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Herschend Entertainment Studios appoints Alpha Group as global master toy partner for Chuggington animated series

Herschend Entertainment Studios™ (“HES”) announced that production has commenced on season six of their popular children’s series, Chuggington, and that Alpha Group has been appointed as the global master toy partner in a multi-year collaboration to deliver an innovative range of Chuggington toys to fans around the world.  The new season and toy line will debut in 2020. HES acquired Chuggington from Ludorum PLC in December 2018. Alpha Group, the leading toy and animation company in China with ten global offices and distribution to over 100 countries, will serve as…

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Global Licensing 

Lima adds two office bearers to its team

  The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) has added two new executives to its team in the form of Gisela Abrams who has been tapped as SVP of global partnerships and Sharon Weisman who has been named senior director of global business development. Weisman assumed her new role on January 2 while Abrams will join LIMA with effect from January 22. Both Abrams and Weisman will report to LIMA EVP Maura Regan. Abrams hails from Sesame Workshop, where she served as VP of international media business, Asia Pacific. In that role, she was…

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TV Series Licensing 

Rockpool Licensing to represent Jim Henson Company’s licensing and merchandising activities in the U.K.

The Jim Henson Company has appointed Vickie O’Malley’s Rockpool Licensing to represent the Company’s licensing and merchandising activities in the U.K. Initial pre-school brands that Rockpool Licensing will manage for The Jim Henson Company are the groundbreaking marine biology series Splash and Bubbles  which airs in the U.S. on PBS Kids; the CGI-animated Doozers , a Hulu Original for kids and the digital citizenship series for pre-schoolers Dot.  that currently airs in the U.S. on Universal Kids where it has been a top performing franchise since its debut. Additionally, all past episodes of Dot. stream exclusively on Hulu. Classic properties to be represented by Rockpool…

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TV Series Licensing 

Jim Henson Company signs raft of deals to deliver the original animated series Dot. across the world

The Jim Henson Company has signed several new deals with linear broadcasters around the world to deliver the original animated series Dot. based on the popular children’s picture book by New York Times best-selling author and tech expert Randi Zuckerberg, to more families across the globe. The new agreements complement recently announced deals with Piwi+ in France, and SVT in Sweden. Targeting children from ages four to seven, Dot. follows the hilarious adventures of the inquisitive and exuberant tech-savvy Dot. For a girl as curious and creative as she, there’s no better…

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Toy Licensing 

Jim Henson Company ties up with McFarlane Toys

With an aim to create figures of classic characters from two of Henson’s most well-known features namely Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal, the Jim Henson Company has partnered with McFarlane Toys which will rear it back to its roots of Movie Maniacs. Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, The Dark Crystal, directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz weaves a timeless myth of good and evil. Some time ago, The Dark Crystal, a source of balance and truth in the universe, was broken, dividing the world into two factions; the…

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