With a new distribution arm, original content and funding, UK-based CHF is in full swing. The company – through distributor Monster Entertainment – is launching the first of four new programs at this week’s MIPTV market.
Licensing exec Eric Belloso Gonzalez is joining Spain-based Planeta Junior as DreamWorks brands director. His appointment is timed with last month’s multi-year TV output deal between Planeta Junior and DreamWorks Animation for Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Turkey.
With plans of a tablet-themed TV series in the works, Fuhu, the company behind the children’s nabi tablet, continues to diversify its reach by now collaborating with DreamWorks Animation on interactive exhibits that will be housed within Simon Malls in the US.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, which airs on PBS KIDS in the US, will see more shelf space stateside this year with an expanded toy line at Toys ‘R’ Us, as well as product launches at Target, Kmart and Barnes & Noble.
Italy-based Atlantyca Entertainment and Scholastic USA have collaborated on the launch of the first Geronimo Stilton app for iOS devices that’s based on the popular book series.
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.
Increased big-box competition and decreased momentum for videogame sales, both at home and abroad, led to continued losses at global retailer Toys ‘R’ Us, which saw a 4% drop in US sales during its crucial holiday quarter of 2013.
Preschool property Tree Fu Tom is stepping up its marketing game through FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment’s Spring Into Action campaign, a brand awareness initiative that will support new series episodes on CBeebies and the show’s coinciding product range.