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Genius Brands welcomes industry veteran Jeff Shapiro to VP of retail development role

Genius Brands International has named industry veteran Jeff Shapiro is vice president of retail development. The announcement was made by Genius Brands’ SVP of global consumer products, Lloyd Mintz, to whom he will report. Shapiro has held positions at Warner Bros. Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and The …

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Beer Buddies partners with Rebellion to launch Judge Dredd range to retail

The Cornish company Beer Buddies Ltd, the team behind a raft of popular character wall mounted bottle openers, is launching its third licensed product as part of its Icon range. The launch will take the form of the sci-fi and comic book favourite, Judge Dredd. Beer Buddies emerged onto the …

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English channelled: How British icons Mr Men & Little Miss are taking it global

Sanrio’s Alastair McHarrie couldn’t possibly tell us what the next collaboration will be for the iconic Mr Men Little Miss brand. Off the record, he is all winks and nods, but with the dictaphone on, it’s yet another licensing secret only to be revealed once all those pesky i’s have …

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Herschend taps Alpha Group as global master toy partner for Chuggington

Toymakers, Alpha Group has been named the global master toy partner for season six of the popular children’s animated series, Chuggington. The multi-year collaboration will see Alpha launch a toy range worldwide from 2020. The appointment was made by the Chuggington brand owner, Herschend Entertainment Studios who acquired the property …

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Copyrights Group and Rockefeller partner for new Paddington stage show

Copyrights Group and Rockefeller Productions have partnered to bring Paddington, the star of children’s books and both big and small screens, to the stage in a new live show. Launching in 2020, the stage will target a pre-school audience and will feature, for the first time, Paddington on stage in …

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Animation studio Cartoon Saloon makes move for licensing with Dentsu Entertainment

The animation studio, Cartoon Saloon is teaming with Dentsu Entertainment USA to explore licensing and mrchandising opportunities for its IP, including the animated feature Wolfwalkers. Cartoon Saloon’s ancillary rights division will be heading to Licensing Expo in Las Vegas this week for the first time, where it will showcase its …

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School of Roars is making noise in Italy with Centauria publishing deal

Atlantyca Entertainment has inked a deal with the Italian publisher, Centauria, to launch a nw pre-school magazine based on the his 2D animated series, School of Roars. The School of Roars bi-monthly magazine is aimed at young readers aged three to six, and will be published in October this year, …

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Sesame Place grows visitor experiential offering with new Neighbourhood

Sesame Place, the only Sesame Street dedicated theme park in the US, and the first in the world to become a Certified Autism Centre, has opened its new Sesame Street Neighbourhood. The Sesame Street Neighbourhood at Sesame Place has been built to reflect the show’s contemporary  set, offering an authentic …

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An appetite for IP: How licensing fuelled the growth of board game experts Ravensburger

It hasn’t been by accident that, over the course of the last one year and ten months, the tabletop gaming juggernaut, Ravensburger, has found itself at the centre of a far greater narrative on the global licensing space. It’s actually been a focal point for the company, and one that …

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Disney-Pixar releases first teaser trailer for Onward

Disney Pixar has released the first teaser trailer for its 2020 film, Onward, a contemporary take on the traditional fantasy world of elves, mermaids and unicorns. Onward is a suburban fantasy, set in the modern day in which two teenage elf brothers embark on a quest to discover if there …

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