Coming off its Annie nomination, Toronto, Canada-based Guru Studio’s preschool series Justin Time has picked up home entertainment and music distribution partners across the US, Canada, Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland (GAS).
For a toy company like California-based Jakks Pacific that has been weathering stormy sales numbers throughout the year, there’s hope on the other side. Jakks is crossing over into the new year with an interactive toy strategy in place, which it says is in line with changing consumer play patterns, as the company tries to pick itself up from a 27% drop in sales and a company-wide restructure that occurred in 2013.
Following a publishing deal with Penguin US earlier this fall, Disney Infinity is set to get its own standalone magazine in the UK courtesy of Egmont, which is consciously building a boy-skewing publishing portfolio based on gaming brands.
AG Properties (AGP) and global lifestyle brand Sanrio have partnered to bring together the Care Bears and Sanrio’s Little Twin Stars property under a three-year, co-branded licensing collaboration at Japanese retail.
Santa Monica, California-based multiplatform entertainment company Shout! Factory has appointed Phase 4 Films to handle all non-music distribution duties in Canada. Under the terms of this alliance, Phase 4 Films will distribute Shout! Factory’s new releases and extensive catalogue of packaged media (Blu-ray and DVD titles) and select digital entertainment content effective January 1.
Preschool property Tree Fu Tom is branching out this winter with new episodes on CBeebies and a major brand and retail campaign from FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment designed to connect with consumers across a number of platforms.
Sharon Ramsay-Luck has stepped into the newly created role of head of sales and business development at ABC Commercial as the division of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation looks to beef up its content sales business.