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HEADLINES AT A GLANCE
Season Two of Space Racers Set To Launch on Sprout
 
Zag’s CGI-animated Series Miraculous Greenlit for Second and Third Seasons
 
It’s a Fan’s World: Driving Distribution with Fan-Commerce
    The Jim Henson Co. Appoints Partners for Labyrinth
 
Egmont Launches Angry Birds Issue of Showcase
 
Night & Day Studios, Educational Insights Create Peekaboo Barn Board Game

Season Two of Space Racers Set To Launch on Sprout

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s preschool network Sprout will launch season two of the animated Space Racers series this fall. Currently in production with 40 11-minute episodes, Space Racers partnered with U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s Space Camp to develop new educational curricular material to accompany the series. 
 
Beginning this fall, Sprout will air new episodes of the second season of Space Racers in conjunction with re-airings of the 50 x 11-minute first season adventures. In addition to broadcast, the Space Racers series will be available on Sprout’s VOD and digital platforms. 
 
Space Racers follows Eagle, Robyn, Hawk, Starling, Raven and their fellow cadets as they explore the solar system and the universe.

Zag’s CGI-animated Series Miraculous Greenlit for Second and Third Seasons

CGI-animated series Miraculous, Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, from Zag/Zagtoon and France’s Method Animation, has been greenlit for a second and third season (26 x 22 minutes, episodes 27 to 65), produced in collaboration with Disney Channel in Europe and French broadcaster TF1. Season two is set to premiere early next summer.
 
Miraculous currently airs on Nickelodeon in the U.S., Disney Channel Europe/LATAM/Korea, TF1 in France, EBS in Korea, Gloob in Brazil, and ABC in Australia. TV broadcast exposure of the first season will expand in Italy and the UK on SUPER and POP respectively, premiering next February and March.
 
The story will continue to feature the magically transforming Ladybug and her partner Cat Noir, as they encounter new “akumatized” villains in each episode and meet new superhero friends.
 
TF1 (France), Disney (EMEA), Gloob (Brazil), Super (Italy) and Tele-Quebec (Canada) have already committed to the second season.




 

Its a Fans World: Driving Distribution with Fan-Commerce

By David Voss, Chief Creative Officer at Loot Crate
 
For more than three years, at Loot Crate, Chris Davis and Matthew Arevalo have created a dedicated and loyal following for our subscription box products, amassing over 600,000 monthly recurring subscribers across 35 countries. We entered this market wanting to bring a combination of mystery and exclusivity to the geek and gamer fan-based community by focusing entirely on their interests.
 
Loot Crate is engineered as a recurring revenue model that allows us to introduce a variety of on-trend products every month, targeting pop culture fans with passionate interests in movies, TV, gaming, comic books, anime, as well as expanding to more fan-based verticals such as sports and entertainment. We work with leading franchise owners, such as Sony and the Halo team, and are able to build on their world-class brands to offer exclusive products not found on shelves. These partnerships further Loot Crate’s commitment to expanding beyond geek and gaming to include all genres, genders and generations in the world of fandom.
 
To read more, click here.
 

The Jim Henson Co. Appoints Partners for Labyrinth

The Jim Henson Co. signed new apparel and figurines licensing partners to celebrate fantasy classic Labyrinth’s 30th anniversary. The film, starring David Bowie and Jennnifer Connelly, was produced by the Jim Henson Co. and Lucasfilm Ltd. 
 
New apparel partners include Trademark Products in the U.K. and Zen Monkey Studios in the U.S., and new partners for figurines include Funko in the U.S.
 
 Additionally, publisher Insight Editions will release Labyrinth: The Ultimate Visual History in October, featuring artwork, interviews, and on-set photos. Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: The Board Game from River Horse will debut this summer. The classic will also launch on Blu-ray and next generation 4K Ultra HD on September 20 with special features that will take fans behind the scenes at the Center for Puppetry Arts. The film will be released in a Limited Edition Gift Set to include a Digibook in mirrorbox packaging inspired by the film’s climactic and iconic final scene, retailing initially exclusively at Amazon.




 

Egmont Launches Angry Birds Issue of Showcase

Egmont Publishing has announced the latest issue in its ‘Showcase’ magazine series, featuring Angry Birds Movie.
 
The new Angry Birds Movie issue of Showcase magazine comes free with two Angry Birds gifts plus Angry Birds Movie trading cards. The magazine is packed with jokes, puzzles and quizzes along with comics and posters plus a competition to win Angry Birds LEGO.

Night & Day Studios, Educational Insights Create Peekaboo Barn Board Game

Night & Day Studios signed a licensing deal with Educational Insights for a board game based on preschool brand Peekaboo Barn.The game will debut early next year and will include characters from the original Peekaboo Barn app and its sequel app, Peekaboo Barn Farm Day.
 
Based on a Bedtime at the Barn story and gameplay concept by Night & Day Studios, Educational Insights’ board game will help develop social, cognitive, language, and physical skills in early childhood.

CBeebies, FremantleMedia Kids & Family Launch Preschool Animated Series Bitz & Bob

FreMantleMedia Kids & Family and CBeebies will launch CGI-animated preschool comedy series, Bitz & Bob (44 x 11-minute), focused on making engineering fun for kids.
 
The series will combine whimsical stories with key principles of science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths (STEAM) as it follows the antics of inventor and creator 8-year-old Bitz and her younger brother Bob.
 
With an increasing need for more engineers and efforts to attract girls to STEAM-related industries, the show is aimed at inspiring kids, particularly girls, to understand how things are made, how they work, and the nature of the world around them.
  
To complement the series, a short-form, live-action 44 x 4-minute companion series, Bitz & Bob Lets Make It, will provide kids with step-by-step ways to create things depicted in the main series.

DHX, Simon & Schuster Partner for Teletubbies

DHX Brands is teaming up with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing in a new publishing program based on the pre-school property, Teletubbies.
 
Under the agreement, which encompasses the U.S. and Canada and which was brokered by CPLG North America, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing will produce a range of books based on the new Teletubbies series, under its Simon Spotlight imprint. Product will include a wide array of story, board and novelty books, with the first titles expected to launch in the U.S. and Canada in 2017.
 
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing joins a growing cohort of North American licensees for the brand, including the previously announced Spin Master (North American Master Toy), Accessory Innovations (Bags Backpacks, Hats), SG Company (Footwear), Franco Manufacturing (Juvenile Bedding), Betesh (Toddler Bedding), and VTech (ELAs). Worldwide to date, more than 65 licensing deals have been signed for the new Teletubbies.

Rubik’s Brand, The Smiley Co. Expand Rubik’s Cube into New Retail Sectors

Launched for the first time at Las Vegas Licensing Expo 2016, The Smiley Co. was appointed as the master licensee outside puzzles for Rubik’s Brand. The two companies work together to shape a licensing program to expand Rubik’s Cube concept to new product categories.

The partnership will focus on building Rubik’s DNA and heritage, tapping into its roots in art and intelligence to develop a wide range of lifestyle categories to support the brand extension, while introducing a new segmentation across three consumer profiles: heritage, urban, and geeks.

Sony Pictures Animation Launches Animated Series, Films Through 2018

Sony Pictures Animation is set to launch a slate of five theatrical features, three TV series, and one direct-to-video film through 2018.
 
Theatrical features include Smurfs: The Lost Village, Emojimovie: Express Yourself, The Star, Hotel Transylvania 3, Spider-Man, and Ghostbusters. Animated series include Ghostbusters: Ecto Force, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs; and Direct-to-Video includes Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania.

Cartoon Network To Launch Adventure Time Lego Set

Cartoon Network’s series Adventure Time will come to life in Lego form early next year. Adventure Time fans can look forward to owning their very own Lego set from concepts generated by the fan-fueled Lego Ideas crowd-sourcing platform. 
 
Lego Ideas is the home for thousands of Lego concepts with potential to become full Lego retail sets. Lego fans worldwide contribute to the Ideas program, which features vehicles, futuristic space stations, and well-known scenes from famous movies. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Lego Ideas website for their favorite concepts, and if an idea garners 10,000 votes within the selection period, it will be judged by a Lego review panel and can become a real product.

Playmobil, Sony Pictures Consumer Products Partner for Ghostbusters Play Sets

Playmobil and Sony Pictures Consumer Products partnered for a toy line based on the original Ghostbusters brand. Set for launch next year, the line will include play sets inspired by the blockbuster classic films.
 
More than 30 years after the release of the first movie, kids can create their own stories starring the characters from the films, and combine the new sets with Playmobil’s existing line to create supernatural mayhem in different Playmobil settings. 

Beanstalk Unveils U.S Army Program at Licensing Expo

Beanstalk will unveil the licensing program for The U.S. Army this week.
 
The brand looks to expand into exercise equipment, sporting goods, office and party supplies as well as growing digitally.
 
Recent signing RMS International is to create branded luggage and duffel bags, and PPI Apparel will launch ranges of sleepwear.

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