Weekly E-News, Issue #123, August 16, 2005

 

 

 

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Master Toy Licensee for Lunar Jim
Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. signed on Fisher-Price as the worldwide master toy licensee for its children's stop-motion animated property, Lunar Jim. Fisher-Price will develop, manufacture, and distribute toys including action figures, vehicles, and role-play items. Distribution of the toys will begin Canada in fall 2006. Co-produced by The Halifax Film Company and Alliance Atlantis, Lunar Jim (26 x 30 minutes or 52 x 11 minutes) is set to debut in early 2006 on the BBC and CBeebies in the UK; ZDF and Kika in Germany; ABC in Australia; Discovery Communications in Pan Latin America; and CBC, SRC, and BBC Kids in Canada.

Hasbro to Create Whac-A-Mole Games
Hasbro, Inc., secured the exclusive worldwide licensing rights from Bob's Space Racers, Inc., to create, manufacture, and market games based on Whac-A-Mole. The first game, to be marketed under the Milton Bradley brand, will be TV Whac-A-Mole, a plug 'n play experience, scheduled to hit retail stores this summer. Like the arcade game, TV Whac-A-Mole players earn points for successfully fending off moles with freezing water, messy pies, and the infamous mallet.

Phoenix Footwear Acquires Paradise Shoe Co.
Phoenix Footwear Group, Inc., acquired the assets of the Paradise Shoe Company, LLC, effective immediately for an undisclosed amount. Paradise Shoe Co. is the exclusive licensee of the Tommy Bahama line of men's and women's footwear, hosiery, and belts. Concurrent with this transaction, Phoenix Footwear signed an exclusive license agreement with the Tommy Bahama Division of Oxford Industries, Inc., owner of the Tommy Bahama brand, whereby Phoenix Footwear will design, manufacture, and distribute the Tommy Bahama line of men's and women's footwear, hosiery, and belts and men's small leather goods and accessories. Terms of the license agreement were not disclosed.

Loews Hotels and Fisher-Price in a Family Way
Loews Hotels and Fisher-Price, Inc., created Loews Loves Little Kids presented by Fisher-Price. Beginning in November, all Loews Hotels will provide play classes for babies and toddlers, arrival amenities, on-loan toys, and portable baby gear for children ages 6 months to 36 months. In time for the holiday family travel season, the baby and toddler play classes will be available at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, CA; the Don CeSar Beach Resort, a Loews Hotel, St. Pete Beach, FL; the Portofino Bay Resort and the Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando, FL; the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, FL; and Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson, AZ.

Beach Goers Recruited for Tweety Squad
Tweety squad beach teams took to beaches in five markets across the country looking for 13- to 17-year-old girls interested in becoming fashion-forward Tweety trendsetters. The team recruited members by handing out premiums such as compacts and umbrellas and inviting them to join the Tweety Squad. Interested girls were added to a team that will be part of an exclusive dialogue with Warner Bros. Consumer Products going forward in order to respond to the fast-changing needs of this customer segment. Members also will have exclusive access to the tweetysquad.com Website, which offers free products, games, Tweety news, and more. The beach squad will capture the girls' information electronically through a PDA. Members who join will be entered into a drawing for a $2,500 American Express gift card.

DC Comics Extends Custom Comic Program
DC Comics is teaming with Sports Illustrated For Kids and LEGO Systems to launch the next chapter in one of the comic book industry's longest running and most successful custom comic programs. As part of the new deal, DC Comics created a series of Bionicle custom comics that will run in both S.I. For Kids and the DC Comics kids' line, which includes The Batman Strikes, Teen Titans Go!, Justice League Unlimited, Scooby-Doo, and Looney Tunes. The program begins in Scooby-Doo #99 (which went on sale August 10) and runs through the end of the year. To read the complete story, readers will need to read both S.I. For Kids and the DC Comics kids' line. Each DC comic will offer a tag promoting the program.

LeapFrog Talks Up New Product
LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. entered into an agreement to provide its educational game content to Enfora, a global leader in wireless solutions, for use in its new TicTalk parent-controlled educational cell phone for children. The deal includes the integration of five LeapFrog learning games into the TicTalk cell phone (suggested retail, $99) covering core subject areas such as spelling, math, science, and social studies for first through sixth graders.

Thomas Kinkade Extends Vision to Beauty Products
The Thomas Kinkade Co. partnered with Youtopia Lifestyle Products on a range of health and beauty products due on shelves in spring 2006. The line will include fine fragrances for the body and home, personal-care lotions and soaps, potpourri, and room sprays. Products will be available as single items and gift sets packaged with the vision of Thomas Kinkade's artwork.

VIZ Media to Release Kamikaze Girls
VIZ Media, LLC, is releasing Japanese film Kamikaze Girls in several major North American cities beginning September 9 in New York at the Village East Cinemas, followed on September 16 at Landmark's NuArt Theater in Los Angeles. Additional bookings in Seattle, San Francisco, and other cities will follow. Kamikaze Girls stars two hot young J-Pop talents as a Lolita-type character (Kyoko Fukada) and a high school biker girl (Anna Tsuchiya), whose strong personalities initially clash but eventually bind them together. A translated novel and manga graphic novel series arrive early 2006.

World Poker Tour Ups Two Execs
WPT Enterprises, Inc., owner of World Poker Tour, promoted Andrea Green to vice president, and Melissa Feldman to manager of global consumer products. Currently, the World Poker Tour has a full licensing program in the U.S. and Canada with new consumer product launches in Australia and Western Europe.


Agent Signed for Paddington
Copyrights Group signed on Stone America to represent Paddington and Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady in North America. Paddington's licensing program will focus on utilizing his appeal with the adult marketplace in creating classic Paddington apparel and apparel-related accessories. Country Diary will concentrate on creating a quality home d

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