NBC Universal Is Born
NBC merged with Vivendi Universal, creating NBC Universal, an entity described
by the company as a 24-hour cross-promotional machine. The
new company will include all of NBCs assets along with Universals
movie and TV studios; theme parks; and cable networks USA, Sci Fi Channel,
and Trio. NBC will own 80 percent of the new company and Vivendi 20 percent.
Until now, NBC was the last of the networks not to be aligned with a major
studio. The multibillion-dollar merger will put it on more equal footing
with rivals such as CBS (part of Viacom), Fox (News Corp.), and ABC (Disney).
Target Targets Hamptons Eite
Target Stores is temporarily going to the Hamptons this summer with a
new shop at the Bulls Head Inn in Bridgehampton, NY. Dubbed The
Bullseye Inn, the store (open until July 4) will offer exclusive products
from designers such as Swell by Cynthia Rowley & Illene Rosenzweig;
Simply Shabby Chic by Rachel Ashwell; Sean Conway Garden Style from nurseryman
Sean Conway; and David Kirks Sunny Patch. Target will make a donation
to the Bridgehampton Historical Society for a minimum amount of $25,000.
Any remaining products at the close of business July 4 will be donated
to a local nonprofit organization.
FUNimations Fullmetal Alchemist
FUNimation Productions, Ltd., acquired Fullmetal Alchemist, already a
hit in Japan. The action property will be introduced at Licensing 2004
International Show with plans for a merchandising program already in the
works. The series currently is scheduled to make its broadcast debut in
October 2004; the DVD release is slated for early 2005.
Genius Products Goes Hollywood
Genius Products is going Hollywood, signing a multi-year licensing deal
with the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for the Hollywood Sign. The legendary
image will be featured on Genius Products new Hollywood Movie Classics
and Hollywood Television Classic brands. The initial line of DVDs will
be on shelves June 8 with 24 movies and 24 TV programs, all digitally
remastered and sound enhanced. Global Icons, a corporate and entertainment
brand licensing agency, brokered the deal.
Nickelodeon Talks Up New Deal
Nickelodeon is calling on kids to talk to their favorite TV characters
through a new deal with UVOX, the worlds first telephony broadcasting
network. Nickelodeon Calls You is available exclusively on
Nick.com and NickJr.com and offers a range of prerecorded voice message
categories, call scheduling options, and personalized greetings from Dora
the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants. Dora Calls You offers
seven different call categories to choose from (Party Invitations, Happy
Birthday, Friendship, Get Well, Holiday and Events, Bedtime, and You
Did It!), and SpongeBob Calls You offers five (Party
Invitations, Happy Birthday, Holiday and Events, Congratulations, and
Wake-Up) with a variety of subcategories within each. Each call costs
$2.49 with a volume discount price when sending party invitation calls
to more than one person.
Lollytogs Acquires Healthtex brand
Lollytogs, Ltd., acquired the Healthtex business of VF Playwear, Inc.,
a subsidiary of VF Corp., for an undisclosed amount. As part of the deal,
Lollytogs now owns the Healthtex, HTX and Our Girl by Healthtex brands.
Additionally, Lollytogs acquired rights to Healthtexs Kidproof patented
process, a knit fabric treatment that offers stain resistance and enhances
the original feel of the garment. Healthtex by Lollytogs is slated for
a holiday 2004 launch at mid-tier and specialty stores. Surf- and skate-inspired
HTX will be on shelves in department stores.
Movin on Up in the Ranks
Executives are on the move as DIC Entertainment named Cindy Elfenbein
executive director of retail consumer products. Elfenbein will be responsible
for building relationships with retailers and developing support for properties,
including Strawberry Shortcake and Trollz.
MGM Studios Inc. named Carol Laumen vice president, worldwide retail development,
for its consumer products and interactive group.
At Cookie Jar Entertainment, Fonda Snyder will assume the newly created
position of senior vice president, creative development.
PorchLight Entertainment promoted Stephanie Slack and Adam Wright to senior
vice president, worldwide sales, each for specific territories.
Licensing Show Shuttle
The International Toy Center will provide shuttle bus service between
the ITC and the Jacob Javits Convention Center during Licensing 2004 International
Show, June 8 to 10. This first-time initiative will better accommodate
the numerous buyer-tenant appointments that regularly take place at the
ITC during the show. The shuttle will run between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
from the ITCs 23rd Street entrance and the Javits Center. For further
information on the shuttle schedule, visit www.thetoycenter.com
Licensing 2004 International Show
PREREGISTRATION has been EXTENDED to May 19. Dont miss your opportunity
for FREE EXHIBIT HALL ADMISSION and SEMINAR DISCOUNTS to Licensing 2004
International Show, June 8 to 10, NYC. Make your plans to attend and enjoy
this years shows special features, including:
Expanded Art & Design Licensing Gallery with more than 200
artists and designers to explore.
NEW! License To Style: An exciting
live event demonstrating how pop culture is reflected in todays
apparel marketplace, Tuesday, June 8, on the Exhibit Floor.
NEW! The Content Zone: Special exhibit
area to meet TV, film, book, and interactive media content and rights
owners offering hundreds of sought-after properties.
NEW! Employment Opportunities: Out
of work or looking to make a job change? Were here to help with
a job posting board located in the Registration Area.
13 NEW Sessions at L!censing University.
p_navID=141 to explore the 27 in-depth, information-packed conference
sessions offered this year.
Preregister by May 19 online at https://www.showreg.net/LSI2004 or call (800) 331-5706 or (218) 723-9130.
For complete show details, visit http://www.licensingshow.com
Its a Wrap in July
Complete the Licensing International show cycle by following up with attendees
and securing your ad message in our post-show July issue. Be the act to
remember as the curtain closes and reviews are read. Let ad frequency
give you the edge as retailers, licensees, agents, and consultants do
their post-show follow-up. Call Ben
Zachariah at (212) 951-6705 or Pauline
Ng at (212) 951-6698 to discuss your post-show message.
For more licensing news and features, visit www.licensemag.com For more information on Licensing 2004 International Show, visit www.licensingshow.com