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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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The Genius of Play encourages industry professionals to join its new Ambassador programme

The Toy Association’s The Genius of Play platform, an initiative developed to offer families information and inspiration surrounding all aspects of play, is inviting toy industry professionals from across the globe to apply to its newly launched The Genius of Play Ambassador programme. The industry organisation is encouraging individuals working …

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Mattel names Jonathan Anschell its new executive vice president, chief legal officer, and secretary

The global toy maker Mattel has named Jonathan Anschell its new executive vice president, chief legal officer, and secretary, effective January 1, 2021, succeeding from the firm’s long-time director Robert Normile, who will remain with Mattel in an executive advisory role until April next year. In his new role, Anschell …

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Inside the Industry: “It’s now critical to equip kids to be the change-makers of tomorrow”

The obligatory references to the film Big, made by almost everyone outside of the industry who asks what it is we all do, aside, a career in toys is often a fascinating and fulfilling one. It’s peculiar then that it is also a career, that, for many of us, we …

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Hasbro president and COO John Frascotti announces plans to retire from the firm next March

Hasbro’s president and chief operating officer, John Frascotti, has revealed his plans to retire from his current position with the global toy company when his contract comes to an end on March 31, 2021. Frascotti will remain employed by the company for one year in the role of special advisor …

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