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HEADLINES AT A GLANCE
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NORTH AMERICA
Toy State, Mattel Partner for Barbie R/C

Jazwares Appointed Master Toy Partner for Dinosaur Train

Epic Rights Expands Kiss Franchise Worldwide
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EUROPE
Entertainment One Takes Controlling Stake in Peppa Pig

Spanish Deals for Atlantyca’s Geronimo

Naomi Campbell and TCC
NORTH AMERICA

Toy State, Mattel Partner for Barbie R/C

Mattel has partnered with Toy State, manufacturer of stylized lights-and-sound radio controlled (R/C) vehicles for a Barbie R/C. Toy State will manufacture an innovative lineup of Barbie licensed and custom R/C vehicles under the Nikko franchise. The Barbie R/C vehicles are scheduled to hit retail stores in the U.S. and Canada starting next fall.

Jazwares Appointed Master Toy Partner for Dinosaur Train

The Jim Henson Co. has selected Jazwares as the new master toy partner for the animated series Dinosaur Train. The Dinosaur Train toy line from Jazwares will offer a fresh array of figures, play sets, plush, and role-play products. The line will debut at retail next fall in the U.S. and in select international markets, followed by a full international rollout.

Epic Rights Expands KISS Franchise Worldwide

Epic Rights, KISS’ global licensing and merchandising partner, has secured new licensing partnerships for the Hall of Fame after the successful sellout of KISS World Tour tickets in Europe and a soaring demand for upcoming performances in Australia and New Zealand.
 
The new list of partners includes Charlotte Olympia for footwear; Four Seasons Designs for T-shirts, electronics, and collectibles; Bradford Exchange for accessories, footwear, home décor, and collectibles; Iconic Concepts for mini-replica guitars, scarves, and collectibles; Legends Socks for men's, women's, and children’s socks; Silver Buffalo for drinkware, blankets, wall art, buttons, and lanyards; Yusef for lip balm and lip gloss; Distribuidora de Ropa Viva for T-shirts, tank tops, sweatshirts, and headwear; Winning Moves International for a KISS-themed Monopoly board game; and Toxic for t-shirts, hoodies, leggings, and caps.
 
Epic Rights also renewed licenses with ACCO, Kurt S. Adler Inc., Funko, FIPO, CID, and Angotti Designs.

The Second Annual Marvel Super Hero Spectacular Takes Over Retail

Disney Consumer Products is ready to kick off the second annual celebration of the Marvel Super Hero September campaign on September 25. This five-week retail event will offer a variety of product offerings and activities, including the launch of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron on DVD and Blu-ray, and Playmation Marvel’s Avengers.
 
With Walmart, Target, Toys “R” Us, Party City, and Disney stores onboard, fans can expect to see a new lineup of products across a range of categories, including Spider-Man Color Shock Slingers from Hasbro, new Lego Spider-Man construction sets, Marvel RC Hulk Smash from Jakks Pacific, a new Black Widow young adult novel authored by The New York Times best-selling author Margaret Stohl, a personalized Marvel’s Avengers: Black Ops Field Guide by Sourcebooks, and the first introduction of Marvel characters as part of the Disney Store’s Tsum Tsum line of collectible plush.
 
For mobile Marvel fans, new characters including Ultimate Spider-Man, Red Hulk, and Hulkbuster, along with 18 new levels of play will be available in the Mix+Smash: Marvel Super Hero Mashers app. Additionally, October 4 will see the national launch of Playmation Marvel’s Avengers, a system of connected toys and wearable products from Hasbro.
 
For collectors, October will bring Funko’s Marvel Collector Corps villain-themed subscription box, and Diamond will debut a Marvel-animated Minimates two-pack series at Walgreens and a Dr. Strange Marvel select figure at specialty stores. Fans of all ages will be able to showcase their Marvel pride with new athletic footwear available at Payless and professional scooters from Madd Gear, and just in time for Halloween, new costumes from Rubie’s, Disney Store, and Party City will debut.
 
At Disney Store locations, on every Sunday from September 27 to October 25, kids ages 3 and up are invited to take part in one of four Marvel events, including: Art of Drawing: Captain America Shield, Art of Drawing: Spider-Man, Spider-Man Story Time, and the New Avengers Training Academy.
 

Epic Rights, Lucky Brand Partner for Rock-Inspired Apparel Line

Epic Rights has partnered with Lucky Brand to create a new line of tops and headwear. The apparel line will feature artists represented by Epic Rights, including legendary rock bands KISS, Journey, Def Leppard, Billy Idol, The Doobie Brothers, Jefferson Airplane, and CBGB. The collection will be sold nationwide exclusively at Lucky Brand retail, online, and at wholesale locations next spring.

MGA Entertainment Signs Lotta Luv Beauty and Horizon Group USA

MGA Entertainment signed a new licensing partnership with Lotta Luv Beauty to expand the Bratz brand into health and beauty categories in the U.S. and Canada. Playing on the fun and fresh nature of the Bratz franchise, the collection will include bath products, cosmetics, and hair and nail products.  
MGA Entertainment has also inked a new deal with Horizon Group USA to design and manufacture a series of Bratz signature do-it-yourself (DIY) kits, stationery, and arts and crafts items.
Both product lines are set to launch next year.

1928 Jewelry Signs All American Licensing

The 1928 Jewelry Company has signed All American Licensing to expand its brand with a fresh line of products that blends the antique creations of American estates with trends of today. Burbank’s designs are routinely featured in Elle, In Style, W, More, Marie Claire, and Lucky, and can be found in boutiques and mid-tier retailers worldwide.

King Features Syndicate Speeds to Retail with Licensing Program for Flash Gordon

King Features Syndicate is ready to partner with national and international licensing partners to build on Flash Gordon’s retail presence following a resurgence of the character in pop culture since the 2012 film, Ted, and comic strips across print and digital media. King Features Syndicate aims to design a full range of Flash Gordon-themed merchandise from basic prints to high-end replicas.
 
New Licenses for Flash Gordon include Bif Bang Pow!, Chronicle LLA, Funko, Mondo, and Zynga. Bamford, Boluga, Dynamic Forces, IDW, Just Funky, and Mad Engine are the domestic partners, and Carobna Knjiga, Crown Creative, Ediouro, Editoriale Cosmo, European Games Group, Illyas Erkul, Kid Collective, MC Productions, Sprinter, and Zero Seven Studio Ltd. are the international partners joining the Flash Gordon universe.

Studio 100 Media Signs Sprout

Studio 100 Media has signed a deal with NBCUniversal’s Sprout to acquire rights for both the new CGI-animated series and 3-D feature Maya the Bee, which tells the story of a young bee’s adventures when she leaves her hive to discover the mysteries of nature. The series will premiere on Sprout on Saturday, September 26, with new episodes airing Saturdays at 9:00 am ET. Maya the Bee will also air Sunday through Friday at 9:00 am ET. The movie will air on September 26 at 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm ET.

Cosmic Forces Partners with Sony and Scholastic on Goosebumps Mobile Game

Cosmic Forces will produce Goosebumps: Night of Scares, a mobile game based on R.L. Stine’s book series of the same name, in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment and Scholastic. The mobile game will release in October, just in time for the upcoming film Goosebumps.

This point-and-click survival game takes players through a house full of monsters created by the author and featured in the film. Sony Pictures Entertainment has produced the film and Scholastic published the original book series.

EUROPE

Entertainment One Takes Controlling Stake in Peppa Pig

Entertainment One (eOne) is pleased to announce that it is increasing its ownership of preschool franchise Peppa Pig. eOne has entered into an agreement with Peppa Pig co-owners Astley Baker Davies (ABD) to purchase a controlling stake in the global brand. As part of the deal, creators, directors, and producers Mark Baker, Neville Astley, and Phil Davies are producing an additional 52 episodes of Peppa Pig.
 
Since 2007, Peppa Pig has been co-owned and distributed globally by eOne. With the new episodes of Peppa Pig in production, eOne will look to maximize value through the centralized and holistic management of the brand’s worldwide exploitation across all platforms.   
  
ABD has produced more than 200 episodes over six series of Peppa Pig, which have been broadcast in more than 180 territories. It is the top-rated show on Nick Jr.

Spanish Deals for Atlantyca’s Geronimo

Atlantyca Entertainment’s Geronimo Stilton is heading to Spain in with two significant deals for the country. The company has secured a broadcast deal for the TV rights of 78 x 22 min episodes of the Geronimo Stilton the animated series with Spain’s TVE who acquired both season 1 and 2 and, in addition, pre-bought the rights to the highly anticipated third season entitled The New Adventures of Geronimo Stilton (26 x 22 min.). This marks the first deal for Atlantyca with TVE and was followed by Catalan’s TV3 own renewal of season 1 and 2 in addition to pre-buying The New Adventures of Geronimo Stilton.
 
“This is a significant deal for us as Geronimo Stilton has a huge loyal book fan base throughout Spain,” said Pedro Citaristi, Sales Manager, Atlantyca Entertainment. “Having TVE as one of our newest broadcast partners has been a long term wish of ours and to have both TVE and TV3, as broadcast partners for the new line-up of Geronimo Stilton adventures could not be more ideal, a perfect partnership for the “The New Adventures of Geronimo Stilton” series.  We look forward to working with both TVE and TV3 to bring all the fun Geronimo has to offer to their young audiences.”

TVE will run the series on their Clan TVE channel for children, TV3 will broadcast it on Super 3, the two channels have scheduled to launch the newest season, The New Adventures of Geronimo Stilton, together in October 2016.
 

Naomi Campbell and TCC

TCC report that, at their recent TCC Forum in London, model Naomi Campbell launched a range of Naomi Campbell-branded products  including jewellery, home textiles, handbags and luggage.  The supermodel  and film star will work with retail marketing company TCC to promote and develop the brand,  which retailers can use to reward shoppers when running in-store loyalty campaigns.

Pokémon Signs SVOD Platforms

The Pokémon Company International recently announced that it has signed multiple new deals with international SVOD platforms for the animated series, plus standalone TV specials that further extend the reach of the programme. The show, based on one of the best-selling video gaming franchises of all time with 260 million units sold worldwide, has been airing nearly 20 years since it first launched in Japan in 1996.
 
The newly announced agreements, which cover a number of series and specials, include a multiple-territory deal for Google Play and additional partnerships for VOD services in Canada with Club illico and shomi, and in Europe with TIMvision from Telecom Italia, Germany’s kividoo, and French VOD service TFOU MAX from TF1.
 
These latest signings complement existing VOD services that include several partnerships with the likes of Hulu in the US and Watchever in Europe, plus other major subscription VOD partners. The Pokémon Company International offers content on iTunes, with episodes of the latest season, Pokémon the Series: XY Kalos Quest, currently available on iTunes in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the United States, Canada, and Australia. Customers in the US and UK can also find content on Amazon.
 
Emily Arons, Senior VP of International Business at The Pokémon Company International, said, “Pokémon is the perfect on-demand franchise: we know that our fans want to watch and engage with the show when they want and where they want. The huge success we have had in securing additional distribution deals across a variety of platforms is testament to the fact that Pokémon is a truly universal show with deep heritage, huge global appeal, and continued relevance to today’s audience.”
 
Pokémon animation is broadcast in more than 160 countries in more than 30 languages. The series follows Ash Ketchum, Pikachu, and their friends, and spans nearly 900 episodes across 18 seasons.

Teletubbies Named in the Great Britain Campaign

DHX Media and its dedicated brand-management and consumer-products arm DHX Brands, has announced that the Teletubbies have been heralded by the British government as a shining example of creativity and as a cultural export which spans the ages in their latest international promotional initiative - the GREAT Britain campaign. 
The Teletubbies  appeared at the Milan Expo in Italy and celebrated their latest accolade by touring the various international pavilions giving out their trademark Big Hugs to everyone they met!
 
2015 marks the return of the pre-school global phenomenon, nearly twenty years after they first appeared on television screens in 120 countries.  The multiple award-winning children’s TV show has been reinvigorated for a modern audience and is set to delight a whole new generation of children around the world.
 
Steven DeNure, President, DHX Media who have been responsible for the return of the Teletubbies, said “We are incredibly proud to be bringing Teletubbies back to a global audience and delighted that the series is being embraced by so many nationalities and cultures around the world. To be recognised by the GREAT Britain Campaign as a Great British Export is a huge honour and is testament to the huge pulling power of Teletubbies – it’s also extremely timely given their imminent return to UK TV screens.”
 
The GREAT Britain campaign is the Government’s most ambitious international marketing campaign ever and showcases the very best of what Britain has to offer in order to encourage the world to visit, study and do business with the UK.  The campaign is active in 144 countries and has already delivered a direct return to the economy of over £1 billion. The Teletubbies first launched in March 1997 and became one of the most successful international children’s brands of all time. The show has reached more than 1 billion children to date and the original episodes have aired in more than 120 territories in 45 different languages. It was the very first western pre-school property to air on China’s CCTV reaching an audience of 300 million children. Its enduring resonance with children is further underscored by the brand’s postings on YouTube which garner more than 75 million views per month.

Multiple Sales for Peg + Cat

9 Story Media Group has announced that it has secured multiple sales of the award-winning animated preschool series, Peg + Cat (80 x 12’). Leading Canadian preschool channel Treehouse acquired the second season to the series, while Super RTL in Germany along with Canal+ Family and Piwi+ in France and French-speaking territories picked up an additional 40 episodes of season one. A deal was also secured with Canadian-based GRICS, which licensed the first season for French speaking Canada. The series originally debuted on PBS Kids in the Fall of 2013 and has won 4 Emmy awards, including Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animation Program.
 
The series follows the spirited, Peg, and her sidekick, Cat, as they encounter unexpected problems that require fun and creative solutions. In order to solve the problems, Peg and Cat must add, subtract and apply basic arithmetic. Their adventures take them to historical far-away lands, art centers in bustling metropolises and the colorful cosmos, all the while demonstrating that it’s never too early to start learning the magic of numbers. Peg + Cat is co-created and executive produced by Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson and co-produced by The Fred Rogers Company and 9 Story Media Group for PBS KIDS.
 
Kevin Morrison of The Fred Rogers Company and Vince Commisso of 9 Story also serve as executive producers. 9 Story, which also handles international distribution, has secured distribution in 180 countries. HiHat Media is the licensing agent within the U.S. while 9 Story manages licensing for the brand internationally.

RMI Promotes Saphia Maxamed

RMI has promoted Saphia Maxamed to run its Entertainment Division. Saphia has been promoted to the position of Head of Entertainment with immediate effect.

Saphia joined the company in 2012 as New Business Manager. In her role she developed new businesses for RMI which lead to creating the new Entertainment Division for the company. As the Head of Entertainment, Saphia will be developing licensing strategies for RMI’s portfolio of Celebrity and Entertainment brands. She will continue to work with the current roster of Clients, which includes Samantha Faiers, Billie Faiers, Ferne McCann, Sanctum Soho and Hardy Bucks the Movie as well as new signings.

Saphia is also tasked with supporting the licensees and the properties at retail, including DTR’s, creating relationships with key partners.
 
Vicky Kostura, MD at RMI, said, “I am very happy to announce that Saphia has been promoted to the position of Head of Entertainment. The new title reflects Saphia’s increasingly diverse role both within the department and within the business as a whole. It also recognises the responsibilities associated with the role. Her contribution to driving new businesses for RMI has been invaluable.”

Toot the Tugboat to Air on Milkshake

Pre-school animation, Toot the Tiny Tugboat, has been awarded a weekday slot on Channel 5‘s Milkshake in the UK.
 
 This follows Toot’s start on Milkshake where he has consistently outperformed the slot average for his key consumer groups.
 
Claire Potter of Metrostar, Toot’s licensing agent, comments, “Toot is doing brilliantly. His new slot, which has three times the number of viewers as his current slot, will create the most fantastic platform for his licensed products and is a fitting reward for his exceptional performance.”
 
Milkshake saw its best ever year on record in 2014, delivering huge growth in audience shares across all key demographics, with close to 19 million viewers tuning in. 2015 continues this trend, seeing Milkshake achieve its strongest year-to-date figures on record for weekdays amongst four of its target groups with impressive double-digit growth amongst these audiences.
 
Toot the Tiny Tugboat, which launched on Milkshake in October 2014, also appears daily on Cartoonito and in total has reached 3.7 million people to date with 2.8 million seeing the show on Milkshake.  Toot is also listed on Netflix UK.

Twentieth Century Fox Announces The Simpsons x Skinnydip Collaboration

Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products has teamed up with Skinnydip for a special collaborative collection, The Simpsons x Skinnydip. The Krusty the Clown-inspired collection includes iPhone cases, clutch bags, backpacks, coin purses, makeup bags, pouches, and phone cables.
The limited edition collection are now available at the Skinnydip store off Carnaby Street in London, Topshop concessions worldwide, Selfridges, ASOS, Skinnydip London Gatwick Airport, and skinnydiplondon.com.

Acamar Films, Aardman Animations Sign International Broadcast Deals for Bing

Acamar Films and Aardman Animations have signed international broadcast deals to launch the preschool series Bing in 40 territories over the next 12 months.
 
The series is set to air on Gulli and TiJi in France, Clan in Spain, Portugal’s Canal Panda, Norwegian broadcaster NRK, New Zealand’s TVNZ, and HOP in Israel through deals negotiated by Aardman’s rights and brand development division. Bing also airs on Australia’s ABC, S4C in Wales, Irish broadcaster RTE, SVT in Sweden, and DR in Denmark. Additionally, the series has sold across Eastern Europe to Minimax, and will reach Belgian audiences via broadcaster VRT.
 
Bing is produced by independent studio Acamar Films and Dublin-based partners Brown Bag Films.

The Powerpuff Girls Collection by Jeremy Scott Unveiled at Moschino Fashion Show

Cartoon Network and Moschino have announced a collaboration between The Powerpuff Girls and fashion designer Jeremy Scott. The partnership was a part of Moschino’s Spring 2016 collection, unveiled in Milan at Moschino fashion show last week.

The collection includes all-over print leggings, a one-piece swimsuit, knitwear tops, a line of bags featuring the Powerpuff Girls’ iconic faces, and more. The full range of The Powerpuff Girls x Jeremy Scott collection, including knitted tops, skirts, dresses, scarves, swimwear, and accessories for women will launch in January at Moschino retail stores, department stores, boutiques, and select online retailers worldwide.

Lisa Hryniewicz and Jo Rose Join Hands to Launch Koko Rose Media

Kid’s media executive Lisa Hryniewicz, and Deer Little Forest creator Jo Rose have teamed to launch Koko Rose Media Ltd., a UK-based company that will manage the worldwide rights of Deer Little Forest.
 
Deer Little Forest is a preschool entertainment brand that features the life of an enthusiastic character Flo and her band of woodland buddies.
 
Rose will serve as the creative director of the company, taking charge of the creation, production, and quality control, and Hryniewicz will serve as the managing director, overseeing sales and business development.

Nelvana Signs New Agents for Little Charmers in Israel, Netherlands

Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana Enterprises signed agents in Europe and the Middle East to lead the licensing and merchandising program for Little Charmers.
 
The new agents include LDI, a licensing and merchandising agency for representation rights in Israel and J&M Brands, which serves the Benelux market, for rights in the Netherlands and Flemish-speaking Belgium.
 
Over the past few months, the brand has continued to grow its licensing program in North America with the help of Scholastic, The Bentex Group, Thermos, Rubie’s Costume Co., Baby Boom Consumer Products, and Accessory Innovations.
 
Little Charmers takes place in the whimsical land of Charmville where three charmers embark on spellbinding adventures together.

Hoho Appointed as Global Licensing Agent for Puffin Rock

Hoho Rights was appointed as the global licensing agent for multi-platform preschool property Puffin Rock.
 
Currently airing on RTE and Nick Jr. in the UK, Puffin Rock is an animated series about a family of puffins who spend their days exploring the natural environment of their island home. The series is a co-produced by Cartoon Saloon, Dog Ears, and Penguin Random House with support from Northern Ireland Screen and the Irish Film Board.
 
Netflix airs the series internationally in a number of countries including the U.S. and Japan and to many international broadcasters including SVT in Sweden, NRK in Norway, DR in Denmark, RUV in Iceland, and ABC in Australia. A second series is in production for release next spring along with a range of complementary books by Penguin Random House.

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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. 
 
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