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Playmonster names former Mattel exec Hollie Holmes its new global head of licensing

The international toy firm, Playmonster, has appointed a new global head of licensing in the form of Hollie Holmes, an industry expert boasting more than 20 years experience of the consumer products business. In her newly created role, Holmes will oversee the company’s global licensing business with an emphasis on …

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The Insights Family partners with kids’ charity Starlight to help improve children’s hospital experience

The kids, parents, and family market intelligence unit, The Insights Family has partnered with the national children’s charity, Starlight in a move to better understand UK families and modernise and improve the hospital experience for children. The partnership was formed after new The Insights Family data helped enable Starlight to …

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Basic Fun! names Tim Ives its new general manager for the UK and ROI

Basic Fun! has promoted Tim Ives from the role of head of sales to the position of general manager for the UK and Republic of Ireland. Ives is one of the original members of K’NEX UK, and joined the company back in 2013 to head up the sales division. Following …

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Gibsons welcomes raft of six new starters as it builds on year of increased sales

The UK independent games and puzzles company, Gibsons, has welcomed a raft of six new members to the team, compounding what has been a period of steady growth over the last few years, and increased sales aligned with the nation’s embrace of jigsaw puzzling over the pandemic. Neil Hartley, Demi …

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Harold Chizick named president of global content sales, consumer products, and marketing at Genius Brands International

Genius Brands International has appointed Harold Chizick, the co-founder of ChizComm and ChizComm Beacon Media – an independent subsidiary of Genius Brands – to oversee the firm’s global content sales, consumer products, and marketing business. Chizick will report to Genius Brands’ chairman and CEO, Andy Heyward while continuing to run …

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Industry stalwart Dave Howard set to retire after 34 years with the UK toy trade

Industry stalwart, Dave Howard, the current sales director for TOMY and Drumond Park Games, is set to retire on April 30th this year, following 34 years of service in the UK toy industry. Starting his toy career at Hasbro, Howard was with the company for 12 years before joining Character …

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The Toy Trust details its Around the World in 80 Hours 2021 fundraising event

The Toy Trust has detailed its new fundraising initiative for 2021: Around the World in 80 Hours, an industry-wide attempt to cover 40,075 kilometres, akin to circumnavigating the globe. Kicking off at 9am on Friday, June 11th this year, the event will call on the toy industry to take part, …

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Opinion | Spring/Summer sales bloom: Seizing the secondary seasonal sales opportunity

Kids Brand Insights’ Steve Reece takes a look at the growing sales opportunities of the Spring/Summer seasonal spend, and the best way the industry can rely on the Great British summertime One of the fundamental challenges of being in the toy business is the cashflow cycle. With the majority of …

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Asmodee UK promotes Christina Brasier and Barry John to National Account Controllers

Asmodee UK has promoted Christina Brasier and Barry John into new roles as National Accounts Controllers through which they will jointly manage the board game giant’s national sales team. Having held responsibility for partnerships with suppliers and retailers including the likes of The Pokémon Company International, Tesco and John Lewis, …

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