COMPANIES / CONSUMER PRODUCTS
With sales of its girl-skewing toys up 21%, Rhode Island-based Hasbro swung to profitability during the first quarter of 2014. Hasbro’s results tell a different story from its closest competitor, Mattel, which posted quarterly net losses of US$11.2 million last week after a 14% decline in Barbie sales.
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Tablets and linear TV have long shared a convoluted relationship. And in many cases, the former has been touted as being a strong exponent of the latter. With 30% of its content focused on kids, year-old Swedish cloud-based TV operator Magine’s latest data shines a light on kids` evolving viewing habits and reveals that children are more inclined to watch shows on tablets than their parents.
With Peanuts Worldwide significantly boosting its content strategy over the past year, the company has named FranceTV Distribution as its global distribution partner for 500 new Peanuts shorts, which will all be produced in France at Normaal Animation’s studios.
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Industry vet and former FremantleMedia children’s exec Andrew Berman is focusing his attention on youth health and wellness after being tapped by New York-based Veria Living Worldwide to handle global sales for the young Yogapalooza brand.