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. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-playground-podcast/support

  1. 1.
    Looking Back. Looking Ahead. Celebrating Two Years of The Playground Podcast
    23:09
  2. 2.
    Running the Game: A Conversation with Filip Franke of Ravensburger
    38:25
  3. 3.
    Getting Your Mojo On: A Conversation with Billy Langsworthy, founder Mojo Nation
    35:43
  4. 4.
    Toikido Set To Launch: A Conversation with Founder Darran Garnham
    42:42
  5. 5.
    Toy Trends in China: A Conversation with John Tong & Jacqueline Vong
    45:07
  6. 6.
    Integrated Retail: Canada's Indigo Excels in Toys
    38:19
  7. 7.
    Trends in Play, Pandemic & Beyond: David Kleeman
    40:50
  8. 8.
    Insights for Inventors and E-Commerce Marketers: Zack Pentecost of Zuru
    40:25
  1. 9.
    Listening & Understanding Kids Helps Build Brands: Joel Silverman
    35:58
  2. 10.
    Technology, Media & Play: Gregg Stein, CEO of Skoog Media
    23:36
  3. 11.
    Behind the Scenes of a Streaming Series: Brian Volk-Weiss
    26:30
  4. 12.
    Chatting with "The Toyologist," Peter Jenkinson
    23:21
  5. 13.
    Dimian: A Family Company in the European Market
    24:26
  6. 14.
    Just Play: Co-Presidents Charlie Emby and Geoffrey Greenberg Talk Trends & 10 Years in Business
    33:41
  7. 15.
    Maximizing Digital Marketing: Cheyn Crangle of Margle Media
    46:48
  8. 16.
    2021--Preview of the Year Ahead, Part 2
    30:38
  9. 17.
    2020 -- Year in Review, Part 1
    29:03
  10. 18.
    Supply Chain Deep Dive: Gene Seroka of the Port of Los Angeles
    30:45
  11. 19.
    Take 10: What's Behind Rising Costs in China?
    6:14
  12. 20.
    Geoff Walker: The CEO of KidKraft on Innovation & Passion for Toy Making
    44:11
  13. 21.
    Trends, Insights & Powerful Research: Nick Richardson
    43:38
  14. 22.
    Take 10: Independent Toy Stores & the Pandemic
    5:53
  15. 23.
    Gerrick Johnson: Inside The Analyst's Process
    47:37
  16. 24.
    Jim McCafferty of JMP Creative: Talking Invention at the Magic Workshop
    39:37
  17. 25.
    David and Goliath: Mr. Norman on How You Play the Game
    40:46
  18. 26.
    Crazy Aaron and an Empire Built on Putty
    36:57
  19. 27.
    Kim Culmone: The Ultimate Designing Woman for Barbie and Mattel
    48:04
  20. 28.
    Take 10: Hong Kong, Shenzhen and What Changes Mean for the Toy Biz
    9:17
  21. 29.
    The Toy Hall of Fame: Chris Bensch of the Strong Museum
    37:19
  22. 30.
    Take 10: No Schoolyard Play & Implications for Toys: The Conversation
    6:10
  23. 31.
    Richard Dickson, President & COO, Mattel: Insights on Play, Products and the Corporation
    40:32
  24. 32.
    Alan Dorfman of Super Impulse: Building a Big Business on Tiny Toys
    34:27
  25. 33.
    Richard North CEO of Wow Stuff" Innovation, Licensing and Thriving in the Pandemic World
    44:18
  26. 34.
    Alex Tongue: CEO of Vango Toys. Entrepreneurship, Innovation & the Power of Social Media
    35:26
  27. 35.
    Chris Down, CDO Mattel on the Strategies of a Design-Led Company & More
    47:03
  28. 36.
    Ken Lewis: An Industry Veteran Talks about the Past, Present and Future of the Toy Industry
    35:13
  29. 37.
    Jo Hall, CCO, Toys "R" Us Asia: An Inside Look at a Merchandising Powerhouse
    39:19
  30. 38.
    Mastermind Toys New CEO Sarah Jordan: On Leadership, Innovation, Service and Excellence
    40:49
  31. 39.
    Ronnie Frankowski, CMO Moose Toys: Innovation, Insight and Coping with Covid from Down Under
    37:35
  32. 40.
    Dr. Lisa Willams: The Fresh (Dolls) Interview & her Incredible Journey from Academia to Walmart
    40:41
  33. 41.
    ASTRA Goes Virtual: The Association Deals with COVID-19
    33:23
  34. 42.
    Anatomy of a Mega-Hit: The Story of Zuru's Rainbocorns
    32:35
  35. 43.
    From Kitchen Table to Hit Product: The Eggmazing Story, A Classic Toy Tale
    31:46
  36. 44.
    Playing with PlayMonster: A Conversation with Bob Wann & Tim Kilpin
    35:56
  37. 45.
    Diversity & Inclusion: Understanding The Need and Implementing Programs
    43:48
  38. 46.
    Catching Up with WIT: Janice Ross & Mary Kay Russell
    31:30
  39. 47.
    Bryan Stockton, Former CEO of Mattel, on The Past, Present and Future of Toys
    31:08
  40. 48.
    Current Issues in the Dynamic Toy Industry: A Conversation with James Zahn
    43:54
  41. 49.
    Toy Fair, Licensing and What's Going on with Hong Kong: A Conversation with Jay Foreman, Part 2
    26:25
  42. 50.
    Coronavirus, Bankruptcies and Challenges in the Toy Industry 2020--A Conversation with Jay Foreman, Part 1
    23:13

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