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Target Entertainment Group Links Up With m4e AG

By Matt Kapko | Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 7:01am

Target Entertainment Group has appointed m4e AG as the licensing sub-agent for PlayStation software IPs (intellectual properties) in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In addition, m4e subsidiary Telescreen will act as the sub-agent in Benelux.

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4Kids Names New Licensing Agents For Rollbots

4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: KDE), the diversified children’s entertainment and media organization, has appointed Exim Licensing Group and Tycoon Enterprises as Licensing Agents in Latin America and Mexico respectively for Amberwood Entertainment’s ROLLBOTS.

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Chorion Secures New Mr. Men and Little Miss Deals

Press Release from Chorion

London, 27 May 2009: Leading family entertainment producer and distributor Chorion has secured a raft of new TV and licensing deals for its MR. MEN AND LITTLE MISS brand on the eve of Licensing Expo 2009.

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FitzRoy Beefs Up Licensing Team With Four Key Appointments

Press Release from Fitz Roy Media

NEW YORK -- (May 27, 2009) -- Fitz Roy Media announced today the appointment of Jonathan Breiter and Jennifer Zivic, two of the industry's most respected licensing and merchandising executives, as the designated U.S. licensing agents for the company's slate of children's properties. Breiter and Zivic will launch their representation of Fitz Roy's newest kid franchises including FUNNY FACE, HEATHCLIFF and SECRET WINGS at the 2009 Licensing International Expo in June.

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Aardman Secures Timmy Time Licensing Deals

Press Release from Aardman Rights

Bristol, 20 May 2009. Leading independent distributor Aardman Rights has concluded a number of new licensing deals for its brand new preschool series TIMMY TIME, which has made a hugely successful debut on CBeebies in the UK.

In Central and Eastern Europe, Regio is on board as toy partner for TIMMY TIME in Hungary where Minimax has the broadcast rights. Also One 2 Play is managing all rights to the property in ex-Yugoslavia.

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4Kids and the RAF to Part Company

Press Release from 4Kids Entertainment International Ltd.

4Kids Entertainment International Ltd. and the Royal Air Force have ended their agency relationship following a competitive tender process.

4Kids was awarded the licensing agency contract by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) in October 2004 to help raise the profile of the Royal Air Force as a consumer brand. The agreement was thought to be the first partnership with the MOD of its kind.

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Chapman Brings Licensing for Fifi and the Flowertots In-House

Press Release from Target Entertainment Group

London: Target Entertainment Group has today announced it is coming to the end of its partnership agreement with Chapman Entertainment for the licensing rights to FIFI AND THE FLOWERTOTS. The licensing rights will revert back to Chapman Entertainment in May, although Target will continue to represent the property for international TV sales.

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VIP Licensing Expands to New York

VIP, the Paris-based international licensing agent, announces the opening of their U.S. office in New York.

"Since we manage U.S. and North American rights of several licenses several licenses and the fact that we have gotten interest in several of our properties for cross territorial deals from U.S.-based licensees we thought it would be best to set up an agency in the U.S.," said Gregoire Parcollet, president.

This move is VIPs first step in the rollout of their international strategy.

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Studio100 Media Appoints Head of Marketing, Merchandising & Licensing

Studio100 Media, a subsidiary of Belgium's family entertainment group Studio100, has appointed Peter Kleinschmidt as Director Marketing, Licensing & Merchandising as of March 2009. Most recently he served as Managing Director for CTM Concept -- TV & Merchandising based in Munich.

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FitzRoy's Secret Wings Takes Flight with New Licensing Deals

FitzRoy Media has new licensing agent appointments in France, Brazil and The Philippines for its leading U.K. girls' brand SECRET WINGS, in addition to new licensing deals in two territories.

BLG, Brand Licensing Group of Sao Paulo, recently named licensing agents in Brazil for Secret Wings, have secured their first licensee for notebooks and stationery-related items, Sao Domingos. Fitz Roy's agents in The Philippines, Empire Int'l Merchandising Corp., has signed new licensee Asian Business Paper & Printing Corp. for notebooks and stationery-related items in the region.

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WB Consumer Products Appoints License Agent for SE Asia

Warner Bros. Consumer Products has appointed Global Brands Group (GBG) as the exclusive consumer products licensing agent for the company in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Under the appointment, GBG will establish the licensing business for WBCP's portfolio of brands, including LOONEY TUNES, TOM & JERRY, HARRY POTTER, BATMAN, SUPERMAN and SCOOBY-DOO, among others.

The wide spectrum of licensing categories includes products such as publishing materials, apparel, accessories, toys, stationery, gifts, novelties, as well as branded food, personal care products, and promotion licensing.

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Nickelodeon Africa Goes Multi-Splatform

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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New Sales for Franny's Feet

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.

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CPLG is New U.K. Rights Agency for Peanuts

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.

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Dora's U.K. Licensing Partners Get Extension

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.

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Chorion's French Property Gaspard & Lisa Goes Back to Roots

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.

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Miffy Gets Boost in Nordic, Eastern Europe

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.

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Copyright Promotions Licensing Group Expands to Canada

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.

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Marvel Promotes Simon Philips To Head of Consumer Products

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.

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BabyTV Hires Exec To Head L&M

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.

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Staff Cuts At Cookie Jar Finalized

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.

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CCL Enters ToddWorld

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.