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Danilo teams with Bravado to deliver 2020 calendar for UK pop star HRVY

Danilo has been called upon by the entertainment brand management and merchandise company, Bravado, to launch an official 2020 calendar for the UK’s newest pop star, HRVY. Known for his presenting role on BBC’s Friday Download show, HRVY arrived on the pop scene in 2013, supporting the likes of Little …

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Frozen II ends five year chill at Jakks Pacific with 18 per cent sales growth

Disney’s Frozen II, Disguise and the Nintendo license has helped Jakks Pacific to the strongest quarter in year on year sales the toymaker has seen in the past five years. Net sales have increased 18 per cent to $280.1 million compared to the $236.7 million for the same period in …

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Games Workshop unveils Warhammer 40k Christmas jumper range with Merchoid

The geek merchandise platform, Merchoid has partnered with Games Workshop to bring chaos to Christmas with the launch of a new line of Warhammer Christmas jumpers. Replacing the traditional reindeer motif with a pack of Flesh Hounds, the new launch is everything you might expect from a product line titled …

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Disney takes new step into VR short animation with Myth: A Frozen Tale

Disney has made official its latest play for the VR space, with the launch of the animated short VR film, Myth: A Frozen Tale. The immersive VR experience launched to cinema goers last night, running alongside the feature-length movie, Frozen 2. Myth is the first VR film to have had …

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Opinion: James Dean’s CGI return to Hollywood is damaging to celebrity licensing’s integrity

For a number of years I had wrestled with the feeling of unease around the licensing of dead celebrities. While the attraction of much of this industry is the creativity that fizzes around innovative IP, this was a pocket of licensing that always seemed to me, cynical. It wasn’t until …

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Locksmith Animation to develop Richard Curtis Christmas books into animated feature

Four Weddings and a Funeral and Love Actually’s Richard Curtis has struck a deal with Locksmith Animation who will create an animated feature based on the British writer and director’s Christmas children’s book series under the title The Empty Stocking. Veteran producer Bonnie Arnold, who has produced titles such as …

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Penguin Random House acquires The World of Eric Carle

Eric Carle, the author and illustrator of the classic children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar is to sell his company to the world’s largest book publisher, Penguin Random House. The deal will include the global publishing rights to Carle’s more than 70 children’s books, along with the Eric Carle licensing …

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High Street blues: How Edutainment Licensing is finding a new route to market

It’s no secret among the licensing community that retail is a volatile place right now. Only this week, the UK high street has been braced for a long-drawn goodbye to a one-time major player in Mothercare as it details its plans for a phased closure of all 79 of its …

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Kappa arrives on the esports scene in style with limited edition Vexed Gaming collection

The sportswear specialist Kappa has well and truly arrived on the esports scene, and is celebrating with the launch of a one-off, limited edition casual wear collection for fans of the UK-based team, Vexed Gaming. Two new shirt designs – one for men and one for women – are now …

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The Royal Mint to release second coin in The Snowman series

The Royal Mint has revived its ongoing partnership with Penguin Ventures – the licensing arm of Penguin Random House –  to release a second coin in The Snowman series, The new 50 pence piece will commemorate and celebrate the charm of the famed author and illustrator Raymond Briggs and his …

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