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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

The Playground Podcast Chris Byrne & Richard Gottlieb

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

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

    Jennifer Caveza: Otis College Prepares the Next Generation of Toy People

    Jennifer Caveza: Otis College Prepares the Next Generation of Toy People

    Richard and Chris talk with industry veteran Jennifer Caveza who has just taken over as chair of the toy design department at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. In this lively and entertaining conversation, Jennifer talks about her career, the school's success rate, the dynamic internship program and much more. This is must-listening for anyone interested in hearing about the most comprehensive undergraduate toy design program in the U.S., and the only one offering a BFA in toy design. 

    In The Endcap, Chris and Richard talk about the new deal between Amazon and LEGO, and what it might mean for the future of entertainment properties. 

    The Playground Podcast is supported by Global Toy Experts, The Toy Guy, and ChizComm.


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    • 33 min
    Funko Games & Remembering Reuben Klamer

    Funko Games & Remembering Reuben Klamer

    Richard and Chris talk with Deirdre Cross, VP Funko Games, about the growth of the company, game development, licensing, and much more. In this spirited conversation, Deirdre talks about the hits, the misses and life in a game studio, now a part of Funko. 

    In The Endcap, Chris and Richard remember industry icon Reuben Klamer, all he contributed to the toy industry over the better part of a century, and a great story about his involvement with Star Trek from the earliest days. 



    The Playground Podcast is supported by Global Toy Experts, The Toy Guy, and ChizComm.


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    • 32 min
    Jim Pressman Talks About a Lifetime of Play & Being Named to the Toy Hall of Fame

    Jim Pressman Talks About a Lifetime of Play & Being Named to the Toy Hall of Fame

    Richard and Chris talk to Jim Pressman about his career spanning multiple decades--and the family company begun by his father in 1922. This is essential oral history about the toy industry, about Jim and both his parents who were dedicated toy people as well as how the company evolved through its sale to Goliath. You won't want to miss Jim's great storytelling and the tales behind a 20th Century success story.

    In The Endcap, Chris and Richard keep the history going talking about the U.S. toy industry in the 1920s and how it grew and expanded. 

    The Playground Podcast is supported by Global Toy Experts, The Toy Guy, and ChizComm.


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    • 36 min
    Rob Gardner of Joovy: Trends in the Baby Business

    Rob Gardner of Joovy: Trends in the Baby Business

    Richard and Chris talk with Rob Gardner, founder and CEO of Joovy about the growth of his business, trends in the infant category and the changing marketplace as Gen-Z parents emerge as an economic force. 

    In The Endcap, Chris and Richard talk about Just In Time inventory management and how implementation since the 1970s may have played a role in the current supply chain disruptions...and what might be ahead. 

    The Playground Podcast is supported by Global Toy Experts, The Toy Guy, and ChizComm.


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    • 30 min
    Industry Update: Steve Pasierb of the Toy Association

    Industry Update: Steve Pasierb of the Toy Association

    Listen in to a frank conversation about the current status of the industry with Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of the Toy Association. Richard and Chris discuss the status of Toy Fairs in Dallas and New York (2022), as well as the growing importance of Los Angeles as a permanent and temporary location for the industry. Pasierb addresses the current shipping crisis, as well as current legal and political issues that are having, or could have, implications for the industry as a whole. Pasierb discusses the extent of the Association's efforts, as well as its effectiveness with issues that may "fly under the radar" for many in the toy business.

    In The Endcap, Chris and Richard talk about the Q4 holiday selling season and the challenges manufacturers of all sizes are facing as we confront another holiday season seriously impacted by the global pandemic. 

    The Playground Podcast is supported by Global Toy Experts, The Toy Guy, and ChizComm.


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    • 36 min
    The Power of Collecting, Jeremy Padawer Part 2

    The Power of Collecting, Jeremy Padawer Part 2

    In the second part of our interview with Jeremey Padawer of Jazwares, Richard and Chris talk about his role and passion as a collector. Understanding collecting as an investment and an asset class, Padawer has become one of the leading collectors of Pokémon in the world. He talks about his analysis of what to collect, how to project long-term value, and how companies can effectively develop collectible segments as a means of generating value and long-term engagement with a brand.

    In The Endcap, Chris and Richard discuss the changes in the sales function within companies and what it means that sales forces are aging and that fewer people are looking to sales as a career.

    The Playground Podcast is supported by Global Toy Experts, The Toy Guy, and ChizComm.




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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

3 team ,

Love Chris Bryne and so glad to learn about his podcast!

Making my way through all of Richard’s and Chris’ podcasts! Learning so much from their guests and getting huge chuckles from their sense of humor!

Engineer+teacher+gardener ,

Fun and informative

Just listened to the Eggmazing story and found it both entertaining and enlightening (just like the best toys!).

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