Iconix Gobbles Up ‘Strawberry Shortcake’

Iconix Brand Group has amped up its kids entertainment presence by reaching an agreement with American Greetings to acquire its decades-old Strawberry Shortcake brand for $105 million. ... Continue Reading →
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LIMA Elects New Chairman, Directors

Rick Van Brimmer of The Ohio State University has been elected chairman of the board of The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association. He succeeds Maura Regan ... Continue Reading →

A Squared Ent. Merges with Genius Brands

Genius Brands International and Andy Heyward’s A Squared Entertainment have joined forces to create an intellectual property and multimedia content creation and distribution company. ... Continue Reading →

‘Packages from Planet X’ Celebrates Early ‘Pranksgiving’

Disney XD is serving up a special Pranksgiving episode of its news series Packages from Planet X on Monday (Nov. 4). The new prank-themed show finds Dan receiving a package that allows ... Continue Reading →

Global TV News Bytes

+ kaboom! Entertainment, Phase 4 Films’ kids & family label, has inked a deal with American Greetings for French Canadian DVD and EST rights to seasons 1 & 2 of the new ... Continue Reading →

‘Packages from Planet X’ Arrives on Disney XD

Disney XD will premiere the new animated series Packages from Planet X this Saturday (July 13) at 8:30 a.m. as part of its Randomation Animation Block. The new toon centers on the adventures ... Continue Reading →

Global TV News Bytes

+ Catalan animation producer/distributor Neptuno Films has closed a raft of sales for its slate of long lived toon series. Dougie in Disguise and Connie the Cow have sold to Cinetel ... Continue Reading →

Assorted Nuts Signs New Deal with Reel Muzik

Swedish animation company Assorted Nuts Entertainment, the studio behind toons such as Monkey Business and The Goob has signed an agreement with music publishing entity Reel Muzik Werks ... Continue Reading →

Saban to Refresh ‘Popples’

Saban Brands has announced plans to reintroduce popular 1980s brand Popples, with a wide array of merchandise—including apparel, accessories, mobile and tablet apps, plush and more—set ... Continue Reading →

Ziggy Creator Tom Wilson Dies at 80

Tom Wilson, the talented illustrator who created the optimistic Ziggy character for American Greetings, passed away Friday from complications due to pneumonia at a hospital in Cincinnati. ... Continue Reading →