Space Enterprises has announced a Plush licensing deal for The Hive with Mookie Toys. The deal for the UK & Eire sees product hitting online retail in Q2 2012, alongside other already announced major licensees Blues Clothing, and Aykroyds TDP. A major retail launch is set for Spring/Summer 2012, incorporating an initial DVD release through ITV DVD.
The show launched on Playhouse Disney in the UK in February 2011 (rebranded as Disney Junior in May), and has proved a huge ratings success. In the last three months it has been the best performing acquisition on Disney Junior - reaching 3m viewers aged 4 and over. Most recent BARB figures (w/e: 11th Sept) had the show in four of the top five chart positions. The show started its UK terrestrial airing on ITV in September 2010, and is currently #2 across all kid`s channels in its slot. Ratings for the recent launch on ABC in Australia are also proving very strong.
The Hive was the top acquisition on Disney Junior in terms of reach amongst both Individuals 4+ and Kids 4-7, in the period from 1st June to 31st August 2011. The Hive reached 3m individuals in this time, of which 750k were Kids 4-7.
It is also the top acquisition in terms of contribution to Disney Junior ratings in the same period - contributing 9% of the ratings that the channel has achieved.
guardian.co.uk, Monday 13 December 2010 13.58 GMT
Try the Camelot Smashalot game from the forthcoming Ministry of Silly Games
As you may have seen last week, social games specialist Zattikka has just announced The Ministry of Silly games, a Facebook virtual world based around the surreal comedy genius of Monty Python. Set to launch early next year, it will include eight free mini-games including King Arthur's Knight Fight, a slice-'em-up against such foes as the Black Knight and the killer rabbit, and Gillaxian - a tribute to the classic arcade shooter Galaxian, done in the animated style of Terry Gilliam.
To give you a taster, we've been provided with one of the games, Camelot Smashalot, an Angry Birds-style physics puzzler in which you catapult livestock, Holy Hand Grenades and other idiotic projectiles at a French castle. If you've ever wanted to re-enact that classic scene from Monty Python and The Holy Grail, rather than just drunkenly recite John Cleese's insults, here's your chance.
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"It's a big money-spinner among the 50 million regular players of FarmVille and the hundreds of millions who regularly play other social games."
Monty Python's stars are bringing their surreal characters to Facebook. As Technology Correspondent Benjamin Cohen explains, they're silly-walking into a world of social gaming dominated by FarmVille.
The upcoming launch of Monty Python's Ministry of Silly Games on Facebook serves as an excellent opportunity to examine the fast-growing world of social gaming, dominated at the moment by titles like FarmVille.
Space Enterprises are pleased to announce the launch of two new merchandise websites.
are now open for business.
The new Monty Python websites are designed to offer official branded merchandise from the iconic show and films including; clothing, gifts, DVDs, books, music and art.
The websites will also provide a showcase for new products promoting the latest ventures such as Spamalot on Tour and Not the Messiah.
By Katie Roberts
Space Enterprises is making its BLE debut at this year's show and will be presenting a range of properties.
Leading the Space (stand BO35) line-up is The Hive - a CGI series from The Hive Enterprises, which is produced by Monumental Productions and Lupus Films and follows the fortunes of the Bee family, who live in Honeybee Hive.
Steve O'Pray, former chief executive officer of PPC Ltd., and Mark Hurry, legal and commercial director of PPC Enterprises, have set up a new licensing agency-Space Enterprises Ltd.
The pair acquired PPC Enterprises from its group company and re-branded it as Space Enterprises Ltd. O'Pray and Hurry will retain the brand portfolio, which includes Monty Python, Pinky and Perky, Little Britain and preschool property The Hive. The new company will be based in Soho, and will continue to work closely with the production studio and design teams at PPC.
"Over the next few weeks, we will be announcing some exciting licenses and the acquisition of a well-known global brand," says O'Pray, who will be managing director.
Hurry takes on the title of director of licensing.