CONSUMER PRODUCTS / INTERACTIVE / TV
With the seemingly infinite amount of entertainment devices swarming today’s living rooms, Microsoft is hoping to zero in on one. The company has announced long-awaited details surrounding Xbox One, an all-encompassing entertainment system that delivers games, TV, movies, music, sports and Skype.
CONSUMER PRODUCTS / RETAIL
Universal Partnerships & Licensing (UP&L) has accumulated a crop of global marketing partners – and an unprecedented US$250 million in total media value – in advance of the July 3 release of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 2.
INTERACTIVE / TV
The pact is part of a strategy by Toronto-based eOne to expand into developing licensing programs for brands conceived in the non-linear space for a broader audience.
The licensing world has caught the attention of another digital property, as the Space Heroes Universe virtual world is set to inspire toys, books and card games thanks to a deal between Bubble Gum Interactive and new venture AT New Media and Virtual World Licensing.
- Fatal factory accidents lead Disney to pull production in countries like Bangladesh (CNN)
- A new online monitoring service hits the clouds: Skydog lets parents monitor kids’ connected devices through a customized wireless router (Mashable)
- Barnes & Noble makes room for 700,000+ Android apps on its Nook devices (Wired)
- How Paramount is making its Star Trek Into Darkness blockbuster more globally appealing (The New York Times)
A web series grounded in the Vinylmation toy line and another based on the It’s a Small World IP were among the original short-form programs unveiled by Disney Interactive at its Digital NewFront this morning in New York. The House of Mouse made its presentation to ad buyers with a newly reported 500 million Facebook fans and two billion YouTube views under its wing.
- Why we should care that kids are learning to tie their shoelaces later than ever before (The Telegraph)
- Improved ratings at Nickelodeon help Viacom exceed analysts’ ad sales expectations (Bloomberg)
- Zynga complications aside, Facebook is seeing its largest gaming revenues ever (All Things D)
- How small toy company littleBits is making big waves with young customers (Fast Company)
PBS was tops in the Daytime Emmy children’s categories with 44 nominations buoyed by Sesame Street’s 17 nods, while Nickelodeon followed closely behind with 36 nominations. Interestingly, of Cartoon Network’s 11 nominations, seven were for the recently cancelled Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Read on for a list of nominees in key categories.