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Egmont is launching a new Milkshake! magazine for early years audiences

Egmont Publishing is to launch a new Milkshake! magazine later this month, bringing Channel 5’s multi-platform pre-school brand back to the publishing sector. During its day-part, Milkshake! is the top performing TV segment on a free-to-air channel and is currently experiencing a 15 per cent growth in kids’ viewership year …

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Opinion: How I met Vincent Van Gogh and its future for licensing

It was at the opening of the Van Gogh Museum’s newest UK venture, the Meet Vincent van Gogh experience along London’s South Bank last night, that a glimpse into the high-spec future of immersive licensing was offered. A collaboration of efforts between Holland’s Van Gogh Museum and the UK’s own …

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To the victor: Warhammer and it’s march upon the global hobby, retail, and licensing scene

Games Workshop’s Warhammer is massively successful. Seriously. Over the past three years – since the onset of Brexit fell upon us – Warhammer has doubled the size of its business. Last year, it ended £81million in profit. Robert Hutchins talks to senior licensing manager, Zoe Smith about how the franchise …

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Sanrio extends its partnership with Licensed to Charm for Valentine’s Hello Kitty collection

Licensed to Charm has extended its partnership with Sanrio to launch a new valentine’s gifting collection of Hello Kitty jewellery. The new charms are retro-styled and based on the original 1970s Hello Kitty designs, with Kitty holding a bunch of roses along with a love letter, double-sided Hello Kitty winking …

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SEGA joins forces with Puma to launch latest Sonic sports style collection

SEGA is once again joining forces with the sports brand Puma to bring Sonic, the world’s fastest hedgehog and the video game maker’s flagship character to the world of sports style fashion. Launching ahead of the release of the upcoming blockbuster Sonic the Hedgehog movie, SEGA’s famous character will feature …

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Pokémon soars at UK and German retail as both toys and trading cards ‘enjoy best year ever’

Sales of both the Pokémon Trading Card Game and toys from Wicked Cool Toys soared at retail across the UK and Germany throughout 2019, according to the latest figures revealed by NPD. The Pokémon Company has reported year on year sales that ‘continue to be substantially above the market average’ …

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Surprise results at Funko as Q4 2019 financials take 8 per cent dip

In a surprise turn of events in the narrative of the pop culture specialist, Funko has detailed lower than expected net sales of $214m in its preliminary fourth quarter 2019 results. The company reported its preliminary financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 this week, showing that it …

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Original Stormtroopers march upon UK retail with more food and drink partnerships

Shepperton Design Studios has unleashed an army of galactic delicacies upon the nation’s biggest retailers this year, with the launch of a range of Original Stormtroopers licensed foods and drinks. Complementing an already successful line of cakes and beer from BBF and The Sourceror, the company – through partnerships brokered …

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Young Adult fantasy brand The Red Harlequin lands audiobook, graphic novel, and TV partners

The Young Adult fantasy brand, The Red Harlequin has secured a trio if multimedia deals, spanning an audiobook agreement, a new graphic novel publishing deal, and a TV development partnership. The tranche of new partnerships arrive as Pantomimus Media – brand owners of The Red Harlequin IP – looks to …

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Rockpool Licensing helps bring Brambly Hedge book series to screen in Lupus Films deal

Lupus Films, the animation company behind The Snowman & The Snowdog, has optioned the rights to adapt the classic countryside stories of Brambly Hedge for the screen. The deal between Lupus Films and the estate of Jill Braklem, the author and illustrator of Brambly Hedge, was brokered by Rockpool Licensing. …

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