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Disney has combined two of its core business divisions – consumer products and interactive – into a single Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI) arm in an effort to better meet changing consumer preferences in a technology-driven marketplace.
BROADCASTING / TV
Turner Broadcasting has bought nearly 450 half hours from Warner Bros. Animation for Boomerang, marking the newly rebranded 24-hour kidsnet’s first-ever exclusive original content deal.
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Universal Partnerships & Licensing has appointed Toronto’s Spin Master as global master toy partner for new 3D-animated feature film The Secret Life of Pets, produced by Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures.
Along with greenlighting a third season of CG-animated preschool series PAW Patrol, Nickelodeon has picked up the exclusive US broadcast and on-demand rights from DHX Media for the upcoming Teletubbies reboot.
Wendy Smolen explores the intersection of real world and digital play, looking at projects and products that balance screen time with physical play.
FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment has greenlit a second season of DHX Media-produced animated preschool series Kate & Mim-Mim and inked publishing and global master toy partnerships.
The consumer products campaign for Disney’s mega-hit movie Frozen took top honors for overall best licensed program at yesterday’s Excellence Awards, hosted by the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA). Read on for the full list of this year’s winners.
Nickelodeon has teamed with NBA star Carmelo Anthony to create a new CP line inspired by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, as well as partnering with specialty retailer Justice for a line based on the kidcaster’s live-action comedy Bella and the Bulldogs.