRANNY'S FEET, the adventures of a little girl with magical shoes. The company has already completed a deal for costume characters with Rainbow Prods. for Europe.
Imagi Animation Studios today announced that it has established a strategic relationship with Wowwee Ltd., a privately owned, Hong Kong-based company with a worldwide sales and distribution network, to market and distribute toys based on the studio's next two CG-animated feature films, GATCHAMAN and ASTRO BOY.
Classic Media, an Entertainment Rights group company, is launching an expanded licensing, merchandising and marketing campaign for its classic Underdog character. New UNDERDOG products across key categories including toys, videogames, apparel and pet accessories will begin to roll out to retail this summer.
Set for release on Sept. 18, 2007, from Shout! Factory, THE SIMPSONS: TESTIFY music CD spotlights material culled from award-winning composer Alf Clausen and features the unmistakable voices of America's most beloved TV family: Homer (Dan Castellaneta), Marge (Julie Kavner), Bart (Nancy Cartwright), Lisa (Yeardley Smith) and Springfield's various townsfolk (Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer). The soundtrack kicks off with Danny Elfman's main title theme, and continues with a collection of the best songs from the last nine seasons of the longest running primetime comedy on TV today.
Starz Media and Vanguard Animation and Film have inked a licensing deal with Dole Food Co. to place 100 million collectable stickers with characters from the upcoming animated feature SPACE CHIMPS on bananas, reports VARIETY. Due to hit theaters in 2008, the film's characters will also make appearances on Dole salad packages and pineapples. The deal also includes a Dole SuperKids website and in-store CHIMPS circulars and displays.
Nickelodeon & Viacom (Nachrichten) Consumer Products (NVCP) showcased plans at Licensing 2007 International to create new merchandise. The Emmy and Peabody-Award winning SOUTH PARK, already a consumer hit on DVD, apparel and footwear will be expanded into new licensing categories. New merchandising programs will be created for other hit shows in the Comedy Central lineup including MIND OF MENCIA, THE COLBERT REPORT, THE SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM and the recently launched LIL' BUSH.
Corgi International Ltd. has been granted the master license for a product line of toys and collectables for Exodus Film Group's CG-animated feature film, IGOR. The Weinstein Co. is handling the worldwide theatrical release on Oct. 24, 2008.
Corgi Int'l may release a wide range of products, including action figures, play sets, electronic role-play games, pocket money toys, vinyl figures, plush, statues, busts and other associated products.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) announced that it has named Mattel Inc. as the global master toy licensee for both SPEED RACER and THE DARK KNIGHT, two of the biggest summer films coming out in 2008. Mattel will apply its expertise across virtually all product lines including vehicles, action figures, action play, remote control vehicles, handheld electronics as well as games and puzzles.
The BBC's commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, is heading for New York's Licensing International on the back of a storming year for its licensing division. With sales up by 64% in 2006, the company is now on the lookout for top class partners who can break its hit properties into the U.S. market. BBC Worldwide can be found at the event at booth #3441.
Attendees at this week's Licensing International Expo in New York City may flip out, not just over the endless sea of licensed properties on display, but also the way they're being promoted -- with flip books. Manufactured by New York-based Flippies, each flip book delivers two different clips of full-motion video or animation viewable anytime, anywhere with a flip-of-a-thumb.
VIZ Media Llc. announced at the 2007 Licensing International Expo that Bandai America Inc. has been named as the toy licensee for products based on BLUE DRAGON, a new anime series based on the popular Xbox 360 role playing game. Earlier this year, VIZ Media was named the master licensor for the television, home video and non-videogame merchandising rights for BLUE DRAGON by a consortium, including TV TOKYO Corp. and Shueisha Inc, for the Americas, Europe and Oceania.
In conjunction with Licensing 2007, DreamWorks Animation SKG has announced licensing deals for KUNG FU PANDA, as well as a Shrek balloon for the 81st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
AnimatedWorks Prods. Inc. is exhibiting at this year's Licensing International Expo, held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City, New York. It will be located in booth #3580 from June 19-21, 2007.
AnimatedWorks Prods. Inc. uses animation to create appealing imagery for product promotion and brand management. AnimatedWorks collaborates with its clients to develop characters, stories and formats for entertaining and compelling animation. From concept design to delivery, AnimatedWorks provides visibility and integrated branding through animation.
Cookie Jar Ent. is showcasing two of its top-rated properties, THE DOODLEBOPS and CAILLOU and three news series, including the highly anticipated MAGI-NATION, inspired by a successful trading card game, at this year's Licensing Show International in New York City at booth #3633.
WOW! WOW! WUBBZY! arrives at the Licensing Expo with a second season renewal on Nick Jr. and Noggin, new international deals in Latin America, India, Indonesia and more, and a whole Wuzzleburg's worth of new licensees.
Nickelodeon has ordered 26 more episodes of WOW! WOW! WUBBZY!. The series, which is produced by Bolder Media, in association with Starz Media, is currently in its first season on Nick Jr. and sister network Noggin.
It's been under a year since 20th Century Fox and Universal's film adaptation of Microsoft's mega-franchise HALO fell about and now Fox has inked an agreement as the primary licensor for the gaming franchise, reports VARIETY. Previously, Fox's licensing unit handled licensing for Microsoft's Xbox 360 titles, PERFECT DARK ZERO AND KAMEO: ELEMENTS OF POWER.
Cocaban Co. Ltd. and g.l.a.m. GmbH & Co. KG have signed an agency agreement for JAJA, a creation of Tong Communication. Cocaban, who owns worldwide rights to JAJA, selected the German licensing agent, g.l.a.m. as their local business partner for rights exploitation through Europe.
Cities across the U.S. are competing to be chosen the real-life "Springfield" in a USA TODAY promotion for this summer's theatrical release of THE SIMPSONS MOVIE.
USA TODAY is inviting its readers to vote for communities across the U.S. named Springfield, competing to win a special "Hometown Premiere" of the film on July 26, 2007.
Each participating Springfield has approximately 30 days to submit a short film, 3-5 minutes long, showcasing the community's "Simpson Spirit." USA TODAY readers may vote for their favorite "Hometown Movie" online at USATODAY.com.
Entara Ltd. has just acquired the U.K. licensing rights to the cult classic, THE MAGIC ROUNDABOUT. Entara will be developing a comprehensive U.K. licensing program to rollout for immediate effect, now that the property is being reborn as a new animated TV series.
Ellipsanime, Film Action, M6 and Disney Channel France have joined forces to produce a brand new 3D pre-school series (52x11) based on the property. The new MAGIC ROUNDABOUT series will premiere in the U.K. on Nick Jr., while ZDF has acquired the German-speaking rights.
DIC Ent. (DIC) has been named by HandMade Group as the exclusive worldwide licensing agent for the evergreen girl's property, ELOISE and all the ELOISE rights controlled by HandMade.
Fifteen new commemorative postage stamps celebrating the 30th anniversary of STAR WARS will be available starting today May 25, 2007, at post offices across the U.S. additionally, the results of a national online ballot to decide America's favorite STAR WARS stamp design will be announced. Americans can vote through midnight tonight on uspsjedimaster.com to determine which STAR WARS character will be featured on a single stamp to be issued later this summer.