TV & Films 

Disney unveils release date for three films

The Walt Disney Studios has unveiled its upcoming slate following the recent acquisition of the Fox film studios, including changes to previously dated films and a number of major additions. The Walt Disney Studios’ 2019 summer slate includes Disney’s Aladdin on May 24, Fox’s Dark Phoenix on June 7, Pixar’s Toy Story 4 on June 21, Fox’s Stuber on July 12 and Disney’s The Lion King on July 19. Fox 2000’s The Art of Racing in the Rain moves up to August 9, and Fox Searchlight’s Ready or Not will…

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Corporate Brand 

Disney+ set to launch in US market on November 12

The Walt Disney Company presented an extensive overview of its comprehensive direct-to-consumer strategy, including presentations on Hulu, Hotstar, ESPN+, and the upcoming Disney+ service at its highly-anticipated Investor Day, which took place on the Company’s studio lot. “Disney+ marks a bold step forward in an exciting new era for our company – one in which consumers will have a direct connection to the incredible array of creative content that is The Walt Disney Company’s hallmark. We are confident that the combination of our unrivaled storytelling, beloved brands, iconic franchises, and…

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Character & Entertainment Collaborations 

Kong Studio’s announces second collaboration with IMAX

Kong Studio announced its second collaboration with IMAX, this time creating a digital animation spot to support the IMAX release of superhero origin film, “Shazam!” from Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema. The latest IMAX spot for ‘Shazam!’ was produced in collaboration with IMAX from Kong’s new East London studio in Walthamstow with sound design by Father Ltd. Traditionally animated using TV Paint and comped in After Effects, the style of the spot draws directly from the film’s origin and used classic comic book half tone and action effects. The…

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Game Licensing 

Zynga, Disney join forces to create new ‘Star Wars’ mobile game

Social game developer Zynga signed a multi-year licensing deal with Disney. As per the association, Zynga will develop and publish a new free-to-play Star Wars mobile game. “Star Wars is one of the most iconic franchises in the world and has engaged generations of fans for decades,” said Frank Gibeau, chief executive officer, Zynga. According to a report in the License Global, Zynga will also assume operation of “Star Wars: Commander,” a game developed by Disney that launched in 2014. “The opportunity with Zynga is the latest step in our…

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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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Accessories Licensing Character Licensing 

Invicta unveils Star Wars designer watches

Invicta and Sideshow Collectibles have partnered to produce a line of watches that re-imagine characters from the sci-fi franchise “Star Wars”. Boba Fett, C-3PO, R2-D2, Darth Vader, and a stormtrooper are all available as stainless-steel wrist watches. Inspired by the sci-fi characters, each product borrows design elements from its namesake characters. The back of each watch is branded with the character’s name, face, and the Star Wars logo. Check out the pictures here: According to media reports, these silicone bands watches are priced for $299 a piece or spring for…

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Character & Entertainment Know-How TV & Films 

FREAKY FRIDAY– Grab your lightsabers Jedis! Star Wars Day has arrived: A complete low-down

“May the force be with you” – Yes! You read it right Jedis! Get ready to grab your lightsabers and channel the force as Star Wars Day has arrived. Star Wars Day is celebrated on May 4 with millions of fans and followers celebrating around the globe. Star Wars is probably one of the first film franchises to become a part of modern pop-culture. The characters of Luke, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, Yoda and many others had a huge impact on the audience and continue to be relevant…

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Character Licensing Merchandise Licensing Retail 

Disney & Me stores make their India debut, courtesy DLF Brands

When it comes to reshaping the Indian licensing industry, Disney always remain the front runner. Disney & Me stores, catering to lovers of Disney, Marvel and Star Wars merchandise, have opened up in India courtesy DLF Brands. DLF Brands announced the opening of two Disney & Me stores in Noida and Gurugram through a licensing arrangement with Disney Consumer Products in India. The stores are located in Mall of India in Noida and Ambience Mall in Gurugram, according to the official statement. Abhishek Maheshwari, Country Head, Disney India, the introduction…

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Merchandise Licensing 

Lucasfilm unveils ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ merchandises. Pictures inside

After dropping the trailer of Solo on April 9, Lucas Film has unveiled the first wave of Solo: A Star Wars Story merchandise. Starting April 13, most of these items will be available for purchase and will be available for pre-order at Walmart, Amazon and the online Disney store. Check out the trailer here: The cross-category assortment includes action figures from the movie, role-play products, apparel and more that take inspiration from the upcoming movie, with comic and book titles launching in May. The biggest launch will be LEGO’s new…

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Entertainment Licensing Institutional Licensing 

Disney signs exclusive content deal with Hotstar

Star India has signed a multi-year exclusive partnership with Disney India to showcase the studio’s blockbuster movies on the premium version of its video streaming services Hotstar premium. Hotstar has now announced a new studio partnership with Disney India to dramatically augment its Premium service. It has inked a multi-year SVOD deal with Disney India to showcase the studio’s biggest hits exclusively on Hotstar Premium in India which includes movies like Lucasfilm Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney’s The Jungle Book and Moana, Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War and Doctor…

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