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Universal’s Despicable Me, Jurassic World and Trolls land on Punchbowl platform

The online invitations and digital greeting cards firm, Punchbowl has secured a new deal with Universal Brand Development to bring its Despicable Me, Jurassic World and DreamWorks’ Trolls into the fold. More than 20 new invitation designs have been created for the launch that allows parents to customise invites with …

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ITV Studios secures Thunderbirds Are Go toy distribution partners in Australia and New Zealand

ITV Studios Global Entertainment has tapped Modern Brands and Planet Fun as its exclusive toy distribution partners for the new Thunderbirds Are Go toy line in Australia and New Zealand. Under the new deal, both Modern Brands and Planet Fun will begin to sell the autumn/winter 2019 Thunderbirds Are Go …

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Bethesda selects Fanattik as gifts and collectables partner for gaming roster

The pop culture specialist, Fanattik has signed a new gifts and collectables licensing agreement with Bethesda Softworks, the publisher of videogame franchises such as The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Dishonoured, DOOM, Quake and Wolfenstein. Under the new deal, Fanattik will not only create gift product surrounding new game releases such as …

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Shaun the Sheep Farm Garden attraction opens in Japan

A popular English garden-themed attraction in Japan has welcomed some very recognisable faces to the fold, thanks to an ongoing collaboration with the UK animation studio, Aardman. A collaboration between Aardman and Tohokushinsha Film Corporation has resulted in the grand opening of a new Shaun the Sheep area at the …

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Sesame Workshop celebrates direct to retail campaign with Mexico’s Suburbia

Sesame Workshop is continuing its 50th anniversary celebrations on a global scale, this time securing a direct to retail campaign with all 126 of Mexico’s popular Suburbia stores. The latest initiative – brokered by La Panaderia, Sesame Workshop’s Mexican licensing agent – spans different products with Sésamo characters for babies, …

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LIMA announces International Licensing Awards finalists

The ballot for the 2019 International Licensing Awards has been finalised, featuring 154 nominees vying for the prestigious industry honour. For the first time in the Awards’ 33-year history, submissions and judging have been held online, encouraging more international submissions than ever before. The judging panel included nearly 150 executives …

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Penguin Ventures partners with Le Méridién for Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea

Penguin Ventures has partnered with Le Méridien Piccadilly Hotel to launch an official Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea in a new deal brokered by Silvergate Media. The afternoon tea concept and creative has been developed by Penguin Ventures on behalf of Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd, Beatrix Potter’s original publisher, in …

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