CONSUMER PRODUCTS / RETAIL
Anchored by this month’s launch of DC Super Hero Girls, at least four major female-focused superhero properties will hit the US retail market by 2017, and A-list licensees are lining up to grab a piece of the action. Kidscreen explores the retail interest and market potential for this rapidly emerging category. (Pictured: Zag’s Ladybug)
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If the 10 companies named to Disney’s 2015 Accelerator program show us anything, it’s that robotics and 3D printing are hot commodities. New startup Cannybots combines both of those elements, while putting an educational spin on a toy car that’s had plenty of Kickstarter backers sold to the idea already.
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According to new research from PlayScience, more than 50% of families that subscribe to any SVOD or media app service are subscribing to two or more, yet 42% of parents spend just US$5 to US$10 each month on this form of entertainment.
Cartoon Network is busy building a new licensing program for animated comedy Steven Universe, kicking things off by signing five new hardlines partners to the property’s US retail program.
Canada’s DHX Media has secured broadcast deals with Australia’s ABC Kids for two of its new flagship preschool shows, Teletubbies and Twirlywoos, and its consumer products arm DHX Brands has appointed Haven as Twirlywoos’ licensing agent down under.
Hasbro is in many ways looking to the past to further its future licensing activities across Europe. The company is reviving Stretch Armstrong, Action Man and Mr. Frosty (pictured), along with signing new lifestyle products licensees for My Little Pony and Transformers.
A 3,200-square-foot Nickelodeon store is set to open in Dubai in 2016, upping the number of Nick retail shops worldwide to an even dozen.
- Snapchat bids farewell to original content channel as well as a number of employees (Deadline Hollywood)
- …Meanwhile, Snapchat is having a lasting impact on toy sales, as seen by Sphero’s groundbreaking marketing campaign (The Wall Street Journal)
- What Pan‘s flop at the box office will mean for fairy tale adaptations and origin stories (Variety)
- For the third year in a row, Disney surpasses the US$4-billion mark at the global box office (Los Angeles Times)
- Netflix raises its US subscription prices as it dishes out serious dollars for original programming and global rights to popular shows (The Wall Street Journal)
- A software industry booms in Canada, with venture capital doubling to US$2.4 billion since 2009(Bloomberg)
- Apparently, there’s more to Sandra Boynton’s board books than meets the eye (The New Yorker)
- Is delaying kindergarten by a year a good idea for kids’ developmental well-being? A new study says yes (The Washington Post)
With its official launch this past weekend, Disney’s Playmation sets out to redefine a toys-to-life category that’s now worth US$4 billion at American retail. Disney Consumer Products & Interactive Media’s VP of strategy and business development lays out Playmation’s game plan.