Marvel Ent., Inc. announced today that it has named Segal Licensing as its new licensing representative in Canada. Segal will oversee all sales, retail, merchandising and marketing of the Marvel brand in the strategically important market.
The Weinstein Co. and Exodus Film Group announced a nationwide promotional program with CKE Restaurants Inc., parent company of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's restaurants, to support the 2008 theatrical release of the CG-animated feature film IGOR. More than 3,000 of the company's restaurants across the United States will participate in the film promotion. The campaign will be part of their Cool Kids Combos meal program and includes four custom-designed IGOR premiums, in-store displays and an online campaign with Carl's Jr. and Hardee's Cool Kids websites. The Weinstein Co.
Toronto-based The Licensing Shop has been named as the new licensing representative in Canada for Sesame Workshop beginning January 2008. Flagship show SESAME STREET reaches over 70% of Canadian households via PBS and other Workshop shows are available on Treehouse TV. Sesame Workshop will invest the proceeds it receives from the sale of Sesame products back into its educational projects for children around the globe.
Scholastic Media has announced the first licensing deal for the stop-motion preschool series DRAGON, which was recently picked up for a second season on qubo. Aurora World, Inc., signed as the property's exclusive plush licensee, will produce plush in various sizes, backpacks, and pillows, as well as its world-famous mini-pet carriers. The DRAGON plush line is expected to hit shelves in early 2008 and will be available at specialty gift and retail outlets across the U.S. Suggested retail prices will range from $4.99 - $19.99.
HIT Ent. has announced two key partnerships in the development of its Theme Parks and Attractions business worldwide. U.S.-based Ride Entertainment Systems ("RES") has been appointed as strategic development partner for North America and Amusement Rides Consultants ("ARC"), based in The Netherlands, has been appointed as partner for the rest of the world.
Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) has announced a partnership with KellyToy USA to create plush, sporting goods and novelty items based on the network's portfolio of hit properties including BEN 10, FOSTER'S HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS, THE GRIM ADVENTURES OF BILL & MANDY, CAMP LAZLO, MY GYM PARTNER IS A MONKEY, ED, EDD AND EDDY and THE POWERPUFF GIRLS. Available in spring 2008 in the U.S. and Canada, the products will be distributed to amusement park game redemption centers, amusement shops and amusement cranes throughout North America.
Imagi Animation Studios has acquired all rights to FLUORESCENT BLACK, a futuristic biopunk story set in Singapore and the Malaysian peninsula. The screenplay by sci-fi writer Matt Wilson will first be adapted into a graphic novel, to be illustrated by Nathan Fox with text by Wilson. The graphic novel will be the cover feature of a special edition of HEAVY METAL magazine to be distributed at Comic-Con International in San Diego, July 24-27, 2008, in addition to the publication's regular readership base.
EM.Entertainment GmbH has inked an extensive two-year contract with glowria GmbH for the marketing of well-known titles from the company's library within the VOD sector in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg.
Alongside classics such as EMIL AND THE DETECTIVES, THE FLYING CLASSROOM, HELLO SPENCER and well-known fairy tales like SNOW WHITE and CINDERELLA, the program package also encompasses contemporary series and other children's shows.
Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products and Internet photo service Shutterfly have announced a licensing agreement to create and distribute a new line of personalized products featuring SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer and Diego from GO, DIEGO, GO! Available only at Shutterfly beginning Nov. 2007, Nickelodeon's iconic characters will appear on the largest selection ever offered of Shutterfly licensed products including: Photo Books, Adventure Books, Greeting Cards, and Photo Cards.
HIT Ent. has announced the renewal and extension of TOMY as Master Toy Licensee for the classic preschool property THOMAS & FRIENDS across Europe. The new deal reflects TOMY's long history with THOMAS & FRIENDS and will see the company transition the Motor Road and Rail system to the new Trackmaster, due for launch in Autumn/Winter 2008.
3D characters CRACK & BONKY continue to win over the Latin American market with a roster of newly added licensees. Among those signing on are Doobalo S.A/ de C.V. (socks); PIC S.A. de C.V. (sleepwear, underwear) and Manny Distribuciones S.A. de C.V. (coin purses, nylon wallets, markers, retractable erasers, pencil sharpeners).
Captain Planet, the world's original environmentally conscious superhero, will star in an all-new line of T-shirts for the holiday season, Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) and clothing company Local Celebrity announced today. A full line of the T-shirts for men, women and children featuring the green-haired star of the 1990s television series CAPTAIN PLANET AND THE PLANETEERS will launch at high-end specialty boutiques and department stores in October.
Chapman Ent.'s FIFI AND THE FLOWERTOTS is branching out from its U.K. roots and moving into Eastern Europe, reports KIDSCREEN. The move is facilitated by merchandising deals inked by U.K. licensing agent/distributor Target Ent.
Additionally, licensing agency One2Play is combing the former Yugoslavian territories for Fifi licensees; distribution outfits Modell and Hobby have signed with French toy company Jemini and Corgi to get Fifi into Hungary and Romania; and Target has made an exclusive toy distribution deal with Edutoys in Latvia and Estonia.
Speed Racer Enterprises reports a slate of new licensing agreements for the classic SPEED RACER animated television series and the new SPEED RACER: THE NEXT GENERATION, scheduled to air on Nicktoons in 2008. The licensees include:
* Jada Toys: die-cast vehicles, battery-operated remote-control vehicles, pull-back vehicles, vinyl figures and die-cast key chains based on the classic brand. Roll-out in Q1 2008.
Imagi Animation Studios today announced that it has entered into a licensing relationship with Hot Toys Ltd. for collectors' action figures based on the studio's next two CG-animated feature films, GATCHAMAN and ASTROBOY. Under the agreement, Hot Toys will design, manufacture and globally distribute highly detailed 12-inch models of the principal characters in the two movies.
Celebrating the launch of McDonald's BEE MOVIE Happy Meal promotion, McDonald's, DreamWorks Animation SKG and Conservation International have joined together to encourage kids to have fun, learn, get outside and take action to "Bee Good to the Planet."
Cartoon Network Enterprises has inked a host of new licensing deals for BEN 10 in the U.K., reports KIDCSREEN. The second wave of merchandising includes agreements with Blues (apparel), Aykroyds (nightwear), Brand International (footwear), Roy Lowe (socks) and TDP (underwear). In addition, Pyramid Posters will produce an assortment of BEN 10 posters, key rings and badges, Gemma International is working on a line of stationery, and Mr. Lucky Bags is on board for gift bags. The next step for CNE will be the larger European market and cross-continental licensees.
Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products and JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAKK) have inked a domestic-based master toy licensing agreement to create toys and related products based on Nickelodeon's hit series SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS. JAKKS Pacific plans to launch the line in 2008 with collectible micro-figures and plush products based on characters from the series. The agreement also covers playsets, preschool toys, youth electronics, water toys, novelty items and more.
Spider-Man Merchandising L.P. -- the limited partnership between Sony Pictures Consumer Products Inc. and Marvel Entertainment, Inc. -- unveiled today a list of partners who will serve as the foundation for the merchandising program supporting the new SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN animated series. The series will debut in early 2008 as part of the Kids' WB! lineup on The CW Network, which is the highest-rated Saturday morning kids block.
Amberwood Productions has announced that, following the most recent sales of THE SECRET WORLD OF BENJAMIN BEAR, including a DVD deal brokered by Porchlight Entertainment, the series has now been licensed in over 100 territories worldwide.
In making the announcement, Jonathan Wiseman, Vice President, Sales & Acquisitions at Amberwood said, "The series continues to generate meaningful sales worldwide and we are delighted that Benjamin is being so well-received."
The 39x30 (or 78x11) series was commissioned by Canada's Family Channel.
HIT Ent. has announced new publishing partners and a first look at the upcoming television series for its recently acquired girl's property RAINBOW MAGIC. Panini has won the rights for a RAINBOW MAGIC Sticker Album, due for release in Autumn/Winter 2008, and Hachette has been awarded the rights for RAINBOW MAGIC Part Works. In addition, HIT will unveil a 30-second sizzle in 2D animation at Brand Licensing Show.
Decode Ent. has inked a number of new licensing deals for its hit preschool property FRANNY'S FEET, including a deal with Allumination Filmworks for U.S. home entertainment and a further home entertainment agreement with Mediaway in Poland. Decode has also signed up a number of international licensing sub-agents through its representative, The Sharpe Company, including CPLG (Copyright Promotions) in France and Italy, Scandinavia's Alicom Licensing, IMC (International Merchandising Consultants) in Argentina and Korea's Asiana Licensing.
Taffy Ent. has signed another new deal with Italy's Atlantyca Ent. regarding the latter's successful worldwide GERONIMO STILTON brand. The agreement calls for Taffy to now oversee most of the worldwide consumer products licensing and promotional rights on the classic GERONIMO STILTON kids' chapter book series. Atlantyca, the original rights holder on the award-winning international kids' brand, will continue to manage all licensing in Italy, as well as worldwide publishing.
Aardman Animations has hired HIT Ent. to handle licensing and DVD sales in the U.S. and Canada. With immediate effect, HIT will manage the rights of three properties, WALLACE & GROMIT, SHAUN THE SHEEP and AARDMAN CLASSICS.
Stephen Moore, COO, Aardman Animations said, "We are delighted at the prospect of partnering with HIT in the U.S. and Canada on these, our two most precious properties --their talent in managing top international brands will give SHAUN and WALLACE & GROMIT a great springboard for tremendous success."
Cartoon Network Enterprises has enlisted Canadian agent Segal Licensing to beef up its BEN 10 marketing activities in Canada, reports KIDSCREEN. Segal will pursue licensing and promotional partnerships in a variety of categories to increase the brand's visibility and availability in the region.
BEN 10 products have been available in Canada since the spring, when Bandai America launched its line. Over the spring and summer, the initial offerings were augmented by D3 Publishers of America (interactive), SG Footwear, Pressman (games and puzzles) and Bell Sports.