Entertainment

Pocket.watch and Ryan’s World steps into new partnership with footwear brand Skechers

Ryan’s World is making its foray into the footwear market thanks to a new partnership between Pocket.watch and Sunlight Entertainment that will see the kids’ franchise step into a new Skechers deal. Co-branded Sketchers x Ryan’s World, the new collection is a collaborative effort between Ryan and the Skechers Kids …

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The Koyo Store partners with Toei Animation to launch Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Super collectables

The entertainment merchandise specialist, The Koyo Store has secured the EMEA rights to create a range of officially licensed collectables based on the popular Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Super anime TV series. Through its partnership with Toei Animation Europe, the Lancashire-based Koyo Store will launch an initial product …

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Kids’ audio platform Yoto raises £17m funding to fuel European and North American growth

The kids’ audio platform, Yoto – the London-based team behind the award-winning Yoto Player – has raised $17 million in a Series A funding to help facilitate its rapid growth across Europe and North America. The investment was led by Acton Capital with participation from JamJar Investments, Global Founders Capital, …

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Mr Men and Little Miss to unveil two new characters during 50 Years of Mr Men documentary this weekend

The countdown towards the grand unveiling of the two new Mr Men and Little Miss creations to be joining the cast of classic characters this year, has commenced, as Sanrio reminds the nation to tune in to the 50 Years of Mr Men documentary broadcast on Channel 4 this weekend. …

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Harry Potter weaves magic across ecommerce platform Spread Group as sales leap 70 per cent

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been weaving its magic on the ecommerce platform Spread Group, helping drive UK licensing sales to a 70 per cent leap since the group extended its partnership with Warner Bros in December last year. Increased demand for items – in particular the women’s …

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Stateside | Hit pre-school series Bluey makes play for costumes market with Disguise, Inc partnership

Bluey, the hit children’s animated TV series from Ludo Studio and BBC Studios, is making a new play for the American costume and fancy dress market, thanks to a new partnership with JAKKS Pacific’s Halloween costume division, Disguise, Inc. Under the partner, Disguise is set to design, market, manufacture, and …

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Boxing icon Floyd Mayweather Jr enters the NFT ring ahead of Logan Paul bout this summer

The boxing icon, Floyd Mayweather Jr is the latest name to enter the licensed NFT ring. In conjunction with IronBend – a provider of digital NFTs for prominent personalities – the five weight 12-time world champion has teamed up with Reality Gaming Group, a publisher of mobile games and blockchain-based …

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The LEGO Group unveils F.R.I.E.N.D.S Apartment Set complete with Janice minifigure

Ready? Altogether now: Oh. My. God. It’s official. The LEGO Group has just detailed the launch of the new LEGO F.R.I.E.N.D.S Apartments Set, a 2,048 brick set that allows fans to recreate their favourite scenes from the now iconic Warner Bros. sitcom. Setting the scene of some of TV comedy’s most …

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’80s animated series The Raccoons makes play for retro and environmentalism licensing

The Raccoons is the latest animated property to be jumping the decades and making a play for the retro licensing space, helping fans and viewers who grew up with the show put to rest that fundamental question: what on Earth kind of aardvark is Cyril Sneer anyway? First created in …

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Little Brother Books welcomes LOL Surprise, Barbie, and Fortnite to the annuals roster

LOL Surprise, Barbie, Fortnite, Roblox, and Minecraft will each be expanding their presence across the children’s Annuals market, thanks to a bolstered new portfolio of titles to launch from Little Brother Books. The UK Annuals publisher is preparing to launch a range of six new titles this spring/summer, which will …

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