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...

Classic Peter Rabbit bounds into new partnerships in China with Twinings and PRICH

Penguin Ventures – the licensing arm of Penguin Random House UK – and CAA-GBG, the global brand management platform and the licensing agent for Classic Peter Rabbit in China, are together broadening the Peter Rabbit licensing programme across the region this year.  In a new partnership with Twinings China, Peter …

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Rights & Brands named licensing agency for author and illustrator duo Astrid Lindgren and Ilon Wikland

Rights & Brands has been named the licensing and merchandising agent for the joint works of the Swedish author illustrator duo, Asrid Lindgren and Ilon Wikland, based on the artwork and characters created by the pair and enjoyed by children and adults across Scandinavia, the Nordics and beyond. Lindgren’s books …

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Classic toy maker Wham-O strikes partnership with Critical Content for live action TV series

The independent classic toys maker, Wham-O has partnered with the indie production studio, Critical Content, to develop and create TV content built around the firm’s portfolio of toy brands, including the likes of Frisbee Disc, Hula Hoop, and Slip ‘N’ Slide. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed. …

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Aardman teams with Yeo Valley Organic to bring Timmy Time to the Little Yeos kids’ range

The multi award-winning independent animation studio, Aardman, has teamed up with the British organic brand, Yeo Valley Organic to bring its recently re-launched pre-school favourite, Timmy Time to the company’s kids’ range Little Yeos. The partnership marks the fourth time that Aardman has teamed with the Little Yeos brand. The …

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Waxwork Records brings Universal Monsters portfolio to the toys and collectables market

The US underground and pop culture company Waxwork Records has made its first foray into the toys and collectables market with the launch of Spinatures that kicks off with a partnership with Universal and the studio’s classic horror portfolio. Aimed at the adult collector market, the new Spinatures launch is …

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Fédération Française de Rugby names ORECA its official online store partner in IMG deal

Fédération Française de Rugby, the governing body for rugby union in France, has named ORECA as its official online store partner, in a deal brokered by the federation’s licensing agency, IMG. Under the new partnership, ORECA will operate the online Fédération Française de Rugby shop, sales promotion and marketing, using …

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One Animation lands Disney Channels US deal for Oddbods Halloween and Christmas specials

One Animation has secured a new deal with Disney Channels US to bring a package of long-form seasonal specials and shorts of the popular animated comedy series Oddbods to air across Disney XD, Disney Junior, and in DisneyNOW for the coming Halloween and Christmas period. The Halloween-themed special Party Monsters …

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Magic Light Pictures teams with Royal Botanical Gardens to bring new Gruffalo Adventures trail to Kew

Magic Light Pictures has teamed up with the Royal Botanic Gardens to launch a new Gruffalo Adventures trail in Kew Gardens’ striking Arboretum this October. The Arboretum – home to 14,000 trees – will play host to author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler’s much-loved characters during the half-term holidays …

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A new anime Godzilla series is landing on Netflix in 2021

Godzilla is stomping its way back onto Netflix next year with the launch of a new original anime series titles Godzilla Singular Point. The series is currently in development by the studio bones, the name behind My Hero Academia, and Orange, the popular Japanese animation studio. Developed under a licensing …

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World’s first Super Nintendo World is launching at Universal Studios Japan in 2021

The world’s first Super Nintendo World, a ‘spectacular area themed around Nintendo’s characters and universes,’ is scheduled to open at Universal Studios Japan in spring 2021. The new area will bring with it themed attractions, restaurants, shops, and other initiatives such as the ‘asobi experience’. In anticipation of the new …

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