Tag Archives: People

Spin Master considering global roll-out of Scholarship programme ‘based on market interest’

Spin Master will be considering the expansion of its new Future of Play Scholarship Programme across its 28 global offices, based on the level of interest expressed within the individual markets. Last week, the global entertainment powerhouse and toy maker detailed the launch of a programme to support the education …

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Roger Howard retires from Casdon after 45 years of service

Roger Howard, one of the industry’s longest serving members, has stepped away from the toy chest this week – retiring from Casdon Toys after 45 years of service. Howard joined the team at Casdon in July 1976, when he was just 16. Starting as an office junior, Roger was put …

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Kids International Marketing welcomes industry veteran James Tiptree to sales team

Kids International Marketing has strengthened its sales team with the appointment of James Tiptree. The toy industry veteran has come aboard to manage the company’s key accounts. Tiptree is a well-known name across the UK toy trade, having managed the Sales Partnership for over 20 years. Kids International Marketing has …

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Yogi Parmar promoted to managing director of the Toymaster buying group

Toymaster’s Yogi Parmar has been promoted to the role of managing director of the toy buying group, a promotion to the permanent role from his current position as Joint Interim Managing Director. Parmar is a long-serving, popular, and much respected leader of the Toymaster Head Office Team whose promotion arrives …

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BBC Studios grows licensing and consumer products division with double hire

BBC Studios is expanding its consumer products division with the appointment of Louise Rigby and Gaby Dior as its new licensing managers, with a focus on expanding the programmes around Bluey, Hey Duggee, BBC Earth, and Doctor Who. The pair will report to BBC Studios’ licensing director merchandise, partnerships, and …

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Toynamics UK prepares for “biggest year yet” with two new appointments

Toynamics UK and Ireland has appointed Emma Damerell as the head of marketing and Amy Sweetman as national account manager in a move to support what is set to be the “biggest year yet for Toynamics.” Damerell (pictured right) brings with her experience with a major fashion retailer as well …

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Jazwares names Laura Zebersky new president amid suite of top-level promotions

The global toys and licensing powerhouse, Jazwares, has promoted Laura Zebersky to the position of president. The 15-year veteran of the toy industry most recently held the title of chief commercial officer, overseeing its global licensing, marketing, and sales efforts. Judd Zebersky will remain as chief executive officer and the …

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Nominate your ToyNews Rising Stars today and celebrate the future of the toy industry

This month will see ToyNews celebrate the Rising Stars of the toy industry and is calling on you to send in your nominations for the individuals you think will be shaping the future of the toy scene, today. We will be celebrating the next generation of leaders and progressives from …

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Obituary: Francis Spear, 1931 – 2020

Francis Spear, the former chairman of the family-founded J.W. Spear & Sons, a significant manufacturer of board games during the 20th century, passed away peacefully on December 13th 2020. He will be remembered fondly by all his work colleagues, his family and his many friends. Francis was born in the …

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