Hasbro is once again soliticiting fans to help design a new Transformers character.
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After 15 years with the company, Mattel’s chief executive and chairman Bryan Stockton (pictured) is resigning from his position, as Christopher Sinclair takes the reins as chairman and interim CEO.
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Ink Global has secured 11 new Italian licensing deals for Russian animated preschool series Masha and the Bear.
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US retail toy sales grew by 4% to US$18.08 billion and Disney’s Frozen was the top US property in 2014, according to the latest numbers from market research firm The NPD Group.
The Jim Henson Company’s third-party licensing and distribution label, HIP (Henson Independent Properties), has struck a number of broadcast and digital licensing deals for preschool series Lily’s Driftwood Bay.
SVOD service Amazon Prime Instant Video UK is diving deeper into kids programming, thanks to a new multi-program deal with FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment.
- Webinar: COPPA enforcement and lessons learned from Yelp, TinyCo and past FTC cases (kidSAFE)
- YouTube network Fullscreen launches film division starring digital-native talent (The Hollywood Reporter)
- With Pixar vets on hand, Oculus to make virtual reality movies (Wall Street Journal)
- Substance over style: Predictions for this year’s gaming industry (The Guardian)