Entertainment

Warner Bros Consumer Products opens new office in Mexico to grow channel for local partners

Warner Bros Consumer Products has opened a new office in Mexico City in order to provide local partners with new opportunities to develop licensing programmes around the company’s portfolio of brands by working directly with the studio. WBCP Mexico will offer fans unique retail entertainment experiences and promotions inspired by …

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Jazwares taps costume industry veteran Stephen Stanley to lead its new Costume Play division

Jazwares has detailed the formation of its Costume Play division, a new department that will focus on the development of licensed costumes for all ages to be led by the costume industry veteran, Stephen Stanley. Under Stanley’s watch, the division will look to bring stylised features and innovation to the …

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Anderson Entertainment launches limited edition silkscreen print collection inspired by its iconic IP

Anderson Entertainment has stepped into the world of wall-art with the launch of a series of limited edition silk-screen prints insipired by some of its most iconic properties. Featuring characters, craft, and scenes from Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet, the imagery will be drawn from the popular Anderson comics that appeared …

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Licensing 360 celebrates 20 years of Wet Hot American Summer with Monzo and Bioworld

The US comedy, Wet Hot American Summer, starring Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, and Amy Poehler, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with the launch of a new range of nostalgic, collectable merchandise. In new deals brokered by Licensing 360, Rusted Wave and the film’s producers have partnered with Mondo …

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Return of live events helps WWE to 19 per cent growth in Q2 2021 as consumer products see marginal lift

The return of live events has helped revenue increase 19 per cent at WWE, with knock-on effects prompting lifts across the business, including the consumer products business which saw slight increases fueled by this year’s WrestleMania. Reported in its second quarter 2021 financials, WWE has seen revenue hit $265.6 million …

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Pokémon is heading to the BBC for the first time as iPlayer catches series and movies

Pokémon is heading to the BBC for the first time. The British broadcaster has acquired two complete story arcs from the Pokémon the Series collection to be housed on the BBC iPlayer, along with the story arcs’ accompanying feature-length Pokémon the Movie for both linear broadcast and the iPlayer. This …

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Mattel partners with contemporary artist and activist Shepard Fairey to launch environmentally focused UNO

Mattel has partnered up with the renowned contemporary artist, activist, and illustrator, Shepard Fairey for the release of a new UNO deck made with sustainable materials and themed around the artist’s environmental activism. The new deck has been designed by both Fairey and the UNO team at the artist’s LA …

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Barbie, Jurassic World, and Masters of the Universe help drive Mattel Q2 2021 sales to $1.03bn

The global toy maker, Mattel has seen its Q2 2021 net sales increase 40 per cent on last year, with particular success across EMEA where the firm’s growth has exceeded the industry by 11 percentage points. Mattel bosses have billed it ‘another exceptional quarter’ having witnessed ‘outstanding consumer demand for …

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Sixteen South’s preschool series Odo prepares to take flight in the US and Latin America

The recently launched preschool series, Odo – recognised for its warm-hearted and comic storytelling – is taking flight in the US and Latin America following a new broadcast deal between Sixteen South and WarnerMedia Kids & Family. Under the partnership, the series will air on the company’s upcoming Cartoonito preschool …

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The London Toy Company launches its first TfL train sets all made from recyclable plastics

The London Toy Company has lifted the lid on its venture into new toy categories this year, with the launch of its Transport for London licensed train set and trains, all made from recyclable plastic. The new launch marks the first time that The London Toy Company has entered the …

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