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713 – “The Perfect Pear”

Written by: Joanna Lewis, Kristine Songco
The Apple Siblings learn about their parent’s love story and find out that they’re half Pear.

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712 – “Discordant Harmony”

Written by: Michael P. Fox, Wil Fox
When Discord invites Fluttershy to his realm for tea, he worries she won’t be comfortable there and begins to change it and himself with disastrous results.

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Equestria Girls – “Summertime Short: Monday Blues”


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Equestria Girls – “Summertime Shorts”


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We promised that our fifth Nightmare Nights was going to be the biggest and most exciting yet, and so we are beyond proud to announce that Lauren Faust, the creator of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, will be attending Nightmare Nights 2017!

Lauren Faust was the showrunner for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, developing it and taking it to production, but has a long history in children’s animation before that. As an animator, she worked on Cats Don’t DanceThe Magic Sword: Quest for CamelotThe Iron Giant, and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. She gave The Powerpuff Girls life as animation director, contributing to dozens of its episodes and making it a landmark animated series. After Friendship is Magic, Lauren helped to create Super Best Friends Forever, write and produce Wander Over Yonder, and design the characters behind the video game Them’s Fightin’ Herds. She’s currently working on DC Super Hero Girls, and is an inspiration to girls and young animators everywhere.

Lauren joins our array of wonderful guests for Nightmare Nights this year, and all that’s missing is you! Head over to our registration site and get your badge for Nightmare Nights 2017 today! And don’t forget to consider our Sponsor badges, which get you great perks like reserved panel seating in the front. And our Premium Sponsor badges even get the opportunity to mingle with all of our Guests of Honor at a special cocktail party event on Friday night, but these badges are running low, so don’t wait to pick one up!

Don’t forget, we need your help to make the convention the best it can be! Panel applications are open from now until September 9, and we want to show off all the incredible stuff our fandom can do, so get those panel ideas submitted! And if you’d like to volunteer to help out at the convention, our volunteer application is open as well. We have a variety of different positions available, from security to operations to registration to AV. For a few hours of work each day, it’s a great way to contribute back to the pony community, while also getting a free badge to attend!

Believe it or not, we still have more awesome announcements to come, so be sure to stay tuned to our TwitterFacebook, and Tumblr feeds (and turn on mobile notifications for your phone) for more updates, and we’ll see you in Dallas in October!

It was another strong quarter for Hasbro, though not a strong enough quarter in the eyes of some investors. As a result, Hasbro’s stock price (NASDAQ:  HAS) fell $11.01 a share to $104.94/share. Hasbro’s stock had been at or near a record high the last few days.

Franchise brands were up 21% in Q2 with the growth coming from TransformersMagic: The GatheringNerf (consistent performer), and Monopoly. The hurt came from the Partner brands (i.e. Star Wars, Disney Princess, Trolls, etc). which was up just 1% and Emerging brands down 14%.

When it comes to MLP, Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner said it was “off just a bit for the quarter,” but remains highly optimistic that things will pick up considerable as the movie approaches in October. The official launch of merchandise is after Friendship Day on Sunday, July 30th, though Movie merchandise is already hitting stores such as Target and Wal-Mart as well as online where sales are very strong.

“The My Little Pony franchise is well positioned for the October 6 of My Little Pony: The Movie,” said Goldner as transcribed by Seeking Alpha.  “Consumer engagement with the franchise remains high and global retailers are providing cross category support for our innovative new line and expensive consumer products program.”

That may not be truly evident until the fourth quarter as it was noted that consumer products royalties from brands such as MLP and Transformers comes in the quarter after the sales occur. Meaning merchandise sold in August for example. may not be reflected until the fourth quarter presentation.

This is concurrent with the restart of Season Seven and all of the MLP action going on at Hascon in September. So everything looks to be towards the second half of the year for MLP and what a second half it will be.

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