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Mothercare staff denied redundancy pay as UK retailer collapses

Staff at the collapsed UK retailer Mothercare will receive nothing in redundancy pay, it has emerged, as the business made clear its plans to enter administration just weeks ahead of the Christmas season. Workers have instead been advised to apply for statutory redundancy by visiting the Government’s website. This follows …

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Frozen II ends five year chill at Jakks Pacific with 18 per cent sales growth

Disney’s Frozen II, Disguise and the Nintendo license has helped Jakks Pacific to the strongest quarter in year on year sales the toymaker has seen in the past five years. Net sales have increased 18 per cent to $280.1 million compared to the $236.7 million for the same period in …

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High Street blues: How Edutainment Licensing is finding a new route to market

It’s no secret among the licensing community that retail is a volatile place right now. Only this week, the UK high street has been braced for a long-drawn goodbye to a one-time major player in Mothercare as it details its plans for a phased closure of all 79 of its …

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Haribo to celebrate 100 years with IMG Licensing partnership

The global confectionary brand, Haribo has partnered with IMG to develop a suite of creative products as it prepares to celebrate its centenary anniversary next year. Under the alliance, IMG will look to build a portfolio of product partnerships that “embody the cheerful, colourful world of Haribo and its quality-first …

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Forbidden Planet to open Europe’s largest comic book and pop culture store in Glasgow

Forbidden Planet is to open the UK and Europe’s largest comic book and pop culture store when it opens the doors to its new Glasgow location this week. Following a successful 31 years on Glasgow’s Buchanan Street, the pop culture and collectables specialist is relocating to Sauchiehall Street, where it …

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Mothercare to appoint administrators for UK business putting 2,500 jobs at risk

Mothercare has detailed its intentions to appoint administrators for its UK high street business of 79 stores, after the troubled retailer lost £36.3 million last year. Conceding that its UK operation would not return to profitability, the move will now put some 2,500 jobs at risk. Administration of its UK …

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A colour of magic: BBC Studios talks Bluey, Hey Duggee, His Dark Materials and Terry Pratchett

It’s with a great sense of betrayal to my own ambitions of a writing career that, sat opposite Rikesh Desai, BBC Studios’ licensing director, I am forced to admit to having read only one book by Terry Pratchett in my lifetime. Of the ‘at least 32 titles’ that the treasured …

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Universal unearths its crypt of iconic monsters for new UK fashion deals

This October, Universal is getting into the spirit of fright season with a bevy of new fashion deals featuring some of the studio’s most iconic monster IP, including Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, and The Bride of Frankenstein. Universal Brand Development’s UK and Eire team has inked new deals with several …

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The Royal Mint celebrates 30 years of Wallace and Gromit with commemorative coin

The Royal Mint is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the animated double-act, Wallace & Gromit in the best and only way it knows how, with the launch of an official Wallace & Gromit commemorative coin. Celebrating three decades of this iconic duo and its impact on British culture, the new …

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Sony Music UK launches children’s entertainment label Magic Star

Sony Music UK has launched a new children’s entertainment label to sign, develop and market artists and branded projects to family audiences across the UK and the world. Under the leadership of Will Speer, the new unit will fly under the Magic Star moniker. Magic Star will partner with established …

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