Corporate Brand 

Disney and Fox Shareholders approve merger, likely to be completed in first half of 2019

Shareholders of 21st Century Fox and Disney have approved Disney’s $71.3 billion buyout of Fox’s assets. Shareholders gathered on July 27 at the New York Hilton for separate meetings to vote on the historic transaction that the companies announced in December. Gerson Zweifach, general counsel of 21st Century Fox, told Fox shareholders the merger is expected to be completed in the first half of 2019. Disney said 99% of shareholders approved the company’s acquisition of Fox assets, a historic tie-up that will alter the Hollywood landscape. The Disney gathering was…

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Character Licensing Movie Licensing 

#SuperSaturday: Are you a Potterhead? Visit these Harry Potter-themed restaurants before you die!

If you are a Potterhead and want to live in a magical world, then there are plenty of reasons to travel! If you want to eat and drink surrounded by a magical ambiance, there are a few stops you should make. Who knew magic could taste so good? Harry Potter has become such a well-recognized and beloved story, people are starting to branch out and making it a part of their own brand. These Harry Potter-themed restaurants will satiate all your magical needs: From a wrinkled Sorting Hat to elaborate…

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Character Licensing Merchandise Licensing 

‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ theme-park to unveil at Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort has revealed the name of its latest attraction, Ant-Man, and the Wasp: Nano Battle! The attraction will debut in 2019 as the park continues the multi-year expansion of the Hong Kong resort. In May, the park premiered “Moana: A Homecoming Celebration,” a live show based on the film Moana and the first of its expansion projects. The Ant-Man-inspired attraction will feature images from the film as well as a unique storyline that will allow guests to engage in a heroic battle alongside Ant-Man and The Wasp…

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Celebrity Licensing Fashion Licensing Know-How 

FREAKY FRIDAY: Meet these ‘Under 40’ richest self-made power women in US

Meet these ‘Under 40’ richest self-made power women in US Gone are those days, when women used to do household chores and men used to earn to take care of the family. With advancements, women have become more powerful in shaping the course of history with their intelligence, strength, passion, and leadership qualities. Recently, financial magazine Forbes has released their list of American female self-made women. A total of 60 women are featured on the list with popular names such as Oprah Winfrey and Celine Dion, including two Indian-origin technology…

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Celebrity Licensing Collaborations Toys & Games 

Yoozoo Games collaborates with Sunny Leone for a mobile game

Celebrities never sighed away from limelight and partnerships, and the latest to join the bandwagon is Bollywood actress Sunny Leone. If a report in the Economic Times is to be believed, Chinese gaming giant Yoozoo Games (previously Youzu Interactive) has inked a three-year collaboration with Sunny Leone and Mumbai-based game development studio Gamiana for a mobile game. The game is slated to be launched worldwide by the end of this year. The main objective of the firm is to capture gamers in Tier-2 and tier-3 markets in India. The company…

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Corporate Brand Toys & Games 

Mattel Q2 Earnings: Sales down 14%, Barbie and Hot Wheels show growth

Mattel Inc reported second quarter 2018 financial results, posting a 14 per cent fall in its second quarter sales revenue. “Mattel is a company with great potential. We see a lot of opportunities, but there has been a big discrepancy between our financial performance over the last few years and where the company should be,” said Ynon Kreiz, Chairman, and CEO of Mattel. For the second quarter of 2018, net sales were down 14% as reported and in constant currency, versus the prior year’s second quarter. Gross sales were down…

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Accessories Licensing 

Vint & York launches limited-edition ‘Smithsonian’ themed eyewear collection

New York-based Vint & York has associated with Smithsonian to create four limited-edition frames. The exclusive collection is inspired by the Smithsonian’s historical artifacts from the 1920s-1960s. Titled as the “Time Capsule”, the collection will include both sunglasses and eyeglasses crafted in high-quality acetates with metal detailing, as reported by the License Global. “We were not only inspired by the allure of nostalgia, but by the character of these objects. The Smithsonian has some of the most iconic cultural pieces, a vast collection of historical touchstones and rare oddities. It…

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Accessories Licensing Apparel Licensing Movie Licensing 

Heroes & Villains launches ‘Star Wars’ themed apparel, accessories collection

Fans can now dive even deeper into one of the world’s most iconic pop-culture! Lucasfilm and Heroes & Villains, the Bioworld-owned apparel and accessories manufacturer, are launching a line of Star Wars apparel and accessories. The Star Wars collection is inspired by the iconic Battle of Endor in the film Return of the Jedi.  “Our collection embodies bold, daring designs that redefine personal expression. The Battle of Endor is a fan favorite and allowed us to create a range of functional clothing and accessories we hope all Star Wars fans will appreciate,” said Doug Johnson, creative director,…

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Merchandise Licensing 

Nickelodeon to open its largest indoor theme park in China

Viacom International Media Networks Asia unit has signed a deal for a Nickelodeon indoor theme park in China. The Mall of China attraction will include SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, the PAW Patrol gang, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and other 29 attractions. The park will co-develop with the Mall of China, Jiayuan Group, China Creation Group and Triple Five Group. The theme park will also include Asia’s first tilting drop tower and the TMNT launch coaster, which will be the highest, fastest and longest indoor roller-coaster in the…

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E-Commerce Merchandise Licensing Retail 

POPxo launches its ecommerce portal to sell private label merchandise

The Delhi-based women-focused digital content platform POPxo has announced the launch of its e-commerce platform ‘POPxo Shop’ to sell private label merchandise. The platform known for its stories, videos and social media content about fashion and women, has forayed into the world of retail with products that are designed to appeal to the millennial audience including mugs, phone covers, bags among others. The eCommerce vertical went live last week, showcases products such as phone covers, notebook, laptop sleeves, coffee mugs, tote bags, multi-purpose pouches and cushion covers, among others. POPxo…

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