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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...

Art Ask Agency extends partnership with House of Disaster for Frida Kahlo autumn collection

The Barcelona-based licensing outfit, Art Ask Agency has extended its partnership with the fashion and lifestyle specialist House of Disaster to launch a second Frida Kahlo licensed range for autumn/winter. The extension of the collaboration follows a successful first run of a collection taking inspiration from the famous South American …

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Coolabi celebrates official 50th anniversary of Clangers with Amazon Alexa skill, limited edition prints and new CBeebies episodes

The independent international media outfit, Coolabi Group, is celebrating Clangers with the launch of new episodes on CBeebies, limited edition illustrated Peter Firmin prints, special events across the country and a new Amazon Alexa Skill called ‘Clangers Talk’. In a move that will mark the official 50th anniversary of the …

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FAO Schwarz is building out a worldwide licensing programme with Global Icons

The iconic trans-Atlantic toy retailer, FAO Schwarz is growing its global licensing activity thanks to a new agreement with Global Icons that will look to build brand licensing collaborations across experiential, fashion, food and drink, and infant markets. FAO Schwarz is the world-renowned 150 year old toy store that recently …

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Hasbro gives My Little Pony franchise a new look with Pony Life

Hasbro is giving its hit My Little Pony franchise a new look for 2020 with the launch of a new animated series produced by its Allspark Animation unit, called My Little Pony: Pony Life. Launching in 2020, the series will be supplemented with a ‘robust product line’ inspired by characters …

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Pirata & Capitano lands on Nickelodeon’s preschool network Nick Jr.

The first season of Pirata & Capitano, the popular pre-school show produced by Millimages, has landed on Nickelodeon’s Nick Jr this month, making its debut on November 9. At the same time, the animated series continues to pick up audiences as it airs on Milkshake! with new episodes landing throughout …

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Reesee Entertainment is bringing big children’s brands to growing China market

The Chinese children’s entertainment, licensing and media business, Reesee Entertainment has teamed with Xiaoling Toy to create exciting new opportunities for the development and growth of kids’ brands across the region. Together, the pair will look to capitalise on the booming market in multi-channel network content. The deal follows two …

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Disney+ signs up 10 million customers on first day of launch

Disney has reportedly signed up 10 million customers for its Disney+ streaming service just one day into its international launch, and estimated to hit somewhere between 60 and 90 million by the 2024. The studio issued the statement on Wednesday this week, suggesting an early success to the highly anticipated …

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Line Friends and BT21 make play for Latin America with Tycoon Enterprises

The global character brand Line Friends has partnered with the Latin American licensing outfit Tycoon Enterprise to develop the consumer products and brand extension business for BT21 in Mexico, Chile and Peru. BT21 is the first character IP created by Friends Creators project, which is a long-term unique and creative …

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Edgar the excitable Dragon is the star of John Lewis’ Christmas ad and the merch is already in

When the John Lewis Christmas ad dropped at 7am this morning, it became apparent that the retailer – now known for causing the media sensation of the year each November in the run up to the festive season – was going back to what it does best. One year on …

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Nickelodeon strikes new deal to bring original animation and film to Netflix

Nickelodeon has expanded upon its relationship with Netflix with a new, multi-year deal that will see the network create and produce original animated feature films and TV series based on new and existing IP. It’s a deal that patches a relationship that came to an end a few years ago, …

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