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Disguise Renews Agreements with Top Entertainment Properties and Brands

july28 Jakks-Pacific-LogoJakks Pacific Inc. announced that its Halloween costume division, Disguise, has renewed and expanded agreements for multiple top entertainment properties to produce Halloween costumes and accessories launching at retailers nationwide this Halloween season.

Disguise has renewed its licensing contract with American Greetings Properties to create costumes and accessories for the Care Bears property and has expanded their agreement to now include Strawberry Shortcake.

Disguise has also renewed its agreements with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and Warner Bros. Consumer Products  to produce costumes and accessories for The Simpsons, Family Guy, and the Austin Powers franchise, which will be available at retailers nationwide for the 2014 Halloween season.

 

COMMENTARY: Animation Has Long Been a Promotional Vehicle for Toys

BrandonEngel1by Brandon Engel

You’ve likely heard about the massive success of The Lego Movie, and maybe you were even one of the millions worldwide who have gone to see it. Despite its financial success, some have blasted the film for essentially being a glorified, expensive commercial for Legos. I don’t think that anyone can deny that The Lego Movie is obviously commercially motivated, but does that make it wrong? Is it all that different from children’s movies selling toys based on the film?

BrandonEngel2Last Christmas, the Frozen Castle Playset and matching Barbie dolls from the Disney film Frozen were at the top of many children’s lists for Santa. Every time a commercial appeared for the movie or the toy, they advertised each other. Is The Lego Movie any different just because the toy existed before the movie? Here is the bigger question: In an age where almost no image is spared licensing of some form, where does the line get drawn between entertainment and commercial? [Read more...]

AG Properties Expands in Central and South America

The popularity of Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears, and Holly Hobbie & Friends continues to grow in Central and South America as AG Properties (AGP), the intellectual property and outbound licensing division of American Greetings Corporation, expands its agreements with Productos Panameños and Campestre Confeccao e Comercio for products in Brazil and Panama based on these properties. The deals were negotiated by Exim Licensing Group, licensing agency of record for AGP in Brazil and Panama.

hhf_logo_002Campestre, already a licensee for Care Bears in Brazil, has expanded its relationship with AGP to include backpacks for Holly Hobbie & Friends. Campestre also maintains an established roster of Care Bears products that includes stationery, apparel, publishing, health and beauty aids, and footwear.

In Panama, AGP and Exim have renewed a partnership with Productos Panameños for stationery items featuring Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears, and Holly Hobbie & Friends.

The Care Bears Pair with Rody for Co-branding Campaign in Taiwan

Rody x Care Bears Promotion_ TAIWAN Feb 2013The Care Bears are spreading the love in Taiwan as American Greetings Properties (AGP) and licensing agent Medialink partner with Entertainment Machine Operator for a limited edition crossover collection with Rody. Rody is the brand behind the inflatable rocking horses. This one-year promotion includes a full range of products such as tote bags, cosmetic bags, desktop holders, and stationery folders.

The co-branded products, available exclusively at Rody stores, will be hitting other department and specialty stores through the end of this year. Taiwan has been a breakout market for Care Bears within the past several months, with 10 licensees on board covering apparel, stationery, footwear, accessories, and bags.

For more information on the huggable world of the Care Bears, visit www.carebears.com and www.Facebook.com/CareBears.

American Greetings Kicks Off Banner Year for Care Bears with Fall Product Line-Up

American Greetings Properties (AGP), the intellectual property and outbound licensing division of American Greetings Corporation, has announced a series of partnerships that will expand the reach of Care Bears at retail this fall. New agreements with FAB StarpointKarmin InternationalSky High InternationalTin Box Company of America, and Jumpin Jammerz will introduce a full range of new products including everything from puzzles and luggage to decorative tins and stickers. [Read more...]

Bo, the Take Care Bear, Starts Work at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital

Bo, the Take Care Bear, will leave Care-a-lot, the Care Bears’ magical world in the clouds, to be the Bear-in-Residence at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. He starts his job as newest member of the UH Rainbow Care Team on Wednesday, January 23. His sole mission is to help make children feel better and to brighten their days, lifting spirits by giving hugs.   [Read more...]

DHX Media Acquires Cookie Jar Entertainment

DHX Media has acquired the business of Cookie Jar Entertainment to create Canada’s largest independent children’s entertainment company. The deal will be completed in mid-October, subject to a number of conditions including shareholder and regulatory approvals.

Properties will include Yo Gabba Gabba!, Rastamouse, Franny’s Feet, Animal Mechanicals,  Kid vs. Kat, Angela Anaconda, Martha Speaks, as well as Caillou, Inspector Gadget, Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears, The Doodlebops, and Johnny Test.

The transaction implies an enterprise value for Cookie Jar of $111 million. DHX expects to realize cost synergies, which should be achieved within the first year following the closing of the transaction.

This post was originally written by Ali Mierzejewski and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.


Care Bears Celebrate 30th Anniversary with New Show

The Care Bears return to television this summer in an all-new CG animated series Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot. The series, which will appear on The Hub, brings back old characters while introducing new ones. The Hub’s marketing team will support Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot through traditional and non-traditional off-channel media designed to drive sampling of the new iteration of the iconic original series.

The half hour show, produced by American Greetings Properties, premieres on June 2 at 8 a.m.

This post was originally written by Leah Rocketto and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

American Greetings Properties Announces New CGI-Animated Care Bears Series

American Greetings Properties has announced an all-new, CGI-animated television series starring the Care Bears of Care-a-Lot. This new series will debut next year, which also marks the property’s 30th anniversary. Additionally, Hasbro is planning to premiere a new Care Bears toy line in 2013.

Care Bears debuted in 1982. The property has generated more than $2.6 billion in global sales since 2002.

American Greetings Launches Care Bears’ “Share-A-Bear”

American Greetings Properties (AGP), the intellectual property and outbound licensing division of American Greetings Corporation, is launching a special figurine series featuring the Care Bears with Play Imaginative. The “Share-A-Bear” series includes 34 collectible characters that can be customized and shared to celebrate any occasion. Senders will be able to write a brief personal message and include them as the start of someone’s collection.