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Headline News Storm Hawks To Soar Onto Shelves

The high-flying transforming action of Nerd Corps Entertainment's original series STORM HAWKS will soon come to retail stores in the form of trading cards, toys, apparel, bedding and footwear.

The hit 3D action/comedy series is currently airing on Cartoon Network five days a week during the network's afternoon programming block.

Headline News Shaun the Sheep Grazes Widely

Aardman Animations hit childrens brand SHAUN THE SHEEP continues to expand its international presence, securing a raft of new TV and licensing deals worldwide.

Since its launch at MIPCOM 06, SHAUN THE SHEEP has racked up television sales and licensing deals in over 150 territories and has won several prestigious accolades including the Cristal Award for Best TV Production at the Annecy Animated Film Festival 2007 and the Audience Choice Award at the World Comedy Film Festival 2007.

Headline News HIT Ent. and Turner Announce Indian Licensing Agreement

Leading independent children's production company HIT Ent. has announced a strategic partnership with Turner Int'l India Pvt. Ltd. extending their existing TV deal to include licensing representation of HIT's popular preschool properties BOB THE BUILDER and THOMAS & FRIENDS. The shows, launched and promoted by Turner's flagship kids' channel Cartoon Network across India, are among the top-rated properties across Indian kids' television networks. The licensing rights include apparel and accessories, stationery, toys and games.

Headline News BKN Expands L&M

Distribution and marketing company BKN International AG has announced the expansion of its Barcelona and London licensing operations. The move will support the upcoming worldwide launch in 2008 and 2009 of DORK HUNTERS FROM OUTER SPACE, ZORRO -- GENERATION Z, STONE AGE, and POCKET PENGUIN ADVENTURES.

Headline News Fox Appoints New Licensing VP

As part of an effort to accelerate the growth of its presence in the Asia-Pacific markets, Twentieth Century Fox has announced the appointment of Grant Kahn to VP of International Licensing. Kahn has more than 13 years of international business development experience, representing U.S. companies in strategic planning, marketing and selling to Asia-Pacific countries.

Headline News Licensing Shop Opens Sesame

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.

Headline News Classic Media Appoints New Licensing VP

Classic Media, an Entertainment Rights group company, today announced the appointment of Karyn Schneider to the position of VP, Licensing for its operations in North America, effective immediately. Based at the company's headquarters in New York, the position reports to Nicole Blake, SVP, Marketing.

Headline News Fifi Goes East

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.

Headline News Big Big Friend Wins Big Big Challenge

Breakthrough Animation and 2-D Lab's children's animated series MY BIG BIG FRIEND (52x11) has won The Licensing Challenge, sponsored by License Global! at this year's MIPCOM Jr.

The Licensing Challenge is a pitching session that showcases the TV property with the highest licensing potential. The international jury included Leigh Anne Brodsky (Nickelodeon), Stan Clutton (Fisher Price), Anna Hewitt (BBC), Andrew Lane (Hasbro), John Lee (World World), and Richard Woolf (Jetix). The panelist of judges selected MY BIG BIG FRIEND from a short list of five entrants based on:

Headline News Decode Steps Up Franny's Feet Licensing Campaign

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.

Headline News Fowler Leaves DIC for Licensing Shop

DIC Ent.'s longtime president of worldwide consumer products Nancy Fowler has departed the L.A.-based company to work full-time with The Licensing Shop, reports KIDSCREEN. She'll join founder (and husband) Steve Fowler at the startup brand management outfit, where she'll help to build the client base and increase the company's presence in the Canadian licensing industry. The firm is also looking for employees to fill creative and administrative roles.

Headline News Canal+ Brings The Imp to France

French broadcaster Canal+ has acquired all broadcast rights -- including pay TV, cable TV, Internet and mobile -- to distributor BRB Internacional's devilish animation series THE IMP. Canal+ will also act as the licensing agent in France.

Produced by Red Kite, Screen 21, and TVC, THE IMP (65x90) is a comedy produced in black-and-white HD3D targeted at young adults. Winner of the MIPCOM Jr. Licensing Challenge, THE IMP has been specifically designed to easily adapt to new multimedia formats, as well as to more traditional products such as toys, textile, stationery, etc.

Headline News Ben 10 to Get Expanded Canadian Marketing

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.

Headline News DECODE Enlists Rocket Licensing For Franny's Feet

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.

Headline News BBC Worldwide Brings Doctor Who & Teletubbies to Licensing Int'l

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.

Headline News AnimatedWorks to Exhibit at the Licensing 2007

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.

Headline News Streff to Oversee DIC Domestic Licensing Initiatives

Lisa Streff to vp of domestic licensing in DICâs consumer products division, to oversee the development and implementation of domestic licensing and merchandising programs for the company's slate of entertainment and lifestyle brands, including MOMMY & ME, HORSELAND, MCDONALDS, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE, CAKE, MADELINE SLUMBER PARTY GIRLS and DICâs all new boy-driven property, DINO SQUAD. She will oversee the efforts of sales, retail and product development.

Headline News Wubbzy! Goes to Licensing Show & New Season

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.

Headline News Fox Back In Halo Game

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.

Headline News TV France Brings 14 French Companies to Licensing Show

TV France International has opened an umbrella stand at the Licensing Show for its fourth consecutive year, featuring 14 companies. The event draws some 20,000 participants in New York city, including acquisition execs, publishers (paper and digital), players in mobile telephony, advertising agencies, licensing agents, manufactures of just about everything (toys, games, clothing, jewelry, food, etc.) and retailers, as well as mass retailers from North America, Latin America, Asia, and Europe.

Headline News Toei Animation Creates In-House Licensing Division for U.S. Market

Toei Animation Inc. has established an in-house consumer products licensing division under the supervision of Coy Edmunds, the unit's newly appointed director of business development and licensing. Headquartered in Toei's Los Angeles offices, the licensing operation will focus on the U.S. market and launch with the licensing representation of the company's popular Digimon brand.

Toei's new licensing operation will make its official debut at the New York International Licensing Show to be held to be held June 19-21, 2007, at the Javitz Convention Center.

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