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Digital Celebs

Grumpy Cat Grows Her Brand

Digital celebrity Grumpy Cat continues to ride the cyber wave by making new license agreements with Dynamite Comics, Playrific, and Bay Northwest…

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Entertainment/Character

Minions Go Mobile

A new partnership between video game maker Electronic Arts, Minions producer Illumination Entertainment and Universal Partnerships & Licensing will bring the quirky yellow creatures and other characters from upcoming illumination films to mobile games, beginning with Minions Paradise

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Digital Goods

Class Action Lawsuit Against Facebook

A federal judge in California said a lawsuit by hundreds of thousands of parents nationwide against Facebook could go forward as a class action. The suit contends that Facebook let kids use their parents’ credit and debit cards to buy the virtual currency Facebook credits and violated California law by citing its “all sales are final” policy in refusing refunds to parents who complained…

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TECHNOLOGY TRENDS

Licensing of Entertainment Properties for Virtual Reality Products

Hollywood is getting into virtual reality. VR was all the rage at the Sundance Film Festival in January, where festival goers reportedly waited in line for hours to experience the VR flight simulator “Birdly.” And this was just one of almost a dozen VR displays at Sundance, most of which used the pricey and cutting edge Oculus Rift “head-mounted display” to create their experiences…

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Mobile Apps

Staying One Tech Ahead

Outfit7 is licensing its app, Talking Tom & Friends, to Toyze
to enable users to customize 3-D-printable game characters. Users—there are 230 million of them monthly, according to the company—can use a free app to personalize Talking Tom…

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Celebrity

Ripped From Headlines

Tightrope artist Nik Wallenda has licensed mobile gaming companies Tapinator and Hyperpower Game Group to release of “SkyBalance by Nik Wallenda,” a licensed mobile game for iOS, Android and Amazon. The game commemorates a live Discovery Channel event in which Wallenda traversed skyscrapers in Chicago…

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