Global CP Leader Simon Waters Transitions to Head Hasbro’s Power Rangers Franchise

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PAWTUCKET, RI – August 6, 2018 – Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) today announced that Casey Collins will be joining the company as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Global Consumer Products effective immediately.  Collins assumes the role from Simon Waters, who will be taking on a new position as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Hasbro’s recently acquired Power Rangers franchise. 

“Over the past eight years, Simon has done an excellent job building our Global Consumer Products business, consistently delivered excellent results and taking our brands into innumerable new categories and venues,” said John Frascotti, President, Hasbro. “Simon’s experience leading Consumer Products, combined with his highly valued franchise thinking, creative vision, and entertainment experience make him the ideal person to lead the Power Rangers team and ensure full activation of the Power Rangers brand globally across our brand blueprint.”





The Genius of Play’s New Report Reveals Crucial Role of Play in Raising Children to be Creative


New York, NY | July 24, 2018 – As educational priorities in the United States continue to shift towards test-taking skills vs. original thinking, how can we raise our children to become competitive in the international arena and promote invention and innovation? A panel of experts recently convened by The Genius of Play and the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation in Washington, DC explored just that. The consensus? Allowing kids ample time and opportunities to play will nurture their creative spirit and give them the tools they’ll need as adults to discover solutions to our most pressing world issues.

Findings from the panel, which took place at the National Museum of American History, are included in a new report that is now available: ”Raising a Generation of Inventors: How Play Fosters Creativity and Innovative Thinking in Children.”

“There’s no denying that we are faced with a creativity crisis, with studies showing that American creativity has been on the decline since the 1990s. Unfortunately, really young children are suffering the most,” said Ken Seiter, executive vice president of marketing communications at The Toy Association. “Many parents and educators see playtime as an extracurricular activity, when in fact it is crucial to helping children learn how to think outside of the box, and instrumental in ensuring a bright and prosperous future for our country. We hope this report will encourage more families and schools to let kids flex their creativity through play.”

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Fall Toy Preview 2018 Promises to be a Game Changer

Buyer Registration Up 23 Percent Over 2017


New York, NY | July 24, 2018 –In just the first month since attendee registration opened for Fall Toy Preview2018, the industry’s premier fall marketplace for mass, long-lead, and specialty buyers has seen a 23 percent surge in registered retailers compared to the same period last year. Show organizers are optimistic that registration numbers will continue to rise as the October 2 to 4 show in Dallas, TX draws near.

“We are expecting Fall Toy Preview 2018 to be the most dynamic and energetic show in recent history, with a diverse array of large and small retailers looking to grab market share of toy sales lost by the closure of traditional toy outlets,” said Tim Knock, director of audience relations at The Toy Association, the organization that produces the show. “Retailers are seizing the opportunity to secure their piece of the toy business in their cities and communities. At Fall Toy Preview they will find the most comprehensive gathering of brands with ready-to-preview 2019 lines.”

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