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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...

Hello Kitty and friends join Tombo Japanese Café and Matcha Bar for latest pop-up experience

Hello Kitty has launched its latest pop-up experience at the Tombo Japanese Café and Matcha Bar in Fitzrovia, helping to ring in the 45 anniversary celebrations for the iconic Sanrio character. In collaboration with Sanrio, this will be the first-time Hello Kitty and its cast of friends have been brought …

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Cartoon Network partners with SilverPaw for first Rick and Morty pet products

Cartoon Network Enterprises has partnered with SilverPaw for the first time in order to bring Rick and Morty pet owners a line of pet products inspired by the iconic Adult Swim series. Including dog and cat apparel, toys, collars, leashes, treats and more, the collaboration is now available at select retailers …

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Bulldog Licensing welcomes new licensing approvals coordinator

Bulldog Licensing is continuing on its UK growth trajectory with the appointment of Ellie Monro-Smith to the role of licensing approvals coordinator. In her new role, Monro-Smith will work across Bulldog’s targeted portfolio of brands including EA, Match Attax, Sesame Street, Care Bears, Miraculous and Kindi Kids. She will provide …

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French feline brand Catsline taps into UK’s love of pets with LMI

Licensing Management International has been tapped by the French feline brand, Catsline to head up its UK licensing programme. Under the deal, LMI will look to grow Catsline’s current portfolio of some 30 licensees with new UK partners. Catsline licensed products are currently sold across Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Russia, Korea, …

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Sony Pictures Consumer Products reveals Jumanji: The Next Level licensing partners

Lanard Toys, Cardinal Games and Funko have been named among a roster of new licensing partners for the action-adventure film franchise, Jumanji. The full announcement has been made this week by Sony Pictures Consumer Products, the merchandising unit of the global entertainment studio, as it prepares for the cinematic release …

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The Insights People launches Brand Uplift and Campaign Insights following legislation changes

The kids’ market intelligence specialists, The Insights People believes it has uncovered a new method for measuring brand impact, following changes to advertising and marketing legislation at a time in which ‘it’s harder than ever for kids brands to understand their audience.’ In the wake the welcomed legislative shift, The …

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King Features taps Fanattik for new Cuphead collectable gift ranges

Studio MDHR and King Features Syndicate have tapped the pop culture licensing specialist, Fanattik to launch a range of Cuphead collectable gifts, including coins, coasters, pins and more. In a deal brokered by Allsorts Licensing, King Features’ UK agent, Fanattik will develop an expansive range inspired by the award-winning, five-times …

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Gene Simmons plugs in with IMG Licensing for global representation

Gene Simmons, the co-founder of the iconic rock band KISS, and rock music’s most recognised entrepreneur has appointed IMG as his first exclusive global licensing representative. IMG will now work with Simmons to build a licensing programme targeting multiple product categories including apparel, homeware, automotive, travel accessories, gaming and electronics, …

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Bapper Entertainment grows Disenchantment licensing with new global partners

Bapper Entertainment is expanding the licensing activity around Matt Groening’s new animated series, Disenchantment, with a raft of new licensees, additional international agents and a new social media campaign. The move follows the successful initial launch of a Disenchantment merchandising programme, headed up in the UK by Rocket Licensing.   Disenchantment …

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