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M&A & Experiential

Spin Master acquires Marbles, a firm known for creating specialized games, gifts, and gadgets with brain benefits.

Nickelodeon launches Entertainment Lab, a Burbank-based research and development facility led by the former creative director of Nickelodeon Animation Lab, Chris Young. The lab will focus on experimenting with emerging technologies including real-time rendering, virtual cinema, VR, AR and mixed reality, and AI.

Warner Bros. and Miral reveal additional details regarding Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, set to open on Yas Island in 2018. The park will boast six themed worlds: Metropolis and Gotham City (DC Super Hero universe); Cartoon Junction, Bedrock and Dynamite Gulch (brands such as Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera); and Warner Bros. Plaza (reminiscent of old Hollywood).

eOne and Round Room Presents team up to bring the first PJ Masks live stage show to fans across 50 cities in the U.S. and Canada. “Time to Be a Hero!,” is a fully-immersive production featuring music, aerobatics and more.

Peanuts Worldwide partners with DDM Entertainment & Events to produce a series of Chinese lantern festivals with its characters. The branded festivals will appear in regions including North America, Europe, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea.

Lionsgate taps entertainment fan website Fandom to reach consumers across its portfolio of film entertainment brands and franchises. The partnership kicks off with content for film John Wick: Chapter Two, TV series “American Gods,” and Saban’s Power Rangers. Fandom’s users will have access to enhanced content experiences based on Lionsgate IP, some of it exclusive.

Dollar General gets the go-ahead to purchase 323 one-time Family Dollar stores from the Federal Trade Commission. The chain of stores were operating as stand-alone company Dollar Express under private equity firm Sycamore Partners after Dollar Tree acquired Family Dollar in 2015 and was required to sell of the units.

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