Author: Kelly Corbett

3Doodler Introduces Educational Product Line for School Use

3Doodler introduces a new product line designed specifically for classroom use. The 3Doodler Learning Packs include 12 3Doodler Start or Create+ pens, 1,200 strands of plastic, a host of other tech accessories, lesson plans, and classroom materials. Smaller six-pen sets will be made available online and at major retail partners. 3Doodler also introduces the EDU Teacher Experience Kit, which offer teachers a taste of the EDU Learning Packs at a smaller cost. Each Teacher Experience Kit features a 3Doodler Start or Create+ pen, a sampler of plastic, abbreviated lesson plans, and classroom materials for a trial run. In the five years since 3Doodler’s founding, the company’s...

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Digital Playground Is Here To Stay, Says The Genius Of Play Report

The Genius of Play convened a panel of experts at the Family Tech Summit during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year to explore the intersection between traditional and digital play. It compiled its findings into a study titled, Why Play is the Secret Sauce for Raising the Next Generation of Digital Innovators. This expert panel included Sara DeWitt, vice president of PBS Kids Digital; Dr. Jodi Sherman LeVos, director of child development & learning at Mattel; Dr. Erik Fisher, an emotional dynamics expert; and Ken Seiter, The Toy Association’s executive VP of marketing communications. The Genius of Play found that...

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Jakks Pacific Names Brent Novak as Executive VP and Chief Financial Officer

Jakks Pacific Inc. appointed Brent Novak as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective April 1. Novak will report directly to Jakks’ Chairman and CEO, Stephen Berman. He will be responsible for overseeing all financial aspects of the company, including financial planning and analysis, accounting and financial reporting, and managing the tax, internal audit, treasury, and investor relations functions. Novak has more than 23 years of experience in finance, tax and corporate development, with expertise in operations, financial planning, strategy, mergers and acquisitions, financial reporting, and accounting. Until March, Novak served as chief financial officer of the Ixia...

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Tony Ciepiel Named CEO of Step2 Discovery

Aterian Investment Partners named Anthony (“Tony”) Ciepiel as CEO of Step2 Discovery. In this position, Ciepiel will lead the combined businesses of The Step2 Company and Backyard Discovery, effective April 2. Ciepiel was most recently chief operating officer of Vitamix Corporation, a privately held, family owned and operated manufacturer of high-performance blending equipment for home and commercial use. Tony will succeed Interim CEO Tom Doherty, who was appointed in...

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R/Cs Take New Roads

The Category Drives Out of Sales Slump with New Added Features There’s no play experience like racing a car across the playroom floor via remote control. While the video game industry surprises us year after year with even more realistic and stunning visuals, it can’t deliver the marvel in a child’s eyes after flicking the on/off switch on their new gizmo, toggling with the remote, and watching a still vehicle come alive in real time. R/C vehicles put kids in the driver’s seat for the first time. While there will most likely be a rocky beginning (read: bump vehicle...

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