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The Toy Insider Experts Reveal the Hottest Toys of 2023

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The Press Release:
The Toy Insider, the toy industry’s most influential organization and a trusted go-to resource for parents and gift-givers, unveiled its expert picks today for the best toys, games and gifts of 2023 in its 18th annual Holiday Gift Guide. This year’s hottest toys appear on one of three featured lists: the Hot 20, toys topping every kid’s wish list; the STEM 10, toys boosting STEM skills; and the 12 Under $20, fun-filled and affordable toys.

The media company also launched its interactive Perfect Present Wizard on, helping consumers find the best toys for every child on their holiday shopping lists. The quiz asks five simple questions to determine the child’s age and interests, the desired play value and skill development, and then recommends toys based on the shopper’s budget.

“Unwrapping the perfect toy is pure magic, and every child and gift giver deserves to experience that magical holiday moment,” said Laurie Schacht, Chief Toy Officer, The Toy Insider. “Whether you use our Perfect Present Wizard or browse our Holiday Gift Guide, with a wave of our magic wand, we’ll help you easily find toys that WOW kids across every age and interest—while sticking to your shopping budget!”
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White Label World Expo Pushes August 2023 Event To May 2024

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The Statement:
Good morning, We just wanted to let you know of an important update; the show has been rescheduled from August 29th & 30th to now take place on May 30th & 31st 2024 at the Javits Center, New York.

With the show’s best interest as a priority and the success of our visitors and exhibitors, we feel this is the right thing to do. By running the White Label World Expo in May 2024, we are bringing you a much bigger and better edition of the show, with double the solutions, innovations and features for yourself to immerse into, bringing you even more success for your business.
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BroadwayCon Reveals First-Look At The 2023 Programming Schedule

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The Press Release:
BroadwayCon has unveiled a first look at its programming schedule for BroadwayCon 2023. The BroadwayCon 2023 schedule features three days packed with events curated with Broadway’s biggest fans, performers, and creators in mind. BroadwayCon 2023 will take place July 21-23 at the New York Marriott Marquis. Tickets are available now at

This first preview of the schedule features over 80 hours of original programming, with more than 100 hours to be added in the coming weeks. BroadwayCon will host fan-led meetups for everyone from members of the LGBTQIA+ community to fans of the biggest Broadway shows, Show Spotlights and Reunions featuring the cast and creative teams, and much more. BroadwayCon will also offer the unique chance to catch a First Look at some of the most talked-about shows on Broadway in the upcoming season on Friday, July 21.
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BroadwayCon and “Wicked” Announce “The Ozdust Ballroom” Fan Event

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The Press Release:
What’s the most swankified place in town? The Ozdust Ballroom, presented by WICKED and BroadwayCon! On Saturday, July 22, 2023, join WICKED and BroadwayCon for a night of dancing along to Broadway showtunes, surprise appearances and live performances, the chance to win prizes, and the most thrillifying photo ops around! The Ozdust Ballroom special event, celebrating WICKED’s 20th Anniversary on Broadway, will be held at BroadwayCon 2023 at the New York Marriott Marquis. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, June 16 at 10 AM Eastern. For more information, visit

Net proceeds from the Ozdust Ballroom benefit WICKED’s For Good partners: Broadway Green Alliance, Equal Justice Initiative, VDAY, and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
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“The Chronicles Of Piercing Ken” Celebrates 13th Anniversary (2010-2023)

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Greetings my friends and I hope that this broadcast doesn’t find you having what they call a “Manic Monday” (queue the hit by The Bangles if you must). The weather outside is rather nice with the skies being clear and a moderate temperature that might find you only needing a hoodie and a baseball cap but hey I am not here to be the weatherman I am here instead to share some pretty awesome news. Today marks the 13th Anniversary of “The Chronicles of Piercing Ken” Lifestyle Blog. We’ve even got a new birthday logo to use going forward thanks to our stalwart Art Director Joe Kaufman. Now many still refer to this as “Piercing Ken” based on its wealth of social media profiles and that is fine by me at this point in our history. I’m happy to report that the publishing regimen is pretty regular and as the world moves further away from the pandemic times and gets more back to what we used to experience during the Before Times I’ve tried to expand on the level of coverage and news items. So, thirteen years whew! Let’s briefly discuss.

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