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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...

Bapper Entertainment grows Disenchantment licensing with new global partners

Bapper Entertainment is expanding the licensing activity around Matt Groening’s new animated series, Disenchantment, with a raft of new licensees, additional international agents and a new social media campaign. The move follows the successful initial launch of a Disenchantment merchandising programme, headed up in the UK by Rocket Licensing.   Disenchantment …

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Pioneer Europe readies for Disney Frozen II UK release with new balloon and party ranges

In anticipation of the release of the Disney film, Frozen 2 – opening in UK cinemas this Friday, November 22 – Pioneer Europe has launched a new range of licensed balloons and party products. The new Qualatex and Pioneer Party ranges feature Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf on magical balloon …

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NCircle Entertainment scoops home entertainment rights for Gigantosaurus

Cyber Group Studios has granted NCircle Entertainment the North American home entertainment rights for Gigantosaurus, its popular CGI-animated series airing on Disney Channel and Disney Junior. All the Cretaceous-era fun of the hit show is set to land on DVD at Walmart and Target and other retailers beginning January 2020, …

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Tuning in with Tonies: “We’re giving brands access to their target audience through audio”

When FAO Schwarz launched its premiere UK destination within London’s Selfridges to the public just last month it was a carefully curated portfolio of partners with which the US retailer decorated its expansive floor of toys. Among them, was Tonies. A German outfit that has been performing particularly well across …

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Sanrio partners with Liverpool Football Club for exclusive Hello Kitty collaboration

Reds fans can now get their hands on a new collection of exclusive Hello Kitty x Liverpool Football Club merchandise, thanks to a new global collaboration between the club and Japanese creator, Sanrio in celebration of Hello Kitty’s 45th anniversary. Made up of a wide variety of products for children, …

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Motion Pictures brings 2D animated series MyaGo to Channel 5’s Milkshake

The Spanish production, distribution and service studio company Motion Pictures has secured a deal with Channel 5’s Milkshake! for the first two seasons of its new 2D animation MyaGo, which will see the preschool series launch in the UK from January 2020. Co-produced with Irish content studio Piranha Bar, both seasons have …

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Nickelodeon and Paramount drop first trailer for the newest SpongeBob SquarePants movie

SpongeBob SquarePants is about to make his third big screen outing in a new feature film called The SpongeBob Movie 3: Sponge on the Run. Nickelodeon dropped the first trailer for the third feature film last week, with the tagline ‘We’re not in Bikini Bottom anymore.’ Directed by Tim Hill, …

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Octane5 welcomes Tottenham Hotspur to growing football team client list

Octane5 has welcomed the London football club Tottenham Hotspur to its portfolio, making it the latest addition to a growing number of European football clients. The partnership will allow the football club to manage its merchandise approval, royalty and brand asset programme from a central hub. “Tottenham Hotspur selected Octane5’s …

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Oliver’s Brighton: Meet the award-winning indie retailer with a penchant for magic

Plucked straight from the cobbled streets of Diagon Alley and landed halfway up Brighton’s Trafalgar St., one of the city’s many centralised shopping destinations, resides Oliver’s Brighton, an olde world trinket store, dedicated to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter franchise. Your guide among its shelves upon shelves of officially …

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Emoji enters the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in new partnership

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum has unveiled its first officially licensed emoji brand bobbleheads, developed in collaboration with The Emoji Company. The first emoji bobbleheads feature four unique designs and come individually packaged in collector boxes. The bobbleheads are $20 each or $80 for the set of …

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