News extra: More licensing news from this week

Including Queen guitarist Brian May officially unboxing the new Monopoly: Queen Edition.

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

Legendary Queen guitarist Brian May has posted a special unboxing video of him experiencing the new Monopoly: Queen Edition to the band’s 28 million+ fans on Facebook. The game takes players on a journey through the band’s live career – from London’s club scene through to Wembley Stadium. Bravado worked with Winning Moves on the game, with Brian being integral to its development. Further in-depth video content will be posted soon.

A host of green fingered celebrities helped Igglepiggle and Upsy Daisy celebrate In the Night Garden‘s tenth anniversary at the Family Gardening Show at RHS Wisley last weekend. The show featured a special ITNG zone, where children could engage in themed activities such as decorating plant pots, Upsy Daisy yoga sessions, musical activities and sensory story time sessions. The activities complemented the existing In the Night Garden branded trails that are running at all RHS gardens throughout the UK until the end of the month.

The Children’s Media Conference has confirmed that two senior BBC executives will deliver the opening keynote at next month’s event. Alice Webb, director of BBC Children’s and BBC North, and James Purnell, former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and now director of BBC Radio and Education, will speak on Tuesday July 4 at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre.

Smiley is to host a special backstage activation at this weekend’s Isle of Wight Festival, debuting its partnership with Palladium. This will include an exclusive artist gifting suite where some of the world’s leading musical talent will be the first to get their hands on a pair of the limited edition Smiley-branded Pampa boots, which hit retail in the coming weeks.

Turner EMEA is to produce a live game show – called Ben 10 Challenge – based on the franchise. Each of the ten 22 minute episodes will feature two teams of three – two kid fans and one supportive adult – taking on a range of physical and mental challenges. These will test speed, strength and other Ben 10 villain-conquering skills, as well as their knowledge of the series. Production will begin in Madrid at the end of the month, with eight local versions set to be created: France, Germany, Italy, Middle East, Poland, Spain, Turkey and UK.

Consumer Product Connection has been named the global agent for Spanish lifestyle property, Chic & Love.

Gaumont has appointed Laura Lass as vp international TV sales, animation. Laura’s new remit covers selling the company’s TV series in EMEA and North America, as well as solidifying partnerships for worldwide co-productions.

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