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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.
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The Playground Podcast Chris Byrne & Richard Gottlieb

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 12 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

    Update on Toy Fairs: Kim Carcone of the Toy Association

    Update on Toy Fairs: Kim Carcone of the Toy Association

    Richard and Chris have a lively chat with Kim Carcone, EVP of the Toy Association about the current state of Toy Fair, the upcoming Dallas show, what's ahead for 2023, and new initiatives to make the show more useful and relevant than ever. 


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    • 25 min
    Validating STEM & STEAM: A Chat with The Good Play Guide

    Validating STEM & STEAM: A Chat with The Good Play Guide

    Amanda Gummer and Frances Cain from The Good Play Guide talk with Richard and Chris about their scientifically based accreditation program for evaluating toys for their potential to support STEM and STEAM learning. Beyond marketing buzzwords, this insightful conversation talks about the value of play, its role in learning...and why fun is an essential element of any toy that they validate. 

    With sound methodology and a dedication to children, they talk about what this can mean to parents, children, and manufacturers, including a new storefront on Amazon.com that will help consumers find toys that are appropriate for their kids. 


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    • 29 min
    Didier Pietri, CEO of Luki Lab & Strottman

    Didier Pietri, CEO of Luki Lab & Strottman

    Chris and Richard talk to Didier Pietri about how he built a toy business from a business-to-business operation, their entry into the market, how they’ve developed unique products, and marketing. From creating their own animation studio, to managing current supply chain issues, to the decision to sell exclusively direct-to-consumer; Pietri talks about navigating the market…and answers the question he always gets: “You want to start a toy company. Are you insane?”


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    • 32 min
    Showcase Comes to the U.S.: Samir Kulkarni, CEO

    Showcase Comes to the U.S.: Samir Kulkarni, CEO

    After a successful 10-store pilot, the Canadian trend retailer Showcase is coming to the U.S., and that is big news for the toy industry. Richard and Chris talk to the retailer's CEO Samir Kulkarni about the store, their growth, their U.S. strategy and the unique and powerful combination of high tech systems and a deep understanding of trends to create a retail destination in malls across the U.S. Twenty-seven stores are planned for 2022 alone, with more to come.

    It's a dynamic conversation that you won't want to miss.




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    • 35 min
    Jeffrey Breslow: A Gamemaker's Life

    Jeffrey Breslow: A Gamemaker's Life

    Richard and Chris talk with Toy Industry Hall of Fame designer Jeffrey Breslow about his career, his time with Marvin Glass and associates, the inspirations and tragedies that shaped his career. "Brez," as he's known, entered the toy industry when he was hired by Glass on the spot and spent the next 41 years developing games, and ultimately leading the company. 

    The conversation covers all that and more, as well as advice for young toy designers looking to enter the business. Breslow's book telling the full story A Gamemaker's Life will be out in August, and The Playground Podcast has an exclusive first look. Listen in!

    The Playground Podcast is supported by Global Toy Experts, The Toy Guy, and Beacon Media Group.






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    • 34 min
    Private Label, New Materials Inside Boley

    Private Label, New Materials Inside Boley

    Richard and Chris talk with Chad Gharring of Boley about the dramatic rise of the company as a private label, brand building company and as an innovator in sustainability--and increasingly hot and important topic in the toy industry. They also talk about the advantages of being a Chinese/American hybrid company. You'll want to know more about this big and competitive company that, till now, has largely flown under the radar. 

    The Playground Podcast is supported by Global Toy Experts, The Toy Guy, and Beacon Media Group.


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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

AndrewDarlow ,

A Window Into the Toy Business

I absolutely love this podcast! Richard, Chris and their guests consistently offer information about recent trends in the toy business while reaching back through history to inform and entertain listeners about the impact that vintage toys and toy pioneers have had over the years.

I especially like learning about different demographics (like the influence of Aunts and Grandparents), as well as recent and upcoming toys, game consoles and entertainment properties.

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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