Sweet Suite 2016

Buffalo Games to Expand National Geographic Channel’s Brain Games

BrainGamesBuffalo Games will develop adult and family board games and card games based on the National Geographic Channel series, Brain Games. The Joester Loria Group served as the exclusive licensing agency behind the deal.

The initial product offering will require that players complete a series of challenges and experiments intended to test all aspects of their brain. The five different categories of questions will include mind vs. body, illusions, language, logic, and head-to-head challenges. The game will launch at key specialty retailers this holiday season and expand to mid-tier and mass accounts next spring.

Christine Kelly to Head Toy and Game Initiatives for National Geographic’s Brand Licensing Division

ChristineKellyNational Geographic has named Christine Kelly as its director of licensing, toys, and games for National Geographic’s Brand Licensing division. In this new role, she has been tasked with National Geographic’s toy business—both licensing and strategic retail partnerships. She will oversee marketing, retail strategy and product development, including new franchises. [Read more...]

Uncle Milton Sold by Transom Capital Group

As reported by Transom Capital Group, Uncle Milton Industries Inc. has been sold to KCB Management. Founded in 1946, Uncle Milton creates, develops, and markets science and nature-based toys, including the company’s flagship Ant Farm, to children of all ages.

“The strides that Uncle Milton has made under Transom Capital’s ownership cannot be understated,” said Uncle Milton president Frank Adler. “Without a doubt, Transom Capital has been a key strategic sounding board to Uncle Milton’s management team.”

Uncle Milton’s portfolio includes such licensed product lines as the In My Room, Star Wars Science, and National Geographic brands. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The sale of Uncle Milton represents Transom Capital’s second successful exit during the past 12 months.

Trigger Happy’s Toon Hero App Changes Animation and Social Storytelling

triggerhappyTrigger Happy, the creators of platforms that enable social animation on mobile devices, launches Toon Hero, an app for iPad users of all ages to create their own animated stories using famous characters without any training or artistic ability. Using exclusively licensed characters and properties from studios such as The Jim Henson Co., Hero: 108, Mukpuddy, and National Geographic, among others, animated creations can be shared as status updates, stories, jokes, greetings, and more.

While animation can often require years of training, expensive software, complicated tool-sets and more, the Toon Hero app breaks down these barriers by making animation as easy as tapping, swiping, dragging, and talking.

Toon Hero users will experience a new way to express themselves through social media that’s not limited to 140 characters or static pictures. They have the ability to share a video that was created using their own imagination. Additionally, the launch of Toon Hero gives aspiring filmmakers, authors, and animators of all ages an outlet for storytelling and a new platform to be discovered. [Read more...]