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 almost eight 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@biz-media.co.uk or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobGHutchins if ranting is your thing...

Asgard Media appoints Robyn Cowling as its Head of Strategic Partnerships

Asgard Media, the licensing consultancy business launched by Kelvyn Gardner, has tapped Robyn Cowling has its new head of strategic partnerships as the company looks towards ‘a bright future’, following Kelvyn’s passing earlier this year. Formerly the licensing director at Underground Toys (acquired by Funko), Cowling brings with her over …

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Fanattik names Get-Well Gamers its charity partner for 2022

The pop culture specialist, Fanattik, has named the gaming charity, Get-Well Gamers as its charity partner until the end of 2022. The partnership has been struck up as the firm’s means of ‘giving back to the community that has supported it since launch.’ Established in 2007, Fanattik has been developing …

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ARTiSTORY secures exclusive partnership with Dunhuang Culture and Tourism Group

ARTiSTORY has entered into an exclusive partnership with Dunhuang Culture and Tourism Group that will enable the pair to work to establish a new licensing programme for key markets such as North America, the EMEA, and Asia. This historical, multi-year partnership is one of the firsts of its kind for …

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Roy Lowe & Sons celebrates 25 years in the socks business

It was a mark of jubilation for the members and extended members of the Lowe family, who spent the past weekend celebrating a full quarter of a century in the socks business and the milestone 25th anniversary of Roy Lowe & Sons. Founded in 1996 by brothers Tim and Martin …

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The Gruffalo’s Child plots new ‘enchanting trail’ through Kew Gardens this autumn

The Gruffalo’s Child is plotting a new and ‘enchanting trail’ through the gardens of the popular Sussex heritage site, Kew this autumn, through a new partnership between Magic Light Pictures and Kew’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Adventurous visitors will encounter much-loved characters from author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler’s book, …

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Toikido brings toys and NFTs together in world first for Reality Gaming and Herotainment’s Smighties

The toys and entertainment merchandise specialist, Toikido has secured the global rights to create high quality, officially licensed Smighties toys and merch, bundled with NFT collectables. The new deal will bring the world of physical toys and NFTs together for the first time. Having partnered with Reality Gaming and Herotainment, …

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Hasbro partners with Rubber Road to launch merchandise range based on its hit global franchises

Hasbro has tapped the pop culture merchandise specialist, Rubber Road and its design arm, Numskull Designs, to develop, manufacture, and distribute a wide range of official merchandise based on some of the toy maker’s biggest franchises. Rubber Road has made a name for itself as a producer of quality merchandise …

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Board game pioneer CMON teams with Monsoon Digital for new foray into NFTs

The hit board game publisher, CMON Ltd has partnered with Monsoon Digital to launch a new series of digital products and promotional material using Monsoon’s soon-to-launch NFT trading platform. Slated to go live later this year, Monsoon will become the exclusive platform for CMON digital collectable items, cards, artwork, and …

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Magic Light Pictures partners with lifestyle brand Joules for exclusive The Gruffalo collection

Magic Light Pictures is partnering with the premium lifestyle brand, Joules, for the launch of an exclusive collection of Gruffalo clothing and accessories for babies and toddlers. The new collection will launch in Joules stores and online mid-September. The range features colourful apparel and accessories for babies and children up …

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Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go pulls into Channel5’s Milkshake this November

Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go – a new, vibrantly refreshed, 2D animated series following the iconic Thomas the Tank Engine – is pulling into Channel 5’s Milkshake on Monday, November 8th this year. Produced by Mattel Television in partnership with Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana Studio, the new series is a …

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