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DHX Brands (Booth O236) heads to Li­cens­ing Expo with a di­verse slate of prop­er­ties head­lined by Teletubbies, which has more than 65 top-tier li­censees across the world; and preschool fa­vorites Twirly­woos, one of the best- sell­ing toy lines of the past year, and In the Night Gar­den , which re­cently an­nounced the launch of a ded­i­cated In the Night Gar­den baby prod­uct range, to hit re­tail in spring 2017. En­ter­tain­ment One (Booth G196) will un­veil global li­cens­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for its CGI an­i­mated preschool TV show PJ Masks, which is hotly tipped to be one of the next big preschool li­censes. Peppa Pig will spear­head the li­cen­sor’s pre­sen­ta­tion slate, which also in­cludes preschool favourite Ben and Holly’s Lit­tle King­dom in ad­di­tion to two of the most an­tic­i­pated sum­mer movies for 2016: Steven Spiel­berg’s big screen adap­ta­tion of Roald Dahl’s The BFG and Ricky Ger­vais com­edy David Brent: Life on the Road. Ge­nius Brands In­ter­na­tional (Booth A196) re­turns for a sec­ond year to Li­cens­ing Expo to in­tro­duce two all-new prop­er­ties to the global con­sumer prod­ucts’ mar­ket­place: SpacePOP and Llama Llama. Spear­headed by GBI’s Pres­i­dent of Global Con­sumer Prod­ucts Stone New­man, the com­pany will be seek­ing key li­cens­ing part­ners around the world for both brands. Ink Global (Booth F204) will present: Masha and the Bear, a huge suc­cess on broad­cast and on­line, where one clip has The Jim Hen­son Co. (Booth D196) will spot­light its vo­cab­u­lary build­ing show Word Party (26 x 11 episodes), which de­buts in July 2016 on Net­flix in the U.S. and in ter­ri­to­ries around the world where Net­flix is avail­able; Dot, a new an­i­mated se­ries (52 x 11) tar­get­ing the bridge mar­ket of 4– to 7-year-old girls and due to air on Sprout in the U.S. in Sep­tem­ber; and Splash and Bub­bles, an all-new an­i­mated se­ries that will de­but this fall on PBS KIDS in the U.S. and other plat­forms world­wide. Hen­son is de­vel­op­ing a com­pre­hen­sive global con­sumer prod­ucts pro­gram for Dot and is seek­ing li­cens­ing part­ners in mul­ti­ple cat­e­gories for Dot, Word Party and Splash and Bub­bles. The Kratt Broth­ers Co. scored re­cent deals with Amer­i­can Mar­ket­ing En­ter­prises and Whole Foods Mar­ket and will show­case the lat­est Wild Kratts prod­uct line-up at the PBS KIDS booth (M242). Li­cens­ing Works! (Booth F124) will in­tro­duce li­censees to Mil­lim­age’s Molang brand and seek new li­cens­ing and mer­chan­dis­ing part­ners in all key cat­e­gories. Sa­ban Brands (Booth A159) re­turns to Li­cens­ing Expo with Pop­ples, a Net­flix orig­i­nal se­ries for kids based on the pop­u­lar 1980s toy line and tele­vi­sion se­ries and ac­com­pa­nied by a full con­sumer prod­ucts pro­gram, with Spin Mas­ter serv­ing as global mas­ter toy li­censee; Glit­ter Force, a Net­flix orig­i­nal se­ries based on Japan’s long­est-run­ning and most suc­cess­ful girl fran­chise, Pretty Cure; Cirque Du Soleil – Luna Pe­tu­nia, an orig­i­nal preschool prop­erty that will de­but as a Net­flix orig­i­nal se­ries for kids this fall and kick off a full fran­chise roll­out, in­clud­ing a com­pre­hen­sive con­sumer prod­ucts line; and Power Rangers, sup­ported by the 23rd sea­son for the iconic su­per­hero fran­chise air­ing on key broad­cast­ers across the world. Spiffy Pic­tures (Booth M242), creators of the new hit an­i­mated PBS KIDS se­ries Na­ture Cat, is show­cas­ing a host of li­cens­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for kid-friendly prod­ucts based on the award win­ning ed­u­ca­tional se­ries. With HiHat Me­dia han­dling brand li­cens­ing for the U.S. and 9 Story Me­dia Group, Inc. run­ning in­ter­na­tional dis­tri­bu­tion and con­sumer prod­ucts rights out­side of the U.S., the brand will be sup­ported by com­pre­hen­sive con­sumer prod­uct plat­forms that in­spire chil­dren to de­velop con­nec­tions with the nat­u­ral world. [

An­i­ma­sia cel­e­brates its 20th an­niver­sary with the launch of a new di­a­logue-free com­edy show, on Dis­ney Chan­nel Asia.

Some­times the best way to make a big noise in a busy, crowded mar­ket is to use no words at all. That’s why Malaysia-based An­i­ma­sia Stu­dio is cel­e­brat­ing its 20th an­niver­sary with the May 20 de­but on Dis­ney Chan­nel Asia of Harry & Bun­nie, a new 78 x 7 min. com­edy se­ries aimed at ages 7 to 11.

“In our cur­rent cat­a­log, we do not have any di­a­logue-free con­tent and we felt there’s a grow­ing po­ten­tial for the seg­ment of slap­stick non­di­a­logue con­tent,” says Ed­mund Chan, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of An­i­ma­sia. “Harry & Bun­nie can eas­ily be ac­cepted on both lin­ear and non­lin­ear plat­forms.”

The fast paced, 2D slap­stick se­ries fol­lows young Harry, an as­pir­ing ma­gi­cian who in­vents mag­i­cal tricks to im­press his friends but usu­ally falls flat. Mean­while, his mis­chievous stage rab­bit, Bun­nie, is al­ways steal­ing the lime­light with his on­go­ing at­tempts to steal Harry’s magic wand.

An­i­ma­sia’s chief cre­ative of­fi­cer Ah Loong cre­ated the show. A vet­eran di­rec­tor of more than 200 hours of an­i­mated con­tent in the past 15 years, his cred­its in­clude the Ficci Frames Award-win­ning Roll No. 21, and the on­go­ing se­ries Chuck Chicken.

Loong leads an in-house pro­duc­tion team that in­cludes more than 15 sto­ry­board artists and 40 an­i­ma­tors. As a di­a­logue-free show, Harry & Bun­nie is board-driven and An­i­ma­sia is look­ing to add new ta­lent for a sec­ond sea­son.

Chan says An­i­ma­sia spe­cial­izes in high-end Flash pro­duc­tions and works with an­other Malaysian com­pany, Imag­inex Stu­dios, on the au­dio end of the show.

In ad­di­tion to air­ing on Dis­ney Chan­nel Asia, which has broad­cast An­i­ma­sia pro­grams since 2007, Harry & Bun­nie has been pre-sold for all Asia Pa­cific ter­ri­to­ries and Chan is high on its po­ten­tial to sell in Eu­rope, the Mid­dle East and the CIS ter­ri­to­ries.

An­i­ma­sia be­gan as Fos­sil An­i­ma­tion, which Loong founded in 1996. In 2005, Chan and Raye Lee joined to help the stu­dio — re­named An­i­ma­sia — move into in­ter­na­tional mar­kets.

Chan says the com­pany’s strength is its abil­ity to de­velop and pro­duce an­i­mated projects, us­ing more than 150 an­i­ma­tors in Malaysia. Among its most sig­nif­i­cant projects are ABC Mon­sters, Supa Strikas and Chuck Chicken.

An­i­ma­sia has four an­i­mated se­ries in pro­duc­tion, in ad­di­tion to de­vel­op­ing the Chuck Chicken movie in 3D. “We have at­tracted prom­i­nent part­ners in the re­gion (China and In­dia) to jointly col­lab­o­rate to pro­duce the film and tar­gets for the­atri­cal re­lease in 2018,” says Chan.

Mov­ing for­ward, An­i­ma­sia will con­tinue to de­velop new con­tent and its own in­tel­lec­tual prop­er­ties — and the com­pany is con­stantly reach­ing out to work with ca­pa­ble in­ter­na­tional part­ners, says Chan.

Not a bad way to cel­e­brate 20 years in the busi­ness! [

Brain Zoo Stu­dios cel­e­brates 20 years of de­liv­er­ing high-qual­ity an­i­ma­tion and VFX for ev­ery­thing from games to fea­tures to its own projects on near-im­pos­si­ble dead­lines. By Tom McLean.


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