WILDBRAIN BAKES UP MORE FAN EXCITEMENT FOR THE BERRY SWEET WORLD OF STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE WITH NEW PARTNERSHIPS ACROSS LICENSING, CONTENT AND PROMOTIONS
Surging popularity of beloved top-ten entertainment character drives new licensing deals with Hunnideux, Funko, Loungefly, American Girl and more, while latest promotional partnerships and activations include Color Me Mine, CAMP and Dana’s Bakery
New Strawberry Shortcake 3D-animated seasonal specials begin rolling out later this year as Season 3 of Berry in the Big City gets ready to launch on YouTube July 15 and new distribution partners announced, including Pluto TV, MiniMini+, TFOUMAX and MYTFI
Visit WildBrain CPLG at Licensing Expo stand F214 for Strawberry Shortcake licensing opportunities
New York – May 23, 2023 – WildBrain, a global leader in kids’ and family entertainment, is further expanding the offering for fans of its beloved Strawberry Shortcake franchise with a heaping new serving of licensing partnerships, creative activations and distribution deals to reach new audiences as the brand continues to grow in popularity. Fresh off a second GLAAD nomination for WildBrain’s original new animated series, Berry in the Big City, the Strawberry Shortcake brand is surging in popularity with fans. In Q1 2023, Strawberry Shortcake jumped onto the charts as the sixth most popular character among kids 6 to 9 in the US, according to independent consumer research firm The Insights Family, beating out Harry Potter, SpongeBob SquarePants and Barbie.
Excitement for the brand is set to continue building as season three of Berry in the Big City launches on the official Strawberry Shortcake YouTube channel on July 15. The hit series, which is also available on Netflix, was recently featured in director M. Night Shyamalan’s film Knock at the Cabin. In the new season, fans will meet Crabapple Jam, the new owner of Berryworks, who shakes things up in unexpected ways for Strawberry Shortcake and her berry friends. Strawberry Shortcake fandom will continue to build into the fall as the first of four new, highly anticipated premium CG-animated seasonal specials (4 x 44’) will launch on Netflix worldwide later this year and also on WildBrain’s Family Channel in Canada.
Elizabeth Litten Miller, Vice President, Franchise Strategy at WildBrain, said: “We’ve seen incredible growth in Strawberry Shortcake fandom this year, with this iconic character continuing to capture the hearts of audiences young and old around the world. As we harness WildBrain’s 360-degree approach to brand building across content creation, audience engagement and global licensing, the soaring popularity of the World of Strawberry Shortcake has generated not only new content deals, but a whole new wave of licensing opportunities and innovative activations. We’re thrilled that partners and fans are embracing Strawberry Shortcake to celebrate her message of diversity, creativity and friendship in so many imaginative and inspiring ways.”
Attendees at Licensing Expo, from June 13–15, are invited to visit WildBrain CPLG at stand F214 to learn more about partnership opportunities for the World of Strawberry Shortcake.
Berry sweet licensing deals and activations
WildBrain CPLG has secured a wave of new global licensing partnerships for the classic Strawberry Shortcake brand, including with Funko for their iconic pop figures, A Leading Role for costume apparel and accessories, SkinnyDip for phone cases, and Diamond Art Club for craft projects. Existing partner Dolls Kill has also launched a second collection globally, which has expanded to include homewares alongside apparel and accessories.
In the US, new partners signed by WildBrain CPLG include Hunnideux for character-inspired make-up palettes; Little Bird Bamboo for matching ‘mommy & me’ sets and infant and toddler apparel; Goose Creek Candles for strawberry-scented candles; Hot Topic for a Direct to Retail (DTR) collection spanning apparel, accessories, beauty, and footwear; and an expansion of a current deal with Centric to now include beauty. A recent collection from Loungefly (part of Funko) of scented bags and accessories was launched at SXSW, with four out of the five designs almost immediately selling out. American Girl have launched Strawberry Shortcake doll accessories for the ’80s Courtney Doll in the US and Canada, including doll pajamas, girl pajamas and a sleepover set, while in Australia, Peter Alexander recently launched a sleepwear collection which sold out within a week.
WildBrain’s in-house franchise team has also inked new partnerships and activations in the US, including Color Me Mine for a paint-your-own pottery studio experience; CAMP, a family experience company with locations across the US; and new and renewed promotional partnerships with Dana’s Bakery, Sunkist Growers (oranges, lemons and limes), Crofter’s Organic (jams and fruit spreads)Chuao Chocolatier, and gift-giving site Lula’s Garden. Additionally, Sprinkle Pop has launched Strawberry Shortcake baking decorations, and Fla-Vor-Ice has launched a Strawberry Shortcake-themed promotion for their freezer pops.
New distribution partners for Berry in the Big City and seasonal specials
Bringing Strawberry Shortcake content to new audiences, WildBrain has inked a wave of distribution deals across all three seasons of its original 2D-animated series, Berry in the Big City (120 x 4’). Season one has been acquired by Pluto TV (US and Canada), Showmax (Africa) and Kanopy (US) for its Kanopy Kids offering; while seasons one and two have sold to TFOUMAX and MYTFI (France), and MiniMini+ (Poland). CANAL PANDA (Portugal) has acquired seasons one to three.
The four new CG-animated seasonal specials (4 x 44’) have also been acquired by CANAL PANDA (Portugal), TVNZ (New Zealand) and MiniMini+ (Poland).
Berry in the Big City and the seasonal specials are produced by WildBrain’s Vancouver animation studio with renowned showrunner Michael Vogel (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic). The series celebrates stories of diversity, creativity and friendship as Strawberry Shortcake heads to Big Apple City to find her big break and “bake the world a better place.”
For more information, please contact:
Aimée Norman at The DDA Group
+44 (0) 7957 564 050
About Strawberry Shortcake
WildBrain’s Strawberry Shortcake is one of the world’s most-adored brands. Since her creation in 1973, with the release of a simple Valentine’s Day greeting card, Strawberry Shortcake has grown and evolved with new content, toys and experiences for each new generation of kids. Parents who loved her when they were young, can now share a fresh new Strawberry Shortcake with their children through the all-new original WildBrain series Berry in the Big City, as well as through new toys, books, games, apparel, events – and of course, dolls, which still boast their iconic scent. Previous Strawberry Shortcake content in WildBrain’s library, including the series Strawberry Shortcake and Berry Bitty Adventures, and the animated movies Sky’s the Limit and The Sweet Dreams Movie, continues to delight young audiences on streaming and broadcast platforms worldwide. With an international presence that has generated over US 4$ billion in retail sales since its first launch, Strawberry Shortcake is a true character-brand phenomenon that is cherished by kids and families worldwide. Visit her at: strawberryshortcake.com
At WildBrain we inspire imaginations to run wild, engaging kids and families everywhere with great content and beloved brands. With approximately 13,000 half-hours of filmed entertainment in our library—one of the world’s most extensive—we are home to such treasured franchises as Peanuts, Teletubbies, Strawberry Shortcake, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Caillou, Inspector Gadget and Degrassi. Our integrated, in-house capabilities spanning production, distribution and licensing set us apart as a unique independent player in the industry, managing IP across its entire lifecycle, from concept to content to consumer products.
At our state-of-the-art animation studio in Vancouver, we produce award-winning, fan-favourite series, such as The Snoopy Show; Snoopy in Space; Sonic Prime; Chip and Potato; Strawberry Shortcake: Berry in the Big City; Carmen Sandiego; Go, Dog. Go! and many more. Enjoyed in more than 150 countries and on over 500 streaming platforms and telecasters, our content is everywhere kids and families view entertainment. WildBrain Spark, our AVOD network, has garnered over 1 trillion minutes of watch time on YouTube, offering one of the largest selections of kids’ content on that platform. Our leading consumer-products and location-based entertainment agency, WildBrain CPLG, represents our owned and partner properties in every major territory worldwide. Our television group owns and operates some of Canada’s most-viewed family entertainment channels.
WildBrain is headquartered in Canada with offices worldwide and trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: WILD). Visit us at wildbrain.com.