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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...

Mondo’s TV MeteoHeroes arrives in Italy with Cartoonito premiere

Mondo TV’s original children’s animated series MeteoHeroes is coming to Italy, having secured its worldwide premiere on Cartoonito. The launch will be accompanied by a marketing campaign and a growing licensee list. The show – in which six kids use their superpowers to protect the planet from extreme weather events …

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ZAG bolsters its global licensing and merchandising team

The global independent animation studio, ZAG has appointed a robust team of experienced executives to expand the company’s licensing and merchandising business. Kirk Bloomgarden will serve as head of consumer products, Rebekah Belzer joins as senior director, licensing and merchandising, North America, and Eva Rodriguez will serve as director, Latin …

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Genius Brands delves into IP portfolio to deliver public messaging on hygiene amid COVID-19 pandemic

In an effort to provide information to parents and children in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Genius Brands International has produced a series of Public Service Announcements starring Warren Buffett and Jennifer Garner, to inform children about safe hygiene. The series of announcements will feature brands from the company’s catalogue of properties, …

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White Paper – Kids Industries explores: Children and COVID-19

The following research and White Paper has been conducted and written by Kids Industries, a research, strategy, and creative agency for the children’s and family market in the UK. Kids Industries researcher, Aleksandra Szczerba offers up her insight into the developing COVID-19 situation, and how children are managing in these uncertain times. …

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NASCAR teams with iRacing to launch new simulation racing exhibition amid strong growth for NASCAR licensing

NASCAR and iRacing have come together to form a new eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, a simulation racing exhibition that will feature some of the biggest names in the sport. The new series will provide racing entertainment for sports fans across the leading motorsports racing simulation platform. A long-term licensee, …

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Asterix comic book artist Albert Uderzo dies aged 92

The French comic book artist and scriptwriter, Albert Uderzo, known for his work on the popular Asterix title, has died at the age of 92, his family told the French news agency AFP this week. The news outlet quoted Uderzo’s son-in-law, saying: “He died in his sleep at his home …

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Emoji lands US wide deal with Handcraft Manufacturing Corp

Premium children’s undergarment brand Handcraft Manufacturing Corp. has given Emoji its signature treatment in a new collection launching this spring. The deal was brokered by Retail Monster, LLC, the emoji company’s North American licensing agent. The collection features some of the Emoji brand’s most vibrant Emoji icons and designs, creating …

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WildBrain CPLG promotes two as it forms new territory teams for Northern and Southern Europe

The entertainment, sport, and brand licensing agency, WildBrain CPLG, has promoted two of its management executives to head up territory teams across newly formed regions for Northern and Southern Europe. John Taylor (pictured top left), who is based in London, has been named VP Northern Europe and managing director UK …

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Sagoo brokers Rilakkuma kids’ bed linen deal with Blanc Cerise

The household linen brand, Blanc Cerise, has signed a deal with the independent licensing agency, Sagoo, to create new children’s bed linen sets inspired by Japan’s most relaxed bear cub, Rilakkuma. The new collection from Blanc Cerise consists of two mixed and reversible bedding sets, one for children and one …

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Flowhaven marks three months ‘of accelerated growth’ with new US office opening

The licensing solution unit, Flowhaven, is marking three months of accelerated growth with the opening of its new office in Santa Monica, California, and the appointment of a string of key new positions within it. The team is also celebrating an expanding client roster and customer support footprint. The new …

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