Entertainment

Sketchers steps into the world of Dr Seuss as new collection kicks off with the Cat in the Hat

Sketchers is stepping into the fantastical world of the author Dr Seuss with the launch of a new, fully licensed Sketchers x Dr Seuss collection. The new range captures the essence of Dr Seuss stories, kicking off with the world famous characters and designs from his classic series, The Cat …

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar extends its partnership with Action for Children

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is extending its partnership with the UK kids’ charity, Action for Children, with a special growing pack for new subscribers to the organisation that will include a host of gardening projects for youngsters. The initiative will see the inclusion of a bug hotel, how to make …

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Selfridges launches Project Earth a sustainability campaign to change the way people shop by 2025

Selfridges has launched its new sustainability initiative, Project Earth, a commitment from the retailer to change the way we all shop by 2025. It builds on the steps that Selfridges has taken over the last decade to put sustainability at the centre of its business. Through Project Earth, the department …

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Debenhams puts liquidation firm on standby but insists it is “trading strongly”

Debenhams has put a liquidation firm on standby to draw up contingency plans for the department store chain should it not find a solution to its current financial crisis. The company, which is now in administration, has hired Hilco Capital to undertake the task should an answer not be found. …

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Rovio and Topgolf Entertainment launch Angry Birds into select venues

Eagle, Birdie, the rarely scored Albatross, whatever term you’d like to use, Rovio Entertainment is looking to go the distance in a new partnership with Topgolf Entertainment Group to bring the Angry Birds franchise to select Topgolf venues this autumn. The partnership marks a new first for both the Angry …

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National Hot Rod Association propels into new categories through latest licensing partnerships

The National Hot Rod Association’s official licensing agency, JRL Group, has secured three new NHRA licensing partnerships that look to propel the growing consumer products and licensing programme into new categories and distribution channels. The three new NHRA licensees crossing the line this season are JH Design with a new …

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World of Toys will return to Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair 2021 with new safety measures

The 2021 Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair will once again play host to the popular international fair programme, World of Toys, created by Spielwarenmesse to make overseas trade fairs more accessible to companies. The international pavilion will be held at the Hong Kong show taking place at the Hong …

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Sinking Ship Entertainment taps educational toy firm Safari Ltd for Dino Dana toys

The family and kids’ production and distribution company, Sinking Ship Entertainment has secured a new toy deal for its Emmy award-winning series Dino Dana with the educational toy company Safari Ltd. The firm specialises in authentic, hand-painted figures. Safari Ltd is on a mission to teach children the importance of …

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Winners of the 2020 Licensing International Excellence Awards revealed in virtual awards ceremony

The winners of the 2020 Licensing International Excellence Awards have been revealed in the industry’s first virtual awards ceremony that brought together nearly 1,000 executives from around the world for the celebrations. Hosted by Handcraft VP and stand-up comic Marshall Mizrahi, the event saw licensing powerhouse Martha Stewart inducted into …

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Fortnite takes on Apple and Google as the gaming sensation is removed from app stores

Video gaming phenomenon, Fortnite has been removed from both Apple and Google’s app stores after the game’s publisher Epic Games introduced a new method of making in-game purchases that avoid the tech giants’ own payment platforms. Launched on Thursday this week, the games developer issued an update that meant players …

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