Sweet Suite 2016

PlayKids Partners with Sesame Workshop to Showcase Sesame Street on PlayKids’ Platform

sesame streetPlayKids has partnered with Sesame Workshop to bring Sesame Street content to kids and families on the PlayKids platform. Segments and music videos are available in the PlayKids app, while the e-books are in the Stories app. Availability of content varies by country. [Read more...]

Toys “R” Us Canada Hires Next CPO

Toys R Us (Canada) Ltd.-Twelve-year-old Émile BurbidgeToys “R” Us Canada has hired 12-year-old Émile Burbidge from Saint-Bruno, Québec, as its new Chief Play Officer. As CPO, Burbidge will spend a year playing with and becoming an expert on the hottest new toys from Toys “R” Us and providing his recommendations to parents and gift-givers. [Read more...]

American Girl Helps Spark Mother-Daughter Conversations with The Care & Keeping of Us

American Girl The Care and Keeping of Us - photoAmerican Girl has partnered with pediatrician and author, Dr. Cara Natterson, on a go-to guide for moms and daughters. The three-book set, The Care & Keeping of Us: A Sharing Collection for Girls and Their Moms, provides the tools to get conversations going on topics of concern for many growing girls, including body basics, hygiene, healthy habits, social media, and more.

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Playmation Marvel’s Avengers Available for Pre-Order at Canadian Retailers

PlaymationThis past week, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI), along with Hasbro Inc., announced the pre-sale of Playmation Marvel’s Avengers at select Canadian retailers. A new system of toys and wearables, Playmation Marvel’s Avengers utilizes smart technology to inspire kids to run around and use their imaginations, as they become the heroes or heroines of stories from Marvel’s Avengers.

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Spin Master Exercises Over-Allotment Option for Total IPO Proceeds of C$253 Million

spin masterToday, Spin Master Corp. announced that in connection with its recently completed initial public offering (IPO) of 12,225,000 subordinate voting shares at a price of C$18.00 per share, the over-allotment option granted to the underwriters to purchase up to an additional 1,833,750 subordinate voting shares was exercised in full, generating additional gross proceeds to Spin Master of C$33,007,500.

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Care Bears’ Launch at Build-A-Bear Set for February

Care BearsBeginning next February, the Care Bears will launch a line in all Build-A-Bear global locations. Guests will be invited to create their own stuffable plush toys and choose from a range of accessories to personalize their bears.

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Spin Master Corp. Releases Info on Initial Public Offering

spin masterToday, Spin Master Corp. entered into an underwriting agreement for its initial public offering of 12,225,000 subordinate voting shares at a price of C$18.00 per subordinate voting share for aggregate gross proceeds of C$220,050,000. Spin Master filed a supplemented post-receipt pricing prospectus dated July 22, 2015, in respect of the offering with the securities regulatory authorities in each of the provinces of Canada.

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Netflix Research Finds Dads Feel Powerful Connection from Bonding with Kids Over Cartoons

NETFLIX, INC. LOGOAccording to new research from Netflix released just in time for Father’s Day, 85 percent of dads around the world have already or plan to introduce their kids to the cartoons they grew up watching. For 75 percent of those polled, it lets them feel like a kid again, while for 76 percent, it helps them teach life lessons. The research finds dads take seriously the role of keeping the pop culture references from their childhood alive: Roughly two-thirds of them, or 66 percent, are turning to internet TV services such as Netflix for this new family tradition.

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The Wiggles’ Rock & Roll Preschool Tour Kicks Off in September

WigglesComing off an Australian tour that boasted 145 sell-out shows, the children’s entertainment group, The Wiggles, will return to the U.S. this fall for their Rock & Roll Preschool tour. The Wiggles will be touring in support of their brand new CD and DVD, Rock & Roll Preschool, as well as a new season of their TV series, which airs on Hulu in the U.S. and on Treehouse in Canada.

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Canadian Toy Association Invites Nominations to Board of Directors

CanadianToyAssocLogoThe Canadian Toy Association (CTA) invites all members to submit candidates for seats on the CTA Board of Directors. In accordance with the affiliate agreement between CTA and the U.S. Toy Industry Association (TIA), TIA members with operations in Canada are also eligible to submit candidates for consideration.

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