Tag Archives: People

Rubies’ European expansion bolstered by two new hires for Germany team

As Rubies rejuvenates its European operation and continues to expand across the continent, its German division has welcomed two new experienced personnel to spearhead its sales operations in the region. Alexandra Knack joins as Country Manager while Stefan Brandenburger will join as Head of Sales. Adept at spotting trends, Alexandra …

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Fanattik names Get-Well Gamers its charity partner until end of 2022

The pop culture specialist, Fanattik, has named the gaming charity, Get-Well Gamers as its charity partner until the end of 2022. The partnership has been struck up as the firm’s means of ‘giving back to the community that has supported it since launch.’ Established in 2007, Fanattik has been developing …

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Obituary | Former national account controller at MV Sports, Stuart Crawford

It is with great sadness that ToyNews reports that the popular industry figure, Stuart Crawford passed away on Thursday, August 19th, aged 69, following a prolonged and debilitating illness. Having worked for over 40 years in the toy industry, Stuart retired from his role at MV Sports in 2019 following …

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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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Bambola Toymaster’s John Testori appointed to Board of Directors of Toymaster Ltd

John Testori, the owner of the popular Jersey toy shop Bambola Toymaster, a long serving member of the UK toy buying group, is to be appointed to the Board of Directors of Toymaster Ltd as a non-executive director. Testori will take up the role from September 1st this year. Having …

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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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Simon Hedge to leave Managing Director role at GP Flair by end of July

Simon Hedge is stepping down from his role as managing director of GP Flair, having announced his intention to leave the company at the end of this month. Hedge has been part of the toy industry for more than 30 years and was a founding member of the former Flair …

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Character Options bolsters sales division in preparation for continued growth

High profile changes to the company’s sales structure are afoot at Character Options, as the toy firm positions itself for further market growth with a double promotion and a new hire. Both Richard Dinham and Anthony Thorpe have been promoted to the roles of senior national account managers in recognition …

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Spielwarenmesse eG sets up fundraising campaign for flood victims in Germany

Spielwarenmesse has set up a fundraiser to help victims of flooding in Germany rebuild their lives, following the devastation that took place in regions of the country this month, taking the lives of at least 170 people. Sustained heavy rainfall over Germany left a vast number of residential areas completely …

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Obituary | Peter Lockey, co-founder of The Puppet Company

It is with great sadness that ToyNews reports that Peter Lockey, co-founder and director of The Puppet Company, passed away on July 1st 2021, following a six month battle with a brain tumour. Founded by Peter and his wife, Sue, The Puppet Company was established in 2001 with the aim …

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