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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...

Spin Master Entertainment’s new animated series Mighty Express lands Netflix deal

Spin Master Entertainment’s new CG-animated series Mighty Express has been picked up by Netflix to debut globally (excluding Canada) in September this year. The 52 x 11-minute series is executive produced by Spin Master Entertainment’s EVP Jennifer Dodge and co-CEO Ronnen Harary, alongside the Canadian outfit, Atomic Cartoons, providing animation …

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Disney reveals toys and consumer products line up for both Mulan and Onward

In a double whammy for the studio, Disney has revealed the consumer products portfolio for not one but two of its upcoming blockbuster movies, detailing the toy lines and licensed products line-up for both Mulan and its new animated feature film, Onward. Hasbro, Mattel, and Funko join the ranks of …

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The Emoji Company dives into swimwear with Mexico’s Mayaguana

The Mexican swimwear brand, Mayaguana has partnered with The Emoji Company to launch a new collection branded swimwear lines for children and adults, as well as a selection of rashguards and towels. Mayaguna mixes comfort, fast dry technology, and the appealing style of the Emoji lifestyle brand, all of which …

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Italian leather brand Furla positions itself as lifestyle brand with Timex watch partnership

The Italian leather goods and accessories name, Furla, is looking to position itself as a wider lifestyle brand, kicking off with a new partnership with the watchmaker Timex Group. Under the deal, Timex will produce and distribute a new line of Furla-branded watches to global retailers from this month in …

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Aurora World among slew of returning partners for the gifting brand Precious Moments

The gifting and lifestyle brand, Precious Moments, has renewed a slate of long-serving licensees amid a burst of new activity for the IP that spans new partners, new themes, and growth into new product categories. According to Spotlight Licensing, the Precious Moments brand has had a successful past 15 months, …

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Ladybird and Phidal Publishing join European-wide licensee roster for Masha and the Bear

British publishing house, Ladybird has joined Phidal Publishing as book partners for the hit animated series, Masha and the Bear, with plans to release new titles later this year. The pair make up just part of a Europe-wide slate of licensing partners to join the Animaccord portfolio of licensees for …

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Warner Bros. partners with Wonderland Restaurants to bring DC-inspired dining experience to London

Warner Bros. has partnered with the emerging experiential dining group, Wonderland Restaurants to bring a new, DC-inspired establishment to London’s Soho. The restaurant, called Park Row, is scheduled to open at 77 Brewer Street, and will be the first fully-immersive DC-inspired restaurant experience in the world, bringing with it characters …

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Playmobil and Studio 100 bring Heidi toy partnership to the screen with CGI specials

Studio 100 Media and the European toymaker, Playmobil, have joined forces to bring the Heidi Special: Spring is here to TV channels across Europe this spring. Under the partnership, Heidi has been rendered to life with a CGI animated Playmobil styling, riffing off the already existing Heidi-licensed toy line from …

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Star Wars and Frozen II fuel Q4 sales growth for Hasbro as toy firm hits $1.43bn

Strong sales of Star Wars and Frozen II toys have helped Hasbro enjoy a three per cent increase in revenue, hitting $1.43 billion in sales in the fourth quarter. Despite the fallout felt from President Trump’s trade war with China, net income rose to $267.3 million in Q4, ended December …

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Pocket.watch launches first London office in move to grow EMEA operations and reach

Pocket.watch, the home of the Ryan’s World brand alongside a roster of YouTube famous IPs, has opened its first international office on London in a move to extend its reach across Europe and EMEA. The company’s expanded global presence will be led by Danny Spronz, who will serve as pocket.watch’s managing …

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