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One-liners: Noteworthy news nuggets

• Toy giant Mattel continues to sign deals at Licensing Show. Hanes is on board to produce Polly Pocket underwear and Buster Brown & Co has extended its long-term agreement to continue to create Barbie-themed footwear. The newest line of sandals and casual, dress and athletic shoes will be available this spring at major retailers across the US.

• Toronto, Canada-based Decode Entertainment has scored a second-season commission of 26 x 22-minute eps of its tween comedy The Latest Buzz from The Family Channel.

Disney Channel has ordered a second season of preschool series My Friends Tigger & Pooh for the Playhouse Disney programming block. The first season of the CGI series debuted on May 12 and airs weekends at 10 a.m.

• San Francisco, California-based Viz Media has named Bandai America as master toy licensee for Blue Dragon, a new anime series based on the Microsoft Xbox 360 role playing game.
June 20, 2007

• Toy giant Mattel continues to sign deals at Licensing Show. Hanes is on board to produce Polly Pocket underwear and Buster Brown & Co has extended its long-term agreement to continue to create Barbie-themed footwear. The newest line of sandals and casual, dress and athletic shoes will be available this spring at major retailers across the US.

• Toronto, Canada-based Decode Entertainment has scored a second-season commission of 26 x 22-minute eps of its tween comedy The Latest Buzz from The Family Channel.

Disney Channel has ordered a second season of preschool series My Friends Tigger & Pooh for the Playhouse Disney programming block. The first season of the CGI series debuted on May 12 and airs weekends at 10 a.m.

• San Francisco, California-based Viz Media has named Bandai America as master toy licensee for Blue Dragon, a new anime series based on the Microsoft Xbox 360 role playing game.

About The Author
Gary Rusak is a freelance writer based in Toronto. He has covered the kids entertainment industry for the last decade with a special interest in licensing, retail and consumer products. You can reach him at garyrusak@gmail.com

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