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The Light Fund launches 10,000km for Kelvyn challenge this April with fundraising merchandise range

The licensing charity The Light Fund has launched a new initiative in memory of late industry legend, Kelvyn Gardner, encouraging the sector’s network to come together and cover 10,000km throughout April. Gardner – who was a long-standing trustee for The Light Fund – passed away suddenly in January. He was …

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Opinion | Foundation of success: What can retailers learn from the LEGO approach?

As global pandemics go, the onset of Coronavirus, while forcing many to navigate a treacherously rocky road to begin with, hasn’t fared too badly for the toy industry; a global business that has provided support and entertainment to families and children worldwide. Among some of the last year’s biggest successes …

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Richard Hollis joins HTI Toys as Michelle Dalziel steps away for pastures new

HTI has appointed Richard Hollis to the toy company’s licensing division, taking up the mantle of licensing manager on a part time basis alongside Lucy Warren, licensing and marketing executive. The appointment has been made following news that HTI Toys’ senior licensing and marketing manager, Michelle Dalziel is stepping away …

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KidsKnowBest bolsters performance marketing division with three new hires

KidsKnowBest is bolstering its performance marketing division with a suite of new hires that will work to expand the agency’s paid media offering to deliver wider performance marketing campaigns. The creative agency – with its focus on the youth market – has welcomed a trio of new appointments in newly …

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Manga and anime powerhouse Viz Media appoints new VP of consumer products

The anime and manga powerhouse, Viz Media, has appointed the former Netflix Consumer Products director, Laura Takaragawa to the role of vice president consumer products, a newly created position for the business as it looks to increase its presence in the licensing and merchandising space. The new role will see …

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ViacomCBS names Jennifer Pang vice president and head of licensing for Greater China

ViacomCBS Consumer Products has appointed Jennifer Pang to lead its business in Greater China. Pang will be based in Hong Kong, reporting to Mark Kingston, senior vice president, International Licensing, while Claire O’Connor, vice president, consumer products and retail marketing, Asia Pacific, will exit the business. In her role, Pang …

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Sambro International appoints Paul Blackaby as new chief executive officer

The popular toy manufacturer and distributor, Sambro International Limited has appointed Paul Blackaby as its new chief executive officer, as he looks to “lead the team through its next stage of development.” Blackaby joined the Sambro business in February 2020 as chief financial officer, bringing with him many years of …

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BBC Studios names Andrew Carley director of global licensing to build Bluey momentum

BBC Studios has promoted licensing industry expert Andrew Carley to the newly created role of director of global licensing, as the firm looks to build on the momentum of the hit pre-school brand Bluey. In his new role, Carley will lead a five-year strategic growth plan for BBC Studios’ global …

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The Point.1888 details structural changes amid its leadership team

A company that refuses to sit still, and only a few weeks after the appointment of five new members, The Point. 1888 has promoted three of its senior team members in preparation for the busy year ahead. Sarah Crimes has been promoted to director of marketing, reflecting the growth of …

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ARTiSTORY appoints Georgina Heatley as new licensing and editorial assistant

The cultural IP licensing unit, ARTiSTORY has appointed Georgina Heatley as its new licensing and editorial assistant, joining co-founders Yizan He and Natasha Dyson on the mission to ‘transform artefacts to merchandise.’ As part of the business’ endeavour, ARTiSTORY sets out to reach global audiences with well designed merchandise that …

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