Jones Publishing has announced that it is suspending its 2012 Golden Teddy Award (GTA) program following the merger of Teddy Bear Review with Teddy Bear & Friends, which has already announced its Industry Choice winners for its own TOBY Awards for 2012.
The merged magazine, now being published bimonthly by Jones Publishing under the title Teddy Bear & Friends, will complete the TOBY Awards process for 2012 by publishing the Public Choice ballot in the June issue of the magazine, which will be released in early April. Winners will be announced at Teddy Bear Artist Invitational held in Binghampton, N.Y., Aug. 16-18. In addition, the two awards programs will be combined next year, with registration for the 2013 competition opening this fall.
“Once we had the chance to talk with industry professionals after the merger was announced at the IDEX show in Orlando, Fla., in late January, it became clear to us that we could not conduct two separate awards programs in the same year and still maintain the high standards that both artists and collectors have come to expect from the GTAs and the TOBY Awards,” said Teddy Bear & Friends Publisher Carie Ferg.
“Instead, as we work to combine the best of both magazines into the new bimonthly Teddy Bear & Friends, we will plan a single combined awards program for 2013 and take advantage of this opportunity to solicit input from doll artists and manufacturers on categories, scheduling, and other concerns before the 2013 awards program is opened for entries this fall.”
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