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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...

ITV Studios secures raft of US and Canadian partners for Schitt’s Creek

ITV Studios has detailed a raft of new US and Canadian licensing deals for Schitt’s Creek, as the hit comedy series readies for the launch of its sixth and final season this month. The show received four Emmy, five Critics’ Choice and two SAG nominations, and won multiple Canadian Screen …

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MDL builds European licensing programme for Zafari following Rai Yoyo broadcast success

Maurizio Distefano Licensing has secured a raft of new European partnerships for the popular pre-school animation, Zafari, a series that has seen sweeping success across the region since it started airing on its children’s network, Rai Yoyo. A property of Ink Group, Zafari is a new CGI animated series produced …

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The RHS extends partnership with Heathcote & Ivory for new Flower Blooms Lavender Garden collection

The Royal Horticultural Society has extended its partnership with the British beauty and fine toiletries brand, Heathcote & Ivory for the launch of its 2020 line, the RHS Flower Blooms Lavender Garden collection. The third in the RHS Flower Blooms series, this collection contains shower gel, scented soap, body lotion …

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Disney’s Frozen II becomes the highest-grossing animated film in history

Disney’s Frozen II has become the highest-grossing animated film in history, having generated $1.325 billion at the global box office to date and pushing past the franchise’s 2013 flagship, Frozen. The sequel has surpassed both the $1.281 billion made by Frozen, and the $1.243 billion made by The Incredibles to …

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BBC Studios and Forbidden Planet celebrate Doctor Who with exclusive t-shirt partnership

BBC Studios and Forbidden Planet have devised an initiative to release a new and exclusive line of Doctor Who T-shirts throughout the current twelfth series of the popular sci-fi TV show. The newest season started airing on January 1s this year. A range of 10 Doctor Who T-shirts will launch …

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HMV warns of store closures as negotiations over ‘extortionate business rates’ take place

HMV has detailed its intentions to close three of its stores by the end of January as the retailer enters negotiations with landlords across ten of its locations, citing the impossibility of contending with “extortionate business rates.” The music and entertainment specialist has admitted that such are current business rates, …

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Interview: Soula Zavacopoulos of The London Studio talks originality in the greetings cards space

Soula Zavacopoulos is an award-winning artist and designer and founder of The London Studio, a specialist in the greetings cards category, and a growing name in the wider design-led licensing community, thanks to an ever-expanding portfolio led by Blonde Sheep Licensing. Kicking off Licensing.biz’s 2020 coverage, we chat with Zavacopoulos …

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Silvergate and Merlin Entertainments bring world’s biggest Octonauts attraction to Shanghai

Silvergate Media has landed a major new creative partnership with Merlin Entertainments that will bring its hit pre-school property Octonauts to Chang Feng Ocean World in Shanghai, part of the Sea Life global aquarium chain. Launching to the public in June 2020, the new attraction will be the biggest Octonauts …

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The Smiley Company forges new partnership for Rubik’s Cube in Spin Master collaboration

Spin Master is teaming up with the world-famous Rubik’s Cube to launch a new range of Perplexus Puzzles with a twist, in a new deal brokered by The Smiley Company, the master licensee for Rubik’s. Together the pair will develop a co-branded Rubik’s x Perplexus range, which will feature a …

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Van Gogh Museum to bring the Meet Vincent van Gogh Experience to London in 2020

Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum is bringing an immersive journey through the artist’s life to London next year, when the Meet Vincent van Gogh Experience lands at the South Bank in February 2020. It will mark the latest leg of a world tour that has so far seen the experience entertain …

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