The Toy Industry Association (TIA) is now accepting toy, game, and property submissions across 12 categories for the 2016 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards. The nomination period will close at 5 p.m. PT on October 2, and finalists will be unveiled on November 17. Winners will be announced at the TOTY Awards ceremony in February.
American Girl is utilizing the creative crowdsourcing platform Tongal, along with a nationwide casting call, to bring its BeForever historical characters to life through short films. From August 14 to August 24, girls ages 8 to 14 and their parents can visit tongal.com/americangirl2015 to register and submit audition videos.
Through September 1, toy and gaming industry professionals may submit nominations online for the 2015 Toy & Game Inventor of the Year (TAGIE) Awards, scheduled to take place during Chicago Toy & Game Week. Presented by Hasbro, the awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of inventors, designers, and industry leaders.
According to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates, import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 3.6 percent this month over the same time last year, as retailers begin to bring in merchandise for the holiday season. Imports for the year are expected to be up 4.2 percent over last year.
On Tuesday, the Walt Disney Company reported record quarterly earnings of $2.5 billion for its third fiscal quarter ended June 27, compared to $2.2 billion during the prior-year quarter. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) for the third quarter increased 13 percent to $1.45 from $1.28 in the prior-year quarter. EPS for the nine months ended June 27 increased 16 percent to $3.95 from $3.40 in the prior-year period, while excluding certain items affecting comparability, EPS for the nine months increased 15 percent.
The crowdfunding site ToyBacker is set to introduce Knolly Nibbles, created by Michele Goren and brought to life by Team Knolly, comprised of toy designers, artists, composers, and more. According to ToyBacker, Goren created the character to teach children—and the child in every adult—that no matter who they are, where they come from, what they look like, or what they’ve been through, that they are beautiful just the way they are.
Hasbro Inc. and Lionsgate are teaming up to bring Hasbro’s My Little Pony franchise to the big screen. Meghan McCarthy, the writer and producer of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic animated series, is attached to the screenplay, which will be produced by Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures.
Bob the Builder is returning to PBS in November with CGI-animation, a brand new look for both the series and its title character, and Downton Abbey‘s Joanne Froggatt voicing one of the lead roles, Wendy. Ahead of the TV show, HIT Entertainment, a division of Mattel, is welcoming back Bob with a brand new Bob the Builder YouTube channel launching today.