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...

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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Beano Studios brings Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed to the big screen with special episodes screenings

Beano Studios is bringing Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed to the big screen through a distribution partnership with Generation Media that will see six hand-picked episodes of the popular series screen across the UK and Ireland this October half term. The episodes, packaged under the Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed! On The …

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Jazwares to launch toy line for YouTube’s Like Nastya with lifestyle licensing roll-out to follow

The next six months will witness the global launch of a new line of toys based on and inspired by the current YouTube sensation, Anastasia (Nastya) Radzinskaya, lead by the leading toy company, Jazwares. The new range will encompass the first Like Nastya doll land in January 2021, followed by …

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Fashion UK, Portico Designs and Rubber Road among new UK partners for How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Fashion UK, Portico Designs, and the pop culture licensee Rubber Road are among a tranche of new UK licensing partners now signed for Dr Seuss Enterprises festive IP How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The latest signings arrive as WildBrain CPLG secures a new wave of European deals for the property. …

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In bloom: Gardening specialist Primus on the growing potential and demand for licensing in the back garden

With the increased time spent at home, with family, and the surge of the UK’s population turning to the garden space and gardening hobby as a means of exercise and ‘back to nature’ entertainment, it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that the market has become one filled with potential …

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Products of Change’s Helena Mansell Stopher on the new consumer mindset, toys, and sustainability

From a staple of the licensing and merchandising industry to becoming the face for the sweeping change rumbling through it and the minds of consumers across the UK, Helena Mansell Stopher is the director of Products of Change, a platform on a mission to bring sustainability into the heart of …

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Acamar Films lands major multi-year deal with Italian theme park Leolandia for hit pre-school IP Bing

Acamar Films has secured a major new partnership with Italy’s leading theme park destination, Leolandia, for its hit pre-school property Bing as the kids’ IP continues to go from strength to strength in the region. The new deal marks the first multi-year theme park agreement for Bing. The new agreement …

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Tracey Colliston’s Owls’ Nest and George Mackay’s Eejits win Festival of Licensing’s License This! competition

The winners of this year’s all virtual License This! competition have been declared, with the grand prizes being handed to the Lancashire-based Tracey Colliston in the Brand & Design category, and George Mackay from Caithness in Scotland in Character & Animation. It was Colliston’s sentimental Owls’ Nest illustrations of British …

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Asmodee’s Aconyte Books details publishing plans for hit board game IP Zombicide and Terraforming Mars

Aconyte Books, the fiction imprint and publishing arm of Asmodee Entertainment, has detailed a raft of new partnerships with some of the leading names in tabletop gaming to develop a series of novels set within the worlds of a selection of the most critically acclaimed board games. Kicking off the …

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