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.
With a whole new set of categories designed to honor the market’s best digital media content, products and platforms for kids, the seventh-annual Kidscreen Awards is now accepting entries in Broadcasting, Programming and Digital categories.
The box-office success of Jurassic World, as well as preschool toys, contributed to a 1% rise in North American sales during Hasbro’s second quarter of 2015. Notwithstanding a negative US$71.5-million impact from foreign exchange, the company saw revenues increase by 5%.
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