What makes sizzles sizzle? Video producer Stuart Turner on making the first ten seconds count

How to Make a Pitch Sizzle: Stuart Turner, co-founder at DMI Productions, discusses videos that sell.

Tiger Monkey Design’s Tucker Johnson on why being a fan can be dangerous for designers

Tiger Monkey Design’s Tucker Johnson discusses his route into design – and why Hasbro’s Xevoz line was ahead of its time.

US Toy Fair drops New Orleans plan and recommits to New York

“It has become abundantly clear through the passionate reaction, that the place holds as much or more importance than the date,” read a statement from Aaron Muderick and The Toy Association Board of Directors.

Hasbro and Girl Up to launch Girl Innovators of Play initiative in 2024

“Girl Innovators of Play is the next step in Hasbro’s commitment to collaborating with and celebrating innovative women and girls with ground-breaking ideas,” said Kim Boyd, Head of Toy at Hasbro.

Joking Hazard strikes partnership with M.O.B Vanguard

The deal sees Joking Hazard get first refusal on the English language versions of M.O.B. Vanguard’s games.

LEGO to launch Animal Crossing sets in 2024

“One of the challenges was to make sure that customisation of the sets was simple so builders could experience the freedom they have in the game,” said Simon Kent, Creative Lead and Design Director at the LEGO Group.

Ravensburger to expand reach of Disney Lorcana in 2024

The game will be available in a raft of new territories, including Spain, Mexico and Norway.

BLE and Licensing Expo to put the spotlight on play in 2024

“We are dedicating 2024 to Brands in Play, a theme that will run as an undercurrent across BLE and Licensing Expo to spotlight the incredible innovations in play,” said Anna Clarke, SVP of Licensing at Informa Markets.

Spin Master to acquire Melissa & Doug for $950m

“What excites us so much about Melissa & Doug is the power of their brand, their deep knowledge in developmental play and their passion for creativity, imagination and sustainability,” said Max Rangel, Spin Master’s Global President and CEO.

“I want us to be one of the most creative IP houses in the world”: Toikido’s Darran Garnham on collabs, collectibles and creativity

Toikido CEO and Founder Darran Garnham discusses the origins of Piñata Smashlings ­– and why he wants it to become the Fortnite for under 12s.

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