Articles Tagged ‘Mattel’
Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Mattel are keeping their 15-year ongoing partnership alive under a new multi-year agreement that grants the toyco rights to continue as master toy licensee for the entire existing DC Comics character portfolio as well as for upcoming film and TV projects.
Fireman Sam episodes and merchandise will be available only on Amazon.com. But why did Mattel-owned IP owner HIT Entertainment and retail giant Amazon choose the hero of Pontypandy for this ground-breaking deal, and will this new business model catch fire?
Mattel, the world’s largest toy company, has created a new streamlined marketing and creative division that will span the company’s global portfolio of consumer brands, and former Barbie GM Richard Dickson will be leading the charge as chief brands officer.
Global sales currently make up roughly half of Mattel’s total annual revenue, and in looking to strengthen its presence in emerging markets throughout Asia, Europe and Latin America, Mattel has appointed company vet Tim Kilpin as EVP of international.
The multi-year partnership allows Universal to market and distribute packaged media and multi-platform digital content for hundreds of titles within HIT’s preschool portfolio.
Mattel is looking to liven up Barbie – quite literally. The iconic plastic fashion doll, which has seen continuously falling sales over the past year, is set to star in a live-action comedy movie from Sony Pictures Entertainment, Mattel and Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation.
The first quarter of 2014 brought net losses of US$11.2 million for Mattel, as the worlds largest toymaker saw Barbie sales drop 14%. Meanwhile, Barbie’s American Girl and Ever After High sisters continues to rise in popularity.
Mattel’s Playground Productions is taking World Wrestling Entertainment characters out of the ring in a new original stop-motion short-form series entitled WWE Slam City, which launches today in the US, Canada and the UK and is accompanied by a toy line of the same name.
Tepid Barbie, Fisher-Price and Hot Wheel sales contributed to a 6% drop in global sales at Mattel as the world’s largest toyco reported its fourth quarter 2013 and year-end financial results.