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News extra: More licensing news from this week

Including how the Anne Stokes Collection is continuing to engage with fans during lockdown.

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

The Anne Stokes collection of fantasy subjects such as unicorns, dragons, enchanted forests and gothic themes, is continuing to engage with fans during the current social distancing, posting free colouring pages downloads of her art on Facebook. For her 350,000+ followers and fans on the platform, Anne also posts a new video every Tuesday, exploring how she uses fantasy myths and legends in her artwork. The videos also give some detail on how licensed product are developed from her artwork. The licensing programme is handled by Art Ask Agency. The brand has also recently donated five artworks to Wild Bangarang for the licensee to use on a range of facemasks.

Indie publisher Sweet Cherry has secured the UK and Australian publishing rights to Illuminated Films’ The Rubbish World of Dave Spud. The animation stars Johnny Vegas as the voice of Dave and quickly became CITV’s third most watched after-school show with over 226,000 viewers. Sweet Cherry will publish an annual-format activity book that brings character profiles for the show’s main character and his friends, along with story spreads, pranks and games.

The Walt Disney Company has revealed that Disney+ will fast track the premiere of the filmed version of the original Broadway production of Hamilton. The 11-time Tony Award, Grammy Award, Olivier Award and Pultizer Prize winning stage musical will hit screens on July 3, 2020.

Children’s media and consumer products executives, Claudia Scott-Hansen and Rob Bencal have formed a new agency, Cookbook Media. The agency aims to provide IP owners and content creators with a one stop shop to building global franchise value through brand development, licensing, marketing, content strategy and distribution.

eOne has confirmed that Cartoon Network and Boomerang have acquired the exclusive pay-TV broadcast rights to series one of animated children’s comedy series, Cupcake & Dino: General Services in Australia and New Zealand. Episodes are due to begin airing from July 2020.

Maurizio Distefano Licensing has added International Space Archives to its roster. MDL will handle the licensing for ISA in Italy with the archive including the likes of mission patches, photos, films and video.

Merchantwise Licensing’s May Gibbs brand partnered with Australia Post for the first time on an exclusive Mother’s Day homewares range. Classic gift items were available in three colour stories: Safe Travels, In The Treetops and Blossom Love. The partnership also celebrated the 80th anniversary of the compendium book, The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, which was first published in 1940.

Planeta Junior’s Pucca has launched exclusive content and special clips on kid friendly streaming platform, Kidoodle.TV. The character is expected to reach over 140 countries via the platform. In addition, Pucca’s reach will also expand when episodes are broadcast in four languages on Facebook Watch: English, Spanish, French and Italian. A new episode will be released every Saturday.

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