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Universal Music Publishing Group acquires Bob Dylan’s entire song catalogue in landmark deal

 Universal Music Publishing Group has acquired the entire catalogue of songs written by the iconic Bob Dylan in an agreement that encompasses more than 600 copyrights spanning 60 years. From 1962’s cultural milestone Blowin In the Wind to this year’s Murder Most Foul, the copyright deal has been recognised as …

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Plug-in Media and Fryday Brands eye toy partners as pre-school hit Tee and Mo returns to CBeebies

Plug-in Media is eyeing potential toy partners for its popular pre-school property, Tee and Mo, an animated monkey duo that made its return to CBeebies last month with the premiere of Big Boots Birthday: A Tee and Mo Mini Musical. The animated property’s tenth musical special to launch on the …

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British kids’ property Master Moley teases ‘extensive licensing plans’ as it moves into Roblox

Having successfully premiered on Warner Media’s Boomerang channel across more than 100 territories last month, the new children’s property Master Moley has set its sights high with an innovative new Roblox marketing strategy, as well as a 52 part series to follow in 2021. Created by the British entrepreneur, James …

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Aardman teams with Bandai Namco Entertainment to develop a new multi-media IP

Aardman, the multi-award winning animation studio behind the Wallace & Gromit franchise and Chicken Run, has partnered with Bandai Namco to develop a brand new IP. As reported in Licensing.biz’s sister title, MCV, the partnership’s first major project will exist across multiple media, and the team will approach partners in …

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Fisher-Price partners with PGS Entertainment to launch Gus – The Itsy Bitsy Knight toy line

Mattel has entered into a multi-year global licensing agreement with PGS Entertainment to launch a full line of Fisher-Price toys based on the upcoming animated pre-school series, Gus – The Itsy Bitsy Knight. Under the agreement, Mattel and its Fisher-Price brand will develop new figures, play-sets, plush, vehicles and more. …

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Penguin Random House launches National Trust, Christmas Grotto, and Instagram campaigns for Peter Rabbit

Penguin Random House UK has launched a series of new brand activations for Peter Rabbit, giving families the chance to come together this winter as lockdown restrictions lift in the UK. Leading the charge is a dedicated partnership with the National Trust that will see a series of Peter Rabbit …

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Mattel and Sanrio to launch new doll range across Amazon and Smyths Toys in the UK

Global toy maker Mattel and the lifestyle brand Sanrio are kicking off their new partnership with the launch of a new toy and accessory collection featuring Hello Kitty, My Melody, and Badtz Maru across Amazon and Smyths Toys in the UK from January 2021. The never-before-seen collection will tap into …

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Poetic Brands teams with Sunny Side Up to launch Let’s Get Lyrical range based on famous song lyrics

Poetic Brands has partnered with the licensing agency, Sunny Side Up to launch the Let’s Get Lyrical range of day and night wear, a collection that will be based upon the lyrics of well-known songs. The Let’s Get Lyrical range will include all baby layette fashion daywear and nightwear; children’s …

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Peanuts Worldwide continues its 70th celebrations with new European and Middle East partners

As Peanuts continues to celebrate its 70th anniversary this year, its licensing agency, WildBrain CPLG has inked a new wave of deals across Europe and the Middle East, with new collections inspired by Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the Peanuts gang. The swathe of new deals with take the Peanuts property …

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Pop culture specialist Boss Fight Studio partners with King Features to launch Popeye the Sailor action figures

The pop culture specialist and action figures aficionado, Boss Fight Studio has struck up a new partnership with King Features Syndicate to create and launch a range of action figures and collectables based on Popeye the Sailor comics and cartoons. The deal was brokered by FanGirl Consulting and Brand Management …

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