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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. 

David Hoyt LOVES MAKING PUZZLES & GAMES!

What do you do in the industry? I invent puzzles and games and have licensed products to Hasbro, Mattel and a whole host of other companies. I also create syndicated word puzzles and games that are played by more than 10 million people each day in newspapers, books, online and apps. I LOVE MAKING PUZZLES & GAMES! What is your claim to fame in the industry? I am the author of the Jumble puzzle seen in more than 600 newspapers. I create it with amazing cartoonist and game inventor Jeff Knurek. It’s the world’s # 1 daily syndicated word game. What are you working on now? My wife Claire and I founded the David L. Hoyt Education Foundation. The DLHEF was formed to provide, support and encourage p

Ivan Coronas - working with Prototypes, Internet Gadgets, Papers, Slime and Dust

What do you do in the industry? I’m the innovation manager. But actually what does more describe innovation department we are a team of local inventors for IMC toys. What is your claim to fame in the industry? Being innovative, having fun, and surprising the audience. Why and how did you get into the Toy and Game industry? A girl friend colleague was working at IMC and I realized that there were engineers making toys. I saw they were looking for product engineer and I switched from 3D design consulting in a huge company to a medium company, called IMC toys. What are you working on now? We are working on new projects, trying to reinforce our stronger brands, try to cure or weakest ones, and t

Ivan Moscovich - Survivor, Inventor, Artist and Inspiration

(Ivan & Anitta Moscovich with Educational Insights' Robot Face Race) Ivan Moscovich is known by many descriptors—a survivor, an inventor, an artist, and an inspiration, to name a few. When I talk to many who know Ivan, however, a friend is how they describe him most fondly, with a smile. Ivan has led a remarkable life. While only a teenager, he was taken from his home in Yugoslavia and imprisoned in five concentration camps—including Auschwitz—where he faced unbelievable physical hardships and unimaginable emotional strife, which, despite Ivan’s will to persevere, have tormented him throughout the years that followed his liberation. He acknowledges in his published memoir, The Puzzleman, tha

Nina Hahn - Heart, Fart and Smart

WHAT DO YOU DO IN THE INDUSTRY? For the better part of 20+ years I have consistently been able to tell my kids that I have the best kids content job at Nickelodeon ever -- every day I get to go to work and look for really great projects, with really great people, from every corner of the world and under every rock imaginable. It's a really fun way to work because it keeps you young, makes you happy, and most of all inspires you to build and develop content that resonates emotionally with kids around the world. Basically, it's equal parts heart, fart, smart every day! WHAT'S YOUR WORKSPACE SET UP LIKE? I suppose there's no actual "set up" - and that's what makes it so much fun. I work in a

Elizabeth Hargrave - Wingspan, Breeding Foxes, Tussie Mussie and More!

What do you do in the industry? I design board games. What is your claim to fame in the industry? My first game, Wingspan, made quite a splash upon its release, including a feature article in the New York Times. Its official retail release was in March 2019, but it sold out immediately. Several more print runs are on the way. Why and how did you get into the Toy and Game industry? I had been playing hobby board games for years but was dissatisfied with how so many of the most popular games stick in just a few lanes for their themes: fantasy, science fiction, trains, historical trading routes in the Mediterranean. I decided to make a game about something I’m actually interested in. What are y

Ishkabibbles - Just for Fun!  

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