With several new content initiatives, Cartoon Network Enterprises is poised to offer a broader portfolio and more opportunitites in licensing and events.
The 17th Annual Toy of the Year Awards, hosted by the Toy Industry Association, honored the best toys and games of the year, including License of the Year–Spin Master’s “Paw Patrol.”
NBCUniversal will debut a raft of properties at this year’s New York Toy Fair, including Despicable Me 3, Fast & Furious, Trolls, The Mummy and “Voltron Legendary Defender.”
Playmates Toys is set to showcase its expanded portfolio, including product lines based on “Ben 10,” “Voltron Legendary Defender” and more, at Toy Fair.
DreamWorks Animation Television, part of NBCUniversal, has partnered with Breyer Animal Creations for a range of specialty toys inspired by the upcoming series “Spirit Riding Free,” which will launch exclusively on Netflix, May 5.
Discovery Consumer Products has tapped Masterpieces to expand its current Animal Planet puzzle line with two new games.
HBO and Dark Horse have introduced a new series of figures based on characters from the television series “Game of Thrones.”
Nickelodeon has signed a series of new licensees and multi-category expansion deals for its preschool series “Paw Patrol,” Shimmer and Shine” and “Blaze and the Monster Machines.”
Sutikki, a division of Bento Box Entertainment, and Foundling Bird have tapped Hasbro to serve as the master toy licensee for the new preschool series “Moon and Me.”
Product development company PhatMojo has secured two new licenses for Saban Brands’ Power Rangers and WildWorks’ “Animal Jam” brand.
Fisher-Price is expanding its “Thomas & Friends” minis collection with a new cross-over with Saban’s Power Rangers, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and the “DC Super Friends” brands.
Cartoon Network will host a “Powerpuff Girls” pop-up shop in New York City this weekend in celebration of its updated Powerpuff Yourself fan engagement campaign.
Maurizio Distefano Licensing has tapped Italy-based Citterio for three-in-one snacks featuring “ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks.”
Jessica Symons, former head of children at Channel 5, has launched an independent children’s production company, titled Ivy House Productions.
Manufacturer and licensee Trevco has signed four new deals across the entertainment, music and automotive categories, bringing its roster of licensed properties to more than 700.
A+E Networks has tapped Patrick Vien and Edward Sabin to serve as executive managing directors of its international executive team.
Aardman has partnered with Watermelon to create a print-on-demand e-commerce site featuring the studio’s popular properties.
Hasbro has launched a new story-driven lifestyle brand and digital animated series, titled “Hanazuki Full of Treasures.”
Cheeky Little Media has tapped Tomy to serve as the master toy partner for its animated preschool series “Kazoops.”
ITV’s “The Wine Show” has partnered with Vacu Vin, inventor of the wine saver, to create a range of branded wine accessories.
Cartoon Network has greenlighted “Summer Camp Island,” a new animated series based on an original short created by animator and illustrator Julia Pott (“Adventure Time”).
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