Mattel Inks Disc, Digital Distribution Deals With NCircle and Mill Creek Entertainment

NCircle Entertainment and Mill Creek Entertainment Aug. 31 announced separate multiyear physical and digital distribution agreements with Mattel. Under the pacts, NCircle Entertainment and Mill Creek Entertainment will distribute series based on Mattel brands such as Barbie, Thomas & Friends and Masters of the Universe on DVD at retail stores across the U.S. and Canada, as well as digital sellthrough and VOD.

The deal includes Barbie Dreamtopia Special, Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures (seasons 1 and 2), Barbie Princess Adventure, Barbie & Chelsea: The Lost Birthday, and Barbie: Big City, Big Dreams; Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go (seasons 25 and 26, and corresponding specials), produced in 2D animation; Masters of the Universe: Revelation; and the pending CG series He-Man.

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“Our primary focus is on entertainment that is accessible and relevant for young children,” Mary Flynn, VP of sales, content and acquisitions for NCircle, said in a statement.

“This collaboration continues to enhance our ability to serve consumers and the retail community with strong content slates in the years to come,” added Jeff Hayne, SVP of acquisitions and production for Mill Creek.

Debuting this year: Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures (season 1), available Nov. 16 on DVD digital, and Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go, available Dec. 7 on DVD.

‘Sonic Boom’ Season One Available on Blu-ray From NCircle and Mill Creek

In time for the Sonic the Hedgehog 30th anniversary, Sonic Boom: The Complete Season 1 is available on Blu-ray Disc from Mill Creek Entertainment and NCircle Entertainment.

In the TV series, the anthropomorphic blue hedgehog Sonic (along with friends Tails, Knuckles and Sticks, as well as frenemy Doctor Eggman and Buster, a slime-belching robot dog) boosts, spins and peels out through a dystopian future.

The series, based on the Sonic the Hedgehog video game that debuted 23 years earlier, aired from 2014 to 2017.

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