Sweet Suite 2016

Turner Asia Pacific Seals Partnership with Globe Telecom to Launch Cartoon Network on Mobile

Turner Asia Pacific and Globe Telecom will launch two upgraded Cartoon Network apps, which will soon be available to Globe customers.

An authenticated version of the Cartoon Network Watch and Play app unlocks its full functionality, including a live stream of the channel and additional video-on-demand (VOD) content. Cartoon Network Anything will also be bundled, showcasing the network’s best short-form content on mobile devices.

Sony Pictures Animation Launches Animated Series, Films Through 2018

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Sony Pictures Animation is set to launch a slate of five theatrical features, three TV series, and one direct-to-video film through 2018.

Theatrical features include Smurfs: The Lost VillageEmojimovie: Express YourselfThe StarHotel Transylvania 3Spider-Man, and Ghostbusters. Animated series includeGhostbusters: Ecto ForceCloudy With a Chance of Meatballs; and Direct-to-Video includes Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania.

Cartoon Network To Launch Adventure Time Lego Set

Cartoon Network’s series Adventure Time will be available in Lego form early next year. Adventure Time fans can look forward to owning their very own Lego set from concepts generated by the fan-fueled Lego Ideas crowdsourcing platform. [Read more...]

DC Super Hero Girls Make Debut During March 19 Special

2016-02-DC-Super-Hero-Girls-1Super Hero High will premiere on Boomerang March 19, featuring the lineup of female superheroes from DC Super Hero Girls, the new comic universe from Warner Bros. Consumer Products, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation, and Mattel. In addition to the hour-long special, exclusive shorts inspired are also now available to view on the Cartoon Network video app. [Read more...]

Hasbro’s Transformers: Robots in Disguise Returns to Cartoon Network for Season 2

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The kids television series Transformers: Robots in Disguise will return in Q1 this year for a second season on Cartoon Network in the U.S.  [Read more...]

Cartoon Network Signs New Toy Partners for Steven Universe

StevenUniverseCartoon Network has partnered with Funko, Just Toys International, PhatMojo, Toy Factory, and Zag Toys to create new line of products based on the TV series Steven Universe.

Funko and Just Toys International will debut their product lines at retail this holiday season. Funko will launch a series of four pop and vinyl figures based on Steven and Amethyst, Pearl, and Garnet, characters from the series. Just Toys International will add a selection of blind bag novelty products, including dog tags, fun packs, mini, and 3-D backpack hangers. [Read more...]

Playmates Toys Named Global Toy Partner for Ben 10

Playmates.Ben10Playmates Toys will serve as the global master toy partner for the Ben 10 franchise to premiere on Cartoon Network in international territories next year, and in North America in 2017.

Based on the new animated series, Playmates Toys will create a full range collectibles, figures, play sets, role-play items, and more to launch at retail in fall 2017. The re-imagined Ben 10 series will center upon Ben Tennyson, an energetic, fun loving, 10-year-old who can transform into 10 different alien heroes.

The Adventures Never End with Adventure Time Level Kit and Costume Pack for LittleBigPlanet 3

LittleBigPlanet,AdventureTimeThe Adventure Time Level Kit and Costume Pack for LittleBigPlanet 3 are available this week. Players can now transport Sackboy to the Land of Ooo to encounter characters from the Cartoon Network animated series.

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Cartoon Network Names Spin Master Global Toy Partner for The Powerpuff Girls

Powerpuff GirlsSpin Master Ltd. will serve as the global master toy partner for Cartoon Network’s The Powerpuff Girls, anchoring the licensing program for the global franchise launch in 2016. Spin Master will have rights to create a full line of products based on the brand, including plush; figures; play sets; dolls; role-play items; and select electronic, activity, remote-control toys, and novelty and impulse items. The product line will begin its global retail rollout in the fall of 2016. [Read more...]

Hasbro in Talks to Buy DreamWorks Animation

Hasbro logoAs initially reported by Deadline, Hasbro Inc. is in early talks to buy DreamWorks Animation SKG. The deal would give the toy maker, which has clout with major retailers, an animation studio that just recently began diversifying beyond the movies.

For each company, a deal could help accelerate movement beyond their core businesses. DreamWorks Animation has expanded into consumer products in recent years, but still lags behind Walt Disney Co., while Hasbro recently sold off some of its stake in the Hub cable network.

dreamworks_animation_logoThrough its relatively new film label, Allspark Pictures, Hasbro has movies in the works based on its toy brands, My Little Pony and Jem and the Holograms. It is also launching a new Transformers cartoon series on the Cartoon Network, having had trouble edging in on children’s networks Nickelodeon and Disney Channel.

Should a deal be reached, it would likely come during the next two to four weeks, and would result in a family entertainment powerhouse to be called DreamWorks-Hasbro, according to a source in the article. Hasbro could also have management of the new entity already in place: On Wednesday, the company appointed Stephen Davis, who has led Hasbro Studios since its launch in 2009, to the role of executive vice president, chief content officer.

In this new role, Davis will be responsible for developing content for Hasbro’s brands across multiple platforms. He will also work closely with Hasbro’s president and chief executive officer, Brian Goldner, to oversee Allspark Pictures (This aspect of Davis’ role was announced prior to news about the possible Hasbro-DreamWorks deal), as well as franchise films such as Transformers that are produced in partnership with major studios.