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Champion Athleticwear and Cartoon Network Reveal the Limited Edition The Powerpuff Girls Collection


Exclusively designed by Champion, limited edition fleece and heritage silhouettes featuring Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup debut in Champion and Finish Line stores across the US beginning January 26th.

Originally announced at Licensing Expo in May 2018, the limited edition collection is part of Cartoon Network’s celebration of the iconic series' 20th Anniversary. 

Everyone’s favorite superhero trio will land in New York for a kickoff event at Champion New York on Saturday, January 26th featuring The Powerpuff Girls themed photo-ops, ice cream, music, can’t-miss exclusive giveaways...and everything nice.

Empowering generations of young women across the world for 20 years, fans are invited to join the celebration and channel their inner Powerpuff Girl using the hashtag #EmpowerPuff 

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Cartoon Network

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Fans Can Celebrate the First-Ever Live-Action Pokémon Movie with an Electrifying Range of New Pokémon Trading Card Game Collections, Toys, Apparel, and More


BELLEVUE, WA - JANUARY 17, 2019 - The Pokémon Company International today unveiled an extensive line of products inspired by the highly anticipated movie “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” from Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Entertainment, and The Pokémon Company, arriving in theaters on May 10, 2019, in North America. Before the movie, fans can look forward to new Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) collections, exclusive merchandise from PokemonCenter.com, action figures and interactive plush from Wicked Cool Toys, construction sets from Mattel’s Mega Construx brand, and more.


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BHMA to Host Annual Winter Technical Committee Meetings in Tampa, FL

Members and Stakeholders to Partake in an Array of Discussions



New York, NY (January 14, 2019) The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) will hold its annual Winter Technical Committee Meetings from January 29th through the 31st at Tampa Airport Marriott during which time BHMA members and industry partners will attend a variety of meetings, including technical sessions, a Strategic Planning session and a session covering the development of the Certified Products Directory (CPD), a new, automated CPD,to be launched on BHMA’s website, www.buildershardware.com during the first quarter of 2019.  

The BHMA Winter Technical Committee Meetings will include technical discussions regarding various standards, including A156.42, the brand new standard for hardware acoustics. Other technical sessions on the agenda are: A156.5 Cylinders/A156.30 Hi-Security Cylinders; A156.3 Exit Devices; A156.18 Materials and Finishes; A156.37 Multipoint Locks, and A156.19 Low Energy Doors/A156.38 Low Energy Sliding and Folding Doors.

Builders hardware is one of a few categories of functional hardware that are specified, since these products impact life safety and security. As such, ANSI/BHMA standards are reopened at least once every five years after their respective publication.

BHMA is the sole organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop and maintain performance standards for builders hardware. Assessing the progress and mapping the next steps for each standard is a crucial part of our mission as an organization to enhance public safety and the security of buildings,” said BHMA Executive Director, Ralph Vasami. “Builders hardware products are expected to remain operational at all times—and under all conditions—and BHMA’s robust product standards program continuously works to ensure that they do.”

For more information about the BHMA annual winter meeting or for a complete schedule of events, please contact Larry McClean at lmcclean@kellencompany.com. To learn more about BHMA, visit www.buildershardware.com.

About the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA): The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) is an industry leader in building safety and security. BHMA is the only organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop and maintain performance standards for locks, closers, exit devices and other builder’s hardware. The widely known ANSI/BHMA A156 series of standards describes and establishes the features and criteria for specific types of hardware products. In addition, BHMA sponsors third-party certification of hardware products, which is a requirement for a product to bear the “BHMA Certified” mark — ensuring that the product meets the ANSI/BHMA standard. For more information on BHMA, please write to BHMA, 355 Lexington Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, NY, 10017 or visit our website at www.buildershardware.com.



CupofTherapy© Gains Peace of Mind After Selecting FanGirl Consulting to Build North American Licensing Business

“Mental health made visible”

January 16, 2019 - The Finnish CupofTherapy concept has selected FanGirl Consulting & Brand Management, LLC as its licensing agent in U.S. and Canada.

CupOfTherapy is a Finnish concept that introduces important themes of wellbeing and mental health through distinctive and approachable animal figures. CupOfTherapy has become a social media phenomenon since the launch of its original book “CupOfTherapy” (“Tilkkanen terapiaa”) published in 2017 by the Finnish publishing house Otava. In 2018, MUJI then published the book under the title “Dai Jo Bu,” translated Is Everything OK?”. The brand’s therapeutic drawings and striking texts were developed as a combined effort by psychotherapy professionals Antti Ervasti and Elina Rehmonen together with awarded and internationally recognized artist and illustrator Matti Pikkujämsä. The CupofTherapy concept encourages people to reflect on their life and find comfort, encouragement, and joy in simple things as well and acknowledges the importance of having dialogue around important mental health issues.




Veteran kids entertainment executive Stephanie Sperber named President of new division


(Los Angeles, January 11, 2018) – Imagine Entertainment Chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard announced today that the company has launched Imagine Kids & Family, a newly formed division of Imagine Entertainment. The division will develop and produce premium animated and live-action feature films, television series and short-form content across all platforms in the kids and family entertainment space.

Stephanie Sperber, who has a long career building and monetizing kids and family businesses, IP and franchises, will serve as President of Imagine Kids & Family. Sperber will also continue her role as CEO of the agency she founded, White Space Entertainment, which focuses on building kids franchises through consumer products and digital gaming. Imagine Entertainment will continue its on-going client relationship with White Space, with White Space supporting all Consumer Products efforts that develop from the new Imagine Kids & Family content division.

“Our emphasis will be on great storytelling that appeals to global audiences and has the potential to grow into true franchises. Sperber is a rare executive that can see the merits of a project not only in its ability to entertain, but also to resonate beyond the screen,” said Grazer.

“Imagine tells empowering and aspirational stories that connect on a profoundly human level and we have long believed in the importance of bringing that same sensibility to the kids and family space,” said Howard.

Imagine Kids & Family will work with both established and emerging creative voices in kids animation and live-action to bring the best stories to life for kids around the world, and develop original IP for television and short-form for digital platforms.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to work with Brian, Ron, and Michael and to develop content for kids that is meaningful, purposeful and just plain fun. I look forward to merging my creative and business backgrounds to build the Imagine Kids & Family brand around the world while continuing to lead White Space independently in building global consumer products and gaming programs to support our clients’ IP."

Sperber founded White Space Entertainment in 2015, a full-service agency developing franchises through content, consumer products, gaming and retail marketing.  

Prior to starting White Space, Sperber was President of Global Consumer Products, Gaming, Partnerships and Product Placement for Universal Pictures. During that time, Sperber launched the consumer products program for Illumination Entertainment, and built the global Despicable Me/Minions consumer products & brand alliance franchise into a multi-billion dollar program at retail around the world.  

Sperber began her career with the launch of the Cartoon Network working with Turner Broadcasting as an executive at Hanna-Barbera Cartoons. Before entering the entertainment industry, Sperber worked for Senator Joe Biden on the Senate Judiciary Committee as a speech writer.  

About Imagine Entertainment

Imagine Entertainment was founded in 1986 by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard to create independently produced feature films, television programs and other original programming. Imagine’s productions have been honored with more than 60 prestigious awards including 43 Academy Award nominations and 195 Emmy® award nominations. Past productions include the Academy Award Best Picture winner A Beautiful Mind, as well as Grammy Award Best Film winner The BeatlesEight Days A Week – The Touring Years. Additional films include Get on Up, Rush, J. Edgar, Frost/Nixon, American GangsterThe Da Vinci CodeApollo 138 MileLiar, Liar, Backdraftand Parenthood to name a few. Recent films include The Spy Who Dumped Me staring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon which won of the 2018 People Choice Award for Best Comedy, and the upcoming documentary Pavarotti. Television productions include Fox’s Empire, Shots Fired and the 24 franchise; NatGeo’s Genius anthology series, MARS and Breakthrough; NBC’s Parenthood and Friday Night Lights; Fox’s and Netflix’s Arrested Development, as well as HBO's From the Earth to the Moon, for which Howard and Grazer won the Emmy® for Outstanding Mini-Series.  Current television projects in production include Wu-Tang: An American Saga (Hulu), Swagger (Apple), Why Women Kill (CBS All Access), and Filthy Rich (Fox). Ron Howard and Brian Grazer began their collaboration in 1985 with the hit comedies Night Shift and Splash, and continue to run Imagine Entertainment as chairmen. www.imagine-entertainment.com

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