LONDON - November 28th, 2018 - Cosmopolitan, part of the Hearst Magazines network, has today announced new partnerships with consumer product designers MPL Home and AROVO to launch a range of new Cosmopolitan products across Europe.

Brokered by IMG, the new agreements will see Cosmopolitan launch its first electrical beauty tools and audio electronics, as well as home textiles, and fashion and beauty accessories.

Cosmopolitan is extremely proud of this very stylish new range, which puts functional design and utilitarian value at the heart of every product,” says Steve Ross, global chief licensing officer and head of brand development, Hearst Magazines. “These licensing partnerships were informed by the enormous social influence we know Cosmopolitan readers have on beauty, fashion and home textiles and we are thrilled to enter the market with MPL and Arovo to extend our brand into these exciting new consumer sectors.”

Natalie Horne, Senior Director of Licensing, IMG, commented: “Cosmopolitan is one of the biggest and most iconic young women’s media brands, which entertains, enriches and empowers them on their journey to be the best. These exciting new products from MPL Home and AROVO will offer women the opportunity to bring the brand’s unique style into their everyday lives.

“These new deals underpin Cosmopolitan’s transition into a leading lifestyle brand, with plans to now target additional product categories such as lingerie, athleisure, and personal care products,” Horne added.

MPL Home’s Cosmopolitan collection will feature electrical beauty products including hair dryers and straighteners; beauty accessories including hairbrushes and makeup tools; and home textiles including bedding, blankets, bed throws and more.

The first collections will launch in October across stores including Amazon, JD Williams, VERY, Express Gifts and TESCO, with the homeware line being released in 2019. The collection will be available in more retailers and countries across Europe throughout 2019.

The Arovo Group will bring ‘fast fashion’ to bags, fashion accessories and audio electronics. The Cosmopolitan collection will include tote bags, shopping bags, handbags, leather bags, headbands, scarves, hats and jewellery, including bracelets, anklets, ring cuffs and more. The electronics and accessories range will include headphones, earphones, phone cases, and portable chargers.

The collections will launch in December 2018 in stores across Benelux, France, Germany, Austria, Poland and Czech Republic, and be available in more retailers throughout Europe from Spring 19.

About MPL Home

MPL Home Ltd has been supporting UK retail with innovative and exciting consumer products since 1946, with expertise across Personal Care and Beauty, Kitchen Appliances and Home textiles. We have more than 10 years of experience managing global and international brands including no!no!, Cosmopolitan, Lee Stafford, Disney Hello Kitty, Gordon Ramsay and Good Housekeeping Institute. With offices in the UK and China we supply more than 8 million units every year to UK and European customers and cover more than 90% of UK retail distribution.


Arovo is a major international designer and supplier of fashion accessories, homeware and consumer electronics products. This diverse set of product categories is united by the important role that design plays in each one. From dinnerware to handbags to laptop cases or even headphones, Arovo specialises in bringing to market the latest trends in these categories at speed – often referred to as ‘fast fashion’. Arovo supplies to brand owners and private label customers plus in recent years has developed a rapidly growing business with products developed under license from leading national and international brands. Arovo’s customers are large retailers and brand owners in many markets, including the EU, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada.

About Cosmopolitan

Cosmopolitan is the world’s number one women’s magazine brand – with 60 editions worldwide. At the heart of every feature, blog, tweet or video is the ethos that Cosmopolitan must inspire women to be the best they can be – on their terms. Whether that’s by empowering them through campaigns, giving them the confidence to ask for that pay rise, offering honest relationship advice, or helping them to hunt down those heels, Cosmopolitan engages with our reader on a deep emotional level, providing solid, intelligent advice she really trusts.

About IMG
IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media, operating in more than 30 countries. The company manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in sports training and league development, as well as marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. IMG is part of the Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG) network.


Media Contact


Jo Robertson

+44 (0) 208 233 6854 / +44 (0) 7392 088227





NOV. 15, 2018 - Turner’s Cartoon Network Enterprises has joined powerful forces with Italian sportswear label Diadora to launch an exclusive global capsule collection featuring the critically-acclaimed Adult Swim series, Rick and Mortywhich has taken the pop culture zeitgeist by storm around the world.

The Diadora X Rick and Morty  line of footwear and apparel includes a retro-style track jacket, a hoodie, a t-shirt and two models of sneakers, each sporting the iconic faces Rick and Morty, the much-loved lead characters from the series. In addition, the color palette for the collection mirrors that of the clothing worn by Rick and Morty themselves – a subtle homage designed with the Rick and Morty super fan in mind. It launches exclusively at select Foot Locker stores across the globe on Monday, Nov.19, as part of its annual Week of Greatness campaign.  

Rick and Morty is the half-hour animated hit comedy series on Adult Swim that follows a sociopathic genius scientist who drags his inherently timid grandson on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe. Rick Sanchez is living with his daughter Beth’s family and constantly bringing her, his son-in-law Jerry, grand-daughter Summer, and grand-son Morty into intergalactic escapades. Can the family survive Rick’s insanity and all the chaos the universe throws at them? Rick and Morty stars Justin Roiland (Adventure Time), Sarah Chalke (Scrubs), Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live) and Spencer Grammer (Greek). The series is created by Dan Harmon (Community) and Roiland who also serve as executive producers.

About Cartoon Network Enterprises 
Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) is responsible for building consumer products and merchandising programs for a wide range of brands by securing and supporting long-term licensing partnerships across all categories. As the global branding and merchandising arm of Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, the division manages the consumer product programs for the networks’ award-winning original programming, brands and characters including Ben 10, Adventure Time, The Powerpuff Girls, Steven Universe, The Amazing World of Gumball, Mighty Magiswords, and We Bare Bears, as well as Rick and Morty on Adult Swim.
Adult Swim (, launched in 2001, is Turner’s network offering original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults.  Airing nightly from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET/PT), Adult Swim is basic cable’s #1 network with persons 18-34 and 18-49, and is seen in 94 million U.S. homes.

Turner, a WarnerMedia company, is a global entertainment, sports and news company that creates premium content and delivers exceptional experiences to fans whenever and wherever they consume content. These efforts are fueled by data-driven insights and industry-leading technology. Turner owns and operates some of the most valuable brands in the world, including Adult SwimBleacher ReportBoomerangCartoon NetworkCNNELEAGUEGreat Big StoryHLNiStreamPlanetTBSTurner Classic Movies (TCM)TNTtruTV and Turner Sports.

About Diadora
Diadora Sport has been writing some of the most exciting pages of Sporting history for 70 years. Headquartered in Caerano di San Marco, Italy, it has made performance, quality, research and style the key values for its sporting and lifestyle goods. Today Diadora Sport is present in more than 60 countries in the worldand is continuing its expansion thanks to a vast array of cutting edge products that are focused on sport performance lines – with a special focus on running, soccer and tennis, and fashion and style, with the high-end Heritage collection and the more mainstream Sportswear line.

About Foot Locker Europe
Foot Locker in Europe is part of Foot Locker, Inc., a specialty athletic retailer that operates approximately 3,300 stores in 24 countries across North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Through its Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Champs Sports, Footaction, SIX:02, Runners Point, and Sidestep retail stores, as well as its direct-to-customer channel, including,,,, and, the Company is a leading provider of athletic footwear and apparel.

Publicity Contacts
Amy Pfister 
Cartoon Network 
404-575-5843 Katie Goldberg
Turner EMEA & International Kids Content
+44 20 7 693 1248 Louise O’Shea 
Cartoon Network Enterprises EMEA
+44 20 7 637 4660






NEW YORK, NY, November, 2018 – The owners of the world renowned entertainment icon, Bozo the Clown, have signed an exclusive representation agreement for licensing with Beanstalk.

Bozo is the world’s most famous, recognizable clown. Created as a storybook character by Capital Records in 1946, Bozo the Clown was part of a storytelling record album that had a companion illustrated read-along. In the 1950’s, the record label hired Larry Harmon as one of several actors who portrayed Bozo at promotional appearances. Harmon purchased the rights to Bozo in 1956 and then franchised the character to local TV markets, where each market created their own, local, Bozo the Clown shows. At the peak of his popularity, there were dozens of Bozo shows in the US, Mexico, and Brazil. Harmon was a pioneer in merchandising, licensing the character for toys, costumes, and party accessories, among other products. The most well-known toy was the Bozo “bop bag”, an oversized, inflatable, Bozo-shaped punching bag that was in the playrooms of children across the country.

Today, Bozo is beloved as a nostalgic icon for generations of adults. Beanstalk sees licensing opportunities in several diverse categories including apparel, novelties, toys, and collectibles. The products will appear globally, across all channels of distribution, with an emphasis on specialty retailers.

“We are delighted to welcome Bozo onto our roster,” said Martin Cribbs, Vice President, Brand Management at Beanstalk. “With all the challenges in the world, Bozo is a refreshingly joyful, innocent, and fun icon who makes people smile.”

Larry Harmon Pictures Corporation representative Marci Breath looks forward to working with Beanstalk, saying, “With Beanstalk's many years of expertise and quality representation of iconic properties like Bozo, we are honored to work with them in leveraging Bozo’s 60 plus years of global brand equity for advertising and promotions.”

About Larry Harmon Pictures Corporation

Larry Harmon Pictures Corporation is the owner and exclusive Licensor of the internationally recognized characters, BOZO and LAUREL & HARDY, and has licensed them for the past 60 plus years for use in television, film, advertising campaigns, promotional opportunities, live appearances and on many hundreds of products around the world.

About Beanstalk

Beanstalk, a global brand extension agency, works closely with our clients to unlock brand equity and create many of the world’s most recognizable products and services. We help leading brands, celebrities, media properties, manufacturers and retailers creatively find ways to strengthen their relationship with their most important stakeholder – the consumer.

Beanstalk offers a breadth of services including brand representation, manufacturer representation, icon representation, retailer partnerships, STUDIO B creative services, approvals management, legal and financial services, and royalty auditing. Blueprint – Powered by Beanstalk, our consulting division, advises clients through four key practice areas: brand extension + retail development, research + insights, design + identity, and operations + governance. Tinderbox, our digital division, works with gaming and new media properties to realize their potential in the world of consumer products.

The company is headquartered in New York, with offices in London, Miami and Cincinnati and affiliates throughout the world.  For more information, please visit Beanstalk is a member of the DAS Group of Companies.

About the DAS Group of Companies

The DAS Group of Companies, a division of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) (, is a global group of marketing services companies. DAS includes over 200 companies in the following marketing disciplines: specialty, PR, healthcare, CRM, events, promotional marketing, branding and research. Operating through a combination of networks and regional organizations, DAS serves international, regional, national and local clients through more than 700 offices in 71 countries.

For Further Information:                   

Katie Riccio

+1 (212) 303.1124

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Oracle Accelerates Data Insights for Retailers with Oracle Digital Assistant


Integration of Core Retail Technology with Conversational AI Powers Targeted and Contextual Offers that Engage Customers and Drive Results


Redwood Shores, Calif. - Nov. 15, 2018 - Enabling retailers to build personalized customer experiences as well as voice-enabled assistants to help employees work smarter and more productively, Oracle Retail solutions are now integrated with Oracle Digital Assistant. Together, these offerings empower retailers to find answers to critical business questions such as, “What’s the current margin on our new BOGO offer for trendsetters?” faster than ever before.

Announced at Oracle OpenWorld 2018, Oracle Digital Assistant leverages artificial-intelligence (AI) to understand context, derive intent, and identify and learn user behaviors and patterns to automate routine tasks proactively on behalf of the user. By integrating the technology with Oracle Retail Offer Optimization Cloud Service, analysts can easily streamline location-specific sales forecasting, promotional deployment and performance, approval automation and target prioritization.

To see these technologies in action, visit:

“Most retailers think about conversational AI in the context of the store or e-commerce, however, retailers can now apply conversational AI to their core operations, via voice or text, to accelerate productivity and optimize processes,” said Mike Webster, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Retail. “Smart digital interactions are an integral part of our everyday life as we query Alexa, Google Home and Siri for recommendations. This latest integration between Oracle Digital Assistant and Oracle Retail Offer Optimization Cloud Service brings the power and simplicity of voice to retail operations, speeding time to insight and action.”

Built on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Oracle Digital Assistant goes well beyond standard chatbots available today that provide simple, single skilled, linear responses. By applying AI for natural language processing (NLP), natural language understanding (NLU) and machine learning (ML), Oracle is in a uniquely positioned to leverage its breadth and depth in enterprise applications to offer a digital assistant that can truly span the enterprise.

"Going forward digital assistants will transform how merchants, planners, and marketers collaborate, engage their company's information assets, and how they work," said Greg Girard, program director of intelligent product merchandising and marketing, IDC Retail Insights. "As digital assistants become more conversationally and analytically skillful and more aware of their users' intent and context we'll see more incisive decisions, made quicker, to deliver better business outcomes. Retailers should bring digital assistants into their digital transformation planning assumptions now."

In April, Oracle launched the next generation of promotion, markdown and offer optimization capabilities as a cloud service with the launch of Oracle Retail Offer Optimization Cloud Service. With these new updates retailers can analyze promotion and pricing decisions for the entire product lifecycle while providing consumers with targeted and contextual offers.

About Oracle

The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at

About Oracle Retail

Oracle provides retailers with a complete, open, and integrated suite of best-of-breed business applications, cloud services, and hardware that are engineered to work together and empower commerce. Leading fashion, grocery, and specialty retailers use Oracle solutions to anticipate market changes, simplify operations and inspire authentic brand interactions. For more information, visit our website at


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