Peak Ent. Holdings Inc has announced new licensing deals for its properties, PRETTY PONY and MUFFIN THE MULE.
KB Toys announced its annual Hot Toy List for holiday 2005, featuring a wide selection of the season's "must have" toys. Four animated or visual effects franchises BARBIE AND THE MAGIC PEGASUS, BATMAN, CINERELLA and FANTASTIC 4 made the lists in general. Three specific STAR WARS items also made the list as well as the audio BRATZ CD.
KB Toys HOT Toy List FOR HOLIDAY 2005 (alphabetical)* Aquadoodle (Spinmaster) * Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus (Mattel) * Batman (Mattel) * Bratz Rock Angelz (MGA Ent.)
Zizzle Llc will deliver the first mass-market toy line ever offered behind Disneys PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN franchise, which encompasses the recently announced DEAD MANS CHEST sequel and the yet to be named final film in the trilogy.
Toy Play Llc, a division of global consumer products innovators The Betesh Group, will unveil its new lines of licensed dolls, toys, furniture, play tents, slumber bags and room décor and at the 2006 Fall Toy Show, October 24-27 at the Toy Play showroom located at 1107 Broadway, Suite 700. New licenses include HI HI PUFFY AMIYUMI and SUPERMAN.
Hip hop artists, Danger Mouse and MF DOOM, have come together to produce DANGERDOOM: THE MOUSE AND THE MASK, an album inspired by Adult Swim, Cartoon Network's popular late-night animation network. Epitaph Records released the CD on Oct. 11, 2005, in association with Adult Swim. The album contains character voices and skits from Adult Swim's most popular original shows, including AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE, SEALAB 2021 and HARVEY BIRDMAN, ATTORNEY AT LAW.
DreamWorks Animation and Kellogg Co. have sealed a multi-year promotional agreement, reports VARIETY. Starting in 2006, Kellogg will have exclusive worldwide rights to DreamWorks film and home video properties for cereals, toaster pastries, cereal bars and fruit-flavored snacks, and exclusive U.S. rights for pancakes, waffles, cookies and crackers. Kellogg will market in more than 180 countries the DreamWorks-themed products on television, online and in stores. This marks the first deal between the companies. The agreement gives Kellogg exclusivity to DreamWorks, but not visa versa.
INVADER ZIM fans have been pining for new action figures, ever since the release of Palisades first wave earlier this year. And while the second wave of regular figures will be available next month, fans can head to Hot Topic stores for all-new figures right now.
The second exclusive wave of INVADER ZIM action figures began to show up at Hot Topic stores a few weeks ago, and sales have been swift. This second wave of exclusives features all five characters from Series 2 with newly sculpted heads and all-new accessories.
Hot Topic Series 2 includes:
Palisades Ent. Llc. has announced that, effective immediately, it has entered into a partnership with Diamond Comic Distributors, officially naming Diamond as its distributor for the hobby retail market in North America. After more than a decade of working together, both parties agree that this new, closer relationship will significantly benefit specialty retailers and their customers.
McFarlane Toys will put a chill in the air this fall creating many products from TIM BURTON'S CORPSE BRIDE. The film honors the dark, romantic tradition of Burton's EDWARD SCISSORHANDS and THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS as it follows the path of Victor, a fidgeting groom who is taken from his own wedding and married to a Corpse Bride in the underworld.
Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. has appointed BBC Worldwide (U.K.), m4e (Germany) and ABC (Australia) licensing agents for new children's stop-motion animated property, LUNAR JIM. Each of the licensing agents, working alongside master toy licensee, Fisher-Price, will oversee the licensing program, including securing new licenses and managing product launches, in their respective territories.
Earthworks Ent. has been selected by Millimages to represent the U.S. merchandise licensing and publishing rights for its popular animated TV series 64 ZOO LANE.
Joining a lineup of more than 350 licensees worldwide, Playmates Toys announced that it will launch an extensive array of brand new STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE dolls and toys in 2006 as the brands master toy licensee. First introduced in 1980 by the brands owner/creator, American Greetings Corp., STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE became one of the biggest licensing programs of its time, generating more than $1 billion in retail sales between 1980 and 1985.
Warner Sunset Records/Warner Bros. Records will release the soundtrack of three-time Oscar-nominated composer Danny Elfmans evocative and atmospheric original score for TIM BURTONS CORPSE BRIDE on Sept. 20, 2005. The stop-motion animation film stars Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Emily Watson.
THE ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK TO TIM BURTON'S CORPSE BRIDE highlights the original score by Elfman, who previously collaborated with Burton on BEETLEJUICE, BATMAN, BIG FISH and CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY.
Alliance Atlantis announced that it has secured North American publishing and apparel deals for its childrens CGI animated property, DRAGON BOOSTER. Hyperion Books for Children, having acquired the U.S. and Canadian publishing rights, will launch a series of DRAGON BOOSTER books beginning in fall 2005. Extreme Concepts, who will begin rolling out the clothing line in fall 2005, has licensed the DRAGON BOOSTER apparel rights in the U.S.
Stan Lees POW! Entertainment forged two deals to further the companys brands in the consumer product arena. One is for a line of high-tech toys and gizmos, starting with digital jewelry, while the other covers apparel and accessories.
Toy Play will release a new line of Color-In Cardboard Playhouses featuring many colorful animated cartoon characters. These unique playhouses allow kids to color in their favorite characters and then build their own playhouse, decorated with their designs. These kid-sized playhouses are made of durable cardboard and styled in iconic shapes and come with five colored markers.
DreamWorks Animation SKG and McDonald's Corp. announced a two-year worldwide marketing and promotional relationship. The first film associated with the tie-in will be SHREK 3, slated for release in 2007, and will include such signature promotions as McDonald's Happy Meals.
4Kids Entertainment Inc. will handle exclusive worldwide merchandising rights TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES CGI-animated feature film expected to be released in early 2007. Playmates Toys will develop a toy line for the all-new TURTLES film from The Weinstein Co., Warner Bros. Pictures and Imagi Animation Studios
PorchLight Ent.s animated series Tutenstein will turn new pages in publishing history as the series about the kid pharaoh of yore catapulted into the present day finds new life as a new childrens magazine under the same name from Turkeys SGM Publishing. The monthly 40-page Tutenstein branded publication will be issued this September.
Mattel Inc. signed a multi-year licensing agreement to serve as master toy licensee for ONE PIECE, a popular animated series airing on 4Kids TV, 4Kids Entertainment's Saturday morning children's programming block on FOX, as well as on Cartoon Network's Tonami block on Saturday evenings.
The master toy license grants Mattel the exclusive rights for a full range of products including action figures, play sets, role-play items, games and puzzles. ONE PIECE toys are anticipated to be available at retail in the U.S. and Canada by December 2005.
JAKKS Pacific Inc. has signed licensing agreements to market and distribute multiple Plug It In & Play TV Games titles and GAMEKEY expansion packs based on HIT Entertainment's internationally renowned children's brands, including The Wiggles, Barney, Bob the Builder, Thomas & Friends and Angelina Ballerina.
BKN International A.G. announced during the Licensing International 2005 Trade Show in New York City that it has signed worldwide interactive licensing deals for two of its animated titles with The Game Factory, Inc (Game Factory) and Planeta DeAgostini Interactive (Planeta).
Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products Latin America, and Ripley, one of the largest department stores in Chile, have formed an exclusive retail partnership to bring some of Nickelodeons most popular properties to Ripleys, across multiple categories with special marketing and promotional tie-ins.
Alliance Atlantis has secured North American publishing and apparel deals for its children's CGI animated property, DRAGON BOOSTER.
Hyperion Books for Children, having acquired the U.S. and Canadian publishing rights, will launch a series of DRAGON BOOSTER books beginning in fall 2005. Extreme Concepts, who will begin rolling out the clothing line in fall 2005, has licensed the DRAGON BOOSTER apparel rights in the U.S.
ATOMIC BETTY producer Breakthrough Animation, through its representative Joy Tashjian Marketing Group Llc. (JTMG), has added Hallmark Cards Inc. as the newest licensee for its Cartoon Network animated series. Hallmark has licensed ATOMIC BETTY for product categories encompassing party goods, party decorations, gift wrap, greeting cards and Christmas ornaments.