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Business of Play News

Industry News - interviews, news, information about get-togethers we're hosting and more.

Importance of Play News

For consumers and anyone interested in toys and games and 

meeting the people behind the the products.


Legends and Legacies Profiles

There are many great stories and then there are those which are EPIC! 

ChiTAG White Papers

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Our Inventor & Innovation Conferences Experts weigh in on industry topics. 

Mark Thoma - Target to Buffalo Games, Crossfire!, Canned Pumpkin and More!

What do you do in the industry? I’m a newbie at Buffalo Games as their VP of Business Development. So, what does that mean? One day it could be evaluating a board game concept. Another day it’s pitching licensors. The next it’s brainstorming with a colleague a new business model to take to market. In short, I get to work on innovation, ideas & making connections. What are you working on now? Being 90 days in, I have much to learn from the team at Buffalo. I’m asking a lot of questions to learn the manufacturing side of the industry. I’ve also been spending a good deal of time assessing more macro trends and assortment gaps to develop a point of view on product for 2019-2020. Why and h

Fi Murray - Dream and Do

What do you do in the industry? Dream and do. I’m the Principal Creative at Vivid. I have a cross-departmental role that unifies design-led thinking across R&D, Marketing and Licensing with the mission to generate opportunities for Vivid’s portfolio. My time is spent heading up our global innovation hub, seeking disruptive opportunities and driving creativity across the company project teams. What are you working on now? The now and the future. The now is shaping our live portfolio and injecting ideation into our household brands. The future is looking after the portfolio all the way into 2021 – starting with gathering insights, then conceiving and converting ideas into what we term “360 bra

Diane Jones - A 'Plum' Job

What do you do in the industry? I’m the co-owner, along with my husband Jonathan, of Plum Products which is a family owned SME that innovates, designs, manufacturers and supplies a wide selection of kids toys for fun and active play. Why and how did you get into the Toy and Game industry? I started out as a litigation lawyer in Johannesburg and then went on to join an in-house legal team in a merchant bank in London. While on maternity leave after having had our son Paul, we decided to start our own business. We started out by representing sustainable suppliers of wood selling garden and barbeque fuel products into the UK. I continued to work part time to pay the mortgage while Jonathan sta

Jim Seymour - E-Blox Inc. on the Rise and Wiggling Eyeballs

What do you do in the industry? I’m one of the co-founders and Chief Technical Officer’s of E-Blox Inc. E-Blox is an emerging leader in educational electronic toys and products that engage children to Learn by Building. Our Mission at E-Blox is to bring educational toys to the industry that are tons of fun that kids build themselves while growing their knowledge in the sciences and arts and equipping them with the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century--and beyond! What are you working on now? I’m focused on bringing new educational toys to the toy industry that teach the fundamentals of STEM, STEAM and STREAM (adds Reading/wRiting aspects to STEAM) through fun, electronic based c

Jeremy Posner - Breaking out of a Creative Block

Breaking out of a creative block can be one of the most difficult things to do as a creative. There are many things you can do to try and un-snag your creative juices but getting those techniques to take can be a nightmare. I have been blocked up for weeks at a time and it can be incredibly frustrating. There are three main techniques I use to unblock my creativity, they are doing other activities, exercise, and surround yourself with creativity. Let’s explore doing other activities first. It seems counter-intuitive but just do some other stuff. Go for a walk, play the banjo, do whatever it is you can to try and move your brain away from struggling to be creative. A creative block can b

Ishkabibbles - Just for Fun!  

Play in Education News

For educators, librarians, homeschooling families and parents

who are interested in using play to aid learning.

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