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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...

Martha Stewart welcomed to the 2020 Licensing International Hall of Fame

Licensing International has the named longtime licensing powerhouse, Martha Stewart as the 2020 inductee to the Licensing International Hall of Fame. Stewart will be honoured at the Licensing International Excellence Awards, taking place May 19th, 2020 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV in conjunction with …

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Cyber Group Studios partners with Outright Games for first Gigantosaurus video game

The animation entertainment company, Cyber ​​Group Studios has partnered with the games publisher Outright Games to launch the first video game based on the animated Gigantosaurus series. The hugely-popular CGI-animated program, which is currently airing its first season on Disney Junior worldwide has just been commissioned by The Walt Disney Company and France Télévisions for …

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Pippi Longstocking makes big plans for UK amid 75th birthday celebrations

It’s been 75 years since Sweden’t most famous literary export, Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking arrived from her Mountain top home to the shores of the UK, bringing with her a free-spirit and superhuman strength. Created in 1945 to a backdrop of World War II, Pippi Longstocking wielded her anti-authoritarian thinking …

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New format, features and 1,000s of brands await at Bologna Licensing Trade Fair 2020

A new format, new features, and some close to 1,000 brands await visitors to Italy and Southern Europe’s premiere licensing show this year, as the countdown to Bologna Licensing Trade Fair begins. Now reformatted as a two-day show to offer a more focused event for professionals and optimise the attendance …

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Rainbow Designs celebrates 70 years of Snoopy with new Peanuts collections

WildBrain CPLG has appointed Rainbow Designs its new plush partner for two distinctive collections starring Charles M Schulz’s iconic Snoopy and Woodstock characters. The Everyone Loves Snoopy plush gift collection presents Snoopy and Woodstock in their traditional formats and is billed as ‘perfect for fans of all ages’. Meanwhile, the …

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Rocket Licensing on sci-fi adventure with Legendary for Dune, Carnival Row and Lost in Space

The global entertainment company, Legendary Entertainment, has appointed Rocket Licensing to manage the consumer products programme for the upcoming event feature film Dune. The deal is part of a wider licensing programme for the sci-fi writer’s best loved works, including Carnival Row and Lost in Space (both of which have …

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BBC Studios renews plush partnership with Posh Paws for BBC Earth

BBC Studios and Posh Paws International have renewed their current partnership to continue to develop and distribute plush products under the BBC Earth license. The deal brokered by European Licensing Agent WildBrain CPLG, will be effective in the UK, EMEA, Australia, and New Zealand from January 2020. After the successful launch …

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The Emoji Company continues global expansion with Indian lingerie brand Clovia

The Emoji Company is kicking off 2020 just as it ended 2019, with plans to continue its global brand expansion. And leading the firm into the new decade, Emoji has just signed a new licensing partnership with India’s fastest growing lingerie brand, Clovia. Clovia’s newly added holiday collection includes Christmas …

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Steve Manners named VP of business development at WildBrain CPLG and WildBrain Spark

WildBrain has appointed Steve Manners to drive a new business development initiative designed to help licensors and content creators reach consumer audiences through YouTube. In the newly created role, Manners will work with clients to build brand management programmes that leverage the blended expertise of WildBrain’s established consumer products licensing …

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