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Ofcom’s latest media report finds that tablets are increasingly being used as a default entertainment screen, particularly among younger children in the UK.
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Michael Smith, CEO of Yip Yap, thinks the last thing kids need is their own smartphone. So his startup designed a Bluetooth-enabled device that connects to parents’ phones instead. Smith tells iKids about Pipsqueak’s plans to face a crowded market through innovative hardware and software.
- Chinese market expected to drive more than half of Walmart’s growth over the next decade (CNBC)
- It’s a month until Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuts and Hasbro is running low on toy inventory (Quartz)
- The worlds of Muppets and crumpets collide in British brand Warburtons’ new ad (Fast Company)
- When it comes to girls and STEM toys, who will be the big winners this holiday? (Fortune)
Preschool brand Peppa Pig contributed to a 42% rise in pre-tax profit for Entertainment One during the first half of the company’s fiscal year, and the franchise’s US$1 billion in retail sales are expected to double by 2020.
DHX Media reported revenue of US$48 million for Q1 2016, a nearly 50% jump over last year, thanks in part to new digital platform deals and global expansion. To that effect, the company has just inked two new non-exclusive content deals in China.
- Media companies say they are having a Netflix problem, so which will be first to forgo short-term profits for the good of the industry? (The Wall Street Journal)
- Star Wars toys deliver the force to Asian manufacturers, driving a 10.9% jump in US toy imports (Bloomberg)
- Why online videos are still king for PewDiePie and his 40 million fans (The Guardian)
- What Mark Zuckerberg knows about the future (Fast Company)