Ask A Pro Returns to Toy Fair

AskAProTFNYPeru Meridian Studios returns to the North American International Toy Fair in New York City this year to host, “Industrious Information Center—Ask A Pro,” booth at Hall 1C. Ask A Pro is an informational space for companies and individuals to find out new information about a variety of areas of development and business, featuring topics for new entrepreneurs and seasoned toy industry veterans alike.  [Read more...]

Hasbro Appoints John Frascotti to President

Hasbro.Frascotti,JohnHasbro Inc. promoted John Frascotti to president, effective immediately. He will continue to report to Brian Goldner, who became chairman and CEO of the company.

In this role, Frascotti will continue to lead Hasbro’s product design and development, global marketing, digital gaming, entertainment, and consumer products initiatives. [Read more...]

NPD Group Sees Slime Trend Among Kids

homemade-gak copySlime is making a comeback, according to the NPD Group, among kids in school. This year, the hashtag #Slime is nearing 2 million posts on Instagram.

Formerly been looked at with disgust, slime is a soft, slippery substance. Some Instagram videos feature slime being kneaded with the hashtag #oddlysatisfying, promoting relaxation through the visual. Students are embracing slime and bringing their homemade slime with them to school. The recipe calls for one bottle of glue, shaving cream, borax, water, and food coloring.  [Read more...]

Sesame Street Launches Spread Kindness, #ShareTheLaughter Global Campaign

ElmoHeartSesame Workshop will launch a global multimedia campaign aimed to teach kids simple ways to be kind to those around them called “Spread Kindness, #ShareTheLaughter.”

This year, Sesame Street’s 47th season on HBO and PBS Kids will feature kindness-themed episodes, in addition to classic videos and songs celebrating the theme on the show’s social media channels. On Aug. 16, Elmo will ask friends to share kindness through the universal language of laughter with the tell-a-joke challenge.  [Read more...]

eOne Signs New Partners for PJ Masks in the U.S. and Canada

PJMasksEntertainment One (eOne) appointed new partners to create PJ Masks products across a range of toy and seasonal categories. The new items will begin to roll out at retail in April. Just Play continues its role as master toy licensee for the brand in the U.S. and Canada, with new and expanding lines that will release this year.

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ASTRA Hosts Share the Fair at Toy Fair

astra_logo_smallThe American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA)‘s Share the Fair event at the North American International Toy Fair will take place on Feb. 20 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the Javits Convention Center Hall 1E 11. The event brings ASTRA retailers together on the third morning of Toy Fair to share information about products they have seen on the exhibit floor.  [Read more...]

Alpha Launches Super Wings on YouTube

SuperWingsThe Alpha Group U.S. LLC, a subsidiary of The Alpha Group, launched the Super Wings YouTube channel. Within the first month of launching 13 episodes on YouTube, the Super Wings channel has earned more than 8 million views with more than 37 million minutes watched. [Read more...]

Katharine Morgan Becomes President of ASTM International

Katharine Morgan was appointed to president of ASTM International. Morgan will lead a team that supports members, customers, partners, and other stakeholders worldwide. She succeeds James A. Thomas, who served in the role for 25 years.

Morgan is a 33-year veteran of ASTM International, having served as executive vice president for the past two years. Prior to that, she was vice president of technical committee operations.

Funrise Toy Corp. Promotes Kelly Woon to Vice President

Funrise Toy Corp. appointed Canadian-based employee Kelly Woon as the company’s new vice president. Woon began her career with Funrise in 2007 as director of sales in Canada, and has since been promoted to various roles, with her most recently being general manager in Canada. [Read more...]

Jakks Pacific Retires $27.59 Million of Company’s Convertible Senior Notes

Jakks Pacific Inc. agreed, with a holder of its Convertible Senior Notes due in 2018, to exchange $27.59 million face amount of such notes for 2.0 million shares of its common stock and approximately $17.1 million in cash. After this exchange, the balance of the face amount of the 2018 notes will be reduced to $66.3 million, from approximately $93.9 million.