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Toy Association May 16 Webinar: Understanding Kids’ Media Habits for Successful Toy Marketing

Looking for new ways to create a more effective toy marketing strategy? Don’t miss “Kids Today: Data-Driven Insights Into the Media Research That Matters,” an upcoming Toy Association webinar taking place Thursday, May 16 at 2 p.m. (Eastern). Registration is now open.

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Superights Shuffles Sales Team

Superights, international distribution division of Superpod Group just announced a sales team reorganization welcoming Séverine LeRoux, StudioCanal alum as Sales Manager. She will report to Nathalie Pinguet, Superights’ Deputy Managing Director Sales and Acquisitions. Based in Paris, Séverine will oversee sales in Eastern Europe territories, Africa and Inflight zones.

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JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles Announces Plush Toy Drive to Deliver “KAWAII” to Young Patients at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital

JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles announces its first-ever “Yes, KAWAII is Art” Plush Toy Drive, collecting kawaii plushie toys to support the Chase Child Life Program at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. Translating to “cute” or “adorable,” the toy drive is in fitting with the kawaii movement, which fosters a sense of joy, self-love, and community.

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WildBrain Celebrates ‘Teletubbies’, ‘Strawberry Shortcake’ and ‘In the Night Garden’ with New Licensing Partnerships

WildBrain, a global leader in kids’ and family entertainment, is continuing to expand its beloved franchises—Teletubbies, Strawberry Shortcake and In the Night Garden—with new consumer products partnerships announced ahead of Las Vegas Licensing Expo (VLE). The latest global collaborations celebrate the nostalgic appeal and enduring cross-generational fandom of these legacy properties.

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Popeye and Olive Oyl Set Sail for China with New Partnerships

King Features Syndicate, a unit of Hearst and home to some of the world’s most beloved entertainment characters, has announced a series of new partnerships and deals for Popeye and Olive Oyl in China. The deals were brokered by Medialink, King Features’ licensing agent in China and Southeast Asia, ushering in a wave of captivating collaborations and product offerings. 

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Pudgy Penguins Expands Pudgy Toys To Second Major Nationwide Retailer – Target

Pudgy Penguins, the IP and brand development company behind the series of globally recognized characters, has announced that its line of Pudgy Toys and newly licensed Lil Pudgys is now available in the collectibles aisle at Target stores nationwide. This is the second launch of Pudgy Toys in a major US retailer and is yet another milestone that demonstrates the continued success of Pudgy Penguins’ uniquely innovative retail strategy. Pudgy Toys turns the digital collectible characters, that are part of an online gaming experience powered by the zkSync blockchain, into a popular line of physical products, seamlessly blending the physical and digital worlds for consumers.

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Mediawan and ZAG Announce the Birth of Miraculous Corp

Mediawan, Europe’s premier independent production powerhouse led by Pierre-Antoine Capton, and ZAG, the innovative independent animation studio renowned for crafting original tales and IPs led by Jeremy Zag, proudly unveil the inception of Miraculous Corp. This groundbreaking joint-venture between Mediawan and ZAG reunites all facets of the globally acclaimed Miraculous franchise, under the ownership of the two partners (approximately 60% for Mediawan, 40% for ZAG). Jeremy Zag will continue his involvement as a major shareholder and Board member, while overseeing the development and creation of existing and new characters within the franchise.

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ZipString Names Chandler Wilkins as Director of Sales

In an expansion move, ZipString has named Chandler Wilkins to the new post of Director of Sales, it was announced by Co-Founders Austin Hillam and Stephen Fazio. Chandler Wilkins joins the company after most recently serving in sales management positions in the software industry. Prior to that, he earned a degree in Supply Chain Management from Brigham Young University. According to Hillam, who served with Wilkins as Latter-day Saint missionaries in Brazil and, subsequently, as students together at BYU, “no one resembles the phrase – ‘if there’s a will, there’s a way’ – better than Chandler, making him a perfect fit for a company on the way up.”

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Minecraft Heads Into Licensing Expo with New Partners, 15th Anniversary, and Feature Film Set for 2025 Release
This year, Minecraft celebrates its 15th anniversary of gripping adventures, mind-blowing creations, and a community that has left its mark on every block! From its debut in 2009 to over 300 million copies worldwide and one trillion views on YouTube, what started as a game and platform for creative expression has evolved into an evergreen entertainment franchise, with each year delivering new products and partners, entertainment content, games, and more.…