Thanks to the blockbuster success of a little IP called Monster High, catering to girls has become a top priority for retailers, licensees and licensors – and there’s a whole new crop of properties set to pop at this week’s Licensing Show to fill the gap.
CONSUMER PRODUCTS / GEAR / iKIDS
With more than US$1 billion in retail sales under its wing, Activision’s Skylanders took home the award for overall best licensed program at yesterday’s Excellence Awards hosted by the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA). Read on for a list of this year’s winners.
iKIDS / INTERACTIVE / MOBILE
The US children’s digital book industry is growing exponentially with the help of more consumable content. In fact, the children’s and young adult eBook category drew US$469 million last year, a 117% rise over 2011. But while the numbers seem big, developers and publishers are still thinking small.
iKIDS / INTERACTIVE / TV / WEB
The biggest original content deal in Netflix’s history is for the little ones. A new multi-year deal will see DreamWorks develop more than 300 hours of original content based on properties like Shrek and Madagascar exclusively for subscribers of the Internet streaming service.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products has named Jazwares as the master toy and electronics partner for the Cartoon Network comedy-action series Teen Titans Go!
PBS once again came out on top in the children’s categories at the Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards, garnering 13 nods in the Creative Arts segment of the 40th annual awards show, which was held this past Friday in Los Angeles. Read on for a list of some of the key winners in kids categories.
I’ve frequently lamented how hard it is to find out the story behind games, the failures and successes. The sales and marketing strategies. Even the cost. Well, with the release of Williamspurrrrg, my first independently developed app, I’m going to start over sharing.
Nickelodeon’s pulling back the veil on its brand-new original preschool series Shimmer and Shine (working title)and we’ve got the inside scoop.
Cleveland, Ohio-based American Greetings Corporation has promoted Sean Gorman to the post of president for AG Properties (AGP). He tells us all about AGP’s new licensees for classic IPs Strawberry Shortcake and Care Bears, and plans for brand-new Packages from Planet X.
Latin America licensing agency Tycoon Group has inked a deal with Rovio Entertainment to manage all licensing and merchandising rights for Angry Birds in Brazil.
The deal is an extension of the existing agreement that includes Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru.
New York-based developer Cupcake Digital has forged a partnership with Canada’s Nelvana Enterprises and the Clifford Ross Company to develop the first-ever enhanced storybook apps based on the popular animated kids TV series Babar and the Adventures of Badou.