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UN Signals Importance of Play by Adopting Official International Day of Play

Play is a fundamental right for every child. Yet, the importance of play in helping children develop life-long skills is often forgotten. With only 30% of adults aware that play is a fundamental birth right adopted by the United Nations (UN) in 1989, there is an urgent need to put play back on the agenda. To drive this ambition forward, a dedicated network of global organizations, play experts and, most importantly, children & youth themselves, have called on UN member states to support the resolution for an International Day of Play. Mattel, Inc (NASDAQ: MAT) together with other founding members of the movement are proud to announce that the UN General Assembly has adopted this international awareness day.

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Sesame Workshop Names HR Veteran Dannette (Danni) Hill Chief People Officer of the Nonprofit

Sesame Workshop, the global impact nonprofit behind Sesame Street, named Dannette (Danni) Hill to the newly created role of Chief People Officer overseeing Human Resources functions. Hill will be responsible for leading a division that supports innovative best practices and organizational excellence for Sesame Workshop. Hill will report to President and Interim CEO Sherrie Westin. “Through her extensive leadership roles and accomplishments across a variety of organizations, Danni has demonstrated an expertise in optimizing the employee experience, recruiting top talent, and building an exceptional Human Resources team,” said Westin. “We’re excited to have her guide the strategy and operations of the organization’s HR department, to help us deliver on the Workshop’s mission of helping all children grow smarter, stronger, and kinder.”

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Bioworld Makes an Impact with Adaptive Backpacks in Honor of Disability Awareness Month

Bioworld, the leading manufacturer of licensed lifestyle pop culture products, continues its commitment to its continued creation of licensed adaptive backpacks that helps improve the lives of disabled fans as part of Disability Awareness Month. The adaptive backpacks created are inspired by the popular video game franchise Minecraft, which will be celebrating its 15th anniversary since its release. The simplicity behind the game’s graphics has made it aesthetically pleasing to all players, which has been key to its incredible fandom established over the years.

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Ravensburger Announces Set 4 Release for Disney Lorcana TCG

Ravensburger, the award-winning publisher of games, puzzles and toys, held its inaugural Disney Lorcana Lorecast livestream event, announcing new additions to the wildly popular Disney Lorcana Trading Card Game (TCG) lineup as well as new details about the game’s forthcoming competitive Disney Lorcana Challenge. Ursula’s Return, the fourth set of the Disney Lorcana TCG, brings even more Disney characters into the game and evolved game mechanics while also continuing the story told over the first three sets. The Illumineer’s Quest “Deep Trouble” is a brand-new, cooperative game that will have players facing Disney’s Ursula in an epic battle for the first time.

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Falcon’s Creative Group Reveals Key Role in First-Ever Dragon Ball Theme Park

Unveiled at AnimeJapan on March 22, the Dragon Ball theme park experience will span over 500,000 square meters and will be a key part of the highly anticipated Qiddiya City, the world’s first city built for play near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Featuring seven different themed lands that recreate various iconic locales from the original series; such as Kame House, Capsule Corporation, and Beerus’s Planet; the theme park will be developed and built with creative oversight from Falcon’s Creative Group, who will play a critical role in bringing the project to life in new and immersive ways. Park guests will be able to experience the world of Dragon Ball from the first Dragon Ball series to Dragon Ball Super.

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Warner Bros Discovery Collaborates with International Olympic Committee for Looney Tunes Licensing

Warner Bros Discovery Global Consumer Products (WBDGCP) announced that it has collaborated with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for a consumer products program to be released internationally featuring the beloved Looney Tunes characters with product beginning to roll out now through 2026. Warner Bros Discovery’s iconic Looney Tunes characters will take starring roles on Olympics-themed products from premier licensees.

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PAW Patrol Spin-off Rubble & Crew Drafts MLB Superstar Aaron Judge for Upcoming Episode

Baseball enthusiasts and pup fans alike are in for a treat with the announcement that former American League MVP and Captain of the New York Yankees, Aaron Judge, will appear in an upcoming episode of the popular preschool series Rubble & Crew, produced by Spin Master Entertainment. Much to the delight of preschoolers and families, the MLB superstar and dog dad will voice himself in the animated series, donning his signature New York Yankees uniform. The episode is set to air this summer on Nickelodeon (US) and Corus’ Treehouse and STACKTV (Canada).

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Sesame Workshop and the Ad Council Launch New ‘Love Your Mind’ PSA to Support Mental Health

Sesame Workshop, the global impact nonprofit behind Sesame Street, launched a new public service announcement (PSA) video with the Ad Council for their “Love, Your Mind” campaign developed with Huntsman Mental Health Institute. The video features Elmo and his friends highlighting the benefits of humming for people’s overall emotional well-being.

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Pokémon TCG: Scarlet & Violet—Temporal Forces Expansion Launches with Return of ACE SPEC Cards

The Pokémon Company International has released the latest expansion in the best-selling Pokémon Trading Card Game, Scarlet & Violet—Temporal Forces, available beginning now at participating retailers worldwide, including Pokémon Center, the premier online destination for official Pokémon merchandise. Initially introduced in the Black & White Series, ACE SPEC cards return to the Pokémon TCG in Scarlet & Violet—Temporal Forces. ACE SPEC cards have powerful effects, but each deck is limited to only one ACE SPEC card. Furthermore, ACE SPEC cards in Scarlet & Violet—Temporal Forces feature a new eye-catching magenta design and can appear as Trainer or Special Energy cards.