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Numskull launches new TUBBZ collectables and its a pop-culture licensing dream

Numskull Designs is answering the call of the geek movement with the launch of a new, multi-licensed series of collectable, cosplaying duck figurines. Yes, it’s a sign of the times and it doesn’t really get much nerdier than this as Numskulls joins the thriving collectables scene with its very own …

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Mattel and Disney launch Star Wars: A New Hope inspired Barbie collection

Mattel has teamed up with Disney and Lucasfilm’s iconic sci-fi franchise Star Wars to release a new Barbie collection that pays homage to Star Wars: A New Hope. The collection is inspired by the film’s original concept art and re-imagines its cast of characters as Barbie dolls, with the only-to-be-expected …

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CBS and Viacom pull trigger on merger to create new $30bn entertainment powerhouse

CBS and Viacom have finally pulled the trigger on a merger deal that had long been on the cards, combining forces to gain a stronger foothold on the evolving market. The merger – when completed – will finally reunite Sumner Redstone’s media empire after its division back in 2006, and …

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Konami to launch board game versions of its hit video game IPs Contra and Bomberman

Konami Cross Media has signed new licensing agreements with Blacklist Games (in tandem with Kess Co.) and IDW Games to launch new tabletop gaming titles based on its video game IPs Contra and Bomberman. Launching to fans in the US next spring, Blacklist Games is developing a cooperative board game …

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The Emoji Company secures branded merchandise partner in Success Promotions

The Emoji Company has secured a new partnership with the branded merchandise and novelty gift specialist, Success Promotions in a deal brokered by its US licensing agent, Retail Monster. Under the partnership, Success Promotions will look to bring the Emoji brand to life through a range of promotional partnerships, spanning …

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Endemol Shine North America welcomes new SVP of licensing

Endemol Shine North America has named veteran licensing executive Amber Sheppo as its new senior vice president, licensing. The announcement was made by Ben Samek, president and chief operating officer, Endemol Shine North America. In her new role, Sheppo will be responsible for the development of creative licensing partnerships and live events, …

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DreamWorks Animation collaborates with Opus for limited edition book celebrating 25 years of the studio

A limited edition book celebrating the creative achievements and 25 year legacy of DreamWorks Animation is readying for launch, signalling the culmination of a four-year project between the animation studio and Opus Publishing. The Official DreamWorks Animation Opus is a large-format book that documents the journey of the studio and …

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Geek culture subscription box Loot Crate files for bankruptcy

The geek culture subscription box service, Loot Crate, which established an ecosystem in which pop culture fans were sent a surprise selection of merchandise each month, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. According to a report from the LA Times, the service had hit a rough patch over the last …

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