Retail Retail Licensing 

Genius Brands International apppoints studio veteran Jeff Shapiro as VP of Retail Development

Reading Time: < 1 minute Post Views: 1,962 Genius Brands International, Inc. “Genius Brands” (Nasdaq:GNUS) has announced the appointment of licensing industry veteran Jeff Shapiro as Vice President of Retail Development. The announcement was made by Genius Brands’ SVP of Global Consumer Products, Lloyd Mintz, to whom he will directly report. Shapiro, who has held positions at Warner Bros. Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and The Walt Disney Company, will work closely with Mintz to build retail partnerships and programs for each of the company’s brands, including Rainbow Rangers, airing on Nick Jr.…

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Sports 

Sinclair Broadcast Group to acquire 21 regional sports networks from Disney

Reading Time: 3 minutes Post Views: 1,379 Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc and The Walt Disney Company announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Sinclair will acquire the equity interests in 21 Regional Sports Networks and Fox College Sports, which were acquired by Disney in its acquisition of Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. The transaction ascribes a total enterprise value to the RSNs equal to $10.6 billion, reflecting a purchase price of $9.6 billion, after adjusting for minority equity interests. Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the…

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Character & Entertainment Collaborations Music 

Disney closes $71 bln 21st Century Fox Deal

Reading Time: 2 minutes Post Views: 1,724 The Walt Disney Company has closed the deal on its $71 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox. “This is an extraordinary and historic moment for us—one that will create significant long-term value for our company and our shareholders,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “Combining Disney’s and 21st Century Fox’s wealth of creative content and proven talent creates the preeminent global entertainment company, well positioned to lead in an incredibly dynamic and transformative era.” The acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s…

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Corporate Brand People 

Walt Disney reorganizes consumer product division, initiates executive moves

Reading Time: 2 minutes Post Views: 3,111 The Walt Disney Company has announced a strategic reorganization to its business model, with immediate effect. The Walt Disney will now operate across four segments: Direct-to-Consumer and International Combined Parks Experiences and Consumer Products Media Networks and Studio Entertainment Furthermore, the corporate restructuring process has initiated a number of executive rearrangement. According to a report in the Licensemag, Bob Chapek, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, will now take on the role of chairman of the new Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products business segment. In his new…

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People 

Successor to Bob Iger almost certain!

Reading Time: 2 minutes Post Views: 3,445 Amid a flurry of rumors that Disney current chairman and chairman Bob Iger has finally found a successor to him when he relinquishes office in July 2019, sources familiar with the company are of the say that it would be Bob Chapek, currently chairman of the company’s Parks & Resorts division who will succeed him. The rumors of Chapek’s appointment come on the heels of Disney’s fiscal year-end earnings in which only Chapek’s Parks & Resorts division posted gains in both sales and operating income. While no…

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Toy Licensing 

Toy State partners with The Walt Disney Company

Reading Time: < 1 minute Post Views: 3,333 Toy State has partnered with The Walt Disney Company to develop products based on Marvel Comics superheroes. The Norwood, Massachusetts-based toy company that specialises in lights and sound and radio-controlled vehicles has been granted rights to expand its fleet with characters from the Marvel Universe including Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America and Rocket Raccoon. The company’s initial offerings, set to hit US retail this fall, will feature motorized vehicles with realistic sounds and lights, as well as all-terrain vehicles. Toy State is not unknown to superheroes.…

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Apparel Licensing Character & Entertainment Fashion Licensing 

Yoox and Disney join forces to launch online fashion and lifestyle store

Reading Time: 2 minutes Post Views: 6,231 Yoox has partnered with Disney on a new online lifestyle and fashion store featuring the latest designer collaborations inspired by The Walt Disney Company, Disney Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel. Items for men, women and kids on the site include sweaters by Kenzo, sweaters and t-shirts by Markus Lupfer, handbags by Olympia Le-Tan, luggage by American Tourister, sneakers by Superga, accessories by Codello and notebooks by Moleskine to name a few. As well as the products the store features dedicated editorial content to celebrate the worlds of…

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