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Licensing Expo postponed until August for “time to regroup and protect the health of the community”

Licensing Expo, which was originally scheduled to be staged in May 2020, will now be held at Mandalay Bay Convention Center on August 11-13, a move that has been forced owing to the global COVID-19 pandemic. This decision was made and detailed at the end of last, as a result …

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Horrid Henry to launch new publishing lines starting with audio content on Spotify, iTunes, and Audible

Novel Entertainment is launching a new publishing line based on the original stories from its award-winning animated TV series, Horrid Henry. First out of the gate, and aimed at the Horrid Henry audience of kids aged seven to 11, new content will take the form of audio dramatisations from Novel …

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The Entertainer suspends all in-store toy demos and character visits amid coronavirus pandemic

The family run toy store chain, The Entertainer has temporarily stopped in-store toy demonstrations and costume character visits in its own measures agains the continued spread of COVID-19. The news has emerged as high street retailers and shopping centres begin to implement safety measures across the UK, including in Norwich’s …

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Intu warns it could go bust following a loss of £2bn in 2019

Intu, the owner of some of the UK’s biggest shopping centres, has said there are doubts that it can survive unless it raises extra funds, following its reported loss of £2bn in 2019. The firm – the owner of Manchester’s Trafford Centre and Lakeside in Essex – has said it …

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Universal Brand Development launches new Jurassic World retail campaign with Smyths Toy Superstores

Universal Brand Development has launched a new Jurassic World retail marketing initiative with Smyths Toy Superstores, a campaign that kicked off with a special screening of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom at The Vaults on London. The event featured hours of immersive activities and the opportunity to play with new products …

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Shaun the Sheep and The Snail and the Whale among winners at British Animation Awards 2020

The talent behind some of Britain’s best animation over the past year, including The Snail and the Whale, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, The Adventures of Paddington, and A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon were celebrated at the British Animation Awards 2020 this week. Held at London’s BFI Southbank, …

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Nintendo helps LEGO reinvent its traditional building system with LEGO Super Mario

The LEGO Group and Nintendo have shed light on the teased partnership that got the rumour mills spinning at the start of this week with the reveal of a new building system that brings Super Mario into the physical LEGO world. Neither a video game nor a traditional LEGO brick-based …

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Government to introduce tax on plastics in packaging in new Budget to ‘tackle scourge of plastic waste’

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak has outlined the government’s plans to increase taxes on pollution, with the introduction of a new tax on plastic packaging. From April 2022, manufacturers and importers will be charged £200 per tonne on packaging made of anything less than 30 per cent recycled …

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Generation Media: Adapting to a changing industry facing content overload

Having returned from Kidscreen 2020 with a head full of ideas of the future of the media landscape, Generation Media’s director of content, Greta Bisetto Donelan talks us through the key points to help businesses drive content through to success. Kidscreen 2020 took place last month, showcasing a stellar mix …

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