Endemol Shine’s Mr Bean partners with Black White Orange in India

Endemol Shine has signed a new brand licensing partnership of the long-running IP, Mr Bean, with the one of India’s leading brand licensing companies – Black White Orange Brands Pvt. Ltd.

The deal marks the first agency appointment for the iconic brand in India and will see the two companies work hand-in-hand to bring brand extension, creative ideation and merchandise to life.

Mr Bean, a series that has been celebrated for delivering some of the most iconic moments in TV history with a broad and diverse audience across 200 territories, also marks its 30-year anniversary in 2020. The brand continues to entertain new audiences all around the world with success across global digital platforms, hitting a combined digital reach of more than 137 million fans.

Mr Bean has topped 11 billion lifetime views on YouTube alone and is one of Facebook’s biggest page globally, surpassing 98 million fans on the platform. The brand has also grown from the original live action series to the new animated show, which sees Mr Bean and Teddy embark on new adventures together. Mr Bean is produced by Tiger Aspect Productions.

With continuous global distribution of content, the new deal will see Black White Orange explore new and innovative brand licensing opportunities for Mr Bean in India, to drive growth in the ever-evolving market. The deal also represents Endemol Shine’s ambition to grow the licensing business in India.

Jane Smith, Group Director, Brand Licensing & Gaming, Endemol Shine Group, says; “Mr Bean has a huge fan base in India and we are delighted to be partnering with Black White Orange to bring consumer products into this exciting new territory for the market.  Their creative approach to the brand and their knowledge and track record of delivering success in India makes them an ideal partner.”

Adds Mitali Desai, Co-Founder & COO, Black White Orange Brands Pvt. Ltd, “We are excited to have an iconic brand like Mr Bean as part of our portfolio. It continues to receive love from audiences with an enormous digital footprint. With live action as well as animation content, the brand lends itself beautifully to various categories like apparel, novelty, consumables and more. We look forward to delivering creative brand licensing opportunities in the coming months.”

Discovery India appoints Black White Orange as the Licensing & Merchandising partner for its “Fukrey Boyzzz” franchise

Fukrey Boyzzz, a rib-tickling production from Discovery Kids, launched in association with Excel Entertainment, which helped the channel reach the top 3 positions in the first week of launch itself, has attracted lots of queries in the Licensing & Merchandising space. Discovery India has appointed Black White Orange (BWO) as the Licencing partner to harness the full potential of the newly launched IP beyond TV.

BWO is working closely with Discovery India and Excel Entertainment to conceptualize designs and represent the IP across a wide range of categories. BWO is targeting to reach out to interested partners in back-to-school, apparel, toys, and novelty products’ space.

“Fukrey franchise extends beyond demographics; Fukrey Boyzzz has added another level of zing to it – which is what we are targeting to leverage in the L&M space,” said, Megha Tata, Managing Director – South Asia, Discovery. “We are delighted to partner with BWO in our endeavor to ensure that Fukrey Boyzzz fans get to experience and engage with the iconic characters beyond TV, both online as well as offline, by early 2020.”

“Fukrey Boyzzz has opened new vistas; new horizons for us. An L&M partnership is a natural extension to fully tap the hidden potential of this iconic franchise whose following transcends varied demographics,” said, Ritesh Sidhwani, Co-Founder, Excel Entertainment. “We are keen to work with partners who understand and imbibe the ethos of the Fukrey franchise.”

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“The Fukrey franchise has a huge fan base in India and Fukrey Boyzzz is a treat for kids with extremely entertaining content! We are excited to work with the Discovery Kids team to take the brand to the next level with merchandise and interesting licensing partnerships,” said, Bhavik Vora, Founder & CEO, Black White Orange Brands Pvt. Ltd.

 

‘Fukrey Boyzzz’ features characters from the Excel Entertainment film – Choocha, Hunny, Laali and Bholi Punjaban – in their animated avatars.  At the press launch of Fukrey Boyzzz, all lead actors including Richa Chadha, Pulkit Samrat, Varun Sharma, and Manjot Singh were seen in Fukrey Boyzzz inspired fashion wear. The style guide is developed for the L&M leverages the well-defined characters of the franchise in a fun way.