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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...

Peaky Blinders lands its first official beer with Thornbridge Brewery

Endemol Shine Group has turned to Thornbridge Brewery to develop the first official beer brand for its hit TV series, Peaky Blinders. Inspired by the hit series, and developed in partnership with the show’s creator, producer, and official brand owner Caryn Mandabach Productions, Thornbridge Brewery kicks off with the launch …

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The Laughing Cow partners with Olympia Le-Tan for exclusive new handbag design

The iconic food brand-turned lifestyle IP, The Laughing Cow – or, La vache qui rit – has partnered with Olympia Le-Tan, for a new take on its famed handbags. Owned by Bel Groupe, The Laughing Cow chuckled its way onto the lifestyle licensing scene last year, when it launched a …

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LEGO and PAW Patrol launch new audio content across Spotify, Amazon Music and more

LEGO is launching a library of new audio content across the biggest music and audio streaming platforms of today, including Spotify, Amazon Music, Audible, Apple music, and Deezer. The new content will take the form of a series of audio plays set within LEGO’s worlds of LEGO Ninjago, LEGO Friends, …

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Beanstalk appoints Maurizio Distefano Licensing to grow Baileys and Guinness brands across Italy

Beanstalk has appointed Maurizio Distefano Licensing to expand its slew of Diageo brands, including the likes of Baileys and Guinness across Italy. The partnership has been established, based on a shared philosophy between MDL and Beanstalk that a successful licensing programme requires a “strategic approach consistent with a brand’s unique …

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Roald Dahl and Natural History Museum partner to launch Extraordinary Explorers clothing range with M&S

The collaborative efforts of The Natural History Museum and the Roald Dahl Story Company have finally come together, as this week witnesses the launch of a new children’s clothing collection exclusively with Marks & Spencer. Called Extraordinary Explorers, the collection feature 24 pieces, each made from 100 per cent sustainably …

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Spin Master’s Super Dinosaur eyes new territories with Animaccord distribution

Spin Master has tapped the international media and licensing specialist, Animaccord, to distribute the first season of the Super Dinosaur – the entertainment company’s latest animated property – across a number of international territories. 26 episodes of Super Dinosaur will be distributed to Russia & CIS, Eastern Europe, Baltic countries, …

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Bulldog Licensing secures Rubie’s for Sesame Street dress up and accessories

Fans of Sesame Street can now dress up as their favourite characters, including Elmo and Cookie Monster, thanks to a new range of dress up and accessories from Rubies Masquerade. The European agency, Bulldog Licensing – which manages the consumer products programme for Sesame Street in the UK and Eire …

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Millimages brings Molang to the Paris Aquarium for exhibition on plastic pollution

The French animation studio Millimages has partnered with the Paris Aquarium to bring the popular character Molang to a special exhibition that will educate children on how to preserve the oceans from plastic pollution. The exhibition will run from January 11 until March 9 this year and will feature both …

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Ricky Zoom lands second series for November 2020 as first products ready for launch

Following a successful debut at the end of 2019, Entertainment One’s international animated hit, Ricky Zoom has landed a second series, slated to air as soon as November this year. Ricky Zoom raced to success and achieved ‘outstanding ratings’ in multiple markets and across several platforms. It is currently a …

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Finnish heritage brand Finlayson lines up wallpaper partnership with York Wallcoverings

Jewel Branding and Licensing has secured a new partnership between the Finnish heritage brand, Finlayson, and the wallpaper specialist, York Wallcoverings, for a new collection of wallpaper featuring Scandinavian design elements. The collection was planned for an early 2020 debut, which also coincides with Finlayson’s monumental 200th anniversary. York Wallcoverings …

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