Kids2, a global company that designs holistic solutions to help early-stage parents and families, announced the launch of Baby Einstein Ocean Explorers, a new STEAM-focused ocean adventure edutainment series in conjunction with a comprehensive line of two dozen products for children, including toys and baby gear. Created in partnership with child development experts, Hello Einstein Studios and EDH Animation, each 5-minute episode reinforces early learning skills through repetition and interactivity as beloved Baby Einstein characters Cal, Neptune, Opus, Tinker and Dean discover undersea and seaside wonders together with young viewers.
Genius Brands International, Inc (“Genius Brands” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: GNUS) announced the formation of a new division, Genius Music, focused on developing and monetizing its broad music publishing rights with emerging opportunities throughout the worldwide network of streaming platforms and existing broadcast outlets. Genius Brands has appointed veteran music executive and creative artist, Juan Carlos “JC” Quintero, as Head of Genius Music, to drive the new business venture.
Super Nintendo World opens at Universal Studios Hollywood on Friday, February 17, so let’s take a closer look at the land’s exciting Power-Up Band, a fun interactive component designed to help guests level up their experience during their visits within the land. These wearable wristbands sync with Universal Studios Hollywood’s official free downloadable app and function as a complement to the land’s many interactive elements. The Power-Up Band is available for purchase in six design options with character themes, including Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Toad and Princess Daisy; choosing a particular character also defines which Team guests will be a part of.
Educational toy companies Learning Resources, Educational Insights and hand2mind advanced their mission to bring learning to life with donations totaling more than $1.7M in monetary and product support to a wide variety of philanthropic organizations in 2022. “Our mission is to bring learning to life,” said Sari Winick, Global Chief Marketing Officer. “To that end, we are proud to have helped a wide variety of philanthropic organizations that support children and families during 2022.”
MGA Entertainment, Inc, one of the world’s fastest growing and largest privately held toy and entertainment companies, and creator of global sensation L.O.L. Surprise!, has partnered with Aquifer, an instant animation technology startup, to launch L.O.L. Surprise! Shoutouts, personalized, animated video shorts from fan-favorite characters for anyone to experience. To celebrate the launch, the site will offer special Valentine’s Day video shoutouts shorts for a limited time to customize for friends, schoolmates, and family.
The NY NOW Winter 2023 Market returns to the Jacob Javits Center in NYC on February 5-8, 2023 – With an exciting visual rebranding, a reorganized show floor, modern activations from top-tier brands, an elevated food + beverage experience, and tech-powered activations, this Winter Market will be the gift + home event that NYC knows and loves, but bigger, better, and more grounded in what the future holds for the industry. Leading the charge behind this season’s innovative market approach (and future Markets to come) is the recently acquired online wholesale marketplace Bulletin.
Leading international toy and game company PlayMonster Group LLC announced that Tim Kilpin will transition to the newly created role of Executive Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors, focusing on long-term opportunities and partnerships and leading the search for acquisitions. Sitting President, Steve Adolph has now been appointed to Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.
In celebration of Warner Bros Studios’ 100th anniversary, Warner Bros Discovery Global Themed Entertainment and Fever, the leading entertainment discovery platform, are proud to launch Candlelight: 100 Years of Warner Bros, a commemorative international concert series coming to 100 cities worldwide. Part of the company’s global centennial campaign, the series will feature music from award-winning films and unforgettable television shows from the Warner Bros. library in a one-of-a-kind musical experience taking place in majestic venues, noted for their historic nature or unique character, from iconic cathedrals, theatres, museums and gardens, with breathtaking candlelit settings. The concert series will kick off in April and run through December 2023.