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Netflix’s ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Series Leads to a Major Spike in Chess Set Sales

After more than a decade of flat or declining sales, chess sets are suddenly an in-demand item this holiday season, thanks to a fictional chess prodigy named Beth Harmon. On Oct. 23, Netflix released the original limited series The Queen’s Gambit, which is based on a novel of the same name and follows Beth Harmon’s life and chess career. Earlier this week, Netflix revealed that the show has become the most-watched limited series in the streaming platform’s history, with 62 million households watching in the first 28 days. In Netflix’s statement, Vice President of Original Series Peter Friedlander noted...

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Netflix May Be Driving Barbie Sales as Pandemic Viewing Booms

Toy industry insiders may still be looking for the first massive hit toy line to spawn from a Netflix original series, but content from the streaming giant appears to be driving sales for one of the most famous existing brands in toys: Barbie. According to The NPD Group, the second season of Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures and the feature-length Barbie Princess Adventure managed to cause a spike in overall Barbie viewership for Netflix and influenced a spike in the doll aisle. Juli Lennett, toy industry advisor at The NPD Group, says that the Barbie Dreamhouse ranked among the top 10...

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‘Thomas & Friends’ Season 24 Comes to Netflix

The famous characters from the Isle of Sodor are pulling into Netflix in the U.S. for a new season of fun and adventure. Mattel Television‘s Thomas & Friends season 24 debuts on Sept 1. with 20 all-new 11-minute episodes. In the new season, Thomas, Emily, Percy, Gordon, Rebecca, Nia, and James visit new countries around the world, where they encounter new characters, including an electric train from Japan, a car made entirely of locomotive parts, and an American inventor. The new season of Thomas & Friends will join a Netflix streaming lineup that includes season 23 and six different specials....

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Mattel Television Launches ‘Barbie Princess Adventure’ on Netflix

Following the success of Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures on Netflix, Barbie Roberts is starring in a new animated musical from Mattel Television that is set to debut on the streaming platform beginning Sept. 1. Barbie Princess Adventure is a modern fairytale that follows Barbie and her friends on a class trip to the country of Floravia to meet Princess Amelia, who bears a striking resemblance to Barbie. Princess Amelia, nervous about becoming queen, is looking for an escape and devises a plan to switch places with Barbie, setting the stage for an adventure involving self-discovery, a rival prince, and a...

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eOne’s ‘Alien TV’ Set to Land on Netflix

It’s not an invasion, but Entertainment One (eOne) and POP Family Entertainment are hoping that families will welcome aliens into their homes this summer. Alien TV is a new series that follows “the slapstick misadventures of an extra-terrestrial television news crew as they try to understand the wild, baffling, and sometimes ‘just-plain-weird’ life on a newly discovered planet called Earth.” Geared toward kids ages 6-11, the series will debut globally on Netflix this summer following its premiere on Australia’s free-to-air Nine Network this month. “Our new show, Alien TV, takes recognizable situations and transforms them into side-splittingly hilarious visual...

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Go, Cory, Go: Preschool Hits the Road in VTech’s New Netflix Series

Cars don’t typically worry about starting school, being a good big brother, or having their first “oil spill,” but they certainly do in the world of Go! Go! Cory Carson. This new preschool show is a collaboration between VTech, Kuku Studios, and Netflix that follows the adventures of an adorable young car named Cory as he navigates the struggles of childhood while living in Bumperton Hills. Go! Go! Cory Carson disrupts the traditional, clear-cut path of kid’s TV licensing and toy development because the show is based on an existing toy line: VTech’s Go! Go! Smart Wheels vehicles. According to Jennifer...

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COVID-19 Drives 72% Increase in Netflix Streaming, NPD Says

The spread of COVID-19 continues to boost the consumption of home entertainment. According to The NPD Group, stay-at-home orders have resulted in a 72% increase in the number of Netflix subscriber profiles that were used to stream video content each week. “While entertainment is not essential for survival, it’s still an essential way to stay sane, while people shelter at home,” says John Buffone, executive director, industry analyst at The NPD Group. “There have been notable streaming video preference shifts toward escapist titles and family programming that viewers are bingeing on to keep themselves entertained.” The NPD Group used...

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