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Dungeons & Dragons tells illustrators to stop using AI to generate...

The Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game franchise says it won't allow artists to use artificial intelligence technology to draw its cast of sorcerers, druids...
DATA CENTER: Ocean State Job Lot Chief Information Officer Hisham Aharon, left, and Chief Financial Officer John Conforti inspect the computer servers that power the retailer’s technology, including the artificial intelligence software it uses. 
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From design to contracts, companies embrace AI tools

Even if you haven’t tried artificial intelligence tools that can write essays and poems or conjure new images on command, chances are the companies...
RIVALS HASBRO INC. and Mattel Inc. have entered a multiyear licensing agreement to create co-branded toys and games to coincide with the summer movie season.  

Hasbro enters licensing agreement with Mattel tied to summer films

PAWTUCKET – Barbie, Hot Wheels, Monopoly and UNO are set to embark on a new friendship.  Hasbro Inc. and Mattel Inc. announced Tuesday that the...

Not just for kids: Toymakers aim more products at grown-ups

NEW YORK (AP) – Since the pandemic, Elizabeth Hulanick has turned to toys from her childhood to relieve stress. She and her co-workers chip in...
HASBRO'S Frozen dolls are expected to have a large market share in the fourth quarter, coinciding with a release of Disney's Frozen 2. / BLOOMBERG NEWS PHOTO ILLUSTRATION/MARISA GERTZ

The race is on to be this holiday’s hottest doll–and billions...

NEW YORK – Holiday Barbie has some fierce competition this coming shopping season, and more than playtime is at stake. As the critical fourth quarter...
MATTEL INTENDS TO make a live action Barbie movie starring Margot Robbie. / BLOOMBERG NEWS

Following Hasbro’s model, Mattel’s making a live-action Barbie movie

After more than a decade of trying, Mattel Inc. is making another run at taking Barbie to the big screen. A live-action film based on...
VISITORS POSE FOR PHOTOS with the Bumblebee character at the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park in California. / BLOOMBERG NEWS PHOTO/PATRICK T. FALLON

Mattel mired in longest slump since 2015, eyes Hasbro licenses

NEW YORK – Mattel Inc. extended its longest streak of daily declines since 2015 after Goldman Sachs analysts cut estimates following the toymaker’s loss...
BOTH HASBRO AND MATTEL warned investors in earnings calls this week that there are still more quarters of pain ahead after losing Toys R Us as a customer. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/JASON ALDEN

Not all fun and games for toymakers as Toys R Us...

NEW YORK - Major toymakers are still reeling from the loss of Toys R Us, even as retailers from Best Buy Co. to Party...
THE LENDERS THAT had planned to liquidate the remaining assets of Toys R Us Inc. have pivoted and are now working on bringing the brand back to life, according to new court filings. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

Toys ‘R’ Us lenders plan brand revival as auction canceled

NEW YORK - The same Toys R Us Inc. lenders that have been taking heat for their role in the decision to liquidate the company...
MATTEL INC. reported a loss $311.3 million for the first quarter, dragged down by the bankruptcy of Toys "R" Us. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

Mattel’s Barbie brand carries quarter, mutes Toys `R’ Us effect

NEW YORK - Barbie’s back in town. Mattel Inc., which named a new CEO last week, softened the effect of Toys “R” Us Inc.’s demise as...
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