At a presentation for analysts and investors yesterday, Antonio Urcelay, chairman of the board and CEO of Toys ‘R’ Us, along with company president Hank Mullany, outlined plans to transform the retailer’s core business in the wake of another round of disappointing quarterly results.
Mattel-owned Fisher-Price, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of infant and preschool toys, has been appointed the global master toy licensee, excluding Japan, for new preschool property Bing from London-based Acamar Films.
Debbie Ries has resigned from Texas-based NCircle Entertainment, the kids-focused distribution company she founded in 2006. During the past seven-plus years, as SVP and GM, she built NCircle into one of the top independent distributors of children’s home entertainment.
UK production company Laughing Gravy Media, founded by ex-Impossible Kids staffers Karl Woolley and Jon Doyle, has signed a five-year strategic relationship deal with Hoho Rights, the commercial arm of fellow UK company Hoho Entertainment.
Canadian public broadcaster Kids’ CBC, Radical Sheep Productions and Mickey Rogers Media have entered into a development deal to produce an animated preschool series based on the children’s book The Boy Who Became What He Ate by Sheena Macrae from Storycake.
Cartoon Network has released a Powerpuff Girls-inspired game, entitled Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville!, on online gaming platform Steam that allows kids to play in either the original or modern art style of the 15-year-old TV show.
US adult-targeted network TLC is cooking up a brand-new line extension that will take Cake Boss products, based on the hit reality series, into the kids space for the first time. And a glance at Cake Boss’s latest co-viewership numbers tells you exactly why.