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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...

Original Stormtroopers march upon UK retail with more food and drink partnerships

Shepperton Design Studios has unleashed an army of galactic delicacies upon the nation’s biggest retailers this year, with the launch of a range of Original Stormtroopers licensed foods and drinks. Complementing an already successful line of cakes and beer from BBF and The Sourceror, the company – through partnerships brokered …

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Brand Licensing Europe opens applications for 2020’s Retail Mentoring Programme

Brand Licensing Europe has opened applications for this year’s Retail Mentoring Programme, marking the tenth year of the initiative that helps introduce UK retailers to the licensing scene. To date, the programme has seen over 300 industry professionals take part since its launch in 2011, with a record-breaking 80 participants …

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Young Adult fantasy brand The Red Harlequin lands audiobook, graphic novel, and TV partners

The Young Adult fantasy brand, The Red Harlequin has secured a trio if multimedia deals, spanning an audiobook agreement, a new graphic novel publishing deal, and a TV development partnership. The tranche of new partnerships arrive as Pantomimus Media – brand owners of The Red Harlequin IP – looks to …

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Rockpool Licensing helps bring Brambly Hedge book series to screen in Lupus Films deal

Lupus Films, the animation company behind The Snowman & The Snowdog, has optioned the rights to adapt the classic countryside stories of Brambly Hedge for the screen. The deal between Lupus Films and the estate of Jill Braklem, the author and illustrator of Brambly Hedge, was brokered by Rockpool Licensing. …

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‘King of Soul’ Sam Cooke moves into licensing with ALG Brands

The American singer-songwriter, civil rights activist, and recognised King of Soul, Sam Cooke is making a move on the licensing space via a new partnership between the Sam Cooke estate and ALG Brands. Under the partnership, ALG will represent services for the estate, including the licensing of Cooke’s personality rights …

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Rights & Brands secures Design House Stockholm furniture collaboration for Carl and Karin Larsson

Rights & Brands, the worldwide agent on behalf of the Swedish artists Carl and Karin Larsson, has launched a creative furniture collaboration with Design House Stockholm. Karin Larsson created furniture and textiles in a pre-modernist style in the late nineteenth century. The rich, bold colour palette is celebrated in paintings …

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WildBrain CPLG teams with creator Alessandro Enriquez to launch Line Friends designer capsule collections

WildBrain CPLG has brokered a new deal with the creator and influencer Alessandro Enriquez to launch Line Friends designer capsule collections with some of the biggest names in Italian fashion today. Featuring signature characters Brown, Choco, Cony, and Sally, Line Friends originated as a collection of stickers for the mobile …

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MyProtein partnerships and print on demand furniture: The Hut Group is building on a record year in licensing

There’s certainly been a shift of gear surrounding recent licensing developments for the British e-commerce specialist, The Hut Group, who not only quadrupled its licensing team in 2019, but has since expanded its facilities in preparation for further growth in the space this year. Across health and beauty, lifestyle, and …

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NetEnt brings Gordon Ramsey into its online entertainment portfolio

The digital entertainment company, NetEnt is bringing TV chef Gordon Ramsey to its popular online slot games, thanks to a new partnership brokered by Global Merchandising Services. Notorious for colourful language and TV flair throughout his global television career, Ramsey will be incorporated into NetEnt’s growing library of branded content …

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Dr Seuss Enterprises bolsters senior ranks with two new appointments

Dr. Seuss Enterprises is continuing its focus on growth as the firm welcomes two additional team members across its licensing division. Tami Thosath has joined the organisation as senior manager, global licensing, reporting to Julie Dill, vice president global licensing, marketing and communications, while Nicol Hodges has joined as global …

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