Nickelodeon to Launch Nick Jr. App

March17.NickJrAppThe same Nickelodeon digital team that created the Nick App has developed the new Nick Jr. App, which will launch this spring. The app is designed specifically for preschoolers and will feature educational activities, a high level of interactivity, short-form video and curriculum-based content, and full-length on-demand episodes and live streaming of Nick Jr. with authentication.

The Nick Jr. App includes the television series Dora the Explorer, Team Umizoomi, Bubble Guppies, PAW Patrol, Peter Rabbit, Wallykazam!, Go, Diego, Go!, Max & Ruby, The Fresh Beat Band, The Backyardigans, and Blues Clues.

The app will be available for the iPad at the App Store and will roll out on additional platforms in the coming months.

Saban Brands Teams Up with Random House on Julius Jr. Children’s Books

Julius JrSaban Brands has entered a global publishing deal with Random House Children’s Books for the preschool property Julius Jr. New products will include an interactive collection of books inspired by the TV series, which airs on Nick Jr. Random House has acquired worldwide English rights, and the books will be available starting this fall and published under the company’s Golden Books and Random House Books for Young Readers imprints.

“The Julius Jr. series will be a natural fit with young readers and we’re happy to share the fantastic adventures of Julius Jr. and his friends through visual storytelling,” said Elie Dekel, President of Saban Brands.

The fall collection will include a full range of color and activity books, leveled readers, storybooks, and novelty books for preschool-aged children.

Jazwares Signs On for Peppa Pig, Flick-To-Stick Bungees

peppa_pigJazwares Inc. has entered a pair of licensing partnerships, including one for the top-ranked program on Nick Jr. for kids ages 2 to 5.

Thanks to a deal with Entertainment One Licensing, the company will serve as the new master toy partner for Peppa Pig. Jazwares will produce products for preschoolers across multiple categories, including plush, plastic figures, dolls, play sets, role-play toys, musical and talking toys, toy vehicles, and bath toys. The first Peppa Pig toy collection is scheduled to launch in mass and specialty retailers nationwide in spring of next year.

Airing seven days a week on Nick Jr., Peppa Pig follows the adventures of Peppa, a loveable, exuberant little piggy who lives with her brother George, Mummy Pig, and Daddy Pig. Globally, the show airs in 180 countries around the world and is translated into 40 languages.

Jazwares is also launching Flick-To-Stick Bungees, a competitive strategy game featuring 96 collectible action figures. Players aim their Bungees at scoring targets and flick their fingers to compete, collect, and potentially win. The action figure line will be enhanced by a Bungee Battleground arena, disk launcher, playing cards, and scoring disks. Flick-To-Stick Bungees, originally created by Barcelona, Spain-based Magic Box Int., will debut this fall.

Spin Master’s Paw Patrol Helps Boost Nickelodeon’s Ratings

paw-patrol-post-2Spin Master‘s Paw Patrol helped to tip the scales in Nickelodeon‘s favor, making it the children’s TV network leader in the battle between Disney and Nickelodeon for kids share, according to a report on Bloomberg News. The battle between these two large players grew even more after last year’s debut of Disney Junior, a channel aimed a preschoolers watching Nick Jr.

Nickelodeon cited Nielsen data that reported it averaging 918,000 viewers a day among kids ages 2 to 11 in the fourth quarter through December 15 compared to The Disney Channel’s 874,000 viewers. According to the Bloomberg News article, the ratings shift, is accelerating ad sales for Viacom, which posted its best quarterly growth in at least two years last month. The battle between the largest players in children’s TV intensified last year after the debut of Disney Junior, a channel aimed at preschoolers who watch Nick Jr.

Tickety Toc Announces Three New U.S. Partners

Studio.TicketyTocThree new licensees have signed on to the Tickety Toc brand to create new products this fall. BirthdayExpress.com has signed for branded products including plates, napkins, cups, invitations, thank you notes, table covers, placemats, centerpieces, and sticker sheets. Bakery Crafts has signed for branded cake and cupcake decorations, including cupcake rings and picks, and edible images for cakes, cupcakes, cookies, candles, and candle holders. Lastly, InCharacter Costumes has signed for branded costumes for toddlers and preschoolers. The deals were brokered by Established Brands on behalf of Zodiak Kids.

    

Saban Brands’ Julius Jr. to Premiere on Nick Jr.

Julius JrSaban Brands’ and Nick Jr. have announced that Julius Jr., the all-new animated preschool series, will debut September 29 at 11 a.m. (EST/PST) on Nick Jr. Inspired by the Paul Frank family of characters, the series will follow the adventures of a young version of Julius the monkey, Julius Jr., along with all of his playful friends. Through imagination and inventive spirit, each help one another overcome challenges both big and small, ultimately teaching children that the best inventions are the ones that help your friends.

For even more monkeying around with Julius Jr. visit nickjr.com/Julius-jr for music videos, coloring sheets, craft ideas, recipes, printable activities, and more.

Just Play Debuts Tickety Toc Toy Line, Available Exclusively at Toys “R” Us

Studio.TicketyTocA brand-new Tickety Toc toy line, from Just Play, has come to Toys “R” Us to be the first-ever toy range based on the Nick Jr. preschool series from Zodiac Kids. The line features all of Tickety Town’s loveable friends through interactive trains and playsets, huggable talking dolls and plush, collectible figurines, and more.

The new Tickety Toc toy line for kids ages 3 and up features an assortment of imagination-inspiring playthings available at Toys “R” Us stores nationwide and online at toysrus.com, including:

  • Tickety Toc Clockhouse: Preschoolers can recreate Tickety Toc adventures with this special play set. Young fans can give Pufferty a push around the track, take the twins on-board, and turn the special cogs to open the Clockhouse doors, unlocking more fun inside. With endless escapades to embark on, this play set is “right on time” to deliver tons of fun for young Chime Timers. The set includes the Clockhouse, Tommy and Tallulah figurines, and a Pufferty mini train and track system.
  • Tickety Toc Musical Pufferty Train: Kids can press the smoke stack on the playful Pufferty train to hear the Tickety Toc theme song play as they take Tommy and Tallulah for a ride. The rocking see-saw and spinning seat help keep the fun going. The set includes the Pufferty Train and figurines of Tommy, Tallulah, and their friend Tooteroo.
  • Tommy and Tallulah Talking Dolls: Fans of the Tickety Toc series can relive their favorite chime time escapades with these 10-inch, interactive Tommy and Tallulah dolls. Based on the show’s twins, the dolls each say several recognizable phrases and sing the show’s theme song.
  • Tommy and Tallulah Mini Plush: These new beanies are mini versions of twins Tommy and Tallulah—and the perfect cuddly companions for young Tick Tocketeers to take along on their own adventures.
  • Tickety Toc Tommy and Tallulah Figures with Accessories: These pocket-sized figurines of Tommy and Tallulah deliver big fun for the preschool set. Each comes complete with their own must-have accessories, perfect for recreating scenes straight from the show.
  • Tickety Toc Multi-Pack Figurines: This special multi-pack collection features everyone’s favorite Tickety Town friends. The set includes twins Tommy and Tallulah, Hopparoo, Madame Au Lait, McCoggins and Tooteroo.

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Tickety Toc to Debut on DVD This September

Chime Time 3D DVD Cover Art - FinalTickety Toc, the new Nick Jr. series from Zodiak Rights, arrives on DVD for the first time from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Chime Time Adventures is the debut Tickety Toc title, and will be available nationwide this September in time for the back-to-school season.

Tickety Toc follows the everyday adventures of 6-year-old twins, Tommy and Tallulah, as they work to “chime the time” and keep everything running smoothly in Tickety Town. Traveling through the Tickety Toc clock, where Tommy and Tallulah live, audiences enter a CGI world of eclectic characters and tag along on escapades filled with surprises. Tommy and Tallulah’s strong “can do” spirit often produces an unanticipated outcome, but their individual approach to sticky situations and joint resourcefulness always shine through and saves the day.  Through the twins’ madcap adventures, Tickety Toc explores teamwork, social responsibility, and problem solving—important concepts for preschoolers as they learn and grow.

The first-ever six episode collection brings viewers along as the twins and their friends—Pufferty, McCoggins, Tooteroo, Madame Au Lait, Battersby, Chikidee, and Hopparoo—embark on wild storybook shenanigans and hijinks throughout Tickety Town. In Chime Time Adventures, the Tick Tocketeers attempt daring circus acts, wow a crowd with amazing magic tricks, play a giant game of Tickety-Tag and delight in a messy photo day. The premiere title features episodes, “Story Time,” “Painting Time,” “Show Time,” “Bath Time,” “Photo Time”, and “Play Time.”  

SMC Entertainment Group Appointed Licensing Agent for Poppy Cat

poppycat_4SMC Entertainment Group Inc. (SMC) has been appointed the exclusive licensing agent in North America for the TV series Poppy Cat. SMC will launch a licensing and merchandising program based on the colorful Poppy Cat characters, focusing on toys, plush, apparel, accessories, room décor, bedding, games, and more. The program will target girls and boys ages 2 to 5.

Poppy Cat is co-produced by Coolabi’s TV production arm, Coolabi Productions, and King Rollo Films, and was commissioned by Nick Jr. in the UK.

Entertainment One Expands Peppa Pig Brand

peppa_pigEntertainment One Family announces the U.S. expansion of the Peppa Pig brand. Based on the Nick Jr. animated television series Peppa Pig, the licensing deals will mark the brand’s U.S. debut in several categories: games and puzzles, backpacks and lunch kits, health, beauty and accessories, novelty gear, and magazine publishing.

The deal includes TCG‘s Tumble & Spin memory game and Fast Forward‘s Peppa Pig backpacks and lunch kits for children ages 2 to 6. Added Extras will produce a line of hair accessories, bath and hair products, lip balm, and costume jewelry. Underground Toys will produce an assortment of collectible gear for Peppa fans of all ages.

In addition to the new licensing deals, the brand will launch the following line extensions: Redan Publishing will dedicated an issue of their interactive magazine to Peppa Pig for children, Fisher-Price will release new Bedtime Peppa plush dolls and Muddy Puddles Bathtime Peppa toys, and an assortment of new board, softcover, and hardcover books will be launched in this year by Scholastic and Candlewick PressEntertainment One’s  new DVD Bubbles will include ten fun-filled episodes featuring wholesome entertainment for the entire family. All products are set to be released throughout the remainder of this year and 2014.