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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...

Atlantyca’s Geronimo Stilton taps into audio story market with FABA

Atlantyca Entertainment is tapping into the audio story market, having signed a new partnership with the Italian audio book company, Maikii and its new story telling block, FABA. Under the deal, Maikii will produce a line of Geronimo Stilton classic-branded 3D figurines, each containing original Geronimo Stilton audio books. The …

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The Creative Retail Awards returns to champion innovation on the high street

At a time when in-store experiences count for just as much as the product stocked, the Creative Retail Awards 2020 are now open for entries, having secured backing from three major trade associations. The Shop & Display Equipment Association, the National Association of Shopfitters and Interior Contractors, and the British …

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Egmont Publishing teams with MGA to launch Poopsie Slime Surprise magazine

Egmont Publishing has partnered with MGA Entertainment to launch a new children’s magazine, Poopsie Slime Surprise. Developed by MGA, the current number two toy company in the UK, Poopsie Slime Surprise products combine the surprise unboxing toy trend with pop culture and parody references. The magazine will target readers aged …

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Aardman’s Peter Lord and BBC Children’s Sarah Muller to lead Manimation keynotes

Manimation, the UK’s annual gathering of the animation community, has detailed this year’s keynote, welcoming speeches fromPeter Lord, co-founder and creative director of Aardman Animations, and Sarah Muller, head of BBC Children’s acquisitions and independent animation. The Manchester event will gather key industry players together to offer creative and business …

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Smiffys prepares for Destination Star Trek with new range of official dress up

The dress up and party specialist, Smiffys, has secured a new line of official Star Trek costumes, thanks to a deal brokered by Wildbrain CPLG with the brand owners, CBS Consumer Products. Smiffys’ exclusive range of Star Trek dress-up pays homage to the franchise’s favourite characters and will launch officially …

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Disney Store launches first floor Star Wars and Marvel hub, Destination 350

Disney Store has launched a new in-store hub for all things Star Wars and Marvel with the grand opening of D350 (Destination 350) in its London’s Oxford Street store. The new first floor space will house not only the most up to date product for collectors to get their hands …

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Coolabi taps Fantawild to bring Clangers to the Chinese market

Chinese animation leader Fantawild and international rights owner Coolabi Group, have struck up a new partnership to bring the pre-school brand, Clangers to the Chinese market. At the annual Fantawild Animation Expo last week, Jeremy Banks, CEO of Coolabi Group, said: “I knew that we had to work with Fantawild in …

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Trailer lands for Valiant Entertainment’s first comic book movie Bloodshot

The first trailer for the upcoming Vin Diesel movie, Bloodshot, the first big-screen adaptation of the Valiant comic book series, has landed. This film, scheduled to land in cinemas from February 21st, next year, will mark the first time that a film has been made of a Valiant Entertainment hero, …

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Mattel Films to develop Barney movie that will ‘subvert and surprise audiences’

Mattel’s iconic purple dinosaur, Barney, is making a big screen comeback with a new, live-action motion picture in the works courtesy of Mattel Films. The new title will be developed in partnership with the Academy Award nominated Daniel Kaluuya and his 59% banner, and Valparaiso Pictures. “Working with Daniel Kaluuya …

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