After its successful launch, animated series Rainbow Ruby has secured a range of new global media partners. The show is produced by CJ E&M, in association with DHX Media, which handles television sales in the US, Canada & EMEA (excluding France); and China Entertainment, which handles television sales and L&M business in China. CPLG is handling the global licensing program (excluding Asia and Latin America). “We are thrilled with the positive response to Rainbow Ruby from both broadcasters and viewers,” said Dong Sig Shin, head of animation division at CJ E&M. “The series has been well received by our current broadcast partners and we look forward to announcing new global media partners throughout the year.” Rainbow Ruby is a 3D CGI preschool animation series that fol
Koko Rose Media and Empire Multimedia are launching art and lifestyle brand Deer Little Forest and Preschool brand Flora of the Forest at the Hong Kong Licensing Fair. Both the brands are created by illustrator and Koko Rose creative director Jo Rose. “Deer Little Forest and Flora of the Forest are whimsical brands that are a natural for merchandise and promotional licensing in SEA and Greater China,” said Hubert Co, President of Empire Multimedia. “The great artwork together with the timely back-to-nature and go-green themes will give products an added edge for 2017 and beyond. We know the best is yet to come!” With offices across Asia and over 30 years of experience, Empire Multimedia is one of the largest and most respected licensing agencies in the region, representing TV shows, vi
Luxury fashion company, Coach, has debuted its latest clothing and accessories collection inspired by the cartoon character, Felix the Cat. The brand’s licensing agent, CPLG, brokered the deal with Coach, which features a line of handbags, t-shirts and jewellery all featuring the classic cat. Dubbed, Coach X Felix The Cat, prices for the collection start from £115 and reach up to £850 for Coach’s signature Rogue handbag. Budding Felix fans can purchase each of the items online now and in store, as well as various retailers including Bloomingdales, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.
Animation series ‘Naruto’ and ‘One-Punch Man’ will expand with action figures and collectibles. Viz Media has signed on a number of licensees to further extend the consumer products program for its animated series “Naruto Shippuden” and “One-Punch Man.” New partners for “Naruto” include McFarlane Toys for action figures; Zag Toys for 2.5-inch collectible figures; and CTC Food International for instant ramen, Ramune soft drinks and do-it-yourself candies. The new “Naruto” products are scheduled to be released next year. Meanwhile, new licensees for “One-Punch Man” include Funko and ThreeZero. Under the terms of the agreement, Funko will add the series to its Pop! Vinyl and Dorbz ranges as well as develop a blind box series and other accessories. Finally, ThreeZero will create a 1/6-
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.
The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA), the global trade association for the licensing industry, held its first festive networking event in India on Thursday, December 08th at Opa! Bar & Café, Hotel Peninsula Grand, Mumbai. Over 25 delegates comprised of both LIMA members and non-members were in attendance. The LIMA India’s networking was an event with purpose; the professionals from the licensing industry got the opportunity network with different types of businesses, making the professionals, business leaders and entrepreneurs realize the importance of licensing for each business. Being Holiday season, the networking was made a fun-filled and relaxed sessions with educational games related to the licensing industry in India and discussion on “Growt
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 Disney, Star Wars and Marvel. “At The Walt Disney Company we like to push the boundaries by creating groundbreaking designs which blur the line between conventional products and art, taking creativity to a whole new level,” said Francesca Gianesin, EM
Animoca Brands and Mattel have teamed up to launch a new subscription based children’s learning app inspired by Thomas & Friends. Dubbed Thomas & Friends: Read & Play, the new app offers users a range of educational content activities in the form of an e-book. The app features well-known characters from Thomas the Tank Engine, Gordon, James, Percy and more, and is available for $4.99 a month. As part of the subscription, fans will be able to unlock content and weekly updates, plus a trail version is available free of charge. The app is available for fans to download now from the App Store and Google Play.