Interviews

Hinkler are Synonymous with Publishing Craft & Puzzles

Hinkler are Synonymous with Publishing Craft & Puzzles

For over three generations, the Ungar family has enjoyed a 65-year association with publishing and related industries. It was 24 years ago when they founded Hinkler. Stephen Ungar believed in his ability to steer Hinkler into the future when he bought his father, Robert Ungar, and other equal founding partner Terry Herbert out of the…

Showtime Attractions Innovators in Live Entertainment

Showtime Attractions Innovators in Live Entertainment

Keith Brown founded Showtime Attractions in 1995. Keith learnt his trade with the very famous Silvers Circus. From humble beginnings doing face painting and balloon modelling, Showtime Attractions has grown into Australia’s leading event production company. Further evolution was realised in 2012 with the launch of Santa’s Magical Kingdom. This event has also been duplicated…

Vimwood is Leading the Fashion Accessories Race

Vimwood is Leading the Fashion Accessories Race

Since Licensing Expo, Vimwood has continued to push ahead striving for market leadership in the fashion accessory category. From our earlier conversations we have learnt of their passion for process, quality and innovation, which has stood them in good stead to lead the market. Along with their diverse licensed portfolio including Disney, Warner Bros., Shopkins, Turtles…

Feature Interview with Gisela Abrams | VP International Media Business, Asia-Pacific

Feature Interview with Gisela Abrams | VP International Media Business, Asia-Pacific

The Bugg Report recently had the chance to sit with Gisela Abrams and interview her on all the latest updates from the world of Sesame Workshop. Gisela, it’s been several months since you announced your regional partnership with HeadStart for toys in Australia & New Zealand. Can you provide us with an update on this?…

Feature Interview | Moose Toys is an Australian Success Story

Feature Interview | Moose Toys is an Australian Success Story

As part of our exclusive feature interview section in The Bugg Report, we have been fortunate to pose some searching questions to Manny Stul in relation to just how he managed to deliver such an enormous success story. Australia is a relatively small country and often credited with punching well above its size and weight…

We Interview Marco Hüsges | CEO & Founder of The Emoji Company at Brand Licensing Europe 2017

We Interview Marco Hüsges | CEO & Founder of The Emoji Company at Brand Licensing Europe 2017

Six months on from the Licensing Expo and we are now in London at Brand Licensing Europe. We have witnessed this amazing creation by Marco Hüsges pretty much from the beginning. We have followed his progress and reported on his many successes along the way. The business of licensing is more often than not pigeon…

Anna Knight to Deliver Brand Licensing Europe in London

Anna Knight to Deliver Brand Licensing Europe in London

The Bugg Report checked in with Anna Knight, UBM’s new Brand Director for Brand Licensing Europe (BLE), just prior to the show in October 2017. BLE is by the numbers the second largest licensing event in the calendar year. The most significant category of character & entertainment licensing is worth $38 billion in Europe and…

Feature Interview with Philippe Heron | Managing Director International at Laser Pegs

Feature Interview with Philippe Heron | Managing Director International at Laser Pegs

We recently had the opportunity to meet with Philippe Heron from Laser Pegs at this year’s Australian Toy Hobby & Licensing Fair in March. We spoke to Philippe about Laser Pegs and the origins of the business. We also discussed their plans for the Australian & New Zealand markets now and in the future. Philippe,…

Feature Interview with Peter Maule | Global Head of Licensing at Nitro Circus

Feature Interview with Peter Maule | Global Head of Licensing at Nitro Circus

Nitro Circus continues to gather momentum, playing to sell-out crowds across five continents. Nitro Circus now has a legitimate footprint across Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South Africa. Travis Pastrana continues to push the barriers in terms of extreme action stunts, which continues to attract huge audiences around the globe. We spoke to Travis…

Feature Interview with Kirrin Tilbrook | Vimwood Focus on Exposure and Growth

Feature Interview with Kirrin Tilbrook | Vimwood Focus on Exposure and Growth

We last spoke to Kirrin Tilbrook (General Manager of Vimwood Australia) in March about her plans to increase Vimwood’s market share and presence at retail in Australia. We also focused on her desire for the company to become more visible in terms of retailer profile. Vimwood’s very unique model sees them specialising in accessorised concepts…