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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...

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air with this limited edition capsule collection

It’s been 30 years since Will Smith first said to his homies, ‘smell ya later’ and rocked up as the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and to celebrate, the Fresh Prince clothing brand has unveiled a new limited edition capsule collection exclusively available at the newly-launched Fresh Prince online store. The …

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Festival of Licensing details its retail programme with Trends Bible, Buyers Eye, and Kids Industries

In another update for the month-long virtual celebration of the global licensing industry running throughout October, Festival of Licensing has detailed its retail programme, a track that will feature exclusive content and expert advice for retailers at all experience levels. The programme will deliver content from the likes of Trend …

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ViacomCBS turns up its podcast activity with SpongeBob Squarepants, PAW Patrol and Catfish

ViacomCBS has dialed up its podcasting activity with a raft of new series based on its hit children’s and adult entertainment roster, including SpongeBob Squarepants, PAW Patrol, and Catfish. The firm has said that it is ‘accelerating its momentum on the audio space’ with a robust new line up. The …

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Kids’ audio system Tonies adds Disney and Pixar hits to growing licensed line-up

The children’s audio system Tonies has added a slate of Disney and Pixar characters to its line up of licensed character Tonies, welcoming children’s favourites Frozen, Cinderella, Toy Story and Finding Nemo to the fold. The new characters will join the portfolio in October and November this year ahead of …

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Women in Toys, Licensing, & Entertainment reveals WIT Launch: Innovation Summit

Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment has revealed its newest educational programming series, WIT Launch. The WIT Launch umbrella includes a series of multi-dimensional virtual programs designed to boost innovation and creativity within the $90 billion global toy, game and entertainment industry. Aligning with the organisation’s mission of advancing women …

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The Point. 1888 named UK licensing agent for The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

The Point. 1888 has been named the UK licensing agent for The Brilliant World of Tom Gates, a popular book series that has just been commissioned for its first Sky Originals children’s TV series. Written and illustrated by Liz Pichon, the Tom Gates series of books is published by Scholastic …

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The Smiley Co., Alibaba, and Authentic Brands Group revealed as first keynotes for Festival of Licensing

The world’s largest retailer, Alibaba is joining the iconic Smiley brand, and the global brand management company, Authentic Brands Group as the first keynotes to be revealed for this year’s Festival of Licensing Live Stage agenda. A month-long virtual celebration of the global licensing industry running from October 6th to …

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Global soy sauce brand Kikkoman looks to tantalise tastebuds in lifestyle licensing

The popular soy sauce brand, Kikkoman is looking to tantalise tastebuds across the apparel, accessories, kitchenware, and food gifting markets, thanks to a new partnership between the brand’s master global agent Tact Communications and WildBrain CPLG. Under the deal, WildBrain CPLG will build the Kikkoman name as a lifestyle brand. …

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LEGO and Levi’s build new collection that turns fashion line into “a blank canvas for LEGO play”

The worlds of fashion and toys have discovered an innovative way to combine through a new partnership between The LEGO Group and Levi’s and the introduction of the customisable baseplate, that will turn your pair of jeans “into a new blank canvas for LEGO play.” Exclusive to the collection, the …

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Raydar Media teases new partners for pre-school hit Buddi as season two lands on Netflix

Raydar Media, the rights holder and licensing management business for the early pre-school property, Buddi, is poised to reveal a slate of new consumer product partners throughout this year’s Festival of Licensing, as the series prepares to return to Netflix for season two this month. Season two of Buddi sees …

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