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Just Play Unveils Toys Inspired by Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out 2

Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out 2 returns to the mind of newly minted teenager Riley just as headquarters is undergoing a sudden demolition to make room for something entirely unexpected: new Emotions! Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust, who’ve long been running a successful operation by all accounts, aren’t sure how to feel when Anxiety shows up. And she’s not alone: Embarrassment, Envy and Ennui are there too. Movie release date: June 14, 2024. Just Play’s line of toys and plush are wonderfully detailed and are sure to help kids – and even adults – understand complicated feelings in new ways.

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The Toy Association Provides Shareable Content Ahead of International Day of Play

Ahead of the inaugural International Day of Play on June 11, The Toy Association is sharing resources biweekly from its Genius of Play initiative for play professionals to share with their networks. These resources are free to use and help to promote the importance of play in child development and offer guidance on fostering play-based learning experiences.

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Zigazoo Launches ‘Social Media Wellness Month’ To Challenge Social Media Industry To ‘Do Better’ and Teach Healthy Habits To Families

Zigazoo, the world’s largest social network for kids and the market leader in safe social media, is launching Social Media Wellness Month. Alongside National Mental Health Awareness month in May, this initiative aims to challenge mainstream social media companies to “do better” and to educate kids, parents, and lawmakers on how to build towards a healthier social media future. Zigazoo’s app, which is known for its approach to safety and privacy, has been hailed by Common Sense Media as the “example of how to offer a social yet safe place to be online.” Social Media Wellness month will feature a range of activities, including content created by Zigazoo’s’ Gen Alpha Superstars, conversations with experts, and toolkits for families.

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Former Gap, Apple Marketing Executive Grace Wong Joins Hanna Andersson as CBO

Leading premium children’s apparel brand, Hanna Andersson, announced that Grace Wong, a former marketing executive for Apple’s Beats by Dr. Dre and the Gap, has joined the company as Chief Brand Officer. Wong will oversee the brand marketing strategy, grounded in its deep heritage and core values including quality, sustainability, and unparalleled comfort. Reporting to CEO Aimée Lapic, Grace Wong brings over 20 years of strategic brand building experience to Hanna Andersson’s marketing team. In her new role leading brand marketing, she will develop strategies that scale the brand and the business. Wong will lead creative development of all brand and product assets producing impactful storytelling across the brand’s ecosystem from strategic ideation to content creation for key initiatives in support of the brand vision.

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Licensing International Announces 2024 Hall of Fame Inductees

Licensing International, the leading trade association for the global brand licensing industry, has announced the 2024 Hall of Fame inductees. The Hall of Fame and Rising Star Awards honor executives’ legacies, bodies of work, and unique contributions to the global brand licensing community. This year’s inductees are Joseph Kaminkow, Chief Innovation Officer, Pixie Dust at Aristocrat; Maca Rotter, President & CEO at La Panadería Licensing & Marketing; and Stu Seltzer, President at The Seltzer Licensing Group.

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CruchyRoll 2024 Ani-May Celebration Kicks Off with International Anime Fun for Fans Across Retail, Digital, and Streaming

Crunchyroll, the ultimate destination for anime fans globally, is launching the second annual Ani-May celebration with new activations across retail, digital, and streaming. This includes new and exclusive anime merchandise and activations at Hot Topic in the United States, Riachuelo in Brazil, and exclusive retail activations in EMEA among many others. 

Licensing, Sales and Marketing Industry Expert Robert Marick, Launches M²G: Marick Management Group, Inc

Veteran licensing executive Robert Marick, announced that he has launched M²G: Marick Management Group, which will focus on delivering outside-the-box product expansion strategies for global brands looking to scale their IP in unique and creative ways. Marick, who most recently served as the head of MGM Consumer Products, will lead a team that specializes in infusing product innovation and creativity into every aspect of their work, particularly in strategy and business planning, brand management, entertainment licensing, marketing and sales, and product category development. For those interested in learning more about the new consultancy, Robert Marick will be available at Licensing Show in Las Vegas from May 21st to May 23rd.

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Kraft Heinz and Iscream Unveil, Delectable Plush Collection, Inspired by Iconic Food Brands Launching at IT’SUGAR

Iscream, a cherished lifestyle brand celebrated for its vibrant and imaginative products, is thrilled to unveil a dynamic new collaboration with The Kraft Heinz Company, launching at IT’SUGAR. Together, they introduce a captivating range of plush items inspired by childhood favorite foods from iconic Kraft Heinz brands, including KRAFT Mac & Cheese, Jet-Puffed, and Oscar Mayer. Available in April, these creations promise to enchant both young and old, infusing everyday life with a delightful touch of whimsy.