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News extra: More licensing news from this week

Including the reveal of the voice cast for the eagerly awaited The Tiger Who Came to Tea animation.

The Source rounds up more news from the licensing industry across the globe from the week.

The stellar voice cast for The Tiger Who Came to Tea – which is due to air on Channel 4 this Christmas – has been confirmed. Based on the classic children’s book by the late Judith Kerr OBE, the 30-minute animated film will aim to bring to life the vivid images and story. Benedict Cumberbatch, Tamsin Greig, David Oyelowo, David Walliams and Paul Whitehouse will portray the familiar characters of Daddy, Mummy, Tiger, Narrator and Milkman respectively, while seven year old Clara Ross makes her TV debut as Sophie. The Tiger Who Came to Tea – which has sold over five million copies since it was first published in 1968 – is published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, while the animation is produced by Lupus Films.

Science Division has created an app-enabled lifelike Tribble – complete with Klingon-seeking abilities – under licence from CBS Consumer Products. Debuting at the Star Trek Las Vegas 2019 convention (running until August 4), attendees will be able to interact with the furry characters, testing out the app. Science Division Tribbles come with three operating modes – At Ease, On Duty and Watchdog.

This year’s DreamToys event will take place on Wednesday November 13 at St Mary’s Church in Marylebone. The independent listing of the top toys for Christmas often includes a number of licensed ranges. Run by the Toy Retailers Association, the DreamToys list is selected by an independent panel of retailers and industry experts, based on individual products that are in general distribution when DreamToys launches.

Sony Creative Products has secured a new partnership with M&G Cultural Creative for French children’s book series and animation, Gaspard et Lisa. M&G will be the exclusive master licensee for Gaspard et Lisa in mainland China.

Maurizio Distefano Licensing – which manages worldwide rights for Italian stylist, Filippo Laterza – has revealed the launch of a new collection which is themed around Angry Birds. The collection includes gowns, skirts and dresses.

IconLogin, publisher of the patent-protected picture password lock screen apps, has introduced its newest guard dog, Jimmy the Bull, the bull terrier from artist Raphael Mantesso. Fans can now protect their Android devices with keypads featuring 12 images of the canine. The deal was secured by The Brand Liaison.

Mondo TV Iberoamérica – a division of Mondo TV – has confirmed the sale to Yes KidZ, an Israeli children’s channel, of series two of tween/teen comedy drama, Heidi Bienvenida.

One Animation has secured a number of new broadcast platforms for Oddbods and its newest animation, Antiks. The latter will be making its way onto ITV’s preschool line-up LittleBe, plus Kidoodle. Existing VOD partner, Toon Goggles, is also adding Antiks to its slate, as well as renewing Oddbods for a second year. Meanwhile, Oddbods and Rob the Robot are among One Animation’s titles launching on both HOOQ and iflix (Asia-based OTT media services), along with Kidoodle. Oddbods is also on US-based zone.ify TV.

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