Casio Computer Co., Ltd. announced today the release of the latest addition to the BABY-Gline of shock-resistant watches for women, based on the concept of Tough and Cool. The BA-120KT watch is a collaboration model with Hello Kitty, the iconic character with a worldwide following. The new BA-120KT is based on the popular BA-120 Series, known for its multiple color variations. The collaboration model features styling inspired by the graffiti art that first rose to popularity in the 1970s, when Hello Kitty was created. The dial and band are patterned with graffiti BABY-G and Hello Kitty tags, and the character's distinctive ribbon is printed on the dial. The hour and minute hands feature red highlights that are the same color as the ribbon, further enhancing the Hello Kitty theme. To ...
Animation studio Toonbox has appointed Maurizio Distefano Licensing to serve as the Italian licensing agent for its preschool series “Kit^n^Kate.” Maurizio Distefano Licensing will now work to secure partners across a variety of children’s categories. The expanded licensing program will also be supported by Rovio Entertainment, which acts as master consumer products licensee for the brand worldwide. “We are extremely pleased to be announcing our co-operation with Maurizio Distefano in Italy on ‘Kit^n^Kate,’” says Pavel Muntyan, chief executive officer, Toonbox. “MD Licensing believed in our brand in the early stages of its success and expressed eagerness to work with us and develop the brand together. We believe that the record of success that Maurizio and his team can boast with so ma
Clothing retailer Gap launches their first This collection includes apparel and accessories for both adults and children, including toddlers and babies. Price points range from $5.00 for socks, $16.95 for bodysuits, $24.95 for graphic tees, $39.95 for dresses, $44.95 for sweaters and $59.95 for jackets. The first collection takes inspiration from Mickey and Minnie Mouse, with a second range focusing on Dumbo set to launch December 26th. A third line will also drop throughout 2017, which will feature other popular Disney characters. These items are now available in Gap locations globally and online.
Lawless Entertainment announced the conclusion of a deal with Card.com for the popular children's property, "Eddie is a Yeti." Card.com will develop; promote licensed re-loadable GPR Debit and Credit cards worldwide in the deal. CARD.com is a licensed, financial services program that uses branded content to issue licensed re-loadable GPR Debit and Credit cards to customers and consumers, via geo-targeted marketing through assorted social media channels. Lawless Entertainment worked closely with Linda Castillon, Senior Vice President of Licensing at Card.com, and she is thrilled to see this deal come together. "Eddie is a Yeti" – Toon Goggles' first entry into original content and merchandising – is an exciting new property targeted to children ages 4-7. This dynamic 3D animated, short
Moleskine, A company well-known for its planners, journals and notebooks, along with Sanrio launched their second wave of Hello Kitty Notebooks. The new notebooks arrive as an extension of an alliance formed in 2014. Keeping Sanrio’s philosophy “Small gift, Big Smile” in mind, the notebooks feature a special set of stickers inside and graphics that continue on the endpapers. The new launch of two pocket sized notebooks and two large ruled hardcover notebooks arrives as an extension of an alliance formed back in 2014. The small notebooks retail at £14.95 and the large notebooks at £19.95. They are available from Moleskine’s online and physical stores, as well as select retailers.
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts announced new world-class attractions and experiences, including two new areas based on Frozen and Marvel, are part of a proposed multi-year expansion for Hong Kong Disneyland from 2018–2023. “This proposed expansion brings the best of The Walt Disney Company to this wonderful tourist destination, giving guests an experience only Disney can deliver and infusing some of Disney’s most beloved characters and stories into this unique destination,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. It all starts with one of the most popular Super Hero franchises in history. The Marvel universe will continue to grow even after Iron Man Experience – Hong Kong Disneyland’s first Marvel-themed ride – opens on January 11. An exciting new Frozen-themed land
Disney has unveiled its first line up of consumer products based on its upcoming animated movie Moana. The studio has detailed a collection of toy lines from the likes of Hasbro, Jakks Pacific and Posh Paws, as well as published titles and puzzles. Hasbro leads the charge with the Musical Moana of Oceania, while Jakks Pacific introduces Moana’s Magical Necklace. Posh Paws adds to the lineup with its line of Kakamora Soft Toys, while Parragon Books and Ravensburger complete the initial roll out with the Moana Movie Collection Storybook and a line of puzzles. The new collection will launch in Disney Stores across the UK, where it will feature alongside a range of figurine sets, soft toys and costumes. The upcoming movie follows the adventures of Moana, who leaves her island to embark
PJ Masks UK Retail Launch Poised for February 2017 Entertainment One (eOne) announced its first raft of UK licensing partners for its hit preschool animated superhero TV show, PJ Masks. PJ Masks launched on Disney Junior channel in the UK during February 2016 and is already proving to be a hit with both girls and boys aged 3-6 years. The show consistently features in the channel’s top 5 rated series and as a result, Disney Junior has increased PJ Masks airtime to multiple prime-slots daily Monday through to Sunday. Now, to meet the growing consumer demand in the UK, eOne is currently gearing up to the launch of the market’s PJ Masks licensing programme, targeting boys aged 4-6 years. The roll out will be spearheaded by Flair's Just Play division, which will distribute the brand’s mast
Mattel has secured the master toy license for the hit CGI-animated series ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks from Bagdasarian Productions, in collaboration with Technicolor Animation Productions. A full line of toys, including role play, music items, articulated figures, playsets, R/C vehicles, plush and feature plush, will launch through a Toys “R” Us exclusive in the US. The deal was signed by PGS Entertainment, which reps ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks worldwide, save France (M6). Following successful launches on Nickelodeon’s international channels in 2015, the kidsnet bowed the first season of ALVINNN!!! in the US this past August, where it quickly became a top-rated program. The M6-commissioned series also airs in North America on TéléQuébec (French Canada) and Teletoon (English Canada
In a period of uncertainty involving new CRTC broadcast regulations and the recent loss of its Disney license to Toronto’s Corus Entertainment, Canada’s DHX Media posted record Q3 fiscal results driven by its digital distribution business. The entertainment company generated US$71.61 million in revenues this quarter, an increase of 195% from US$24.29 million for Q3 2014. Of that 195%, distribution growth accounts for 71%, subscription revenues from last year’s purchase of the Astral Media channels (now DHX Television) makes up 70%, while proprietary production (31%), merchandising and licensing (12%), and producer and service fee revenue (9%) round out the numbers. (more…)