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News snapshot: what you might have missed

Including WBCP securing deals with Hot Topic and Panini for Fantastic Beasts.

Warner Bros. Consumer Products EMEA is teaming with Panini for a new sticker and trading card collection for J.K Rowling’s Wizarding World. The first launch is a 32-page album with a total of 240 stickers, including 96 specials, and including iconic scenes from the Harry Potter film series as well as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Meanwhile, Hot Topic is teaming with Warner Bros. Consumer Products for a new fashion collection inspired by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The range includes coats, dresses and woven tops.

Help for Heroes has secured a partnership with Hildon Natural Mineral Water. A special H4H-endorsed range of still and sparkling bottled water labeled with the Help for Heroes logo is now available, and was showcased at last month’s Brand Licensing Europe.

Fisher-Price is teaming up with Save the Children for a new partnership. Until December 24, £1 from the sale of 16 different toys from the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn range will be donated to Save the Children.

Cartamundi is to launch a new playing card deck for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The new set comes in two formats – a portable tuck box (£3.99) and a deck of cards in a collectable embossed tin (£6.99).

Nick.co.uk has launched a new online home for its iconic series from the 1990’s – The Splat. The website aims to celebrate the likes of Ren & Stimpy, Hey Arnold, Rugrats and Clarissa Explains It All among others.

Sex toy specialist Lovehoney has been presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for boosting international trade.

Zodiak Kids has sold preschool show Mister Maker’s Arty Party into Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Poland and Asia. The seventh series has now been acquired by ABC Australia, BBC Worldwide and Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific.

The Alpha Group – formerly known as Auldey Toys of North America – has launched a new global design and marketing hub in LA. Jean-Christophe Pean, former evp for the North American division of Mattel, has also come on board as president for North America and Europe. In addition, Brehan Maul becomes vp of marketing, Darren Lee Phillipson joins as head of product design, and Adrian Roche – who launched Alpha Group US in 2015 – will take on the role of vp global business development.

9 Story Media is to produce a new animated series based on the Little Critter children’s book characters. 9 Story will also control worldwide distribution and merchandising rights for the series (with the exception of publishing and digital media content).

Petra’s Planet has secured new publishing deals in China. Dramaforum Oy has inked agreements with Chinese publisher Shanghai Zhiyuang Culture Communication and magazine subscription company, 24Reader for books and digital magazines for the brand. New books will be available in Chinese from early 2017 after the official launch in Beijing in January.

Nelvana has expanded its broadcast partnership with Super RTL in Germany for three new children’s series – Hotel Transylvania: The Series, Ranger Rob and Stanley Dynamic.

Footwear and apparel specialist Leomil has renewed its deal with m4e for Mia and me. The four-year extension will see the licensee add new products up until the end of 2020.

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