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News extra: More licensing news from this week

Including The Powerpuff Girls teaming with Peter Alexander in Australia for new sleepwear.

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

Cartoon Network has launched a new range of The Powerpuff Girls sleepwear by Peter Alexander in Australia. The new lines will form part of the brand’s Wanna Play collection and were exclusively unveiled in Sydney last week.

Tokyo-based Sony Creative Products – which manages the licensing in the Japanese market for Pingu on behalf of Mattel – has confirmed a major Pingu-themed event in collaboration with licensee Mitsui Fudosan Retail Management. Running until Sunday February 25, the LaLaport Fujimi mall is offering fans the chance to enjoy a number of Pingu competitions, displays and special offers, as well as the chance to meet the character.

The Smiley Company has launched a capsule collection with lingerie brand Undiz. The ‘Nu Icons’ range features a selection of highlight pieces such as fluorescent pink cotton trousers with motifs, fleece cropped hoodies with fuzzy coral Smileys on the chest and a hoodie with ears and blue knit patches. There are eight styles in total.

Genius Brands International is continuing to build the licensing programme for preschool brand, Rainbow Rangers, signing a raft of new partners. GBG American Marketing Enterprises, GBG Socks dba Planet Sox, Dynacraft, Kiddieland, Kittrich/inkology and Kid Galaxy are all now on board.

A third series of the popular Mr Bean The Animated Series will return in 2019. Produced by Tiger Aspect Productions – part of Endemol Shine Group – the series will air on CITV in the UK and across international markets on Turner’s Boomerang (as well as other Turner Kids channels in select markets).

9 Story Media Group and GO-N Productions have entered into an option agreement to develop and co-produce a new animated series based on the classic live action series, Bewitched.

UYoung Media and Cheeky Little Media have secured a new partnership which will see them collaborate more closely in the future. UYoung already distributes Kazoops and Bottersnikes & Gumbles in mainland China. The new deal expands on this to an output deal, giving UYoung distribution on all Cheeky Little’s future content for the territory. UYoung will also manage the licensing and CP rights for Cheeky Little’s brands in mainland China. The duo will also work together as co-development partners.

Guru Studio has confirmed that CBC/Radio-Canada has acquired the first two seasons of its Netflix Original preschool series, True and the Rainbow Kingdom.

DHX Media has received an order to produce 26 more episodes of hit animated comedy series, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, with Sony Pictures Animation (in association with Corus Entertainment).

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