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News extra: More licensing news from this week

Including BBC Studios teaming with Escape Hunt for a new Doctor Who escape room.

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

Gift and collectables licensee, Fanattik has picked up an award for Small Business of the Year from the Federation of Small Business. The accolade follows on from a successful trade fair season for the ambitious company.

BBC Studios and Escape Hunt have revealed a new Doctor Who escape room. Doctor Who: A Dalek Awakens can be booked at Escape Hunt Reading and Birmingham Resorts World, with several other venues – including Norwich and Basingstoke – opening throughout 2020. Teams of up to six are given 60 minutes to solve a series of puzzles after the Dalek invade a doomed spaceship.

Superdrug has launched an exclusive Mulan collection of beauty essentials, bath products and lifestyle accessories from Mad Beauty. The range includes pampering face masks, a hair clip set, bath fizzers, a hairbrush set, make up brush set, lip balm, bath tea, bath and body set and an eyeshadow palette.

The Point.1888 has signed an exclusive deal with British designer and licensed brand, MissPrint. Known for its bold collection of eco wallpaper, MissPrint has enjoyed success with brand licensing collaborations for a number of years with John Lewis, Dunelm and Quaker Oats among others. The brand is now keen to extend its audience base by creating products which have wider appeal and are suitable for those renting property, as well as homeowners.

Nickelodeon UK is once again partnering with VisitBlackpool to bring Slimefest back for a fifth year. Slimefest 2020 will take place at The Arena at Blackpool Pleasure Beach from October 17-19. In addition, it is also coming to London for the first time ever, with DHP Family presenting two shows at The SSE Arena, Wembley on October 26. Longstanding Slimefest hosts Jordan Banjo and Perri Kiely will return, this year joined by Max and Harvey and Holly H for all eight shows.

Koko Rose Media has confirmed that naturalist and conservationist, Chris Packham has partnered with Flora of the Forest‘s creative team as an expert consultant. In his role, Chris will provide input on the natural history elements central to the animated preschool eco-comedy, guiding stories towards matters of relevance and interest in the world of conservation and the environment.

Last month’s Kidscreen Summit set an attendance record with more than 2,200 delegates taking part. The event – which took place from February 10-13 in Miami – saw a 9% bump in delegates from Europe and North America, as well as increases from Russia (58%), South Africa (45%) and South America (9%). Kidscreen Summit 2021 will again take place at the InterContinental Miami from February 7-11.

Busy emoji has partnered with Starr Ranch Growers in the US to produce officially licensed apples, pears and cherries. In a deal brokered by emoji company and US agent, Retail Monster, the company will include emoji brand icons on its packs of varieties such as Gala, Honeycrisp and Fuji from the summer.

Meanwhile, the Italian fashion brand LC23 is reinterpreting emoji in a new collection which debuted at Pitti Uomo. The collaboration was brokered by WildBrain CPLG Italy. The collection includes sweatshirts and knitwear and will be available to purchase from July.

Dublin-based production studio, Zulleon has appointed Jay at Play as the global master toy partner for STEM-inspired kids’ property, OOKS. In a deal brokered by Weird Lime, Jay at Play has secured worldwide rights to a range of plush, collectables, accessories and gaming categories.

Flair Just Play has appointed Charlotte Rodgers as marketing manager for the Just Play brands portfolio. Charlotte – who was previously brand manager for Fisher-Price licensed brands, Imaginext and Mega Bloks at Mattel – will be responsible for brands including PJ Masks and Spirit Riding Free.

The second series of Rainbow’s 44 Cats has debuted on Italy’s Rai Yoyo. The two main pay TV partners, Discovery Kids (Latin America) and Nickelodeon (ROW), will follow with exclusive launches in Q2 and Q3. The show will later land on free to air broadcasters from the autumn.

Aurora World has revealed a number of new additions to its popular YooHoo plush line. The expanded 37 sku line launches in mid 2020, with the plush being available in four different sizes, combining the established line of favourite characters from the 3D animation YooHoo to the Rescue season one with new characters introduced in seasons two and three. In the newly introduced 11″ plush (available in the US and Canada), there will be eight plush made up of seven main characters, along with panda character, RingRing. New characters will also be added to the 5″ and 8″ collection, while the Stackies line will be strengthened with eight new characters.

Jetpack Distribution has acquired the global rights for CBBC live action game series, A Week to Beat The World.

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