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Funko makes play for Hollywood with Warner Bros film in the works

Funko has made a move for Hollywood with plans of a new film inspired by its popular Funko Pop figurines now in the works. The new title will be developed in partnership with Warner Bros and Warner Animation Group, serving as an extension of a collaboration with the studio that …

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MGA Entertainment welcomes Sandrine de Raspide back to head up licensing

MGA Entertainment has appointed a new general manager of international sales and licensing, welcoming its former executive Sandrine de Raspide back into the fold. This is the latest move from MGA as it looks to bolster its international presence. De Raspide previously worked for MGA from 2002 to 2007 as …

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Channel 5’s Shane the Chef lands first published cookbook deal

Hoho Rights, the commercial arm of the independent kids’, family and entertainment production company, Hoho Entertainment, has signed a deal with Candy Jar Books to publish the first Shane the Chef cookbook. Shane the Chef: Let’s Get Cooking! will contain 20 healthy recipes for kids, all inspired by Channel 5’s …

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Elf on the Shelf: 2019 will be ‘the biggest year in UK market’ for the brand

This year is poised to be ‘the biggest year in the UK market to date’ for the popular children’s brand Elf on the Shelf, according to licensing agents Rocket Licensing, with renewed partnerships and product launches planned across major categories. The Elf on the Shelf introduces families to the North …

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First for Hasbro as toymaker launches new IP through children’s books

Hasbro is taking a new approach to launching IP to the children’s entertainment space, in a move to highlight the global toymaker’s versatility by tackling the kids’ books and publishing space. Building upon its portfolio of brands, the entertainment powerhouse who as well as its dominant position in the toy …

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Big Potato and Turbo Punch join £1m club on Kickstarter with Muffin Time success

Muffin Time, the latest party game title from the quick-fire game experts, Big Potato – developed in collaboration with Turbo Punch – joined an elite club last week when it secured more than £1,000,000 on the crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter. Still climbing by the time the campaign closed, the project hit …

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Halilit bolsters digital marketing efforts with new addition

The baby and pre-school toy and product specialist, Halilit, has welcomed Olivia Cudworth to its expanding team, bringing the marketing talent in as its new digital marketing executive. Cudworth has told ToyNews that she is delighted to be joining Halilit during a period of growth and, with over three years’ …

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Amazon found to allow sale of toys ‘weeks before asking for safety documents’

Amazon has been allowing for the sale of unregulated toys via its online ecommerce platform, without confirming product safety compliance until weeks after trading has commenced, according to a report from CNBC. The news outlet has learned of cases in which sellers have only been asked to submit safety documents …

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Entertainment icon Simon Spalding named executive chair of Steamforged Games

The former senior executive at industry giants like Hasbro and DreamWorks – and the man responsible for the reintroduction of Action Man into the UK –  Simon Spalding, has been named executive chair for the tabletop games developer and retailer, Steamforged Games. Steamforged first gained success following the launch of …

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