NBCUniversal changes track by continuing to overhaul its consumer product division

Reading Time: 2 minutes Post Views: 2,494 As DreamWorks completes its integration into the studio’s core business and widens an already rich portfolio, NBCUniversal is continuing to overhaul its consumer product division by changing the course it has been charting all along. In August, Universal Brand Development, the consumer product, games and digital and live entertainment arm of the studio’s ecosystem had announced two key appointments: Joe Lawandus, who joined last month as senior vice president and general manager, North America consumer products and Marc Low, who was elevated as senior vice president and…

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Masha and the Bear joins Universal Kids channel

Reading Time: < 1 minute Post Views: 11,616 Season three of Animaccord Animation Studio’s pre-school show Masha and the Bear has joined the new Universal Kids channel lineup with episodes started to air earlier this week on the NBCUniversal-owned channel. The first two seasons of the show recently premiered on Canadian pre-school network Treehouse, followed by Turner Broadcasting System scooping up rights for season three for Cartoon Network LatAm. Ink Group, the show’s distributor, also brought season three to Italy’s national public broadcaste, RAI and De Agostini. It also airs on France’s Canal Plus and France TV, Poland’s Puls TV,…

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Online registration for 19th Brand Licensing Europe goes underway

Reading Time: 2 minutes Post Views: 2,677 Online registration for the 19th Brand Licensing Europe (BLE) has gone underway. BLE is the largest and most prestigious licensing event in Europe. Organised by UBM and sponsored by the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA), it will take place from 10 to 12 October 2017 at Olympia London. Visitors to this year’s BLE will enjoy the brand new Gaming Activation area which will serve as an interactive space for demos and competitions and highlight the potential of gaming at retail, from concept to store. Among the…

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186 exhibitors confirm their participation in Brand Licensing Europe

Reading Time: 2 minutes Post Views: 1,753 With just under five months left for the Brand Licensing Europe to take place, the show’s organisers have announced that 186 exhibitors have already confirmed their participation. The number includes 22 first timers. This year, it will take place from 10-12 October 2017 at Olympia London. “We’re delighted to welcome all 22 new exhibitors to BLE 2017, especially as they represent such a wide spectrum of industry, from pre-school to visitor attractions, and from top flight sporting brands, to globally-known TV production companies,” commented Anna Knight, Brand…

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NBCUniversal Gets TV, Digital Rights For Harry Potter Franchise

Reading Time: < 1 minute Post Views: 4,882 NBCUniversal signed a massive deal with WB for exclusive TV rights of J.K Rowling’s wizarding world franchise and for Harry Potter Films The agreement will give NBCU on-air and digital rights to the Wizarding World properties and cable TV rights for the eight Harry Potter films. The agreement spans from 2018 to 2025, and could be one of the biggest movie franchise deals ever. Currently Disney holds rights to the Potter films, which collectively generated about US$7.7 billion in worldwide box office sales from 2001 to 2011. The move could help boost ratings…

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