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Robert Hutchins

Robert Hutchins is the editor of Licensing.biz and ToyNews. Hutchins has worked his way up from Staff Writer to the position of Editor across the two titles, having spent some six years with both ToyNews and Licensing.biz, and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing robert.hutchins@bizmedia.co.uk or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobHutchins3 if ranting is your thing...

Global licensed sports merch to hit $46.87bn by 2026, says latest data

The global licensed sports merchandise market is tipped to hit a projected value of $46.87bn by the year 2026, a five per cent increase on its current estimated value of $31.07bn. This is according to the latest from Data Bridge Market Research, an insights firm with an eye on the …

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UK toy industry calls for Government action against illegal and unsafe products sold online

A report conducted by the British Toy and Hobby Association into the sale of toys via online marketplaces found that 58 per cent of those selected for assessment did not comply with the UK toy safety regulations. The findings have prompted the industry body to call for widespread change and …

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Emoji Company teams with Boost for Swiss retailer Coop campaign

The Emoji Company is “eagerly looking forward to” a third summer campaign with the popular Swiss retailer Coop, as the brand continues to build its consumer product roll-out across the region. The 2019 campaign will be implemented by Emoji’s partner, Boost Group, a big name in marketing and sales promotion, …

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UK retailer Joules launches Peter Rabbit children’s wear collection

A new collection of Peter Rabbit children’s wear has bounded into UK retail, thanks to an exclusive partnership between Silvergate Media and the high street fashion brand Joules. The range has been designed by and will be exclusively available from Joules itself, marking a first for the UK retailer in …

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Universal launches Jurassic World Evolution: Claire’s Sanctuary

Universal Pictures is continuing to build out its Jurassic World universe with the launch of a new digital spin-off in Jurassic World Evolution: Claire’s Sanctuary. Created by Frontier Developments, the new platform is a premium downloadable content pack for PC< PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and includes a host of …

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IMG picks up Italian car brands Fiat, Fiat 500 and Alfa Romeo in FCA partnership expansion

Italy’s iconic automotive brands Fiat, Fiat 500, and Alfa Romeo have set out on the road for international growth within the licensing space, thanks to a new partnership with IMG. IMG will focus on growing the Italian company FCA Group’s portfolio of car brands on the global stage, focusing on …

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BBC Studios eyes Hey Duggee growth in China with PPW partnership

Hey Duggee, the popular children’s TV series produced by BBC Studios, is expanding its international reach, having secured a new agent and licensee for Greater China in PPW Sports and Entertainment. The partnership – and plans for the Chinese market – was unveiled at the China-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue …

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Licensing International welcomes seven new members to Board of Directors

Licensing International has elected seven new members to its Board of Directors, with licensing veterans from the likes of Warner Bros, Spin Master, and Rovio each taking up their new position as of July 1 this year. Sol Armada from Warner Bros, Juli Boylan from Spin Master, and Simo Hamalainen …

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Egmont Publishing ready to ‘shake up kids’ magazines’ with Ryan’s World brand

Egmont Publishing will be part of the ongoing global domination of Ryan’s World, having just secured the rights to publish the official Ryan’s World magazine and books. Ryan is the seven year old star of RyanToys Review, a YouTube channel that attracts 60 million views a month in the UK …

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