Jazwares Makes Music with Blackpink

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At New York Toy Fair last February, toy company Jazwares unveiled a first look at a new line of collectibles and toys inspired by YG Entertainment’s K-pop group Blackpink. Now, the dolls in the line have been released.

“In just a few short years, Blackpink has established themselves as one of the hottest rising female groups in the music industry, and we are thrilled to work together with the girls to bring a line of collectible products into the homes of fans around the globe,” says Laura Zebersky, chief commercial officer, Jazwares. 

The partnership between Jazwares and Blackpink was facilitated by global merchandising company Bravado.

The newly released Blackpink dolls come in three different sets inspired by their “Kill This Love,” “DDU-DU DDU-DU” and “BOOMBAYAH” music videos. The Mystery Pop Star package comes with a mystery doll in a microphone-shaped case for $4.99. There are 12 dolls in the set. The Superstars Assortment includes a doll in a heart-shaped box and comes with three mix-and-match accessories for the toy, along with confetti and a beaded bracelet, retailing for $10.99. A light-up plush heart is also available for $14.99.

The toys are all available now at Target.

Care Bears, Irregular Choice Unite for Accessories

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Online retailer Irregular Choice and Cloudco Entertainment, owner of entertainment brand Care Bearshave come together to launch a Care Bears-inspired accessories collection, featuring new styles that showcase each bear’s individual personality.

“We are thrilled to be launching another accessories collaboration with Irregular Choice,” says Roubina Tchoboian, vice president, international licensing, Cloudco Entertainment. “Their creative approach brings the Care Bears to life in such a fun and unique way that we know our fans will love.”

The 34-piece collection highlights the CareBears’ belly badge powers. Each style is filled with details featuring the vintage art style, including rainbows, plushie stars and sparkling gems.

“Irregular Choice has always been about spreading joy, playing with color and having fun, so skipping through Care-A-Lot – a world filled with rainbows, fluffy clouds and cute, cuddly bears – was a perfect fit for the brand,” says Sally Glover, international brand and marketing manager, Irregular Choice. “We had so much fun creating this Care Bears collection and can’t wait to share it with the world!”

Spin Master, WeWearCute Partner for Stationery, Craft and Activities Line

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TikTok creators WeWearCute have partnered with Spin Master in a multi-category co-brand and licensed products agreement.

Under Spin Master’s new inkFLUENCER brand, a tween-focused stationery, craft and activities line inspired by influencers WeWearCute will unveil two feature items exclusive to Walmart this October, followed by a larger assortment of activity items in 2021. Spin Master has exclusive rights in the stationery and arts and crafts categories with WeWearCute.

Helmed by sisters Ashley and Emma, WeWearCute showcases their love of all things fashion, style, crafts, toys and pranks that has propelled their channel to eight million followers on TikTok, averaging one million new followers per month over the past six months. With more than two billion views in 2020, WeWearCute has one of the highest audience reaches on TikTok, according to media monitoring service Meltwater.

“We’re always on the lookout for the latest trends and inspiration in the DIY and activities space,” says Arlene Biran, vice president marketing, activities, Spin Master. “Ashley and Emma have a keen sense of style and value self-expression, which really shone through during product development and that, combined with their innate ability to create compelling content, made WeWearCute the perfect ‘inkFLUENCER.’”

The two featured items, inkFLUENCER Style N Design Create Light Desk and inkFLUNENCER Click N Color Marker Set, will retail for $19.97, launching in October exclusively at Walmart.

Maddie Ziegler, Morphe Dance Together

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Maddie Ziegler, a 17-year old dancer, model, YouTube star and actress, has teamed with Morphe for a makeup collection.

The collaboration, called The Imagination Collection, includes an eyeshadow palette, three lip and cheek sets and a glossy highlighter stick. Ziegler says that the collection and the formulas of each product are inspired by her dancing career.

“As a dancer, it came in handy knowing what products have long-lasting factors to them, so I needed to make sure all of my products could do that,” she told Allure. “Also, I’m a very visual person, so the Imagination Palette was a vision I saw, and it came to life. I wanted to make sure I had a range of colors in the Imagination Palette because everyone has their own interpretation and their own imagination, and that’s why we want everyone to use this palette in their own way.”

The palette includes 20 shades with matte and shimmer finishes in a variety of vibrant and neutral colors, and the packaging includes doodles by Ziegler herself. The collection ranges in price from $12 to $25 per product.

The Maddie Ziegler x Morphe collection is available now on Morphe.com.

Fnatic Styles Deal with Gucci, Champion

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Fnatic launched an exclusive watch collaboration with Gucci on June 25, which has since sold out.

Fnatic first teased the collaboration via Twitter on June 23 without revealing what would be included in the collaboration. A watch was launched two days later, which quickly sold out.

The Fnatic website also teased a collaboration with sports apparel brand Champion, which is set to drop on July 27.

WildBrain Spark Launches Literacy-Dedicated Channel

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WildBrain Spark, the digital media division of WildBrain, one of the world’s largest independent kids’ and family entertainment companies, has launched a dedicated channel of subtitled content for kids on its YouTube network in support of the Turn on the Subtitles literacy campaign (TOTS).

"Alongside the support of parents and teachers, we believe that responsible businesses have a potential role to play in improving the literacy of young people around the world,” says Oli Barrett MBE, co-founder, TOTS. “The leadership shown by WildBrain Spark is hugely appreciated, and we hope that others will be inspired by their example." 

The TOTS initiative was set up by Oli Barrett MBE and Henry Warren and supported by more than 30 government, business, charity and academic leaders. It highlights the benefits of Same Language Subtitling (SLS), which allows audiences to hear and read the same language, word for word, in perfect timing. Extensive research from academics in countries across the world has shown that turning on the subtitles for children’s content improves literacy significantly, particularly for kids between the ages of six and 10.

WildBrain Spark’s Literacy for Kids channel features episodes from its library of kids’ shows including “Yo Gabba Gabba,” “In the Night Garden” and “Rev & Roll.” New episodes will be published weekly and are available globally in English, with the channel promoted across the WildBrain Spark network.

 “We knew we wanted to support this valuable initiative from its inception and have now launched a dedicated 100 percent subtitled WildBrain Literacy for Kids channel,” says Jon Gisby, executive vice president, Wildbrain. “TOTS has a simple message backed by compelling research, and the benefits are significant and important, as well as aligning completely with our values. With kids spending so much time at home viewing content and parents seeking to support home-learning, this initiative is also incredibly timely.”

Manchester City, FAZE Clan Kick-Off Fashion Collab

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Manchester City Football Club has unveiled a new limited-edition product collaboration with esports organization FaZe Clan.

After formally announcing a strategic partnership at the start of the current season, City and FaZe Clan will extend their relationship into a second year with plans already in place for the 2020/21 season.

“Manchester City’s partnership with FaZe Clan has strengthened our extensive esports offering and allowed us to further explore how fans are experiencing football beyond the pitch," says Nuria Tarre, chief marketing officer, City Football Group. “Fans have embraced this partnership as it has allowed them to combine their passions for football and gaming in ways that have never been seen before in football. We have ambitious plans for the next year of our partnership, and we can’t wait to reveal these to fans in the coming months.”

The capsule collection merges Manchester City and FaZe Clan’s branding and crests and includes a t-shirt, hoodie, shorts and a collectable half-and-half scarf. FaZe and City have also teamed up with FaZe’s partner SCUF to create limited-edition FaZe x Manchester City-themed game controllers that will be given away to fans.

“Going into year two of our relationship with Manchester City, we expect great things ahead as we bring new opportunities and experiences for our collective communities of passionate fans,” says Lee Trink, chief executive officer, FaZe Clan.

The limited-edition product range launches at 8 p.m. BST on Tuesday June 23 and is available via www.FazeClan.com.

Crep Protect Launches Black Lives Matter Protector Spray

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Sneaker care brand Crep Protect has announced the launch of the exclusive Black Lives Matter Protector Spray, supporting the ongoing movement to achieve racial equality indefinitely.

Crep Protect has replaced its iconic packaging design with an all black façade with the words at the heart of the movement prominently displayed – Black Lives Matter.

Sales of the limited-edition Black Lives Matter Protector Spray will be supporting four key initiatives leading the fight toward racial equality and providing assistance to those who need it most. All proceeds from all sales will be donated to the following charities:

  • Black Lives Matter;
  • Black Lives Matter U.K.;
  • The Bail Project; and
  • Campaign Zero.

The exclusive Black Lives Matter Protector Spray is now available for pre-order from the Crep Protect website.

Kelebek Media Acquires Rights to How Winston Delivered Christmas

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Independent production house Kelebek Media has optioned the rights to the book How Winston Delivered Christmas, written and illustrated by Alex T. Smith.

 “We are so thrilled to have the opportunity to adapt and expand on this charming, beautifully illustrated story working alongside the incredibly talented Rob Minkoff with his globally impressive track record in leading projects, which have created magic for generations of families,” says Thorpe. “In How Winston Delivered Christmas, Alex has created a delightful feel-good book already loved by children around the world. We can’t wait to collaborate on this beautiful holiday tale together and are super excited that Macmillan Children’s Books announced today that Winston’s next adventure is already in the pipeline.”

The book has sold about 72,000 copies worldwide in only two years and has been translated into a number of different languages.

Mondo TV, MB Producciones Ink Series Deals

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Mondo TV Iberoamérica and MB Producciones are set to develop and co-produce two new animated series, “Annie & Carola” and “Masked Cinderella.”

Under the terms of this strategic cooperation agreement, MB Producciones will transfer to Mondo TV nearly all of the IP of the two series. Mondo TV will then negotiate and conclude commercial agreements with third parties in order to obtain financing for the production of both projects. Mondo TV will also be in charge of the international distribution of both shows.

“Annie & Carola” is at an advanced state of development, and negotiations are underway with a number of European TV channels. “Masked Cinderella” is still at an early stage of development.