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Scholastic to launch a series of Friends themed activity and picture books in new publishing first

The children’s books publisher, Scholastic really couldn’t be any more excited over its new partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to launch a series of publishing firsts for the beloved TV series, Friends. Launched in celebration of Friends: The Reunion – which aired on Sky One in the UK and …

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Autumn Fair drives international presence with Remote Exhibiting and Shandong Pavilion

Autumn Fair has launched a first of its kind Remote Exhibiting package developed to provide a solution the international travel challenges that still impact upon many would be attendees and companies exhibiting at next month’s show. The package enables leading international suppliers to showcase their product to Autumn Fair buyers …

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Spin Master’s Bakugan becomes first franchise to air full-length episode in Roblox metaverse

Spin Master’s popular Bakugan franchise will be the first ever to premiere a full-length series episode on the global online platform, Roblox, when it makes its debut to the Roblox universe this September 8th. Bakugan is a global battling franchise that boasts an anime adventure series and digital content, as …

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Shelf space is the final frontier as Playmobil launches the Star Trek Starship Enterprise play-set

Shelf space: the final frontier. Oh yes, it’s happened; toy maker Playmobil is bridging time and space to release the fruits of a new collaborative alliance with ViacomCBS, for a whole new voyage for the Starship Enterprise this September. Yet another play for the kidult and collectors space – following …

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Sony’s Funimation completes $1.175bn acquisition of anime platform Crunchyroll

The Sony owned Funimation Global Group has completed its acquisition of the anime platform, Crunchyroll from AT&T in a deal that closed out at $1.175bn. Finalising a deal that was first detailed in December 2020, it now sees the Crunchyroll business welcomed into the Funimation fold – a partnership made …

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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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Now Dr Seuss and British preschool favourite Clangers join the Tonies audio line up

Still fresh from its latest portfolio extension with Disney earlier this week, the children’s audio storytelling platform, Tonies, is continuing to roll out the classics, having welcomed the popular works of Dr Seuss as well as the British preschool sensation Clangers to its content library. In a new partnership with …

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Book of Beasties celebrates ‘massive positive response’ to 500 Smiles children’s mental health awareness campaign

The Mental Health Awareness children’s card game, Book of Beasties is celebrating the ‘massively positive response’ to its 500 Smiles Campaign; having delivered more than 300 kits to schools across the UK in support of the mental health of pupils around the country. The success of the campaign, states the …

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MGA Entertainment answers petition to ‘bring Lalaloopsy back’ with 10th anniversary relaunch

A petition signed by thousands of mothers has been answered by MGA Entertainment, who this week has confirmed the return of its billion dollar doll franchise, Lalaloopsy for a special anniversary release. Marking ten years since the brand’s initial launch, the doll range is being revived with the reintroduction of …

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Little Tikes hits the right notes with music fans through My Real Jam launch

Little Tikes is striking a chord with young music lovers this season with the launch of its new musical range of toys, My Real Jam; a new line designed to combine the interactive features of musical and role play. The line up features a whole host of musical instruments, including …

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