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News extra: More licensing news from this week

Including BLE revealing Nadiya Hussain Q&A and BLE Kitchen plans for 2018 show.

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

TV chef, author and presenter Nadiya Hussain will take part in a live Q&A at Brand Licensing Europe next month as part of the show’s food and beverage theme. In addition, the show’s new BLE Kitchen will see MasterChef 2018 winner Kenny Tutt cooking up a storm and Guinness sommelier Ian Logan revealing how to pair beer with food. Endemol Shine Group will host two sessions in the BLE Kitchen on Wednesday October 10, which will see live cookery demos as well as mystery box challenges with the audience, who will have a chance to win mini mystery box gifts. Meanwhile, Georgian bakery brand, Brotmeister, will be demoing how it makes its famous bread throughout lunchtime and early afternoon on Thursday October 11.

Zodiak Kids has welcomed Benoit di Sabatino as its new ceo. Benoit joins the company from Moonscoop Group. In his new role, he will have a global remit and will oversee and grow the Zodiak Kids’ catalogue including Mister Maker, LoliRock, Totally Spies, Floogals and Lilybuds among others.

As the brand prepares for its 35th anniversary in 2019, The Tetris Company has expanded its UK and Eire licensing programme with the appointment of Lisle Licensing. The company will grow the programme for Tetris, with new partners confirmed across games, apparel, publishing, footwear and promotions. The range in merchandise includes the Tetris Dual tabletop game through to a new Puzzle Book.

Sony Pictures Animation and Nelvana have confirmed the second season renewal of Hotel Transylvania: The Series. Disney Channel in the US and its global territories, and Teletoon Canada are due to broadcast the new episodes.

Technicolor is teaming up with Nekton Oxford Deep Ocean Exploration Institute for a partnership around animated underwater adventure series, The Deep. The deal sees Nekton become an official educational partner and consultant for The Deep, with the two companies introducing co-branded STEM materials and videos featuring characters from the series and real-life content from Nekton’s missions.

Genius Brands International has appointed Brandgenuity as the exclusive European licensing agent for preschool brand, Llama Llama.

Hasbro has strengthened its brand leadership with senior promotions in the US. Samantha Lomow has been promoted to president for Hasbro Entertainment Brands, while Jonathan Berkowitz has been promoted to president for Hasbro Brands.

9 Story Distribution International has acquired worldwide distribution rights to new 3D animated preschool series, Dr Panda. The deal excludes China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and selected rights within MENA.

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