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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.

Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! To Tour the Country

Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! : Get The Sillies Out! will visit 50 cities across the U.S. next year. The live stage show is based on the live-action television series that airs several times a day on Nick Jr. Yo Gabba Gabba! was created by Christian Jacobs and Scott Schultz and is executive produced by John Berrett and Michael Polis. The live stage show is touring in support of the first national beverage launch, a new line of toys, a new line of kids sportswear, and a DVD/CD collector’s edition.

For a complete list of upcoming tour dates, cities, and show times, visit www.yogabbagabbalive.com.

Zodiak Kids Signs Just Play for Tickety Toc

Zodiak Kids has appointed Just Play, LLC, as the master toy partner in the U.S. and Canada for the Nick Jr. preschool show Tickety Toc. The show launched on Nickelodeon in the U.S. in September. Zodiak Kids has also granted U.S. rights for licensing and merchandising to U.S. licensing agency Established Brands. Zodiak Kids brokered the deal.

Just Play will launch a range of toys to mass retail partners in the U.S. and Canada next fall. The range includes plush, collectible figures, plastic play sets, track and vehicle play, role-play, and novelty items based on the Tickety Toc world and characters.

Anchor Bay Entertainment has picked up the North American and U.K. home entertainment rights to the series, and will launch next fall. Zodiak Kids has also secured deals with several other broadcasters internationally, including: PTS (Taiwan) and ATV (Turkey).

Established Brands will be working with Zodiak Kids to launch a consumer products program next fall. Vivid Imaginations is signed on as the UK and international master toy licensee.

Anchor Bay Releases Wow! Wow! Wubbzy Compilation DVD

Anchor Bay Entertainment has announced the release of Best of Wubbzy: Fan’s Choice. For the first time, Wow! Wow! Wubbzy fans will be able to watch their favorite episodes on DVD. Episodes were compiled based on votes from the series’ Facebook fans.

The DVD features six episodes, including Follow The Leader, The Wubbzy Shuffle, Wubbzy the Star, Tooth or Dare, Wubbzy’s Makeover, and Wubbzy Bounces Back, and a bonus seventh episode, Wubbzy the Hero.

Viewers can sing, dance, and learn with the help of Wubbzy. Since its television debut on Nickelodeon in 2006, the show has taught children skills such as sharing, listening, compromising, helping and appreciating others, self-awareness, and the use of humor as a coping skill. Throughout the course of the series, Wubbzy and friends learn how to fit into a group, understand their own feelings and those of others, and get along with one another, as well as important lessons about the value of friendship and community.

This post was originally written by Gigi Rubin 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

NCircle Entertainment Releases New DVDs

NCircle Entertainment, a distributor of independent non-theatrical children’s entertainment, is releasing four new DVD titles for children ages 6 and under.

The titles are Animal ABCs, Animal 123s, Goodnight Pajanimals, and Dance, Pocoyo, Dance!.

Animal ABCs and Animals 123s, based on the award-winning Animal Atlas series, encourages preschoolers to sing, count, and learn about all sorts of animals. The DVD also teaches children lessons on nature conservation.

Goodnight, Pajanimals, based on The Jim Henson Company’s bedtime series, runs 90 minutes long. The story follows four animals as they go about their bedtime routine, and includes songs to comfort preschoolers as they ease into their own night time rituals.

Dance, Pocoyo, Dance! is based on the Nick Jr. series Pocoyo .This 90-minute DVD includes 12 songs that aim to get preschoolers  moving.

New DVD Release from The Laurie Berkner Band

Children won’t have long to wait until Party Day!, The Laurie Berkner Band’s second music video DVD, hits stores on July 26. The successful children’s music band can be seen regularly on the Nick Jr. channel as the band is continually featured on the series Jack’s Big Music Show. The band’s 2006 DVD, We Are…The Laurie Berkner Band, is a quadruple-platinum selling hit that solidified the band as children’s music stars.

Party Day! will be a musical adventure as Laurie (lead vocals, guitar), Susie Lampert (keyboards), Adam Berstein (bass) and Bobby Golden (drums/percussion) travel to a costume party, a birthday party, and a pajama party. The DVD also comes with a five-track bonus CD that features a new, acoustical version of the hit song “My Family.”

For information on 2011 tour dates, click here.

To sample a few of the new Party Day! tracks, click on the links below:

“Come On In”

“Where Is The Cake?”

Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure Video Game by 2K Play

In celebration of Dora the Explorer’s 10th anniversary, 2K Play is releasing Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure. The Nintendo DS video game will be timed with the Nick Jr. prime time television event airing this August.

The game will feature Dora and Boots as they adventure through Wizzle World to get to Dora’s birthday celebration.

Players can participate in adventures such as floating in a giant bubble across Sea Snake Lake, riding a magical unicorn over the rainbow, and playing the drums in the enchanted Dancing Forest.

Bandai’s Pocoyo Line to Include Plush, Bath Toys, and More

Bandai America Incorporated, the master toy licensee for Pocoyo in the U.S. and Canada, is launching an extensive toy line for the animated series, which will hit store shelves in North America this fall.

Bandai’s Pocoyo products will include a 10-inch basic plush of Pocoyo, Elly (the elephant), and Pato (the duck); Squeeze n’ Play plush of the characters; 2.5-inch bath figures; a bath water taxi; a six-inch mini-plush assortment of the Pocoyo, Elly, Pato, and Loula the dog; and Bump n’ Go, an electronic car of Pocoyo that stops, turns, and moves backward.

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