Weekly E-News, Issue #174, August 15, 2006

Sponsored by: WBCP Supersizes Its Jewelry PresenceWarner Bros. Consumer Products is partnering with Robert Lee Morris on a newSuperman-inspired jewelry collection. The Superman collection (suggestedretails, $55 to $350) is constructed of sterling

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WBCP Supersizes Its Jewelry Presence


Warner Bros. Consumer Products is partnering with Robert Lee Morris on a newSuperman-inspired jewelry collection. The Superman collection (suggestedretails, $55 to $350) is constructed of sterling silver and 18k gold piecesemblazed with the S-Shield. This limited-edition collection comprisesnecklaces, pendants, bracelets, rings, belts, and key chains for both men andwomen.



AG Properties Secures Home Entertainment Partner


AG Properties named Sony Wonder the exclusive home entertainment partner forits new Holly Hobbie & Friends direct-to-DVD releases. As part of themulti-year deal, Sony Wonder will market and distribute at least two titles ayear, with the first release, Holly Hobbie & Friends: Christmas Wishes,planned for October 2006. Two additional titles currently are in finalproduction for a 2007 release, and four more titles are in development.



American Idol Stages New Software Debut


Sony Media Software signed an agreement with FremantleMedia LicensingWorldwide, Americas, to develop American Idol Jam Trax and American IdolExtreme Music Creator software. Jam Trax software (suggested retail, $19.95)comes with more than 600 music loops and samples, allowing users to recordvocals, change tempo and key, and e-mail songs to others right from within thesoftware. Extreme Music Creator software ($49.95) is a more powerfulapplication that lets users produce songs on their home computer. Both includethe bonus Randy Jackson's Producer's Pack and will be on shelves in October.Future editions of Randy Jackson's Producer's Packs, add-on loops, and musicsamples for Extreme Music Creator software are due for holiday 2006.



MTV Networks Acquires Atom Entertainment


MTV Networks, a division of Viacom, Inc., will acquire Atom Entertainment,Inc., and its portfolio, which includes casual games Shockwave.com andAddictingGames.com, and short film and video sites AtomFilms.com andAddictingClips.com. The $200 million deal furthers the company's multiplatformstrategy of building an engaging universe of music, gaming, entertainment,news, and interactivity for targeted audiences.



Fisher-Price Reels in National Wildlife Federation


Fisher-Price is working with National Wildlife Federation to bring wildlifephotos and educational content to its new Look & Learn line for View-Master.The first Look & Learn titles to hit shelves this summer include Dinosaurs,Marine Life, and Rain Forest Creatures with more titles due in 2007. TheView-Master Gift Set includes binoculars, a reel case containing the 3-D imagephoto reels, and animal facts provided by the National Wildlife Federation.



iTunes Adds New Programming


A&E Television Networks and Apple are making programming from A&ENetwork, The Biography Channel, and The History Channel available for purchaseand download on the iTunes Music Store (

http://www.itunes.com

).iTunes offers more than 200 TV shows for $1.99 per episode for viewing on acomputer or iPod.



Rocky Brands Signs Footwear Deal


Michelin Footwear appointed Rocky Brands, Inc., to produce, market, anddistribute a line of footwear in North America under the Michelin brand name.



Son of the Sea to Rep Artist


Son of the Sea, Inc., will represent artist Phil Roberts, best known for hisdepictions of a surfer's lifestyle. A master painter, Roberts' expertise iscapturing personalities in portraits. His most recent piece is the paintingtitled "Pros at Teauhupoo," which was printed in the current Surfer magazine'sBig Issue.



Art Exec Forms New Venture


James Meserve, former CEO/president of Applejack Art Partners of Vermont,started Next Day Art, a venture focused on artist representation, artlicensing, publishing, and ideation. The company currently is soliciting newartists for representation.



It's Happy Bunny Gains International Strength


Jim Benton's It's Happy Bunny expands its international presence with new dealsin the United Kingdom and Nordic countries. Caroline Mickler Ltd. will managethe UK licensing program with an initial focus on apparel, accessories, socialexpressions, and stationery targeted at 'tweens and teens. As the programbuilds, gifts, toys, bedding, and other categories also will be targeted. KidzEntertainment, CopCorp's sub-agent for Nordic countries, signed on HB TextilA/S for T-shirts, underwear, socks, and nightwear for sales and distribution inDenmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland, as well as Egmont SerieforiagetA/S for downloadable images, ringtones, and games for mobile devices inDenmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland. Egmont also secured the right to producestationery in those markets.



Billboard's New Fashion Site


Billboard.com

launches a new fashionsite for one-stop shopping of hip-hop and celebrity licensed brand apparel for'tweens, teens, young adults, and plus-size consumers. eFashion Solutions, LLC,will support and manage the portal (

www.billboardfashion.com

).Brands sold via the portal include Phat Farm by Russell Simmons, Baby Phat byKimora Lee Simmons, Applebottoms by Nelly, Catch a Fire by Cedella Marley,Yank, ProKeds, and ABS by Allen Schwartz.



Execs on the Move


Marlene Cuesta was promoted to vice president of licensing for Jada Toys, Inc.Anthony Noberini was upped to design director, licensed product, WaverlyLifestyle Group, a division of F. Schumacher & Co. Salman Khokhar was namedexecutive vice


president of global strategy for Jordache Enterprises. Jason Elsky was promotedto vice president of marketing, and Emily Jones was hired as manager of stationrelations at Amity Entertainment.


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