+ 20th Century Fox Consumer Products (BLE stand E30) has launched the first-ever baby and nursery line for The Simpsons in Europe, with the first licensees to deliver in 2017. Showcasing Bart, Lisa and Maggie in a unique, softer illustrative design style, the “Made in Springfield” line from Fashion Lab will debut in UK next year, with Sahinler following in France and other markets.
+ Blue-Zoo, a BAFTA-winning London animation producer, will present its hit kids’ series Digby Dragon at BLE to the L&M industry for the first time. Produced by Fizzy Productions, the show launched on Nick Jr. UK this summer with top-performing ratings. Aardman Rights handles series distribution internationally. Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products handle licensing in the UK.
+ Cartoon Network EMEA has unveiled a raft of new products for The Amazing World of Gumball, which has quickly become a fan favorite in the region with over 43M regular viewers. In Iberia, these include toys from Simba, Play by Play, Comansi and Fournier; comics from Norma and more publications from Devir and Goody. Back to school licensees include Karactermania (bags, stationery), Cife (stationery), Continente (accessories), Erik Group (stationery). Iberian fans can also expect new fashion items from El Corte Ingels (kids’ nightwear, apparel, Fall/Winter ’16), Zippy (boys’ apparel), Astro Europa (accessories, 2016/2017) and FMCG products from Continente and Dekora. New partners in Poland and Romania include Total Office (back-to-school, promos in Carrefour), LPP SA (apparel, at Reserved Kids), E Plus M (apparel, at Auchan), Verte (stationery), Carbotex (bed linen) and Perfetti Van Melle (Fruitella confectionery).
+ ITV Studios Global Entertainment has expanded its UK licensing program for Thunderbirds Are Go with a new partnership with leading outdoor clothing company, Regatta Great Outdoors. This marks Regatta’s first-ever licensed clothing deal, and will see the launch of show-inspired outdoor clothing for boys ages 3-12 in the UK and Ireland for the 2017 back to school season. Offerings will include tee, longsleeve tee, pullover fleece, zipped fleece, body warmer, waterproof jacket, quilted jacket and neck warmer.
+ Studio 100 Media and VARTA Consumer Batteries GmbH & Co. KGaA have inked a multiyear, collaborative licensing agreement for its much buzzed-about CG animated property Maya the Bee, for branded nightlights, flashlights and more to launch in 2017. The extensive deal encompasses German-speaking territories, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Baltics, UK & Ireland, Scandinavia, Balkans, France, CEE and Benelux — Planeta Junior will handle southern European territories. Effective immediately, the deal has VARTA secure the licence for season two of Maya (2017) as well as two upcoming theatrical movies, including Maya the Bee – The Honey Games (2018).