Jim Benton might best be known for his award-winning property It’s Happy Bunny, but there’s more than sarcastic bunnies in Benton’s arsenal. From The Misters, Just Jimmy, Franny K. Stein, and Meany Doodles to newer properties such as Kissy Doodles, jOkObO, and J.K. Monster, CopCorp Licensing brings Benton’s work to audiences through a variety of products. Carole Postal, president of CopCorp, spoke to aNb Media about helping Benton launch these licensed properties.
- Squinkies to Be Developed into Video Game
- Pepsi Signed as X Factor Sponsor
- Tetris to Be Featured on Internet-Connected TVs
For the past several years I’ve been attending the TAGIE Awards (The Toy & Game Inventor Awards). Held during CHITAG, the Chicago Toy & Game Fair, I’ve watched the event grow tremendously. This year’s event, held at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, was completely sold out. It was hosted by Tim Walsh (inventor of Tribond and Blurt and now filmmaker for the movie Toyland) who has a great comedic style. Hasbro inventor relations’ main man, Mike Hirtle, gave the keynote address. For me, there were two highlights during the evening. The first was the lifetime achievement award presented to Eddie Goldfarb. He has created more popular toys than can be named here. However, some of his highlights include Yakity Yak Chattering Teeth, Ker Plunk, and Battling Tops. The second highlight was watching Kate Daniels win the Young Inventor Award. It was presented by Seth Calvin, the 2009 winner, and John Ratzenberger (of Cheers and Toy Story fame. He’s the voice of Hamm the piggy bank). I also enjoyed the open bar. . . perhaps a little too much.
ASTRA is gearing up to better serve its members in 2011 through media outreach, seminars, and a redesigned website.
Toy Industry Association has a host of activities planned for Toy Fair 2011.
- Scholastic Launches Books for iPad
- Grover Gets an App
- Barney Gets an App
- New Licensees for M&M’s
- RC2, Disney Extend The First Years Agreement
- aNb Media Hires Losi
- Kang-Huneke Upped at Sesame
Mattel, Inc., just announced the appointment of Bryan Stockton, Mattel’s president of International, to the new position of chief operating officer (COO), effective immediately. Mattel says this action further aligns the company’s senior leadership team with the company’s global strategic initiative to be the largest, most profitable, and fastest growing toy company. Stockton will report to Robert A. Eckert, chairman and CEO of Mattel, as will Mattel’s finance, legal and human resources functions.
- Consumers to Receive More Money in Their Paychecks
- News and Notes from this Holiday Season
- Hasbro Signs Deal with Italy’s Mediaset