The Walt Disney Company Reports Second Quarter Earnings

TheWaltDisneyCompanyLogoOn Monday, the Walt Disney Company reported earnings of $2.1 billion for its second fiscal quarter ended March 28. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) increased 14 percent to $1.23 from $1.08 in the prior-year quarter, and excluding certain items affecting comparability, EPS for the quarter increased 11 percent to $1.23 from $1.11 in the prior-year quarter.

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Peppa Pig to Make a Big Splash in First-Ever U.S. Live Theatrical Tour

Jan26.PeppaPigEntertainment One’s Peppa Pig is hitting the road for her first-ever U.S. theatrical tour, Peppa Pig’s Big Splash. The live stage show will visit 23 East Coast cities this November and December, including Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, and Boston. A second leg will take Peppa to additional U.S. cities next year.

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Wonder Workshop Raises Additional $6.9 Million

WonderWorkshopWonder Workshop has raised an additional $6.9 million from new investor WI Harper Group, as well as existing investors Madrona Venture Group, CRV, Maven Ventures, Bright Success Capital, and angels. Wonder Workshop will use the funding to continue to expand into new markets, and to develop manufacturing and strategic business channels. The funding brings the company’s total funding to $15.9 million.

Since its launch late last year, the company’s signature toys, Dash & Dot, have appeared at the White House for the National Hour of Code, been broadly adopted in classrooms around the country, and have provided more than 75,000 hours of fun and entertainment to kids around the world.

Backyard Sports Congratulates Stephen Curry on Being Named NBA MVP with Special Fan Offer

StephenCurryMVPDay 6 Sports Group and Backyard Sports congratulates Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors point guard and cover athlete for Backyard Sports NBA, on being named MVP for the 2014 to 2015 NBA season.

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Dr. Dieter Stadlbauer of the Stadlbauer Group Passes Away

Dr.Stadlbauer_Extern_engl.inddOn Tuesday, April 14, aft­er a severe and protracted period of illness, Dr. Dieter Stadlbauer passed away surrounded by his family. During five decades in the toy business, Dr. Stadlbauer built a local wholesale company into an international company group.

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Disney Consumer Products Sets Date for Force Friday, Reveals Packaging Featuring New Star Wars Villain

May4.StarWarsBoxArtForce Friday, a global event for fans of all ages to celebrate the launch of merchandise inspired by the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will take place on September 4. Toys, collectibles, and more will hit store shelves worldwide that day.

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Mattel Appoints Joseph Johnson as Corporate Controller

logo_Mattel logoMattel Inc. has appointed Joseph B. Johnson to senior vice president and corporate controller, effective immediately. Johnson joins Mattel from Chiquita Brands International Inc., where he served as vice president, chief accounting officer, and treasurer. Previously, he held a number of leadership roles with Resolute Forest Products, an international wood and paper products company, including senior vice president, finance, and chief accounting officer.

Johnson succeeds Scott Topham, who has elected to retire from Mattel.

Free Comic Book Day Scheduled for May 2

On May 2, Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) will be celebrated at comic book specialty shops across the U.S., Canada, and worldwide. More than 5.6 million comic books will be given away for free to anyone who goes to one of the 2,300 participating comic book shops.

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The Force Will Be Strong at GameStop Stores This Star Wars Day

Star Wars Day May the 4thOn Star Wars Day, or May 4, GameStop will introduce exclusive Star Wars products at all of its U.S. stores and online at www.gamestop.com. The retailer will also be launching the Star Wars May the 4th Sweepstakes.

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TIF Publishes Annual Report, Reaches Milestone

TIF2014AnnualReportThe Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) has released its 2014 Annual Report. Thanks to toy donations and financial contributions from individual and corporate supporters, TIF was able to serve nearly 5 million kids, and reach 56 percent more kids than during the previous year. Another milestone was met in 2014: More than $100 million worth of toys have been donated to The Toy Bank, TIF’s signature program, since the program’s inception in 2003. Just under $19 million in toys were donated last year.

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