Peru 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 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...]
Slime 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 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...]
Entertainment 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.
The 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...]
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.
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.