Sweet Suite 2016

Turner Appoints LBE Director for Asia Pacific

EricLeeTurner Asia Pacific appointed Eric Lee to lead its growing location-based entertainment (LBE) business for the region. Effective immediately, Lee is tasked with identifying opportunities to develop consumer-facing experiences, such as waterparks, theme parks, branded retail, and entertainment spaces using Cartoon Network’s global kids’ intellectual properties (IP), including The Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, Adventure Time, We Bare Bears, and other youth-focused brands. [Read more...]

Ian Coats MacColl Joins Green Toys

IanCoatsMacCallGreen Toys Inc. hired Ian Coats MacColl as the company’s first chief creative officer. With 25 years in the industry, MacColl will be responsible for overall product design, research, marketing, and strategy for the company.

MacColl has been consulting with Green Toys for more than five years, working to expand the product line to include new revenue opportunities consistent with the company’s sustainable mission. Previously, MacColl was vice president of research, design, and product development at Wham-O and managing director of IDEO.

Green Toys also recently announced the retirement of its co-founder, Robert von Goeben, who will remain involved with Green Toys in a consultant role though the end of the year.

Nominations Now Open for 2016 TAGIE Awards

Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 1.19.04 PMNominations are now open for the 2016 Toy & Game Inventor of the Year (TAGIE) Awards, an annual gala event during Chicago Toy & Game Week that celebrates the achievements of inventors, designers, and industry leaders. Toy and gaming industry professionals can submit nominations online through Sept. 1.  [Read more...]

Marvel Super Hero Spectacular Returns with New Merchandise and Retail Partners

106e9946-b9e0-4d1b-87a3-b6668c4580e4Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI) kicked off its third annual Marvel Super Hero Spectacular campaign on August 15. The campaign will feature six weeks of product launches, retail promotions, and activities, including a merchandising program celebrating Captain America’s 75th anniversary and the launch of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War on DVD and Blu-ray. Major retailers at the event will include Walmart, Target, Toys “R” Us, Amazon, Kohl’s, Party City, and Kmart. The event will roll out worldwide and also reach mid-tier retail and specialty stores. [Read more...]

Gund’s #HowDoYouHug Campaign Reaches 1,000 Total Donations

GundHugOMeter10MilestoneGund’s #HowDoYouHug charitable campaign has reached its tenth milestone, representing 1,000 total plush toys donated to children in need. Recipient organizations include Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, Starlight Children’s Foundation, Our House Grief Support Center, and Comfy Cozy’s For Chemo. [Read more...]

Kids’ Media Consumption Up in Australia, Spending Power Rises to $1.8 Billion

CartoonNetworkNewGenerationsAccording to New Generations 2016Cartoon Network’s annual leading research study into children and parents, kids’ media consumption in Australia has increased over the past year, with their total spending power rising to $1.8 billion annually. [Read more...]

Main Cast Assembled for The Lego Ninjago Movie

LegoNinjagoMovieThe main cast has been put together for The Lego Ninjago Movie, the newest animated feature in Warner Bros. PicturesLego franchise. Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Zach Woods, and Jackie Chan. [Read more...]

Tech Deck Partners with Street League Skateboarding Foundation

Tech Deck LogoSpin Master Corp.’s Tech Deck brand is an official partner of the Street League Skateboarding Foundation (SLSF). The partnership will see the two companies create new fundraising opportunities to support SLSF efforts to build free, public skate plazas to create healthy communities. [Read more...]

David Gibson Wins 2016 North American Scrabble Championship

The North American Scrabble Players Association crowned David Gibson of South Carolina as the winner of the 2016 North American Scrabble Championship.

Gibson outscored 400 other Scrabble players, including previous champions Matthew Tunnicliffe and Joel Sherman, and holds the title for the second time, first winning in 1994. He won the championship trophy and $10,000.

Players proceeded through spelling ranks according to their records and points scored against opponents. Gibson defeated Dr. Ian Weinstein of Coral Springs, Florida by more than 26 points, leaving him with a final score of 397-371. The game-winning words were drearies, serrano, orcinolis, and spelter.

Jakks Pacific Engages Liolios to Expand Strategic Investor Relations Program

jakks_logo_new copyJakks Pacific Inc. engaged Liolios Group to lead an expanded strategic investor relations and financial communications program. [Read more...]