Just six months after launching a dedicated, 24 hour Nickelodeon channel to more than 1.5 million subscribers across southern Africa, MTV Networks International, a division of Viacom, will expand the brand across multiple media platforms.
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DECODE Enterprises, the distribution subsidiary of DHX Media, has scored further deals for its property FRANNY'S FEET (52x22 or 104x11) including sales into new territories.
Disney Channel U.K. has licensed season three and renewed its commitment to the first two seasons. In addition, Italy's RAI has picked up all three seasons with RTV Slovenia renewing season one and TV3 Catalunya in Spain and IRIB in Iran acquiring seasons one and two. The deal with RAI was brokered through Gary Kallenbach.
European entertainment licensing agency CPLG was appointed by licensing and syndication company United Media as the U.K. rights agency for PEANUTS.
CPLG will strategically develop the brand in the U.K. through a carefully planned licensing programme, including gifts and novelties, stationery and further exploration of fashion and accessories ranges.
One of CPLG's immediate targets is the 60th Anniversary of PEANUTS in 2010. Using the stylised look of the brand, CPLG is developing a creative direction to inspire both new and existing licensees.
Martin Yaffe, Worlds Apart and David Halsall are among a number of key partners of Nickelodeon's preschool property, DORA THE EXPLORER, that have renewed their contracts for a further term.
DORA was first broadcast on Nickelodeon in the U.K. in early 2000 and has since become established as a favorite among children. The licensing program has grown and broadened and DORA has deepened her distribution into all retail channels.
Family entertainment producer and distributor Chorion has signed a broadcast and licensing deal for its new property GASPARD & LISA with French broadcaster TF1.
TF1 recently acquired Chorion's OLIVIA at MIPCOM.
TF1 is planning a licensing and merchandising campaign to include a gift range, apparel, toys and games for GASPARD & LISA, which will sit alongside publishing and will launch following the show's TV debut in 2010.
Nordic and Eastern European licensing agency Kidz Ent./EEMC has been appointed to represent classic publishing property Miffy across that region.
Upscale retailer KappAhl started the licensing program exclusively last autumn with a range of apparel for children and young teens. The licensing program will then expand to cover categories such as toys, publishing, stationery, bags and accessories.
Copyright Promotions Licensing Group (CPLG), one of Europe's oldest independent licensing agencies, is expanding to North America. Kelly Elwood, will head up the Toronto office and report to Katarina Dietrich, CPLG CEO.
CPLG Canada is the Canadian affiliate of the CPLG group of companies, recently acquired by Cookie Jar Ent.
Marvel Ent. has promoted Simon Philips to President, Worldwide Consumer Products. Philips, who was previously President, Marvel International, will also remain in the role as Marvel's Head of Worldwide Animation.
Baby Networks have expanded their London-based executive team by hiring Ralf Kies as Director, Licensing & Merchandising. In this role Kies will be overseeing the off-air strategic commercial development of the BabyTV brand across home entertainment, licensing and merchandising, FMCG promotions and retail partnerships on a worldwide basis.
Additionally Kies responsibilities include developing broadcast partnerships for Baby Networks Ltd. portfolio of audiovisual content through syndication of programming to international TV channels.
KIDSCREEN Magazine reports that 80 full-time employees of the newly merged DIC Ent./Cookie Jar Group have been let go. Plans to restructure the company came earlier in August, following the July acquisition.
Most positions were eliminated effectively immediately, according to Cookie Jar CEO Michael Hirsh. Some departures will occur as far away as six months from now to finish up current projects. The company now employs between 230 and 240 people, including staff at CPLG the European licensing agency that was part of the DIC acquisition.
Corporate Creative Licensing has signed a licensing representation agreement with U.S.-based Suppertime Ent. to spearhead a U.K. licensing program for the Emmy nominated preschool property TODDWORLD.
TODDWORLD is an animated children's TV series based on the best-selling books from author Todd Parr. The show focuses on the amusing adventures of a young boy named Todd and his friends, all in a world full of color, humor and quirky charm. TODDWORLD airs on Discovery Kids and TLC in the U.S. and on CBeebies in the U.K.
Interactive avatar community WeeWorld has entered into a strategic licensing agreement with FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME), the brand extension arm of FremantleMedia offering licensing, distribution and home entertainment.
FME will be working with their North American and United Kingdom licensing network to develop new licensing products to support the WeeWorld brand and its avatar, the WeeMee.
DECODE Ent. has followed recent major deals for hit preschool series FRANNY'S FEET with a third season commission from Family Channel, an Astral Media network.
The Canadian broadcaster has ordered a further 26x11 minutes, bringing the total to (104x11 or 52x22), and will air the new season on its Playhouse Disney and Family channels.
Recent deals for the property have seen the television series acquired by PBS Kids Sprout, following excellent ratings for the show in the U.S. on THIRTEEN/WNET where it airs daily, and in the U.K., a sale to the Disney Channel.
Chorion has entered into an agreement with Exim Licensing Group for representation of its MR. MEN & LITTLE MISS publishing-based brand for merchandising and promotions in Latin America, the Caribbean and Hispanic Puerto Rico.
Exim Licensing Group, a leader in the Latin America licensing world, represents many leading entertainment industry companies and brands, including WWE, Discovery Channel, United Media, MGM, American Greetings, DIC Ent,, Nelvana, Pokemon and HIT Ent.
The last Licensing Expo to be held in New York -- it moves to Las Vegas next year -- featured plenty of animation, both new and nostalgic.
Aardman has secured a number of new licensing partners for its brand new stop-motion pre-school property TIMMY including Vivid Imaginations as Master Toy partner and Egmont as Master Publisher.
Vivid Imaginations, the U.K.'s no.1 British toy company, has acquired master toy rights and worldwide manufacturing rights for TIMMY and will be launching products across plush, playsets, games, puzzles and outdoor toys for autumn/winter 2009.
Launching a new strategy to extend the reach of its proprietary entertainment brands, Canada's 9 Story Ent. has named The Licensing Shop as exclusive worldwide (excluding Germany) licensing and merchandising representative.
Lindberg Licensing & Promotions has been named the exclusive licensing agency for MARTHA SPEAKS by WGBH Boston and Studio B Productions, a subsidiary of DHX Media.
Lindberg Licensing & Promotions will develop the MARTHA SPEAKS licensing and merchandising program in North America, targeting kids 4 to 8 years old, across key categories including: toys, interactive, apparel, accessories and more.
Imira Ent. is heading to next month's Licensing International Show with further deals signed for international hit property LOLA & VIRGINIA. Following hot on the heels of partnerships with Italy's RAI Trade, Panini and Virgin Play (Nintendo DS game), Imira has scored additional broadcast, home entertainment, licensing and interactive deals in territories worldwide.
BKN announced that several additional broadcasters have acquired the TV rights to its ZORRO: GENERATION Z property.
Telecinco and Clan TV/TVE in Spain, POP Channel in the U.K., ATV in Hong Kong, Star TV in Greece, SABC in South Africa, Solimac in Malaysia and TV7 in Bulgaria, have all signed up for this animated series (26x22) aimed at boys and girls ages 6 to 12.
Copyright Promotions Licensing Group have been appointed as the rights agency in France for HAIRY SCARY, the comic children's animated series from Alphanim.
HAIRY SCARY currently airs on France 3 and The Disney Channel Italy and is scheduled to premiere on Super RTL (Germany) in Q3 of this year.
Since the implementation of the European sales office in January this year, LazyTown has logged a slew of new sales and licensing deals across the territory.
In Austria Germany and Switzerland, LazyTown has secured licenses with SIGG Switzerland, Trade Mark Collections LTD, Euromic A/S, and across multi-territories, a deal with Original Buff headwear.
In the UK and Ireland, licenses are now in place with William Lamb Footwear for all children's footwear and with Zap Ltd for soft furnishings.
Just weeks after announcing the launch of a new dedicated licensing division, Milan-based Atlantyca Entertainment has been named the exclusive licensing and merchandising agent in Italy for three of Taffy Ent.'s most popular children's brands, CODE LYOKO, GROWING UP CREEPIE and DIVE OLLY DIVE!
Under the agreement, Atlantyca will secure and manage the licensing and merchandising programs throughout Italy for each brand and explore opportunities in all key licensing categories, including toys and games, apparel, accessories, collectibles, stationery, and packaged goods.
Classic Media, an Entertainment Rights group company, announced today that it has appointed Colin McLaughlin to the position of Licensing Manager, effective immediately.
Based at the company's headquarters in New York, McLaughlin will report to Karyn Schneider, Vice President, Licensing.
McLaughlin brings to Classic Media a proven track record of developing and executing character and brand-driven retail programs.
Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products have signed a deal with ZDF Enterprises for licensing and merchandising rights to the hit Australian live action kids' TV show, H20 -- JUST ADD WATER, in France and the UK.
NVCP in France and the UK will exclusively represent the property across publishing, interactive (PC and console games), apparel, accessories, toys, games and paper products.