The Jim Henson Company’s multi-award winning animated children’s series Dinosaur Train continues to build momentum across Europe, while riding high on several new international deals related to consumer products, TV, Home Entertainment, and Digital licensing. The Announcement was made today by EVP of Global Distribution for The Jim Henson Company, Richard goldsmith:
“Europe continues to be a brisk and enthusiastic market for the DINOSAUR TRAIN brand, as more broadcasters, content distributors and consumer licensing partners get on board the DINOSAUR TRAIN,” remarked Goldsmith. “By leveraging our young audience’s innate attraction to all things dinosaur and any vehicle that travels down a track, Buddy and his friends make exploring the natural world fun and exciting. And when you can engage the kids, you earn the attention, interest and support of parents, broadcasters and licensing partners.”
The new television agreements include a home entertainment deal with Italy’s Dall’Angelo for season three of DINOSAUR TRAIN; and with France’s Studio Canal, who picked up digital and home video rights for season two of the series.
Dall’Angelo and Studio Canal join top-tier European broadcast partners for DINOSAUR TRAIN, including the recently signed free-to-air Disney Channel in Germany, Nickelodeon in the United Kingdom, Canal+’s Piwi in France, YLE in Finland and Canal Panda in Portugal. DVD and digital distribution partners include ZON Media in Portugal RTVE Clan in Spain, France TV in France and Watchever in Germany.
A slate of new consumer product licensing agreements have also been signed across Europe, further demonstrating demand for the brand.
In the United Kingdom, Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products brokered an agreement with Character World for the development of DINOSAUR TRAIN home décor.
In Germany, the brand’s licensing agent LizenzWerft brokered agreements with Panini for publishing; and WVG Medien GmbH for the development of DINOSAUR TRAIN apps.
In Spain, licensing agent Selecta Vision confirmed licensing agreements with Montichelvo for stationery; Hot Shots Europe for candy toys and cookies; and with Accion Cultural S.L. for live shows and mall events.
The new partners join an extensive roster of existing licensees across Western and Eastern Europe, including master toy licensee TOMY.