Global Pursuit, a new worldwide consumer products licensing, marketing and brand equity company, has finalized a deal with United Talent Agency (UTA) to co-create licensing programs for pop star Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Lovers and Harajuku Mini brands in Greater China.
Culver City, California-based SDI Media has acquired Spain and Portugal-based Soundub Studios. With studios in Barcelona, Madrid, Santiago de Compostela and Lisbon, Soudub is the leading localization provider in the region. The acquisition widens SDI’s footprint to include more than 39 different markets around the world.
With competing toymaker Mattel off to a solid start in 2013, Rhode Island-based Hasbro saw its revenues rise 2% in its first quarter to US$663.7 million from US648.9 million a year ago. While sales among boy-targeting products dropped 20%, girls toys and a revamped games category were up 23% and 26%, respectively.
The nominees for the 2013 LIMA International Licensing Excellence have been released in advance of the June’s Licensing Expo in Las Vegas. Kid-related nominees include Marvel’s Avengers, Activision’s Skylanders and Mattel’s Monster High, which are competing for Overall Best Licensed Program of the Year.
As gaming properties like Angry Birds continue their migration to the toy aisles, consultancy groups AT New Media and Virtual World Licensing have launched a new venture designed to offer services to gaming, social and virtual brands that are looking to enter the world of toy licensing.
At a star-studded presentation held in New York this evening, featuring performances by Bridgit Mendler (star of Good Luck Charlie) and recording artist Ross Lynch – and an impromptu appearance by Crash from Crash & Bernstein (pictured with Gary Marsh) – the House of Mouse unveiled its 2013-14 programming plans for Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior and Radio Disney.