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If the 10 companies named to Disney’s 2015 Accelerator program show us anything, it’s that robotics and 3D printing are hot commodities. New startup Cannybots combines both of those elements, while putting an educational spin on a toy car that’s had plenty of Kickstarter backers sold to the idea already.
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According to new research from PlayScience, more than 50% of families that subscribe to any SVOD or media app service are subscribing to two or more, yet 42% of parents spend just US$5 to US$10 each month on this form of entertainment.
- Netflix raises its US subscription prices as it dishes out serious dollars for original programming and global rights to popular shows (The Wall Street Journal)
- A software industry booms in Canada, with venture capital doubling to US$2.4 billion since 2009(Bloomberg)
- Apparently, there’s more to Sandra Boynton’s board books than meets the eye (The New Yorker)
- Is delaying kindergarten by a year a good idea for kids’ developmental well-being? A new study says yes (The Washington Post)
With its official launch this past weekend, Disney’s Playmation sets out to redefine a toys-to-life category that’s now worth US$4 billion at American retail. Disney Consumer Products & Interactive Media’s VP of strategy and business development lays out Playmation’s game plan.
As SVP of global consumer products, Mark Caplan will oversee and manage licensing, merchandising, location-based entertainment and interactive gaming efforts for Sony Pictures Entertainment’s most popular franchises.
Entertainment One, which handles the pan-European licensing rights for Steven Spielberg’s feature film adaptation of The BFG, has signed licensees across apparel, bags, footwear, greetings, puzzles, wall art, gifting, confectionery and calendars.
A main pillar of the renewed Disney-Canal+ first-run pact is a crop of Star Wars content, including the anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.
Viz Media Europe has appointed UK agency Bulldog Licensing and German brand management company m4e to rep Japanese anime sensation Yo-kai Watch in the UK and German-speaking territories, respectively.
- With attendance numbers through the roof, Disney’s theme parks are raising admission prices. The world responds. (Time)
- Mobile screens as TV audience drivers, lifestyle products on the rise, and more insights from Nickelodeon and Hasbro content creators (The Hollywood Reporter)
- LittleBits creators want more mini inventors with their new Gizmos & Gadgets (CNET)
- As the US kindergarten experience gets more academic, Finland promotes the power of play (The Atlantic)
On the heels of its groundbreaking subscription deal with HBO, Sesame Workshop has announced a collaboration with Chinese digital platforms iQIYI, Tencent Video and Alibaba’s Tmall Box, which will all stream international version of Sesame Street along with other spinoffs.