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Licensing Agent Dream Theatre Ties up with Smiley CO, Mr. Maker and Oggy

Licensing Agent Dream Theatre Ties up with Smiley CO, Mr. Maker and Oggy

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Dream Theatre Pvt. Ltd., a brand management and licensing agency in India announced today that they have three major partnerships with Smiley CO, Mr Maker and Oggy and the Cockroaches. The strategic tie ups further consolidates Dream Theatre’s position in Entertainment and Lifestyle licensing. The Smiley CO tie-up, fortifies Dream Theatre’s Fashion and Lifestyle porfolio, The Mr Maker partnership allows Dream Theatre to take over  the Art n craft genre with the hugely popular show and  the Oggy partnership marks  the arrival of one of India’s most popular shows on Kids television on shelves in the coming months. Dream Theatre will represent the three brands in India and drive the strategy and licensing for them. The Smiley Co licensing programme is one of the foremost in the lifestyle
Nazara Games to invest USD 20 Million for eSports league in India

Nazara Games to invest USD 20 Million for eSports league in India

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India's premier mobile game publishing company Nazara Games announces the launch of an eSports league in India today. Being a key investor in the gaming ecosystem in India and internationally, Nazara Games plans to invest approx. Rs 136 crore (20 million USD) to develop the Indian eSports ecosystem over the next 5 years. The eSports venture will be a new company which is going to be a 100% owned subsidiary company of Nazara Technologies Pvt Ltd. Nazara Games is now committed to build the most vibrant and all-encompassing ecosystem for eSports in India, which can produce Indian teams capable of winning in global eSports competitions across different games. According to Nitish Mittersain, Founder & MD, Nazara Games, “eSports has become a cultural phenomenon in the last few years. Cou
Toonz Media and Sharmaji Productions Unveil First Preschool Series Uma and Devan Namaste

Toonz Media and Sharmaji Productions Unveil First Preschool Series Uma and Devan Namaste

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“Uma and Devan Namaste!” highlights how an Indian brother and sister navigate growing up in another country. Toonz Media Group has partnered with New York based Sharmaji Productions, LLC to produce a full season of Uma and Devan Namaste!, an animated children’s series that is the first of its kind. Targeting preschoolers, the show explores the daily lives of Indian-American siblings, Uma and Devan as they balance growing up in the U.S. while staying true to their Indian heritage. “Namaste,” a respectful greeting meaning “I bow to you,” conveys a message that recognizes and emphasizes the good in each individual – a central focus of the series. Each episode highlights important lessons that are universal to any culture, while incorporating aspects of Indian culture to help the children b
Turner announces new Southeast Asia Organization and new Regional Head

Turner announces new Southeast Asia Organization and new Regional Head

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Turner Asia Pacific has announced the establishment of a new Southeast Asia organization and appointment of a new regional lead to be based in Singapore. Vishal Dembla has been named Vice President and General Manager of Turner Southeast Asia. In this new role, he has been tasked with growing all of Turner’s commercial and channel operations within this increasingly important region, as well as the day-to-day management of its kids and entertainment businesses in Southeast Asia. “For the first time, we have aligned all our Southeast Asia efforts under one executive and these changes will enable Turner to better develop its growing business in this region,” commented Phil Nelson, Turner’s Managing Director of Southeast Asia Pacific and North Asia. “Vishal has been an integral member of
Jazwares announces YouTube content partnership with USP Studios

Jazwares announces YouTube content partnership with USP Studios

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Jazwares, LLC has announced a groundbreaking new partnership with USP Studios, one of the world's foremost creators of online animated content for kids. Through this strategic partnership, Jazwares has obtained the licensing rights for USP Studios original properties that air exclusively on YouTube. In addition, JazWings®, the innovative idea incubation arm of Jazwares, and USP Studios will develop animated content based on exciting new brands in the JazWings incubation program to air on YouTube. With billions of views and growing, animated shows by USP Studios are known by kids and parents worldwide. Jazwares and USP Studios, recognizing the way in which kids consume content, believe that products based on YouTube brands will play an increasingly large role in the toy industry in the
Hoho Entertainment commences production of ‘Shane the Chef’

Hoho Entertainment commences production of ‘Shane the Chef’

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Hoho Entertainment has commenced production on Shane the Chef, a new 52 x 11' animated pre-school series, it has announced. The series will be shown on Channel 5's Milkshake and will follow the foody adventures of an energetic chef, Shane and his young daughter Izzy. “We’ve very excited to be collaborating with Hoho Entertainment on Shane the Chef,” said Jon Rennie, Managing Director at Cloth Cat. “The fact that Hoho have decided to place all the animation work in Cardiff is a resounding vote of confidence in Cloth Cat and the talent and skills available in Wales.” Shane the Chef has received production funding from Creative Europe, and is supported by the Children’s Food Trust. Entirely produced in the UK, Shane the Chef is being animated by Cloth Cat Animation in Cardiff, with the
Interview: YouTube Pre-school Sensation ChuChu TV’s CEO & Creative Director, Vinoth Chandar

Interview: YouTube Pre-school Sensation ChuChu TV’s CEO & Creative Director, Vinoth Chandar

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ChuChu TV is the third most subscribed YouTube Channel in the country with 7.13 billion views. Many may not know what is ChuChu TV? It is the country’s most watched children’s rhymes channel. With the motto of ‘spreading goodness among children’, ChuChu TV has become the ‘to-go’ place for kids and their parents to educate and entertain them. The century old nursery rhymes have been given a positive twist thereby inculcating the good thoughts and habits among kids. With its vibrant touch and jazzy beats, they have been the daily endeavor of feeding and pacifying children. In an exclusive interview with Animation Digital Digest’s Leo Oommen, ChuChu TV CEO & Creative Director Vinoth Chandar talks about what inspired him to start ChuChu TV and his take on the licensing and merchandisin
eOne gears up for the retail launch of Peppa Pig in India

eOne gears up for the retail launch of Peppa Pig in India

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Entertainment One (eOne) today unveils plans for the retail launch of its global entertainment preschool property Peppa Pig in India, as the show begins to attract a new international audience. The award-winning TV series made a strong broadcast debut in the country in June 2016 on VOOT Kids, the VoD destination by Viacom18 for kids’ content in India. Peppa Pig has also just made its debut on Nickelodeon preschool Channel Nick Jr. India where it began to air on January 9th 2017. Building on the rising popularity of the show, eOne is readying the launch of Peppa Pig at retail and has signed the merchandizing and licensing division of Viacom18 - Viacom18 Consumer Products - to represent licensing rights for the brand across India and the Indian subcontinent. Viacom 18 recently rolled ou
Nickelodeon and Viacom plans for Undersea Resort in Asia

Nickelodeon and Viacom plans for Undersea Resort in Asia

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Viacom Media Networks first resort in Southeast Asia is slated to open in 2020 Viacom International Media Network (VIMN) is collaborating with Asian resort developer Coral World Park Undersea Resorts on a new Nickelodeon resort and attraction in the Philippines. The attraction will be part of Coral World Park Undersea, a 400-hectare development in the Philippine province of Coron, Palawan that is expected to open in several steps starting in 2018 and is described as the world’s first undersea attraction. Nickelodeon’s part of the resort is slated to open in 2020 and will consist of 70 hectares for accommodation and 30 hectares for the themed attraction. Inspired by some of Nickelodeon’s most popular properties, such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dora the E
Beauty and the Beast new poster and trailer revealed

Beauty and the Beast new poster and trailer revealed

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The new clips sees Emma Watson singing and meeting the beast, the new trailer was revealed at Golden Globe Awards Disney aired a special sneak peek of the live-action Beauty and the Beast during the Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday. The film, directed by Bill Condon, brings the classic fairy tale classic to life with Emma Watson as Belle, a young woman whose love for a monstrous beast (Dan Stevens) could break a curse placed upon a castle. Watson sings “Belle (Reprise)” in the below clip, which features a glimpse of her character meeting the titular Beast for the first time. Beauty and the Beast will be released in theaters on March 17.