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...

Mattel partners with contemporary artist and activist Shepard Fairey to launch environmentally focused UNO

Mattel has partnered up with the renowned contemporary artist, activist, and illustrator, Shepard Fairey for the release of a new UNO deck made with sustainable materials and themed around the artist’s environmental activism. The new deck has been designed by both Fairey and the UNO team at the artist’s LA …

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Banijay Brands cooks up MasterChef condiments with Baxters

Banijay Brands has cooked up a tasty new partnership with the food manufacturer, Baxters to develop a range of branded marinades, dressings, and table sauces for the popular cooking IP, MasterChef. The new deal – covering the UK and Eire, the Nordics, Benelux, Germany, Czech Republic, and the Middle East …

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Acamar Films partners with ZSL London for Bing family activities this autumn

Acamar Films’ flagship preschool property, Bing is heading to ZSL London Zoo this autumn to bring a host of family activities to visitors and fans. The new partnership is the latest expansion of Bing’s live events and experiential licensing portfolio. Under the new partnership, ZSL London Zoo will host a …

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Games Workshop sees full-year profits spike 69 per cent as staff receive £5k bonuses

A big spike in profit over the last year, confirmed plans to expand in China, and a bonus of £5,000 to each member of staff compound another successful end of year for the UK-based tabletop gaming brand, Games Workshop. In its trading update issued this week, the tabletop figures retailer …

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Barbie, Jurassic World, and Masters of the Universe help drive Mattel Q2 2021 sales to $1.03bn

The global toy maker, Mattel has seen its Q2 2021 net sales increase 40 per cent on last year, with particular success across EMEA where the firm’s growth has exceeded the industry by 11 percentage points. Mattel bosses have billed it ‘another exceptional quarter’ having witnessed ‘outstanding consumer demand for …

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British artist Charlotte Posner to release summer collection with UK fashion brand Never Fully Dressed

The British contemporary artist, Charlotte Posner has landed a new partnership with the UK fashion brand, Never Fully Dressed to launch a summer collection featuring her own hand-drawn illustrations across a range of satin dresses, wrap tops, Jaspre skirts, and organic t-shirts. The collection will be launched this month and …

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Dolly Parton releases her own fragrance, Dolly – Scent from Above in Scent Beauty partnership

The globally revered singer-songwriter, Dolly Parton has teamed up with Scent Beauty to launch her first signature fragrance, Dolly – Scent from Above. Billed in an official press release as butterflies, hearts, and hope – though we sincerely hope not literally – the new fragrance aims to tap into the …

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Sixteen South’s preschool series Odo prepares to take flight in the US and Latin America

The recently launched preschool series, Odo – recognised for its warm-hearted and comic storytelling – is taking flight in the US and Latin America following a new broadcast deal between Sixteen South and WarnerMedia Kids & Family. Under the partnership, the series will air on the company’s upcoming Cartoonito preschool …

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The London Toy Company launches its first TfL train sets all made from recyclable plastics

The London Toy Company has lifted the lid on its venture into new toy categories this year, with the launch of its Transport for London licensed train set and trains, all made from recyclable plastic. The new launch marks the first time that The London Toy Company has entered the …

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Fashion statements | WildBrain CPLG explores how the post-pandemic world of licensed fashion has shifted gear

With the world beginning to reawaken and emerge from its pandemic slumber, so too is the world of fashion switching gear, slipping out of its comfy bagging clothing and back into a wardrobe designed for life outside, once again. However, notes Pau Pascual, VP Southern Europe and MD of Iberia …

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