CONSUMER PRODUCTS / RETAIL
The first quarter of 2014 brought net losses of US$11.2 million for Mattel, as the worlds largest toymaker saw Barbie sales drop 14%. Meanwhile, Barbie’s American Girl and Ever After High sisters continues to rise in popularity.
iKIDS / MOBILE / SOCIAL / WEB
After setting sights on the US market with the acquisition of L.A.-based MobiGirl Media, UK-based kid and teen mobile marketing platform SuperAwesome is looking at a home-court advantage, as the company has now acquired the advertising business of UK virtual world Bin Weevils.
PEOPLE MOVES / TV
Nigel Pickard is stepping down from his role as CEO of Zodiak UK Kids and chair of production company The Foundation at the end of this month, Zodiak Media has confirmed.
COMPANIES / iKIDS / TV / WEB
Make way for Relativity Media. The television and film studio is trying to scoop up YouTube multi-channel network Maker Studios from Disney with a last-minute bid worth up to US$1.1 billion.
Featured iKids / iKIDS / SOCIAL / TV / WEB
Dane Boedigheimer’s Annoying Orange online comedy series has spawned a Cartoon Network show and a number of licensed consumer products. And now, the Orange’s signature yellow-toothed smile has been viewed two billion times on YouTube, a feat that holds more significance than ever as multi-channel networks and online TV creations continue to be courted by huge traditional media companies.
A line Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles specialty figures – including a four-foot-tall rendering of Michelangelo – and interactive toys are in the works at Jakks Pacific following a licensing deal between the US toymaker and Nickelodeon.
Ireland-based Smyths Toys Superstores has announced that Saban’s Power Rangers Megaforce are to make their Irish debut while visiting children and their families at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin, before embarking on a six-stop tour at selected Smyths stores throughout the country.
One of the workshops at the recent Sandbox Summit@ MIT parsed the process of creating a good game for teaching. I sat down with Barbara Chamberlin, from the Learning Games Lab at New Mexico State, to discuss the developers’ playbook
Maker Studios? board of directors and a majority of its shareholders has approved the company?s $500 million-plus sale to Disney, a Maker spokesperson announced today, after the court denies a request by ex-Maker CEO Danny Zapper and three other Maker co-founders for a temporary injunction stopping the vote.
- As debt mounts at Toys ‘R’ Us, things are starting to look at lot like 2005 (Bloomberg)
- Hunger Games rises to the top at the MTV Movie Awards (CBC)
- Screams means more screens: Study finds fussy babies see more screen time than their peers (The Toronto Star)
- Rio 2 flies past Captain America at the box office (Variety)
US-based Scholastic is putting its educational technology and blended learning portfolio on a more global scale with the release of Scholastic Literacy Pro and Scholastic PR1ME Mathematics to international markets.
Nurture Rights, the kids entertainment company established by Peter Curtis and Nick Barrington last year, has announced a multi-year deal with the Birmingham Stage Company to produce a stage production of the classic picture book, Dinosaur Roar!.