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  • Toy Company Melissa & Doug Commits to Publishing

    The brand is launching an in-house-managed imprint that will release hands-on interactive formats for kids up to five years old.

  • Licensing Expo 2019: New Directions for Licensing

    After several years of conservative views toward licensing in the publishing world, the pendulum seems to be swinging back toward a more expansive outlook.

  • Licensing Expo 2019: Publishers Hunt New Revenue Streams

    A number of publishers and licensors exhibiting at or attending this year’s Licensing Expo in Las Vegas are looking to license their proprietary, book-based brands to manufacturers of toys, arts and crafts, apparel, and other products.

  • Ripley Expands Publishing Program

    Believe it or not, the century-old brand is still growing with new licenses and formats.

  • Licensing Hotline: April 2019

    Read on for news about books celebrating Barbie's 60th birthday, Lerner's educational nonfiction plans for Garfield, Peanuts books to debut in partnership with NASA, IDW's Care Bears graphic novels, and more.

  • Licensing Hotline: March 2019

    News about Scholastic's Baby Shark books; Random House's new Minecraft fiction series; Carlton Books' new Disney license for augmented-reality formats; Studio Fun’s Lost Kitties tie-ins; Sterling’s Funko's Wetmore Forest books; Bob Books' license for VersaTiles; and more.

  • Licensing Hotline: February 28, 2019

    Read on for news about Sesame Workshop's recently signed licensees, Lerner and Skyhorse; Little Hippo's license from Disney for augmented reality titles; a new licensing program to support 'Where's Spot?'; and more.

  • Licensing Drives a Quarter of Children’s Book Sales, Says New Research

    Licensed titles made up 26% of unit sales of juvenile books in the U.S. in 2018, according to just-released research from the NPD Group.

  • Licensing Hotline: February 2019

    Read on for news about Insight Editions' 'Missing Link,' Cottage Door Press's four new licenses, Scholastic's in-world handbook for the 'Pokémon: Detective Pikachu' film, Merrymakers' licensing program for Dog Man, the relaunch of Miffy licensing in North America, and more.

  • Licensing Hotline: January 2019

    Read on for a reboot of IDW's Transformers comic books, new titles in Insight Editions' licensed cookbook program, literary licensing programs from new agency FanGirl Branding & Consulting, and a wrap-up of other recently signed deals.

  • Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? On Netflix.

    HMH is reintroducing the world-traveling, fedora-wearing thief Carmen Sandiego with an animated Netflix TV series debuting January 18; the relaunch will also encompass a publishing program, educational materials, a live-action feature film in 2020, and interactive games.

  • Licensing Hotline: December 2018

    Read on for news about IDW's Dungeons & Dragons franchise, publishers' involvement with Moonlite's story projector, and other recent licensing activities.

  • Licensing Hotline: October 25, 2018

    Read on for news about Scholastic's Feisty Pets books, Ameet's Wizarding World license, IDW's 20th anniversary kick-off event highlighting key licenses, Ferly's global rights for Justin Time, and DC Entertainment's partnership with Rooster Teeth.

  • Licensing Hotline: October 18, 2018

    Read on to learn about Scholastic's acquisition of She-Ra and RWBY, Macmillan's new Odd Squad license, dolls and apparel featuring Joe Books' Disney Princess art, Bendon's upcoming coloring and activity titles tied to 'Llama Llama' and 'True and the Rainbow Kingdom,' and more.

  • Hachette Goes All In on Fortnite

    Hachette U.K. has secured the global publishing rights to Fortnite, the hot video game of the moment.

  • Scholastic Publishes First Lego Picture Book After 15 Years as Lego Licensee

    In time for the 15th anniversary of the launch of its licensing relationship with Lego, Scholastic is publishing the first-ever Lego picture book, 'I’m Fun, Too!'

  • Licensing Hotline: August 2018

    Read about Random House’s tie-ins to the fall movie release, 'The Grinch'; IDW’s middle-grade comic books inspired by the Marvel Universe, as well as its new GoBots series; and more licensing news.

  • Today's Licensed Publishing Keeps Classic but Contemporary

    Publishers balance heritage with modern themes to keep their evergreen licensed publishing programs fresh.

  • Little Simon Says 'All You Need Is Love'

    Simon & Schuster's Little Simon imprint has acquired the rights to incorporate the lyrics of two Beatles songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, 'All You Need Is Love' and 'With a Little Help from My Friends,' into picture books.

  • Licensing Hotline: June 2018

    Random House Children’s Books plans to release a line of books for children ages 12 and up tied to the Netflix series 'Stranger Things,' and other news.

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