Driven by Disney’s vast portfolio of properties, a new LIMA-commissioned report reveals that the character/entertainment sector topped global retail sales of licensed merchandise in 2014 with a 44% market share – or US$107 billion of a US$241.5-billion total.
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More than a month after Zodiak Media and Banijay Group confirmed they were in merger talks, the France-based media companies have today agreed to unite, creating a global producer-distributor with a footprint in 18 territories and revenues surpassing US$1 billion.
With the rollout of Wishenpoof on August 14 to US, UK and German Amazon Prime members, and a renewal for Creative Galaxy, show creator Angela Santomero is on a roll with the studio.
Coming out of Vidcon last week, the mass-market launch of Jazwares’ new Tube Heroes action figure line in August seems perfectly timed. VP Bill Graham discusses the strategy behind the launch and licensing of the umbrella brand that features more than 40 of the most popular social media personalities right now.
- Netflix now making more original programming than HBO (Vulture)
- Ad sales up at Twitter, but subscriptions slowing down (AdWeek)
- Bestselling fiction author Michael Chabon tapped to write new original Disney musical (Hollywood Reporter)
- Check out this Lego-infused customizable kid-size prosthetic (Wired)
Technicolor has tapped ex-Disney Interactive exec Sean Mullen (pictured) and David Kern to bolster its feature animation and game engine capabilities.
For the first time, products based on the US$1-billion Japanese preschool franchise Anpanman will be available to consumers outside of Japan when flagship store Anpanman Official Shop Taipei opens in Taiwan this September.
- Video app Vine comes into its own as an entertainment platform (Fast Company)
- The selfies are paying off for Instagram, which is expected to make US$595 million in mobile ad revenues this year (eMarketer)
- China lifts its 15-year video game console ban, but censorship still abounds (US News & World Report)
- Nintendo says goodbye to TVii (PC World)
Norwood, Massachusetts-based Toy State has inked a global deal with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to make licensed RC vehicles based on the DC Super Friends brand.