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My Design Group Celebrate Their 5th Birthday in 2016

My Design Group Celebrate Their 5th Birthday in 2016

2016 marks the 5th Birthday of My Design Group (MDG), the Melbourne based design agency who specialise in licensed product design and art. The Bugg Report spoke to Stephanie Mystek, founder of MDG, to discuss her journey so far and what the future holds for her business and the design industry. Steph, for those who…

The Next Billion Dollar Industry

The Next Billion Dollar Industry

Dan Amos is Head of New Media of Tinderbox, the dedicated digital division of leading global brand extension agency, Beanstalk. To the uninitiated, eSports – organised competitions where professional gamers battle each other for money – might seem like a peculiar thing. Nevertheless, this is a phenomenon o en referred to as the next billion…

The Emoji Company Expands into Australia and New Zealand

The Emoji Company Expands into Australia and New Zealand

“Pictures can say more than a thousand words” and the usage of icons and pictographs in the world of digital communication has become a daily habit. From a simple laughing face in a text message, to a series of expressive icons to describe an event like a wedding day or the birth of a baby…

LIMA Australia Licensing Breakfast at Toy, Hobby & Licensing Fair

LIMA Australia Licensing Breakfast at Toy, Hobby & Licensing Fair

LIMA Australia successfully hosted its latest Licensing Breakfast event at this years Toy, Hobby & Licensing Fair this past Monday morning at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre. The event was popular with the industry and included well over 200 guests on the morning, from licensees, to retailers, to rights owners and many more. This…

Star Wars, Halo, Drones and New Technologies: The Trends and Tendencies of This Year’s Toy Fairs

Star Wars, Halo, Drones and New Technologies: The Trends and Tendencies of This Year’s Toy Fairs

Dan Amos is Head of New Media of Tinderbox, the dedicated digital division of leading global brand extension agency, Beanstalk. If recent reports are anything to go by, the global toy manufacturing sector is set for a prosperous 2016. According to data released by research company, The NPD Group, U.S. toy sales increased by 6.7…

Wide Eyes News from the Tube: The TV Industry in Australia

Wide Eyes News from the Tube: The TV Industry in Australia

This article is written by a leading industry expert and is focused on providing an up-to-date snapshot of the best opportunities in the market from a digital media and television perspective. The TV industry in Australia is experiencing rapid structural change with the launch in March 2015 of three separate subscription video on demand (SVOD)…

The Cost of a Gaming Experience 2.0: Is Apple TV a Viable Gaming Device?

The Cost of a Gaming Experience 2.0: Is Apple TV a Viable Gaming Device?

Dan Amos is Head of New Media of Tinderbox, the dedicated digital division of leading global brand extension agency, Beanstalk. When Apple revealed the latest edition of its television brainchild, Apple TV, in September this year, it was not the A8 processor or new and improved “tvOS” operating system that caught the majority’s attention. Instead,…

Observations From the Brand Licensing Europe Floor: The Fast-Evolving World of Digital Entertainment and its Implications for Licensed Products

Observations From the Brand Licensing Europe Floor: The Fast-Evolving World of Digital Entertainment and its Implications for Licensed Products

Dan Amos is Head of New Media of Tinderbox, the dedicated digital division of leading global brand extension agency, Beanstalk. At last month’s Brand Licensing Europe (BLE), the trade show for the European licensing industry, it was encouraging to see the greater than ever presence of digital entertainment properties. Leading developer studios such as Ubisoft,…

Brand Licensing Europe 2015 Wrap Up with Nickelodeon

Brand Licensing Europe 2015 Wrap Up with Nickelodeon

The Bugg Report was at Brand Licensing Europe (BLE) and had the chance to stop by the new Nickelodeon store at Leicester Square in London, which opened on the 30th of May this year. The store is a showcase for all things Nickelodeon, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT), SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, PAW…

The Rising Power of Gaming Communities and What They Mean for Brands

The Rising Power of Gaming Communities and What They Mean for Brands

Dan Amos is Head of New Media of Tinderbox, the dedicated digital division of leading global brand extension agency, Beanstalk. To the uninitiated, the growing popularity of eSports – spectators watching other people play games – might seem like a peculiar phenomenon. Individuals or teams are battling each other in titles such as Dota 2,…