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Hyve confirms – Autumn Fair 2020 is cancelled

Hyve, the organising team behind Autumn Fair, has confirmed the cancellation of this year’s home and gift retail industry show. The announcement arrives following speculation that the show was to be called off owing to the ongoing situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and the social distancing measures and laws around …

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Art Ask Agency signs Italy’s Yamamay for new Pet Rocks nightwear and loungewear collection

Art Ask Agency has partnered with the Italian intimates retailer, Yamamay to launch the first stage of its Pets Rock collection of nightwear and loungewear in over 500 stores in Italy and worldwide, as well as online. June witnessed the launch of the summer range with maxi t-shirts and short …

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WildBrain Spark to manage growth of pre-school brand Shimajiro for English-speaking market

WildBrain Spark – the digital media division of WildBrain – has been appointed by Benesse Corporation to manage the English-language channel and content for its popular edu-tainment pre-school brand, Shimajiro on YouTube. Shimajiro is an educational character and learning buddy famous across Asia. Under the new partnership, WildBrain Spark will …

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Gaumont appoints Michelle Sullivan to role of VP creative executive

Gaumont, the film company and producer of the award-winning Narcos series and the upcoming animated series, Do, Re, & Mi, and High in the Clouds, is expanding its animation and family efforts with the appointment of Michelle Sullivan. Sullivan most recently served as development executive for Amazon Studios, where she …

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Britain’s Best Small Shops 2020 adds new category for retailers innovating amid COVID-19

The Independent Retailers’ Confederation, a group of multi-sector trade organisations representing over 100,000 indie retailers throughout the UK, has announced a special category in its search to find Britain’s Best Small Shop of 2020. The Best Small Shops Competition relaunches post lockdown on Independents’ Day, Saturday 4th July, celebrating the …

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Jazwares to launch first action figure and role play toy line for UFC

Toymaker Jazwares has joined forces with the global mixed martial arts organisation, UFC, to bring the world of this adrenaline fuelled sport to the action figures and role-play aisles. Available for pre-sale at Ringside Collectibles, the Jazwares UFC collectable line will be landing on Amazon in the coming weeks, and …

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Simon’s Cat slinks into Lidl with new pet product range

The hit animated brand Simon’s Cat has partnered with the leading European retailer, Lidl, for a branded range of pet products, including scratchers and beds for cats. Owned by the global content creator, Endemol Shine Group, the Simon’s Cat brand boasts a fanbase of some 7 million Facebook fans, 2 …

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The British and Irish Lions fire up new licensing programme with The Point. 1888

The British and Irish Lions have detailed an agreement with the brand licensing specialist, The Point.1888, to help the rugby team create a range of new products for the eagerly anticipated Tour to South Africa in 2021. Since the appointment, two partners have already been secured. The Point.1888 – which …

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Art Ask Agency celebrates Frida Kahlo’s 83rd birthday with UK licensee product launch

The Barcelona-based licensing firm, Art Ask Agency is preparing to celebrate the 83rd birthday of the iconic artist Frida Kahlo this July 6th with two worldwide product launches from its UK licensees, Spectrum Collections and The Vampire’s Wife. Under the new deal, and in time for the big day, Spectrum …

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LEGO brings pop culture to the home with LEGO Art launch featuring Marilyn Monroe, the Beatles, Marvel and Star Wars

What have Marilyn Monroe, The Beatles, the Marvel Universe, and the cast of iconic characters from Star Wars all got in common? Answer, they’re all the subject of a new pop-culture focused LEGO Art launch aimed directly at the adult fans. The LEGO Group has launches a new canvas for …

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