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Tonies welcomes Cars and The Little Mermaid to its character and stories portfolio

The innovative new kids audio system, Tonies has added two new Disney characters to its range, welcoming Cars and The Little Mermaid to its collection of licensed characters and stories. The two new figures, Ariel from The Little Mermaid and Lightning McQueen from Cars, will be available to purchase on …

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Walker Books readies for the 30th anniversary of Maisy Mouse

Walker Books and its US sister company, Candlewick Press are preparing some big celebrations for the 30th anniversary of its popular children’s book series and character, Maisy Mouse. With global book sales of more than 38 million copies of over 300 titles in a wide variety of formats, Maisy Mouse …

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Sony Pictures Consumer Products celebrates El Camino with Breaking Bad merch roll out

Sony Pictures Consumer Products is celebrating the launch of the Netflix event, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie with the launch of a worldwide Breaking Bad licensing and merchandising programme. SPCP has enlisted the team best known for the nostalgic interactive experiences Saved by the Max, Good Burger and Peach …

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Record visitor numbers for BLE’s big move to London ExCeL

Brand Licensing Europe 2019 has achieved record visitor numbers with a rise of three per cent to 8,062 visitors and an increase from 264 to 268 exhibiting companies at the show’s new London ExCeL home. As the dust settles on another successful BLE, the organisers are already turning their attention …

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Asmodee’s fiction imprint Aconyte secures multi-year deal with Marvel

Asmodee Entertainment’s newly launched fiction imprint, Aconyte, has secured a multi-year agreement with Marvel Entertainment to create stories based around a cast of Marvel’s comic book characters. The first novels are slated to appear in Fall 2020, in trade paperback, ebook and audiobook editions. This marks the Asmodee Group’s third …

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Entertainment One posts a £43.9m loss in latest financials

Entertainment One has revealed a £43.9 million loss in the first quarter of the year, according to the latest financial reports surrounding the Peppa Pig owner. The reports have emerged just a matter of days before Hasbro puts its takeover offer of £3.3 billion to a shareholder vote. The toymaker …

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Riverside Brands grows portfolio with Katie Kirby’s Hurrah for Gin

Riverside Brands is building on its portfolio of brands with the addition of the popular online parenting series, Hurrah for Gin, a comedic pastiche of modern day parenthood survival by the artist Katie Kirby. Based on the digital marketer Kirby’s own trials and tribulations of parenting, her Hurrah for Gin …

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Scotland’s Maramedia picks up rights to Michael Bond’s Olga da Polga

The Scottish children’s entertainment production company, Maramedia has acquired the rights to develop a new kids’ series based on Olga da Polga, a book series created by the celebrated children’s author and creator of Paddington Bear, Michael Bond. The series will follow Olga da Polga, a loveable and imaginative guinea …

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Toon2Tango will head up distribution and merchandise rights for new IP Rebel Nature

Toon2Tango, the new children’s and family entertainment unit headed up by TV and movie industry experts, Ulli Stoef and Jo Daris, has made its first move to produce original IP, setting to work on a new series called Rebel Nature. The new show is created by Christian Faber, one of the …

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Mattel to open six-week Barbie Store Fashion pop-up at Liverpool One

Mattel is gearing up for the opening of a six week Barbie Store Fashion Pop-Up in Liverpool One this weekend, debuting limited edition clothing and accessories for kids and adults. A range of Barbie dolls will also be available at the pop up, including Barbie Fashionistas, Barbie Career Dolls, and …

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