Brand Licensing 

DHX Brands appoints PPW as licensing agent for Teletubbies in China

DHX Brands, the dedicated brand management and consumer products arm of DHX Media has appointed Promotional Partners Worldwide (PPW) as the licensing agent for Teletubbies in China. By driving expansion into China with the appointment of one of the region’s premier licensing agents, DHX Brands aims to tap into the enormous potential in the country for the Teletubbies consumer products programme. This follows the recent appointment of Candy Ho as Business Development Director for DHX Brands, establishing a base for the business from Hong Kong. Josh Scherba, EVP Distribution and…

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TV Series Licensing 

In a deal with iQIYI, DHX Media launches Teletubbies in China

By way of a deal with iQIYI, one of China’s most popular streaming platforms, DHX Media, the leading global children’s content and brands company has launched its new Teletubbies series in the country. iQIYI will deliver seasons one and two of the hit pre-school series to Chinese audiences via subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) and advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) services. While season one will premiere in the territory on June 1, season two will follow at a later date.  Till date, DHX Media has licensed more than 9,700 half-hours of content across numerous…

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Event News Uncategorized 

2017 Licensing Expo in a nutshell

An estimated 16,000 people attended this year’s Licensing Expo that was held from May 23 to 25 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas. The annual trade show brought together some of the world’s biggest and more influential brands along with manufacturers, licensees and retailers. According to authorities of the Licensing Expo, a number of exciting companies and leading brands joined the expanded line-up of new exhibitors at this year’s Expo. Among the exhibitors over 5,000 brand owners and agents participated in the Expo that included new exhibitors like Auldey…

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Apparel Licensing 

Sanrio teams up with US magazine Nylon to launch new street wear collection

Sanrio has teamed up with US magazine Nylon to launch a new Hello Kitty street wear collection. In short, the US magazine is launching a street wear line in partnership with Sanrio. Due to release on May 31st, the range boasts of jackets, shorts, t-shirts, skirts, body suits and tops all featuring the iconic Hello Kitty character. Several other classic Sanrio characters have also been depicted in these apparels including the angry penguin Badtz Maru, Little Twin Stars and Gudetama. First unveiled on Nylon’s Instagram page with a sneak preview…

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Institutional Licensing 

National Gallery ventures into Japan

JELC, the licensing agent of National Gallery has revealed the Gallery’s first international agency agreement that covers the Japanese market. “After months of work following our trip to Japan last July, we are delighted to be working with Copyrights Asia and look forward to building a very successful programme in Japan,” commented Judith Mather, director of buying and brand licensing at the National Gallery. The agreement, with respect to merchandising agent, Copyrights Asia, was signed at Licensing Expo, Las Vegas recently. This agreement has added significance for the National Gallery viz it…

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Movie Licensing 

Legendary has number of licensing partners under its wings

Legendary along with Universal Picture has joined forces with a number of licensing partners and agents to support the upcoming action film Pacific Rim Uprising that is scheduled to release in February next year. Firstly, Bandai has been taken on board to launch a line of highly articulated figures, die-cast and resin robot action figure sets, die-cast figurines and plastic model kits, all of which will represent characters from the film including various Mechs and Kaiju. Legendary has also partnered with Isaac Morris for a line of men’s and boys’ apparel including…

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Entertainment Licensing 

Universal Music India promotes Vinit Thakkar as sr. VP

Universal Music India has promoted Vinit Thakkar as senior vice president The head of Digital, Licensing and new Businesses in India, Thakkar, in his new role, will spearhead the iconic label EMI Records India – a sub-label of Universal Music Group (UMG) in association with Bollywood film director Mohit Suri. EMI Records India is a platform for discovering, nurturing and breaking talent into the Bollywood music industry. While reporting directly to Devraj Sanyal, MD & CEO, UMG, South Asia, Thakkar will also be taking up a greater role in operations…

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Toy Licensing 

Imports Dragon to launch a line of Ranger Rob toys in 2018

In Spring 2018 master toy licensee Imports Dragon will launch a line of Ranger Rob toys. Developed for pre-schoolers, the line will reflect the adventure and outdoor action of the show with vehicles, plush and small figures. The range will launch in Canada and key European territories, followed by a broader roll-out in the Fall. Presumably, this follows a go-ahead signal for season two of Ranger Rob comprising 14 new episodes that has come as a shot in the arm for Corus EntertainmentCorus Entertainment’s Nelvana that is already celebrating a successful first…

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Entertainment Licensing 

UMG in a deal with Tencent to distribute its music in China

Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s largest music company has entered into a huge licensing agreement that will see its music distributed in China by Tencent Music Entertainment Group on the streaming platforms viz QQ Music, KuGou and Kuwo. Making the announcement, UMG chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge said, “We’re looking forward to working with Tencent as we develop local Chinese artists and repertoire, as well as global stars,Select Files in this dynamic and expanding music market. With more than 80 years of history in China, UMG has been engaged in the unique evolution…

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Publishing 

Simon & Schuster renews publishing deal for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

Simon & Schuster has renewed its master publishing deal for The Fred Rogers Company’s Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood until 2022. The animated series is co-produced by New York’s Out of the Blue and Toronto’s 9 Story Media Group. The deal was brokered by Out of the Blue Enterprises. The particular licensing agent has also signed new licensing partners including Party City (party supplies) and Hallmark (Christmas ornaments) that will begin rolling out products this fall. Other new licenses include Church & Dwight Co. (toothbrush and orajel toothpaste, fall 2017), Fabric Traditions…

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