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Coming soon in all kiosks the new Masha and the Bear official magazines and comic books

The official magazines and the comic books with the most loved couple by children will soon be available!

Thanks to the deal managed by Maurizio Distefano Licensing between Panini and Animaccord, a multinational licensing company and production studio of the animated series Masha and the Bear, the monthly magazine, available from the 15th of April 2021, and the comic books dedicated to the wildest tv characters, available from the 29th of April 2021, are coming soon in all kiosks.

Masha and the Bear will be the stars of the upcoming Panini publications, that include the official magazine, out every month, with many activities, stories, drawings to color and gift gadgets, and several comics, designed to stimulate reading between children thanks to the comic facilitated narration and thanks to simple activities and games, all available in bookstores, in kiosks and on website.

The animated series Masha and the Bear, a classic among children, boasts an incredible awareness. According to Parrot Analytics, leading global TV content demand analytics company, the animated series is included in TOP-5 most in-demand kids show in the world as of January 2021 as well as is ranked #3 among top favorite kids’ entertainment brands in Europe and MEA among children 0-6 years (Source: Kidz Global, Jan 2021 edition).

Masha and the Bear airs daily on Rai YoYo with an intense schedule, that played a key role in the series success since its arrival in Italy. The episodes are available also on the Rai App, Rai Play, giving the chance to watch them any moment of the day.

“We are positive that the partnership between the Italian company leader in the editorial field, and one of the most successful series in the world and in Italy, can only collect great results”, says Maurizio Distefano, President of Maurizio Distefano Licensing that continues with: “Panini with Masha and the Bear was able to develop very attracting products, combining high quality and educational content, perfect elements for the interested target.”

Leo&Tig plushes by De.Car2 are coming soon

The adventurous friends of the eastern taiga, Leo and Tig, will become part of De.Car2’s catalogue as new plush toys with many of special features to discover

Maurizio Distefano Licensing managed the agreement between De.Car2, a company of games and toys specialized in plush products from Piedmont, for the making of a collection dedicated to Leo&Tig, and 0+ Media, a part of Digital Television Russia.

De.Car2 will develop an entire line with the two protagonists Leo and Tig, presenting to the series fans a selection of the softest and cutest plush toys perfect to hug and cuddle. Some of the products will also include special sound features, playing songs and phrases from the series, operable thanks to buttons and motion detectors that work just by passing the hand in front of the product.

Leo and Tig are two cubs of leopard and tiger that live in the eastern Taiga with all their friends, where they discover all its wonders and hidden secrets. This animated series is for all those who, like the two protagonists, love living adventures along with friends. During each episode, Leo and Tig learn to be kind, friendly, to help one another and to respect nature. The first and the second season are available on Rai App, Rai Play, at any time, giving little fans the chance to watch the fantastic stories of Leo and Tig whenever they want.

“The many projects made until now with Leo and Tig are a demonstration of its strength in the Italian licensing market” states Maurizio Distefano, President of MDL “now finally, thanks to De.Car2, they will also have their own line of soft toys, a princely product that will certainly attract attention and satisfy many children desires”.

Maurizio Distefano Licensing welcomes new properties in both brand and music categories thanks to the agreement with Global Merchandising Services

World-renowned and music artists, as well as multi-Michelin starred chef, Gordon Ramsay, are now available for successful licensing projects.

Maurizio Distefano Licensing starts its partnership with Global Merchandising Services, leader in creating unique and innovative international merchandise programs, welcoming new properties for both brand and music category.

In fact, the agency brand portfolio will now include some of the most iconic artists in music history and Gordon Ramsay the brand.

Now the music portfolio welcomes Rock, Pop and Metal artists, a roster that includes just to mention a few ranging from: Motörhead, Iron Maiden, Slayer to, Backstreet Boys, Little Mix, Louis Tomlinson and many more. Thanks to this partnership, Maurizio Distefano Licensing represents some of the biggest, most iconic music artists in the world for the Italian market, who have sold collectively in excess of 1 billion records. A roster that commands sold out tours all over the world and influences global fashion trends and the great variety of musical genres gives the possibility to offer a wide range of ideal projects that can be spread in many other categories.

Apparel, accessories, footwear are only a few of the possibilities behind these new properties that can even extend to so many other specific categories such as food and beverage, makeup or home and living.

Maurizio Distefano, CEO of the agency states: “We are eager to start working with Global Merchandising Services and the properties it offers to the Italian licensing market. This partnership surely enriches our portfolio and allows us to access another inspirational branch of the licensing world which, already at the early stages of the deal, encountered the interest of many licensees.”

“We are delighted to work with Maurizio Distefano Licensing “, says José Santiago, international licensing manager at Global Merchandising Services. “A great opportunity to grow and continue to develop our client’s business in Italy.”

Easter becomes colorful with Maurizio Distefano Licensing

The upcoming chocolate eggs by greatest partners will be featuring the agency’s cartoons

Like every year, Easter is coming up as well as the many personalized chocolate eggs with children’s favorite cartoons. Maurizio Distefano Licensing agency fills up with agreements, placing each one of its properties on the shelves thanks to great chocolate partners.

For Masha and the Bear, the 190gr milk chocolate egg is made by Motta. In all Masha and the Bear eggs children can find the super surprises featuring their favorite couple, like the memory or domino game. Masha and the Bear is now considered a classic property, a safe choice for all partners that want to develop successful licensing projects.

Dolfin is celebrating Easter with Bing. Easter eggs made from the finest milk chocolate, there are 4 different sizes to choose from. Whether it’s the Maxi Bing Egg at 320g or the Mini Bing Egg at 50g (with two sizes in between!), Bingsters and their grown-ups can spend the holiday enjoying a treat with their favourite character, Bing!

Still Dolfin, offers the Easter egg with ZAFARI, tinged with the many peculiar colors of the TV series. ZAFARI is appreciated by children because the characters in the series are special animals, with coats that belong to species different from their own.

Moving on to ALVINNN!!! And the Chipmunks, Easter will be by Walcor, that will place on the shelf a milk chocolate egg for all fans of the restless singing chipmunk band that continues to collect record-breaking ratings.

Absolut news for this Easter season 2021 is the Gigantosaurus chocolate egg, the dino-comedy on air on Rai YoYo that Witor’s chose. The fantastic surprises inside will make all the dino-fans go crazy.

Licensees of this Easter season have a great experience in the selection of the properties in the confectionary field for children. This years Easter with Maurizio Distefano Licensing’s cartoons will be surely delicious and successful.


RAI signed the media deal for broadcasting the New Season of Masha and Bear in Italy

The Season 5 new episodes of Animaccord’s TV series will air on Rai YoYo

Animaccord has confirmed a new broadcast deal with the Italian public media company Rai for Masha and the Bear Season 5, produced in new format of 4K (UHD) resolution. The first episodes of the new season will air daily on Rai Yoyo and Rai Play from May, occupying the best slots on the channels.

“We’re excited with the technical innovations that have been implemented by Animaccord to produce and bring its new Season in 4K, making a breakthrough in preschool serial animation field.  We’re happy to plunge kids to this Masha and the Bear’s fantasy world that is always close to their daily life & feelings as well as to amaze them with the new scripts and the undiminished energy of the character in exceptional premium quality” – comments Annalisa Liberi, Head of Acquisitions, Rai Ragazzi.

Alongside the launch of the core show’s new season, on February 27, 2021, Rai will also release Animaccord’s new educational musical project named Nursery Rhymes, where the world-wide famous character Masha leads babies and toddlers through a wonderful world of nursery rhymes, helping them to tap into their hidden talents and develop them.

Maurizio Distefano Licensing, Masha and the Bear agent in Italy, welcomes these releases with enthusiasm, being able to propose many new features to the existing and potential licensees of the Property.

This year Animaccord marks the 10th years since the first media deal signed for Masha and the Bear Season 1 for Rai to premier the cartoon in Italy – the first country outside the home market where Masha and the Bear became a huge success.

Masha and the Bear starring the new albums by Edizioni Play Press.

From January the Magic Album, the Stickers and Colors, the Crossword Puzzle, and the Draw and Color albums are available in all kiosks starring children’s favorite characters, Masha and the Bear!

Thanks to the deal managed by Maurizio Distefano Licensing between Animaccord’s successful property Masha and the Bear and Edizioni Play Press, the new activity and coloring albums are already available in all kiosks from January with the stars of the animated series. Every month a new album will be available in all kiosks.

The Magic Album, the Stickers and Colors, the Crossword Puzzle, and the Draw and Color albums have as protagonists of their stories, drawings to color and stickers, the friendly Masha and Bear. A fun and creative way for fans of the animated series to learn and play with their favorite characters. All Play Press albums have the special soft touch feature for their covers, a technique that makes them velvety and gives them a magic touch!

The animated series Masha and the Bear, tells the daily life of Masha, a mischievous and lively little girl that loves to play pranks and cause troubles to her friend Bear, with seemingly infinite patience. A perfect metaphor of the relationship between parent and child, which makes the series extremely accessible and easy to identify with. Masha and the Bear episodes are on air every day on Rai YoYo, the channel that contributed to the taking off of the series thanks to the intense schedule since its arrival in Italy and that still today keeps fans at the highest point of interest. Rai Play, the web-portal and Rai App version where Masha and the Bear came in second as the most viewed Kids title during 2020, plays a key role in the series success as well, allowing to view the episodes at any time.

Masha and the Bear boasts 3 million subscribers on the Italian YouTube channel. Moreover, Masha and the Bear is a record-breaking series: it has set the Guinness World Records as the most watched cartoon on YouTube and one of its latest episodes entered the HIROSHIMA 2020 International Animation Festival for its special list of programs titled “BEST OF THE WORLD”. According to Parrot Analytics, an international research agency, it is included in TOP-5 most in-demand kids show in the world as of January 2021.

Thanks to the long-lasting partnership with the Maurizio Distefano Licensing agency, Masha and the Bear has an extremely active licensing program in Italy, ranging in many product categories: toys, food, apparel and more. In addition to being able to easily find all products on the Masha and the Bear personal Amazon store and in the dedicated area of the Toys Center website, fans can also find Masha and the Bear in-store, with an even more immersive experience thank to the initiative of the retailer Toys Con Te, who dedicated an exclusive exhibition space to the series.

“Masha and the Bear is one of the most-watched series by children, which corresponds to a constant research and demand for its products. This collaboration with Edizioni Play Press will certainly satisfy young readers, who will be able to play with Masha and the Bear while stimulating their imagination and creativity.”

Maurizio Distefano Licensing (MDL) partners with Moonbug, one of the largest digital media companies in the world, to serve as Italian licensing agent.

Italian licensing program includes global sensations CoComelon, Blippi and My Magic Pet Morphle

MDL today announced it has partnered with Moonbug Entertainment Ltd. to become the licensing agent in the Italian market for CoComelon, Blippi and My Magic Pet Morphle. In just two years, Moonbug has become a kids’ programming powerhouse with a library of more than 550 hours of content, which is distributed on more than 100 platforms globally, including YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Joyn, Sky and Roku.

CoComelon teaches children how to take on everyday activities and role models positive behavior with a sense of enthusiasm. Kids can easily relate to the universal themes and everyday narratives such as eating your vegetables, learning to tie your shoes and getting ready for bed. With its bright and bold colors and cheerful nursery rhymes and phrases, CoComelon attracts children aged one to four to sing and dance along with Baby JJ and his siblings as they learn letters, numbers, animal sounds, colors and more. It is available on all major platforms including Amazon, Spotify, Apple Music, Roku and Netflix and has surpassed 100 million subscribers on YouTube and garnered nearly 100 billion views on the platform.

Blippi is an energetic and loveable character clad in orange and blue that jumps off the screen with his goofy mannerisms and friendly demeanor. He’s taught millions of kids how to count, colors, letters, and much more. In just a few years since his inception, Blippi has become a global sensation with over 11 million YouTube subscribers and 700 million views per month. Blippi is also available on some of the largest premium streaming services such as Hulu, Amazon Prime, Roku, Virgin Media and Kidoodle.

Morphle is a magical red pet who can morph himself into anything – a sweet puppy, a giant truck, a cool dinosaur or anything that his human companion Mila’s playful mind can imagine. The series is aimed at children aged three to six and is available in 12 languages. With over 250 episodes in its library, the show teaches preschoolers the themes of friendship, problem solving and creativity, and is available on a range of digital platforms including YouTube, Amazon, Netflix, Apple TV, and most recently, was part of a deal to be shown on Virgin Media platforms. A hit with tots and their families worldwide, the Morphle YouTube channel has 9.6 million subscribers and has had over 6 billion views since it was established in 2011.

“The relatable content in these properties makes them highly accessible, involving both children and parents in their first learning phases” states Maurizio Distefano, President of MDL. “The successes that these series have collected since their inception demonstrates their strength, and we’re excited to help fans access products that include their favorite characters.”.


The fourth season of the Emmy Award-winning preschool series, Bing, airing daily on Rai YoYo, thrills little ones thanks to themes close to the early years and now more relevant than ever. In fact, in one of the new episodes titled “Vaccination”, Bing meets a new character, Dr. Molly, to get vaccinated, a way to help children deal with this type of situation that can be a little scary. When this episode first aired in December on Rai YoYo, it reached 343,000 AMR and was the channel’s most watched episode of the day, with an 18.9% share among children ages 4-7!

The fourth season presents also a new character, Nicky, Sula’s little cousin, and many new themes and events, such as Halloween, Christmas and New Year’s. Other inherent emotional themes that the new series addresses are disappointment, worry, sadness, kindness, courage, and trust.

Overall, Bing was the most watched series in the 6 p.m. time slot among all children’s shows in Italy this December! Season 4 is also available on Rai YoYo’s RaiPlay app, where Bing is currently ranked #1.

The launch of the new episodes had a significant impact on audience’s engagement also on all the other platforms and channels, such as social media. App downloads increased by an incredible +36% in the month of December alone!

In addition, the first sign language version of Bing is available on TIMVision.

Maurizio Distefano Licensing, Bing’s Italian agent, continues to close licensing contracts with major Italian companies: the latest arrivals are Lubex, which will develop a line of accessories for cars, with sun shades suitable for younger passengers; Adriatic with beach toys, buckets and molds; Smoby for scooters and tricycles and Sevi that, thanks to the agreement with Giochi Preziosi, will develop wooden toys inspired by the series.

Masha and the Bear on Rai2: an exclusive behind-the-scenes interview with the series Masha and the Bear whose success is unstoppable

“Tg2 Storie” and “Rai News 24” dedicated a report to Animaccord’s animated series, Masha and the Bear, revealing some of the most interesting aspects behind its creation and production.

The report aired on Rai2’s program “Tg3 Storie” on the 27th of Dicember 2020 and on the “RAINews-24 channel”, during one of the daily news reports on the 31st of Dicember 2020 and on the 1st of January 2021. Masha and the Bear episodes are on air every day on Rai YoYo, the channel that contributed to the taking off of the series thanks to the intense schedule since its arrival in Italy and that still today keeps fans at the highest point of interest. RaiPlay, the web-portal and Rai App version, plays a key role in the series success as well, allowing to view the episodes at any time.

The TV report, that aired on the Rai2 channel, presented a glimpse of some of the curiosities behind the animated series Masha and the Bear, known worldwide and dubbed in 42 different languages. Starting from how it all began, to some of the making processes, it offers an overview of what happens behind-the-scenes of the world’s successful series.

Oleg Kuzovkov, creator of Masha and the Bear, explains how the idea was born in 1996 from the encounter with a very lively little girl at the beach who kept bothering everyone. From there, 12 years later, the successful episodes of Masha and the Bear were created. Click on this link to watch the report by Rai2 dedicated to Masha and the Bear at the minute 34:38:

Thanks to Maurizio Distefano Licensing, Masha and the Bear, has a very active licensing program in Italy, with licensees for every product category, ranging from Easter eggs to olive oil, from footwear to children’s masks, from toys to publishing. The products of the licensees are also available online, in particular on Amazon with the dedicated Masha and the Bear shop, as well as on the Toys Center website. The Masha and the Bear experience is also immersive in-store: Toys Con Te has, in fact, dedicated an exclusive exhibition space to the series.

Maurizio Distefano, President of MDL, stated: “Masha and the Bear is a certainty on all points, the high quality of the series reflects automatically in each of its projects. A must for children’s television programs, which appreciate its proposal both in terms of content and products”.

Masha and the Bear, on air every day on Rai YoYo and Rai Play where it was the second most viewed Kids title during 2020, boasts 3 million subscribers on the Italian YouTube channel and 5.4 million followers on the Facebook page, continuing to prove its strength in the market. The series has established the Guinness World Record as the most viewed cartoon on YouTube, its success continues to grow to the point that one of its latest episodes entered the HIROSHIMA 2020 International Animation Festival for its special list of programs titled “BEST OF THE WORLD” and according to Parrot Analytics, an international research agency, it is included in TOP-5 most on-demand kids shows in the world as of December 2020.


Acamar Films’s Italian VOD partner, TIMVISION, produced the first ever sign language version of the multi-award-winning hit pre-school series, Bing.

Bing celebrates the messy, joyful reality of pre-school life and finds the big stories in the little moments. These stories represent the everyday dramas that all young children and the grown-ups in their lives will recognise.

A selection of original Bing episodes featuring an Italian sign language interpreter launched on TIMVISION on 24th December 2020 as part of the company’s commitment to offer educational and fun-filled opportunities to deaf children in Italy. These dubbed episodes joined the original 78 episodes of Bing that have been available to stream on TIMVISION since November 2019. A total of 14 LIS (Lingua dei segni italiana) A total of 14 LIS (Lingua dei segni italiana) episodes will be available to stream by the end of this month with more to come in 2021.

Eroulla Constantine, Director of Sales and Distribution, Acamar Films said, “We are delighted to have Bing as part of TIMVISION’s growing catalogue of LIS version episodes on their platform. We stand alongside TIMVISION’s commitment to diversity and inclusion with meeting children’s specific needs.  We look forward to having more inclusive episodes of the series available in Italy.”

Bing has seen incredible success in Italy since it first launched in 2018 and is beloved among little ones and their grown-ups in the region. With more stories in high demand, the latest series recently launched on-air and on various platforms including the new Bing app, ‘Bing: Guarda, Gioca, Impara’. The app successfully launched in the summer and includes episodes and compilations, learning games and activities.




Fashion, Art, Tradition and Innovation, these are the key words that best summarize the collection PREMOLI + DI BELLA Pet Design, produced and distributed under licensing agreement by Ferribiella Spa, a signature of Italian excellence in the world of Pet comfort. PREMOLI + DI BELLA Pet Design is a line dedicated to the four-legged friends that opens new scenarios in the Pet world, where the dialogue animal-man and fashion-interior design have been placed at the center of the entire creative process by the creative duo Giovanni Premoli and Dario Di Bella, defined as the Designers of the Third Millennium, Artists of Lifestyle.

PREMOLI + DI BELLA Pet Design is already available in the best Pet stores from November 2020 with several other seasonal releases to come, each one presenting a new particular theme created by the Duo, immersing and involving animals with innovative and functional products, result of years of studies, researches and know-how by Ferribiella Spa. The specific characteristics that animals will surely appreciate, leave room to a careful interaction with their owner giving them the chance to establish a synergic relationship in a particular journey that touches the world of interior and home décor. PREMOLI + DI BELLA Pet Design will allow, in fact, all fans of home décor and home interior to use the items of the Pet collection as true design objects that fit perfectly with the rest of the furniture becoming a part of it, in a perfect dialogue with the Lifestyle of the collections by PREMOLI + DI BELLA.

PREMOLI + DI BELLA Pet Design launched its first collection with the theme “Iconic”, symbol and expression of the brand itself, where accents of pure modernism in an avantgarde key communicate in Street Style, demonstrating the bold creativity of the Giovanni Premoli and Dario Di Bella duo. It’s composed by the most soft and enveloping velvet beds design for dogs and cats, soft velvet blankets for home-pet use, raincoat ponchos, gym-flavored suits and, for an impeccable mise en place, ceramic bowls with matching placemats. An urban snowfall inspired the creation of the Snowfall print, where the free-fall black and white polka dots harmonize perfectly with the creative trimmings. The black and white fashion stripes, updated and made extremely contemporary, find their place in the iconic Millediquesterighe print. A particular role was given in the collection to Polyphemus 5.0, the mechanical eye witness of the 5.0 era in a perfect integration between man and robot, developed through a street art graphic. From the Greek mythology comes Hephaestus, which aims at an unparalleled perfection made of geometric lines and Greek decoration, an iconic symbol of the brand PREMOLI + DI BELLA that make it recognizable and impeccable for every need.

The colors are all played on black and white tones, with only some rare exceptions with touches of Lake Blue and Veiled Rose. The expert use of the different textures such as velvet, together with innovative and environmentally sustainable materials such as silicone, passing through valuable processes that include craftmanship, such as the slow cooking process of 3 fires of ceramic, give the possibility to explore this collection through a different eye in which the words Art, Tradition and Innovation are at the core of the story of our heritage. The innovative and distinctive storytelling of the brand PREMOLI + DI BELLA present products in continuous evolution, allowing the consumer to appreciate not only the careful search for details, the choice and quality of the material and the cure for the packaging, but also the constant enhancement of the Italians traditional techniques and the use of Art in all its forms, making these products original and creating an eclectic and personal style, in perfect balance between inclusivity and accessibility, cornerstones on which the entire philosophy of the brand revolves. The decomposed use of the brand PREMOLI + DI BELLA is a fundamental part of the graphics and is included in a visionary and artistic way, never too present, giving the product a cosmopolitan style with a strong craftmanship.

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Filippo Latera creates an accessible fashion design and sportwear launching his e-commerce

FILIPPO LATERZA after marking the best international runaways, dressing the most popular celebrities among the star system (Barbara D’Urso, Elodie, Malika Ayane, Federica Panicucci, Francesca Barra… and many more) and having designed for the Red Carpet in Venice, Mila Suarez, Georgia Mos (just to mention a few), he presented his collections for women at AltaRoma, White Milano, Shangai, Shenzhen and Dakar fashion week (where he won the award as Italian Creative Genius).

At only 20 years old Filippo Laterza started working with Stefano Cavalli on the kid’s fashion category. Pitti Bimbo sees him protagonist for the Quis Quis line and for two other collection entirely dedicated to him, such as Alisha V and Cesare Paciotti Maine Line.

After his experience in the kid’s category, the women’s haute couture and the bridal category, after the high-end category and the important collaboration with Mattel on the exclusive line for Barbie he works with Rovio for Angry Birds twice in London, Shangai, Milan and Florence to international attention.

Now for the first time he offers an accessible line and sportwear thanks to the licensing agreement signed with Made in Italy Confezioni to launch the e-commerce ““. A collection ready-to-wear made of T-shirts, hoodies and many other accessories that Filippo defines “Genderless”, to express the fluidity of everyone’s identity without having to deprive us from the freedom to represent ourselves, in fact, there is no Women or Men line, the garments are identified only by Adults and Kids and they are also Body Positive, which means without aesthetic stereotype. The range from size S to XXXL and for children from 2 to 12 years old.

They are developed in three different colors: white, black and lilac Filippo’s iconic color. Lilac represents the awakening of the soul, the control of rationality over emotivity.

All items of the collection present three main icons.
The unicorn, symbol of nobility and purity, energy and spirituality. An iconic symbol that unites everyone beyond ethnicity, gender and age;

The heart, that represents emotionality, sincerity and love. The place where soul and body “meet”.

The paper plane, which is the first toy children choose to fly high with their dreams.

To launch the new e-commerce platform, Filippo Laterza celebrated with his 81K followers by creating a new Instagram filter #FILIPPOLATERZAUNICORN. The community loved straight away the initiative that reached 10K views in one day.

The episodes of the animated series, Leo&Tig, represented by Maurizio Distefano Licensing (MDL), launch on the Italian channel DeA Junior

The popular animated series “Leo and Tig”, created by Parovoz Studio for Digital Television Russia company starts broadcasting on DeA Junior on December 13.

Young viewers of DeA Junior will have an amazing marathon of animation with the participation of Russian cartoon heroes during the Christmas holidays.

Digital Television Russia has signed the contract for the sale of rights to broadcast the 1st season of the animated series “Leo and Tig” on the paid Italian children’s channel DeA Junior, owned by one of the largest Italian publishing houses De Agostini, which has a great history of more than 110 years.

DeA Junior is an Italian TV channel and entertainment site for preschoolers dedicated to cartoons and fantastic stories, launched on March 18, 2012, on Sky Italia. The channel is available not only in Italy but also for Italian-speaking viewers in Switzerland, Malta, Monte Carlo, San Marino, and the Vatican. DeA Junior programs are entirely dedicated to a target audience aged 3-5 years old.

“Leo and Tig” is an animated series about the nature of the Far East and its inhabitants. There are two inseparable friends in the center of the plot – the tiger cub Tig and the little leopard Leo. The characters explore the amazing natural phenomena and unravel the secrets of the forest every day. With twisted adventures, Leo and Tig learn to be kind, friendly, to help each other and respect nature.

The big journey of the cartoon series through Italy began this summer when “Leo and Tig” was first shown on Rai YoYo children’s channel. Young Italian viewers and their parents were so fond of the adventures of the heroes. In August 2020, 0+ Media company, a part of Digital Television Russia, entered into an agreement with several Italian companies thanks to the licensing agent MDL, such as Play Press, Diramix, Mondadori, Grabo Balloons for production and sale of children’s goods with the image of kids’ favorite characters.

To date, in addition to DeA Junior, dozens of TV channels and digital platforms, including Netflix and the largest Asian online cinemas, have already acquired the rights to show the Russian animated series “Leo and Tig”. “After only a couple of months “Leo and Tig” already captured the attention of children and therefore also of licensees that immediately recognized its potential” states Maurizio Distefano, President of MDL, “we are confident that this property will continue its growth and bring great satisfactions in all different projects.


After recently signing a deal with Italian free TV broadcast partner Rai, Series 4 of the International Emmy Award-winning pre-school series, Bing, will premiere on Rai Yoyo on Monday 14 December with new episodes airing twice a day. The new series will also be available on Rai Yoyo’s RaiPlay app – which Bing is currently rated #1.

The 26 brand new episodes will introduce Bingsters and their grown-ups to new locations and characters such as Dr Molly and Nicky – Sula’s adorable young cousin. Audiences will see Bing celebrating his birthday, Halloween and Christmas and embark on new experiences with his friends such as face painting, going camping and riding the bus.

Bingsters across Italy have been eagerly awaiting new stories of the beloved programme since it first launched with 78 episodes in 2018. The original series will continue airing on Rai Yoyo.

Federica Pitascio, Head of Marketing and Programming, Rai Ragazzi, said “After much anticipation, we are thrilled our audience is able to watch and enjoy new episodes of BingBing is a cherished character in homes across Italy and we are excited to be rolling out new episodes every day.”

The new Italian episodes will also be available to stream and download (in addition to learning games and activities) via the Bing app, ‘Bing: Guarda, Gioca, Impara’, that has earned an impressive 210,000+ downloads since its launch this summer.

The original episodes of Bing will continue to be available on VOD platform TIMVision, Amazon Prime Video, and on DeA Junior where it is the most watched series.

Bing has seen extraordinary commercial success in Italy having won ‘Property of the Year’ for 2019 at the Bologna Licensing Awards. Thanks to Maurizio Distefano Licensing who represents Bing in Italy and works closely with Acamar Films, Bing continues to make an impact at retail. With the recent launch of an online shop-in-shop with Toys Center and a Bing Store on Amazon, Bing is also expanding its presence in-store with a variety of dedicated shelf areas at major retailers such as Toys Con Te, Carrefour, Toys Center, Conad and more.


The success of the SpaceX Dragon mission marks the beginning of a new era in the world of Space.

The International Space Archives (ISA) collected among the best images and videos of the space missions that are available in Italy for licensing projects thanks to MDL.

Crew Dragon, the SpaceX spacecraft that takes NASA back into space, was launched towards the ISS (International Space Station) and landed after 27 hours and a half. After the SpaceX trial launch last May where the two astronauts successfully landed on the ISS, it’s the first operative mission by NASA, nine years after the Space Shuttle. On board of the capsule christened “Resilience” were three Americans from NASA: the commander Michael Hopkins, the pilot Victor Glover the mission specialist Shannon Walker and an astronaut from the Japanese space agency (Jaxa), Soichi Noguchi. Waiting for their arrival on the orbiting station were the American flight engineer, Kate Rubins, and the two Russian cosmonauts, commander Sergey Ryzhikov and flight engineer Sergey Kud-Sverchkov. The 4 astronauts will remain on the ISS for six months during which they will perform several scientific experiments.


The International Space Archives (ISA), represented in Italy by Maurizio Distefano Licensing, is bringing together the best of this still and video imagery into one comprehensive collection which is available for licensing projects.


“We are very glad to offer our Licensees the opportunity to create original and beautiful new products for the Italian market thanks to the mission patches, the images and the videos provided by ISA. Space has always met the interest of both adults and children and will always be a relevant topic for its continuity and richness of the various space mission programs” says Maurizio Distefano, President of MDL.


Major toy and retail stores across Italy are preparing themselves for Christmas this year with high impact displays dedicated to the International Emmy Award-winning pre-school series, Bing. With the support of Italian agent, Maurizio Distefano Licensing, Acamar Films is implementing a diverse strategy that aims to strengthen Bing’s presence both in stores and online.


Starting this month, Toys Center has new branded shelf areas solely dedicated to Bing. With over 90 locations participating and with some areas including a light-up display, grown-ups will be able to easily find the perfect Bing thing for their little ones. Bing will also have a significant branded area at Toys Con Te starting at the retailer’s newly opened location in Rome Tiburtina and will roll out across their best performing locations. Also, with the collaboration of master toy partner, Giochi Preziosi, 157 Bing branded bay areas have been created for Italy’s main mass market retailers: Carrefour, Finiper, Conad, Bennet and Mondadori.


As Bing’s presence continues to grow in-store, the hit pre-school show’s e-commerce footprint is also expanding. Toys Center and Acamar Films recently collaborated on a Bing dedicated shop-in-shop on Toys Center’s website. Various Bing products are now available to purchase via a direct link on Toys Center’s home page. Acamar Films also launched an Italian Bing Store on Amazon. The store was recently supported with a successful paid media campaign ahead of Amazon Prime Day on 13-14 October.


Bing is currently number 1 on Rai Yoyo’s Raiplay app and is the most watched series on DeA Junior. Pre-schoolers were in for a treat this November with the release of two brand new episodes on Rai Yoyo including a Halloween episode and the Nicky episode introducing a delightful new character, Nicky, Sula’s adorable young cousin. Also, as part of Acamar Films’ multi-platform distribution strategy, the Italian Bing episodes (together with various educational games and activities) are available to stream and download through the recently launched Bing app “Bing: Watch, Play, Learn”, and on the official Italian YouTube channel, that as of today boasts an average of 30 million views each month. Bing will continue to be available on TIMVision’s on-demand platforms and on Amazon Prime Video in Italy.

Fabbri Editori will launch in Italy Leo&Tig book series

Thanks to the deal managed by MDL, the new Russian animated series of 0+ Media, Leo&Tig, enters the world of publishing in Italy with a series of books published by Fabbri Editori, entirely dedicated to the stories of the two puppy protagonists.


Fabbri Editori will develop the next board books, storybooks, activity books, sound books, game books and e-books by Leo&Tig, which will be available online and in the best bookstores from early 2021. The series airing every day on Rai YoYo and available on Rai Play, is already enjoying great success among the audience and licensees and there are many contracts signed for the realization of new Consumer Product projects.


The two Siberian leopard and tiger cubs, Leo and Tig, have attracted the attention of children from 4 to 8 years old with their overwhelming adventures. The stories are set amidst the beauty, dangers and legends of the wilderness of the Far East taiga, with a special focus on respecting of the world around them, a subject of teaching to children. The style guides, which show the high level of computer graphics together with the deep message, are of great inspiration and attraction to potential licensees in each category.


“Leo&Tig is a series that impressed us right from the start, it’s one of those properties for which it is possible to develop a complete and lasting licensing program,” says Maurizio Distefano, President of MDL “The brand Fabbri Editori has been creating wonderful books dedicated to the children target for years and will create ideal products for this animated series in which they will certainly be able to emphasize the message of teaching, while maintaining the dynamic character.


“We are very happy – adds Enrico Racca, Editorial Director of BU Ragazzi Mondadori – to continue the collaboration with Maurizio Distefano and his team, after the excellent “teamwork” that led to the success of Masha and the Bear. I believe that Leo & Tig represents a property of great quality, entertainment and value aspects, perfectly in line with the editorial strategy of our brands”.

New Bing clothing collection now available at Prénatal

Thanks to a new agreement signed with Sicem International managed by Maurizio Distefano Licensing, Acamar Films’ hit pre-school series Bing becomes part of Prénatal’s offering


The International Emmy Award winning pre-school series from Acamar FIlms, Bing, is now featured in a new clothing collection available at Prénatal for children aged 9 months to 5 years old. This collection is the result of a newly signed agreement between Acamar Films, Maurizio Distefano Licensing and Sicem International.


Grown-ups have a wide selection to choose from with the new Bing Prénatal collection. Bing socks, pyjamas, t-shirts, tracksuits, hoodies and more are available for little Bingsters to wear during the day and are perfect for bedtime.


Bing has seen tremendous success in Italy since its launch in 2018. Currently rated #1 on the Rai YoYo Raiplay app, young children across the country have embraced the programme that celebrates the joyful and messy realities of pre-school life. Audiences in Italy will soon enjoy new episodes of Bing coming to Rai Yoyo this November.


Bing episodes (along with many educational games and activities) are also available to watch through the recently launched Bing app, ‘Bing: Guarda, Gioca, Impara’, and on the official Italian YouTube channel, which generates an average of 30 million views every month!


Bing will continue to be available on TIMVision’s on-demand platform (which is currently producing the first Bing version with sign language) and on DeA Junior where it is the #1 show on-air. Bing is also now available to watch on Amazon Prime Video Italy.

Here is the new “YogaTime” collection born from the collaboration of Pon Pon Edizioni with GAPCHINSKA, represented by Maurizio Distefano Licensing (MDL)

The practice of Yoga takes on a new character with the new collection of GAPCHINSKA edited by Malìa Edizioni.

After the great success of “Vite Imperfette”, awarded as best licensing project for publishing at the Bologna Licensing Award 2020, the collaboration managed by MDL between GAPCHINSKA and Pon Pon Edizioni bears fruit again with the creation of the new collection “YogaTime” by Malìa Edizioni, sold in bookshops and stationery stores, which includes a manual on yoga and various accessories and gift ideas.


A collection dedicated to wellness, that proposes a journey into the world of mental and spiritual yoga. The main product of the collection is the manual that includes an exercise book to refine the execution of positions and breathing, as well as motivational aphorisms and practical tips to extend the benefits of yoga to daily life! A path suitable for both those who approach the practice of yoga for the first time and want to know its benefits, and for those who are already experienced and want to rediscover the discipline under a holistic perspective and in contact with nature.


GAPCHINSKA is a brand full of positive emotions, born from the creativity of the artist Yevheniia Gapchinska represented by Art Nation Licensing Agency. MDL is the agent in Italy for her licensing projects that have always stood out for their stylistic, funny and humorous traits.


The YogaTime project is a demonstration of the many possibilities that GAPCHINSKA offers in the world of licensing, thanks to its topicality and versatility. A reading in the small moments of pause or an idea for an unexpected gift, the manual wants to convey the message that every difficulty can become a great opportunity for growth.


Maurizio Distefano, President of MDL says: “The GAPCHINSKA property has always offered something new in the licensing market and has always maintained its simple and elegant character, a deep message and unique artistic style. What distinguishes it is its ability to adapt to multiple targets and the possibility for licensees to decline illustrations on original and transversal product lines”. 



The leading family entertainment theme park in Italy, Leolandia, will be the first park in the world to develop a dedicated Bing themed attraction.


Acamar Films is proud to announce a major new partnership for its pre-school hit Bing with Leolandia, Italy’s leading theme park destination for young children and ranked #1 in Italy by TripAdvisor in the last 4 years.  As the first multi-year theme park agreement for Bing, the long-term partnership cements the popularity and longevity of the brand in Italy where it has been going from strength to strength since its launch on Rai Yoyo in February 2018.


The new agreement will enable the theme park, which is located close to Milan, to become the first park in the world to host a dedicated Bing themed attraction.  The partnership grants exclusive rights in Italy to Leolandia for the development of a fully themed 9,500 sqm area, with the first phase due to open in 2023.  The attraction will feature interactive play areas, live show venue, restaurants and shops, and aims to create a fully immersive environment that brings the world of Bing to life.


The deal between Leolandia and Acamar Films was brokered in close collaboration with Maurizio Distefano Licensing, who represents the Bing brand in Italy and manages a highly successful licensing programme of over 40 licensees.


The plans for the theme park attraction follow the overwhelming success of a test Meet and Greet activity and an exclusive show with Bing and Flop at Leolandia in April 2019.  Proving hugely popular thanks to Leolandia’s storytelling abilities, with a guest-rated experience of 9.5/10, the partnership was extended for a full year in 2020 as discussions began on a permanent area within the park.


Giuseppe Ira, President at Leolandia, said: “The partnership between Leolandia and Acamar Films, both well-renowned in the kids’ entertainment industry, has produced great feedback and results from the 2019 season. The park has set many precedents with the most beloved characters, exclusive areas and dedicated shows, attracting millions of visitors over recent years. Innovation and vision are our driving forces; therefore, we are very pleased to have signed this agreement extending our collaboration with Acamar Films and Bing and strengthening the popularity of Leolandia among our core pre-school audience. We look forward to enriching our offer with the exciting development of a dedicated Bing area at Leolandia.”


Kirsty Southgate, Director of Promotions and Partnerships at Acamar Films, said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Leolandia on such an exciting new development for Bing and their family focused and world-renowned theme park. It’s testimony to the growing success of Bing in Italy and a real step-change for Bing both there and globally, paving the way for the expansion of Bing’s international experiential entertainment footprint.”


Maurizio Distefano, President, MDL adds; “The popularity of Bing in Italy has allowed us to secure deals in product categories that can only be activated with one-of-a-kind properties. Leolandia is proof of this and we strongly believe that this new theme park area will connect “Bingsters” with their favourite characters in an even deeper way, creating a world that existed only in their dreams.”


Since its launch on TV in February 2018, Bing has rapidly become a top pre-school property in Italy.  A firm favourite on Rai Yoyo – and the #1 show on its app – Bing is also available on pay TV channels DeA Junior (where it’s the #1 show), TIMVision and soon Amazon Prime Video. Bing’s Italian YouTube channel has amassed an amazing 438 million+ channel views and 32.6 million+ watch time hours in just two years. A hit at retail, Bing was named Property of the Year 2019 at the Bologna Licensing Fair Awards.


Masha and the Bear enter FABA’s audiobooks portfolio.

Maurizio Distefano Licensing has sealed the deal that will give children the opportunity to listen to the adventures and the episodes of Masha and the Bear by using the new FABA audiobooks.

Maurizio Distefano Licensing (MDL), licensing agent for Masha and the Bear in Italy, enthusiastically announces the agreement signed between Animaccord, international production and licensing company, and Maikii, FABA’s creator, for the development of audiobooks dedicated to the episodes of the animated series.


Masha and the Bear have become FABA’s Sound Characters, perfect as playmates and characters to collect. Children can listen in Italian to the stories of “Masha’s Tales” and “Masha Spooky Stories”, while they play or before falling asleep, just by placing the Sound Character on the sound box and pressing the button to start the story.

“The world of Masha and the Bear is ideal for this beautiful project and we believe that children and their parents will welcome these new products with great enthusiasm. They stimulate children’s creativity and allow them to listen to the stories of their favorite characters at all times,” says Maurizio Distefano, President of MDL “a demonstration of the great versatility of licensing, one of its most significant qualities.”


Chiara Gava, manager of FABA, is enthusiastic about this new collaboration and says that, although emerging, this new brand already has all it takes to expand: “We are convinced that thanks to this collaboration we could affirm FABA as the best storyteller for children in Italy: Masha and the Bear will certainly be among the most appreciated sound characters!”


The stories, nursery rhymes and ditties of FABA aim to bring children closer to the world of audiobooks and, thanks to the stories of the many Sound Characters, they will also stimulate their imagination. The storyteller also has an educational goal, children will have the opportunity to approach the English language thanks to nice characters who will be excellent teachers. FABA is composed only of a sound box, some small statues and the Sound Characters. Its stories can vary from 20 to 60 minutes length.


Masha and the Bear’s new sound characters will be available on, toy stores and e-commerce platforms.


Masha and the Bear is the successful animated series in Italy that occupies the position of #1 most mentioned animated brand for kids 0-14 in Italy[1] (Kidz Global, 2020) and was included in TOP-5 most in-demand kids shows during the pandemic worldwide (Parrot Analytics, May 2020) .It tells the story of Masha, a restless, spiteful and mischievous little girl, who involves her friend Bear in a thousand adventures, helping her to make up for her mischief. In addition to entertainment, behind Masha and the Bear’s adventures lie the values of friendship, love of nature and family.

[1] #1 most mentioned license in cartoon category for kids 0-14.(Kidz Global, April 2020)


Maurizio Distefano Licensing Agency help popular brand ‘Roar’ on ITALY!

To strengthen the exposure of the Gigantosaurus IP and create new licensing opportunities in Italy, Maurizio Distefano Licensing Agency has been appointed by Cyber Group Studios.


Gigantosaurus, multi-award-winning adventure-comedy series produced by Cyber Group Studios, is based on Jonny Duddle’s book published by Templar and sold at 500,000 units worldwide.

Gigantosaurus is streaming on Netflix and Disney+ globally. The first episodes are available on Rai Play since September 12th and the series will be broadcasted on Rai YoYo as of September 21st.

The ‘Dino-mite’ Series, soon on Rai (Italy) is also currently airing on major international networks throughout 2020, such as Disney Junior worldwide, CCTV in China, Tiny Pop in the UK, Super RTL in Germany, SRC in Canada, SVT in Sweden, and many others.

In addition, Gigantosaurus is set to bring GIGANTIC fun to preschoolers worldwide in the upcoming years. Seasons 2 and 3 have been commissioned by The Walt Disney Company and France Télévisions, while Super RTL (Germany) has acquired season 2.


Buoyed by the series’ on-screen ratings success worldwide, a raft of licensing agreements have been signed with prestigious companies such as Clementoni for puzzles (EMEA), Dino Bikes for bicycles, Templar for books, Play Press for activities and coloring books for kiosks and Witor’s for Easter eggs. All products will be available in Italy between the end of 2020 and next Easter 2021.

In addition, as part of a global launch, the Master Toy Jakks Pacific Inc will sell a toy line this November in Italy. The Master toy products are already distributed in the USA, Latin America, Germany, Denmark, Belgium.


Already available globally and distributed by Bandai in Italy “Gigantosaurus: The Game” has been designed by Outright Games in collaboration with Cyber Group Studios and Developed by Wildsphere Studios. This new ROARsome adventure for Playstation® 4, Nintendo Switch™, Xbox One and steam, is based on the world of the hugely popular CGI animated show Gigantosaurus.


Maurizio Distefano CEO of Maurizio Distefano Advisory Srl comments, “We truly believe in the strong potential of this series for the Italian territory! Gigantosaurus has already won the heart of all children and families globally, thanks to its themes and engaging stories. In each episode, preschoolers are jumping into a new epic adventure with our 4 dinos friends that are on the look for Gigantosaurus. With the Licensing products soon available in Italy, children, will be able to recreate these scenes at home with their friends and families.”


Bruno Danzel d’Aumont, International Licensing & Marketing Vice President, adds: “Gigantosaurus is a great global and long-term upper preschool Property. I am very confident that Gigantosaurus will be successfully launched in Italy under Maurizio’s leadership by working with the major key players and major retailers. Maurizio Distefano has an impressive experience in the licensing business for many years and is recognized as such in the Italian market. It is a great pleasure to have Maurizio and his team on board and have them being our brand ambassador in Italy.”

Leo&Tig conquer the first italian licensees: numerous contracts with Maurizio Distefano Licensing (MDL)

After just a couple of months since MDL was appointed as the Italian licensing agency for Leo&Tig, the new TV series on air every day on Rai YoYo and available on Rai Play, there are already 5 sealed contracts with important companies and many others are at the final stages of negotiations.


Grabo will make its inflatable balloons in different varieties that will be available in both wholesales and during fairs and events. Ciao will produce party sets, the Carnival costume, an outdoor toys range and the seasonal Epiphany sock and Easter egg toy containers. For the kiosk channel the licensees that have decided to develop the next products with the new TV series are: Edizioni Playpress publisher of the activity book, the coloring book and the magic pen, Diramix for the sticker album that children can trade and play with and Sbabam, that will develop the collectable 3D figurines available in kiosks with the support of a promotional TV commercial.


Leo&Tig are two puppies of leopard and Siberian tiger that enjoy having fun in the wilderness of the Far Eastern taiga, which surrounds them with its beauty, dangers and legends. The core message is the caring and respect of the world that surrounds us, which is an opportunity for children to have learn while having fun.

The great debut of the TV series in the Italian licensing market immediately found a strong interest among potential licensees that will lead to a varied and long-lasting licensing program.

Bagdasarian Productions’ new ALVINNN!!! And the Chipmunks book series, published by Salani Editore and marketed by Ape Junior has arrived.

The result of the partnership between Bagdasarian Productions and Salani Editore are 5 different book titles divided in coloring book, novelty book and book puzzle.

Born from the collaboration between Bagdasarian Productions and Salani Editore, and represented by Italian agent, Maurizio Distefano Licensing (MDL), the new ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks book collection is available across Italy’s best bookstores and mass market retailers. The publishing program launches with five different titles; “A tutto musica!”, “Viaggi nel tempo”, “LibroPuzzle”, “Il mondo di Alvin” and “Inizia lo spettacolo! Colori a tempo di musica”, and features The Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon and Theodore) and The Chipettes (Brittany, Jeanette and Eleanor).


Salani is one of the top Italian publishing houses and its strengths are high quality, attention to young people, creativity and originality of its projects. The aim of the ALVINNN!!! collection is to entertain children through games, puzzles, and stories about everyday life and, obviously in Alvin’s case, music. The books are available online, on the Salani Editore website, in bookstores and in large-scale distribution.


Presented in CGI-animation, ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks, created by Janice Karman, reflects the trials and tribulations of a single parent, David Seville, trying to raise six hyperactive Chipmunks.  Like most parents, Dave’s patience will be pushed to the limit, forcing him to end many sentences with the iconic, “ALVINNN!!!”  The series takes viewers on a roller-coaster ride of music, laughter, and stories geared to entertain the Chipmunks’ four generations of fans.  Episodes from the hit series are broadcast daily on both K2 and Nick Junior, the CGI series never stops entertaining its fans.


We are extremely proud of the result of this key partnership for the license”, says Maurizio Distefano of the MDL agency, “a simple and fun way to entertain fans of ALVINNN!!! And the Chipmunks, which is currently enjoying considerable success among licensees”.

From today the Bing Amazon Shop is active

The most effective, simple and fast way to find all Bing products on the Amazon Store

The award-winning TV series, Bing, on air every day on Rai YoYo and DeA Junior, does not stop its rise, adding to its activities and services also a dedicated page on Amazon Shop, where little Bingsters can find all the products available on the e-commerce of their favorite animated series in no time.

The infinite variety of Bing products now is extremely easy to trace, thanks to the opening of the dedicated page on Amazon, which allows to group them all under the Bing brand.

You can visit the Amazon Shop website here:

The companies that joined and participate with their products are: Giunti, Ciao, Ravensburger, Coriex, Dino Bikes, Dulcop, Giochi Preziosi, Lisciani, Marpimar, Mondo, Multiprint, ODS e Toys Garden, and others to come.

Books, plushes, figurines, party kits, sheets, umbrellas, boxes, bathrobes, board games and stamps are just some of the products and games that can be found in the search, thanks to the division of products into categories.

The animated series, Bing, was born from the adaptation of Ted Dewan’s insightful books, which celebrate the noisy, joyful, messy reality of life when you’re a pre-schooler.

Always on air on CBeebies in England and many other broadcasters in Europe, in Italy it has become a record-breaking series, with the highest audience, every day on Rai Yoyo and DeA Junior. Bing’s stories are also available on Amazon Prime Video and YouTube where the Italian channel has seen significant growth, reaching an impressive number of 600,000 subscribers in July.

Kit^n^Kate arrives in Italy on Amazon Prime

The first season of the animated series Kit^n^Kate arrived in Italy in July on Amazon Prime Video which makes possible to watch the animated series at any time of the day. The series is airing also on Rai YoYo, the most popular children’s channel in Italy.

Kit^n^Kate’s licensing program in Italy is managed by the agency Maurizio Distefano Licensing (MDL), which, even before the airing of the series, had successfully closed the first licensing agreements.


Kit^n^Kate, a production of Cyprus’ Toonbox Animation, tells the story of Kit and Kate, young brother and sister kitties who love playing together, having fun together, helping those in need, and learning to deal with life’s obstacles.


Season 1 of Kit^n^Kate features a series of social-emotional adventures in which the kittens take off on fantastic adventures inspired by the things they find inside their magical toy box. Whether they are on Blueberry Island, at a school for wizards, or baking a cake for the Squirrel Princess, the kittens always find themselves at a dead-end, but with the help of a mysterious stranger (who happens to be Mom or Dad in disguise), the kittens figure out for themselves what they did wrong and get a chance to go back in time and try again.


Kit^n^Kate has already been dubbed into 27 languages and is currently being broadcast by leading TV-channels and digital platforms in territories around the world including: USA, Canada, Russia, Finland, Italy, MENA, Benelux, Eastern Europe and Africa. Currently, the American English, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian versions of the series are available on Amazon with the Polish language version about to be launched with the help of Toonbox’s trusted partner Janson Media.


The creative duo Giovanni Premoli and Dario di Bella, together with Ferribiella Spa, a company of Italian excellence with high positioning in the pet market, announces the closed licensing deal for the production and the distribution of a design line dedicated to pets under the brand PREMOLI + DI BELLA. Maurizio Distefano Licensing is the agency that manages the Licensing projects for PREMOLI + DI BELLA and that made the deal happen.


The Pet Collection, signed by the two creative minds, will be in perfect harmony with all the other PREMOLI + DI BELLA collections; a style dedicated to Italy and to art, a tribute to creativeness and to Italian design, where accessibility will be the keyword and Art de Vivre the personal DNA, features that move and that incite the PREMOLI + DI BELLA brand. Never trivial and always ready to step up their game, the two creative minds were able to stand out by bringing to the market their own style, which expresses with great simplicity and creativity the Italian life style in the world.


There’s nothing more intimate than the love that we feel for our little animal-friends –  say Giovanni Premoli and Dario di Bella, the idea of making something beautiful that can not only be appreciated by pets, but at the same time becomes a cultural element for the owners is the most exciting part. We’ve always dreamed to create a Pet line that could communicate in an open way with design and with home décor, that could perfectly blend with the domestic environment becoming a furnishing element. Today all this becomes reality”.


Carmen Avonto, managing director of Ferribiella, states: The understanding with Dario and Giovanni was completely spontaneous, we agreed immediately on the values that  are core of our company, a family that perceived the importance of the animal world and that has been the protagonist, since the beginning, of this Pet world aiming to discover and experiment innovative, beautiful and functional products.


Michela Marchese Patti, CEO of Maurizio Distefano Licensing agency, that manages the Licensing projects for PREMOLI + DI BELLA and has managed this deal, says: We are so excited to represent the brand PREMOLI + DI BELLA, that thanks to the volcanic creativity of Giovanni and Dario, is able to create high positioning projects in all Life Style categories. It will be very stimulating to see Ferribiella’s excellent products such as kennels, coats, bags, leashes and much more, with the two creatives’ refined taste in Italian design. This collection will be Ferribiella’s pride for its high position among our successful case histories”.


Thanks to the efficient product distribution system, the PREMOLI + DI BELLA Pet collection will be present in the most exclusive Pet stores starting from September 2020, passing both through a selected distribution network of about 2,000 points of sale, and online.

Pon Pon Edizioni publishes the first official magazine of ZAFAR

Ink Group and Maurizio Distefano Licensing (MDL) close the agreement with Pon Pon Edizioni for the bimonthly magazine dedicated to the animated series ZAFARI

The animated series ZAFARI, on air every day on Rai YoYo and available in streaming on Prime Video and Rai Play, now also arrives in Italian kiosks thanks to the agreement signed by Ink Group and Maurizio Distefano Licensing (MDL) with Pon Pon Edizioni.


Thanks to Pon Pon Edizioni, it will be possible to find all the adventures of ZAFARI in kiosks, in a bimonthly magazine made of stories, games, stickers and gadgets attached to each issue. Everything is marked out by the unmistakable colorful style that distinguishes the series, giving little fans the chance to play and have fun with their favorite characters.


ZAFARI, by Ink Group, is a CGI animated series produced by ZAFARI Holdings and distributed by NBC Universal/Dreamworks that tells the story of a group of magical animals living together at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro, where they learn from each other, go on adventure and have a lot of fun, despite their differences. The series promotes Diversity and Inclusion. The differences between the characters are what makes them unique and special each and one of them, for instance the protagonist Zoomba is a baby elephant born with zebra stripes.


“ZAFARI is growing steadily in the licensing world,” says Maurizio Distefano, President of MDL “in particular, we are excited about this collaboration with Pon Pon Edizioni that gives the chance to have fixed appointments with ZAFARI’s adventures and lets them arrive at fans homes boosting their awareness throughout Italy.”  


La Gazzetta dello Sport becomes part of the licensing portfolio of the MDL agency for the realization of upcoming winning projects.

Maurizio Distefano Licensing (MDL) announces the acquisition to manage the licensing program of the historical and popular Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport.

La Gazzetta dello Sport was founded on the 3rd of April 1896, initially printed on green paper, but from the 2nd of January 1899 its pages became pink toned, one of its distinctive features today. Over time the newspaper constantly raised its awareness among the Italian audience, with a 360° information coverage of national and international sport. La Gazzetta dello Sport is by far the most widely read newspaper in Italy and is followed all over the world. Among its main readers are young people, which makes it accessible to anyone, the pink door through which reading newspapers becomes part of Italians habits.

The quality and the completeness of Gazzetta’s journalistic information makes it the most influential sport newspaper, a bible to millions of passionate fans. Always in line with technology, it knew exactly how to reinvent and evolve itself covering the communication on the net, on mobile devices and on the different social media platforms, sharing all the updated news and scoops (the Facebook page boasts 2 milion Likes).

Thanks to the deal signed with the MDL agency, the must-have of the Italian culture in sports is now available for new licensing projects. Apparel, accessories, sports equipment and promotions are some of the categories where this property can offer unmissable licensing opportunities. “We believe that this represents a great opportunity for licensees.”, says Maurizio Distefano, President of MDL: “Sports have always played a dominant role among the Italian public and La Gazzetta dello Sport has kept fans interest alive and, thanks to its high awareness, it certainly leaves room for new licensing ideas and initiatives.