Genius Brands International “Genius Brands” (NASDAQ: GNUS) has announced the launch of season one of its flagship animated children’s series, Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten, Executive Produced by and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, on Alibaba Group’s (NYSE:BABA) video streaming platform, Youku, starting March 2022, which is one of the top three streaming platforms in the Mainland China territory. Additionally, the acclaimed series will be available via the Tudou and Kumiao apps.
The Houghton brothers — Chris and Shane — creators and executive producers of the animated comedy Big City Greens, Disney’s #1 show, will join the echelon of format-leaping creative talent as their popular series spins off a movie musical for Disney Channel and Disney+. Big City Greens also received a fourth season order from Disney Channel, tallying more than 100 episodes for the Daytime Emmy-winning and Annie Award-nominated comedy. The announcement was made by Ayo Davis, president of Disney Branded Television, a content engine for Disney+ and Disney Channels.
The Western Toy and Hobby Representatives Association (WTHRA) Board of Directors met Thursday, January 20 and voted to move forward with ToyFest West. President Lawrence Nissen said, “There are many things to look forward to this coming March 9-11, 2022. One being, WTHRA will celebrate its Diamond Anniversary, 60 years of producing the finest toy show in the West! Another is that exhibitors are purchasing more booth space to prepare for the retailers, new and old who are registered for the show.”
“How many Mini Softs do you have” will be the trending topic come March 2022 as Douglas Company has taken its very popular Soft collection and made it in a brand new size! Six-inch Mini Softs will make their debut at all the winter shows. Be sure to check them out, but understand you may want to collect them all!
Rocket Licensing and Spotlight Licensing are set to build a global consumer products program for critically acclaimed fan-favorite television drama, All Creatures Great and Small with Rocket leading in all markets outside North America and Spotlight focused on North America. The series, based on best-selling stories written by Alf Wight under the pen name James Herriot, follows the heart warming and humorous adventures of a young vet from Glasgow working in the stunningly beautiful Yorkshire dales.
You don’t have to wait until Valentine’s Day to show the special people in your life how much you love them. But February 14th puts the spotlight on who really matters. An offering of chocolates or flowers is nice but giving your time lets them know they’re valued. Lifestyle brand and toy manufacturer eeBoo has six sweet gifts to giftwrap for everyone on your list.
Carter’s, Inc. (NYSE: CRI), the largest branded marketer in North America of apparel exclusively for babies and young children, today announced its iconic brand OshKosh B’gosh as the first-ever kids apparel sponsor of TIME, TIME for Kids and Nickelodeon’s second annual Kid of the Year. The highly anticipated initiative celebrates young change makers who are making a positive impact on society.
Novel Entertainment has partnered with P2 Games to develop and launch a new racing game for its internationally renowned Horrid Henry brand. Targeting kids aged 6+ and families, ‘Horrid Henry’s Krazy Karts’ will initially be available exclusively from the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch worldwide from Friday 21st January.
Oregon-based Hog Wild Toys, LLC has welcomed Steve Markey as the new Vice President of Sales and Marketing for North America, it was announced today by Jy Liao, president. In his new role, Markey will take the reins on all marketing initiatives and lead the Hog Wild North American sales teams with a strong directive to focus on the novelty foundation of the company.