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News extra: More licensing news from this week

Including Italian sportswear label Diadora creating an exclusive Rick and Morty range.

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

Turner’s Cartoon Network Enterprises has joined forces with Italian sportswear label Diadora to launch an exclusive global capsule collection starring Rick and Morty. The range of apparel and footwear includes a retro-style track jacket, hoodie, t-shirt and two models of trainers, each sporting the faces of the characters. In addition, the colour palette for the collection mirrors that of the clothing worn by Rick and Morty in the Adult Swim series. The collection is available exclusively at Foot Locker stores.

Brands with Influence has appointed Alicom Licensing to help grow the Bush Baby World brand in the Nordic region. Toys in the region are distributed by Maki and through the Nordic Toys group. Dom Wheeler of Brands with Influence commented: “From the outset, we’ve been very impressed by Alicom’s enthusiasm and determination for the brand.”

Start Licensing’s Ian Downes has joined Mojo Nation as a non executive director. Ian will aim to add valuable licensing expertise to the company and will provide key oversight and initiative to Mojo Nation’s existing portfolio of events, including the Play Creators Festival.

Sesame Workshop has teamed up with dark ride specialist Sally Corporation and PortAventura World for the creation of a new ride. The attraction will be the first Sesame Street dark ride in Europe. Detective Grover will be the guide through the interactive adventure, urging guests to collect clues that will help solve a mystery happening on Sesame Street.

Global kids’ music brand Kidz Bop has announced a fourth UK album, as well as a headline UK live show at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on April 20, 2019. In addition, a new band member – Mia – has joined the group following an audition process which will be aired on ITV as part of factual entertainment series, The Big Audition.

CBS Consumer Products has unveiled a broad line-up of new licensees and products for some of its hot TV properties. Gonzales/Fifth Sun will develop lines tied to both The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Late Late Show with James Corden; Surreal will create home and automotive products for Corden, while ACCO Brands will produce franchise-branded calendars. ACCO will also create new products for Blue Bloods. Billions will see expanded presence through a new line of Funko figures, while Alex and Ani has been signed for jewellery for Twin Peaks, with Amazon.com creating new apparel. Further deals have been inked for shows including CSI, Beverly Hills 90210, The Twilight Zone, Mighty Mouse, Charmed, Jane The Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend among others.

Debra Valencia and her licensing partner Duke Imports have released over ten new bedding ensembles and quilts, while the companies will also be expanding into new products. New bedding collections will be introduced twice a year, with new home décor items featuring Debra’s designs also being welcomed to the portfolio.

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