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Hit pre-school series Gigantosaurus lands new worldwide broadcast deals with Disney and France Televisions

Cyber Group Studios has secured new broadcast deals with Disney and France Televisions for the newest seasons of its hit pre-school series, Gigantosaurus. The popular CGI-animated series will add 104 new episodes, featuring all-new songs, to be made available worldwide on both Disney Junior and Disney+ as well as France …

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Opinion: Sticking to the code and why we should be discouraging copycats

This week’s industry opinion comes from Victor Caddy, partner at Wynne Jones IP, a firm specialising in copyright and protection. Caddy has over 25 years as a specialist trademark and design attorney. He once appeared in an episode of The Sweeney. Copycat toys look like the real thing. They have …

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Brainstorm champions STEM toys in UK-wide Twitter party

Brainstorm Toys stormed Twitter last Friday when it achieved over 7 million timeline deliveries in an hour-long Twitter Party targeted at a wealth of parenting bloggers. Running with the theme of STEM toys, the social media activity focused on the many and varied educational products within the Brainstorm product portfolio, …

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Chicago Toy and Game Fair reveals Young Inventor Challenge winners

Chicago Toy and Game Fair has revealed the winners of this year’s Young Inventor Challenge, a celebration of young toy and game talent in which more than 250 kids competed for the prized winning spots. This year’s ChiTAG welcomed more than 30,000 attendees to the experiential and immersive playground at …

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Razor goes full-throttle with UK supply in wake of Re:creation administration

It’s a full-throttle Christmas and beyond for the Razor brand this season and for 2020, as the firm underlines its strength of position in the wheeled goods market, despite news last week that its distribution partner, Re:creation was entering administration. Speaking with ToyNews, James Dobson, EMEA sales director for Razor …

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Hasbro Brands president Jonathan Berkowitz steps down following 17-year tenure

Hasbro Brands president, Jonathan Berkowitz has stepped down from his role following a 17 year tenure with the company. An internal memo emailed to staff this week from hasbro president and chief operating officer, John Frascotti, stated: “I wanted to let you know that Jonathan Berkowitz is leaving Hasbro to …

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Hasbro taps WildBrain CPLG for licensing across the Nordics

Hasbro has appointed WildBrain CPLG as its new sub-representative in the Nordics, including Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland, Faroe Islands and Greenland beginning January 1, 2020. Under the new agreement, WildBrain CPLG will represent Hasbro’s merchandise, publishing, promotions and short-term location based entertainment businesses across the Nordic region. “As Hasbro …

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Mothercare’s sales slide further in UK and overseas

Mothercare’s losses have deepened further in Britain and overseas after the baby and mother retailer placed its UK business into administration last month. Group sales fell by 8.4 per cent to £452.3 million in the six months to October 12, as pre-tax losses widened to £21.2 million from £18.5 million …

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