Toy Fair Exhibitors Donate Record Number of Toys & Games

Following the 114th North American International Toy Fair, exhibiting toy companies donated a record-breaking number of nearly 55,000 new toys to the Toy Industry Foundation’s (TIF) Toy Bank, according to the Toy Industry Association. [Read more...]

ICTI Care to Host Webinar Profiling Left-Behind Children

icwICTI CARE and Centre for Child-Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility (CCR CSR) will host a complimentary webinar on well-being sharing supply chain solutions to China’s left-behind children problem on March 9 at 9 a.m. EST.  [Read more...]

UN Women’s HeForShe Initiative Teams Up with Boy Story

HeForSheBoyStoryHeForShe, the United Nations (UN) Women’s global solidarity movement for gender equality has teamed up with Boy Story to launch two special edition action dolls.

The action dolls promotes the notion that both boys and girls should have the same opportunity to bond with dolls, and that all kids, regardless of their gender, need to learn nurturing, emotional intelligence, and empathy.

The special edition action dolls are part of the HeForShe Equality Line, a cause marketing initiative between HeForShe and ethical brands. The dolls are available now at www.boystory.com, and proceeds raised will go towards UN Women’s programmatic work on women and girl’s empowerment globally.

Cra-Z-Art Enters Licensing Deal for Nickelodeon Slime

CraZArtNickelodeonSlimeCra-Z-Art announced a strategic licensing agreement of Nickelodeon to market and distribute Slime kits in the U.S. The kits, which will be branded Nickelodeon Slime, will include the ingredients needed for kids to make their own version of the network’s iconic green goo. [Read more...]

Jakks Pacific Renews Licensing Agreement with DCPI in China

jakks_logo_new copyJakks Pacific Inc. renewed its multi-year licensing agreement with Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI) in China for merchandise rights for more than 50 entertainment properties. [Read more...]

Toy Fair 2017 Breaks TIA Records

Screen Shot 2017-03-03 at 3.01.24 PMThe Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) 114th North American International Toy Fair brought 31,133 members of the toy industry to New York City last week to preview hundreds of thousands of games coming out this year. The largest toy marketplace held in the Western Hemisphere, Toy Fair 2017 boasted a record-breaking 444,309 net square feet of exhibit space—the equivalent of nearly eight football fields filled with toys. The show was held from Feb. 18 to 21 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. [Read more...]

eOne Partners with Youth Sport Trust for PJ Masks Initiative

eOnePowerof3Entertainment One (eOne) partnered with Youth Sport Trust (YST) for its animated TV property, PJ Masks, to become a brand ambassador for YST’s work with kids in the UK.

eOne will collaborate with YST on a PJ Masks-branded initiative that will introduce an Early Years day to the charity’s annual National School Sport Week, which will be rolled out to more than 9,000 schools and early learning venues across the UK from June 26 to 30. [Read more...]

Roblox Hits Milestone 1.7 Million Independent Creators

roblox logoRoblox, a social platform with more than 48 million monthly active players and 22 million online games, reached 1.7 million game creators. The number marks an increase of more than two times the amount of game creators on the platform from this time last year. [Read more...]

Target Commits More Than $7 Billion to Adapt to Guest Preferences

TargetAnnoucementTarget‘s CEO Brian Cornell, COO John Mulligan and CFO Cathy Smith announced that the company is investing more than $7 billion in capital over the next three years, and about $1 billion in annual operating profits beginning in 2017, to grow sales faster, gain market share, adapt to guests’ rapidly changing preferences.  [Read more...]

Target Reports Q4 and Full-Year 2016 Earnings

TargetTarget reported its fourth quarter and full-year 2016 results. Highlights include a GAAP earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations of $1.46 in the fourth quarter and $4.58 for full-year 2016, compared to $2.31 and $5.25 in 2015, respectively.  [Read more...]