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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...

Planeta Junior names Paula Taborda dos Guaranys as director of content

Planeta Junior has bolstered its executive team with the appointment of Paula Taborda dos Guaranys as its director of content. She will lead the creation of a strong content portfolio through co-productions, original productions, and acquisition. She will report directly to Diego Ibáñez, Planeta Junior’s international commercial director. Paula Taborda …

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WildBrain CPLG launches Lifestyle division to be run by group brands director Victoria Whellans

The entertainment, sport and brand licensing agency, WildBrain CPLG is launching WildBrain CPLG Lifestyle, a new formalised division to oversee and drive revenue for its lifestyle and corporate properties. WildBrain CPLG Lifestyle will be headed up out of London by Victoria Whellans, who has been promoted to group brands director …

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Egmont is launching a new Milkshake! magazine for early years audiences

Egmont Publishing is to launch a new Milkshake! magazine later this month, bringing Channel 5’s multi-platform pre-school brand back to the publishing sector. During its day-part, Milkshake! is the top performing TV segment on a free-to-air channel and is currently experiencing a 15 per cent growth in kids’ viewership year …

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Opinion: How I met Vincent Van Gogh and its future for licensing

It was at the opening of the Van Gogh Museum’s newest UK venture, the Meet Vincent van Gogh experience along London’s South Bank last night, that a glimpse into the high-spec future of immersive licensing was offered. A collaboration of efforts between Holland’s Van Gogh Museum and the UK’s own …

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To the victor: Warhammer and it’s march upon the global hobby, retail, and licensing scene

Games Workshop’s Warhammer is massively successful. Seriously. Over the past three years – since the onset of Brexit fell upon us – Warhammer has doubled the size of its business. Last year, it ended £81million in profit. Robert Hutchins talks to senior licensing manager, Zoe Smith about how the franchise …

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Sanrio extends its partnership with Licensed to Charm for Valentine’s Hello Kitty collection

Licensed to Charm has extended its partnership with Sanrio to launch a new valentine’s gifting collection of Hello Kitty jewellery. The new charms are retro-styled and based on the original 1970s Hello Kitty designs, with Kitty holding a bunch of roses along with a love letter, double-sided Hello Kitty winking …

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SEGA joins forces with Puma to launch latest Sonic sports style collection

SEGA is once again joining forces with the sports brand Puma to bring Sonic, the world’s fastest hedgehog and the video game maker’s flagship character to the world of sports style fashion. Launching ahead of the release of the upcoming blockbuster Sonic the Hedgehog movie, SEGA’s famous character will feature …

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Rita Ora to launch own bedding and accessories collection with Ashley Wilde

Not content with chart success, singer-songwriter and actress, Rita Ora, is making her debut in the textiles sector through the launch of a new interior home collection with the textile experts, Ashley Wilde. The collaboration was brokered by Attachment Licensing and will see a collection of luxurious bedding and accessories …

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Pokémon soars at UK and German retail as both toys and trading cards ‘enjoy best year ever’

Sales of both the Pokémon Trading Card Game and toys from Wicked Cool Toys soared at retail across the UK and Germany throughout 2019, according to the latest figures revealed by NPD. The Pokémon Company has reported year on year sales that ‘continue to be substantially above the market average’ …

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Surprise results at Funko as Q4 2019 financials take 8 per cent dip

In a surprise turn of events in the narrative of the pop culture specialist, Funko has detailed lower than expected net sales of $214m in its preliminary fourth quarter 2019 results. The company reported its preliminary financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 this week, showing that it …

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