EDITOR'S COMMENT: Show business

Billy Langsworthy presents an update on the approaching Inventors Workshop, as well as casting an eye over the upcoming Monopoly movie.
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Earlier this week, like a toy inventor Nick Fury, I gathered five great figures from the toy and game inventor scene to take part in a roundtable discussion.

Covered in the close to two hour chat was how to cope with copycats, how the role of the inventor has changed in the last decade, the impact of Kickstarter and whether 2015 is a good time to be a toy or game inventor.

You'll be able to read the entire fascinating discussion (even if I do say so myself) in September, when both online and in the mag we'll be kicking off a month of inventor activity culminating in our Inventors Workshop.

And what an event it's shaping up to be.

Already on board this year (and the companies that delegates will be able to pitch to or ask advice from) are the likes of Hasbro, Cartamundi, Sambro, Vivid, Flair, World's Apart, Character Options and Ooba. We'll be hearing more from them on why they are excited to be a part of this year's event in the coming weeks.

We're also happy to announce that tickets are selling like warmed-through cakes and it's set to be a great day, and more importantly, a vital one to attend for budding inventors and anyone that takes innovation and the creative side of the industry seriously.

To come along, book a ticket here or if you're a toy company that wants to be involved in the One2One meetings with delegates, contact jholdway@nbmedia.com or ceagles@nbmedia.com.

Or for anymore information on the day, or to chat about the ending of Monday's True Detective, drop me an email at blangsworthy@nbmedia.com or call on 01992 535646.

In other news, the latest issue of ToyNews is now out (you can read it online here). In it, I spoke to Hasbro's executive VP/chief content officer Stephen Davis (who also runs Hasbro Studios) about the process of bringing toy properties to the big screen.

The latest developments regarding Hasbro and the big screen come in the form of Monopoly. While a Monopoly movie has been known about for a few years, the firm has parted ways with Ridley Scott and instead partnered with Lionsgate and the writer of The Truman Show to get the ball rolling on the project.

Now while the film is set to be a family friendly comedy, I'd be lying if said I wouldn't be interested in a take on the game seen in the mock poster below (still, here's hoping its Hungry Hungry Hippos movie - which is actually happening - goes down the horror film route):

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Toy Fair season is upon us, and this weekend, we'll be at London Toy Fair spreading the word about this year's Workshop. Billy Langsworthy takes a look at how the BTHA is once again supporting grassroots creativity in the toy space at this year's London Toy Fair.

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