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Toy of the Year Finalists Featured on Amazon

 

New York, NY | November 13, 2018 – The Toy Foundation (TTF) announced today that the 2019 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Award finalists are available online at Amazon (amazon.com/toty) through February 2019, providing shoppers with unique access to a comprehensive list of the hottest toys of the season curated by toy and play experts.

Frequently referred to as the “Oscars” of the toy industry, The Toy of the Year Awards program annually recognizes the top toys of the year, from classic board games to innovative tech toys. Shoppers can trust that these are some of the hottest toys for children of all ages, as they’ve been vetted by the esteemed industry awards program and backed by Amazon.

The TOTY Awards program supports the work of The Toy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the North American toy industry, and serves as a critical fundraiser to enable TTF to provide joy and comfort to millions of children in need. TOTY finalist companies have donated funds to the Foundation in support of a research-based program that will explore the role of play in trauma-informed care for pediatric hospital patients and their families.

“The generous spirit of the toy industry is alive and well this holiday season! Thanks to the support of the TOTY finalist companies and all our donors throughout the year, we are able to bring the joy of play to children who are sick, suffering, or otherwise in need,” said Jean Butler, executive director at The Toy Foundation. “Specifically, funding from the TOTY program will help TTF further an initiative with Nemours Children’s Health System, as we work together to develop a new hospital program that will support and comfort sick children.”

This year’s TOTY finalists were reviewed and ranked by 19 expert judges, who considered each product’s creativity, design, play value, and marketing, before narrowing the field of more than 500 nominees to a slate of 123 finalists. Winners will be announced in February 2019. Voting for TOTY 2019 is now open; winners will be announced during a celebration in New York City on February 15, 2019. To view the full slate of finalists, visit www.ToyAwards.org.

 

ABOUT THE TOY FOUNDATION     www.toyfoundation.org

The Toy Foundation (TTF) is a 501(c)3 children’s charity whose mission is to provide joy and comfort to children in need through the experience of toys and play.  TTF serves children who are coping with serious illness, enduring temporary home placements in the foster care system, suffering from abuse or neglect, experiencing separation from a deployed military parent, or dealing with devastating natural disasters. To date, TTF’s signature program, The Toy Bank, has provided more than $200 million in toys to 25 million children in need around the globe, thanks to its generous toy donors.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:  Adrienne Appell
The Toy Association
646.520.4863
aappell@toyassociation.org

 

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2018 BEYBLADE BURST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER CROWNED

 

Latvia’s National Champion “Balanced Defender” Rose to the Top After 24 Talented, Young Competitors from Around the World Battled at Kidexpo Event in Paris, France

 

Paris – November 7, 2018 – On Saturday, November 3, thousands of people came to cheer on their countries’ national champions in a whole day of fierce competition featuring 24 talented, young Bladers from all around the world. The 2018 BEYBLADE BURST World Championship, which took place at Kidexpo in Paris, France, crowned its winner after 6 hours of epic battling. The victor, Latvia’s “Balanced Defender,” earned the ultimate victory.

Balanced Defender, who took home a gleaming trophy, a participatory medal and a personalized illustration done by the author of the BEYBLADE BURST manga series from Corocoro Comic magazine, Hiro Morita, was joined by 2nd place winner Shin Sang Hyeon from South Korea and 3rd place winner Shuai Shuai from Taiwan. All three champions were thrilled to represent their countries on the podium after traveling thousands of miles to complete on the grand stage. The epic finale of the World Championship featured appearances by YouTube stars Swan & Neo, as well as BEYBLADE BURST manga artist Hiro Morita, delighting fans of all ages and nationalities.

In addition to the 2018 BEYBLADE BURST World Championship competition, Kidexpo, which took place from October 31-November 4, featured a BEYBLADE BURST booth where fans of the brand got to participate in free battles, not only with each other, but against known YouTube influencers and special guests like the official World Championship MCs Storm & Light and judge Blader Ken.

 

 

About Nelvana

Nelvana is a world-leading international producer and distributor of children’s animated and live-action content. Nelvana produces a stable of award-winning and globally renowned brands that focus on comedies, preschool and boys action series and ancillary consumer products programs. Nelvana’s content airs on Corus Entertainment’s kids channels in Canada and in over 160 countries around the world. The Nelvana library has well over 4,000 episodes of programming and has received over 70 major international program awards including Emmys® and Geminis. Visit the Nelvana website at nelvana.com. Follow Nelvana Enterprises on Twitter @NelvanaEnt

 

About SUNRIGHTS INC.

SUNRIGHTS, INC. is an entertainment rights management company backed by one of the top advertising agencies in Japan, Asatsu DK, and the trading conglomerate Mitsubishi Corp. Located in New York City, SUNRIGHTS directly manages the development of intellectual property globally outside of Asia. Learn more about us at http://sunrightsinc.com.

 

About d-rights Inc.

d-rights, Inc. is a key player in international production of animated content for families and children globally. It is recognized for brands such as Beyblade, B-Daman, and Scan2Go. d-rights manages every aspect of content creation from production to distribution, financing, marketing and product licensing. Co-owned by Asatsu-DK Inc. (ADK) who distributes popular titles including "Yu-Gi-Oh!", "Doraemon", "Crayon Shin-chan" and "One piece", and Mitsubishi Corporation, d-rights assumes a key role in the global business. Check our properties at http://www.d-rights.com.

 

About TOMY Company, Ltd.

TOMY is a comprehensive toy and content company that produces a wide variety of products and characters for people of all ages and nationalities, and has more than 90 year of history since its founding. Generations of families have enjoyed our all-time favorites such as Plarail, Tomica, and Licca, and such toy lines as Beyblade and Transformers have become genuine global phenomena. As a 21st century toymaker TOMY will continue to make products which reflect the changing times as we fulfill our Corporate Mission which is to “create new value from play” for people all over the world.

 

About Hasbro

Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World's Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, BABY ALIVE and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. Through its entertainment labels, Allspark Pictures and Allspark Animation, the Company is building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Hasbro is committed to making the world a better place for children and their families through corporate social responsibility and philanthropy. Hasbro ranked No. 5 on the 2018 100 Best Corporate Citizens list by CR Magazine, and has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere Institute for the past seven years. Learn more at www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).

 

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Natasha.gross@sunrights-inc.com

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Retailers Team Up to Support Boys & Girls Clubs of America During Holiday Season

ATLANTANov. 1, 2018 -  This holiday season, retailers are rallying around Boys & Girls Clubs of America to support the organization who serves 4 million kids and teens during the after-school and summer time.  Seven partners will donate and encourage their customers to give back to the non-profit now through December 31, 2018. Today, 4,400 Boys & Girls Clubs serve all kids and teens, especially the ones that need it most. With the organization's vast reach to impact and enable youth to achieve a great future, there is an estimated 16 million Club alumni living today. In a study of Club alumni, more than half (54 percent) said their Boys & Girls Club saved their life.

Companies supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of America this holiday season include:

Old Navy
Nov. 23, 2018
This Black Friday, for every $1 pair of Cozy Socks sold in Old Navy stores, Old Navy will donate $1 to Boys & Girls Clubs, up to $1 million dollars!

Neiman Marcus
Nov. 1 – Dec. 31, 2018
Neiman Marcus is a proud partner of Boys & Girls Clubs of America Holiday Campaign by supporting arts education and programming at local Clubs this holiday season.

The Coca-Cola Company
Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2018
Family Dollar and Coca-Cola are teaming up with Boys & Girls Clubs to make a difference in your community.  When you buy participating Coca-Cola products at your Family Dollar, Coca-Cola and Family Dollar will donate 15% of purchases, up to ONE MILLION DOLLARS, to Boys & Girls Clubs.  

Family Dollar
Nov. 1 – Dec. 31, 2018
Give the gift of a great future with the purchase of a gift bag designed by Boys & Girls Club kids, with net proceeds to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Customers purchasing Family Dollar holiday-themed gift cards support the company's seasonal donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Forever 21
Nov. 2 – Dec. 24, 2018
For every Ugly Sweater Collection item sold from Nov. 2 – Dec. 24$1 will be donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, with a minimum donation of $25,000. Maximum donation of $100,000.

Buffalo Wild Wings
Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2018
Give the gift of Buffalo Wild Wings' signature sauce or dry seasonings this holiday season. Choose from 21 mouth-watering options with flavor sensations ranging from Sweet BBQ™ to Blazin'®, and $1 from every bottle sold bottle sold supports Boys & Girls Clubs of America's ALL STARS sports program.

Cedar Fair
Nov. 23 – Dec .31, 2018
Tickets sold during Winterfest events in select parks, beginning on Nov. 23, 2018 and ending on Dec. 31, 2018, will give guests an option to donate $5 to Boys & Girls Clubs of America during online checkout. Guests will also have the option to donate in person at participating Cedar Fair, L.P. Parks through coin collection boxes during Winterfest with 100% of the proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

For more details on the incredible partners that support Boys & Girls Clubs of America's holiday programs and how to participate, visit bgca.org.

"This holiday season, we're grateful to our corporate partners who give generously to champion the potential in every young person at Boys & Girls Clubs," said Julie Teer, chief development and public affairs officer at Boys & Girls Clubs of America. "Thank you also to the thousands of customers, including many Boys & Girls Club alumni, who will donate this holiday season. With your help, Boys & Girls Clubs help close the opportunity gap that exists for so many kids today – supporting and enabling impactful opportunities to the future problem-solvers, innovators, and leaders who will shape our world."

No matter the season, Boys & Girls Clubs of America encourages everyone to engage in community service and giving. Visit bgca.org to learn more about how to give back throughout the holidays and the rest of the year.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (bgca.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, 4,400 Clubs serve 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in Boys & Girls Clubs of America-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. Learn more at Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Facebook and Twitter.

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Crawford’s Corner LLC Announces Licensing Partnerships 
With Popular Kurio Tablet and IconLogin

 

Crawford’s Corner LLC, which owns the intellectual property for Crawford the Cat, the lively animated series from Perennial Pictures Film Corporation, announced today two new licensing partnerships, with KD Interactive’s Kurio tablet and the IconLogin Lock Screen. Kurio is a best-selling line of kid-safe tablets and smart devices. A new Kurio tablet release in 2019 will come preloaded with Crawford the Cat content, including an app with the animated series and a screen-unlocking feature that uses Crawford the Cat icons as the passcode. Current Kurio tablet users will receive notifications as soon as new Crawford the Cat content becomes available.

Crawford the Cat is the animated series on healthy habits for young children, ages 2-7 used by thousands of educators in classrooms across the nation to teach kids about good citizenship and healthy habits. Addressing young kids using colloquial and contemporary language, the crafty feline exemplifies behaviors kids instantly want to watch and model over and over again. 

IconLogin Ltd, which operates from the United Kingdom, is a branded Lock Screen App publisher. The Kurio Tablet will feature a Lock Screen App containing a branded Crawford the Cat Keypad; the App and the Keypad are free to use. 

 

About Crawford's Corner LLC
 
Crawford's Corner LLC owns the intellectual property for Crawford the Cat, the lively animated series created and initiated in 2003 by Perennial Pictures Film Corporation, based in Indianapolis, ID. Embraced by early childhood educators in classrooms as well as kids nationwide, Crawford the Cat teaches young children, ages 2-7, about social etiquette, personal responsibility and healthy habits, such as oral hygiene, hand washing, nutrition and playing well with others. 
 
The complete Crawford the Cat library, available on Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube, currently includes 13 five-minute episodes, online games an an iPad app. For educators, there  are companion lesson plans, printables and ebooks available. For more information visit www.crawfordthecat.com.
 
 
About IconLogin Limited
 
IconLogin Limited is a publisher of picture password Lock Screen Apps under the registered trademark: You Brand In Their Hand®. The technology behind the picture passwords is protected by two worldwide patents. The underlying software is used for secure mutual authentication via picture passwords to overcome all of today’s major threats to the security of online login credentials. See www.iconlogin.com.

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THE EMOJI COMPANY PARTNERS WITH RETAIL MONSTER FOR THE US MARKET

The emoji company has partnered with Retail Monster LLC to take its brand phenomenon to a new level

 

The emoji company (http://www.emoji.com) has appointed US brand extension company Retail Monster LLC (www.retailmonster.com) as its new US agent.

With their "Retailer First" strategy, Retail Monster will aggressively support and grow the brand in existing and new categories through retailer and licensee collaboration.  

"We are thrilled to work with Retail Monster- their best-in-class retail and licensing relationships are what the emoji company was looking for to evolve the emoji® brand at retail, and continue to establish the brand as an evergreen, universal lifestyle brand," says Marco Husges, chief executive officer and founder, the emoji company. "Retail Monster's ability to give a brand all-hands-on-deck focus will surely drive opportunities across retail."  

"We are excited to work with Marco and the team at the emoji company" says Michael Connolly, founder, Retail Monster LLC.  "The emoji® brand is one that connects with consumers of all ages, and we are thrilled to work with partners to drive meaningful, year-round cross-category opportunity through strong retail strategies and collaboration."  

About emoji® - The Iconic Brand

The emoji company is the owner of the registered emoji® trademark in more than 100 countries around the globe. Altogether the emoji company owns more than 800 trademarks and has created more than 16,000 icons protected under copyright laws and available for licensing and merchandising, promotions and marketing activities. The emoji company works with over 550 renown global partners including Sony Pictures Animation, Walmart, Fuji, Nestle, Tesco and Burger King and was ranked by the Licensing.biz Powerlist as the 3rd most influential brand in 2017 behind Lego and Coca Cola.  

www.emoji.com

The official emoji® brand moreover has been decorated by the industry as the 3rd most influential brand. For more information visit: www.emoji.com or contact: emojilicensing@emoji.com

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