Friday, September 22

Tag: China

China’s Magic Mall to make animated preschool series

China’s Magic Mall to make animated preschool series

Animation
        Putting together Chinese heritage with British humour, China’s Magic Mall, Beijing and Cardiff-based Cloth Cat are making their new 52 x 11-minute series Luo Bao Bei in an animated preschool series. The upcoming series is based on a little girl character created by Magic Mall general manager Grace Tian in 2008. Since then, LBB, as she’s known, has become popular as a Beijing city spokesperson and road safety icon involved in community outreach programs. Currently under production, Luo Bao Bei is set to make its Mandarin debut in China this spring before rolling out internationally in English. Cloth Cat happened to get in touch with Magic Mall owner DaYe TransMedia in spring last year. It was then when producer Alex Chien was looking for UK talent to hir
Mattel expands toy partnership with Alibaba

Mattel expands toy partnership with Alibaba

Licensing
Mattel and the Alibaba Group have inked a new strategic partnership that will aim to “re-shape the way parents in China think about play.” Under the terms of the agreement, Alibaba will help Mattel meet the growing and changing needs of Chinese consumers with an omni-channel approach spanning online-to-offline. Mattel will also utilize Alibaba’s business-to-consumer marketplace Tmall.com to market and sell its products as well as leverage the company’s media ecosystem to develop and promote educational content inspired by its brands and characters. "Play has a tremendous impact on a child's cognitive, social and emotional growth," says Margo Georgiadis, chief executive officer, Mattel. "By combining Mattel's unmatched expertise in childhood learning and development, with Alibaba's imme
TeamTO’s Yellowbird Flies to China

TeamTO’s Yellowbird Flies to China

Animation, Headlines, Licensing
TeamTO makes a distribution agreement with Taikong Works for Yellowbird Leading European CGI studio TeamTO announced distribution agreement with Taikong Works for all rights to its theatrical feature film Yellowbird in China. The maverick deal is the first to come from TeamTO’s Beijing office established in June 2016. The agreement will see Taikong Works distribute Yellowbird throughout China across all platforms including cinemas, digital media and traditional broadcast; A theatrical release is planned for Chinese New Year (January 2017). Taikong Works – a strong brand and licensing entity in China - will also roll out ancillary rights and promotions alongside the film release. “Our partnership with TeamTO represents our belief in the massive potential of the Chinese film marke
Mattel unveils first third-party consumer products licensing partnership in China

Mattel unveils first third-party consumer products licensing partnership in China

Headlines, Licensing
Mattel and Silvergate Media announce new partnership for popular animated series Octonauts franchise - the first third-party brand consumer products program to be managed by Mattel in China. Mattel will showcase this Octonauts partnership alongside other exciting new collaborations as part of its exhibition at the China Licensing Expo in Shanghai, from October 19-21. Peter Broegger, Managing Director, Mattel Asia Pacific said,“We are very excited about taking our partnership with Silvergate to the next level. By managing the Octonauts toy line and consumer products in China, Mattel is truly consumer first.  This consumer focused lens helps us better deliver on this franchise’s value proposition – teaching and inspiring deep sea adventures and inviting children to become underwater ad

Nick Ties Hands with Toys “R” us Europe for TMNT partnership…

Animation, Headlines, Licensing
In collaboration with the summer theatrical release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Nickelodeon and Toys “R” Us Europe will roll out its strong consumer products program that is themed on the anthropomorphic reptiles.  Specifically in-store boutiques, digital experiences and exclusive sweepstakes competitions are among the spotlight of the program that will reach Toys “R” Us countries and continents spanning UK, Spain, Portugal, France and Poland. Some other highlight will include in-store meet-and-greets with Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael, a Turtles takeover on the Toys “R” Us Europe e-commerce site and social channels, a new MEGA Bloks range, plus exclusive new Turtles products from Playmates Toys, including a TMNT Movie Mask that is being stocked c

Smiley World and C&A combine for a DTR deal

Licensing, Merchandise
Smiley World reveals its partnership with retailer C&A as part of a new direct-to-retail (DTR) deal This new collaboration will see Smiley launch a range of apparels designed for kids, men and women; and will include t-shirts, sweatpants, denim, dresses, footwear and different accessories. The collection is available in C&A stores covering whole of China and features Smiley prints along with bold summer colors.

Minecraft set foot in China

Gaming, Headlines
 With mobile gaming stalwarts getting unified, Chinese markets are about to feel some smart touch to their mobile games… The trio forces in mobile gaming circuit – Mircosoft, NetEase and Mojang team up to develop PC and mobile versions of the game. Minecraft heads to China following a fresh deal between Microsoft and software publisher NetEase. (more…)

Apple Boss-Cook embarks on his first official visit to India

People
The Head of tech giant- Apple CEO, Tim Cook’s first official visit is a sign of things to unfurl; His visit will mark the inauguration of the Apple’s Hyderabad facility and likely announcement of a manufacturing unit in India... Cook’s visit is against the backdrop of India’s refusal to Apple’s request to import and sell refurbished iPhones and a slip in sales of iPhones across India. Cook will be indulging in business talks with political stalwarts from around the corners of the country which Includes Prime Minister, Modi, Telagana CM, Chandrashekhar Rao and IT Minsiter, KT Rama Rao in Hyderabad. (more…)