Moonbug Entertainment, a subsidiary of Candle Media, has announced the global launch of CoComelon HugMees, a new collection from the number one plush brand Squishmallows by Jazwares. Following a successful launch in the US, the collection will be shown at Nuremberg Toy Fair from February 1-5, 2023. The CoComelon HugMees by Squishmallows will be the latest addition to the squad of high-quality plush toys with ultrasoft materials. Featuring the beloved CoComelon characters wearing their pajama onesies, the collection includes fan-favorite JJ and his best friends Cody, Nico, Nina, Cece, and Bella.
International marketing agency Canspan BMG Inc announces a new partnership with award-winning toy company YuMe Toys. Acting as Agency of Record, Canspan will draw on their extensive experience in the toy industry to provide strategic guidance, digital & social media management, PR & Influencer programs, including the exciting launch of YuMe’s Disney 100 surprise capsules which commemorates Disney’s most iconic and loved characters from its 100-year legacy, and the launch of their DZNR Transformers line.
For the first time ever, Dino Ranch Live is hitting the road and will Dino-SOAR onto stages in more than 60 cities beginning March 24th. The fun-filled, family friendly and action-packed live show is based on the hit animated series seen on Disney Junior and follows the adventures of the Cassidy family and junior Ranchers Jon, Min, Miguel, their loveable dinos Blitz, Clover and Tango and the mischievous Tin Horn Trio. Dino Ranch Live kicks off in Riverside, California on March 24 before riding to Newark, Detroit, Chicago, Orlando and Long Beach among others around North America. The tour schedule, tickets and VIP packages can be found at www.dinoranchlive.com.
Following the success of Create A Castle on Shark Tank, including a winning a deal with billionaire retail whiz Kendra Scott, the firm’s founder/inventor, Kevin Lane, hit the road to do his two favorite things: building sand and snow castles, and visiting retailers carrying his award-winning line. And since Create A Castle had recently hit 900 Target stores, those were in his sights as he drove back from a sand castle building event in Florida to his Connecticut home base. On the way, he passed a Target store in Opelika, AL and stopped in to see how his new Create A Castle BuildMaster was being displayed.
Paris-based international distributor Kids First has secured a host of new global broadcast partners for Hello Kitty: Super Style!, an original 3D animated children’s program based on Sanrio’s pop culture icon Hello Kitty. The 52 x 11-minute 3D animated show is co-developed with Amazon Kids+, the award-winning kids content subscription, which debuted the first episodes in December 2022. The series has been picked up by Viaplay for Scandinavia, Baltics, Poland and Benelux; Super RTL in Germany; CBC Canada, Canal + Ethiopia and Poland, and Canal Panda in Portugal. These linear broadcasters join Canal+ and M6 in France, RAI YOYO in Italy, Tiny Pop in the UK, Discovery Kids for Latin America, RTS for Switzerland and Hop for Israel, which have already acquired the show.
Full Moon Features (FMF) has announced the launch of the Full Moon Horror Line, its new, premium toy division, creating, developing, and producing a breadth of new, high-end replicas and figures, along with innovative toys and merchandise based off of FMF’s vast catalog of legacy franchises and licenses. FMF has tapped award-winning toy and collectibles mogul, Rick Phares to develop and oversee all products coming out of its new division.
Award-winning global animation studio ZAG and Horst Brandstätter Group have signed a global agreement to develop and distribute a diverse PLAYMOBIL toy range for the beloved and multi-award winning Miraculous – Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir franchise. The announcement was made by Jeremy Zag, Founder and CEO, ZAG, and Sibylle Gondolf, Managing Director (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) at leading licensing agency, WildBrain CPLG, who represent the Miraculous brand in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and brokered the deal for ZAG.
Brain Power Studio, a global entertainment content creator and distributor, has appointed former Netflix and 9 Story Media Group exec, Jasmine Gard, as its new VP of Finance and Operations. In the role, Jasmine Gard will oversee all aspects of finance and accounting operations at Brain Power as well as provide strategic guidance around capital financing options. Gard will manage production and corporate finance as well as risk management activities. She will lead consolidation efforts and manage relationships with third party lenders and auditors.
Mattel, Inc and Minecraft have announced a partnership to launch the new Minecraft Creator Series Camp Enderwood DLC (downloadable content) Map. Introducing a host of new characters and a brand-new, immersive gameplay experience, Camp Enderwood is a digital destination developed in partnership between Mattel, Minecraft, and Cyclone Designs, featuring an all-new downloadable map full of unique mini games, available for free download on the Minecraft Marketplace.