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Weekly E-News, Issue #181, October 3, 2006

Sponsored by: Retailers Monkey Around with Promotions Retailers are "going bananas" creating unique promotions to support the September 26 DVD release of Curious George from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Toys "R" Us is fea

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Retailers Monkey Around with Promotions
Retailers are "going bananas" creating unique promotions to support the September 26 DVD release of Curious George from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Toys "R" Us is featuring the mischievous monkey on the Geoffrey Tron outside the Times Square store and in an in-store boutique with plush, toys, books, and back-to-school items. Toys "R" Us also devoted space in all its 600 stores with a 4-foot end-cap display of plush from master toy partner Marvel Toys. At Target, a costumed character visited its Children's Book Festivals, while Wal-Mart offered the DVD packaged with a Curious George Deluxe Movie Storybook. Barnes & Noble made a year-long commitment with 30 items, while FAO Schwarz' flagship store featured a front-of-store boutique and large tower signage in its windows facing Fifth Avenue and 58th Streets. Best Buy offered a free Marvel Toys plush with the purchase of the DVD, and Sam's Club/BJs included an activity book developed by Universal Studios Consumer Products licensee Dalmatian Press on-pack for any Curious George film DVD purchased during release week.

Bratz Babyz Get "Mall"ed
Simon Brand Ventures, the business-to-consumer arm of Simon Property Group, teamed with MGA Entertainment and launched the first-ever animated Bratz Babyz DVD (released by Fox Home Entertainment) through a relationship that includes product placement, mall marketing, DVD inserts, live events, and paid media. The partnership marks Simon's first venture into product placement in the DVD genre. To support the launch, Simon created a signage program at 88 of its malls around the country through mid-October. At nearly a dozen of its malls, Simon is hosting a "Rockin' DVD Release Party" featuring karaoke fun and music; Bratz Babyz "attitude" stations with things the Bratz Babyz typically like to do; prize giveaways; a sing-a-long of the Bratz Babyz theme song; and more. Simon also is hosting a Bratz Babyz sweepstakes targeted to moms at http://www.Simonkidgitsclub.com.

Kids Get Golden Opportunity to Win a Tamagotchi
Bandai America Inc. is going for the gold with its first-ever special-edition Tamagotchi to reward fans of all ages for their support. Dubbed the "Golden Tamagotchi," this limited-edition toy is not available at retail, and only 2,000 units have been created and individually numbered for distribution in the U.S. Kids can log onto http://www.Tamagotchi.com throughout October to participate in "Golden Month," a month-long celebration being thrown by the Tamagotchi King. After correctly answering the trivia question of the day, fans will qualify for a daily random drawing. A total of 300 Golden Tamagotchis will be awarded for the month, with a list of the winners posted on the site at the end of each week. Kids can increase their chances of winning by tuning in to Radio Disney through the end of the year and participating in call-in contests.

Smith Wesson Guns for New Licensing Deal
Smith Wesson Holding Corporation, parent company of Smith Wesson Corp., entered into a licensing agreement with Wilsons Leather Holdings Inc., the inventory holding company of Wilsons Leather. Under the terms of the deal, Wilsons Leather will create an exclusive line of Smith Wesson leather jackets and accessory items. Wilsons Leather also plans to develop a line of specialty leather outerwear and accessories designed for the unique requirements of the military, law enforcement personnel, firefighters, and other emergency personnel, as well as outdoor sportsmen. The companies plan to market the products through Wilsons Leather's wholesale channels; through Smith Wesson's Website and retail store in Springfield, MA; and retailers in select trade channels in spring 2007.

SpongeBob SquarePants in the Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products, in partnership with Ty, created an all-new, limited-edition "SpongeBob PinkPants" Ty Beanie Baby in support of October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Currently available at retailers nationwide and on http://www.nick.com for about $6, the Beanie marks the first time the character was produced in plush in a color other than yellow and the first time Ty produced a licensed character as a fundraiser. Both companies will donate profits to various breast cancer charities. Nickelodeon also will create a limited-edition "SpongeBob PinkPants" graphic T-shirt that will be available exclusively at www.nick.com for $14.99 with all profits from the T-shirt going to breast cancer charities.

WBCP Builds Relationship for Happy Feet
Warner Bros. Consumer Products is working with Build-A-Bear Workshop on a partnership that will allow consumers to make their own stuffed interactive penguin, inspired by Mumble, the hero of Happy Feet due in theaters November 17. Guests of all ages can make Mumble (suggested retail, $22) at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores beginning November 9 in North America. The retailer also will offer other pre-stuffed characters inspired by Happy Feet, including 8-inch lil' friends Gloria, Lovelace, and Ramon (suggested retail, $7 each or a set of three for $15).

St. Martin's Press Secures Preschool Property
St. Martin's Press secured the worldwide publishing rights to Shushybye with bedtime storybooks, board books, soft-to-touch books, touch-and-feel books, cloth books, sticker books, activity books, and books with CDs in the mix. The publisher also plans to work with Shushybye licensees for bundling of toys, plush, DVDs, and music CDs. Parent company Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC, will distribute the Shushybye books internationally.

SG Adds to Licensee Portfolio
The SG Companies–comprising SGFootwear, SGI Apparel, and The Messer Group–expanded its licensee roster to include Izod, Dockers, Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, Ben 10, Hilary Duff, Rebelde, and Curious George. These brands will be incorporated into offerings across the company's three main divisions: SG Footwear for footwear; SGI Apparel for children's sleepwear, loungewear, and underwear sets; and The Messer Group for adult seasonal products such as slippers and beachwear.

HarperCollins Signs Deal for Narnia Pop-Up Book
HarperCollins Publishers acquired rights to the first-ever pop-up version of C.S. Lewis' best-selling series, The Chronicles of Narnia, by master paper engineers Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart. The pop-up book will have one spread for each of the seven books in the series. World rights were acquired from Jennie Dunham of Dunham Literary for Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart, and world English language rights were acquired from the C.S. Lewis Co. for the property. Simultaneous worldwide publication is due winter 2008.

Mattel Grants UK/Eire Rights
Entertainment Rights Plc inked a multi-picture, multi-year distribution agreement with Mattel for the long-term distribution rights to the entire Barbie film franchise in the UK/Eire and television rights on a multi-territory basis. The agreement covers new movie releases of up to six additional movies, taking the number of Barbie films licensed to ER to 15, with rights to the entire Barbie film franchise extended on a long-term basis.

CLC Sports New Two-Year Deal
The Collegiate Licensing Company signed Florida Citrus Sports and two of its premier collegiate properties, the Capital One Bowl and the Champs Sports Bowl, to a two-year licensing agreement. The Champs Sports Bowl, featuring the only bowl matchup between the ACC and Big Ten, will be played on ESPN Friday, December 29, 2006, while the Capital One Bowl will kick off Monday, January 1, 2007. The Capital One Bowl pits teams from the SEC and Big Ten and will be televised live on ABC. Together, the two games will help FCSports establish its bowl week festival in Orlando. The Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, FL, will host both games.

ESPN Gets Interactive with RealLive Sports
RealLive Sports teamed up with ESPN to introduce several new interactive sports toys that allow children to enjoy sports in the booth as commentators or on the field as superstars. The line includes: ESPN Play by Play (suggested retail, $99.95), ESPN Sportscast ($49.95), ESPN SportBytes SoundCards ($9.95), ESPN ProMic ($19.95), ESPN ProHeadset ($19.95), and ESPN ProContracts and Fantasy Awards (free; fans visit http://www.RealLiveSports.com to negotiate and customize their own professional fantasy contract).

Execs on the Move
Doug Kelly was named president of Russell Athletic. Ashley Maidy was promoted to vice president of softlines for Sony Pictures Consumer Products. Tiffany Ternan was named vice president of licensing for THQ Inc. Harvey N. Dondero was named CEO of World Market Center, and Michelle Monteferrante was appointed show director of Las Vegas Market.

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