DATE: NOVEMBER 23, 2020
FROM: MARCEE RONDAN/MITCH SCHNEIDER
REVS UP DEVELOPMENT FOR
CLASSIC DRAG RACING MONSTER TOY LINE
AHMET ZAPPA’s L.A.-based entertainment company, Monsterfoot Productions, has acquired the rights to develop and create new shows and media based on the classic Weird-Ohs monster hot rod model kits of the 1960’s.
Weird-Ohs is the brainchild of William “Bill” Campbell, who in the early ‘60s set out to design a wild cast of ‘monsters in hot rods’ along the lines of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s designs. The Hawk Model Company released the first line of Weird-Ohs based on Campbell’s designs in 1963 spawning a hit model toy line with licenses extending from board games, masks, trading cards, records, puzzles, lunch boxes and action figures to an animated series which aired on Fox Family in 2000.
Zappa’s Monsterfoot Productions is no stranger to the kids’ entertainment space having conceived the story and both developed and produced the feature film “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” for Walt Disney Pictures, as well as created the popular “Star Darlings” franchise for Disney Channel.
“This is a dream come true for me,” AHMET ZAPPA says. “I’ve been a fan of Bill Campbell’s work my entire life. In fact, I was inspired to call my company Monsterfoot because of artists like Bill. Weird-Ohs combines two things I love: monsters and hot rods. What’s better than that?”
The licensing agency responsible for brokering the deal between Zappa and current owner of Weird-Ohs, J. Lloyd International is Toronto-based, MLGPC.
“There is no one on this earth more well suited to develop entertainment for the Weird-Ohs brand than Ahmet Zappa and the talented team at Monsterfoot. I have no doubt that Ahmet’s creative is going to blow people’s minds!” Michael Goodman, MLGPC founder and CEO said.
Ahmet Zappa is an entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, film and television screenwriter, director, producer, musician, inventor and the radio talk show host of “Rocktails” on SiriusXM. His projects have touched the hearts and minds of millions of people around the world making him the perfect person to bring Weird-Ohs back into the spotlight.
MLGPC is a toy and entertainment licensing agency best known for bringing Fugglers to market with the help of Spin Master and currently represents a slew of new and classic toy lines like Werepups, Big Wheel, Robo Force, Power Lords, Great Garloo, Marx Toys and several others. In addition to representing toy and game properties, MLGPC currently handles the licensing for Troma Entertainment (The Toxic Avenger, Toxic Crusaders & Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D.).