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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...

One Animation teams with Future Today to launch Oddbods & Friends kids’ app

One Animation and Future Today have partnered for the launch of Oddbods & Friends, a new, free app for children across OTT channels such as Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV. Oddbods & Friends curates hours of animated content for the first time across One Animation’s full portfolio, including …

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SYBO Games launches Subway Surfers Airtime on Snapchat’s gaming platform, Snap Games

SYBO Games has detailed the launch of Subway Surfers Airtime, the first franchise extension of the popular endless runner mobile game, exclusively on Snapchat’s own gaming platform, Snap Games. Subway Surfers Airtime begins rolling out to Snapchatters around the world today. Designed exclusively for Snap Games, Subway Surfers Airtime is …

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Coolabi Licensing gets its groove on with Giraffes Can’t Dance picture book

Coolabi Licensing has secured the global licensing rights for the popular, modern-classic children’s picture book Giraffes Can’t Dance. Written by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees, Giraffes Can’t Dance celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Published by Orchard Books (part of the Hachette Children’s Group), the book has been …

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Danilo Promotions welcomes Angela Anderson to sales director role

Angela Anderson has joined Danilo Promotions Ltd as its new sales director, bringing with her a wealth of experience from the greetings card industry. Anderson, who starts her new role on October 14, joins the company from Hallmark where she held a senior role as trading director. Prior to Hallmark, …

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Creative Licensing taps former Sony Pictures exec April Canlas Eddy

The former Sony Pictures Entertainment and NBCUniversal executive, April Canlas Eddy has joined the pop culture-focused Creative Licensing outfit. In her role, Canlas Eddy will oversee development for all licensing deals from initial concept to final market release. Stephanie Kupperman, said: “We are thrilled to be working with such an …

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OPINION: The beauty in taking brands out of the home

International Immersive Technology specialist, Kevin Williams of KWP, takes a look at the world of out of home entertainment and the vast potential it holds for the licensing industry. The importance of brand licensing in the explosion of investment in the Out-of-Home entertainment sector has not been lost on anyone, …

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Licensing International taps into Nordic’s ‘rising potential in licensing space’ with new office launch

Licensing International is to establish a new office in the Nordics, in cooperation with the Association of Agents and Managers in Creative Industries of Finland (AGMA). The new Licensing International Nordics joins Licensing International’s network of global offices, which also includes locations in the UK, Germany, Australia, France, China, Japan, …

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BLE 2019: CPLG lines up raft of partners for MGM’s The Addams Family film

CPLG has secured a raft of new licensees for Metro Goldwyn Mayers (MGM’s) upcoming animated reboot of The Addams Family film, slated for Q4 2019. Smiffy’s is on board for dress-up for the UK, Benelux, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Nordics, Greece and Central Eastern Europe and will be developing a …

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Corus Entertainment names Mellany Masterson head of Nelvana Enterprises

Corus Entertainment has appointed Mellany Masterson to the role of head of Nelvana Enterprises effective October 1, 2019. With more than 15 years of experience and expertise in the kids’ entertainment and consumer products space, Masterson will oversee Nelvana Enterprises brand strategy, content distribution, digital, licensing and retail development for Nelvana’s …

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BLE 2019: Activision Blizzard CP marks global growth with major franchise collaborations

Activision Blizzard Consumer Products Group has marked its return to Brand Licensing Europe 2019 with a show of international growth within what it has highlighted as ‘key consumer video game markets’, including the UK, Germany, Spain, France and Italy, as well as China. With each of these key markets capturing …

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