Kidscreen summit
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Kidscreen Summit 2022 Speakers and Attendees Announced
With just 11 weeks to go until this year’s event takes place live in Miami, all planning and preparation is on track for Kidscreen Summit 2022.   New York Times bestselling author and Newbery Award medalist Kwame Alexander will kick the week off with a keynote address on Monday, July 18, sharing the inspirational story of his unconventional journey in kids entertainment, and exploring how the simple act of saying…
Miraculous ZAG Mexico
Licensing News
ZAG Signs Over 30 Licensing Partners in Mexico for ‘Miraculous’

Award-winning global independent animation studio ZAG announced that since opening its first Latin American office in Mexico City, Mexico–just six months ago–over thirty new licensees, retailers and various promotional partners have come on board to partner with the company’s flagship brand, Miraculous – Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir. The announcement was made by Julian Zag, EVP Global Operations and Head of Consumer Products.

World of Barbie Kilburn Mattel Studio
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Kilburn Live & Mattel Team Up for ‘World of Barbie’

Kilburn Live, a global market leader in branded live entertainment, has revealed a partnership with Mattel, Incorporated for a new upcoming immersive attraction – World Of Barbie. Created alongside the leading global toy company, the interactive exhibition will allow fans the unique opportunity to step directly into Barbie’s inspiring world where they can explore her iconic Dreamhouse, walk down her neighborhood streets into various interactive rooms, and even sit in her one-and-only, life-sized Camper Van, fabricated by the team at West Coast Customs.  

Licensing News
Surge Licensing Signs TOMY as Global Master Toy Partner for ‘A Little SPOT’

Surge Licensing, an entertainment IP development company th­­­­­at grows brands into multi-platformed entertainment and product licensing programs, has signed TOMY—a global market leader in innovative pre-school toys—as the global master toy partner for Diane Alber’s A Little SPOT book series, a market leader in social emotional learning content that parents, teachers, and children look to for compelling characters and experiences.

Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? THQ Nordic MGM
Gaming Licensing News
THQ Nordic and MGM to Bring ‘Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?’ to Console and PC in 2022

THQ Nordic and MGM have announced plans to bring the classic Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? franchise to Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, as well as PC later this year. The game is in development with THQ Nordic-owned studio Handy Games. Developed by Massive Miniteam, the game will be published by THQ Nordic subsidiary HandyGames. The original Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? game show ran for five successful seasons on FOX Primetime and averaged 20 million viewers a week in its first season. That success was accompanied by 300 original episodes for syndication. The format remains incredibly relevant today, having been produced in more than 70 countries around the world, and enjoying success across multiple platforms including a YouTube channel and Podcast. 

Licensing International Excellence Awards
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George Leon to Host Licensing International Excellence Awards
Licensing International is thrilled to announce that industry veteran George Leon will host the 2022 Licensing International Excellence Awards. With more than 25 years of experience, he is a beloved and respected expert in the global promotions and franchise development space.   Leon will take center stage, microphone in hand, on May 23 at 5:30pm PST at The LIGHT Vegas Nightclub as the master of ceremonies for this year’s Excellence Awards. He…