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Sony Pictures partners with Moscow’s Dream Island Theme Park to open Hotel Transylvania attraction

Dream Island Theme Park, Europe’s largest indoor theme park located in Moscow, has officially opened its much-anticipated Hotel Transylvania attraction, established in partnership with Sony Pictures Animation. The new attraction will launch in anticipation of the upcoming film release, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, the final chapter of the $1.3 billion movie …

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Men in Black, Ghostbusters, and Jumanji land their own thrill rides at world’s first Colombia Pictures theme park

Men in Black, Ghostbusters, Jumanji, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs will each be getting their own thrill rides thanks to a new partnership between Sony Pictures Entertainment and Amazon Falls to open the world’s first Colombia Pictures theme and waterpark. The 14-acre location will be set within the …

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Spielwarenmesse Summer Edition cancelled over prolonged pandemic problems

Organisers of the Nuremberg toy fair, Spielwarenmesse have confirmed the cancellation of the show’s first Summer Edition, a postponed edition of this year’s show that was scheduled to take place this July. The fair had been moved from its traditional January slot in order to beat the restrictions in place …

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LEGO, Hasbro and Microsoft Xbox among second wave speakers at Brand & Licensing Innovation Summit

The LEGO Group, Hasbro, and Microsoft Xbox have been unveiled among the second wave of speakers to take to the stage at this year’s Brand & Licensing Innovation Summit. They will be joined by the likes of Revlon, Elizabeth Arden, Studiocanal, Chefclub, and Perry Ellis as well as the already …

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Toymaster cancels Harrogate May Show 2021 and looks towards its 2022 return

Toymaster has confirmed that its annual Harrogate May show will not take place this year, but instead return for 2022 when it will take up its usual residence at the Majestic Hotel from May 17th to 19th. The buying group has said that following the recent Government announcement setting out …

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Asda, BBC, and Kantar among first speaker line-up for Brand & Licensing Innovation Summit

Licensing experts from Asda, BBC and Kantar are among the first tranche of speakers announced for Brand & Licensing Innovation Summit, which takes place online from 9-11 June. Early bird registration for the summit opens today, with three-day passes starting at just £175 (£161 for Licensing International members) and closes …

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Licensing International France Awards winners and first French Rising Star revealed

LEGO Super Mario, The Pokemon Company, and Crunchyroll have been named among the winners of this year’s Licensing International France Awards in a live virtual event that brought together nearly 250 industry executives from France and around the world. Hosted by Christophe Drevet from CDR Strategy and Licensing International France’s …

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Mattel moves into Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz with family entertainment venue Mission: Play

Mattel has moved into Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz to open its first European entertainment experience, Mission: Play, a 4,000 square meter family entertainment centre in the middle of the capital’s tourist sector. The toy brand’s latest enterprise will arrive as part of the redevelopment plans of the Arkaden shopping centre as …

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The London Stationery show moves as organisers set new date for October this year

The London Stationery Show has been moved to a later slot this year, with organisers confirming a move of the show to October 5th and 6th 2021, taking place at the Business Design Centre. With the UK’s vaccination programme well underway, and the Government due to announce a roadmap for …

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Brand & Licensing Innovation Summits to launch in Europe and North America this year

Global Licensing Group is to launch its Brand & Licensing Innovation Summits in Europe and North America to celebrate the power of brands and brand extension, as well as provide trends and forecasts, retailer insights, spotlights on growth categories, and deep dives into digital and content innovation. B&LIS 2021 aims …

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