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Funko launches new licensed board games, opens shop-in-shop with Hamleys and moves for the kids toy space

Funko has now partnered with Hamleys Russia to launch a new Funko shop-in-shop in the toy retailer’s flagship Moscow store – helping the firm step its international efforts up a level. The partnership between the two titans kicked off with a launch party to amplify the shop within a shop …

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Acamar partners with Gulliver’s to bring Bing live shows and appearances to Gulliver’s Land

Gulliver’s Theme Parks and Resorts has detailed its new partnership with Acamar Films that will see stars of its flagship children’s property, Bing, brought to life at Gulliver’s Land, Milton Keynes. Both Bing and Flop will be the stars of daily live shows and special appearances at Splash Tots sessions, …

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Bologna Licensing Trade Fair rescheduled for May as Italy is kept on lockdown after Coronavirus outbreak

The Bologna Licensing Trade Fair has been rescheduled to later on in the year, owing to the latest European outbreak of the Coronavirus that has seen Italy go into lockdown in the last few days. Originally scheduled for March 30th to April 1st this year, the Licensing and Book fair …

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Coolabi secures new content and licensing partnerships for Clangers

The independent media group, Coolabi Group has secured a raft of new partnerships for the award-winning pre-school property, Clangers spanning a deal with Gulliver;s Theme park Resorts, new episodes on CBeebies UK, and a YouTube Kids series. A new Clangers licensing partnership with Gulliver’s Theme Park Resorts will see the …

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The Pokémon Company launches half term pop-up at Harrods

The Pokémon Company International has launched a month-long pop-up in Harrods’ famed Knightsbridge store in London, featuring a host of special Pokémon activities for fans and families his half term. The pop-up opened on Friday, February 14th, with a special area in Harrods themed after the Galar region, which is …

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Disney and UEFA team up to encourage young girls into football with Playmakers campaign

Disney has teamed with the UEFA to develop a ground-breaking football programme that uses the studio’s penchant for storytelling to encourage more young girls into football with the initiative it has called, Playmakers. Inspired by academic research that has demonstrated the positive role of storytelling in helping children take up …

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Industry backs The Sustainability in Licensing Conference as it readies for June debut

BBC Studios, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, and ViacomCBS are just a smattering of the industry big hitter to throw their support behind the Sustainability in Licensing Conference, an initiative aimed at breaking new grounds within the licensing industry’s sustainability efforts. In a show of support for the concept launched in …

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The Light Fund’s Licensing Lolz comedy night returns for 2020 with new venue

The Licensing Lolz, an evening dedicated to comedy and raising money for the licensing industry charity, The Light Fund, is making its return for the third consecutive year this year, taking place a new and bigger, better location. This year’s offering of laughter – at both the evening’s comedians and …

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BBC Studios taps Step Inside Productions to launch first CBeebies-themed experiential pop-up tour for kids

BBC Studios has tapped the London-based experiential production company, Step Inside Productions, to develop and manage the first CBeebies-themed interactive pop-up experience for children. The CBeebies Rainbow Adventure has been designed for children under the age of six and their parents, families, or carers, delivering a transportable, inflatable CBeebies-themed structure …

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Millimages brings Molang to the Paris Aquarium for exhibition on plastic pollution

The French animation studio Millimages has partnered with the Paris Aquarium to bring the popular character Molang to a special exhibition that will educate children on how to preserve the oceans from plastic pollution. The exhibition will run from January 11 until March 9 this year and will feature both …

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