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The Playground Podcast

50 EpisodesProduced by Chris Byrne & Richard GottliebWebsite

Join Chris Byrne, The Toy Guy® and Richard Gottlieb, president Global Toy Experts on their new podcastTwo 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 inter… read more


Mattel During COVID-19: A Conversation with Steve Totzke, Mattel CCO

(26 minutes)

In this episode, Richard and Chris talk to Steve Totzke, Chief Commercial Officer of Mattel. In this lively conversation, the three discuss Mattel's response to the pandemic, changes in sales processes, the future of manufacturing in Asia, how technology is amplifying the sales process, and much more. Totzke, a Mattel and toy industry veteran, draws on his global experience, and his love of play in talking about these issues.

In The Endcap, Chris and Richard talk about the economic impact of COVID-19 on the culture, the toy industry and thoughts about life returning to "normal," whatever that may be.

This episode is brought to you by our lead sponsor KidStuff Public Relations.

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