Angry Birds: From the Smallest of Screens to the Biggest

As proud and passionate representatives of the brand in India and South Asia, we never stop being amazed by the journey that the Angry Birds have undertaken and how far they have come in a very short period of 6.5 years. From a game launched in December 2009, Rovio  has reported revenues of US$ 200 million in 2016 and has had two rapid growth quarters in the first half of this year for Angry Birds. This has come on the back of  3.5 billion game downloads, 6 billion video views on Toons TV, 2 billion video views on YouTube,  having 300 licensees and a 130 promotion partner, generating 250 million US$ in BO revenues  and being the No.1 movie in 51 countries. What started as a game is now a thriving global entertainment franchise with content, movies, consumer products, publishing, location based entertainment and more! Now that is what we call journey worth emulating!
So what is it that Angry Birds has or done that makes it so special? First off, as Kati Levoranta, CEO of Rovio puts it, is the passion for the character and storytelling. According to us, that’s what sets them apart, the devotion to perfection, the detailing and the depth and richness of content – that’s what the audience reacts to and loves.  The second thing we believe is creating stunning, world class products from gaming to movies and content. Each time they launched a new game, the team poured their heart and soul into the product and partnered with the best in class. Angry Birds Space was built in association with NASA. The movie was 4 years in the making and helmed by the best talent from across the world. The licensing story has a similar arc – it is the most successful licensing program from a mobile game background with millions of products across its 430+ strong global base of licensees and partners. Thirdly, there is great synergy between all the platforms, each leveraging the other  – the games – old and new- bring in new enthusiasts and fuel the consumer products and content businesses and vice versa. Bird codes on merchandise and promotional materials, for example,  unlocked bonuses in the game bridging the digital physical device (We did this very successfully in India by the Angry Birds Kurkure promotion that had Bird Codes allowing players to power up to the next level). Fourth, there is constant action, keeping fans involved and engaged – be it new games, new content, new forms of business like publishing, to new IPs like Hatchlings, to  Location Based Entertainment partnerships  – there is constant investment and regeneration of the brand that keeps it refreshed  and relevant for its fans from gaming to consumer products.
From a India perspective, Angry Birds continue to be an iconic and “hot” licensing property to be associated with. In fact Angry Birds is a case study in India of breaking the accepted mold of how licensing is done. For a property with zero TV presence back in 2011, it spawned a massive licensing program with more than a dozen categories and 500+ products  – a never achieved before feat. The brand has come a long way since and the Angry Birds movie’s box office performance has catapulted it back into the driver’s seat. The movie released across 600+ screens, in English, Hindi and Tamil and apart from its massive box office success in India, it holds a record of sorts, of longer playability in some theatres for 8+ weeks,  a first for a animated film and re-iterating its captivating and popularity power in India. It had the top QSR (McDonalds) and FMCG (Cadbury Gems and Kurkure) partners flocking to it for promotional partnerships and most importantly boosted sales for partners beyond targets. On the licensing front, we continue to add depth and width in its Consumer Products line and supporting partners with retail and consumer activations. And in addition, in summer this year, it has hit Indian TV screens with programming on the Discovery Kids channel, coming full circle from the smallest screen to the big screen to the small screen!

Angry Birds Rock Oberoi Mall, Mumbai

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Oberoi Mall, one of Mumbai’s leading retail malls, knocked out competition by adding an Angry Birds twist to their End of Season Sale this January! The mall had an Angry Birds gaming zone and also played host to the iconic Angry Birds ensuring a massive increase in footfalls with kids ensuring that parents chose Oberoi Mall as their shopping destination over others. Customers shopping for INR 3000/- and above stood a chance to play the “Knock the Pigs” game set up in the Mall atrium and win Angry Birds merchandise. In addition, Angry Birds fans had a chance to meet the Angry Birds in the grand finale of the event!

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For more information on how to add Angry Birds power to your events, contact us at info@dream-theatre.co.in and watch this space for more Angry Birds news!

Angry Birds a big hit with Chandigarh kids!

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Chandigarh’s biggest retail extravaganza at Elante Mall saw kids arrive in large numbers at the mall to take part in the ‘meet and greet’ session with their favorite stars, the ‘Angry Birds’.

The seven day carnival ringing in the New Year had various Angry Birds activities like ‘Knock out the Pigs’, ‘Target the Pigs’, Color the Birds, Angry Birds Puzzle zone and Angry Birds flash mob. Kids and parents enjoyed every moment of hanging out with their favourite stars, the ‘Angry Birds’ and getting their photos clicked with them for keepsakes.

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Watch this space for more exciting news for Angry Birds!

Angry Birds Merchandise : Look the latest this summer

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Angry Birds, the mobile game of wingless birds and their battle against egg-stealing, grunting pigs has became an international phenomenon. Dream Theatre, owns the merchandising rights for this popular entertainment brand. It was only a matter of time before Angry Birds launched itself beyond the game, into new business areas like merchandising, publishing and media.
Dream Theatre’s aim was to extend the reach of Angry Birds in innovative ways, while still retaining the essence of the brand: fun, clever and almost addictively engaging. Dream Theatre identified 10 licensees, whose products were the perfect brand extensions for Angry Birds. For the Indian market, Dream Theatre has launched products across 14 categories, including toys, board games and apparel. These products are available across 1,500 stores besides multiple online platforms.
Angry Birds has completed 5 years of existence earlier this year and their huge fan base in India continues to grow in strength. It’s the biggest addiction after Facebook and gamers on an average spend 20 million minutes per day with Angry Birds! Here’s more record breaking news: Angry Birds, in all of its forms, has been downloaded 2 billion times. And this massive popularity has led Rovio to come up with Angry Birds movie, which will be releasing in the coming year.

It seems everywhere you turn these days, Angry Birds are there.

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Angry Birds at Kids-o-fest! Yet another hit with kids and youth!

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Angry Birds at Siliguri!
Angry Birds is always the star attraction at events encouraging footfalls and giving everyone an opportunity to experience the brand up-close.

Since Angry Birds inception in December 2009, the game has garnered 2.5 billion downloads globally. One of the most downloaded games of all time, Angry Birds is now coming to life at the Kids-o-fest, East India’s first and biggest kids and Inter School Festival. The fest connects business and brands with school, kids and family.

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Kids-o-fest was a four-day event organized by Shri Ram Centennial School and Savin Kingdom, commenced from December 18th to 1st. The fest was held at Savin Kingdom in Dagapur where an inter-school fest called ‘Blitzkrieg 2014’ was also held. Students from more than 200 schools in and around Siliguri had come participate in the event.

“Angry Birds is the first class example of how popularity of digital properties and games is transcending demographics and geographies. We are delighted to bring both these superbly popular properties to their fans in Siliguri to engage with and enjoy”, said Jiggy George founder and CEO of Dream Theatre, an entertainment, sports, fashion licensing and brand management firm.

Dream Theatre, which has licensing rights for Angry Birds, has launched products across 14 categories, including toys, board games, apparel and stationery.
Angry Birds’ branded products are now available across 1,500 stores besides multiple online platforms.

Is Angry Birds a fad that has passed its glory in India?

India’s licensing fraternity is infamous for pronouncing a verdict without checking the veracity. Part of the problem is the fragmented retail and the other part is our rather short term view of things.

The Trade which is predominantly “Mom and Pop “retail are always looking for something new. To believe that any property/brand  can work over decades as an evergreen is certainly a “No”.  It’s against the fabric of variety.

To add to this, in both organized retail and scattered trade; there are a lot of decision makers who conclude on a property basis of a sample size of one or two. So, if my child or nephew/niece don’t like a property: well, then it surely does not work across India.

I have sales team that have waited patiently while a client calls his kids at home, hoping that she loves what we are selling. It’s hilarious for many and frustrating to others. Well, to me, the problem with Angry Birds is the amazing success. I call it a problem as unlike most brands built through the traditional machinery of TV; Angry Birds came out of the digital world. A game taking the big names in licensing to the cleaners had to be seen as a fad. How else would we be able to explain it successful?

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In India, Angry birds unprecedented success was built on transference: a MalcolmGlad well kind of tipping point. Lots of products mushroomed in neighboring markets and our very enterprising entrepreneurs put them in bags and containers and brought them into India. Suddenly, the Red bird was omnipresent. We at Dream Theatre were a year late in launching the products and we now have over 800 products in 15 odd categories. So, why is the angry bird’s success a problem?

 

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Well, the guys who are pronouncing it dead are not following the statistics.  How can a brand that is at 100 and is now scoring at 70 be seen a failure. The fact is that at 70, it outpaces most of the leaders. This summer our back to school supplies and bags did the best secondary sales among the gamut of licensees across licencors.We have signed up more categories that will unravel next year and the plan is to go deeper. To be available across the length and breadth of India and at price points that are affordable to the “Mass” and “Class”

The superstar birds made an appearance at World Children Expo and the excitement of the consumers was palpable. The fans completely loved them and the show attracted more crowds and excitement than most of the brands that made an appearance.

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What excited us more is that Rovio really wants to build an evergreen brand. They believe they are just getting started.  There is real urgency and intent: We at Dream Theatre are ecstatic with the pipeline. To add to this, there is a new experienced licensing team at the helm of things and processes that are very nimble. To read about it, click: http://www.licensing.biz/news/read/promotions-and-new-hires-bolster-rovio-licensing-team/040134

There are more games in the anvil and everyone is awaiting the movie coming up in 2016.

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We are awaiting the second coming of the brand. Make no mistake; the second coming in India is just a matter of scale to move from 70 to 100 and not from zero to 100.

Squack Squack! Watch this space.

Jiggy George

We’re on Boards: Dream Theatre is now on Pinterest.

Wherever your interests and your curiosity might take you, from merchandise to brands, Pinterest has become a go-to source for sharing inspiration.

The idea of swapping images of merchandised products, movie characters, some of your favourite brands to something which is right up to our alley, so if you didn’t already know: Dream Theatre is now on Pinterest. And we really want to pin with you.

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It’s the perfect community to engage in some visual merchandise of the brands we represent, so you’ll see some of the cool things that go on the retail shelf and you’ll also see a lot about the brands we represent.

Our boards are about the products of our licensees and the brands Dream Theatre represents. Plus there’s more to come — we’ll be adding more boards to it.

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You’ll notice “Pin It” buttons so if you like any of them, you can quickly and easily pin it to one of your own favorite boards.

We can’t wait to see what resonates with you, so we can give you more of the images and ideas that matter most to you.

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Dream Theatre on Social Media

Hello Everyone!
It is our pleasure to get to your notice that Dream Theatre is on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and is hoping to get in touch with you all. We appreciate you choosing to “Like” us on Facebook or “Follow” us on LinkedIn and Twitter as you will know when we post announcements, recent launches, tie-ups, contest etc.
We hope to give everyone more insight as to what’s happening in the Licensing front, as well as sneak peak on upcoming products. Feel free to drop by if any queries, we would love to hear from you!
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Finair to fly Angry birds

The Angry birds are currently preparing for their longest airplane ride!
This is thanks to an innovative partnership with Finnair! Finair will fly the world- famous Angry Birds, developed by the Finnish company Rovio, to Singapore. During the flight, fans of the mobile device game will compete in the Angry Birds Asian Challenge at an altitude of 10 kilometres. Tweets detailing the swish of the wings and the demise of the pigs will be sent from the flight. It will be possible to follow the events in real time. Check this video on the flight design.