Tuesday, October 02, 2018

JAM Media Taps JAKKS Pacific as Master Toy Partner for 'Becca’s Bunch'

JAM Media Taps JAKKS Pacific as Master Toy Partner for Becca’s Bunch

The California-based toyco secured exclusive global rights for toys based on the hit Nick Jr. series

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--On the heels of the successful launch of Becca’s Bunch on Nick Jr. US on September 24, producer and property owner JAM Media has named JAKKS Pacific as the global master toy licensee for the property!

JAKKS has secured the exclusive global rights to produce figurines, playsets and accessories, vehicles, musical instruments, plush (feature and non-feature), every day dress-up, role play, arts & crafts, board games and accessories, Halloween costumes and accessories, outdoor/indoor furniture, wagons, ride-ons, play tents, ball pits, balls and outdoor games, all based on the spritely bird and her group of animal friends. Plush, figurines, musical instruments, vehicles and playsets are planned for a Fall 2019 launch at US retail.

JAKKS joins previously signed Becca’s Bunch licensees Candlewick Press, which has taken publishing rights for the US, and Egmont, which is signed on for publishing in the rest of the world. Both companies are planning a Fall 2019 retail launch in key territories.

“This is a significant deal for us, and we could not have hoped for a better partner than JAKKS,” said JAM Media CEO John Rice. “JAKKS understands the fun and playful nature of Becca’s Bunch as a property, and is translating the huggable and tactile quality of its characters perfectly into a standout line of toys.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with JAM Media as master toy licensee for Becca’s Bunch,” said Tara Hefter, SVP Licensing, JAKKS Pacific. “Becca’s Bunch is an adorable preschool series that is already a hit in the UK. We are looking forward to bringing Becca, and her friends Russell, Sylvia and Pedro, to life through a variety of original toys, playsets, and role play.”

Nickelodeon has secured exclusive broadcast rights to the series in the US and pay-TV rights for the rest of the world. Becca’s Bunch premiered on Nick Jr.’s international channels and platforms in July and in the US in September. In addition, terrestrial broadcasters ABC Australia, CBC Kids (Canada) and France Télévisions (France) have picked up the series for their respective countries.

Becca’s Bunch (52 x 11 minutes) stars a cast of handmade puppet characters and features over 4,000 individually crafted props and set pieces. The series merges live-action footage, puppetry, 2D and CG animation to create a textured world that the audience will want to reach out and touch.

The show centers around Becca, a little bird with a big appetite for adventure, who loves helping her Wagtail Woods neighbors. Though she sometimes bites off more than she can chew, Becca knows that with her friends Russell, Sylvia and Pedro by her side, nothing is impossible. Thinking on their feet, Becca and her Bunch will urge kids to never give up, aim high and have big ideas—because once they do, like Becca, every day will become an adventure.


JAM Media (www.jammedia.com), with operations in both Ireland and the United Kingdom, is one of the leading creators and producers of multi-award winning animated and live-action content for the children’s and preschool audience. We pride ourselves on delivering high quality, innovative, story-driven brands across multiple platforms based around engaging characters with humor at its heart. The company was founded in 2002 by animator friends John Rice, Alan Shannon and Mark Cumberton.

About JAKKS Pacific, Inc.

JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK) is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of toys and consumer products sold throughout the world, with its headquarters in Santa Monica, California. JAKKS Pacific’s popular proprietary brands include Perfectly Cute™, Real Workin’ Buddies™, Squish-Dee-Lish™, XPV®, Disguise®, Moose Mountain®, Funnoodle®, Maui®, Kids Only!®; a wide range of entertainment-inspired products featuring premier licensed properties; and C’est Moi™, a youth skincare and make-up brand. Through JAKKS Cares, the company’s commitment to philanthropy, JAKKS is helping to make a positive impact on the lives of children.

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Original source: Business Wire; H/T: Kidscreen.
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