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...

bRAND-WARD teams with Sonic Vault to offer content producers access to premium music and audio assets

Trudi Hayward and Jean-Philippe Randisi’s bRAND-WARD has been tapped by the music production unit Sonic Vault in a move to offer music, special effects and voice-over services to the international content producers. Under the partnership, the Sonic Vault platform will enable kids’ animation and live action producers to commission premium …

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Kids Insights and The Social Store to host webinar on licensing and retail in a digital-centric world

The market intelligence experts, Kids Insights has detailed a new webinar to be hosted in collaboration with The Social Store that will focus on the emerging opportunities for licensing and retail in a world becoming more and more digital centric. The webinar is scheduled to take place on September 17th …

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Merchantwise Licensing promotes Kerryn McCormack and appoints Natalie De Freitas-Ariente

Building on its continued growth across the Australian and New Zealand market, Merchantwise Licensing has promoted Kerryn McCormack to the role of general manager of licensing, and appointed Natalie De Freitas-Ariente as its new general manager of licensing and retail. Having been with Merchantwise Licensing since 2012 and instrumental in …

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Acamar Films sees ‘huge growth for Bing toy sales’ as MV Sports and 8th Wonder join the roster

Acamar Films’ hit pre-school series Bing has seen toy sales achieve huge growth at UK retail over the past year, with the NPD Group listing it within the top ten fastest growing toy licenses for the period of January to June 2020. The surge follows the launch the Golden Bear …

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Crunchyroll and Adult Swim partner for anime series based on SEGA video game franchise Shenmue

It’s been a busy weekend for the global anime brand Crunchyroll who spent the past two days rolling out a roster of new announcements and partnerships as part of its Virtual Crunchyroll Expo, including the renewal of its partnership with Adult Swim for the production of the original anime series …

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Mondo TV to make new waves in the US with Genius Brands’ Kartoon Channel

The European animated content distributor, Mondo TV is preparing to make new waves in the US when it launches its children’s animated comedy series, Invention Story, to the AVOD/SVOD market via Genius Brands International’s own Kartoon Channel. The series will land on the channel this autumn. Kartoon Channel is distributed …

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Industry trio forge new art, culture, and science focused business ARTiSTORY

Licensing industry specialists Dave Collins, Tamara Dixon, and Natasha Dyson have united their expertise and combined experience to launch the new licensing business venture ARTiSTORY, a new unit focused on developing content in the art, culture, and science sectors. ARTiSTORY will aim to translate objects or artistic, cultural and scientific …

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Nintendo partners with Velan Studios to bring mixed reality gaming experience to Mario Kart

Nintendo has partnered with the tech specialist Velan Studios to launch a new Mario Kart mixed reality experience that will turn a player’s home into a Mario Kart racecourse to be traversed in both the physical and virtual worlds. Called Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, the new mixed reality game …

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Pocket.watch taps Vivid to bring YouTube sensation Love, Diana toys and more to the UK

Vivid has partnered with the licensing and merchandising specialist, pocket.watch for the launch of a new toy line inspired by the latest YouTube sensation, Kids Diana Show. According to Tubefilter, the channel totals 5bn views a month across the globe. To support the global launch of the Kids Diana Show …

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WildBrain Spark teams with Funrise Toys to develop online content for its collectable doll brand BFF Bright Fairy Friends

WildBrain Spark has inked a deal with Funrise Toys to support the launch of its collectable doll brand BFF Bright Fairy Friends with a digital-first content strategy. UNder the partnership, WildBrain Spark will produce over 100 minutes of short-form animated and live action digital content for the brand on YouTube. …

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