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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! 

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

Melissa Mohn interviewed by Peggy Brown, a Loyal Subject of the Peaceable Kingdom

I am a loyal subject of the Peaceable Kingdom. I like it here. People are cooperative, the aesthetics are charming, and there are plenty of warm fuzzies to go around. In recent times, PK has been annexed by the nation of Mindware, and because of this, I would like to share this interview with Melissa Mohn, Peaceable Kingdom’s relatively new benevolent leader. PB: How has it gone since taking over the helm of the realm of Peaceable Kingdom? MM: It has been quite the ride! It was so very clear to from day one that people love this brand. So, there was a lot of pressure not to mess it up! I’ve been very lucky to work with a team of dedicated artists, inventors and developers that love and care

Peggy Brown - What’s the Point?

Being a pro designer/ inventor is not for the squeamish. Don’t get me wrong, I love my work, and I love the industry, but it’s a lot like having a problem gambling addiction. Each new concept is like a scratch-off lottery ticket. Not getting rejected in the pitch meeting is like scratching off the first number. Hey- there’s a number under there! Okay, let’s try the next one – (scratch scratch scratch) my widget made it to the brand review meeting! Scratchy scratch-scratch – Option Agreement! Scratch scratch #fail. POOF! It’s over. NEXT! I have adopted a motto: “Hurry up if you’re gonna reject it – your competitors are waiting.” It’s all just making good products, and then dropping them into

Karri Bean - Kids are Amazing Inventors!

On my first day of work at Hasbro at the Games Group in East Longmeadow, MA, I’ll never forget walking up the stairs and seeing the images of Twister, Connect 4, Jenga, Monopoly, all the games I LOVED as a kid, painted on the hallowed halls of one of the biggest toy companies in the world…and I could not believe I was lucky enough to be actually working there! I had asked myself many times in my career, “Why didn’t you think of this industry sooner??” As a kid, I honestly never had a thought that people actually made toys…blame it on Santa Claus, blame it being geographically challenged (I grew up in a small town in Vermont) but I just even gave the toy industry a thought until I was *coug

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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