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Hasbro taps Gabrielle Sims to head up softlines for its UK consumer products business

The well respected licensing executive, Gabrielle Sims is joining Hasbro’s UK licensed consumer products team as its new head of softlines business. She will bring her wealth of industry experience to the new role, garnered from her more than 15 years across some of the biggest agencies. Sims joins the …

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Obituary | Those Licensing People founder and MD, Russell Dever

The vivacious and engaging founder of licensing agency, Those Licensing People, Russell Dever (aged 62), passed away on 11th August having sadly taken his own life after a long battle with depression. Renowned for his passion in children’s entertainment and content, his affection for the genre led him to found the …

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Licensing Expo Virtual’s On Demand Content goes live ahead of show’s launch next week

The on-demand content surrounding this year’s Licensing Expo Virtual has now gone live, with the show scheduled to take place only one week from now, when it will play host to some 3,000 confirmed digital meetings. Slated to take place from August 24th to 26th and produced in partnership with …

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Toikido strikes global master partnership with Boneloaf’s gaming IP Gang Beasts

Toikido has struck a new major, global master partnership in the gaming space, this time partnering with the British indie games publisher Boneloaf to launch a range of toys, apparel, stationery, and more for the popular, multi-player beat ’em up party game, Gang Beasts. The new pairing marks the second …

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Obituary | Licensing industry executive, Bill Burke, 55

The long time licensing industry executive and SVP Marketing and Communications for Licensing International, Bill Burke, passed away suddenly at his home on August 9th, at the age of 55. Prior to joining Licensing International, Bill was SVP Marketing for CBS Consumer Products, where he led Global Marketing (including Retail), …

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Hasbro appoints new vice president of global licensed consumer products for toys and games

Hasbro has named its new vice president, global licensed consumer products for toys and games. The global entertainment powerhouse has appointed Jess Richardson to lead a newly created global team that will work to ‘continue to mine the full Hasbro IP portfolio,’ with the aim of ‘accelerating Hasbro’s broad brand …

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Jazwares continues its ambitious European growth strategy with key new hires

As part of the company’s ambitious and ongoing growth strategy for the European market, toy maker and licensing specialist, Jazwares, has appointed a new European Commercial Director and European Licensing Director. After almost two decades at Argos and Sainsburys, most recently as the Buying Manager for Sports, Leisure, Outdoor Toys …

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Jazwares taps costume industry veteran Stephen Stanley to lead its new Costume Play division

Jazwares has detailed the formation of its Costume Play division, a new department that will focus on the development of licensed costumes for all ages to be led by the costume industry veteran, Stephen Stanley. Under Stanley’s watch, the division will look to bring stylised features and innovation to the …

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Jakks Pacific sees Q2 sales grow 43 per cent as it hits $112.4m in net sales

Strong performances across North America and its international network has helped the global toy manufacturer, Jakks Pacific reach net sales of $112.4 million this second quarter, an increase of 43 per cent on the same period last year. Amid challenges posed by the pandemic and supply-chain and logistics issues caused …

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Acamar Films’ preschool property Bing heads to ZSL London Zoo this autumn

Acamar Films’ flagship preschool property, Bing is heading to ZSL London Zoo this autumn to bring a host of family activities to visitors and fans. The new partnership is the latest expansion of Bing’s live events and experiential licensing portfolio. Under the new partnership, ZSL London Zoo will host a …

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