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.
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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.
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.
Call it a convergence of cute. Sanrio and Pretty Ugly have embarked on a two-year co-branding deal that will see their IPs, Hello Kitty and Uglydoll, merge to create a limited-edition line of collectibles, which are set to debut at San Diego Comic-Con next month, with a sneek-peak for Licensing Show goers planned next week.
Ireland’s Monster Entertainment has picked up a number of international broadcasters for Canada-based Huminah Huminah Animation’s 52 x five-minute series I’m a Dinosaur.
- Sony unveils PS4 – undercuts new Xbox by US$100 at retail (All Things D)
- New Ernst & Young study says digital will generate majority of entertainment income by 2015 (The Wrap)
- An examination of the kind of content that’s king in the SVOD wars (The Motley Fool)
- Intel is buying content for its new TV service and its paying up to 75% more than cable (Reuters)
- US tween discount retailer Five Below continues expansion, sales soar (Bloomberg)
Maybe it’s spring. Maybe it’s the economy. Maybe it’s all the new players charging into the preschool space like bulls into Pamplona. I don’t really know why, but I feel optimistic. Towards this end, I’ve compiled a list of 20 reasons to be optimistic and I suspect that at least one or two of these will apply to you.
The fund will contribute financing for up to two family features each year with production budgets of between US$3.5 million and US$5 million (Telefilm’s Carolle Brabant and Corus’ John MacDonald pictured).
Disney/ABC Television Group has unveiled Disney Channel Photo Finish, a new free app for iOS devices that allows fans to personalize their own pictures with popular Disney characters from shows including Phineas and Ferb, Gravity Falls, Shake It Up and the upcoming Disney original Teen Beach Movie.
L.A.-based MGA Entertainment is set to launch its latest entertainment and toy brand Mooshka at major retailers across North America in August.
The soft fabric figures have a paper-doll matryoshka-like aesthetic and come with their own uniquely designed shoebox home. The IP mines the themes of friendship and togetherness.