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Entertainment One partners with Leolandia to open PJ Masks City theme park attraction in Italy

Entertainment One has secured a multi-year agreement with Leolandia, Italy’s leading theme park destination, that will see the launch of the world’s first PJ Masks City theme park attraction in 2020. Construction on PJ Masks City is already underway and the inauguration is set to take place next spring. The attraction …

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Forbidden Planet to open Europe’s largest comic book and pop culture store in Glasgow

Forbidden Planet is to open the UK and Europe’s largest comic book and pop culture store when it opens the doors to its new Glasgow location this week. Following a successful 31 years on Glasgow’s Buchanan Street, the pop culture and collectables specialist is relocating to Sauchiehall Street, where it …

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Spaghetti Western acting duo Bud Spencer and Terence Hill make licensing move with BSL

The day is finally upon us. The Italian acting duo, Bud Spencer and Terence Hill – best known for their roles in the Spaghetti Western film genre – have side saddled their way into licensing, courtesy of Bavaria Sonor Licensing. Having acquired the licensing rights to the famous film duo, …

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Footbrands grows portfolio with first licensed footwear collections

Footbrands, a specialist in the licensed hosiery market, is looking to grow its licensing footprint, with the addition of branded footwear to its growing portfolio. Footbrands is part of The Cookie Company Group in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, and a major player in Europe when it comes to hosiery with well-known entertainment and …

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Peaky Blinders makes play for grooming market with Murdock London

The Peaky Blinders has moved in on the grooming products market thanks to a new partnership with the UK barbers and grooming experts, Murdock London. Through an alliance forged between Endemol Shine Group, the Peaky Blinders brand owner Caryn Mandabach Productions, and the grooming specialists, Murdock London will develop a …

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Mothercare to appoint administrators for UK business putting 2,500 jobs at risk

Mothercare has detailed its intentions to appoint administrators for its UK high street business of 79 stores, after the troubled retailer lost £36.3 million last year. Conceding that its UK operation would not return to profitability, the move will now put some 2,500 jobs at risk. Administration of its UK …

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‘More people choosing Funko to engage with pop culture’ as Q3 sales boom

Funko has seen its net sales increase an impressive 26 per cent to $223.3 million in the third quarter of 2019, growing from the $179.6 million is hit in the same period 2018. The growth was driven primarily by an increase in the number of active properties, as well as …

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Warner Bros to co-develop animated features with UK CG studio Locksmith

Warner Bros Pictures has landed a multi-film pact with Locksmith Animation,  the UK CG  feature studio, to co-develop and distribute its slate of pictures. The announcement was made by both Toby Emmerich, chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, and Courtenay Valenti, president production and development, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Sarah Smith …

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A colour of magic: BBC Studios talks Bluey, Hey Duggee, His Dark Materials and Terry Pratchett

It’s with a great sense of betrayal to my own ambitions of a writing career that, sat opposite Rikesh Desai, BBC Studios’ licensing director, I am forced to admit to having read only one book by Terry Pratchett in my lifetime. Of the ‘at least 32 titles’ that the treasured …

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Mondo TV secures European book publisher for Feisty Pets

Mondo TV, the Italian, Spanish and Portuguese licensing agent for the brand extension plans of the popular plush toy Feisty Pets, has secured a new publishing partner for Spain, Portugal and the Andorra markets. Starting from Q2 2020, Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial will launch four Feisty Pets books: a …

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