2018 ATA Rising Star Award


During the Gala Dinner we were thrilled to continue a tradition new to the Australian Toy Association, the Rising Star Award, which recognises and celebrates the industry’s most inspirational young stars.

The Rising Star Award was open to individuals aged 35 or under who have made a significant contribution to a business over the past year. This could include their impact on a business’ culture, financial performance, or any other factor deemed valuable.

The winner of the 2018 ATA Rising Star Award was Madeleine Hunter of Hunter Products.

Madeleine joined Hunter Products 5 years ago as Managing Director Jeff Hunter’s personal assistant, however after dipping her toes into licensing and development, she’s become unstoppable! Educating herself in every element of the business, her first major success was the creation of ‘Shibajuki Girls,’ which have been sold in 22 countries, ranged in 1,800 Target USA stores, and is due to be released in 3,500 Walmart stores. Following this, she’s continuing to develop products and manage every element of production – from design, sketches, price points, mechanics, marketing, selling and packaging, there’s not an element of her products she hasn’t made her mark on. It’s no surprise that her colleagues think she’s a force to be reckoned with in the industry!

Congratulations goes to Madeleine!Mad