- Bohbot Entertainment of New York is bringing the Pocket Dragon Adventures TV series to Licensing 96. The show will kick off in 1997 as a weekly airing during the Amazin’ Adventures block. The animated series will consist of 13 half-hour episodes, with another 13 planned for the 1998-99 season.
Bohbot intends to merchandise the series worldwide, and is considering licensees for product categories such as toys, CD-ROMs, publishing, paper-party goods and apparel.
The Pocket Dragon characters have existed for 25 years and are the creation of Texas artist Real Musgrave. To date, the characters have appeared in a line of more than 100 figurines available in 47 U.S. states.
- Montreal-based Desclez Productions is launching licensing opportunities for two animated preschool series, Iris, The Happy Professor and Little Star. Iris, The Happy Professor includes 156 x 13-minute segments. Little Star first aired in the U.S. last fall as part of The Learning Channel’s Ready, Set, Learn! block.
- Kookanooga Toons, located in Studio City, California, is looking to drum up interest in the animated TV program Monster Mania. The company already has licensing partners for partywares, stickers, tattoos, phone cards and plush toys.
The show will be entering its second season this fall. Currently, the weekly half-hour series is syndicated on 140 stations covering 91 percent of the U.S.
- BBC Worldwide Americas, the New York-based subsidiary of BBC Worldwide, is seeking additional licensees for Madison’s Adventures – Growing Up Wild. Licensees on board are Brighter Child Interactive for CD-ROMs and American Education Publishing for activity books.
The show is a weekly half-hour syndicated series focusing on how young animals grow, survive and interact with their surroundings. It is airing for a third season this fall.
BBC Worldwide Americas is also representing Wallace and Gromit, Absolutely Fabulous, Noddy and The Animals Farthingwood.
- The World Wrestling Federation, headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, is hoping to sign on licensees for The Ultimate Warrior, who just recently returned to the WWF. The company wants to establish an extensive program including toys, apparel and gifts, plus promotions with fast-food, packaged-goods and other partners.
- Abrams/Gentile Entertainment of New York and Paris-based Gaumont Multimedia are looking to increase their pool of licensees for Sky Dancers and Dragon Flyz. AGE owns the rights for the U.S., and Gaumont the rest of the world.
Both shows are co-productions between AGE and Gaumont (see page 24 in KidScreen’s April issue), and are scheduled to debut this fall in the U.S. and France.
Gaumont is also showcasing Highlander, The Animated Series, which airs in the U.S. on USA Network, and Home To Rent, also an animated series.
Other AGE properties at Licensing 96 are Happy Ness: The Secret of the Loch and Jelly Bean Jungle.