Genius Brands International has appointed APC Kids as exclusive agent to handle content distribution for its pre-school series Rainbow Rangers throughout EMEA including Russia and ex-CIS countries. The series follows Earth’s First Responders, a group of girls who protect the environment with their unique personalities and powers. APC Kids is the children’s entertainment distribution arm of London-based boutique financier and distributor About Premium Content. The first season of the CGI-animated series is currently in production. The show is set to premiere in fall 2018 on Nick Jr. Genius Brands is developing a consumer products program scheduled to begin rolling out with retailers across the US in spring 2019. The CP initiative will be led by global master toy partner Mattel as w
California-based toy manufacturer Funrise has entered into a multi-year partnership to serve as global master toy partner for Paramount Pictures’ animated feature film Amusement Park. Funrise will create a line that includes figures, play sets, plush, role-play and collectibles. Amusement Park is slated for a March 2019 release in the US and Funrise’s products are set to roll out globally early next year. Produced by Paramount Animation, Nickelodeon Movies and Ilion Animation Studios, the 3D-animated adventure/comedy features a voice cast including Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, Mila Kunis, John Oliver and Jeffrey Tambor. Additionally, Paramount and Nickelodeon have announced an animated Amusement Park TV series is in development for 2020. In Septem
Playmates Toys has introduced its Mysticons toy line that is based on the new animated action series that airs on Nickelodeon. The line will include an assortment of flying creatures, plush, and role play items, and is available at select Toys “R” Us stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com and Amazon.com. The line will be available at additional retailers later this year. The Core Action Figure assortment features highly detailed and articulated 7-inch figures including the four warriors and other characters and villains from the animated series. Additional figure assortments include Magic Lights Talking Figures and a Griffin & Figure Assortments. Each figures also includes a Mysticons Topps trading card with unique codes to unlock quests in the Mysticons’ Digital App. Playmat
Funko has teamed up with candy dispenser company PEZ to create a line of dispensers featuring the toy company’s Pop! art style. Featuring Pop! heads on varying dispensers, the line will be available in the US and Canada in the first half of 2018. It will be sold by Funko with PEZ serving as the licensee. The dispensers will be sold in a collector window box meant for display and the characters will be announced in the coming months. In another development, Funko has launched another episode from its second season of animated shorts along with Marvel and A Large Evil Corporation that it bought out earlier this month.The newest short entitled Time to Unwind is available now on YouTube. The second season, that has in all eight episodes features Marvel superheroes and villains like Tho
Cartoon Network EMEA has shared details of its first ever dedicated online UK product store that offers fans the opportunity to create personalised products featuring the licensor’s diverse and colourful line-up of properties. To develop the site entitled Cartoon Network By Me, the network has teamed up with design agency, Watermelon. Customers can now choose from a wide selection of branded cross-category products including apparel, gifts, stationery, homewares and tech accessories that can be customised with a name or slogan. The site features product collections across Cartoon Network’s popular line of up of new and classic properties including Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, Adventure Time, The Amazing World of Gumball, Steven Universe and Dexter’s Laboratory. Graham Saltmarsh, Dir
Roblox has launched a new range of action figure toys that are available exclusively through Walmart’s website and retail locations. Created by Jazwares, the celebrity collection includes game packs and playsets inspired by top Roblox games like Top Roblox Runway Model and Neverland Lagoon. Additionally, each figure comes with a code for a virtual item that can be added to a player’s wardrobe on Roblox. Roblox’s consumer products push comes as the platform continues to grow in popularity, boasting more than 64 million active monthly players and 1.9 million independent developers. Gaming platform Roblox has launched a new range of action figure toys that are available exclusively through Walmart’s website and retail locations. Created by Jazwares, the celebrity collection includes gam
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has entered into a partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in order to launch a Merry Minions Holiday Program. The joint venture will celebrate the season along with the home entertainment release of the CG animated blockbuster Despicable Me 3. Under the Merry Minions Holiday Programme, the Boys & Girls Club members will engage in exciting Minion-themed activities designed to foster the values of friendship, teamwork, leadership and creativity. Participating clubs in select markets will include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas, Seattle and others will receive unique ‘Merry Minions’ holiday kits containing a variety of Despicable Me 3 party, baking and craft items to help spread the holiday cheer.
Lawless Entertainment has got into a strategic alliance with Global Management Partners, LLC (GMP), a unique consulting firm delivering number of services designed to create successful, branded programs and partnerships in retail. Lawless and GMP have aligned to provide their clients with a complete bundle of services to include all aspects of licensing and merchandising as well as retail partnerships. Each group brings their unique expertise and experiences in all of these areas to the partnership. These combined efforts will offer each of their clients the opportunity to achieve additional exposure worldwide. “We are extremely excited to partner with Cathy & her team at Lawless. This collaboration has opened the door to many new opportunities & allows both companies to en
Following a deal between Alibaba Entertainment Licensing and the French animation studio Molang, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is taking Millimages’ Molang IP further into China. Besides, serving as the exclusive agent for online and offline sales of Molang goods in Mainland China, Alibaba will become the brand’s non-exclusive agent in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao. Marking the first European IP for Alibaba Entertainment Licensing, Molang has more than 150 global licensees including master toy partner Jazwares in North America and TOMY in Europe and Australia. Millimages’ short-form Molang TV series has been sold to more than 220 countries, and is currently in its fourth season. The toon follows Molang the joyful rabbit and his best friend, who is a shy emotional chick named PiuPiu.
According to sources, Nintendo is in the final stages of talks with Minions animation studio Illumination to secure a license to create an animated Super Mario Bros. movie. Reportedly, the two companies have been in talks for a year with Nintendo confirming to be involved with the creative process as well as the series' creator Shigeru Miyamoto who in all probability will serve as a producer of the film. Illumination's Mac Guff studio in Paris that has been responsible for the Despicable Me series of films has started development of the film with the release date yet unconfirmed. Nintendo has already been in talks with Sony to produce the film, but Universal's Illumination studio is undoubtedly a more logical fit given that the corporation is already in the process of making a Super M...