aNb Media News, January 16, 2013

Joester Loria Group Granted North American Rights for The Hive

Space Enterprises, a merchandising and licensing agent for a range of UK properties, has appointed The Joester Loria Group (TJLG) as the exclusive licensing agent for The Hive in North America. Originating in the UK, produced by Monumental Productions, Lupus Films, and DQ Entertainment, The Hive is 26 x half hour series now airing in more than 150 countries. The Hive began airing on Disney Junior in October 2012 in the U.S.

A CGI TV series, The Hive follows the fortunes of Buzzbee and his many friends in their adventures in the Hive. Storylines in each episode explore themes such as working together to solve problems, being part of a diverse community, and valuing family and friendships.

TJLG will launch an integrated licensing and merchandising program for The Hive that is centered on the cheerful cast of characters and their playful adventures designed to entertain and encourage imaginative play with preschool children. Key merchandising categories planned include toys, games, publishing, apparel, confectionary, and more.

The Hive’s UK licensing program is also building. Mookie Toys has been announced as master toy partner, and has also released an extensive range of plush. LeapFrog is releasing video packages on the LeapPad learning tablet and Leapster Explorer learning console. Other licensees in the UK include Jupiter Toys (wooden toys and furniture), EMI Publishing (books), Blues Clothing (children’s apparel), Aykroyds TDP (children’s sleepwear), and Ravensburger (puzzles). In addition, Space and Avanquest are set to launch iOS game apps on iTunes.

AALMG Signs Interior Designer Jennifer Adams for Licensing

Interior designer Jennifer Adams has signed with All-American Licensing & Management Group (AALMG) to develop a comprehensive lifestyle program.

The designer has a branded bedding and furniture line, Jennifer Adams Home, which is sold at Costco. In 2009, she launched her eco-friendly bedding line, which she recently expanded to include custom sofas, chairs, dressers, and tables.

Courtesy of her new partnership with AALMG, the designer will also have the opportunity to expand her brand to include a variety of products within the fashion and apparel categories as well as pet, textiles, and additional home furnishings.