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Just Play Appoints Toy Industry Veteran Shari Mann as Head of International

Just Play, a leading global play company behind several bestselling toy lines with partners including Disney, Moonbug Entertainment, Nickelodeon, and Sesame Workshop is adding to its leadership team with the appointment of Shari Mann as the company’s Head of International. 

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Hape Supports 10th Annual ‘Christmas with the Curry’s’ Holiday Event

The 10th Annual Christmas with the Curry’s kicked off the holiday season and spirit with a major charitable drive at Bridge Yard in Oakland, California, supporting 500 local Oakland families on Sunday, December 11th. Among the many charitable partners, Hape had the honor of supporting more than 2,000 participants with wrapped branded product to take home. Each family went home with more than $2,000 worth of gifts inspired by Stephen and Ayesha Curry’s Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation – a perfect match and fit for Hape’s “Love Play, Learn” mantra.

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Cra-Z-Art Teams Up with NBC’s ‘Today Show’ to Donate Toys for the Program’s Annual Holiday Toy Drive

Cra-Z-Art, a prime manufacturer in the U.S.A and leader in trendy toy, activity, art and school supply products, has teamed up with NBC’s Today Show to donate toys to children in need during the holiday season as part of the program’s annual Toy Drive. Cra-Z-Art will donate over $10,000 worth of their iconic and popular Snoopy Sno Cone Machines to several different charities that directly aid children. The item was recently featured on a “Today Show” segment about nostalgic holiday toys. Co-host, Sheinelle Jones, chose the item as her favorite nostalgic childhood gift.

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Falcon’s Creative Philippines, Inc Expected to Open in Early 2023 to support Falcon’s Creative Group

Falcon’s Beyond (“Falcon’s” or the “Company”), a leading fully integrated global entertainment development company specializing in intellectual property (IP) creation and expansion, announced plans to expand the company’s footprint, internationally, with a new office scheduled to open in Metro Manila in early 2023 – Falcon’s Creative Philippines, Inc.

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‘Neopets: Faerie’s Hope’ Launches on Mobile

Neopets is thrilled to announce the launch of their highly anticipated Match 3 game, Neopets: Faerie’s Hope. Starting now, Neopets fans in the U.S., Canada, U.K., France, and Germany can dive into a captivating Neopian world full of intriguing characters, daring adventures, and compelling storylines. Set in the enchanting world of Neopia, Faerie’s Hope offers players a chance to build their own slice of New Faerieland while they venture on a magical journey to help the lost Light Faerie find their way.

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MGM Partners with Fifth Season on ‘Respect in Concert’

Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM), a leading entertainment company focused on the production of premium film and television content across platforms, and global film and TV studio Fifth Season and its Fifth Season Live division, announced the launch of a new live ‘Films in Concert Series’ – Respect in Concert, featuring MGM’s acclaimed film, Respect. Set to launch Winter 2023, for the first time ever, audiences around the country will be able to experience the iconic music of the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin featured in Respect, performed live by a full symphony orchestra played in sync to the film as the audiences watch on larger than life screens.

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Beacon Communications Expands Leadership Team

Beacon Communications, a division of Integrated Marketing and Media Agency, Beacon Media Group, has announced a series of new appointments to leadership in order to support its next phase of growth and enhance operational efficacy in the new year. The agency is focused on its global brand strategy and strong foundation within the family, toy, gaming, and lifestyle industries, with a commitment to expanding into new markets.

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Disney Branded Television’s ‘Superkitties,’ and Digital Soundtrack to Premier January 11, 2023

SuperKitties, an adorable, action-packed animated series about Ginny, Sparks, Buddy and Bitsy ― four cute and cuddly kittens who are brave, smart, strong and kind and with their talents combined, turn into Superkitties when trouble arises ― is set to premiere Wednesday, January 11, 2023, with a simulcast on Disney Channel and Disney Junior (10:30 a.m. EST). An initial batch of episodes will premiere the same day on on-demand platforms and Disney+. Defeating villains and imparting important messages of kindness, empathy, friendship, resilience and problem-solving, the fluffy felines are on a mission to make the world a more caring and “pawesome” place.

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Zag Expands Role of LatAmConsumer Products VP Angela Cortez to Oversee Expansion in Canada

Award-winning global independent animation studio ZAG has promoted its top LatAm consumer products executive Angela Cortez to oversee the company’s Canadian consumer products business. The announcement was made today by Jeremy Zag, Founder and CEO, ZAG.