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DHX Media to Acquire Nerd Corps

SlugterraDHX Media has entered into an agreement to acquire Nerd Corps Entertainment Inc. and its subsidiaries for approximately $57 million. The transaction is anticipated to close by December 24.
 
The acquisition increases DHX’s operating leverage, adding Nerd Corps’ animation studio in Vancouver, British Columbia, which features five lines of production, as well as Nerd Corps’ interactive apps, gaming expertise, and licensing opportunities with Nerd Corps’ brands. The transaction brings more than 200 half hours of proprietary children’s content to DHX’s library, including the comedy adventure series Slugterra, which has been broadcast in more than 150 countries and is one of the most popular titles on Disney XD in both Canada and the U.S. The deal includes licensing and distribution rights for all proprietary Nerd Corps series. The acquisition will increase DHX’s staff level in Vancouver from approximately 300 to 700 personnel.
 
Nerd Corps co-founder Asaph “Ace” Fipke will join the DHX content team in the role of chief content officer of Kids & Family, reporting to DHX president and COO Steven DeNure; and Nerd Corps president Ken Faier will come on board at DHX Content as senior vice president and general manager of Kids & Family.

New Care Bears Series Coming to Netflix, Brand Launches Interactive Advent Calendar

Care BearsAG Properties (AGP) and Netflix have unveiled a new series of Care Bears, Care Bears and Cousins, which will premiere worldwide on Netflix in early 2016.
 
The Care Bears first appeared in TV specials in the early ’80s, and from 1985 to 1987, they moved to the big screen with The Care Bears Movie trilogy. The bears also had a TV series from 1985 to 1987, which is available on Netflix.
 
This holiday season, kids can enjoy the Care Bears Advent Calendar, an interactive calendar that can be downloaded on a computer or an iPad. Kids can follow the Care Bears through Care-a-Lot with games, activities, videos, and more. Each day, kids click on the stars for another special surprise. On Christmas Day, a full-length Care Bears holiday video will be unlocked for an additional download fee.

Building Q Named Licensing Agency of Record for Litographs

Litographs OzBuilding Q has been selected by Litographs to serve as its licensing agency of record. Building Q will explore licensing opportunities with classic movie titles based on novels. The firm will also develop greater visibility for Litographs, a Kickstarter success story that launched in 2011.
 
“Litographs are a way for book fans to wear, carry, and display their favorite novels—every word of them—on a T-shirt, poster, calendar, or tote bag,” said Danny Fein, CEO.
 
The company’s designs, each rendered by hand, are inspired by the text of classic novels. From a distance, each piece resembles memorable characters or scene from a beloved story, but becomes fully legible text up close.

Star Trek’s Klingon Bloodwine Arrives on Planet Earth

Star Trek BloodwineKlingon Bloodwine (tlhIngan 'Iw HIq), is now available for Star Trek fans and wine lovers alike. CBS Consumer Products has released a Klingon Bloodwine, developed by the same team of experts behind the limited-edition Juan Ortiz Star Trek wine collection, which was released last year to honor three episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series.
Klingon Bloodwine is 13 percent ABV and can be served slightly chilled or at cellar temperature (60 to 65 degrees Farenheit.) Star Trek fans will recognize the label of Klingon Bloodwine, a symbol comprised of the “sword of honor” (bat’leth), a traditional Klingon weapon. The back label includes the victorious Klingon phrase: “Celebrate! Tomorrow we may die!” (yIlop! wa’IeS chaq maHegh!)

The 2012 Klingon Bloodwine is a medium-bodied red blend of Malbec, Syrah, and Petit Verdot from the Paso Robles AVA in Calif. Klingon Bloodwine is licensed by CBS Consumer Products and is available for sale now on www.vinport.com, and will soon be available through leading retailers nationwide.

Caillou Gears Up for 25th Anniversary Celebrations

CaillouCaillou will celebrate its 25th anniversary over the next year. The brand debuted in 1989 as a series of books from Chouette Publishing, and is now an animated series on preschool TV channel Sprout in the U.S.
 
Fans can sign up for the Caillou ultimate sweepstakes on Facebook for a chance to win Caillou products and to learn more about the ongoing promotions in Caillou’s 25th anniversary year.
 
New Caillou products include Caillou Family Favorites DVD and book, from PBS; Caillou’s Holiday Movie, from NCircle; Caillou’s 25th Anniversary Treasury Album, from Chouette Publishing; and a Caillou talking doll and a jet plane, from Imports Dragon.
 
CPLG represents Caillou merchandise and licensing. The series is sold to more than 100 countries worldwide. DHX Brands plans a year-long series of consumer product releases, partnerships, sweepstakes, and events to celebrate the milestone through next year.

LIMA, UCLA Extension to Offer Licensing Entertainment Course

The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA), in association with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension, will offer a dedicated course for licensing industry professionals for the first time. The 12-week course, “Licensing Entertainment: Strategies for the Global Marketplace,” will be held at UCLA on Tuesday evenings from January 6 to March 24, 2015. The new course will be led by licensing and marketing veteran Kenneth K. Markman, CEO, KKM Global Brand Strategies.
 
The course will provide a 360-degree view of licensing as both a brand extender and financial enhancement to a property and a business’ bottom line. Markman will lead sessions on how retailers, licensees, licensors, and consumers exert influence, financial outcomes, and creative control; the ways consultants maximize brand-centric franchise-driven strategies; the power and potential of an expanding international marketplace; and how media platforms, technology, and consumer habits influence purchase and behavior.

To register, visit www.uclaextension.edu.

The Wildflower Group Set to Develop Licensing Programs for Rodale Inc.

The Wildflower Group has been tapped by Rodale Inc. to develop consumer products programs for the company’s properties, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Prevention, Runners’ World, Bicycling, and Rodale’s Organic Life. The agency will create broad-scale licensing programs that will translate the titles to a wide range of goods that consumers can incorporate into their daily lives.
 
The Wildflower Group will initially focus on three main categories: food and beverage, exercise equipment and accessories, and supplements and wellness items. The new merchandise will be sold at mass market, specialty, and health stores nationwide.
 
Rodale currently attracts 75 million print magazine readers every month, as well as 45 million unique visitors per month to its websites.

Winnebago Expands into Protective RV Covers with ADCO

ADCO Products Inc. has partnered with Winnebago Industries Inc. for a line of high-end licensed RV covers in a deal brokered by Brandgenuity.
The line of Winnebago branded covers will include RV storage covers, wheel covers, and windshield covers, manufactured to fit a range of Winnebago models. ADCO plans to develop and distribute Winnebago-branded protective covers to more than 5,000 RV dealerships and retailers within the U.S. and Canada.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Expands Licensing Program

EB BooksJRL Group has secured a licensing partnership between Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. and Phoenix International Publications Inc. to develop and market a line of high-quality educational products under the Britannica Kids brand. JRL Group is Encyclopaedia Britannica’s exclusive licensing agency.
 
The first product, Britannica Interactive Animal Library, is available at retailers including Costco, Costco Canada, and Toys “R” Us. The Britannica Kids Interactive Animal Library is an eight-book boxed set that includes Tooth & Claw, Reptiles, Birds, Bugs, Extinct Animals, Amazing Mammals, Sea Animals, and Hoof & Horns. Each book is made up of interesting facts and questions and includes vivid photos and illustrations about animals. The set includes an interactive pen that lights up and provides audio answers to the quiz at the end of each section.
 
This partnership, among others, adds to the wide array of Encyclopaedia Britannica and Britannica Kids-branded educational products sold at retail and online. The Britannica Interactive Animal Library will complement the launch of previous items at retail, including the Britannica Interactive Science Library, the Britannica U.S. Talking Puzzles, and the Britannica Kids: U.S. Presidents app on iTunes.

EUROPE

Olly the Little White Van Secures New Deals

OllyOlly the Little White Van has secured new deals worldwide.
 
Fine Films will distribute the first two seasons on DVD in Japanese early next year, and NPO Zapp will air all 65 episodes daily in the Netherlands starting next week. 
 
Yumurcak started broadcasting Olly twice daily in Turkish last month, and the first Russian-language episodes have just broken on YouTube through XMedia in a deal brokered by AWOL of Paris.
 
As a result of these recent deals, Olly now airs in nearly 50 markets. More than 20 new branded publishing and stationery lines have launched in Turkey, and more license deals are in the works.

Invisimals Set to Conquer Small Screen

invizimalsInvisimals is set to conquer the small screen. TVE's Clan Channel will premiere the animated series on December 5, and it will air daily several times per day. Super 3 also launched the show this past weekend, and aired several episodes on Saturday and Sunday. Al Jazeera, Disney XD, Gulli, K2, Multimania, Megamax, SIC, Star, Eleven, and Talit are also set to broadcast the show.
 
The series will participate at the International Digital Content Forum (FICOD), which will be held in Madrid on December 3 as part of the Seminar of Transmedia: The Example of Invisimals, along with other multiplatform products related to the brand, such as video games, trading cards, and toys.

ASIA

Entertainment One Strikes New Deals for Peppa Pig in Asia

Peppa PigEntertainment One Licensing (eOne) has unveiled new developments for Peppa Pig in Asia, which will continue to increase the international footprint of the brand.
 
Peppa Pig is a top-rated show in Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. Singaporean broadcaster OKTO will take a fifth season of the show, as will Taiwan’s Yoyo TV. A new pan-regional deal with Nickelodeon will see seasons one through six (208 x 5 minute episodes) launch on its Nick Jr. cable network across multiple Asian territories. 
 
eOne has also secured multi-platform partnerships that will provide additional consumer touch points to access TV content, including a deal with Asia’s largest airline, Cathay Pacific, which has launched a half-hour compilation of Peppa Pig episodes from the first season on its in-flight entertainment service. Series one and two are now available in Korean via apps on Apple Store and Google Play.
 
eOne has appointed PPW to manage consumer products for Peppa Pig in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Global Brands Group in South Korea and Media Link, representing Vietnam, Thailand, The Philippines, and Singapore, complete the line-up of merchandising agents across South East Asia.

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Toy & Product Design Professional Available for New Opportunities (Creative Director/ VP or Freelance Contract in Los Angeles)

Toy & Product Designer/ Developer with over 20 years experience, creating award winning design for: Toy, Product & Video Game Design, Graphics & Package Design, Theme Park & Entertainment Design, Branding, Creative Direction, Ideation, Inventing, Cartoon Voice-Overs, writing for Design Publications, and Design Education development.
 
Contact: Peter Wachtel at: Kidtoyology@earthlink.net
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kidtoyology
Portfolio: http://www.coroflot.com/kidtoyology
Web: http://about.me/KidToyology

Licensing / Business Development Professional Seeks New Challenges

Jeff Quinn has 15 years experience in licensing and business development in the consumer goods Industry.  Expert at identifying opportunities and creating global strategies to develop incremental revenue streams.  Generated 50% + annual revenue increases for employers over past decade. 
 
Merchandise Licensing 
* Brands:  Disney, Warner Brothers, NFL, Fender Musical Instruments, Brainy Baby, etc. 
* Categories: apparel, action sports, home décor, books, toys, electronics,plush, multi-media, etc.  
* Licensed both in and out. Negotiated and wrote/co-wrote over 100 contracts.  
* Recruited and managed world leading agencies: Beanstalk, BLT, Evergreen Concepts, etc.
 
Brand Management
Expert at creating high profile strategic alliances to enhance brand awareness (Summit Entertainment, Vivendi, V-Tech, Chick-Fil-A restaurants, Lucky Brand etc.)
 
Consumer Packaged Goods
* Developed / marketed 350+ new products to multiple trade: mass, food, drug, specialty,  e-tail, etc.
* Created sales distribution networks on 6 continents and sourced product production on 5 
 
Open to global relocation.
 
Contact: JeffQ@rocketmail.com

Licensing/Sales Director

Boutique brand development & licensing agency is seeking a sales/retail business director to work closely with CEO on all aspects of sales, marketing, and retail development for the company's art & design lifestyle brands.

This position requires a motivated candidate who is adaptable and comfortable in a small company environment. Key responsibilities for this position include growing sales by identifying and qualifying potential licensees, soliciting and negotiating proposals, giving sales presentations to prospects and retail executives, and day-to-day account management. Director will also assist CEO with management of international sub-agents, execution of retail programs/pop-up shops and marketing initiatives, and implementation of marketing campaigns/social media strategies. This position entails moderate domestic and international travel, including attendance at trade events such as the Licensing Show, MAGIC, Comic-Con, Toy Fair, etc.

For information, please contact Alison@artimpressionsinc.com

Operations Manager

becker&mayer!/SmartLab Toys seeks an Operations Manager.
 
To Apply:
Please submit your resume and cover letter detailing your skills in light of the above qualifications via email to jobs@mcevoygroup.com. Be sure to include “Operations Manager” in your subject line.

Professional with Two Decades Experience Seeks New Opportunities

Petrus J. Horemans is a trilingual (Dutch-French-English) Belgian professional and has more than 20 years in creative and brand licensing, partnership, co-branding, and line extension of character merchandising of IP rights. He has worked with The Adventures of Tintin, The Swatch Group, Orange, Renault France, Coca Cola, The Royal Mint of Belgium, among others, and has in-depth knowledge of the licensing industry, and general management.

He now seeks new opportunities in the licensing industry for a permanent position with licensors or licensees and is willing to relocate.

To contact: petrus.horemans@hotmail.be

Business Professional Available for Opportunities

Paul Tamayo is an experienced business professional in competitive sales environments, throughout multiple industries. He has brand management experience with licensed consumer products.

He has strong management skills for creating and implementing strategic plans that deliver profitable financial results. He is bilingual and based in the States.

For further information and full CV, please contact: Phone (516) 318-2354 / E-mail tamayo.paul@gmail.com.

Licensing/Marketing Professional Available for New Opportunities

Bruce Anthony has over 40 years of creative Licensing, Domestic and Overseas Sourcing, Marketing, Sales experience, and assisting in "Total Management" abilities.

He has hands-on experience of multiple successful projects and experience working within the world of consumer packaged goods, specializing in souvenir, gift & stationery, sporting goods, educational and generic toys, cosmetics, room/home décor fields. He has worked with The Walt Disney Company, Coca Cola Sony Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, among others, and has in-depth knowledge of most of the retail categories of trade, as well as the licensing industry! He is looking for new opportunities in the licensing industry for a permanent position with licensors or licensees.

To contact: banthony1991@hotmail.com.

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