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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...

Kidz Bop partners with Barbie for first in its Christmas music video series

The children’s music brand Kidz Bop has partnered with Mattel to launch a special Christmas video series starring an all singing and dancing Barbie. The iconic fashion doll will perform alongside the Kidz Bop kids. The video series includes two original Kidz Bop songs, Kidz Bop Shuffle and Go Christmas …

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Universal Brand Development unveils Trolls World Tour LEGO sets

Universal Brand Development and The LEGO Group has unveiled a new line of construction sets inspired by the characters, scenes and musical genres from DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming Trolls World Tour. DreamWorks Animation’sTrolls premiered in theatres in 2016 and has since grown into a large scale, global entertainment brand. The highly …

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I Love Fancy Dress taps ’90s nostalgia with Cartoon Network licensed costumes

The UK dress-up company, I Love Fancy Dress is tapping into the trend for ’90s nostalgia with the launched of a new range of licensed costumes and accessory kits based on Cartoon Network’s iconic The Powerpuff Girls and Johnny Bravo. With over 3,000 product lines and 10 years of success …

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Moomin Characters takes principal sponsor of The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2020

Moomin Characters has become the principal sponsor of The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2020, launched by The Duchess of Cornwall, vice-patron of the Royal Commonwealth Society at Tūranga library in Christchurch, New Zealand. The 2020 theme, ‘Climate Action in the Commonwealth’, encourages young writers from across the globe to explore …

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UK competitions watchdog CMA to probe Hasbro’s $4bn takeover of eOne

Hasbro’s $4bn takeover of Entertainment One is to face probing from the Competition and Markets Authority over whether the proposed acquisition would result in a ‘substantial lessening of competition’ under UK rules. It appeared that the bid was a done deal in all but its name when eOne and Hasbro …

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Mad Beauty details ‘huge expansion’ into US, Canada, and Mexico with Disney license

The UK health and beauty experts, Mad Beauty continuing its plans for international growth, with “huge expansion” for the firm into the US, Canada, Mexico and Brazil with an extended Disney license. The move will see Mad Beauty strengthen its relationship further as it builds on an already successful Disney …

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Poetic Brands extends partnership with ASOS for Smiley clothing and accessories range

Licensed clothing specialist, Poetic Brands, has expanded its partnership with ASOS for a new collection of clothing and accessories featuring the globally recognised Smiley brand. The Reclaimed Vintage line includes strikingly designed sweatshirts, joggers, hoodies and co-ords, aimed at a twenty-something unisex audience. The range also incorporates accessories including a …

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Penguin Random House, Insights Editions and Boom! Studios to launch Dark Crystal books and comics

The Jim Henson Company’s episodic fantasy adventure, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is expanding its narrative universe with the addition of new books and comic book partners. Following the series debut on Netflix earlier this year, fans can now immerse themselves deeper in the lore. legends, heroes and villains …

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IMG named global licensing agent for bedding specialist Tempur Sealy

Tempur Sealy International, the global bedding specialist, has appointed IMG its global licensing representative for all brands in the company’s portfolio in a new, multi-year deal. IMG will work with Tempur Sealy to build a licensing program across multiple home, travel, wellness and lifestyle categories. “We are delighted that IMG, …

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Guinness World Records strikes content partnership with streaming platform Kidoodle.TV

Guinness World Records, the global authority on record-breaking feats, has secured a two-year content partnership with the Safe Streaming platform, Kidoodle.TV. The partnership – due to go live in early December – will see over 100 specially selected clips from Guinness World Record’s popular YouTube channel showcased in a serialised …

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