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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...

Mumsnet steps into the licensing game with The Point. 1888

The UK’s largest website for parents, Mumsnet, has signed The Point.1888 to deliver a brand licensing programme in support of its mission to ‘make parents’ lives easier’. As part of the programme, Mumsnet has tasked The Point.1888 to create new branded products across categories such as home, beauty, fashion and …

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BLE 2019: The Hilda’s alive – Silvergate Media on the rise of a new pop culture icon

Whether it’s because of my affinity with Scandinavian crime fiction, or my new found appreciation of the Japanese artform of manga and anime, I find myself inexplicably drawn towards Silvergate Media’s newest animated series. Of course, it should go without saying that the Netflix children’s animation that launched in September …

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Alpha Animation and toy and licensing personality Mark Slater-Hyndman passes away

Mark Slater-Hyndman, Alpha Animation’s UK and Ireland general manager, has died, having lost a long-fought battle with cancer. The much-loved industry personality was an active member of the licensing and toy community, notably his great work for the UK licensing fund-raising charity, The Light Fund, as well as the toy …

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Italy’s Eanimation secures global rights for popular publishing IP Olga the Cloud

The Italian animation studio Enanimation has secured the rights to develop – globally and on all platforms – the popular pre-school publishing property Olga the Cloud. Created by the author writer and illustrator Nicoletta Costa, Olga the Cloud has been a global publishing success for over 30 years – follows …

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Rocket Licensing secures brace of partners for Channel 4 comedy Derry Girls

Independent licensing company Rocket Licensing has secured a slate of four new licensing partners for the Channel 4 comedy series, Derry Girls, on behalf of the independent production company Hat Trick. These new partnerships cover daywear, sports and leisure apparel, wall art and gifting, paper ware and social stationery. The …

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Harry Potter proves triumphant among Independent Toy Awards 2019 winners

The UK’s independent toy retail scene has confirmed Warner Bros.’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter franchise as one of the hottest licenses on the toy scene this year, voting the brand as a Gold winner across four categories in this year’s Independent Toy Awards. Among what is yet another extensive …

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DHX Media appoints Eric Ellenbogen as its new CEO

DHX Media has appointed Eric Ellenbogen its new chief executive officer and vice chair of the board of directors, effective today, succeeding Michael Donovan, who has stepped down as CEO. Donovan has also stepped down as executive chair, but will continue to serve on the board as founding chair. Donald …

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Autumn Fair 2019: “It’s more important than ever for retailers to listen to each other”

For anyone heading to Birmingham’s NEC this September for your annual instalment of Autumn Fair antics, you can rest assured – things won’t be how they’ve ever been before. 2019 marks a year of sweeping changes to the show that has become a permanent and must-attend fixture in the industry …

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Monopoly expands its special Gamer line with SEGA and Sonic the Hedgehog partnership

The journey around Hasbro’s Monopoly board has just stepped up a gear, or three, thanks to a new partnership between the global toy maker and SEGA’s iconic blue blur, Sonic the Hedgehog. The classic board game has expanded its Monopoly Gamer line with the addition of this SEGA partnership, inspired …

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Hasbro partners with Toms to up its Monopoly, Transformers and My Little Pony footwear game

Hasbro has entered into a three-year partnership with the footwear company Toms to develop and launch a series of products inspired by the toy maker’s portfolio of hit children’s and entertainment brands. The collections will consist of men’s, women’s and kids’ footwear, as well as clothing and accessories, brandishing some …

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