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‘More people choosing Funko to engage with pop culture’ as Q3 sales boom

Funko has seen its net sales increase an impressive 26 per cent to $223.3 million in the third quarter of 2019, growing from the $179.6 million is hit in the same period 2018. The growth was driven primarily by an increase in the number of active properties, as well as …

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Warner Bros to co-develop animated features with UK CG studio Locksmith

Warner Bros Pictures has landed a multi-film pact with Locksmith Animation,  the UK CG  feature studio, to co-develop and distribute its slate of pictures. The announcement was made by both Toby Emmerich, chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, and Courtenay Valenti, president production and development, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Sarah Smith …

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A colour of magic: BBC Studios talks Bluey, Hey Duggee, His Dark Materials and Terry Pratchett

It’s with a great sense of betrayal to my own ambitions of a writing career that, sat opposite Rikesh Desai, BBC Studios’ licensing director, I am forced to admit to having read only one book by Terry Pratchett in my lifetime. Of the ‘at least 32 titles’ that the treasured …

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Mondo TV secures European book publisher for Feisty Pets

Mondo TV, the Italian, Spanish and Portuguese licensing agent for the brand extension plans of the popular plush toy Feisty Pets, has secured a new publishing partner for Spain, Portugal and the Andorra markets. Starting from Q2 2020, Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial will launch four Feisty Pets books: a …

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Walker Books and Forest Holidays launch We’re Going on a Bear Hunt nature trail challenge

Walker Books, alongside its sister companies Candlewick Press and Walker Books Australia is preparing to launch a new We’re Going on a Bear Hunt nature trail challenge at Forest Holidays locations across the UK. This will mark the first time the We’re Going on a Bear Hunt book and illustrations …

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Nordstrom x Nike celebrates 90 years of Betty Boop with exclusive capsule collection

King Features Syndicate and the Betty Boop brand owner, Fleischer Studios has teamed with Nordstrom x Nike to release the Nike x Olivia Kim capsule collection, featuring the fashion icon herself. The apparel launch, developed exclusively for Nordstrom x Nike (NxN) boutiques, kicks off Betty Boop’s 90th anniversary celebration.  Created by …

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Licensed to Charm expands Aardman collection with Shaun the Sheep additions

The lifestyle jewellery specialists, Licensed to Charm has expanded its partnership with Aardman Animations with the recent launch of new Shaun the Sheep charms to its growing collection favourites. The licensed jewellery expert unveiled its partnership in May this year, when it launched a line of Wallace and Gromit charms, …

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Bluewater lays on promotional feast for The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Rocket Licensing has secured a partnership with the UK shopping centre, Bluewater, for a slate of promotional activity for The Very Hungry Caterpillar, as the popular children’s publishing brand continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. The collaboration begins with the theming of Bluewater’s Green Flag award-winning nature trail. …

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Royal Horticultural Society makes triumphant BLE return with new children’s market strategy

Following a five year hiatus, the Royal Horticultural Society made a triumphant return to BLE this year, where it showcased its new children’s style guide as part of its plans to take on the children’s market this year and beyond. It’s reportedly that RHS’ new strategy piqued the interest of …

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GBI names toy and licensing industry expert Jamie Buono-Sikorski as VP of marketing

Genius Brands International is continuing its mission to build an executive team to lead its growing global business with the appointment of Jamie Buono-Sikorski to vice president of marketing. In her new position, Buono-Sikorski will be responsible for driving brand awareness across all the company’s properties, including pre-school brands like …

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