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...

Tinderbox brings Tell Me Why video game soundtrack to vinyl in iam8bit deal

Xbox Game Studios Publishing has partnered with iam8bit and DONTNOD Entertainment to bring the soundtrack of the episodic narrative adventure gaming title, Tell Me Why, to vinyl. In a deal brokered by the video game licensing specialist and digital media division of Beanstalk, Tinderbox, the new LP will feature 17 …

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The Point. 1888 doubles marketing division headcount with latest suite of new hires

The Point. 1888 has doubled the headcount of its marketing division with the appointment of three new team members who join the firm as it strives to reach its ambitious goals for growth throughout the year. The news comes just months after the agency announced the creation of a director …

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The Royal Mint unveils Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland coin collection with the V&A

The Royal Mint has unveiled the first official Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland coin collection developed in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum and inspired by illustrations from the original book by the English novelist, Lewis Carroll. A special £5 crown featuring Alice and the Cheshire Cat is now available …

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PlayMonster launches Schitt’s Creek version of hit party game THINGS… in ITV Studios deal

ITV Studios is building on recent licensing developments for its record-setting Emmy award-winning sitcom, Schitt’s Creek thanks to a new partnership with PlayMonster’s popular party game, THINGS… THINGS… Schitt’s Creek Edition puts a new spin on the best-selling party game that has to date, sold more than four million globally …

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Fashion brands Uniqlo and Skechers face investigation over claims of forced labour in China

Uniqlo and Skechers are among a group of fashion brands being investigated by French prosecutors over accusations that they have ignored China’s alleged abuse of Uighur muslims in the Xinjiang region. It was confirmed on Friday that the investigation concerned Uniqlo France – owned by Fast Retailing – Inditex, which …

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Moonbug Entertainment taps Brand Energy as licensing agent for French market

Moonbug Entertainment has appointed Brand Energy to represent the licensing rights of its portfolio of children’s entertainment properties across France, spanning CoComelon, Blippi, and Morphle. Under the deal, the Paris-based agency will be in charge of finding local partners to develop licensed products under Moonbug brands as well as assist …

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Pets Rock and Mr Time launch new smartwatch faces for Samsung in Korean market move

The British pop art brand, Pets Rock has partnered with the global smartwatch app company, Mr Time to launch a series of licensed watch faces for Samsung watches. The deal extends the British brand’s presence in Korea where it is represented by BrandKind Workshop. The deal sees Mr Time launch …

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Emoji renews slate of US licensing partners as Retail Monster continues to grow the brand

The Emoji Company has renewed a slate of US licensees across apparel, accessories, health and beauty, and fabrics in a sweep of deals brokered by the brand’s North American licensing agent, Retail Monster LLC. Under the renewed partnerships, Emoji licensed product will continue to be developed and rolled-out by ASO, …

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The National Gallery taps ARTiSTORY to grow licensing programme on a global scale

The cultural IP licensing specialist, ARTiSTORY has secured a new, multi-year partnership with The National Gallery Company through which it work to expand its licensing programme on a global scale. Co-founded by Yizan He and Natasha Dyson, ARTiSTORY is a specialist in IP development working with museums, galleries, science centres, …

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Fanattik nets SpongeBob SquarePants in first partnership with animated property

The pop culture specialist, Fanattik has signed a pan-European gift licensing partnership with ViacomCBS Consumer Products that will bring Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants into new home decor, barware, gifts and collectables. The new collection of collectables and products will be available from September this year across gift and toy stores throughou …

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