The Playground Podcast

The Playground Podcast

By Chris Byrne & Richard Gottlieb
Join Chris Byrne, The Toy Guy® and Richard Gottlieb, president Global Toy Experts on their new podcast
Two industry experts will tackle the topics of the toys, culture, toy history and talk with some of the leading people in the business of toys and children’s entertainment. Designed for anyone interested in toys, play and great stories, each weekly episode will feature engaging, entertaining conversation, useful information, insights, tales of the toys that we’ll never forget and so much more.
As they say, if it concerns toys and play, we’ll be kicking it around in The Playground.
More places to listen

More places to listen

A Conversation with The Hong Kong Trade Development council
Richard and Chris talk tariffs with Ralph Chow, Regional Director, Americas, Hong Kong Trade Development Council. They talk tariffs, the changing face of the toy supply chains and how Hong Kong is continuing its leadership position in the global toy industry. Plus, a special event coming in September, 2019 seeking to foster greater partnerships between U.S. and Hong Kong companies. Join us!
25:31
June 11, 2019
Licensing in 2019: A Conversation with Maura Regan, President Licensing International Part 2
Richard and Chris continue the conversation with Maura Regan, president of Licensing International, talking about the state of the business, the power of character and more on the power of licensing as a profitable business strategy in 2019. Plus, how companies can work with the newly re-branded Licensing International to make the most of their licensing efforts. 
24:57
June 3, 2019
Licensing in 2019: A Conversation with Maura Regan, President Licensing International Part 1
Chris and Richard talk with Maura Regan, president of the newly re-branding Licensing International. Listen as they discuss the state of the licensing business in 2019 and insights into the power of licensing to build and expand brands.  
24:32
June 3, 2019
Tariffs: Implications & Predictions. A Conversation with the Toy Association
With the release of List 4, tariffs of up to  25 percent appear increasingly likely on finished goods, as soon as July. Richard and Chris talk to Ed Desmond and Rebecca Mond about the tariff issue and its implications for the toy industry. We talk about what the Toy Association is doing, the current climate in Washington, and how members of the industry can get involved. 
32:17
May 22, 2019
A Conversation with Tech Expert Robin Raskin - Part 2
Richard and Chris continue their conversation with Robin Raskin from Living in Digital Times. In this episode, they talk about the demise of Anki and its implications for toys and play, STEM in tech, changes in the family dynamics around tech and some best parenting practices around tech and kids. 
24:43
May 15, 2019
A Conversation with Tech Expert Robin Raskin - Part 1
Richard and Chris sit down with family technology expert Robin Raskin, founder and president of Living in Digital Times. They talk about current technology, CES, and the role of tech in family entertainment and, of course, toys. 
21:26
May 15, 2019
Stem Toys Substantive Learning...Or Marketing Tool?
Richard Gottlieb and Chris Byrne talk about the hot issue of STEM and STEAM in toys and play and their role in development. From the foundational to the curricular, they talk about how all play for kids is learning based and what makes a good STEM/STEAM toys.
21:24
May 8, 2019
Talking About the China Toy Market (and more) From the Guangzhou Toy & Edu Fair
Richard and Chris talk about developments in the domestic Chinese toy market, implications for the broader international toy business, and, of course, some fun stuff. Recorded on the floor of the show in Guangzhou, China. 
20:54
May 1, 2019
Toy Fair & 2019 Trends, Continued
Richard and Chris continue the conversation about Toy Fair and product trends, with a (very) brief conversation about the evolution of the New York Toy Fair. 
20:21
April 26, 2019
2019 Trends & Toy Fair Wrap-Up
Richard and Chris talk about news coming out of the Toy Fairs as the toy year heats up. Plus, a conversation about some of the trends that will be shaping the business in 2019. 
31:30
April 22, 2019
Introduction to The Playground! Come play with us!
Richard Gottlieb and Chris Byrne introduce The Playground Podcast, and you're invited to join us!
07:42
April 22, 2019
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