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IMAGINE ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES IMAGINE KIDS & FAMILY

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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RICK AND MORTY TO TOUCHDOWN AT PRIMARK  Brand-new collection, exclusively designed for Primark, hits stores across Europe and the US on January 13th

 

Turner’s Cartoon Network Enterprises has partnered with international retailer Primark to launch an exclusive collection featuring the critically-acclaimed Adult Swim series Rick and Mortywhich has taken the pop culture zeitgeist by storm around the world. 

The Rick and Morty line for Primark spans menswear, womenswear, fashion accessories, homeware, drink ware and bedding, all featuring exclusive designs inspired by the illustrious 1950s B movies and sporting fan-favorite characters from the series such as Pickle Rick, Mr. Meeseeks, and of course Rick and Morty themselves. It launches at Primark stores in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the US on January 13th. 

The launch of the collection will be celebrated with 40 of Primark’s stores and window displays branded Rick and Morty, as well gifts with purchase and in-store competitions for the Rick and Morty super fan. 

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 asRick and Morty on Adult Swim.
 
Adult Swim (
AdultSwim.com), 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 Primark
Primark is an international brand that offers high quality fashion, beauty and homeware at value for money prices. We help our price-savvy customers find their amazing, whatever their age, gender, background or budget. 

Primark operates over 360 stores in eleven countries: Republic of Ireland, the UK, Spain, Portugal, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, France, the US and Italy; and has over 75,000 employees. Primark offers high quality fashion at value for money prices, put simply, “Amazing Fashion, Amazing Prices”.

Publicity Contacts

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Amy Pfister 
Director, Public Relations
Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang 
404-575-5843
Amy.Pfister@Turner.com

Katie Goldberg
Tel: +44 20 7 693 1248
Director, Public Relations
Turner EMEA & International Kids Content
Katie.Goldberg@turner.com

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All American Licensing To Rep

“Chicken Soup For the Soul” Pet Food Brand -

Looks to Debut New Branded Pet Products In 2019 

 

 

Los Angeles, CA, January 7, 2019 – All American Licensing (“AAL”) today announced the signing of a representation and consulting agreement with Chicken Soup for the Soul for new branded pet products. 

As part of the agreement, AAL will license a comprehensive new portfolio of pet products related to the Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food brand. The new licensing agreement represents a significant expansion of Chicken Soup for the Soul, which has been providing wholesome, healthy pet food for over 15 years.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food began in 2003, and offers a variety of dry and wet cat and dog food for all stages of life, as well as dog treats. The pet food is made in the USA with wholesome, healthy ingredients. Beginning in January 2019, Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food will sponsor a new animal focused TV series hosted by actress Eva LaRue (“CSI”) airing every week on The CW, entitled Chicken Soup for the Souls Animal Tales.

The new line of products will include traditional toys, collars, and beds, and a variety of other products. 

“We are thrilled to be working with All American Licensing,” stated Chris Mitchell, CEO of Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food. “The expertise they have within the pet industry and their understanding of our brand make for a great partnership. We have been interested in expanding our offerings within the pet space and building on our successful dog and cat food products for a while. Through our new partnership with AAL, we will provide even more quality products for pets.”

Michael Gottsegen, Co-Founding Partner of All American Licensing, adds, “We’ve worked with the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand in the past, and have always greatly enjoyed the experience, as well as the mutual success our joint efforts have generated. Today, we are excited to now significantly expand the brand’s Pet Food line beyond its current food offerings, so that it will soon include a full-range of traditional pet categories for in and around the home.”

About Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food:

Chicken Soup for the Soul understands the unique relationship between people and pets. Health conscious consumers have been feeding their cats and dogs Chicken Soup for the Soul wholesome and balanced, super premium pet food for over 15 years. Holistic in nature, the entire line of products is made from only the finest ingredients: real meats, fruits, vegetables and herbs. With no added corn, wheat, soy, artificial coloring, flavoring or preservatives, Chicken Soup for the Soul pet food is inspired by your love for pets, and promotes overall health and well-being for dogs and cats. The products are proudly made in the USA, and feature rescued shelter pets on every bag. Core and grain-free formulas and a line of treats are available in independent pet specialty stores nationwide and online.

A portion of all proceeds from the sale of Chicken Soup for the Soul pet food goes to help shelters and pets in need through Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Fill-a-Bowl ... Feed-a-SoulTM program. The program, which was launched in association with American Humane, aims to provide over a million meals to shelter pets annually. Visit www.chickensouppets.com.

About Chicken Soup for the Soul:

Chicken Soup for the Soul, the world’s favorite and most recognized storyteller, publishes the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. With well over 100 million books sold to date in the U.S. and Canada alone, more than 250 titles, and translations into more than 40 languages, “chicken soup for the soul” is one of the world’s best-known phrases and is regularly referenced in pop culture. Today, 25 years after it first began sharing happiness, inspiration and hope through its books, this socially conscious company continues to publish a new title a month, but has also evolved beyond the bookstore with super premium pet food, television shows and movies through its subsidiary, Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, podcasts, positive journalism from aplus.com, education programs, and licensed products, all revolving around true stories, as the company continues “changing the world one story at a time.”

About All American Licensing:

All American Licensing is a full-service licensing agency specializing in licensing, retail development and product integration. AAL has an impressive and diverse roster of clients ranging from top consumer brands to world-class resort brands, lifestyle and pet brands.

Founded in 2011 by veteran licensing executives Tim Rothwell and Michael Gottsegen, All American Licensing provides its clients with a global network of best-in-class manufacturers; turnkey brand representation from legal and financial services to retail development to personalized road maps to success. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, with additional offices in Charleston, SC, Charlotte, NC, and in Canada. For more information on All American Licensing, please visit https://www.AALMG.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Media Contact for AAL:


Dan Harary

The Asbury PR Agency

Beverly Hills, CA

310/859-1831

dan@asburypr.com

 

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SYBO GAMES KICKS OFF 2019 WITH NEW CHIEFS;

MULTIPLE GLOBAL LICENSING AGENTS; 11th EPISODE SURPRISE AND A MASSIVE DOWNLOAD ACHIEVEMENT

 

David Byrne Joins as Chief Operating Officer,

Naz Amarchi-Cuevas Elevated to Chief Commercial Officer

SUBSURF Consumer Lifestyle Arm Adds Licensing Agents In
Territories & Countries Around World

Bonus Episode from Animated Series Premieres January 11th

Powerhouse Subway Surfers Crowned 2nd Most Downloaded Mobile Game in 2018

 

 

COPENHAGEN - (January 10, 2019) -  The start of the year kicked off with a flurry for  SYBO Games, the company behind the mobile game phenom Subway Surfers, named the second most downloaded game of 2018; as David Byrne joins the company as Chief Operating Officer; Naz Amarchi-Cuevas is promoted to Chief Commercial Officer; more than 10 Licensing Agents around the globe sign on to represent SUBSURF®, the brand’s consumer and lifestyle merchandising arm; and the reveal of a surprise 11th episode in the Subway Surfers: The Animated Series on YouTube, Friday, January 11th.

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KIDKRAFT APPOINTS GEOFF WALKER AS NEW PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER 

  

Former Mattel Executive to Lead Company to Further Global Expansion

 

January 3, 2019 - KidKraft, Inc. (“KidKraft”) announced today Geoff Walker, a veteran toy industry leader with more than 20 years of experience, has been appointed president and chief executive officer and will serve as a member of the company’s board of directors effective immediately.   

Walker is a former Mattel executive whose career included global leadership with management positions across the U.S. and Europe and overseeing the growth in multiple global brands like Hot Wheels and Fisher-Price. His experience will support KidKraft’s growth as the company further expands internationally and continues to build on a 50-year legacy in the toy and juvenile product industry.

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