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  • Licensing Hotline: April 2024

    Read on for news about Paw Prints new series of books tied to 'Fraggle Rock,' Hasbro's anniversary-related publishing programs, PAW Patrol at 10 years old, a Bluey YouTube series that brings licensed books to life, an IndyCar license for start-up publisher Red Racer Books, a new agency specializing in intellectual property development, publishing, and licensing, and more.

  • The Powerpuff Girls Mark 25th Anniversary with New Books

    The Cartoon Network series 'The Powerpuff Girls' is in the midst of a year-long 25th-anniversary celebration, and Random House Children's Books is bringing three new titles to the party.

  • Licensing Hotline: February 2024

    Read on for news about Simon Spotlight's tie-in titles for 'Not Quite Narwhal,' HarperCollins's first title for VeeFriends, Dark Horse's new Ghostbusters series, TV and licensing plans for Judy Moody, and more.

  • Licensing Hotline: November 2023

    Read on for news about the new publishing program based on popular board game Ticket to Ride, two recently released Dr. Seuss podcasts, merchandise to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Tortall universe, a new Dick Tracy comic book series, brand extensions for Spookley the Square Pumpkin, and more.

  • Licensing Hotline: October 2023

    Read on for news of Choose Your Own Adventure brand extensions, Fox Chapel's first media tie-in, Claris licensed products debuting in the U.S., a new licensing agent for Dog Man, and more.

  • Abrams, IDW Scare Up New 'Monster High' Publishing

    There is no better time than Friday the 13th to announce that Abrams and IDW are set to debut new books and comics, respectively, tied to Mattel's Monster High franchise.

  • Licensing Hotline: August 2023

    Read on for news about HarperCollins's books based on the popular 'Adopt Me!' game on the Roblox platform; license acquisitions for Andrews McMeel's expanding children's list, the publishing program for 'Disney Wish,' Mad Cave's Flash Gordon comics and graphic novels, Sourcebooks' Huggies tie-in; Scholastic's foray into Roblox with Zombie Season, and more.

  • Licensing Hotline: July 6, 2023

    Read on for news about Curiosity Ink Media and Dynamite Entertainment's Cats Vs Pickles books, Mad Cave's new licenses, new comic book programs for Hasbro's toy brands, 'Love You Forever''s recent collaboration with Drake and Nike, and more.

  • Licensing Hotline: June 29, 2023

    Read on for news about Random House Children's Books' publishing plans for Afro Unicorn; Scholastic and Insight Editions' OMG POP! books; Really Big Coloring Books' range of products featuring PBS Kids properties; MerryMakers' launch of an InvestiGators licensing program; a new licensing effort tied to the upcoming 'The Little Prince and Friends' TV series; and more.

  • Licensing Hotline: June 2023

    Read on for news about collectible figures depicting Nancy Drew, Odd Dot securing publishing rights to the Build-A-Bear brand, Boom! Studios' new four-comic series tied to the Creed franchise, Printers Row Publishing Group's year-round success with Disney's The Nightmare Before Christmas license, and more.

  • Workman's Indestructibles Debuts Sesame Street as First-Ever License

    Workman Kids' bestselling Indestructibles series has made its first foray into licensing, acquiring the rights to 'Sesame Street' from Sesame Workshop. Six books are set for publication this year and next.

  • Random House Partners with Hasbro on 'Kiya'

    Random House Children's Books has acquired publishing rights from Hasbro for 'Kiya & the Kimoja Heroes,' a new animated action-adventure series starring a seven-year-old African girl, Kiya.

  • Licensing Hotline: April 2023

    News of Mango Publishing's book tied to a Jane Goodall-inspired TV series, a self-published Major League Baseball-licensed title, and prosocial initiatives from Sesame Workshop that include digital storybooks.

  • Authors Guild Meets with Legislators Over Generative AI Concerns

    The Guild led a coalition of creative groups who spent a week lobbying lawmakers for legal guardrails against generative artificial intelligence programs and educating them on potential harms posed by such programs on literary and creative industries.

  • 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.

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