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Ricky Zoom Heads to Russia, Turkey, MENA
Entertainment One (eOne) has announed new partners will join the global broadcast launch of series one of Ricky Zoom this fall. Turkish network, Minika Cocuk brings the new CGI action adventure comedy to screens today. Free to Air channels Karusel in Russia and Spacetoon Kids’ T.V channel in the Middle East and North Africa will follow, with Karusel debuting from the 19th October 2019. 
eOne is also readying the consumer products program for Ricky Zoom. Rosman will be charged with developing the brand’s publishing category in Russia while Megalicense is the appointed agent for consumer products for Russia and CIS. In Turkey, FILMA will represent eOne for consumer products.
Skybound Entertainment and Spin Master Bring Super Dinosaur to Amazon Prime Video 
Multiplatform content company Skybound Entertainment and Spin Master Ltd will bring children’s adventure series Super Dinosaur to Amazon Prime Video on October 6. All of season one part one, consisting of 13 x 30-minute episodes, will be available on the show’s launch day. 
Spin Master has also struck a raft of international broadcast deals, which include ABC Australia, Television New Zealand TVNZ, Discovery Latin America, iQIYI, and NOGA-Communications Israel. 

Acamar and CBeebies Partner for Bing 
Acamar Films has signed a significant new content deal with the BBC for a new series of its award-winning pre-school property Bing. 
A further 26 x 7’ episodes are set to air on CBeebies and the BBC iPlayer from October 31 following the launch of the new episodes on Acamar’s new app Bing: Watch, Play, Learn. The BBC has also relicensed the original 78 episodes, bringing the total number of episodes to 104.
In addition to the UK, Bing airs in 116 markets including: ABC and Nick Jr in Australia, Rai Yoyo and DeA Junior in Italy, Carousel and O! in Russia, Disney Junior in South East Asia, KiKa in Germany, NPO Zappelin in the Netherlands, VRT in Belgium, TVO and TFO Canada, Okto Singapore, S4C in Wales, Irish broadcaster RTE, SVT in Sweden, Clan TV in Spain, MiniMini and Puls TV in Poland, CBeebies in Africa, Norwegian broadcaster NRK, LTV Latvia, HOP in Israel, Czech TV in Czech Republic, M2 in Hungary, RSI in Switzerland and AMC in CEE.
Bing is also available on 3 airlines: British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Emirates.
DK to publish LEGO Creative Play Title for adults
Global book publisher DK is to publish LEGO Build Yourself Happy: The Joy of LEGO Play by Abbie Headon on 3rd October 2019. 
This new LEGO wellbeing book aims to introduce adults to the calming benefits of LEGO play, with activities and ideas to help readers relax, find balance and improve wellbeing.
Author Abbie Headonfound that LEGO play can help adults discover an alternative way to finding some calm in their daily life. Benefits such as increasing overall happiness, improving self-confidence and reducing stress can all be achieved through playing with LEGO bricks. 

Smiffys Win Best Licensed Dress Up at The Licensing Awards 2019
Smiffys last week was crowned winner in the Best Licensed Dress Up Category, for their 60thAnniversary limited edition Barbie Costume at The Licensing Awards 2019. The Licensing Awards, presented by max publishing, have become accolades to strive for and elude to distinction within the licensing world.  
“We are delighted to have won our category at this year’s licensing awards” said Dominique Peckett, director at Smiffys. Dominique was part of the team to receive this award at the event held in London.  

Mother & Baby Announces New Licensees

Two new licensees will be showcasing new Mother & Baby licensed products at the Cologne based trade fair Kind & Jugend this week. 

The pregnancy, baby and toddler brand with 60 years of history has worked with licensees Cuddleco (Mattresses and Bedroom fabrics) and Vital Baby (feeding) to develop products that harness the Mother & Baby database of product insight and inspiration. 

Mother & Baby will be exhibiting on the Golden Goose stand at BLE this year with potential categories available for licensing including Home, Early Development, Apparel, Nutrition, Sleep, Safety and more. 

Mondo TV Iberoamérica Signs Co-Production Agreement with Spain’s RTVE
RTVE and Mondo TV, through its subsidiary Mondo TV Producciones Canarias, announce the participation of Spanish public television in the co-production of the second season of the animated series Bat Pat
Mondo TV Iberoamerica, part of the Italian group Mondo TV, one of the largest European producers and distributors of animated content, has announced the signing of an important co-production contract with Corporación de Radio y Televisión Española, S.A. S.M.E. (RTVE)
The agreement affirms the participation of Radio Televisión Española (RTVE) as a co-producer for the second season of the 52 x 11’ animated entertainment show for children Bat Pat.
MGM Appoints Tycoon Enterprises for Latin America
MGM has announced the appointment of Tycoon Enterprises as licensing agent in Latin America. 
Tycoon Enterprises will focus on brokering a variety of merchandising deals across the entire MGM portfolio, with a particular focus on the MGM brand, as well as the Rocky and Pink Panther franchises.  The appointment of Tycoon Enterprises by MGM marks the latest step taken by the studio to re-imagine and grow their extensive library of brands on a global scale.

Tycoon Enterprises has been tapped to broker licensing deals across all territories in Latin America outside of Mexico, including Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Chili, Peru, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.  Exim will continue to represent MGM in Mexico.  For MGM, Tycoon Enterprises will look to secure deals within traditional merchandise categories including apparel and accessories, consumer electronics, back-to-school, collectibles, domestics and housewares, food and beverage, footwear, gift and novelty, health and beauty, infant products, party goods and stationery, toys and games, as well as sporting goods. 
Riki Group Russia Hosted the 2019 International Emmy Semi-Finals 
Riki Group Russia, was selected for the first time by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to host the semi-final round of judging in two categories for the 47thedition of the world’s highest TV awards: the 2019 International Emmy Awards.  The event took place in New York on September 12th at Dolby Laboratories.
The most relevant and distinguished personalities of the US kids entertainment industry, including producers and content professionals, evaluated behind closed doors in the city of New York the work of those who compete in the Kids: Animation and Kids: Preschool categories. The jury consisted of the following experts: Michele Hennesy, Amazon Studios, Adina Pitt, Cartoon Network and Boomerang, Shannon F. Higdon, Nickelodeon International, Estee Barandashvili, Sesame Workshop, LaToye Adams, WonderWhy Consulting, Rick Clodfelter, Garden Place Media, Diana Yurinova, Riki Group and FUN Union.

Hoho Rights Teams with Candy Jar Books for Shane the Chef Cookbook
Hoho Rights, the commercial arm of independent kids family and entertainment production company, Hoho Entertainment, has announced its partnership with Candy Jar Books to publish the first ever Shane the Chef cookbook. 
Shane the Chef: Let's Get Cooking! will contain 20 fun and healthy recipes for kids from Channel 5’s hit Milkshake! Show.  The book will be published on 6 November and is available now to pre-order on Amazon.  A mixture of quick and easy basics, tasty main meals and desserts, the as-seen-on-screen recipes demonstrate the animated celebrity chef’s passion for fresh, healthy food and cooking and were created under consultation with the British Dietetic Association. Presented in simple, easy to follow illustrated steps, they make cooking achievable and fun for youngsters and their parents and carers, while suggested ingredient swaps cater for fussy eaters.
Helen Howells, Joint Managing Director at Hoho says: “This book is the result of popular demand by our fan base and we’re delighted to be working with Candy Jar Books.  Shane’s Let’s Get Cooking! is bright and colourful and its delicious and healthy recipes, are designed to encourage children to learn about food, make healthier choices and develop an interest in and a love of cooking.”

Aquaventure After Dark emojiTM Party Hamburg 

Atlantis Aquaventure recently threw a party.  

The waterpark brought back the epic ‘Aquaventure After Dark’ pool party this August 15th, but this time with an emojiTM twist. This could have just been the most Insta-worthy party Dubai has ever seen... 
Everyone was invited to celebrate the first official emoji- The Iconic Brand Party with Virgin Radio Dubai. 
They lit up the region’s No.1 water park to bring you the ultimate slide and dance party with 20 thrilling waterslides, 2 crazy DJ zones that kept everyone’s socials buzzing. 
Visitors walked through a funky graffiti themed emojiTM tunnel as they made their way through the park while also trying to spot the many lit up graffiti emojiTM balls placed all over the park. 
To add on to the fun, visitors witnessed our live graffiti artist work his magic on the glow in the dark emojiTM themed graffiti wall. 

Cyber Group Studios Expands Entertainment
Cyber Group Studios expands its entertainment distribution in the UK via its latest collaboration with Sony Pictures Television’s Pop and Tiny Pop children’s channels.
Cyber Group Studios’ new animated series, Sadie Sparks and preschool series, Gigantosaurus will be broadcast in the UK for the first time on Sony Pictures Television’s free-to-air channels; POP and its companion upper pre-school channel, Tiny POP, respectively. 

Zoonicorn Launches New Apparel Line
Zoonicornis launching a new apparel line for infants, toddlers and early elementary age kids.
The new apparel products include onesies, bibs, dresses and tees and feature all four Zoonicorn characters, individually and together in a variety of colors. Featured on apparel by Rabbit Skins, Gildan and Next Level, all Zoonicorn apparel products are all 100% cotton, soft and durable, easy wash and wear comfort.

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18 September 2019

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