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Disney has combined two of its core business divisions – consumer products and interactive – into a single Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI) arm in an effort to better meet changing consumer preferences in a technology-driven marketplace.
BROADCASTING / TV
Turner Broadcasting has bought nearly 450 half hours from Warner Bros. Animation for Boomerang, marking the newly rebranded 24-hour kidsnet’s first-ever exclusive original content deal.
London-based agency Bulldog Licensing has added a new quartet of partners to the UK licensing program for Shopkins, the grocery-themed girls property from Australia’s Moose Toys.
Nickelodeon is bolstering its preschool lineup with the July debut of Mutt & Stuff, a new series co-created by children’s TV veterans Sid and Marty Krofft, and a third-season order for Blaze and the Monster Machines.
Along with picking up the master toy license for upcoming preschool reboot Noddy, Toyland Detective, the Toronto, Canada-based toyco has renewed its licensing deal for DWA’s How to Train Your Dragon franchise.
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- Clash of clans: UK TV titans and their increasing competition for kid viewers (The Guardian)
- Cambridge University gets endowed for a Professor of Lego (BBC)
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- Disney’s Zootopia promises more quirk than traditional big-budget pics (Forbes)
- Will the new Oculus Touch controllers live up to Mark Zuckerberg’s social VR dream? (Wired)
- Tintin creator’s heirs challenge Dutch court judgement over IP rights (The Guardian)
- Macabre mashup: My Little Pony meets Mad Max (Escapist Magazine)