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According to The NPD Group’s new Interactive Gaming Toys report, 40% of parents in the US own at least one toys-to-life franchise and have spent an average of US$131 on this gaming segment in the past six months.
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In a period of uncertainty involving new CRTC broadcast regulations and the recent loss of its Disney license, Canada’s DHX Media posted record Q3 fiscal results driven by its digital distribution and TV businesses.
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The founder of Columbia University’s Digital Storytelling Lab gives us an inside look at his work at the University and how the Lab is designing stories for the 21st Century.
- Reese Witherspoon to produce and star in Disney’s new live-action movie Tink (Variety)
- Future is murky for Viacom and CBS, as 91-year-old Sumner Redstone remains cloistered in his mansion (Los Angeles Times)
- Pac-Man’s creator on taking inspiration from pizza and designing for both male and female audiences (TIME)
- Creepy or cute? Google patents internet-connected toys that can run the home (BBC)
In a move that expands the digital content library of its exclusive Fireman Sam hub on Amazon.com, Mattel has released Fireman Sam: Hero Adventures, a new Android preschool app from its HIT Entertainment division.
Manchester, England-based Character World has snagged the bedroom textiles and accessories licenses for a trio of surefire Disney blockbuster movies – Ant-Man, Inside Out and Star Wars: Episode VII.
iKids Weekly looks at the top 10 paid apps for iPad and iPhone for kids ages five and under in the US, including which offerings are most popular for each device.
- Spotify gets into video streaming game (Globe and Mail)
- Demand for mobile phones and large-screen TVs boost Best Buy’s Q1 profit in the US (Reuters)
- 3D-printing company designs dolls with birthmarks, hearing aids after #ToyLikeMe social media campaign goes viral (Huffington Post)
- Microsoft’s latest TV play for Xbox One could entice viewers to cut the cord (Multichannel News)
Kids across the UK can now read about their favorite on-screen World of Warriors and Boj characters in more magazines, thanks to a range of new publishing deals.