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Aardman partners with Animation Toolkit for stop-animation student initiative

Aardman has partnered with Animation Toolkit to create a bespoke Armature Kit, aimed at supporting stop-animation enthusiasts and students in creating puppets for film and the small screen. The ‘Aardman Animation Kit’, which will retail on Amazon (amongst other online retail sites), is a professional armature kit, designed and created …

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Angry Birds Explore: “We’ll have AR codes in millions of licensed products and in multiple retailers”

Rovio has made no secret of the expectations and belief it has in its Angry Birds franchise, when The Angry Birds Movie 2, the sequel title to its 2016 box office hit, lands in cinemas later this year, kickstarting what it believes will be a revival of the Angry Birds …

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Hasbro’s Magic: The Gathering to land on Netflix with new animated series

Hasbro’s fantasy card game franchise, Magic: The Gathering is heading to a new home on Netflix, as plans get underway to develop the title into a new animated series. The series Magic: The Gathering will feature a new storyline that expands on the game’s power-wielding heroes, called Planeswalkers in the …

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HBO taps The Koyo Store for Game of Thrones official pin badges

Entertainment and gaming merchandising specialist, The Koyo Store, has partnered with HBO Licensing and Retail to celebrate the final season of Game of Thrones The new deal with HBO, brokered via LMI, will see The Koyo Store create a series of high fully licensed pin badges depicting the Houses within …

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Strong night for Epic Games’ Fortnite as 2019 International Licensing Awards winners are revealed

Epic Games’ hit video gaming franchise, Fortnite won big at this year’s Licensing International 2019 International Licensing Awards, having taking home the coveted accolade across five categories. The popular battle royale game cleaned up when it took home a sweep of awards across Best Licensed Products apparel/footwear/accessories, Toys/games/novelties for ages …

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Adventurer Bear Grylls is getting his own animated movie series as Epic Story Media lines up licensing partners

The UK-based kids’ content producer, Platinum Films has formed a joint venture with the adventurer Bear Grylls to develop his first animated series for children, Bear Grylls Young Adventurer. The production of the animated movies will be headed up by BRON Creative and YBG Films, who will also manage the …

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Boat Rocker’s The Next Step extends Pineapple Dance Studios partnership with merch line-up

Boat Rocker Studio’s leading dance property The Next Step has extended its partnership with Pineapple Studios, launching a raft of co-branded merchandise across apparel, bags, stationery and dance accessories. The products will launch this autumn/winter and will be available initially from Pineapple’s store in London’s Covent Garden and via its …

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Moomin brand makes long awaited move for the US and Canada with King Features

The literary and art-based classic, Moomin brand is making new efforts for the US and Canadian licensing space in a deal that sees the popular brand take up residence within King Features’ growing portfolio of international IP. Bulls Licensing has turned to the licensing specialists – already known for its …

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Global retail sales of licensed products hits $280.3bn for 2018

Global retail sales of licensed merchandise and services hit $280.3 billion in 2018, a 3.2 per cent increase over the $271.6 billion generated in 2017, according to results of the fifth Annual Global Licensing Survey, released today by Licensing International. Royalty revenue for brand owners leapt to $15 billion, an almost …

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Haven Global to build Pokémon across Australia and New Zealand

The Pokémon Company International has named Haven Global as its exclusive licensing agent for the Australian and New Zealand markets, in a display of renewed commitment to the success of the brand in the key territories. For more than two decades, The Pokémon Company International (TPCi) has built up one …

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