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LICENSING HOT LIST 2014 APRIL TO JUNE


FOLLOWING strong ratings and a successful first year at retail, FremantleMedia Kids & Family


Entertainment began 2014 with the launch of a major promotional campaign for Tree Fu Tomwith Thomson and First Choice travel agent stores and superstores. New episodes will air on Cbeebies in the spring, while on the retail front, Flair is set to extend its product range in the second quarter. This will see the arrival of the new Ranger Tom role-play accessories for little ones to embark on more exploratory Tree Fu adventures. Meanwhile, Random House will publish four new Tree Fu Tomtitles. Overseas, the


brand is set to grow its international consumer products presence across the year, as the initial Giochi Preziosi product roll out launches at retail across a significant number of territories. “We have been


encouraged by Tree Fu Tom’sstrong performance at retail which saw the property become one of the leading new pre- school brands of 2013,” says Pindy O’Brien, VP UK licensing and retail. “With new episodes and a strong live events and brand promotional campaign in place for 2014 to support our consumer products programme, we are confident that 2014 will be


a Tree Fu-tastic year for Tree Fu Tom.” Staying with Fremantle, and the firm will also be busy pushing Strange Hill High. With 14 UK licensees already signed up, 2014 is going to be a key year for the kids’ comedy hit. Vivid will unveil its first range at retail in Q2, closely followed by a product roll out that includes publishing


KEY MOVIE RELEASES RIO 2


20th Century Fox – April


THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Marvel – May


GODZILLA Warner Bros. – May


X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Marvel – May


POSTMAN PAT: THE MOVIE Dreamworks – May


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from Carlton Books, a DVD and items across other key categories. New pre-school series Kate & Mim-Mimis also due to premiere in Q2 on Cbeebies.


Hit Entertainment will be launching the new DVD for Thomas & Friends in March. Spills & Thrillsfeatures six brand new previously untelevised episodes. The release will be


KEY TRADE EVENTS


KAZACHOK LICENSING FORUM Paris, April 1st-2nd


LIGHT FUND’S 2014 NATIONAL GOLF DAY Warwickshire Golf and Country Club May 8th


TOYMASTER MAY SHOW The Majestic Hotel, Harrogate May 20th-22nd


LICENSING EXPO 2014 Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas June 17th-19th


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accompanied by an app and tie-in product from Fisher-Price in Q2: the Take n’ Play Spills & Thrills on Sodor play-set is a Tilt-A- Track set with two ways to play – Thomas fans can tilt it against the wall or fold the set flat to play a horizontal track layout. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS: The eagerly awaited LEGO Simpsons will hit retail shelves in May; Egmont will launch a new range of Sonic the Hedgehog books from May; A raft of new lines will arrive for Zodiak Kids’ Tickety Tocincluding a wooden toy line from Kidzstation, stationery, arts


and crafts from International Greetings and accessories from VMC among others. Standalone magazines will also launch in the summer for Tickety Tocand Mister Maker; The second wave of characters will arrive for The Zelfs under the Masquerade theme from Character Options; New animated series The Tom and Jerry Showpremieres on TV screens at Easter, while the new Batman animated series – Beware the Batman– also launches in April; Season nine of Fireman Samlaunches on Cartoonito.


KEY SPORTING EVENTS


FA CUP FINAL May


UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL May


FIFA WORLD CUP June/July


WIMBLEDON June


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