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Popular Licensing Execs Take on Challenge in Aid of Charity Mind

Licensing executives Ian Downes, Paul Bufton, Simon Gresswell, and Chris Isitt will take on the Thames Bridges Challenge this September walking together for Mind in memory of Ian’s son, Calum, who passed away in 2015 aged 19.
The event will see the team cross every London bridge, starting at Putney Bridge and ending at Tower Bridge covering approximately 16 miles along the way.  The aim is to raise £7,000 for MIND – the mental health charity which provides help and care for those with mental health issues. 

“This is the third walking fundraising event that we have organised in memory of our son Calum,” said Ian.  “It is a positive way to remember him and for us to demonstrate our love for him whilst raising money for an excellent charity that provides help and support for those affected by mental illness. I have also found walking a good way of keeping fit, relaxing, and in lots of cases a great opportunity to talk to people. Walking and talking is good for everyone!”

Ian continued: “In our first year, Simon and I completed a gruelling 24-hour course and last year, myself and Paul completed the Mind Hike in Cornwall where we also walked for 24 hours, raised over £7,000 and crossed the finishing line with lots of new friends. This year we’re delighted to welcome Chris Isitt into the fold and we will walk together to demonstrate the power of community.”
To kick start the 2019 fundraising effort, Ian, Paul, Simon and Chris will be hosting a taster ‘hikeforcal’ and they extend an open industry invitation to join them for this summer social. 

The walking tour set in South London that will start from the The Anchor pub on Bankside (34 Park Street, SE1 9EF) at 5.15pm on Monday 19th August 2019. The tour will take in some of the best sights (and pubs) of London and will take approximately two and a half hours. Attendees will get a free drink at the finishing pub – The Mayflower in Rotherhithe.  Tickets cost £30 and can be bought via Just Giving or the organisers directly. All proceeds go directly to MIND.  Alternatively you can simply pledge your support and donate via the page.

Lion King Tops Box Office
Disney’s The Lion King took pride of place at number one on the UK and Ireland charts this past weekend. 25 years after the release of the beloved animation and 20 years after the first production of the now iconic stage play, The Lion King is back and bigger than ever taking over £16.67M this weekend to record the second biggest weekend of the year. On Friday alone the film took over £5M making it the biggest ever UK opening day for a Walt Disney Pictures movie ahead of 2017’s Beauty and the Beast. Globally the film, which has been called both “game-changing” and “breathtaking” by critics, has made over $531M worldwide and has become the 9th biggest global debut of all time with an opening of $185M in the United States. Meanwhile Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 leapfrogs Spider-Man: Far From Home to claim the number two spot this weekend giving UK audiences a magical summer at the box office. The film now has a UK and Ireland taking to date of £46.3M making it the second biggest film of the year. 

FaNaTtiKto Create Collectible Line for Yu-Gi-Oh!

FaNaTtiK has secured the license for the Anime brand Yu-Gi-Oh! to create a unique line of gifts and collectibles for the European market.
Yu-Gi-Oh! has been entertaining and engaging young audiences globally for nearly 20 years, outside of Asia, through its TV series with over 850 episodes, 3 feature films, consumer products, the hit mobile game Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, as well as the immensely trading card game. 
“With FaNaTtiK on board, we are very excited to be able to offer a wide range of unique gift collectibles to the European market.  We believe our fans will be impressed with the line-up of products FaNaTtiK will launch later this year.  Their passion and understanding of the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand shines through in what they created,” states Jennifer Coleman, Vice President of Licensing and Marketing at Konami Cross Media NY. 

Moose Toys Fusing Collectible and Tactile Trends

Moose Toys has announced it will merge the collectible and tactile trends with the launch of Goo Goo Galaxy on Aug. 1. The line features alien babies, Goo Drops, with goo-filled bodies and a special DIY slime activity.
Excitement for the Goo Drops’ Earth arrival was built with a massive teaser campaign with celebrated YouTube and Instagram content creators. The campaign culminated in a big reveal and special event offering an exclusive early purchase opportunity at FAO Schwarz in New York City on Saturday, July 20. The highly anticipated event had kids lining up out the door and around the block, and the product sold out in only two hours.

Gorjuss Nominated for The Licensing Awards
Santoro’s Gorjuss has been nominated for a Licensing Awards for the second year running.
The Licensing Awards property category inalists have been announced and Gorjuss joins names such as Barbie, Hello Kitty and Friends in the final run for this year’s Best Teen or Adult Licensed Property.
The Licensing Awards take place on 10th September 2019, and tickets can be purchased here:
Heidi Bienvenida Series Two Arrives on Yes KidZ in Israel
Mondo TV Iberoamérica has announced the sale to Yes KidZ, an Israeli television channel for children, of series two of the tween and teen comedy drama Heidi Bienvenida.
Called Heidi Bienvenida al Show, the new series, which continues the adventures of the happy, carefree girl who leaves her beloved mountain home to live in the big city, will broadcast on Yes KidZ from September 2019. The license agreement will last for three years.
Yes KidZ, which broadcast on yes, Israel’s sole direct broadcast satellite television provider, was one of the first broadcasters outside Latin America to show series one of Heidi Bienvenida. Series one – Heidi Bienvenida a Casa – launched in Israel in September 2017 and was a big hit with its target tween and teen audience, which is expected to be equally enthusiastic about the new series.
Mad Beauty UK Taking taking Disney into EMEA
London based Mad Beauty has seen dramatic UK growth in the last two years partly due to the ‘Never too old for‘ ranges of licensed products including Disney, with products aimed at the teen and adult markets primarily.
Seeing growth over the last few years and the quality of the product design in the UK has resulted in Disney agreeing to extended their license to allow expansion from the UK to Europe, Middle East, Africa, Israel & Eastern Europe further strengthening the relationship between the two companies.

Kyrie x SpongeBob SquarePants Collection Announced

Nike and Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products (VNCP) have announced the launch of the Kyrie x SpongeBob SquarePants collection. The collection features five shoes inspired by the signature characters from SpongeBob SquarePants, as well as apparel and accessories, including t-shirts, a hoodie, socks and backpacks. 
Basketball superstar Kyrie Irving’s latest collection is suited for on-court competition and off-court jellyfishing with dedicated colorways for SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Squidward Tentacles, Sandy Cheeks and Mr. Krabs. The three high-top sneakers in the collection showcase the signature Kyrie 5 silhouette in bright yellow for SpongeBob, pink and green tones for Patrick and turquoise accents for Squidward. The low-cut silhouette of the Kyrie Low 2 pays homage to the currency-crazy crustacean, Mr. Krabs, as well as a Sandy Cheeks version with colors inspired by her iconic space suit. 
This year marks the 20th anniversary of SpongeBob SquarePants.

DHX Launches In The Night Garden Range with Home Bargains Stores
DHX Brands has announced a new direct-to-retail collaboration which will launch a new range of In the Night Garden products, specially created to suit the brand’s demographic of children aged 6 months to 2.5 years old.
Launched as a direct-to-retail promotion with TJ Morris, the products will be introduced exclusively in Home Bargains and Quality Save stores throughout the UK this summer, with an initial 18 products available by the end of July, followed by two more in August and a further 12 in September.

Sophie la girafe Opens to Licensing Agents Across the World
After 8 years of managing all licensing rights from its head office in France, Sophie la girafe is now open to discussion with licensing agents across the world.
DeLiSo (Development Licensing Sophie) is in charge of the rights for the Sophie la girafe worldwide license. It was created in 2011 on the consumer demand to find Sophie la girafe on specific product categories. From baby clothing to publishing, the Sophie la girafe licensed products are as qualitative as they are cute.
Attending the BLE fair in London next 1st-3rd October, licensing agents are welcomed to appoint meetings to discuss potential collaborations.
Spin Master Named Global Master Toy Partner for DreamWorks Animation’s Gabby’s Dollhouse

Spin Master has reached an agreement to become the global master toy licensee with Universal Brand Development for DreamWorks Animation’s all-new preschool series Gabby’s Dollhouse. With an anticipated launch of 2021, Spin Master will bring the characters from the show to life through a new toy line that will include playsets, figures, plush, games and puzzles.  Gabby’s Dollhouse will debut globally on Netflix in 2020.
All-Star Cast Announced for The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Benedict Cumberbatch, Tamsin Greig, David Oyelowo, David Walliams and Paul Whitehouse all feature in Channel 4’s Christmas film. 
The voice cast has been announced for Channel 4, Lupus Films and HarperCollins’ captivating animation The Tiger Who Came to Tea which is set to air this Christmas.
Published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, and produced by Lupus Films, the makers of the We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and The Snowman and The Snowdog, The Tiger Who Came to Tea tells the story of what happens when the doorbell rings just as Sophie and her Mummy are sitting down to tea in the kitchen. Confronted with a very unexpected guest – a big, furry, stripy tiger – they invite him inside where he proceeds to eat everything in sight before making a timely exit, just before Daddy gets home.

Hoho Entertainment Secures Asian Deal with Bomanbridge Media

Hoho Rights, the commercial arm of kids’ production company Hoho Entertainment, has today announced that leading distribution and production agency Bomanbridge Media, based in Singapore, will be representing the distribution of several of Hoho’s shows in Asia.

The deal covers all forms of TV, VOD, Non-Theatrical rights for Asia (including India) for Hoho’s popular kids’ shows Shane the Chef, Little Luke and Lucy, Cloudbabies, Abadas, Everybody Loves a Moose and Hana’s Helpline.

Kingfisher in Multi-Year Partnership with Southampton Football Club

Kingfisher has announced a partnership with Premier League side, Southampton Football Club.
The club is one of the Premier League’s longest serving and like Kingfisher, has a rich history of producing the finest.
The agreement represents Kingfisher’s first ever partnership in the Premier League, as it looks to grow its presence around the world. As Official Beer Partner, Kingfisher will now provide the matchday beer at St Mary’s Stadium for supporters, while it will also be launching a special Southampton FC signature ale, which will be available on draught at all home games.

Sorting Hat Nominated for a Licensing Award
Maxx Marketing has been recognized as a top ten finalist by The Licensing Awards 2019
judging panel for Best Licensed Toys or Games category for its Harry Potter Real Talking Sorting Hat.
The Sorting Hat licensed by Warner Bros. as part of JK Rowling’s Wizarding World & Fantastic Beasts franchise.

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30 July 2019

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