Modelo Steps into Footwear

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Modelo Especial and Modelo Negra inspire revamped sneaker styles.

NORTH AMERICA–Constellation Brands has partnered with the California footwear brand Supra for a co-branded footwear collaboration featuring its Modelo brand.

The Joester Loria Group, Constellation Brands’ licensing agency, brokered the deal.

For the collaboration, Supra updated two of its classic sneaker styles–Skytop and Vaider. The updated Skytop style features gold foiling, which is representative of Modelo Especial, while the Vaider style highlights the black and gold style of Modelo Negra.

The footwear packaging will also showcase Modelo’s gold standard emblem.

The Supra x Modelo collection is now available.

Sanrio to Open Gudetama Holiday Shop in L.A.

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A Gudetama Santa will also be on-site for meet-and-greets and photo opportunities.

NORTH AMERICA–To celebrate the holiday season, Sanrio is opening a holiday pop-up store inspired by its apathetic, lazy egg character Gudetama at the Sanrio Japanese Village in Los Angeles.

While visiting the Gudetama Holiday Shop, fans will have access to exclusive holiday items including Gudetama Santa plush tree ornaments and a tree topper. Other holiday-inspired include a Gudetama sweatshirt, which features the apathetic egg napping in a snow globe, and an Aggretsuko-inspired sweater, which features the red panda’s dual personalities.

In addition to its holiday offerings, the store will feature Gudetama-themed stationery, plush, luggage, blind box figures, a Gudetama Magic 8 Ball and the new book Eggsistential Thoughts by Gudetama the Lazy Egg. Limited edition products from Japan will also be available.

While products will reign supreme at the pop-up, Gudetama fans will also be able to meet and take photos with Gudetama Santa.

The Gudetama Holiday Shop will open its doors at the Sanrio Kawaii Mart in the Sanrio Japanese Village this weekend, Dec 2-3. The store will also be open Dec. 9-10 and Dec. 16-17 before being transformed into a new space for 2018.

Calvin Klein & Andy Warhol Join Forces

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The partnership will also extend to various licensing categories and activations within the Calvin Klein brand portfolio.

NORTH AMERICA–Calvin Klein, a wholly owned subsidiary of PVH Corp., has inked a multi-year partnership with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, allowing the fashion brand unprecedented access to the late artist’s works.

The global partnership, which is effective through 2020, will see Calvin Klein support the foundation’s endowment from which it distributes grants for contemporary visual art. In turn, Calvin Klein will be able to utilize the artist’s entire portfolio, including many works that have not yet been published.

The first phase of the newly formed partnership was unveiled in September with the spring 2018 Calvin Klein 205W39NYC runway show. The collection, which will be available in January, incorporates a selection of Warhol artworks as placement screen prints including portraits of Warhol intimate and art collector Sandra Brant and movie star Dennis Hopper, as well as the pieces “Knives,” “Electric Chair” and “Ambulence Disaster.” The range also includes pieces created under license and in collaboration with Hopper Goods, a brand inspired by Dennis Hopper.

“Warhol’s legacy is not limited to the tremendous influence of his timeless concepts but also through the work of the foundation he established, which has become one of the pre-eminent funders of contemporary art having distributed over $275 million in grants since inception,” says Michael Dayton Hermann, director of licensing, Andy Warhol Foundation. “We are proud that Raf [Simon]’s visionary work at Calvin Klein will unabashedly embrace all facets of Warhol’s work and generously contribute to the foundation’s endowment.”

The partnership between Calvin Klein and the Andy Warhol Foundation is also expected to expand across various licensing categories and future activations within the Calvin Klein brand portfolio.

“I am proud that through this licensing agreement with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Calvin Klein will be continuing its longstanding commitment to the celebration of American artists and their prolific work,” says Steve Shiffman, chief executive officer, Calvin Klein. “I look forward to the global rollout of this partnership across multiple levels of the Calvin Klein consumer experience.”

‘Sesame Street’ Readies to Ring in Chinese New Year

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Part of an annual tradition between Sesame Workshop and CCTV, segments of the 2018 Chinese New Year Special will be shot on the famed ‘Sesame Street’ NY set for the first time.

ASIA–Building on a relationship that began 35 years ago with the televised “Big Bird in China” special, China’s national broadcaster China Central Television Children’s Channel and Sesame Workshop will co-produce segments for CCTV’s annual Spring Festival special.

For the first time, CCTV will be on the iconic “Sesame Street” set in New York to shoot segments showcasing Chinese New Year traditions, customs, and legendary stories.

Since 2014, “Sesame Street’s” Cookie Monster, Elmo, and Lily have joined CCTV children’s hosts to learn about what makes Chinese New Year unique. Last year, the furry friends visited Singapore to learn about Spring Festival celebrations outside of China.

“What began as a small step for one big yellow bird has turned into a 35-year adventure between two organizations half a world apart,” says Xu Bin, deputy controller, CCTV Children’s Channel.  “We are excited to be shooting on the ‘Sesame Street’ set and cannot wait to share the new show with our viewers in China.”

Next year’s special will feature Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster and CCTV children’s hosts Ju Ping, Dong Hoa and will premiere on Chinese New Year’s Eve, Feb. 16, 2018. Chinese New Year takes place on February 17, 2018.

Sesame Workshop opened its China office in 2013 and has built brand awareness through content syndication and Chinese New Year special co-productions. “Sesame Street” programming is available on China’s top online video platforms and boasts more than 37 million viewers and has rapidly expanded in the areas of location-based entertainment, educational products, and live shows.

“We are thrilled to work with CCTV to create engaging educational programs for the children of China,” says Steve Youngwood, chief operating officer, Sesame Workshop. “This partnership reflects a successful cultural exchange that we value deeply, and our co-produced programming demonstrates a powerful appreciation of each other’s differences and similarities. We warmly welcome CCTV to ‘Sesame Street’ in New York.”

‘Summoners War’ Heads to Comics, Animation

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Skybound Entertainment is on board to extend the popular mobile game into a host of entertainment formats.

NORTH AMERICA–Com2us has partnered with Skybound Entertainment to expand its popular mobile game “Summoners War” into an entertainment franchise.

Through the agreement, Skybound will work to bring the game into comic books, animated series and more. The collaboration also comes on the heels of Come2us’ expanded push into additional entertainment verticals.

“Summoners War” is a mobile turn-based strategy game that allows players to assume the role of a summoner, utilizing over 1,000 monsters to fight in turn-based battles.

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‘Ranger Rob’ to Take the Stage

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Round Room Presents will debut the new stage show in Canada in fall 2018.

GLOBAL–Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana and Round Room Presents have come together to bring the preschool series “Ranger Rob” to the stage with a worldwide tour.

“Ranger Rob” follows the adventures of 10-year-old Rob and his friends Stomper, Chipper, Dakota and others, around big Sky Park, a natural outdoor adventure park. Whether they are flying, zip-lining through trees or snowboarding through frosty fields, they love discovering and exploring all that the park has to offer. Details regarding the stage show’s storyline have not been disclosed.

The “Ranger Rob” live show will kick off in Canada in fall 2018. Tour locations and dates will be announced in May 2018.

Disney Gears Up to Play Soccer in Oz

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Disney and Football Federation Australia will host Star Wars-themed soccer games in December, complete with co-branded merch.

AUSTRALIA–The Walt Disney Company Australia and Football Federation Australia have joined forces for the Star Wars Round, a set of Star Wars-branded football matches ahead of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiere in December.

The event will take place during Round 10 of the A-League competition, starting Dec. 8, and will feature character appearances, big screen content, themed activities, special signage and giveaways.

Star Wars is one of the world’s most powerful brands and football is the world’s biggest sport,” says David Gallop, chief executive, FFA. “Like football, Star Wars has super fans that span the globe, it’s a hugely successful franchise and to incorporate this into a round of the Hyundai A-League is very exciting. We are constantly looking to engage with new audiences and expand the football family, and this partnership provides a great way to do so in what is mutually beneficial for both parties.”

To celebrate the Star Wars Round, a limited edition BB-8 supporter ball has been produced and will be available through the official Hyundai A-League online store, Shop.A-League.com.au, club stores and select Rebel stores in Queensland. Western Sydney Wanderers FC and Melbourne City FC will also have a select range of club-specific co-branded merchandise available.

“We are thrilled to bring Star Wars, and its much-loved characters to Hyundai A-League stadiums across Australia ahead of the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Dec. 14,” says Kylie Watson-Wheeler, managing director, The Walt Disney Company, Australia and New Zealand. “Competitive sport can produce some of the most enthralling storylines, much like the acclaimed suite of Star Wars films, and we look forward to celebrating the hero’s journey through best-practice activations, content and experiences for families and fans alike.”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set to premiere in Australia on Dec. 14.

BBC Showcases 2018 Plans in Australia

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BBC Worldwide ANZ previews upcoming plans for ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Hey Duggee,’ BBC Earth and ‘Top Gear.’

AUSTRALIA– BBC Worldwide ANZ showcased their franchise strategy, upcoming content and plans for 2018 at a breakfast for licensees Tuesday.

BBC recapped what’s ahead for its top brands including “Doctor Who,” “Top Gear,” “Go Jetters,” BBC Earth and more and introduced licensees to its newest production “Bluey.”

“As the business moves towards a franchise strategy, we look forward to collaborating with our licensees and partners on BBC Worldwide’s impressive portfolio of brands,” says Dustin Lockett, commercial director, BBC Worldwide ANZ.

Here’s some of what’s in store for 2018:

“Doctor Who”

“Doctor Who” will see its first female Doctor when season 11 hits the airwaves in the fall of 2018. BBC Worldwide sees potential in costumes and consumer products. The brand has sold over 11 million action figures sold since 2005, over 18 million DVDs and over 1 million tickets for live events.

Preschool

Australia and New Zealand represent the highest level of demand by territory for “Hey Duggee” and “Go Jetters.” Both titles are among the top five preschool brands by request.

In 2017, “Hey Duggee” had over 470 million views on combined streaming platforms in China and the brand recently won the BAFTA award for Best Preschool Animation.

The brand also made its way to the big screen this month with the Hey Duggee Cinema Experience, and in the live space, “Duggee” continues to do appearances and mini stage shows across the country via The Entertainment Store.

The second season of “Go Jetters” launched last week with additional narrative elements that will brings new opportunities to the brand through new vehicles, costumes and science-based product.

New seasons of “Go Jetters” and “Hey Duggee” have been greenlit for 2018 and alongside them will be new products at reatil featuring new characters, vehicles and costumes.

Attendees at the breakfast were also treated to a sneak peak of “Bluey,” the new locally produced ABC and BBC Worldwide co-commissioned animated preschool series. Full ancillary rights for “Bluey” are being held by BBC Worldwide.

“Top Gear”

As it heads into its 25th season, “Top Gear” has amassed 22 million global fans on Facebook, 2 million on Twitter and 5.5 million subscribers on YouTube.

BBC Earth

Blue Planet II recently launched on BBC One in the U.K., attracting 14.4 million viewers with a share of 41.4 percent, making it the most watched program on British television for 2017. Imagery available from the series, cleared for merchandise and licensee use, includes pictures featuring an incredible array of aquatic animals from the depths of the oceans and an exclusive look into Earth’s hidden watery vistas.

Has Disney Found Bob Iger’s Successor?

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Bob Chapek of Disney’s Parks & Resorts division, who formerly led the company’s CP division, is the latest executive rumored to be next in line to lead the media giant.

NORTH AMERICA–A flurry of rumors have surfaced over the last few days that Bog Iger has finally settled on a successor when he leaves his post as chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company in July 2019.

Bloomberg and a number of other news outlets have cited various sources familiar with the company, who say that Bob Chapek, currently chairman of the company’s Parks & Resorts division, is now the most likely candidate to take the helm of the world’s largest licensor.

While no formal announcement, or decision, has been made, Disney is pressed for time. Several years ago, Iger revealed his plans to step down in 2016; however, in 2014, his tenure was extended another two years through June 2018. Last March, he extended his contract again to July 2, 2019 and said just last month, “This time I mean it.” The Disney board has been seeking his successor for two years.

“Leading this great company is a tremendous privilege, and I am honored to have been asked to continue serving as CEO through July 2, 2019,” says Iger. “Even with the incredible success the company has achieved, I am confident that Disney’s best days are still ahead, and I look forward to continuing to build on our proven strategy for growth while working with the board to identify a successor as CEO and ensure a successful transition.”

Previously, Disney had two candidates in line for Iger’s role, former executives Tom Staggs and Jay Rasulo. Staggs, who was promoted to the position of chief operating officer in 2015, left after one year. Rasulo, the company’s former chief financial officer and parks division head, also left the company after being passed over for Staggs’ former position.

Since Staggs’ departure, there was no clear frontrunner for the job, until now.

The rumors of Chapek’s appointment come on the heels of Disney’s fiscal year-end earnings, in which only Chapek’s Parks & Resorts division posted gains in both sales and operating income. For fiscal 2017, the division increased 14 percent to $3.78 billion. Recent Disney Parks & Resorts developments include the opening of Shanghai Disneyland in June 2016. The company also recently partnered with the Shanghai Shendi Group to expand the park with its seventh themed land, which will be based on the Toy Story franchise.

Chapek has led the Parks & Resorts division since 2015. Previously, the 24-year Disney veteran served as president of Disney Consumer Products from 2001 to 2015, driving a technology-led transformation of the company’s consumer products, retail and publishing operations. Prior to Disney Consumer Products, he served as president of distribution for Walt Disney Studios from 2009 to 2011. He also served as president of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, where he spearheaded the successful “vault strategy” for the company’s iconic films and transformed the primary of format of home entertainment from DVD to Blu-ray.

V&A Ties Up New Deals in Asia

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British art museum extends reach with bedding, umbrellas, touring exhibitions and more.

ASIA–The Victoria and Albert Museum has partnered with Wonu in South Korea, Kaientai in Japan and China Merchants Shekou to further extend its presence throughout Asia.

First, Wonu has launched a new range of bedding inspired by the V&A’s collection of William Morris prints exclusively in the South Korean market. The line will also be featured on the Lotte Homeshopping channel in 60-minute prime time slots this fall.

In Japan, Kaientai has signed on to launch a line of branded umbrellas and parasols based on the Museum’s collections of arts and crafts wallpapers and textiles. The new range is expected to launch in March 2018.

Meanwhile, the V&A and China Merchants Shekou have joined forces to develop a new design hub in China. The new institution, called Design Society, will be located in the Seaworld Culture and Art Center and will feature a dedicated gallery with the inaugural exhibition “Values of Design,” which features objects from across the V&A’s collections.

In addition, the V&A is collaborating with Swire Properties to bring the exhibition “Shoes: Pleasure and Pain” to Swire’s retail malls across China. The exhibition debuted at HKRI Taikoo Hui in Shanghai and will now visit Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu, Taikoo Hui in Guangzhou and Taikoo Li Sanlitun in Beijing before culminating at Pacific Place in Hong Kong.

The V&A also recently appointed Alfilo to serve as its exclusive agent in Greater China.