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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...

Asmodee Entertainment appoints Games Workshop’s Christian Dunn as interactive game licensing manager

Asmodee Entertainment has appointed the 20 year licensing and publishing veteran Christian Dunn to the role of interactive games licensing manager. Dunn joins the team from Games Workshop and will principally be focusing on interactive licensing opportunities across Asmodee’s gaming brands, including Catan, Ticket to Ride, Dobble, Arkham Horror, Keyforge, …

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Surge in Disney+ subscribers amid global lockdown boosts demand for Hasbro’s ‘Baby Yoda’

The surge in subscribers to Disney+ amid global coronavirus lockdown measures has already provided a boost to Hasbro’s licensed toy sales, particularly, the global toymaker has stated, to the popularity of the ‘Baby Yoda’ character from the Disney original TV series, The Mandalorian. Demand for the character – officially called …

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Spotlight Licensing named US and Canadian licensing agent for Call the Midwife

Spotlight Licensing and Brand Management has been appointed to launch and manage the US and Canadian licensing programme for the long-running Call the Midwife television series. The appointment was made by Neal Street Productions, the rights owners of the critically acclaimed and popular television series. “Call the Midwife has engaged …

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Flossy and Jim lands on photo-editing app Meitu as activity in China beings to pick up

Flossy and Jim is making new headwinds in China having landed a new partnership with the global mobile app, Meitu. The deals arrives as life in China slowly begins to return to normal following a two-month period of lockdown across the region. With partner in the region now back in …

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Riverside Brands signs raft of partners for Zuru’s Rainbocorn toy brand

Zuru’s popular Rainbocorns toy line is embarking on a new licensing programme under the guidance of Riverside Brands, the UK agency to have just signed a variety of new partnerships for the plush toy brand. The mystery surprise plush has risen to popularity recently, recognised for its reversible sequin hearts …

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Kelvyn Gardner departs Licensing International’s UK chapter

Industry veteran, Kelvyn Gardner, has departed from his role as the head of the UK chapter of the industry trade body, Licensing International, it was confirmed yesterday. Gardner had been the recognised face of Licensing International’s UK operations for the past 12 years and a recipient of a Licensing.biz People …

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Gaming and YouTube properties fuel growth in demand for licensing in the toy space, says Kids Insights’ Global Toys and Games Report

The rise of YouTube and gaming properties, spanning the likes of Minecraft, Fortnite, Sonic, and Ryan’s World have fuelled a growth in demand for licensed properties across the children’s toys and games space over the course of the last 12 months, according to findings of Kids Insights’ first Global Toys …

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Beano secures five new licensing partners including games and health and beauty via Rocket Licensing

Beano is expanding its presence across the apparel, games, health and beauty, food and beverage, and partyware sectors thanks to a string of five new licensing deals brokered by its licensing agency, Rocket Licensing. On board for a fun new range of paper partyware, Smiffy’s will be offering a myriad …

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Minions: The Rise of Gru movie release date put on hold as France enters lockdown

Illumination and Universal’s Minions: The Rise of Gru has been moved from its global release slot of late June and early July owing to the deepening COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown in many countries across the globe. The move was spurred by the current lockdown in France that incorporates Illumination’s …

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