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Universal Pictures will make new releases available for On Demand immediately

Current movies from the Universal Pictures stable, including the upcoming family film, Trolls World Tour, will be made available on demand at the same time they hit the theatres that remain open during the coronavirus pandemic, NBCUniversal has confirmed. The new policy collapses the traditional theatrical window as the film …

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Licensing Expo postponed until August for “time to regroup and protect the health of the community”

Licensing Expo, which was originally scheduled to be staged in May 2020, will now be held at Mandalay Bay Convention Center on August 11-13, a move that has been forced owing to the global COVID-19 pandemic. This decision was made and detailed at the end of last, as a result …

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Horrid Henry to launch new publishing lines starting with audio content on Spotify, iTunes, and Audible

Novel Entertainment is launching a new publishing line based on the original stories from its award-winning animated TV series, Horrid Henry. First out of the gate, and aimed at the Horrid Henry audience of kids aged seven to 11, new content will take the form of audio dramatisations from Novel …

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Opinion: Is the Wild West about to be tamed? – Fanattik’s Anthony Marks

Anthony Marks is MD of Fanattik a pop culture specialist, a gifts and collectibles licensee for 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios, and Paramount Pictures. He talks us through why the days of the Comic Con counterfeiter may just be numbered As a self-confessed geek I have no problem admitting that I have …

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Universal Brand Development launches new Jurassic World retail campaign with Smyths Toy Superstores

Universal Brand Development has launched a new Jurassic World retail marketing initiative with Smyths Toy Superstores, a campaign that kicked off with a special screening of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom at The Vaults on London. The event featured hours of immersive activities and the opportunity to play with new products …

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Shaun the Sheep and The Snail and the Whale among winners at British Animation Awards 2020

The talent behind some of Britain’s best animation over the past year, including The Snail and the Whale, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, The Adventures of Paddington, and A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon were celebrated at the British Animation Awards 2020 this week. Held at London’s BFI Southbank, …

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Nintendo helps LEGO reinvent its traditional building system with LEGO Super Mario

The LEGO Group and Nintendo have shed light on the teased partnership that got the rumour mills spinning at the start of this week with the reveal of a new building system that brings Super Mario into the physical LEGO world. Neither a video game nor a traditional LEGO brick-based …

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Bandai UK sees ‘fantastic reaction’ to first Dragon Ball Super toys for mass kids’ market

Bandai UK has seen a “fantastic reaction” to its newest range of Dragon Ball Super action and collectable figures, the first range that the franchise has ever brought to the mass market space. The Dragon Ball Super range launched in January this year, marking a first for licensed toys of …

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar extends its partnerships with Bluewater and The Eden Project

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is continuing to build on the success of its 50th anniversary celebrations last year, having seen the successful launch of a new half-term activation with Bluewater shopping centre. In a deal brokered by Rocket Licensing, the UK licensing agent for Eric Carle’s classic children’s book, the …

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Toei Animation taps Spacetoon and ToyPro to bring Dragon Ball Super animation and toy line to MENA

Toei Animation is looking to grow its global audience for its hit Dragon Ball Super franchise, teaming with Spacetoon to launch the series across TV, its SVOD platform Spacetoon Go, and a range of toys across MENA. The third season of the popular Dragon Ball Super series has already been …

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