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Bluey Crosses the English Channel to Air on France Television

The award winning kids animated series Bluey is crossing the English Channel to thrill a generation of children in France, as France Television has secured the rights to the show and BBC Studios has appointed France TV Distribution as its licensing agent in the country. Beginning this week, Bluey will be broadcast daily in the prime spots of 8:45 a.m. on weekends, and from Monday to Friday at 8:20 a.m.  Julie Kekwick, senior licensing manager, BBC Studios, said: “Building on the success of Bluey in Australia, New Zealand, the US and of course the widely anticipated launch in the UK, I am delighted that we have expanded our pre-school portfolio with France TV Distribution, as our licensing agent for Bluey alongside Hey Duggee and in turn strengthening our partnership with… . . . read more

Big Week For Dr. Seuss: Three New Deals And An Anniversary

You just can’t keep Dr. Seuss out of the news lately. After getting political conservatives into a fluster last month after cancelling certain Dr. Seuss books for images now considered racially offensive, the children’s book brand has seen sales increases and this week announced three new deals. The first slate of deals, announced April 6, celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Dr. Seuss classic The Lorax, with a lineup of sustainable brand partnerships to further enhance the book’s strong message of environmental activism. “The Lorax has always been a beloved Dr. Seuss story and introduces children to why we need to protect our planet through a beautiful story,” said Susan Brandt, President of Dr. Seuss Enterprises. “We are proud to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the book in 2021 and… . . . read more

Crunchyroll Releases New Book Based on Bananya Anime

Crunchyroll is getting into the book business, launching the The Secret Life of Bananyas, an adorable new children’s book published by Running Press. The new book is available at nine major retailers, including Amazon, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, and more, and will also be available through the Crunchyroll Store. Based on the popular anime streaming now on Crunchyroll, this official “Bananya” guide will take readers on an adventure into the secret world of the kitties who live in bananas. This guide has everything that readers need to know about the show and all of its characters including full-color illustrations, an identification guide, playful advice facts, and memories of past adventures. Running Press also offers a charming collectible “Bananya” mini kit, perfect for display in a home or office. In each kit,… . . . read more

Brands Taking A Deep Dive Into NFT Market

By Gary Symons TLL Editor in Chief As many have predicted, the licensing industry and in particular companies involved with collectibles like comics and trading cards, have dived headfirst into the world of Non-Fungible Tokens, or NFTs. Some of the examples include DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Funko, and the collectible giant Topps Company, which has been into NFTs for close to a year now. Among them, Funko has likely taken the biggest step yet, as the company announced on April Fool’s Day that it has acquired a majority ownership stake in TokenWave, LLC, the developer of TokenHead, a leading mobile app and website for showcasing and tracking Non-Fungible Token (NFT) holdings. TokenHead is available on iOS and Android, and currently displays over 10 million NFTs and has more than… . . . read more

Sanrio Partners With Nintendo on Animal Crossing

Items, clothing and new characters inspired by Sanrio brands are coming to the Nintendo hit video game Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. Sanrio owns several popular character brands, the most famous being Hello Kitty (pictured), which have been licensed in everything from apparel, to gifts, to home products. Now Sanrio’s suite of adorable characters will be setting up camp in the Animal Crossing world as well. Last week saw the game Animal Crossing: New Horizons welcome new residents and items inspired by a number of popular Sanrio characters, with the launch of the Animal Crossing Sanrio Collaboration Pack. The pack includes all six amiibo cards from the unique Sanrio Collaboration Series. The cards are compatible with Animal Crossing: New Horizons and each comes with a different… . . . read more

Vir The Robot Boy Is Now Teaching Kids

  New Partnership Between Wow Kidz and Twinkl to Create Educational Materials Schools have taken a real hit over the past year due to COVID-19, but Vir the Robot Boy is flying in to the rescue with a new range of themed educational resources. The initiative is due to a partnership between Wow Kidz, the kids’ animation brand owned by Cosmos-Maya,  with the global educational publisher Twinkl, to create a range of educational materials and resources based on Vir: The Robot Boy.  The new jointly-created teaching resources are designed to inspire children and engage them in learning by featuring one of India’s favorite cartoon robots, Vir: The Robot Boy. The animated superhero character, owned by Cosmos-Maya, is also much-loved around the world, with the series of the same name now streaming… . . . read more

Video Game In Development For John Carter: Warlord of Mars

The classic sci-fi adventure series John Carter: Warlord of Mars is coming to a video game console near you, as Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc,. announced its team is working with FNCPR to develop and publish a first person action game, starring the “world’s oldest interplanetary warrior.” Over 27 years FNCPR has worked on some of the biggest games in the industry, including long-lasting classics like World of Tanks, World of Warships, Medieval Dynasty, Skyforge, Armored Warfare, Warface, Conqueror Blade, Blizzard (Diablo II, Warcraft III, and Starcraft Ghosts), Sierra (Homeworld and Homeworld II, Halflife and Halflife II), Fox (No One Lives Forever II, Simpsons, and Buffy), Black Label (Lord of the Rings and The Thing), and NDA (Die Hard Vendetta and Judge Dredd v. Death). John Carter is the planet-hopping hero who… . . . read more

ZAG’s Miraculous Signs With Disney and New Product Partners

The hit series Miraculous – Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir has been signed on for seasons four and five, and high ratings are now driving several new licensing deals. Julian Zag, Executive Vice President, Global Operations, says the company has signed several “top tier” partners over the past month for a wide range of consumer products and services. Newly signed consumer products partners include Crayola for branded color/activity books; Fast Forward for kids backpacks and lunch totes; Kid Designs for youth electronics including headphones and microphones; Komar Kids for sleepwear; Peachtree Playthings for crafts and activities; Galerie for seasonal and everyday chocolate and candy; Inkology for innovative stationary and activity products; Trends International for posters and stickers; and Card.com for branded debit and credit cards.  Additional partners for online retail… . . . read more

Max & Ruby Are Back With New Fashion

The adorable sibling bunnies Max & Ruby from the popular books and the Nelvana animated series are getting their own fashion line for adults. Nelvana has partnered with fashion and merchandise retailer Hot Topic to launch a new collection of  Max & Ruby T-shirts. The collection, which is currently available for purchase online at hottopic.com, debuts following Max & Ruby’s surging popularity on TikTok, invoking nostalgia for millennials who grew up watching the series, reading the stories, and now introducing the brand to a new generation. Max & Ruby TikTok videos—including the creation of the theme song and baking Max and Ruby’s birthday cakes—have generated millions of views, and while the series is intended for kids, the videos and stories are also popular with adults who fondly remember the characters from… . . . read more

Disney Confirms ‘Flexible’ Summer Film Release Schedule

The world’s dominant entertainment company confirmed on March 24 its summer film release schedule, committing to a “flexible distribution strategy” similar to what Warner Bros did earlier this year with HBO Max. Disney says it will use both theaters and its Disney+ streaming service to release its major films this year, in a strategy calculated to maximize returns and viewership as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact box office revenues. The Disney release schedule is also critical for the company’s various licensing partners, as those releases are the primary driver of sales for new Disney-related products. The studio says it considers the combined streaming/theater release of Raya and the Last Dragon to be a success, and will follow the same model as it releases the live action version of Cruella… . . . read more


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