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HEADLINES AT A GLANCE
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Entertainment One Signs Just Play as Global Master Toy Partner for PJ Masks

Cartamundi Debuts Shuffle Subbuteo

Super Impulse Expands with World’s Smallest Line
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Interactive Digital Series from Nickelodeon UK

LIMA Hosts Asian Licensing Awards

Suncorp Kids Tennis Day Attracts Thousands

Entertainment One Signs Just Play as Global Master Toy Partner for PJ Masks

Entertainment One (eOne) appointed Just Play as the global master toy partner for its preschool CGI-animated TV series PJ Masks, which launched on Disney Channel and Disney Junior in the U.S. in September. Following its U.S. debut, PJ Masks debuted on France 5 in December and is set to roll-out on Disney Junior channels around the world this year, including the UK, Italy, Spain, and Germany.
 
PJ Masks toys from Just Play will launch at retail this fall in the U.S. and will roll out to international territories next year. The toys will include action figures, play sets, vehicles, plush, dress-up, and role-play.
 
eOne will build consumer engagement for PJ Masks through a raft of marketing activity, including a new PJ Masks website, a free app, and music videos set to launch early this year.
 
Produced by eOne and Frog Box, in collaboration with French animation studio TeamTO, along with Disney Junior and France 5, PJ Masks is based on French author Romuald Racioppo’s popular picture book series Les Pyjamasques. By day, 6-year-olds Connor, Amaya, and Greg go to school like kids everywhere. But when they put on their pajamas and activate their animal amulets, the crime-fighters magically transform into their superhero alter egos and become the PJ Masks: Catboy, super-fast and agile; Gekko, super strong and able to scale walls; and Owlette, with the power to fly and see great distances. In each episode, the three heroes embark on exciting adventures and work together to solve mysteries and learn valuable lessons along the way.

Cartamundi Debuts Shuffle Subbuteo

Cartamundi, a market leader in playing cards and card games, has announced the launch of the Shuffle Subbuteo card game, licensed by Hasbro. Available this month, it is a brand new version of the classic Hasbro game in card format. It is also part of the groundbreaking Shuffle range — Cartamundi’s product category that combines playing cards and digital technology for an enhanced way to play card games with support from tablets and smartphones. 

Like the table-top game, Shuffle Subbuteo card game allows you to pass, tackle and beat the goalie (or try to save the ball). But this clever card-matching game is also about timing your moves, choosing your tactics and outwitting your opponents. 

Aimed at two players aged six and above the free Shuffle Subbuteo app (available through Apple iOS and Android) adds a digital twist, with a scoreboard timer and stadium sounds that bring the game to life.

Super Impulse Expands with World’s Smallest Line

Super Impulse will expand its product line this spring to include tiny versions of four Mattel toys: the Fisher-Price Chatter Telephone, the Fisher-Price Rock-A-Stack, the Magic 8 Ball, and the Fisher-Price Little People School Bus. World’s Smallest toys are designed with the same working functions as the original classic toys, but in the smallest sizes ever created.
 
The Fisher-Price Chatter Telephone will feature a friendly face just like its original, with eyes that move up and down, a rotating dial, and rolling wheels that click as it moves. The Fisher-Price Rock-A-Stack will have six colorful stacking rings and a wobbly base that rocks back and forth like the original, and the World’s Smallest Magic 8 will help kids with life’s toughest questions, just like its predecessor.

Interactive Digital Series from Nickelodeon UK

Nickelodeon UK and Ireland has commissioned an interactive digital series from London-based creative agency, Ralph. Entitled Tinkershrimp & Dutch, the five minute, five-episode series will premiere across nick.co.uk, nicktoons.co.uk and Nick Play starting this month with behind the scenes videos of the series launching at nick.co.uk/tinkdutch. Starring the voice talent of John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Attack the Block) Sam Riley (Control, Maleficent) Darren Evans (Submarine, The Fifth Estate) and Alex Lowe (House of Fools, My Week with Marilyn) Tinkershrimp & Dutch is the first Nickelodeon UK original series commissioned specifically for digital platforms.  

Gregor Stevenson, co-creator of the series said, "We wanted to create characters and a world where anything could happen, so spent a lot of time coming up with the most insane, hyper-British situations we could think of. At the core of it though, is basically a story about a group of friends who are trying to have a good time. Oh, and they can travel back in time to foil the schemes of Michael The Fowl, our evil headless chicken.”  

Those who access the series on the network’s websites will be able to take part in interactive activities within the series such as helping Tinkershrimp and Dutch spot Michael the Fowl in order to thwart his latest devious plan and creating Michael The Fowl’s disguise. On Nick Play, the episodes will play as a linear narrative without the interactive elements. Created by Gregor Stevenson and Chris Stack, Tinkershrimp & Dutch was pitched as a response to brief from Nickelodeon UK & Ireland digital team. Nickelodeon UK & Ireland holds all broadcast rights for the series.

LIMA Hosts Asian Licensing Awards

The LIMA Asian Licensing Awards ceremony and cocktail reception will be held on January 11, the opening night of the Hong Kong International Licensing Show. The event will bring the global licensing industry together, giving attendees the opportunity to network.
 
All industry colleagues, including non-LIMA members, active or interested in Asian markets, are welcome to participate. The award ceremony will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but guests must register online to participate.

Suncorp Kids Tennis Day Attracts Thousands

Headlined by tennis great Roger Federer, Suncorp Kids Tennis Day attracted thousands of kids and families to the Queensland Tennis Centre in Australia recently, ahead of the first Brisbane International tournament.
 
Kids were able to meet their favorite Nickelodeon stars including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer and experience the PAW Patrol live show and meet the characters.
 
Australian tennis player, Bernard Tomic joined kids on the Hot Shots court in a rally where kids were able to have a swing and win Nickelodeon packs handed out by the tennis superstars.
 
Suncorp Kids Tennis Day is an event that brings kids and families together to celebrate and share in the excitement of the Brisbane International tournament which takes place in January. Throughout the day, kids had the chance to play ANZ Tennis Hot Shots with qualified coaches and watch players practice.

The Brand Liaison to Lead International Licensing for Stephen Joseph

Stephen Joseph has selected The Brand Liaison to lead international licensing that expands on its reputation for unique gifts, backpacks, and rainwear into products including apparel, outwear, home décor, and accessories for kids ages 2 to 10.

The new licensing program will debut January 12 to 19 at the Stephen Joseph showroom 1734B in Building 2 at the Atlanta Gift Show and at North American Toy Fair from February 13 to16 at booth 2751.

All American Licensing Inks Deal with New SkyMall Team

All-American Licensing signed C&A Marketing Inc., the new owners of the SkyMall brand, to develop a new line of SkyMall-branded travel merchandise with an emphasis on problem solving.
 
The products include SkyMall apparel, electronics, health-related products, audio and video accessories, interactive toys, furniture, and nutritional products. The All American Licensing team will explore relationships on behalf of SkyMall for in-store boutiques and freestanding SkyMall retail locations at airports and malls across the U.S.

Jewel Branding & Licensing Signs Collier Campbell

Jewel Branding & Licensing was appointed by Collier Campbell to expand the brand into the lifestyle category.
 
Collier Campbell designs are hand painted works in distinct patterns with an extensive design library. Collier Campbell is found at retailers including Bed, Bath & Beyond; Belk; Wayfair; JC Penney; and Kohl’s in the U.S.

Precious Moments Inc. Announces Global Licensing Program for Expansion in Asia

Precious Moments Inc. signed new licensing agreements that will launch Precious Moments-branded products in key categories in Asian markets.

Precious Moments Inc. will continue its agreement with Global Brands Group in Southeast Asia and has signed Asiana Licensing to develop a licensing program in South Korea.

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Sunrights Inc. Seeks a Licensing Coordinator
New York
 
Sunrights Inc. is an entertainment rights management company operated by one of the top advertising agencies in Japan, Asatsu DK, and the trading conglomerate Mitsubishi Corp. Located in New York City, Sunrights directly manages the development of intellectual property globally outside of Asia.  Properties include B-Daman and Beyblade Burst.
 
Please submit your resume to recruit@sunrights-inc.com.
Only candidates chosen for the interview process will be contacted.

 

JOB POSTING

Bright Group Seeks New Publishing Agent
UK
 
The Bright Group is looking for a new agent to manage existing relationships with established artists and publishers, as well as grow and develop new talent and an expanded client base within the picture book trade and commercial sector for illustration. The new agent would be working with a truly beautiful list of artistic talent.
 
If you are interested in applying for this role or require further information, please send a covering letter along with your CV for the attention of Ayla Smith: Ayla@brightgroupinternational.com

 

JOB POSTING

Designer 
Berkshire is looking for a NY-based designer.
 
Job Description: Design licensed/private label accessories for adults and children; making detailed CAD’s of your designs for factories. Compiling boards of designers to show to buyers. Making revisions if needed. Our categories include: hosiery, cold weather, fashion hats/scarves, rain wear, and hand bags.
 
Job Qualifications: Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop fluent. Knowledge of knits, trims, embroidery, accessory applications, and basic specking. 
Job Qualifications: Good communication skills need. A team player in a fast-paced environment. Resume and portfolio required.
Company: Berkshire is a powerhouse in the accessories business, being one of the largest accessory manufacturers in the business today. We merchandise, design, manufacture and sell trend right, high quality accessories for a variety of price points. Specializing in both licensed and private label manufacturing, we offer leadership market positioning in both adult and children's accessories.
 
Work Environment: This is a very fast-paced, team-orientated business casual environment. 
 
Contact: Please send resume to Jodi Colburn at jodic@berkshireinc.com.
 

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