LA distributor Cinedigm has inked a deal with Chinese animation studio Fantawild to launch a new streaming service featuring thousands of hours of Fantawild’s series. Rolling out worldwide later this year across connected TVs, streaming devices and online, the untitled streamer will also host movies from the Boonie Bears franchise, which brings in more than US$400 million in toy and merchandise sales annually, according to Fantawild. Cinedigm will also distribute Fantawild’s content in North America to third-party OTT platforms.
London’s Moonbug has appointed MGA Entertainment as its worldwide licensing agent for preschool brand Little Baby Bum. Under the deal, MGA—the LA-based toyco behind L.O.L. Surprise!—will develop a consumer products program for the brand, manage licensees and work with physical and digital retailers to launch new products. Moonbug previously appointed MGA Entertainment-owned toymaker Little Tikes to serve as the exclusive master toy partner for the Little Baby Bum animated series.
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Channels the world over are showing love for 2D-animated series Love Monster from Boat Rocker, BBC and UYoung. New pubcasters to pick up the preschool show include CBC Gem (Canada), RTE (Ireland), YLE (Finland) and TVNZ (New Zealand). Linear TV platforms MBC (Middle East), Canal Panda (Spain) and free-to-air channel Viu TV (Hong Kong) have also acquired the 54 x seven-minute show, which has begun to roll out on these new networks this month. Based on a preschool book series, Love Monster revolves around a huggable hero and his friends who learn about different emotions while going on new adventures.
UYoung has picked up six family-friendly films for its preschool SVOD UKids. The animated movies from UK producer Magic Light Pictures include The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, Room on the Broom, Stick Man, The Highway Rat and Zog. Based on the preschool picture books written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the movies all originally debuted on BBC.
Video game maker Intellivision Entertainment has partnered with a number of IP owners and retailers for its upcoming Intellivision Amico (pictured) console. Originally scheduled to launch this October, Intellivision pushed back the family-skewing console’s release to April 2021.
New partners include Sesame Workshop, which will roll out a series of educational titles; Mattel, which will make a Hot Wheels racing game; and USAopoly, which will work with Intellivision to adapt the Telestrations and Blank Slate games for the console. Intellivision has also inked deals with retailers including Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy (Canada) and Koch Media (Europe) to distribute the console.
NBCUniversal is launching its DreamWorks channel across Sub-Saharan African through a deal with African pay-TV operator StarTimes. The 24-hour channel launched in more than 30 countries in the region on August 3, with shows such as Dragons: Race To The Edge, All Hail King Julien, The Adventures of Puss In Boots and Dinotrux. NBCU has started rolling out its channel to new international markets in recent months, including Singapore through a deal with local pay-TV provider Singtel.