Ashley Holman on innovation, inventors and plans for his new toy firm, ToyTopic

With partnerships in place with the likes of Hasbro and WowWee, we spoke with Ashley about what ToyTopic is bringing to the industry.

Ed Gamble and James Acaster’s Off Menu podcast gets apparel collection with Percival

The Percival range spans sweatshirts and t-shirts embodied with icons like a genie’s lamp, ice cream and pizza slices featuring James and Ed.

Campbell’s teams with CAMP for soup-scented candles

The limited edition Campbell’s candles come in two scents: Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese and Chicken Noodle Soup

Brand & Retail UK’s Pitch Smarter Conference moves to February

“Visitor safety was always on my mind and I think we will be in a better position later in February,” said Event Director Ryan Beaird.

Maurizio Distefano Licensing to helm products push for Corto Maltese

The cult character has been described by Maurizio Distefano, President of Maurizio Distefano Licensing, as “an iconic and intriguing brand for adults”.

The Cartoon Museum readies Dredd@45 exhibition

“We’re excited to see the Cartoon Museum focus on Judge Dredd and the artists who have made him come alive for millions of readers over the past forty-five years,” said Jason Kingsley OBE, CEO of Rebellion.

2022 predictions in 22 words

We asked industry figures to sum up their predictions, hopes and fears around what the next 12 months has up its sleeve in just 22 words…

Signature Gifts’ Kevin Spindler on innovation, licensing challenges and the power of personalised products

Start Licensing’s Ian Downes speaks with Kevin Spindler – Group CEO of Signature Gifts – about what he looks for in a brand, the key to good relationships with licensors and the future of personalisation.

ARTiSTORY launches artist collaborations programme

“Artists get the opportunity to be associated with the world’s top museums, brands can provide consumers with access to their favourite artists via uniquely designed products endorsed by museums, and museums can engage new audiences,” said ARTiSTORY’s Alicia Chen.

Snowtap’s Susy Snow and Gracie Tapner on laughs, licensing and lucky neighbours

With their designs already enjoying success in the greetings cards space, Susy Snow and Gracie Tapner tell us about their exciting journey into licensing so far.

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