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CITV picks up Jetpack’s animated comedy Buck and Buddy in newest broadcasting slate

The independent kids and family distributor, Jetpack Distribution, has secured a string of new broadcast deals for its portfolio of children’s shows, including Daisy & Ollie, Emmy & Gooroo, Buck & Buddy, and Talking Tom and Friends. The Jetpack shows will be airing this year across a series of international …

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Toymaster May Show moved to September amid COVID-19 pandemic

Toymaster has confirmed the postponement of its May Show to a later date this year, a move made amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and Government lockdown measures. The show’s organisers have issued the official statement this morning, citing contractual issues that have now been overcome as the reason for the …

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HarperCollins to acquire Egmont Books UK for undisclosed sum

HarperCollins has detailed its intention to acquire Egmont Books UK for an undisclosed sum, alongside Egmont’s book businesses in Poland and Schneiderbuch Germany. The transaction is set to complete on 30th April but will not include Egmont’s magazine publishing. According to the Bookseller, on completion, Egmont Books UK will be …

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Sesame Workshop expands its See Amazing in All Children initiative for Autism Acceptance Day

Sesame Workshop is expanding its Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children initiative with new video and content featuring Julia – its four-year-old Sesame Street character with autism. The resources will be available for free in English and Spanish and will show children that ‘we can all be …

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Nestlé to develop ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks Levissima Issima water bottles

Nestlé is to develop a new line of ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks themed Levissima Issima water bottles thanks to a new partnership between Bagdasarian Productions and Maurizio Distefano Licensing. Levissima Issima water bottles are a recognised range of children.s water bottles, designed to be easy to carry. The new range …

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Children’s Media Conference rebrands as Children’s Media Community for 2020 as it moves its content online

The Children’s Media Conference, now in its 17th year, is temporarily becoming The Children’s Media Community for 2020, in response to the cancellation of its planned conference in Sheffield from July 7th to 9th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With a revised theme of ‘Still Here Right Now’, CMC will provide …

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Licensing chatter: 10 questions with Riverside Brands’ Ashley Holman

In these unprecedented times for the global community, it’s nice to keep connected – and for an industry as reliant on peer to peer networking as the licensing business, maintaining those connections with our industry colleagues is paramount. That’ why Licensing.biz is kicking off a new series of interviews to …

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Wild + Wolf signs major Disney deal for its growing Ridley’s Games brand

The design-led gifting company, Wild + Wolf has signed a new partnership with Disney to bring a cast of popular Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars properties to its Ridley’s Games portfolio this year. Marking the first licensed range for the growing games brand, the product collection will consist of …

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Hasbro launches Bring Home the Fun platform for kids and families staying indoors

Hasbro has detailed the launch of its Bring Home the Fun platform, a global initiative created in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and offering kids and families a platform of content to inspire play and activities while at home. Beginning today, parents and caregivers can visit BringHometheFun.com to explore family-focused resources, including …

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Horace & Co celebrates World Autism Awareness Week with BookrKids digital library

It’s World Autism Awareness Week, and to champion the recognition and understanding of the condition among children across the UK, Horace & Co, the popular publishing property from Flossy and Jim, has just partnered with the BookrKids digital library. Created by Lynette Dare, the co-founder of Flossy and Jim, when …

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