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Magic Light Pictures’ Christmas special Zog up for International Emmy

Magic Light Pictures’ Christmas special Zog has been nominated for an International Emmy in the Kids Awards Best Animation category. The nomination follows Magic Light’s win in the same category at the International Emmy Kids Awards in 2018 with Revolting Rhymes. Zog is a heart-warming and comedic adventure based on the popular book …

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Licensing chatter: The Roald Dahl Story Company’s Rebecca French

What makes 2019 a big year for the Roald Dahl Story Company? Our licensing strategy aims to extend the world of Roald Dahl beyond the book and bring his stories to life with product inspired by core titles in ways that will delight fans young and old. We’ve continued to …

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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls partially banned and censored in Turkey

The million selling children’s book series, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is to be partially banned and slapped with an over 18 age rating, for the “detrimental influence” it could have on young people, the Turkish government has ruled. The book has been published in 47 languages and features …

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Tetris renews IMG partnership to expand into Italy and Central and Eastern Europe

The Tetris Company is renewing its existing partnership with IMG in Asia, and has expanded the agreement to include Italy and Central and Eastern European countries. Since becoming the Tetris brand’s exclusive Asian merchandise licensing representative, IMG has grown the its lifestyle portfolio to include men’s, women’s and children’s apparel …

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Licensing International taps into Nordic’s ‘rising potential in licensing space’ with new office launch

Licensing International is to establish a new office in the Nordics, in cooperation with the Association of Agents and Managers in Creative Industries of Finland (AGMA). The new Licensing International Nordics joins Licensing International’s network of global offices, which also includes locations in the UK, Germany, Australia, France, China, Japan, …

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MGM’s Robert Marick on how Vikings is invading the licensing scene

As the home of the Bond (that’s James Bond) and the Rocky movie franchise, MGM has a history of knowing how to tell a compelling story. Sit down with the studio’s executive vice president of global consumer products for any amount of time, and very quickly conversation will turn to …

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ITV Studios’ The Rubbish World of Dave Spud ‘promises great things for licensing’

ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) will be showcasing licensing opportunities for brand-new CITV comedy animation The Rubbish World of Dave Spud at Brand Licensing Europe next week, following ‘far from rubbish ratings’ since the show’s launch. In fact, according to the Studio, ratings for the new animated series ‘have …

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Herschend Entertainment: “With Alpha Group we’re bringing Chuggington to life like never before”

Chuggington is making its comeback in 2020 as the brand and children’s TV series celebrates its tenth anniversary and its returning sixth series with an all guns blazing licensed product programme, kicking off with master toy partner, Alpha Group. Having acquired the Chuggington brand from Ludorum in December last year, …

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The ToyNews BLE special issue is ready read online now

In a special games and puzzles and Brand Licensing Europe double-up, the latest issue of ToyNews has landed and is ready to read online, on your iPad, laptop or smart device now. Our games and puzzles coverage kicks off with an industry exclusive as ToyNews talks to Asmodee about the formation of its …

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BLE 2019 VIDEO: Anna Knight and Powerstation Studios explore licensing videogames

By the end of 2019, the video gaming industry will hit a value of $152 billion, putting the entertainment platform as among the largest in the world – outpacing even the movie business. Of that market, merchandise and licensing is playing an increasingly large role in driving incremental sales of …

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