Under its licensing deal with Walt Disney, Random House is publishing coloring, activity and storybooks tied to Disney's Home on the Range, an April 2004 animated film. In September, it released books tied to the studio's November 2003 feature, Brother Bear…. Random House also has acquired rights to publish preschool titles for the Disney Channel TV series The Koala Brothers, licensed in North America by Big Tent Entertainment, premiering in summer 2004…. Mudpuppy Press has licensed Olivier Dunrea's Gossie & Friends, published by Houghton Mifflin, for a line of puzzles, dolls, mini-prints and games…. Licensing agent The Serenata Group is launching a merchandising effort for a new book series published by Gibbs Smith, Emily Goes Wild, written by Betty Lou Phillips and illustrated by Sharon Watts. Apparel, bedding and plush are among the planned categories….Silver Lining Productions and Mainframe Entertainment have teamed to produce a preschool television series, Small & Friends, based on the books of Debi Gliori, published by Orchard since 1994. Licensing will follow the series premiere, probably in late 2005 or early 2006…. Genius Products will produce music CDs inspired by Curious George, licensed from Universal Studios, and Raggedy Ann & Andy, licensed from United Media on behalf of Simon & Schuster…. Barnes & Noble is publishing the first book tied to the Law & Order television series, now in its 14th season. The title, Law & Order: Crime Scenes, which features 100 photographs, debuts in October….Cinar named Romeo & Juliette as the licensee for infant and toddler apparel and accessories tied to Caillou, the TV series based on Chouette's books…. TokyoPop authorized Radio Shack to market a line of remote-controlled products based on its manga/ anime series Initial D…. Publications International debuts its Story Reader, a portable electronic device for kids 3-8, with a line of 24 books based on licenses (SpongeBob SquarePants, Sesame Street, Scooby-Doo and others). A Lion King title is packaged with the product…. Marvel licensed Genio Cards for a line of collectible educational trading cards featuring its comic book characters, for children 5-12…. The Kennedy Center's second Dear America stage show, Dreams in the Golden Country, produced with Scholastic, is launching a 15-city national tour in October…. Warner Home Video is releasing the book-based animated feature The Little Polar Bear on video and DVD in December. Sterling Publishing will promote the videos in its Little Polar Bear books…. New licensees for Guess How Much I Love You?, licensed by Candlewick Press and RJM Licensing, include All Wrapped Up for wrapping paper and gift bags, Duni for paper plates, cups, napkins and tablecloths, and TeaSeaCo for furniture.
Volume 250 Issue 39 09/29/2003