The first round of licensing deals have been inked for Stan Lee’s Mighty 7 animated film franchise by Lee’s POW! Entertainment, Genius Brands and Archie Comics.
The Canadian-based Cirque du Soleil Média venture from Bell Canada has lined up a collaborative kids project with Saban Brands that will result in a TV series, web content, interactive content and merchandise.
As DreamWorks Animation continues to significantly bolster its TV ventures, the company is putting a new mark on the publishing sector with the launch of DreamWorks Press, an in-house operation that will publish digital and print books based on the studio’s IP.
Sluggish holiday toy sales weren’t just reserved for Mattel – which saw its revenues slide 6% during its fourth quarter – as Rhode Island-based toyco Hasbro reported a dip in its Q4 2013 net earnings to US$129.8 million from US$130.3 million last year, following a decrease in demand for boy-skewing brands.
UK indie Acamar Films has teamed up with Irish animation studio Brown Bag Films and London-based Tandem Films to co-produce the new animated series Bing Bunny, which will make its debut at the upcoming MIPTV market in Cannes, France.
Major boosts across all Disney divisions – particularly within the Studio Entertainment and Interactive segments – led the House of Mouse to see profits rise 33% to US$1.8 billion during its first fiscal quarter of 2014.
Tepid Barbie, Fisher-Price and Hot Wheel sales contributed to a 6% drop in global sales at Mattel as the world’s largest toyco reported its fourth quarter 2013 and year-end financial results.
The Jim Henson Company is launching a new publishing division this fall, leading with a series of seasonally oriented adventure books aimed at a core girls demo. In partnership with publisher Bloomsbury Children’s Books, Jim Henson Publishing will launch the Enchanted Sisters series this August with Autumn’s Secret Gift, the first of four books that will each be released at the start of a new season.
Rocket Licensing, which is managing the licensing campaign for preschool property Q Pootle 5, has announced two more licensing deals: Walker Books for global TV tie-in publishing and Blue Sky Designs for children’s stationery.