Weekly E-News, Issue #195, January 16, 2007


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Nickelodeon Characters Star in First European Attraction

Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products will bring its characters to life in
Nickland via a deal with Movie Park Germany, a film and entertainment theme
park. As a result of the multi-year partnership, the theme park operator will
create a 15,000-square-meter interactive adventure zone this April in
Bottrop-Kirchellen, Germany, with seven all-new attractions. The first
attractions to premiere are Jimmy Neutron's Atomic Flyer and Splash Bash, a
romp through the undersea world of SpongeBob SquarePants. Additional
attractions and areas will feature Dora the Explorer, The Backyardigans, My
Life as a Teenage Robot, and Danny Phantom. Costume characters such as
SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick, Dora the Explorer, and Jimmy Neutron will be
at the park for meet-and-greets with kids and their families. The two companies
also will create co-branded promotions and marketing campaigns; develop
licensing and merchandising programs within the park; and increase advertising
on Nickelodeon's kids' channel, NICK in Germany.

In other news, NVCP signed a deal with Memcorp Inc. for a line of digital audio
and video products due at retail in fall 2007.

Alliance Atlantis Acquired by Canadian Conglomerate

CanWest Global Communications Corp. and a private equity unit of Goldman Sachs
& Co. will acquire Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. for C$2.3 billion
(U.S. $1.96 billion). Alliance Atlantis co-produces the CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation TV show franchise and owns 13 specialty channels. Alliance's
stake in CSI will be fully owned by Goldman Sachs Capital Partners. As part of
the deal, CBS will become the international distributor of the CSI franchise.

Foursome Sign Major Distribution Deal

Genius Products, LLC, The Weinstein Company LLC, and Entertainment Rights Plc
and Classic Media Holdings, Inc., entered into long-term agreements for the
distribution, co-production, and co-financing of multiple home video and video
game productions for the family, children, and teen markets. ER recently
announced an agreement to acquire U.S.-based Classic Media, which is still
subject to, among other things, ER shareholders' approval. Genius Products will
be the exclusive North American distributor of home video and certain digital
media distribution rights in Classic's and ER's libraries including Lassie; Fat
Albert; Postman Pat; Rupert Bear; holiday specials Rudolph the Red-Nosed
Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town; and
VeggieTales. Genius also will have North American home video and digital
distribution rights in new productions including The Lone Ranger, Gumby, and
She Ra. In addition, Genius will have North American distribution rights for a
slate of up to 12 new video games to be produced and financed by Genius based
on titles in the ER and Filmation catalogs. ER, Classic, and TWC will
co-produce and co-finance new animated children's productions including Gumby,
Kung Fu Magoo, Lone Ranger, Rupert Bear, Postman Pat, and She-Ra. North
American home video and digital distribution of co-productions will be handled
by Genius Products, and ER will distribute internationally. The productions
will be managed by Eric Robinson, vice president of production and development,
TWC.

Abdul Lends Talent to First Bratz Movie

American Idol judge Paula Abdul joined the creative team of Bratz: The Movie,
the first live-action feature based on the fashion doll property. Crystal Sky
Pictures is financing the film, while Arad Productions' Avi Arad, MGA
Entertainment's Isaac Larian, and Crystal Sky's Steven Paul are producing the
picture, and Crystal Sky Pictures President Benedict Carver will executive
produce. Lionsgate is distributing Bratz: The Movie in the U.S.; it is
scheduled to open in August 2007. Besides playing one of the major characters
in the film, Abdul will serve as executive producer and be involved in creating
the film's music, choreography, and fashion.

Ben 10 to Have a Major Presence for Back-to-School

Cartoon Network Enterprises hopes to transform the upcoming back-to-school
season into the season of Ben 10, signing its latest multi-year deal with
FAB/Starpoint for a line of backpacks, accessories, school supplies, watches,
and clocks.

Kinkade Branches Out with Multiplatform Launch

Andrews McMeel Universal teamed up with Thomas Kinkade on a multiplatform product
launch. Andrews McMeel Universal will utilize its three affiliated
companies—AMP, uclick, and Universal Press Syndicate—to create a
range of products. AMP will create a line of calendars; uclick will come to
market with mobile wallpapers and screensavers; and Universal Press Syndicate
will introduce kids to Kinkade's artwork through Kolorful Kids, a weekly
syndicated column featuring a variety of interactive artistic activities.

Licensing Link Inks Sweet Deal with Junkfood

Licensing Link, Ltd., kick-started the licensing program for the Ferrara-Pan
Candy Co., which includes candy brands such as Lemonheads, Red Hots, Jaw
Busters, Black Forest, Gummy Bears, and Boston Baked Beans. Junkfood Forever
will create vintage-style T-shirts and tops, as well as fleece bottoms. The
line is set to launch in department and specialty stores in spring 2007.

Waghappy Fetches Attention of Target and Mighty Fine

Greeting card and stationery company waghappy expands into the licensing world
with a test at Target stores of 15 card styles from licensee American
Greetings. Mighty Fine also will introduce waghappy junior, 'tween, and toddler
knit tops to specialty and mid-tier retailers this month. Waghappy recently
signed bomes · davis · branding (BDB) as its licensing agency.

The Weather Channel Blasts into Licensing

The Weather Channel is turning the tide on its licensing program with an
expansion plan that will take the brand into the kids' category for the first
time and expand its presence in new categories. Existing partner Excalibur
Electronics will provide an expansion into the safety and preparedness category
plus a new WeatherKids line with TWC's first-ever remote-control vehicle and a
light for kids that is powered by the force of being squeezed. With Rayovac,
the company lends its name to a new line of safety and preparedness lights
using alkaline batteries. Other initiatives: entry into categories such as home
entertainment, home improvement, publishing, and toys.

Hot TV Series to "Figure" in Diamond Select Line

Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles will create Minimates (in conjunction with
Art Asylum) for new license 24 via a deal with Twentieth Century Fox
Television. The 12-inch figures are expected to be on shelves in 2007.

PixFusion to "Bear" It All in New Deal

PixFusion, creator of personalized, branded video products, will use Care Bear
images for a personalized video as part of a new deal signed with American
Greetings Properties. Using its patented technology, PixFusion will digitally
insert a child's image into the Care Bears Winter Adventure: I Can Do Anything
video currently available through PixFusion's Kideo brand Website (www.kideo.com).

Footwear Maker Acquires Three Kids' Licenses

Leomil Europe plans to launch three footwear ranges in Europe's main
German-speaking markets of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. New footwear
lines are due for Dora the Explorer, Thomas & Friends, and Naruto in August
2007.

Execs on the Move

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., named Beth Goss executive vice president of
Cartoon Network's ad sales, marketing, and enterprises group. Big Tent
Entertainment hired Scott Devine as its new vice president of retail
development. Discovery Networks International appointed Phillip Luff senior vice
president and general manager of Animal Planet International. LeapFrog
Enterprises named Martin Pidel executive vice president, international. Bobby
Jones named Renee Beechler director of the Bobby Jones women's collection.


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