Sweet Suite 2016

Little Charmers’ Licensing Program Continues to Grow Across Toy Categories

LittleCharmersLittle Charmers‘ portfolio of toy licensees has grown by a few more partners, reports Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana Enterprises, which co-produces the Little Charmers animated series.

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The Wiggles Return to the U.S. with Rock & Roll Preschool Tour

This fall, the preschool entertainment group, The Wiggles, is returning to the U.S. for its Rock & Roll Preschool tour. The group will be touring in support of its new CD and DVD, Rock & Roll Preschool, as well as a new season of its hit TV series, which is airing on Hulu in the U.S. and Treehouse in Canada.

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Little Charmers App Hits No. 1 on iTunes

Little Charmers SparkleUpRoughly a week after its launch, Little Charmers: Sparkle Up has taken the No. 1 spot for downloaded iPad apps in the App Store on iTunes across the U.S. and Canada. The first app for the Little Charmers brand, Little Charmers: Sparkle Up is a free download for tablets and smartphones that will be available on Amazon and Google Play this month. So far, it has garnered more than 100,000 downloads in the U.S. and Canada.

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Playmates Toys Signs On as Master Toy Partner for Mysticons

Mysticons_CityCorus Entertainment‘s Nelvana has partnered with The Topps Company, Playmates Toys, and Nickelodeon for Mysticons, which will make its global debut in 2017. Playmates Toys will act as the global master toy partner for Mysticons, and Nelvana is developing the franchise into a half-hour animated TV series, which will enter production later this year.

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The Wiggles’ Rock & Roll Preschool Tour Kicks Off in September

WigglesComing off an Australian tour that boasted 145 sell-out shows, the children’s entertainment group, The Wiggles, will return to the U.S. this fall for their Rock & Roll Preschool tour. The Wiggles will be touring in support of their brand new CD and DVD, Rock & Roll Preschool, as well as a new season of their TV series, which airs on Hulu in the U.S. and on Treehouse in Canada.

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Nelvana to Create New TV Series and Drive Global Merchandising for Cepia’s Zhu Zhu Pets

ZhuZhuPets, JillyCorus Entertainment‘s Nelvana has entered a partnership with Cepia LLC to bring the Zhu Zhu Pets brand back to store shelves, with Nelvana Studio producing a new animated series based upon the property. Nelvana Enterprises will also oversee global merchandising of the brand in conjunction with the distribution of the new series. [Read more...]

Treehouse Channel Picks Up Nelvana’s New Trucktown Series

Trucktown_NoLogoCorus Entertainment’s Nelvana Studio has announced start of production on a new boys preschool CGI-animated series Trucktown, based on a series of children’s books. Forty half-hour episodes have been greenlit with delivery set for next spring. Corus Entertainment’s Treehouse, Canada’s No. 1 24-hour preschool channel, is the first broadcaster to pick up the new series.

Trucktown, which follows the playful adventures of a group of rough and tumble young trucks, is based on a successful series of bestselling books by children’s author Jon Scieszka (The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales, The Time Warp Trio, Spaceheadz) and published by Simon & Schuster, which includes more than 50 titles and has sold more than 1 million books.

The action centers around Jack Truck and his best friends Dump Truck Dan and Max the Monster Truck and the rest of the truck gang as they roar, romp, and power their way through Trucktown. This group of friends have never met a wall they couldn’t smash or a road or bridge they couldn’t build—and smash again. Filled with fun, Trucktown tells big stories that capture the big personalities of the trucks that live there.

Season 2 of Mike The Knight Gets Greenlight from HIT Entertainment, Nelvana

HIT Entertainment and Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana have approved a second season of their preschool phenomenon, Mike the Knight.

MTK_GROUP_CastleThe second season, comprising 52 x 12-minute episodes, is in production and is set to begin delivery to broadcasters in late Spring. HIT Entertainment and Nelvana Studio will produce the series jointly. In the second season, viewers will be introduced to Mike’s father and role model, the King of Glendragon, who has been away exploring faraway lands.

Treehouse in Canada, CBeebies in the UK, and Nick Jr. in the U.S. have committed to air Season 2 of Mike the Knight starting in May in Canada, this summer in the UK, and later in the fall in the U.S.

Season 2 will also see additional product rollout. For more information, visit www.miketheknight.com.

New Beyblade Series and Toy Line to Launch in Canada

On May 15, Beyblade: Metal Fusion, a spin-off of Beyblade, will premiere on Canada’s YTV. From Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana and Japan’s d-rights, the new series will kick off with a four-episode stunt event at 12 p.m. that day.

Beyblade: Metal Fusion features a new cast of characters as they follow Gingka and battle the rising dangerous group, The Dark Nebula. Following the stunt event, the series will air every Saturday on YTV at 12 p.m. ET/PT.

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