Entertainment

Forbidden Planet teams with Gaumont to launch F is for Family apparel and accessories across the UK

The French production and distribution studio, Gaumont, has partnered with the UK’s pop culture retailer Forbidden Planet to launch a new line of branded merchandise based on the Netflix Original animated series, F is for Family. The high street retailer and specialist in the pop culture and geek culture sector, …

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Funko names former Hasbro senior director Malcolm Ottley its new VP of sales for EMEA

Funko has appointed the former Hasbro senior director, Malcolm Ottley to the role of vice president of sales for its EMEA business, where he will take on a major strategic role heading up the outfit’s sales department. A toy sales veteran, Ottley joins the unit from Hasbro, where he spent …

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Moomin grows its presence across the US as King Features adds publishing rights to the licensing slate

The classic literary and art-based brand, Moomin, is expanding its presence across North America as its US licensing agency King Features adds publishing rights to its licensing slate as well as brings the brand into active baby wear for the first time in the region. As the Tove Jansson creation …

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Space mission: How Moonbug Entertainment’s rocketing success is disrupting the pre-school space

It may be highly competitive, it may even be getting a little bit crowded at times, but there’s one thing that the pre-school sector hasn’t become in recent years – particularly now, as audiences shift their viewing habits and the means in which they engage with it – and that …

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MasterChef and MasterChef Junior cook up new toys, games, cookware and experiential deals in the US

Endemol Shine North America has secured a new slate of partnerships for the hit culinary competition series, MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, taking the brand into interactive toys, board games, cookware, and live experiences. Kicking off the new slate of licensing partners, Abacus Brands, a leader in educational virtual reality toys, will …

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Hello Kitty finds her voice as Sanrio launches first short form animated series to YouTube

Sanrio has launched a new short form YouTube animated series called Hello Kitty and Friends Supercute Adventures, a move that brings its globally popular Hello Kitty brand to animated content in a partnership with Split Studio. Each episode in the YouTube series will catapult audiences into the world of Hello …

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Kraft Heinz moves into the family gaming space with Big G Creative partnership

Kraft Heinz has found another means of getting itself all over your dining table thanks to a new partnership with the US games publisher, Big G Creative, that delivers the company’s globally renowned food brands to the board gaming sector. Under the new deal, Big G Creative has launched the …

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Rising Up: MGM Studios on how 45 years later the Rocky franchise is still packing a punch

The trumpets, the grey tracksuit, the run up the stairs and the timeless story of David vs Goliath, the underdog with the eye of the tiger; there’s very little about the Rocky franchise that isn’t iconic. It’s difficult to believe that it’s been… [checks notes]… 45 years since Sylvester Stallone …

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GB eye expands its partnership with The Pokemon Company for new product ranges across Europe

Prints, posters, and giftware specialist, GB Eye has inked a new deal with the Pokemon Company International to expand its licensed gifting offering in the build up to Christmas with new products across mugs, framed prints, posters, gifts, and a soon-to-launch eco-range. The move capitalises on key consumer trends and …

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Thomas & Friends goes 2D animated as new seasons given the green light by Mattel

Mattel has given the green light to a series of 104 new 11 minute episodes and two hour-long specials for the Thomas & Friends television series over two new seasons. The latest update for the popular children’s series follows news released last week that a Thomas & Friends feature length …

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