Snapchat, Facebook Fueling AR Growth

eMarketerVRARThis year, 40 million Americans will engage with some form of augmented reality (AR) monthly, up 30.2 percent over last year, according to eMarketer‘s first forecast on AR and virtual reality (VR). Snapchat Lenses and Facebook and Instagram Stories are fueling much of this growth, while VR usage is driven by 360-degree videos on social networks. [Read more...]

TOMY Announces New Senior Leadership Team

TOMY_blue_logoTOMY International Inc., the subsidiary of TOMY Company Ltd. responsible for North America and Latin America, appointed two industry veterans to its newly-formed senior strategic leadership team. Effective immediately, Peter Henselerwill assume the role of president and Gregory Kilrea will join as chief operating officer. [Read more...]

eOne Adds Content, New Global Partners for Peppa Pig

PeppaPigEntertainment One (eOne) started production on a new series of Peppa Pig. The show’s animation studio, Astley Baker Davies, will produce the new series, bringing the total number of Peppa Pig episodes to 381. 

New episodes from Series 7 continue to roll out on air to the end of 2018. The 117 new episodes currently in production will then launch on air globally from Spring 2019, to coincide with the brand’s 15th anniversary and will secure a pipeline of Peppa Pig content over the following four years. [Read more...]

The Jim Henson Co. Selects ChizComm Ltd. to Expand Online Presence

chizcomm_logo_finalChizComm Ltd. is now an agency partner to The Jim Henson Co., adding to the company’s roster of lifestyle, toys, and children’s entertainment clients. [Read more...]

Jay@Play Launches Flip Zee Girls

FlipZeeGirlsJay@Play, creators of the two-in-one FlipaZoo plush, launched Flip Zee Girls Dolls. Kids can flip the plush dolls from baby to girls.

The line now features six styles to collect, each with its own personality and pets: Zara Flower, Zabrina Ballerina, Zandy Candy, Zana Strawberry, and Zuri Cat. The dolls are outfitted in dresses and have colorful hair for kids to play with.

Flip Zee Girls will be available this month at Walmart, with additional retailers on board for the back-to-school season. New collectible minis will be available for back-to-school 2017 as well.

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WowWee Launches Minion MiP Turbo Dave

Minion_MIPMinion MiP Turbo Dave, from WowWee, is now available. This Minions-licensed MiP robot launched ahead of Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 3, in theaters June 30.

Turbo Dave is kids’ own personal Minion. It responds to hand gestures using GestureSense technology, and can navigate kids’ rooms. The Turbo Dave App allows kids to control their Minion remotely, plan paths for it to self-navigate, add Minion emoticons, or have it interact with other characters and props from the Despicable Me franchise.

Minion MiP Turbo Dave is on sale now at Best Buy, and will be available soon at Target, Amazon, and other major retailers.

Spin Master Reports Q1 2017 Financial Results

Spin Master Corp LogoSpin Master Corp. reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

Highlights include a $227.7 million in revenue, a 40.8 percent increase from the same period last year. Excluding revenue from Swimways, acquired in Q3 last year, Q1 revenue grew 19.8 percent. In constant currency, revenue increased by 42.6 percent. [Read more...]

Pre-Register for WIT Empowerment Day

WIT_EmpowermentDay2017Pre-registration is now open for Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment‘s (WIT) Empowerment Day to kick off Fall Toy Preview on Oct. 2 in Dallas. Top industry experts will share important trends and insights and provide the education, support, and guidance to help entrepreneurs grow their business or take a product or concept to the next level.

Attendees will have the chance to pitch products to Walmart buyers or products and concepts to top companies for feedback of licensing.

Limited pitch sessions are available. Click here for more information and pre-register here!

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The Bridge Direct and Tech 4 Kids Purchase Uncle Milton Assets

Screen Shot 2017-05-17 at 8.33.09 AMThe new company formed by the merger of The Bridge Direct Inc. and Tech 4 Kids Inc. (the company) acquired the assets of Uncle Milton.

The Bridge Direct and Tech 4 Kids unveiled at this year’s North American International Toy Fair the intent to combine the two companies. The Uncle Milton acquisition is the first of many as part of an accelerated roll-up strategy the company is executing. [Read more...]

Spin Master Elects Directors

Spin Master Corp LogoSpin Master Corp., in accordance with the requirements of the Toronto Stock Exchange, elected directors of the company at its Annual Meeting of Shareholders held on May 12.

On a vote by ballot, the following nominees proposed by management were elected as a director of Spin Master: John Cassaday, Jeffrey I. Cohen, Ben J. Gadbois, Ronnen Harary, Dina R. Howell, Anton Rabie, Todd Tappin, Ben Varadi, and Charles Winograd.

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