Navarre Acquires FUNimation
Navarre Corporation acquired all general and limited partnership interests in
FUNimation Productions, Ltd., and The FUNimation Store, Ltd., for $100.4
million in cash. As a result of the acquisition, FUNimation will be known as
FUNimation Entertainment. Gen Fukunaga and Daniel Cocanougher,
the president and executive vice president of FUNimation, respectively, will
remain on the company's management team.
Scooby-Doo to Be Top Dog at Parade
Scooby-Doo will have a first-ever presence in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving
Day Parade per a deal signed between the retailer and Warner Bros. Consumer
Products. The canine also will be featured as Macy's holiday plush, which
consumers can purchase for $16.95 when making a $35 purchase at Macy's stores
nationwide. Scooby-Doo also will sit atop Macy's Herald Square's marquee, be
featured on the front of Macy's holiday shopping bags, and will deck the halls
of Macy's with special Scooby-Doo plush decorations. A costumed character will
make special appearances throughout the season.
Poof-Slinky Adds Retro Products
Poof-Slinky, Inc., acquired certain assets of toymaker T-N-T International,
adding Fabulous Fiddlestix, American Frontier Logs, and other retro products to
its portfolio. Poof-Slinky will manufacture the line under its Ideal brand and
anticipates expanding its distribution beyond specialty stores. David Kidwell,
former president of T-N-T, was retained as a consultant to assist in further
developing the line.
Jidousports to Mark U.S. Debut
The Serenata Group and TripleTake Media will both represent the U.S. broadcast
rights to Jidousports with plans to premiere the animation at next month's
Licensing International. The duo also is holding a special preview screening
for broadcasters and manufacturers at the Essex House, Monday, June 20.
Jidousports currently is being introduced into the U.S. market through the
launch of a 26-episode animated series now in production accompanied by a range
of licensing activity. Aimed at children ages 6 to 12, the Jidousports
action-adventure animated series follows the fantastic journeys of Jidou and
his three friends as they travel the world to participate in sporting events
from skiing and surfing to basketball and boxing.
William Morris Agency Creates New Division
William Morris Agency created a merchandising and licensing division to be
helmed by David Palmer. Most recently, Palmer served as a vice president in
WMA's corporate consulting department, where he will continue to work.
Kappa Branches into U.S. Markets
Italian sportswear brand Kappa is launching a women's lifestyle collection in
the U.S. that will debut in fall 2005. Kappa Woman is a collection of
tracksuits, baby Ts, tank tops, shorts, and sports bras for sports including
fitness, dance, yoga, boxing, rugby, running, and basketball. Kappa will add
footwear and accessories divisions in upcoming seasons.
Deko Boko Friends Adds Licensees
VIZ Media, LLC, named Spin Master Ltd. master toy licensee and Simon Spotlight
book publishing licensee for Deko Boko Friends for North America. The
agreements came on the heels of a broadcast deal with Nickelodeon for Deko Boko
Friends on Nick Jr., Noggin, and Nicktoons. The property is VIZ Media's debut
Japanese animation property for preschool audiences and consists of 30-second
animated interstitials featuring 12 unique characters who help teach children
about diversity and tolerance.
High-Flying Deals for The Boeing Co.
The Boeing Company entered into a license agreement with Spin Master Ltd. for a
Boeing Delta Air Rocket and Radio-Controlled Apache Helicopter. The company also
inked a deal with Jasman Toys for a tethered and controlled launch Apache
The Bradford Exchange Signs New Deal
CopCorp Licensing signed on The Bradford Exchange to develop, manufacture, and
market an exclusive line of porcelain, resin, and ceramic collectibles based on
the "costumed cuties" imagery of photographer Tom Arma. Tom Arma collectibles
from The Bradford Exchange will be available in time for holiday 2005 via
direct-response sales, Internet sales at The Bradford Exchange's official
corporate Website (http://www.collectiblestoday.com/),
or through The Bradford Exchange's exclusive dealer network.
Marino Named to Top Spot
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. named former Kate Spade executive Robin
Marino to the newly created position of president of merchandising. Marino will
oversee MSLO's $1 billion mass-market Martha Stewart Everyday product line at
Kmart and Sears Canada, its Martha Stewart Signature furniture with Bernhardt,
and Martha Stewart Signature paint with Sherwin-Williams.
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Mobile & Digital Summit Registration Open
Licensing 2005 International, in
conjunction with iHollywood Forum, presents the Mobile & Digital Licensing
Summit, Monday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Jacob Javits Convention
Center. The summit will explore consumers' rapid adoption of wireless entertainment-focusing
on strategies for creating and licensing content for mobile distribution,
including games, graphics, multimedia, marketing and promotions, video,
messaging, and other cutting-edge wireless and digital applications. The Mobile
& Digital Summit complements L!censing University, which delivers four days
of high-impact educational seminars in a 35-session lineup. From art and brands
to publishing and entertainment, there are sessions covering every aspect of
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