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Jazwares names Laura Zebersky new president amid suite of top-level promotions

The global toys and licensing powerhouse, Jazwares, has promoted Laura Zebersky to the position of president. The 15-year veteran of the toy industry most recently held the title of chief commercial officer, overseeing its global licensing, marketing, and sales efforts. Judd Zebersky will remain as chief executive officer and the …

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Nominate your ToyNews Rising Stars today and celebrate the future of the toy industry

This month will see ToyNews celebrate the Rising Stars of the toy industry and is calling on you to send in your nominations for the individuals you think will be shaping the future of the toy scene, today. We will be celebrating the next generation of leaders and progressives from …

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LEGO appoints Colette Burke to EVP and CCO role as it eyes omnichannel and global expansion

The LEGO Group has appointed Colette Burke as its executive vice president and chief commercial officer. Burke will take up the role from January 1st 2021. She joins the LEGO Group from the consumer electronics company, Bose Corporation, where she held the position of vice president global sales. Her 25 …

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Obituary: Francis Spear, 1931 – 2020

Francis Spear, the former chairman of the family-founded J.W. Spear & Sons, a significant manufacturer of board games during the 20th century, passed away peacefully on December 13th 2020. He will be remembered fondly by all his work colleagues, his family and his many friends. Francis was born in the …

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Spin Master names Max Rangel its incoming global president and CEO and establishes three creative centres

Major shifts at the global children’s entertainment company, Spin Master, have seen the appointment of Max Rangel to the role of global president effective January 2021 and CEO, a role he will take on from April 2021. The company has also revealed the establishment of three creative centres comprising Toys, …

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Kids International Marketing bolsters sales unit with Nigel Deacon

The children’s products marketing specialist, Kids International Marketing, has bolstered its sales team with the appointment of Nigel Deacon to the role of national accounts manager. Deacon joins from Acctim Ltd where he held the position of head of sales. Having covered the retail and wholesale landscape for homeware sectors …

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OPINION: Out of the frying pan – Are we oven-ready or heading for the fire?

Covid-19 vaccines are beginning to be rolled-out, shops have re-opened, and Christmas shoppers continue to spend their money on toys. It really does look like there’s a light at the end of this long, winding tunnel. But, asks Kids Brand Insight’s Steve Reece, with chaos at the ports and Brexit …

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The Genius of Play encourages industry professionals to join its new Ambassador programme

The Toy Association’s The Genius of Play platform, an initiative developed to offer families information and inspiration surrounding all aspects of play, is inviting toy industry professionals from across the globe to apply to its newly launched The Genius of Play Ambassador programme. The industry organisation is encouraging individuals working …

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Mattel names Jonathan Anschell its new executive vice president, chief legal officer, and secretary

The global toy maker Mattel has named Jonathan Anschell its new executive vice president, chief legal officer, and secretary, effective January 1, 2021, succeeding from the firm’s long-time director Robert Normile, who will remain with Mattel in an executive advisory role until April next year. In his new role, Anschell …

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Acamar Films eyes further digital and international growth for Bing with new chief content officer

Acamar Films, the independent studio behind the International Emmy Award-winning pre-school series Bing, has appointed Jodie Morris to the newly created role of chief content and audiences officer with immediate effect. Morris joined Acamar two years ago and has been instrumental in leading the organisation’s successful development and implementation of …

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