HoliDAY of Play 2015

American Girl Hosts Nationwide Casting Call with Tongal

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.

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Target to Remove Gender Labels from Its Toy Department

Target LogoTarget Corp. will remove gender labels from most of its children’s departments, following customer complaints about signs designating certain toys for girls.

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Nominations Now Open for 2015 TAGIE Awards

TAGIE.AwardsThrough 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.

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NRF and Hackett Associates See Imports Up as Retailers Look Toward Holidays

nrfAccording 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.

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The Walt Disney Company Reports Third Quarter and Nine Months Earnings

TheWaltDisneyCompanyLogoOn 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.

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ToyBacker to Launch Campaign for New Property, Knolly Nibbles, on August 8

ToyBacker.com LOGOThe 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.

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Hasbro’s Allspark and Lionsgate Teaming Up for My Little Pony Movie

HasbroStudios.logoHasbro 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.

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Bob the Builder Is Back with New Online Content

Bob the Builder1Bob 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.

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LeapFrog Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year Financial Results

Jan27.LeapFrogOn Tuesday, LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. announced its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016. The company’s fiscal year covers the twelve-month period ending March 31 of next year.

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Activision Blizzard Sees Better-Than-Expected Second Quarter Financial Results

On Tuesday, Activision Blizzard Inc. announced better-than-expected financial results for the second quarter. For the quarter ended June 30, Activision Blizzard’s GAAP net revenues were $1.04 billion, as compared with $970 million for the second quarter of last year. On a non-GAAP basis, the company’s net revenues were $759 million, as compared with $658 million for the second quarter of last year.

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