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The NPD Group Reports 25 Percent of Kids’ Product Features a License

Licensed products captured one-quarter of unit sales in the U.S. for kids ages 14 and under, according to fourth quarter 2017 findings from the U.S. Kids License Tracker, the latest service from global information company The NPD Group. While licenses are present in kids’ lives throughout their youth, kids tend to age in and out of different licenses as they move through their different life stages.

At nearly 30 percent, kids ages 3 to 5 represented the largest age group for licensed sales. The industries that over-indexed in this age group were toys, games, puzzles, arts and crafts, and health and beauty. Paw Patrol captured the largest share of sales in this age group.

The second largest group included kids ages 6 to 8, with 23 percent share of the kids licensing market. The industries holding the highest share for this age segment were fashion accessories, apps, in-app purchases, and school supplies. Star Wars accounted for the largest share of sales among this age range. In the fourth quarter of 2017, licensed sales for kids amounted to approximately $17 billion in consumer spending.

Across all industries, clothing captured the largest share of product sales, followed by toys, games, puzzles, party supplies, costumes, and books.

Nickelodeon Resort to Open in China

China's booming theme parks sector has another big contender under construction. Viacom broke ground recently on the Nickelodeon Cultural Resort in the southern city of Foshan.
 
The Nickelodeon theme park is part of a broader development scheme called the Foshan Cultural and Ecological Coastal Project. The $1.71 billion development covers an area of about 750 acres, with 250 set acres set aside for Nickelodeon-themed attractions. It is expected to open in 2020.
 
Viacom International Media Networks has yet to announce what attractions will be included within the park, but Ron Johnson, executive vp Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products, said it will give Chinese families the "opportunity to interact with iconic and beloved characters including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."
 
Viacom's partners in the project are Hong Kong conglomerate Elite Global Group and the Sanshui New Town Management Committee, a government-backed entity charged with developing the Sanshui district of Foshan.
 
Major international park brands have been keen to enter the market, while local real estate giant Dalian Wanda Group plans to roll out 15 mega-resorts across China by 2020.
 
In September, Universal Studios signed a deal with a Chinese consortium to build a multibillion-dollar theme park in Beijing, to open in 2019. Later this year, Dreamworks Animation and Chinese partners are expected to complete a $2.4 billion entertainment complex in Shanghai, featuring bars, restaurants and performance venues.

Sony Acquires Stake in DHX Media’s Peanuts

DHX Media and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. (SMEJ) agreed that SMEJ will indirectly purchase 49 percent of DHX Media’s 80 percent interest in Peanuts for $185 million in cash, subject to customary working capital adjustments. Pro forma for the transaction, DHX Media will own 41 percent of Peanuts, SMEJ will own 39 percent, and the members of the family of Charles M. Schulz will continue to own 20 percent.

DHX Media and SMEJ have also agreed to extend the duration of the current Licensing and Syndication Agency agreement with SMEJ’s consumer products division, Sony Creative Products Inc. in Japan.

Sutiki Signs Universal Kids for Moon and Me

Sutikki, the kids and family division of Bento Box Entertainment, have announced that Universal Kids will be the U.S. television home of new preschool series Moon and Me.  Created by Andrew Davenport, Moon and Me will premiere later this year.

“It’s wonderful to work with Universal Kids,” said Andrew Davenport. “We jointly share a passion for creating premium programming for a global preschool audience. I can’t think of a better launch partner in the U.S. and I’m excited to begin working with the team on the launch of Moon and Me”.
 
Moon and Me (50 x 22’) was developed by Davenport, the creator of award-winning global preschool franchises Teletubbies and In the Night Garden. Inspired by well-loved tales of toys that come to life when nobody is looking, Moon and Me breaks new ground in its technical, visual and conceptual ambition, and will create an exceptional new benchmark of quality and integrity for its young, global audience.
 
The series will combine the latest production methods with traditional storytelling, comedy and music to create a beautifully constructed picture-book world especially for today’s preschoolers.  It will premiere on BBC’s CBeebies in the UK in 2018 and is being produced by Sutikki and Davenport’s Foundling Bird, with Sutikki overseeing global distribution and merchandise licensing.  This includes previously-announced global licensing partnerships with Hasbro and Scholastic, and a partnership with UYoung, which will bring the property to China in 2019.

9 Story Media Group Launches New Consumer Products Division

9 Story Media Group will launch a new consumer products division, 9 Story Brands. Following 9 Story Media Group’s recent acquisition of Out of the Blue Enterprises, 9 Story Brands brings Out of the Blue’s and 9 Story’s licensing endeavors together under the new division. 9 Story Brands officially launches next week at Licensing Expo in Las Vegas.

The new consumer products group will focus on building global kids brands on- and off-screen, allowing audiences multi-dimensional experiences with their favorite characters. 9 Story Brands will be co-managed by 9 Story’s Kristin Lecour and Out of the Blue’s Kyra Halperin, with both reporting to 9 Story’s chief strategy officer, Natalie Osborne. Lecour will lead international efforts and Halperin will direct U.S. based initiatives.

In addition, 9 Story Media Group redesigned its corporate logo, marketing assets, website, and more for a new contemporary look.

Run For The Hills to Collaborate with Kricket Restaurant

London-based design studio Run For The Hills has collaborated with cult Soho restaurant, Kricket, to design its debut cookbook, published by Hardie Grant Books featuring over 80 Indian-inspired recipes including many of their much-loved dishes.
 
Kricket was founded by Will Bowlby and Rik Campbell in 2015 when they began serving their unique small plates out of a 20-seater shipping container in Brixton, before opening up their first permanent venue in Soho, which quickly gained a fanbase amongst diners and chefs alike, picking up the Bib Gourmand by The Michelin Guide, and best newcomer in The Asian Curry Awards within its first year. Run For The Hills has a long history with the brand working on Kricket’s creative identity, website, and designing the interior of its Central London restaurants, including the recently opened Kricket in Brixton.

WowWee, Penguin Random House Partner for Fingerlings Book Collection

WowWee partnered with two children’s divisions of Penguin Random House for a global publishing program for Fingerlings. Penguin Young Readers and DK will create a library of narrative and non-fiction titles based on the children’s toy property.

The publishing series will be a mixture of formats, including handbooks and guides, activity books, sticker books, journals, picture books, and Mad Libs. The first three titles will debut this August, followed by an original story picture book.

The deal was brokered by Striker Entertainment, the worldwide licensing agency for Fingerlings.

Poetic Brands Create Apparel Range for Call of Duty

British licensed apparel specialist Poetic Brands will develop an apparel range for distribution in the United Kingdom and Ireland based on the award-winning, blockbuster Call of Duty brand, one of the most iconic entertainment properties in the world.

The highly-acclaimed, blockbuster Call of Duty franchise is known for bringing epic, immersive gameplay to fans.
 
Poetic Brands will utilize iconic Call of Duty imagery spanning titles within the franchise, which the gaming community knows and loves, to create an apparel range that appeals to a wide consumer base.
 
“Call of Duty is one of the most recognisable and popular video game brands in the world, so it is tremendously exciting to have signed this agreement,” says Elliott Matthews of Poetic Brands. “We will be putting together a range that utilises the game’s iconic imagery to great effect and have huge appeal to the millions of Call of Duty fans out there.”

RedwoodVentures Expands Licensees for Smooshy Mushy Brand

OLO Industries, in partnership with RedwoodVentures, introduced Smooshy Mushy licensees in North America and Europe. The brand is based on the collectible toy line that launched in the U.S. last year.

Evolution USA and Lisle Licensing, Smooshy Mushy’s exclusive licensing and brand management agents, released the first list of Smooshy Mushy licensed products to appear at retail in North America, the UK, and Europe. Licensees include The Bentex Group of companies (H.I.S. International, Dreamwave, and Extreme Concepts) for apparel, T-shirts, swimwear, and outerwear; Handcraft Manufacturing Corp. for packaged and hanging underwear; Fast Forward for bags, backpacks, and lunch kits; Concept One for headwear and cold weather accessories; High Point Design for hosiery, tights, and slipper socks; Inkology for school supplies and stationary; Horizon Group for arts and crafts and activities; Spin Master and Cardinal Industries (worldwide rights) for games and puzzles; KIDdesigns Inc. for youth electronics; Franco Manufacturing for bedding, beach, bath, accessories, and room décor; Fiesta Concession Corp. for amusement plush and novelty; BLMP Network (worldwide rights) for online assortment of digital collectibles; and Radz II for novelty candy and confections.  
DJ Murphy was appointed as the magazine publisher in the UK and Ireland, and additional licensees in publishing and apparel will be added as the collectible line rolls out in Europe. Other categories in final negotiation for the North American market include sleepwear, plush, health and beauty care, hair accessories, and publishing.

In addition, OLO Industries and RedwoodVentures will support the brand expansion of Smooshy Mushy with short-form animation in conjunction with Wild Brain.

New Partners for The Royal Touch

Bill Schwartz, Managing Partner of The Royal Touch brand, and partner Carolyn Robb; Royal Chef to Prince & Princess of Wales, Prince William and Prince Harry, have entered into agreements in the United States with QVC, Harry & David, Tauck Travel and Abercrombie & Kent. 
 
At an event at the British Embassy, The Royal Touch brand was introduced by Bill Schwartz and Carolyn Robb.  The spirit of the brand is of the British Countryside with a touch of aspirational quality and a teaspoon of humor. Schwartz added, “The growth of our brand is due to the serendipitous events; the continuous global media coverage of Britain’s Royal Family, ‘The Crown’ and ‘Downton Abbey’ TV series, and the success of premium British fashion, automotive and entertainment brands…cumulatively speaking. Additionally, as there are many ‘celebrity chefs’ known on a regional basis, Royal Chef Carolyn Robb brings instant credibility and recognition on a global basis.  Carolyn’s cookbook has already been published in many territories, including the UK, US, China and Germany and Royal Touch retail cafes are open in Asia. The Royal Touch is also collaborating with several major food companies, including Nestles Chocolate, PG-Tips Teas, and others to develop, license and/or promote Royal-infused products. 

Striker Entertainment Appoints Nimbus Nine to Expand Licensing Initiatives

Nimbus Nine will act as Striker Entertainment’s on-the-ground presence in the UK and Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) to help expand the roll-out of key licensing initiatives, including Fingerlings from WowWee. Nimbus Nine was founded in April by Tina-Louise Foster, the former senior director of international licensing EMEA at MGA.
 
The news also follows the recent announcement that Nimbus Nine partnered with Vickie O’Malley at Rockpool Licensing to manage the Super Wings and Jim Henson properties.

Incredibles 2 Countdown

Kicking off the one-month countdown to Incredibles 2 opening day, 25 content creators will dust off their super suits and join filmmakers and fans to celebrate Incredibles Day. Throughout the day, fans got a look at new Incredibles 2 content and product, have the chance to win prizes, and get exclusive access to Pixar Animation Studios to watch content creators from around the world take part in film-themed challenges on Facebook. Written and directed by Brad Bird, Disney•Pixar’s Incredibles 2 opens June 15.
 
“It’s been a long wait for the next chapter in the Parr-family story,” said Incredibles 2 producers Nicole Paradis Grindle and John Walker. “We just love that fans are so passionate about these characters and we can’t wait for everyone to see the film. Opening day is coming fast, but in the meantime, we’re excited to celebrate INCREDIBLES DAY with all of the fans.”

Nelvana Expands Ranger Rob Licensing Program, Broadcast Partners

Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana added new deals for its original preschool adventure series, Ranger Rob. The second season will launch on Treehouse in Canada this June, and on Universal Kids’ Sprout later this year.
 
Newly announced licensees include J Corp for apparel, Black & White for footwear, and Jellifish for sleepwear. Product will begin to launch in Canada beginning this fall. In addition, new broadcast partners include MediaCorp (Singapore), TVNZ (New Zealand), Tiny Pop (UK), Clan TVE (Spain), Frisbee (Italy), and Hulu (U.S.).
 
This summer, Nelvana will also launch Welcome to Big Sky Park, a gaming app for preschoolers. The game will be available for free in the App Store and Google Play.
 
The new deals join a growing list of previously announced partners and licensees with Ranger Rob, including master toy partner Imports Dragon; Round Room Presents for the Ranger Rob Live Tour this fall; Chouette Publishing for two titles in both English and French in Canada and the U.S.; and Sprout, which broadcasts the series in the U.S.

JoJo Mama Bébé Launch Elmer Product Line

Leading independent baby retailer, JoJo Maman Bébé, has recently launched its second apparel collection featuring popular picture book property, Elmer the Patchwork Elephant.
 
The range of ten styles combines Elmer’s unique patchwork with JoJo Maman Bébé’s signature Breton stripe and includes a reversible hoodie, pyjama set, dress, knitted leggings, t-shirt and romper. Targeted at boys and girls aged 0-6 years, it will be merchandised on a feature display together with Elmer books, plush, homewares, toys and greetings cards. The collection is part of a direct to retail (DTR) deal brokered by Metrostar on behalf of Elmer publishers, Andersen Press.
 
JoJo Maman Bébé and Andersen Press are working together on a number of PR and marketing initiatives to support the range; including in-store Elmer Day activities, social media and influencer campaigns and costume character appearances.
 
The new Elmer collection was launched online and in JoJo Maman Bébé stores on May 11th

Cartoon Network, Cryptozoic Release Rick and Morty Tabletop Game

Cryptozoic Entertainment and Cartoon Network Enterprises will release Rick and Morty: The Ricks Must Be Crazy Multiverse Game this month. In this tabletop game, two to four players take on the roles of Rick, Morty, Zeep, and Kyle. Based on the Rick and Morty episode "The Ricks Must Be Crazy," gameplay takes place in four “Verses” with unique attributes: the Rickverse, Microverse, Miniverse, and Teenyverse.

Rick and Morty: The Ricks Must Be Crazy will be available at retailers nationwide beginning May 30 and at Origins Game Fair from June 13 to 17 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Spirit of Concorde Licensed

Award-winning agency Start Licensing signs to represent 'Spirit of Concorde' trademarks in the run up to the 50th Anniversary of Concorde's first flight. Campaign is linked to the new celebratory documentary 'Ode to Concorde'.
 
Start Licensing will work with the award-winning film-makers behind the short film 'Ode to Concorde'. The short film has been completed by Chris Purcell and Paul Darter. The duo, who have a long successful track record in documentaries and commercials, have collaborated to create this poetic and inspiring short film to mark the 50th Anniversary of the first flight of the legendary aeroplane Concorde. The anniversary of Concorde's maiden flight is 2nd March 2019 marking half a century since the French prototype took to the air in Toulouse. The 50th of the first flight of the British prototype takes place a month later on 9th April 2019.
 
The 'Ode to Concorde' film is a highly evocative celebration of Concorde and comprises new specially created footage and unique contributions from a large array of Concorde connected people. This includes designers, aviation pundits, engineers and test pilots, plus a contribution from former passenger, the late Sir Roger Moore. The film provides a fitting tribute to an iconic aeroplane and is a wonderful retrospective. The film-makers have created a brand design to accompany the film - this is 'Spirit of Concorde'.
 
Ode to Concorde will be screened at a range of events, festivals and venues. It is expected that the anniversary of Concorde's first flight will create a significant amount of media and public interest.
 
The 'Spirit of Concorde' trademarks will allow companies to leverage this interest in a commercial way and develop products that have long-term potential. The enduring affection and nostalgia for Concorde is widespread and it appeals to a wide-range of consumer groups.
 
Product categories that 'Spirit of Concorde' is registered in include watches, art works, jewellery, statues, travelling bags, suitcases, clothing, beers, mineral waters, wine, cider and glassware.

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Celebrates 50th Anniversary with New Licensees

Brand Central will expand the consumer products program for Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood to celebrate the series’ 50th anniversary. New products based on the Fred Rogers Productions series will be available at retail this year.

The new licensees include American Classics for men’s and women’s T-shirts and loungewear; Aquarius for calendars, playing cards, puzzles, games, buttons, magnets, and tin boxes; boldSOCKS for socks; Funko for Pop! figures and plush; Isaac Morris Ltd. for sweaters and outerwear; ODM for T-shirts and sweatshirts; Philcos for apparel available exclusively in Canada; Surreal Entertainment for beverageware, fleece throws, pins, lanyards, and desk accessories; Trau and Loevner for fashion tops, fleece, and T-shirts; Unemployed Philosophers Guild for mugs, mints, bar soap, enamel pins, and sticky notes; and Wizhead for paper craft models.

Clangers Return to UK TV

Coolabi Group’s top-rated BAFTA-winning animated series Clangers has returned to the UK’s CBeebies with 13 x 11 minute brand new episodes. The new episodes of the pre-school animation began airing on 13th May and will conclude the 26 x 11’ second series of Clangers.
 
To celebrate the release, Coolabi Group held a magical BFI Family Funday screening. Hosted by the BFI, and presented by CBeebies presenter, Rebecca Keatley, parents and their pre-schoolers were treated to a special interactive event and screening at the BFI Southbank.

TCG, Marvel Launch Branded Home Products Line

TCG will launch an assortment of Marvel-branded home décor products for kids’ rooms. The debut lineup of Marvel Megamats, Gelli Mats, and Tidy Town 2- in-1 storage units will debut at retail beginning this fall.

TCG’s new Marvel collection will include a large double-sided foam Gelli Mat featuring licensed characters on one side, and a complementary pattern on the other. The Gelli Mat wipes clean and rolls up for easy storage.

The Marvel Megamat play mat will feature a play surface with a continuous play scene. In addition, the company’s Marvel Tidy Town offerings will include dual-purpose storage units with vibrant images from the Marvel Universe. The Tidy Town collection is made of a high-density, non-woven material that assembles simply and stores flat for easy transport.

Bungie Appoints Bits and Pixels

Bungie has appointed Bits and Pixels as its licensing agency for EMEA territories. The London-based video game specialist will represent the award-winning, internationally acclaimed first-person action game Destiny, published by Activision.
 
The agency will help build upon the existing licensing programme, with new retail channels and new, beautifully designed product collections which fans will instantly love.

“We couldn’t be more delighted to be working with Bungie on the Destiny franchise. The combination of thrilling gameplay, an expansive and cinematic world featuring a compelling narrative and cast of characters, and some of the most stunning visual design you could wish to find, are just some of the elements we’ll be looking to showcase to prospective partners”, comments Sandra Arcan, Co-Director at Bits and Pixels.
 
“We’re looking forward to partnering with Bits and Pixels on new opportunities to expand the Destiny franchise through unique merchandise and creative brand collaborations,” says Katie Lennox, Director of Consumer Products at Bungie.

Fandango Fanshop Launches Prop Shop

Fandango FanShop will launch its first Prop Shop, giving fans an opportunity to own official, limited-edition prop replicas from popular films and franchises. In partnership with Universal Studios, Fandango FanShop’s first offerings will feature official prop replicas molded from original on-screen props from the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World film franchise, handcrafted on the Universal Studios backlot.

To enhance the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World prop replicas’ collectibility, Fandango FanShop will provide an official signed certificate of authenticity issued by Universal Studios that will include the product number in the series, among other details. 

FanShop will take pre-orders for the Jurassic prop replicas at Fandango FanShop leading up to the theatrical release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in June. Fandango is part of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, a business unit of NBCUniversal.

One Animation Appoints New SVP

Singapore-based One Animation has appointed Michele Schofield as SVP, Content Development and Sales.
 
Michele joins the company with a track record and enviable credentials in the programming and production industry. A 20-year veteran, Michele has held senior level roles at A+E Networks and Turner Entertainment Networks, heading program scheduling, commissioning and acquisitions for the companies’ Asia Pacific networks. During her two most recent tenures, Michele commissioned hundreds of hours of original productions and launched the Biography, FYI, Lifetime and H2 channels for A+E Networks, as well as CN Korea, CN Pakistan, Boomerang Australia and Boomerang SEA for Turner Entertainment Networks.
 
Sashim Parmanand, CEO, One Animation is thrilled to welcome Michele to the global team; “Michele is a well respected and tremendously talented industry professional and I am delighted to have her on board our executive team. Michele’s appointment allows us to significantly accelerate content development initiatives at One Animation and build a strong pipeline of content to drive future growth.” 

Jay Franco, LaurDIY Launch LaurDecor

Lauren Riihimaki, known as LaurDIY, and Jay Franco & Sons, will launch LaurDecor, a new collection of signature bedding, bath, beach, and home storage products inspired by the designs of the YouTube personality.

The partnership was created by The Brand Liaison, LaurDIY’s exclusive licensing agent.

Ivory Ella, Bouffants and Broken Hearts Partner for Charitable Fashion Collection  

Apparel company Ivory Ella partnered with Kendra Dandy and her brand, Bouffants and Broken Hearts, for two limited-edition T-shirts. The shirts use bright colors that are typical in the works of Kendra Dandy and will be available on ivoryella.com.
 
Ivory Ella sells fashionable apparel and accessories to raise awareness on the global elephant-poaching crisis. Since its start in 2015, Ivory Ella has donated more than $1.6 million to elephant conservation and other charitable causes.
 
The collaboration was brokered by Jewel Branding & Licensing, Kendra Dandy’s global licensing agent.

Masha and the Bear Season Three to Air on KIKA in Germany

Ink Media signed a deal to make season three of Masha and the Bear available across Germany on KIKA. The new season will debut on the national, free-to-air children’s channel on June 18, and then screen daily, with two episodes on back-to-back.
 
Additional channels to recently air the preschool series include HBO Europe (all Central Europe and Spain), Minimax, Czeszka TV, TVP Poland, NBCUNI France, Telequebec, France TV, Canal Plus France, De Agostini Kid, RTS Switzerland, and Tiny Pop and Cartoonito in the UK.

Jay@Play, Synchronicity Launch New Licensees for FlipaZoo, Boxy Girls

Synchronicity,the licensing agent for Jay@Play’s FlipaZoo toy brand, will introduce new licensees and international agents for the brand at Licensing Expo in Las Vegas next week.

FlipaZoo licensees include Basic Fun! and Goodstuff for amusement park plush; Taste Beauty; Global One Accessories for bags, accessories, and headwear; Ethical Products for pet products; Jay Franco for bedding and home décor; and Mad Dog Concepts for pajamas and slippers. Additionally, HuntAR will launch a FlipaZoo augmented reality (AR) app that lets kids scan branded product hangtags and packaging to bring the characters to life on their mobile devices. Licensing agents Lisle Licensing and Curiosity Japan signed on in the UK and Japan, respectively.

Synchronicity will also feature Jay@Play’s new fashion doll line, Boxy Girls. Jay@Play partnered with Walmart on the exclusive retail launch of the Boxy Girls brand with product available this month.  The line features four Boxy Girls, each with four shipping boxes that when unboxed will reveal fashion surprises. Jay@Play’s FlipZee Girls, Crunchimals, and Wish Me brands will also be featured at Licensing Expo.

LIMA, The NPD Group Team Up for Quarterly Executive Breakfast Series 

The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) and The NPD Group will launch a quarterly Executive Breakfast Series created for senior brand licensing executives. This series pairs The NPD Group’s thought leadership in more than 20 industries with LIMA’s brand licensing expertise to initiate discussions grounded in real data and market intelligence. 

The Executive Breakfast Series launches Tuesday, June 12 at Steelcase in New York City and will focus on the following topic: "The Megapower of Kid Fans – how today’s digital-savvy kids are upending the traditional model of content, and what it means for your licensing business." NPD Entertainment’s Kristen McLean will explore how kids are upending the traditional models of content distribution and discovery, and share data from across the children’s industry on how licenses and brands are measuring up.
 
Register for the event at here.

American Pop Art, Steve Kaufman Licensing LLC to License Steve Kauffman Art

American Pop Art Inc. and Steve Kaufman Art Licensing LLC signed an agreement with Becker Associates to license the artwork of Steve Kaufman for children’s toys and merchandise. This collaboration will allow children to discover the creative essence of Kaufman’s artwork.

Kaufman, also known as “SAK,” was a charismatic pop artist, humanitarian, and pioneer of neo pop art. Kaufman started his career as an assistant to Andy Warhol, where he learned the art of silk screening. 

Becker Associates will have full access to Kaufman’s library of paintings for the customized development of child-friendly merchandise so that kids can connect with some of their favorite characters.

Firefly Brand Management Secures New Licensing Deals for Bob Ross Brand

Firefly Brand Management signed new licensing partners for the Bob Ross brand, inspired by the TV show, The Joy of Painting, which debuted in the ’80s and still runs today.
 
New partners include JY Instyle for socks; Rasta Imposta for Halloween costumes and leggings; Running Press for activity books; Surreal Entertainment&nbsnbsp;for drinkware and impulse; Aquarious Entertainment Merchandise for playing cards, tin signs, magnets, and more; Advanced Graphics for cardboard standees; Incogneato LLC for vinyl figures; Scorpio Posters for paper posters; Gotham City Online LLC for posters and T-shirts; Hot Properties for novelty and impulse; Big Creative for games and puzzles; 3D Retro for limited-edition talking Bob Ross plush; The Irving Group LLC (Savvy Sox) for socks and air fresheners; The Avenue Venice for a line of athletic footwear; Le Celline Collection for jewelry; Boston America for confectionary; The RSVLTS for shirts and swimwear; The Forecast Agency for apparel, umbrellas, loungewear, and more; Stance, Inc. for socks and men’s underwear; Quarto Publishing Group (Walter Foster Publishing) for painting books; Royal Bobbles for talking bobble heads; Trends International for posters, decals, mobile cell phone covers, wallets, and bookmarks; Spencer Gifts for headwear and backpacks; Kurt S. Adler for Holiday ornaments and decorations; Uncanny Brands for toaster, waffle maker, and plush; and Prime Party LLC for paper party goods.

American Girl Live Announces Tour Dates

Inspired by the American Girl characters and storylines, American Girl Live will debut in the U.S. this December. The stage production is a musical featuring original songs and experiences. 

American Girl Live is a collaboration between American Girl, a subsidiary of Mattel Inc., and Mills Entertainment. Tickets and VIP packages go on sale in select cities on May 18. Visit americangirllive.com for more information.

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