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Rovio sees Q1 revenue lift 16 per cent and prepares for Angry Birds Movie 2 take-off

Rovio’s latest launch in Angry Birds Dream Blast has helped the studio to a strong start to the year, with games revenue up 16.6 per cent in its year on year Q1 financials. The newest title in Rovio’s Angry Birds cannon launched on January 24th this year and quickly helped …

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Warner Bros is opening a Pokémon pop-up in London’s Covent Garden

Warner Bros is partnering with the entertainment group Legendary to bring a two-storey pop-up Pokémon event to London’s Covent Garden. Called Pokémon Detective Pikachu pop-up, the venue is designed to promote the cinematic release of Pokémon: Detective Pikachu in the UK this May. The venue will open its doors on …

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Aurora World lands major WHSmiths deal for YooHoo plush lines

Aurora World has secured a major new partnership with the UK retail group WHSmith to bring an expanded cast of YooHoo plush characters to stores across the UK. Characters featured in this new line will be recognised from their starring new roles in the 3D Netflix Original series YooHoo to …

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Sony Pictures Consumer Products unveils multi-category licensing roster for Cobra Kai

Sony Pictures Consumer Products has unveiled a multi-category licensing programme in support of the second season of the popular YouTube Premium series, Cobra Kai. The US and Canadian brick and mortar retailer, Spencer’s has been tapped as the exclusive physical retailer for Cobra Kai across the region, with a full …

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Transformers and Magic: The Gathering help Hasbro to Q1 success

The Transformers franchise and the tabletop phenomenon Magic: The Gathering have helped Hasbro to first quarter profit as the global toymaker’s revenues exceed forecasts. Net revenues have jumped two per cent from one year ago to hit $732.5 million, marking the first of such increase in six consecutive quarters. The …

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Sanrio signs up Lazy Oaf for Mr Men Little Miss statement collection

Sanrio’s popular Mr. Men Little Miss brand has teamed up with the fashion name Lazy Oaf for a unisex range of apparel and accessories. The 17 piece collection will include a statement cardigan with iconic scenes from the classic books, a Mr. Happy jumpsuit and a range of Mr. Lazy tees. Launching …

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Preschool property Zoonicorns grows global presence with South Korean agent

The popular children’s property, Zoonicorns is growing its international presence as the ink dries on a new partnership with the South Korean licensing agent, AMNCO. This is the latest move for the preschool brand that started its life in children’s books and plush and has been growing year on year …

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Branded hotels and vacations could be next stop for cult classics like Terminator and Bill and Ted

Branded hotels and themed holidays could just be the next stop for cult classic licenses The Terminator, Bill and Ted and Halloween, if the US specialist Creative Licensing Corporation has anything to do with things. The licensing agency that deals with a portfolio of pop culture classic properties and hit …

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Universal’s Classic Monsters rise up at Universal Studios retail

Universal’s Classic Monsters appear to have risen once again, this time as the focal point of an entire retail destination within Universal Studios Florida. The studio has revamped its Cyber Image Store – a former Terminator 2: 3D gift shop – into a curated Universal’s Classic Monsters shop, moving away …

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Award-winning pre-school series Hey Duggee grows retail orders 400 per cent in one year

The popular pre-school property Hey Duggee has seen a 400 per cent increase in its retail orders since March last year, the consumer products team at BBC Studios has revealed. The series is continuing to resonate with audiences across the UK, having recently been awarded the Preschool Award at the …

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