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Bossing It: “My work to tackle unsafe toys is the most rewarding” – BTHA’s Natasha Crookes

Each month, ToyNews finds an industry bigwig to put through the ringer with a series of prying questions. This month, it’s BTHA’s director of public affairs and communications, Natasha Crookes Firstly, well done on the recent half marathon and money raising (over £2,000) for the ToyTrust. What compelled you to …

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LEGO gives closer look at LEGO Super Mario launch as pre-order opens on first sets

A few very eventful weeks after the grand unveiling of the latest collaboration, LEGO’s Super Mario licensed range is now available to pre-order, kicking off with the Adventures with Mario Starter Course. The new LEGO Super Mario product line features an interactive LEGO Mario figure that collects coins in real-life …

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Funko Games: “The future of gaming? Things are going to get weird”

Jay Wheatley, general manager of Funko Games has a simple vision of the future of tabletop gaming as it continues to push boundaries and draw in new audiences, and that’s that things are going to ‘get weird.’ It’s an idea that strikes a particularly sweet chord with the man now …

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Silvergate’s Octonauts makes a splash in Latin American and the Middle East

Silvergate Media’s pre-school animated series, Octonauts, is making a splash in new markets with recent broadcast deals that bring the award-winning show to audiences in Latin America and the Middle East for the first time. In a deal brokered byPanaderia, Mexico’s TV Azteca has acquired the broadcast rights to Los Octonautas, marking the …

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Steamforged Games teams with Capcom to launch Resident Evil 3: The Board Game to Kickstarter

Tabletop games publisher Steamforged Games is once again working with Japanese video game giant Capcom to develop and launch new Resident Evil board game, set to land on Kickstarter this April 28th. The new project follows the earlier success of the Resident Evil 2: The Board Game, and will see …

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The Wizarding World launches Harry Potter At Home hub of activities, videos, puzzles and more

The team behind the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has detailed the launch of its Harry Potter At Home hub, a free online collection of child-friendly activities, videos, puzzles, illustrations, quizzes, creative ideas, and more. The new hub has been designed to bring the Wizarding World into the homes of …

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CITV picks up Jetpack’s animated comedy Buck and Buddy in newest broadcasting slate

The independent kids and family distributor, Jetpack Distribution, has secured a string of new broadcast deals for its portfolio of children’s shows, including Daisy & Ollie, Emmy & Gooroo, Buck & Buddy, and Talking Tom and Friends. The Jetpack shows will be airing this year across a series of international …

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Opinion: The death of cinema? – “The pandemic has changed how we interact with media”

This week’s industry opinion comes from Greta Bisetto Donelan, director of content at Generation Media and an experienced media professional with in-depth knowledge of broadcast, digital strategy and audience behaviour. The COVID-19 emergency is changing the way we consume media, with cinema as the main “casualty” within the international media …

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Wizards of the Coast brings Godzilla to Magic: The Gathering in groundbreaking deal with Toho Co

Wizards of the Coast has struck a groundbreaking new collaboration with Toho Co that will see the King of Monsters, Godzilla, make its debut in Magic: The Gathering this year. Godzilla will be joined by the other iconic monsters from the franchise, marking a special feature of the upcoming premiere …

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Ridley’s Games signs major new partnership with Disney for multi-title roll-out

The design-led gifting company, Wild + Wolf has signed a new partnership with Disney to bring a cast of popular Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars properties to its Ridley’s Games portfolio this year. Marking the first licensed range for the growing games brand, the product collection will consist of …

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