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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...

The Licensing Awards 2020 are now open for entry

All award categories for this year’s Licensing Awards are now open for entry via the website www.thelicensingawards.co.uk, with returning categories including those for licensed products and properties, retailers, marketing, and honorary achievement. This year will also see accolades awarded out for sustainable licensed products, international retailers, and licensed live events. …

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The Point. 1888 brings Barratt’s iconic sweet brands to the frozen aisle

The Point. 1888 has struck up a sweet new partnership between Barratt and Icefresh Foods to launch a new range of ice creams exclusively for the supermarket chain, Iceland. The new range will draw on Barratt’s portfolio of iconic confectionery, including Black Jack, Fruit Salad, and Wham, to bring it …

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WildBrain CPLG cleans up with Kärcher across Europe

The entertainment, sports, and brand licensing powerhouse, WildBrain CPLG has been appointed the licensing representative of the cleaning technology brand, Kärcher across Europe. Working with Alfred Kärcher SE and Co, WildBrain CPLG will bring the brand under its lifestyle division and work to develop a licensing programme that will target …

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The Insights People launches SnapSurvey for quick fire market data and insight

The kids, parents, and family market intelligence specialists, The Insights People has launched its new SnapSurvey service, a platform that enables brands to get answers and insight-led analysis on the kids and parents’ demographic within 72 hours. The platform has been created to deliver data and insight to clients in …

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LEGO gives closer look at LEGO Super Mario launch as pre-order opens on first sets

A few very eventful weeks after the grand unveiling of the latest collaboration, LEGO’s Super Mario licensed range is now available to pre-order, kicking off with the Adventures with Mario Starter Course. The new LEGO Super Mario product line features an interactive LEGO Mario figure that collects coins in real-life …

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Generation Media’s Michaella Williams wins Patricia Mann Award in Future Leaders Awards

Generation Media’s associate director, Michaella Williams, has won the prestigious Patricia Mann Award in the Class of 2019/20 Future Leaders Awards programme, an initiative run by the Women in Advertising and Communications, London organisation. The Patricia Mann award recognises WACL Future Leader award winners who continue to embody the spirit …

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Emoji partners with Brazilian chocolatier Top Cau for Easter promotion

Emoji The Iconic Brand and Top Lotus has partnered with Brazil’s market leader in chocolate confectionery, Top Cau for a new Emoji sticker giveaway campaign in the run up to Easter. Top Cau is known for its chocolate products including eggs with a surprise, tablets, and snacks. The firm brings …

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Funko Games: “The future of gaming? Things are going to get weird”

Jay Wheatley, general manager of Funko Games has a simple vision of the future of tabletop gaming as it continues to push boundaries and draw in new audiences, and that’s that things are going to ‘get weird.’ It’s an idea that strikes a particularly sweet chord with the man now …

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Silvergate’s Octonauts makes a splash in Latin American and the Middle East

Silvergate Media’s pre-school animated series, Octonauts, is making a splash in new markets with recent broadcast deals that bring the award-winning show to audiences in Latin America and the Middle East for the first time. In a deal brokered byPanaderia, Mexico’s TV Azteca has acquired the broadcast rights to Los Octonautas, marking the …

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Babybel lands t-shirt design on Boohoo.com courtesy of Bioworld

Babybel has made the leap from the fridge and into the wardrobe, thanks to a new apparel licensing partnership with the online retailer, Boohoo.com. The t-shirt range has been developed by the brand’s apparel licensee, Bioworld, and has been made exclusively for the online fashion retailer. It features the iconic …

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