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More than a month after Zodiak Media and Banijay Group confirmed they were in merger talks, the France-based media companies have today agreed to unite, creating a global producer-distributor with a footprint in 18 territories and revenues surpassing US$1 billion.
With the rollout of Wishenpoof on August 14 to US, UK and German Amazon Prime members, and a renewal for Creative Galaxy, show creator Angela Santomero is on a roll with the studio.
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Three years after raising US$85,964 on Kickstarter to fund their wired building toy, Roominate co-founders Bettina Chen and Alice Brooks are once again looking for that spark – this time through new product rPower and by inspiring STEM-driven careers for girls. The pair gives iKids the inside scoop on the project.
The box-office success of Jurassic World, as well as preschool toys, contributed to a 1% rise in North American sales during Hasbro’s second quarter of 2015. Notwithstanding a negative US$71.5-million impact from foreign exchange, the company saw revenues increase by 5%.
For the first time, products based on the US$1-billion Japanese preschool franchise Anpanman will be available to consumers outside of Japan when flagship store Anpanman Official Shop Taipei opens in Taiwan this September.
- Video app Vine comes into its own as an entertainment platform (Fast Company)
- The selfies are paying off for Instagram, which is expected to make US$595 million in mobile ad revenues this year (eMarketer)
- China lifts its 15-year video game console ban, but censorship still abounds (US News & World Report)
- Nintendo says goodbye to TVii (PC World)
Norwood, Massachusetts-based Toy State has inked a global deal with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to make licensed RC vehicles based on the DC Super Friends brand.
Little Airplane founder and Planet Preschool blogger Josh Selig is stopped in his tracks when his therapist asks a simple but rather halting question: “Do you still enjoy this work?” Today, he opens up about the top three things he likes and loathes about the business.
Toronto, Canada-based Picture Box Distribution has picked up four animated series for distribution, including 45-minute Halloween special The Dancing Pumpkin from Silver Hammer Studios.
Former Zodiak Kids UK CEO Nigel Pickard has joined the board of directors at London-based indie production company Nevision.
- Netflix’s DVD business dwindles in subscribers but not profits – see how the company’s positioning for growth next (The New York Times)
- Tesco, the UK’s biggest grocery chain, rids its shelves of some sugary kids’ drinks (Mashable)
- Comcast looks to new media companies as it vies for a younger audience (CNET)
- The gaming geeks have won. Now what? (Los Angeles Times)
Japanese lifestyle licensor Sanrio has tapped Russian licensing agent Megalicense International to represent its global property Hello Kitty in Russia and Ukraine.