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  • Licensing Hotline: March 2023

    Read on for news about Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing's Transformers books, HarperCollins's Magic Mixies books, Mango's inaugural Fay and Fluffy title, Scholastic joining the global Learn with Peppa program, a new licensing agent for Anboran, and more.

  • HarperCollins, Elf on the Shelf Sign Deal for a Dozen Books

    HarperCollins has secured the global rights from the Lumistella Company to publish books tied to the Elf on the Shelf universe over the next five years.

  • Mattel Will Form Its Own Publishing Imprint

    The toy company, which has numerous publishing partners, has created an in-house publishing unit that plans to release its first list in fall 2024. Ryan Ferguson, head of global publishing, will oversee the unnamed imprint.

  • Licensing Hotline: February 2023

    Read on for news about Odd Dot's deal with Penguin's The World of Eric Carle team, HarperCollins's Rainbow High books, an expansion of Simon Spotlight's Peanuts program into graphic novels, and more.

  • TV Alert: 'Shape Island'

    We take a look at the new television show 'Shape Island', based on the Shapes trilogy of picture books by frequent collaborators Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen.

  • From Magic to Minecraft: DK Expands List with New Licenses

    DK has made a number of new additions to its portfolio of licenses, dipping into the varied worlds of movies, board games, TV, education, and video gaming—including Avatar, Magic the Gathering, and more.

  • Licensing Hotline: December 2022

    Read on for news about Thunder Bay Press's new properties including D&D; Rebel Girls and its new global licensing agency; a new licensing deal for Anboran, a publisher of fairy tales that reflect the experiences of young Black readers; and more.

  • Licensing Hotline: November 2022

    Read on for news about Studio Fun's Blippi books, Abrams’s middle grade and graphic novels tied to the classic Nickelodeon horror series 'Are You Afraid of the Dark?,' 80th anniversary tie-ins for 'The Little Prince,' and more.

  • Mercer Mayer Co-Founds New Entertainment and Licensing Company

    Mercer Mayer, author of 300 books including the long-running Little Critter series, has partnered with digital media developer John Sansevere to form a new company, Twelve/30.

  • Licensing Hotline: October 2022

    Read on for news about Ebony Jr.'s partnership with Little Golden Books, a subscription 'Star Wars Encyclopedia' from Fanhome; Cottage Door Press's new partnership with ChopChop Family, among other licenses; new publishing programs from PI Kids tied to properties ranging from Peter Rabbit to Spellbound; the launch of Wimpy Kid licensed products; and more.

  • Movie Alert: 'The School for Good and Evil'

    Something evil this way comes to Netflix this month: 'The School for Good and Evil,' based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Soman Chainani, which launched a bestselling book series.

  • Robb Pearlman's Year of 'Star Trek'

    On October 4, Smart Pop is publishing two Star Trek board books under license from Paramount Consumer Products; together, the two books teach STEAM concepts to the youngest readers, with plenty of Easter eggs for adults.

  • Licensing Hotline: September 2022

    Read on for news about Mad Libs' Weird Al tie-in books; Rebel Girls’ expanding consumer products program; Random House's new publishing programs with Netflix, Disney, and DC Comics; and more.

  • Little Golden Books Plans 100th-Anniversary Disney Set

    Random House is adding a number of notable new products to its Little Golden Books franchise.

  • Penguin Acquires Rights to 'Super Sema'

    Penguin Young Readers Licenses has secured the trade publishing rights for 'Super Sema,' an animated series from licensor Kukua Education Limited that began its second season as a YouTube Original in June.

  • Licensing Hotline: August 2022

    Read on for news about Bendon's new licensing properties from popular streaming series, Insight Editions' Pokémon publishing program, HarperCollins's licensing representation deal with WildBrain CPLG, and more.

  • Licensing Hotline: July 2022

    Read on for news about Kids Can Press's new titles tied to the PBS Kids show 'Elinor Wonders Why,' the success of HarperCollins's My Little Pony program, a licensing effort based on Raúl the Third's World of ¡Vamos!, and more.

  • Photo Highlights from Licensing Expo 2022

    Licensing Expo, held May 24–26 in Las Vegas, always features lots of interesting and sometimes odd sights and sounds, and this year's back-to-in-person event was no exception.

  • Licensing Expo Returns in Person

    Interest in publishing as a core category within licensed consumer products programs remains strong, as was evident from a walk through the aisles of Licensing Expo, which ran May 24–26 in Las Vegas.

  • Smaller Licensing Expo Generates Steady Traffic in Live Return

    Though the number of exhibitors was down from the last in-person Licensing Expo held in 2019, most exhibitors said they had productive meetings throughout the first day of the conference.

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