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Hasbro names Matthew Austin president and GM for European sales and marketing

Hasbro has appointed a new president and general manager for its European sales and marketing team, in the form of Matthew Austin. In his new role, Austin will be leading Hasbro SA’s services and distribution network across Europe. He joins from :Lindt & Sprungli, where he was CEO for the …

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Confessions of a game designer: An interview with the prolific Rustan Hakansson

From playing, to organising major tournaments, to working with big distributors and publishers, as well as a stint with the Board Game Geek team, before turning pro at game design in more recent years, the Swedish board gaming expert, Rustan Hakansson’s knowledge of the sector spans just about every aspect …

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Marianne James joins Hasbro as VP EMEA consumer products

The licensing industry’s Marianne James has been named the new vice president, EMEA consumer products at Hasbro. She will take up the position effective November 11 this year. James joins the global toymaker and children’s entertainment powerhouse from Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products, where she has served as vice president, licensing, …

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Marvin’s Magic names Tom Hudson new managing director

Marvin’s Magic has named Tom Hudson as its new managing director. Hudson will be responsible for the next phase of the company’s commercial expansion of its award winning magic and entertainment ranges. He takes on the role after years of experience having previously come up through the ranks as the …

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Universal Brand Development taps Warner Bros’ former VP of licensing, Paul Bufton

Warner Bros Consumer Products former VP of licensing and business development EMEA, Paul Bufton has joined the Universal Brand Development unit, taking on the role of vice president of consumer products for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Bufton joined Universal this past month and now reports directly to Vince Klaseus, …

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Green Board Games and Lagoon to be fully incorporated into Asmodee Group fold

Green Board Games is to be fully incorporated into the Asmodee Group fold, it has finally been confirmed, some months after the board game giant acquired the UK outfit’s parent company Searainbow Group back in April this year. Under the terms of the acquisition of the European and Asian publisher, …

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Stephen Davies named MD of BBC Studios Consumer Products and Licensing

Stephen Davies has been appointed managing director of BBC Studios Consumer Products and Licensing in a move which brings together all of the BBC commercial subsidiary’s UK publishing and licensing businesses together for the first time. Davies is currently the director for live entertainment, music and motion gallery at BBC …

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IMC Toys welcomes Sue Barratt to country manager role as it prepares for major product push

The toy industry expert, Sue Barratt, has joined IMC Toys as the company’s new country manager for the UK market, bringing with her over 30 years’ of experience to the role. With the appointment, IMC Toys is continuing to strengthen its UK team to gear up for multiple product launches …

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KidsKnowsBest continues expansion with new chief product officer

KidsKnowBest has hired a new chief product officer in the shape of Mahesh Ramachandra, as the children’s marketing service continues its expansion plans this year. The move follows the recent appointments of former Dubit director Peter Robinson as chief operating officer and James Kirkwood – previously lead product designer at …

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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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