Including BBC Worldwide bolstering the Doctor Who brand with new licensees.
The Source rounds up more news from the licensing industry across the globe from the week.
BBC Worldwide has welcomed a raft of new licensees for the Doctor Who brand. Kokomo Studio is developing a Doctor Who line of men’s health and skincare gifting products for 2018, including shower gel, soaps and shampoos inspired by the brand. Meanwhile, Brand Alliance has secured a three-year deal for daywear for autumn/winter 2017, including t-shirts and leisurewear featuring artwork from the current show, Classic Doctor Who and the wider Doctor Who Universe. BBCWW is also working with Finsbury Foods on a Doctor Who celebration cake for autumn/winter, which will be a 3D version of the TARDIS.
Cartoon Network has opened the doors of The Powerpuff Girls Emporium pop-up in London’s Soho. The three day experience – which runs from June 1-3 – was unveiled by singer and presenter Alesha Dixon.
M&Co stores across the UK have welcomed the new JCB Kids spring/summer range. Designed by Fashion UK, this is the third season of JCB Kids branded clothing and it is supported by 80 full window displays. The summer range consists of t-shirts, shorts, trousers, socks, underwear, nightwear and footwear.
Dot to Dot Productions‘ preschool show School of Roars is to enter the DVD market, courtesy of Precision Pictures. On top of this, Hachette has secured a book deal for the brand, which regularly features in the top ten rated programmes on CBeebies. Elsewhere, licensing interest around Art Ninja, which airs on CBBC, is growing, with a publishing deal close to being finalised and a major store chain ready to sign up for a range of art packs featuring the brand.
Toy State has joined forces with The Walt Disney Company to develop products based on the Marvel Comics franchise. The company will create ‘action packed’ licensed vehicles with key superheroes, with the debut collection featuring Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America and Rocket Raccoon among others.
David Martin is to join licensee Posh Paws as its new managing director. David will replace Barry Groves, who left the company at the end of last year, and will begin his new role towards the end of July.
DHX Brands and Dentsu Entertainment USA have appointed JAKKS Pacific as worldwide master toy licensee for new animated series Mega Man.
Acamar Films has appointed two new licensing agents to represent its Bing property in multiple key territories. ELC Europe will lead the licensing programme in Poland, while Mediogen will handle all licensing in Israel.
McFarlane Toys has secured a deal with CBS Consumer Products to create figures, role-play weapons and accessories for the new Star Trek: Discovery TV series. In addition, the company will also create merchandise from the entire Star Trek universe, ranging from the classic original TV series through to the films.
Giochi Preziosi’s licensing division has reported a successful start to the licensing programme for its new property, Glimmies. With an estimated €45 million in global retail sales for the toy line in its debut year, Lisle Licensing is also on board as the UK and Ireland agent. Partners are on board across publishing, apparel and magazines, with merchandise beginning to roll out from autumn/winter 2017.
American Greetings Entertainment has welcomed Funko as the first licensing partner for Buddy Thunderstruck, its new Netflix Original series.
Brandgenuity is to build a licensing programme for the forthcoming Carmen Sandiego series reboot, which is due to air on Netflix in 2019. 20 episodes have been commissioned of the series, which will feature Gina Rodriguez as the voice of the red-coated, fedora-wearing super thief.
Mondo TV Iberoamerica has secured a publishing deal with Panini to bring the Heidi, Bienvenida a Casa brand and characters to publications in Europe and Latin America.