4Kids Entertainment (Booth 3400)
Property: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT)
Contact: Joshua Izzo, marketing manager (jizzo@4KidsEnt.com)
Description: The original heroes in a half shell are back in a new animated series set to debut early next year on 4Kids’ Fox Box.
Demo: Boys six to 11
Opportunities (worldwide): most categories aside from master toy (Playmates)
Property: Ultraman Tiga
Contact: Colleen Nuskey, director of marketing (cnuskey@4KidsEnt.com)
Description: Another Japan-born action hero hits the U.S. market with a live-action series slated for a fall launch on 4Kids’ Fox Box.
Demo: Boys six to 11
Opportunities (global except Asia): publishing, apparel, footwear, bedding, confections, school supplies, party goods and trading cards
BBC Worldwide (Booth 3357)
Contact: Melissa Campbell, licensing assistant, BBC Worldwide Licensing (44-208-433-2404)
Property: Ace Lightning
Description: Finally seeing the light of day after a long development phase, the Beeb’s tween action-comedy (26 x 24 minutes) makes its red carpet debut at Licensing Show 2002. The live-action/CGI hybrid series has been sold in New Zealand (TVNZ) and Portugal (SIC), with many more deals in negotiation.
Demo: Seven to 11
Opportunities (international): back-to-school stationery, bags, greeting cards, lighting, torches, clocks, watches and socks
Description: Slated for U.K. broadcast on Cbeebies later this year, Novel Entertainment’s new preschool offering is set in a magical world that is home to an unusual group of creatures. The property heads to Licensing Show for the first time with a U.K. toy licensee (Fisher-Price) in tow.
Opportunities (worldwide): stationery, bags, party products, lighting, greeting cards, ceramics, footwear, headwear and accessories
Big Idea Productions (Booth 3673)
Contact: Shari Martin, executive director of licensing (630-652-6143)
Description: The new toon adventures of VeggieTales character Larryboy, a plunger-headed cucumber superhero.
Demo: Boys six to 11
Opportunities: All U.S. categories are available, and Big Idea is open to international discussions.
Broadway Video Enterprises
Contact: Alex Droisin, president (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Property: Thunder Force
Description: Broadway’s newest acquisition, Thunder Force is a classic Taiwanese series featuring a centuries-old hand-puppet theater format. The special effects-laden martial arts adventure blends sorcery and science fiction.
Demo: Kids and teens
Opportunities (U.S. and international): interactive entertainment, toys and apparel
Classic Media (Booth 3733)
Contact: Gary Hymowitz, director of worldwide licensing (email@example.com)
Property: The Lone Ranger
Description: Current media plans for this classic TV, film and publishing property include a prime-time series set to air on The WB next January, with an animated series slated to follow in the fall on Kids’ WB! Classic Media has also inked a feature film deal with Sony-based Red Wagon Productions.
Opportunities: all categories available
DIC Entertainment (Booth 3925)
Contact: Kathi Sharpe-Ross, senior VP of marketing, PR and promotions (818-955-5430, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Property: Strawberry Shortcake
Description: DIC is reviving the classic brand with a new holiday-themed DTV series–with titles to be released quarterly beginning next January–following the adventures of the famed rag doll and pals Huckleberry, Ginger Snap, Orange Blossom and Angel Cake.
Demo: Girls three to eight
The latest: Strawberry Shortcake will make her Licensing Show debut with master toy licensee Bandai America and master apparel licensee Children’s Apparel Network. Program to launch in spring 2003.
Opportunities: U.S.–stationery, home furnishings, candy, packaged goods, accessories, gifts & collectibles and some ancillary toys. International–all categories open.
Contact: Rolf Bangsgaard, brand manager (email@example.com)
Property: Little Penguin
Description: Based on the books by Irish writer Mary Murphy, Little Penguin (52 x five minutes) is a colorful TV series about a penguin who celebrates childhood through themes of optimism and resilience. A co-pro between Egmont, Discovery Kids and King Rollo Films, the series will be shopped at MIPCOM in October and is set to launch on Discovery Kids’ Ready, Set, Learn! block on TLC beginning February 24, 2003. Little Penguin will pull double duty as the block’s host.
Opportunities: toys, plush, apparel, home furnishings, food, gifts, novelties, spin-off publishing, interactive, music and stationery
Gullane (Booth 3905)
Contact: David Jacobs, senior VP of consumer products (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Property: Guinness World Records
Description: With 95% brand recognition, Guinness World Records holds the unchallenged position as the global adjudicator of facts and achievements. Since its debut in 1955, more than 90 million copies of The Guinness World Records Book have been sold worldwide. TV series development, live events and licensed merch are part of Gullane’s plan to enhance continued publishing activity.
Opportunities: interactive, board games, toys, sports equipment, stationery, custom publishing and video
Contact: René Cigler, co-founder (email@example.com)
Property: Skate Betty
Description: A lifestyle brand for fashion-conscious girls who are into the skateboarding scene. Betty is bold and daring, yet feminine–the perfect role model for today’s empowered tween girl.
Demo: Girls six to 16
Opportunities: apparel, skateboards, accessories, gifts, stationery, cosmetics, beauty aids, sleepwear, publishing and entertainment
Mainframe (Booth 3861)
Contact: Joy Tashjian, president of JTMG (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Description: Preschoolers explore the surreal Wubby World–a magical place where anything can happen–with the whimsical Wubbies as their guides.
Opportunities (U.S. and international): all categories open
Nelvana (Booth 1742)
Contact: North America–Andrew Witkin, VP of North American licensing (email@example.com) and Tonya Lindo, director of international licensing (firstname.lastname@example.org). International–Marie Laure Merchand, director of marketing, France (33-1-42-71-0828)
Property: Berenstain Bears
Description: Now celebrating its 40th anniversary as a publishing property, Nelvana’s new Berenstain Bears toon (40 x 15 minutes) reintroduces the classic stories of Stan and Jan Berenstain to a new generation of kids. The series is slated to air this fall on YTV in Canada and on PBS in the U.S. beginning next January.
Opportunities (domestic and international): toys, apparel, home furnishings and accessories
Contact: Michele Martell, senior VP (email@example.com)
Property: Finster the Monster Truck
Description: Spooky, high-octane adventure series featuring monster trucks come-to-life. Currently in development, SD will show its sales reel for the first time at Licensing Show 2002.
Demo: Boys six to 10
Opportunities: toys, video games, publishing, trading card games, RC cars and action play sets
Property: Infested Planet
Description: A bug-blitzing adventure in a world under attack by colossal insects. Currently in development, SD will unveil a demo reel at Licensing Show.
Demo: Boys seven to 12
Opportunities: toys, vid games, publishing and trading card games
Sony Pictures Consumer Products (Booth 3501)
Contact: U.S.–Juli Boylan (310-244-4155); International–Bettina Kockler (Europe, Middle East, South Africa–49-89-2323-0606) or Lisa Storms (Asia Pacific, Latin America–310-244-4154)
Property: Charlie’s Angels 2
Description: Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu reunite in the summer 2003 sequel to Columbia’s 2000 action-adventure comedy hit based on the original ’70s TV series.
Demo: Teen girls
Opportunities (worldwide): apparel, accessories, jewelry, interactive, novelty gifts, publishing and health & beauty
Universal Studios Consumer Products Group (Booth 1333)
Contact: Tim Rothwell, senior VP of marketing and merchandising (818-777-9001) or Beth Goss, senior VP of promotions (818-777-1697)
Property: Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat
Description: Universal is set to bring Dr. Seuss’ beloved literary classic to the big screen for holiday 2003, with Mike Myers starring as the irrepressible Cat.
Opportunities: worldwide promotional and merchandising opportunities currently exist across all categories