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Lisle Licensing to grow Rainbow’s 44 Cats across the UK

The international content and animation studio, Rainbow has tapped Lisle Licensing to grow its new music-driven animation, 44 Cats across the UK. The move has been billed as a “fantastic addition” to the Lisle Licensing portfolio as the firm’s director, Francesca Lisle looks to build out its portfolio of licensees …

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Universal’s Classic Monsters rise up at Universal Studios retail

Universal’s Classic Monsters appear to have risen once again, this time as the focal point of an entire retail destination within Universal Studios Florida. The studio has revamped its Cyber Image Store – a former Terminator 2: 3D gift shop – into a curated Universal’s Classic Monsters shop, moving away …

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TCG Toys takes Rubik’s Cube into puzzles ahead of brand’s 40th anniversary

The Smiley Company is continuing its efforts to extend the iconic Rubik’s brand into more diverse categories ahead of the puzzle cube’s 40th anniversary next year, this time with a line of themed jigsaws from its US partner, TCG Toys. The new Rubik’s collection from TCG Toys will land at …

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Animation veteran Amir Nasrabadi named EVP at DHX Media’s Vancouver ops

DHX Media has named the veteran animation industry executive Amir Nasrabadi its executive vice president and general manager of its own animation studio in Vancouver. Nasrabadi will be joining the team in this newly created role effective June 10, 2019. He will report to Josh Scherba, the company’s president, while …

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Don’t miss out on this year’s Light Fund Comedy Night

Time is running out to book your place at this year’s side-splitting Light Fund Comedy Night, returning to the Hoopla Improv Comedy Club next month. Jasper Cromwell-Jones will headline the evening of mirth with his blissfully ignorant but loveable dope act that will look to delight audiences with stories of …

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Award-winning pre-school series Hey Duggee grows retail orders 400 per cent in one year

The popular pre-school property Hey Duggee has seen a 400 per cent increase in its retail orders since March last year, the consumer products team at BBC Studios has revealed. The series is continuing to resonate with audiences across the UK, having recently been awarded the Preschool Award at the …

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Clarkson Potter named publishing partner for MasterChef Junior in the US

The appetite for the Masterchef Junior brand is growing over in the US, where Clarkson Potter – a division of Penguin Random House – has just signed up as the brand’s publishing partner. The new deal coincides with the current season of Masterchef Junior, airing on Fox in the States. …

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After The Rise of Skywalker, Disney will “take a pause” on Star Wars saga

This year’s concluding instalment in Disney’s Star Wars trilogy will mark “a nice time to take a pause,” on the sci-fi saga, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has told national media. Disney revealed the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker at Star Wars Celebration this weekend. It …

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Puma has been named the official technical partner for Spain’s LaLiga

PUMA has entered into a long-term agreement with the Spanish football league, LaLiga, making it the league’s official technical partner. Starting from the 2019/20 season, PUMA will produce the official match ball and other products for all games in Spain’s top-flight leagues; LaLiga Santander and La Liga 1|2|3. With a …

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Nadiya Hussain to deliver keynote at 2019 Children’s Media Conference

Writer and presenter, Nadiya Hussain, is to deliver the opening keynote interview at this year’s Children’s Media Conference, ahead of the publication of her first children’s picture book this year. Since winning The Great British Bake Off in 2015, Hussain has written a number of books and presented a series …

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