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The Joester Loria Group Expands World of Eric Carle Program with Bedding and Room Decor from Jay Franco

 

  • The Joester Loria Group has brokered a new deal for their client, World of Eric Carle, to expand on their current program with bedding and room decor collections from Jay Franco for the U.S. and Canada.
  • Jay Franco, a leader in the bedding, bath, and beach industry for over 60 years, will capture the essence of the World of Eric Carle brand by creating an extensive bedding and room décor line utilizing the much loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar along with other iconic characters from Carle’s beloved books to create collections that capture the playful theme of the brand and emphasize the iconic collage art and all-over prints.
  • The collection will include a variety of home products, including bedding for juvenile, toddlers and infants, bath towels and accessories, pillows, beach, storage and travel items and be will be introduced during Market Week, September 24th – 27th.
  • “Bedtime stories marry perfectly with our product categories. And given the heritage and reach of the Eric Carle stories, we are so pleased to be offering bedding, bath and beach product to the marketplace in a variety of sizes ranging from newborn through pre-school. Our designs are bright, youthful and playful paying homage to 50 wonderful years of storytelling”  -Elisha Gordon, VP of Licensing
  • The World of Eric Carle is the award winning publishing franchise that features timeless stories and iconic characters. With 144 million books sold, the brand is a staple in schools, libraries and homes around the world for over three generations. The global consumer products program has experienced exceptional growth in over 35,000 doors in better retail channels in 15+ countries.
  • With over 145 licensees and promotional partners the brand extends into all major categories including: toys, games, apparel, accessories, home décor, social expressions, stationery, gift, feeding, classroom supplies and mobile apps.
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar, one of the top selling children’s books of all time which has been translated into 60 languages and has sold over 45 million copies since its publication in 1969.

About World of Eric Carle™

World of Eric Carle™ is a design-driven licensing and merchandising program based on the beloved picture books by Eric Carle. A prolific author and artist, Eric Carle has written and illustrated more than seventy books which have sold over 144 million copies worldwide. Like his books, The World of Eric Carle brand draws upon Eric Carle’s approach to creativity, discovery, play and development. Licensing and merchandising programs are ongoing in the US, Japan, China, UK, Australia and Europe. For more information, please visit: www.Facebook.com/theworldofEricCarle.

ABOUT JAY FRANCO

Jay Franco and Sons, Inc. is the leading importer in the licensed Home Furnishing industry featuring Bedding, Bath, and Beach accessories for over 60 years. The company prides themselves on providing their customers with superior expertise, expansive and innovative production capabilities, the latest textile fabrications, and selling their products in mass merchants, department stores, and specialty retailers nationwide for the best price. Jay Franco and Sons, Inc. has affiliated offices in Taiwan, Shanghai, India, and Pakistan.

About The Joester Loria Group

The Joester Loria Group, www.joesterloriagroup.com, is an award-winning full-service licensing and brand extension agency, representing Pepsi-Cola North America; Constellation Brands Beer portfolio including, Corona Extra (the #1 imported beer in the U.S.) and Modelo Especial (#2 import beer in the U.S.); Kellogg’s portfolio of cereal and snack brands; Entenmann’s baked goods; Jack Link’s meat snacks; Cabot Creamery, The World of Eric Carle™ including The Very Hungry Caterpillar; Waste Management;; and Stikbot by Zing.

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Experiments in Brick and Mortar

McDonald’s opened its new flagship location in downtown Chicago this summer. Complete with a mini-arboretum to help earn high LEED certification, 27-foot-tall windows to let in the sun and touch-screen kiosks that allow guests to customize their meals, this is the state of the art in the modern retail or foodservice experience.

Or so I was thinking when my order arrived at my table.  (Yep, no more standing aimlessly at the counter with other bored McDonald’s customers.)

 

 

Benoit di Sabatino

 

 

Benoit di Sabatino Joins Zodiak Kids as CEO

 

Paris/London, September 12, 2018: Banijay Group today confirms the appointment of Benoit di Sabatino as CEO of Zodiak Kids.

With a strong track record in animation and children’s programming, di Sabatino joins the business from Moonscoop Group, an independent content business specialised in the production and distribution of global youth programmes. As Co-Founder of the Group, he was responsible for the creation and production of over 1,500 hours of programming across 100 titles in 160 countries. Flagship brands included Code Lyoko, Geronimo Stilton, Titeuf – both series and film, Tara Duncan and Casper’s Scare School.

In his new role, di Sabatino will lead Banijay Group’s dedicated division for kids productions, consumer products, digital content and TV sales. With a global remit, he will oversee and grow one of the world’s largest, high-quality kids catalogues, with titles including Mister Maker, LoliRock, international hit Totally Spies!, Floogals, BAFTA-winning Secret Life of Boys, CBBC ratings-hit Millie Inbetween; and international animation series, Kody Kapow and Lilybuds.

Marco Bassetti, CEO, Banijay Group comments: “With a wealth of knowledge in the kids business, Benoit was the perfect fit for the role. Having worked across thousands of hours of programming in this genre, he will be a great addition to the team and is sure to take Zodiak Kids to new heights.”

Benoit di Sabatino adds: “Banijay is an ambitious group committed to strengthening the presence of Zodiak Kids in the global marketplace. The business already has an incredibly strong catalogue of high-quality brands and I’m looking forward to exploring new areas to bring the business further growth. With a vast pool of new ideas, a team of talented individuals and an ever-growing market around us, it is an exciting time to be taking on this new role and building Zodiak Kids as a flagship brand.”

For further information, please contact the Zodiak Kids Press Office:

Tel: + 44 20 7013 4368 I Email: press@zodiakkids.com

Notes to editors:

About Zodiak Kids

Zodiak Kids is a global independent leader in kids entertainment, combining Banijay Group’s dedicated kids production company, consumer products, digital and TV sales division. The company’s production arm is Zodiak Kids Studios, with offices in Paris & London, which produce animation and live action programming for a wide range of international broadcasters and audiences worldwide. Zodiak Kids has dedicated international sales and consumer products teams representing programming from Zodiak Kids Studios and third-party producers.

Zodiak Kids boasts one of the largest, high-quality kids catalogues in the world, which includes; Mister Maker, the ultimate arts and craft show; LoliRock, the series bursting with music, magic, and mystery; Totally Spies!, the international hit animation series; Floogals the unique CGI series and #1 show on Sprout in the US with Kids 2-5; BAFTA award-winning Secret Life of Boys for CBBC in the UK & ABC Australia; Millie Inbetween, the CBBC ratings-hit with multiple series; the hit kids drama series The Lodge for Disney worldwide; and new international animation series Kody Kapow and Lilybuds.

www.zodiakkids.com

About Banijay Group

Banijay Group is a global production and distribution company creating premium content for television and multimedia platforms in all genres including entertainment, drama, factual, reality, docudrama and kids programming. With leading production entities in 16 territories, the Group is engaged in strategic partnerships with the best creative talent around the world.

Banijay Group is a confederation of entrepreneurs – encompassing Creativity, Innovation, and Professionalism. It unifies talent and personalities, spreading ideas and formats all over the world, with key brands including Versailles, The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds, Temptation Island, Beat The Star, 71 Degrees North, Keeping up with the Kardashians, Making of the Mob, The Real World, Wolf Creek, Wife Swap, Wild Things, It’s Only TV and Occupied among many others.

The Group is controlled by a company composed of Stéphane Courbit’s LOV Group and DeA Communications – a business belonging to De Agostini Group, with Vivendi owning a minority part of the total Group. Banijay Group operates under the direction of Marco Bassetti.

http://www.banijay.com/

 

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The LEGO® Group Named Official “Adopt-the-Pig” Toy Bank Sponsor for 2019

 

New York, NY | September 13, 2018 – The Toy Foundation (TTF) proudly announced today that The LEGO® Group has been named as the official “Adopt-the-Pig” sponsor of TTF’s Toy Bank for the remainder of 2018 and all of 2019. The 82-year-old toy company is deeply committed to philanthropy; its sponsorship of The Toy Bank includes a $10,000 donation in support of the Foundation’s mission to bring joy, comfort, and learning to children in need through toys and play.


“We are extremely grateful for LEGO’s ongoing support and steadfast commitment to our cause! While the donation of toys is always critical, the funding we receive from individuals and corporate sponsors makes it possible for us to actually get toys into the hands of deserving kids all over the world,” said Jean Butler, executive director of The Toy Foundation. “LEGO’s sponsorship will help The Toy Bank bring the magic of play to more than a million children in need throughout the coming year.”

LEGO has been a longtime supporter of the Foundation’s work. The company has generously donated toys over the years to support The Toy Bank, and has participated in other Foundation programs, including TTF’s integral Play Your Part events which benefit underserved and foster care children nationwide.

As TTF’s year-round signature giving program, The Toy Bank collects millions of toys from generous toy companies and distributes them to a network of carefully-vetted children’s charities. Since its inception in 2003, The Toy Bank has provided more than $200 million in toys to more than 25 million children in need, making play possible for kids who are undergoing medical treatments, living in poverty, in foster care, coping with military life, suffering from abuse, or otherwise in need.


About The Toy Foundation
                               www.toyfoundation.org

The Toy Foundation (TTF) is a 501(c)3 children’s charity whose mission is to provide joy and comfort to children in need through the experience of toys and play. TTF serves children who are coping with serious illness, enduring temporary home placements in the foster care system, suffering from abuse or neglect, experiencing separation from a deployed military parent, or dealing with devastating natural disasters. To date, TTF’s signature program, The Toy Bank, has provided more than $200 million in toys to more than 25 million children in need around the globe, thanks to its generous toy donors.

About the LEGO Group

The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company with headquarters in Billund, Denmark, and main offices in Enfield, USA, London, UK., Shanghai, China, and Singapore. Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, and based on the iconic LEGO® brick, it is one of the world's leading manufacturers of play materials.

Guided by the company spirit: "Only the best is good enough”, the company is committed to the development of children and aims to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through creative play and learning. LEGO products are sold worldwide and can be virtually explored at www.LEGO.com.

For more news from the LEGO Group, information about our financial performance and responsibility engagement, please visit http://www.LEGO.com/aboutus.

LEGO and the LEGO logo are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2018 The LEGO Group

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact:
Kristin Morency Goldman
The Toy Association

646.454.5582

kmorency@toyassociation.org

 

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VIACOM NICKELODEON CONSUMER PRODUCTS PRESIDENT PAM KAUFMAN CONFIRMED AS OPENING KEYNOTE AT BRAND LICENSING EUROPE; SEMINAR PROGRAMME NOW LIVE AND ONLINE

 

September 11, 2018 - Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products president Pam Kaufman will take part in a fireside chat with License Global content director Amanda Cioletti during the opening day keynote at this year’s Brand Licensing Europe. Kaufman will share her insights into the changing retail landscape, why the newly formed, globally aligned VNCP positions the organisation for success, and where consumer products fits into Viacom’s larger strategy.

“Brand Licensing Europe is one of the industry’s premiere events, and I am honoured to be part of this year’s programme. 2018 was a pivotal year in retail and also a year of big changes at Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products, as we became one globally unified team earlier this year. At VNCP, we have been meeting the changing retail landscape head on, reinventing everything from the content and products we make, to how we market and to whom,” said Pam Kaufman.

BLE organisers have also unveiled the full seminar programme online at https://www.brandlicensing.eu/agenda. With more than 50 licensing experts delivering 30 sessions across the Brands & Lifestyle Theatre and Licensing Academy, this year’s content covers everything from the latest innovations in food and beverage licensing to gaming, heritage, pre-school, fashion, sustainability and more.

“In the Brands & Lifestyle Theatre, National Geographic’s Helen Mansell-Stopher will present a thought-provoking session on ethical licensing; Sanrio will discuss the creation of Little Miss Inventor and how it has capitalised successfully on the battle to get girls involved in STEM subjects; Richard Pink has a great session on driving value from promotional licensing, plus, we’ll have three food and beverage sessions with great case studies from licensees and licensors, including Chupa Chups,” commented BLE brand director Anna Knight.

“Meanwhile in the Licensing Academy, in addition to Pam’s keynote, LIMA UK managing director Kelvyn Gardner is planning a fantastic global licensing session featuring the LIMA Chapter Heads, the Moomin team will tell us all about the new Moominvalley animation and Billy Langsworthy from Mojo Nation is back with a Playing with Brands panel and a fireside chat with Tech Will Save Us. We also have our keynote on the IOC’s new licensing strategy. I would strongly advise visitors to arrive early – these sessions are going to be popular and busy.”

National Geographic director UK licensing Helena Mansell-Stopher, commented: “Our session will show how we are bringing a 130-year-old brand with a rich scientific history to life through consumer products, with a key focus on driving sustainable, biodegradable materials and products which help protect the future of the planet.”

Marika Makaroff, creative director and executive producer, Gutsy Animations and Sophia Jansson, creative director, Moomin Characters, will present ‘The Moominvalley Animation Series - creating a brand-new take on a beloved heritage brand’ in the Licensing Academy at 1100 on Tuesday.

They said: "In our seminar, we’ll take BLE visitors on a tour behind the scenes of the upcoming animated family TV drama Moominvalley, which will premiere worldwide in 2019. We’ll tell them how Gutsy animations is creating a new take on the beloved Moomins created by Tove Jansson, using brand new innovative techniques in 3D CGI and working with the best talent in the entertainment industry. We’ll share what we’ve learnt about how to create a new visual style and story lines that work for artistic and merchandise purposes, while staying true to the originals loved by millions of dedicated fans all around the world.” 

BLE’s educational content is free for all visitors, who can view the programme at https://www.brandlicensing.eu/agenda and register for a free pass at https://bit.ly/2yI6GgN.

BLE is the definitive event for the licensing industry in Europe, taking place 9-11 October 2018 at Olympia London. Over 7,500 retailers, licensees and marketers are expected to attend, over one third of whom will travel to London from overseas.

 

For media information: 
Charlie Le Rougetel at BIGTOP, 07736 330676, charlie@bigtop-pr.co.uk

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