Marking the 90th anniversary of the first publication of Winnie-the-Pooh, Egmont Publishing has revealed that in October 2016 it is publishing The Best Bear in All the World, an official sequel to the original and its subsequent title The House at Pooh Corner.
Preschool brand Peppa Pig contributed to a 42% rise in pre-tax profit for Entertainment One during the first half of the company’s fiscal year, and the franchise’s US$1 billion in retail sales are expected to double by 2020.
Sales of preschool and girls products continued to drive double-digit growth at Spin Master, as the Canadian toy and entertainment company saw Q3 gross profit jump 37% to US$205.2 million and revenue rise by 31.7% to US$386.8 million.
An international licensing pact between Al Ahil Holding Group and 20th Century Fox Consumer Products will see a Fox-branded theme park and resort open in Dubai in 2018.
New toy line INVICTA Challenge aims get kids reading more by combining both physical and digital playthings. The IP owner and toy industry vet Jim Murphy discusses his history-inspired brand, which just launched at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
A new partnership between custom video producer PercyVites and US retailer Build-A-Bear Workshop will let kids create their very own personalized digital furry friends.
Chinese animation studio and toyco Guangdong Alpha Animation and Culture has partnered with Hasbro to expand its popular Blazing Team franchise globally, beginning with a US launch for its re-imagined TV series and toy line.