rita hazan photo


The Brand Liaison Shows its True Colors


Leading Hair and Color Authority Rita Hazan

Selects The Brand Liaison as Licensing Agent 


New York, NY, October 15, 2018: Rita Hazan, Hollywood’s most sought after stylist, and “Hair Color Authority”  has selected The Brand Liaison to lead the Rita Hazan licensing program. Building on hair care and hair coloring products currently found at retailers including Sephora and HSN, The Brand Liaison will expand the existing Rita Hazan brand to include hair color, styling and beauty products bringing her 5th Aveune salon into consumer’s homes.

Rita Hazan’s styling has created a lasting impact on worldwide beauty trends creating iconic looks for celebrities including Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Jessic Simpson, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and even Madonna.

“Rita Hazan is the hair colorist to the stars.” Explained Brand Liaison President Steven Heller. “Now consumers across the country can have access to that red carpet look, not only for hair, but for all beauty trends. We are bringing her 5th Aveune salon into consumer’s homes. 

The Brand Liaison will now seek new licensing partners in various hair, color and health and beauty categories that marry Rita Hazan’s red carpet ready attitude with affordable elegance.

“We looked at several agencies but The Brand Liaison really stood out,” explains Rita Hazan. “Their understanding of my brand and their road map for licensing strategies made selecting The Brand Liaison an easy decision.”

Believing women should not live by a list of "do’s and don’t’s" to maintain color, Rita Hazan, has used her expertise to create products for color-treated hair that will keep hair as healthy and radiant as the first day it was dyed. Created for dabblers to dye-hards of every age and with every hair type, Rita Hazan products blend advanced technology with natural ingredients.

To learn more about licensing for Rita Hazan, contact The Brand Liaison at 855-843-5424 or email Katey Gabrielson: Katey@thebrandliaison.com.

About Rita Hazan:

When Rita Hazan isn't concocting new formulas for her namesake hair-care line or working in her Fifth Avenue salon, she's coloring the manes of a laundry list of celebrity clients. You may not recognize her face, but you know her work — she's the artist behind many iconic Hollywood color changes. Think: J.Lo's golden-brown locks, Mariah Carey's caramel tresses, and Madonna's icy platinum 'do. But there's one head of hair that's catapulted the New York-based colorist to the hair hall of fame: Beyoncé's.

The secret behind Bey's always on-point color? Hazan says it's all about attention to detail. She takes notes on the hair's movement, how it reflects light, and the texture, all before even thinking about reaching for bleach. "My theory on color is that you have to hit the color the first time," she says. Translation: Hazan never uses glosses or toners after she's colored Bey's (or any client's) hair.

Rita Hazan is equal parts colorist/artist/innovator. A NYC native, Rita Hazan is recognized as a pioneer, carving her own niche in a male-dominated beauty field.

A style reinventor and daring colorist, Rita Hazan’s expertise and ceaseless innovations have translated into hair products and more. With Rita Hazan products specially designed for colored hair and addressing the spectrum of women’s hair color needs, Rita Hazan has established herself as “The Hair Color Authority."

About The Brand Liaison:

The Brand Liaison is a boutique licensing agency focused on creating new revenue streams for our clients through licensing, strategic partnerships and other brand extension programs. For licensors, our goal is to commercialize opportunities that will extend our clients' brands into cohesive product categories to maximize their licensing potential. For manufacturers, we assist in acquiring brands and developing strong licensing programs in order to create long term retail success. In each case, we work closely with our clients to ensure that our brand extension activities compliment the strategic goals and objectives of each client and brand that we represent. http://thebrandliaison.com



Steven Heller

The Brand Liaison, LLC


Tel: 855-843-5424

Forbes 30Under30 Logo


Forbes Releases 2019 Edition of the 30 Under 30 List

Eighth Annual List Highlights 600 Young Revolutionaries and Risk-Takers Who Are Changing the World


NEW YORK – Nov. 13, 2018 – Forbes today released the eighth annual “30 Under 30list, featuring 600 young innovators, entrepreneurs and risk-takers who are putting a new twist on what it means to be a leader for the next generation. The Forbes class of 2019 30 Under 30 list, includes 30 honorees for each of the 20 categories.

“After nearly a decade, the Forbes 30 Under 30 list has become the most trusted index identifying the next generation of entrepreneurs, visionaries, and game-changers throughout the world,” said Randall Lane, Chief Content Officer, Forbes and creator of the Forbes Under 30 franchise. “Our honorees have already begun implementing fundamental change in their respective industries, and they’ve only just begun."

The 2019 list features a diverse and unique panel of honorees, with more than nineteen percent identifying as immigrants and more than thirty-eight percent identifying as first-generation citizens. Thirty-four percent of these list members live and work on the East Coast and thirty-three percent on the West Coast. More than fifth-five percent of the list are founders or cofounders and the group has collectively raised well over $1 billion in funding.

Each of the 20 categories has a featured call-out. The call-outs on the 2019 “30 Under 30” list include:

Art & Style: Sarah Staudinger, Fashion Designer, STAUD; Consumer Technology: Daria Rebenok, Cofounder, Grabr; Education: Rebecca Kantar, Founder, Imbellus; Energy: Raj Mistry, Cofounder, Lynx Resource Partners; Enterprise Technology: Gregory Rockson, Cofounder & CEO, mPharma; Finance: Nader Al-Naji, CEO, Intangible Labs; Food & Drink: Maya French, Cofounder, Koia; Games: Delane Parnell, Founder, PlayVS; Healthcare: Trevor Martin, Cofounder, Mammoth Biosciences; Hollywood & Entertainment: Liza Koshy, comedian and actress; Law & Policy: Nicholas Cortes, Cofounder, Atrium; Manufacturing & Industry: Alex Rodrigues, Cofounder, Embark; Marketing & Advertising: Nadia Masri, Founder, Perksy; Media: Brandon Deyo, Cofounder, Mars Reel; Music: Russ, singer & songwriter; Retail & Ecommerce: Kory Stevens, Cofounder, Taft; Science: Devaki Raj, Cofounder, CrowdAI; Social Entrepreneurs: Ryan Pandya, Cofounder, Perfect Day; Sports, Blake Griffin, Power Forward for the Detroit Clippers, National Basketball Association; and Venture Capital: Adina Tecklu, Co-Head, Canaan Beta.

All under 30 years old, the honorees were vetted during an extensive three-layer process that leveraged the knowledge and authority of Forbes’ wide-reaching community, skilled reporters and expert judges.  Over the past eight years, Forbes has grown a 30 Under 30 alumni network of more than 5,000 individuals throughout the world. The names within this network exemplify Forbes’ longstanding reputation of spotlighting up-and-coming revolutionaries and trailblazers who are positioned to implement real change across a variety of industries.

More than 15,000 online submissions were received for only 600 slots, making it a 4 percent acceptance rate. Forbes collaborated with expert judges in each category, including Musa Tariq in Marketing, Jeanie Buss and Martellus Bennett in Sports, Tory Burch in Art & Style, Anil Agarwal in Retail & E-commerce, Andy Fang in Consumer Tech, Liz Claman and Jon Steinbergin Media, Allison Schroeder and Fowler Jermaine in Hollywood & Entertainment, Marshmello in Music, Nic Jammet and Lee Schrager in Food & Drink, Jean Case in Social Entrepreneurs, Austin McChord in Enterprise Technology, David Axelrod in Law & Policy and Brian Sheth in Finance to create a distinctive list of 600 youthful visionaries and disruptors, all of whom represent the entrepreneurial spirit of the Forbes Under 30 franchise.

For the complete list, feature stories and exclusive videos, visit: www.forbes.com/30-under-30/2019/.


  • Marshmello – World renowned DJ / producer Marshmello served as the music headliner during the recent Forbes Under 30 Summit in Boston, coming off of several major hits this summer, including his smash single "FRIENDS" with Anne-Marie, which peaked at #2 on the Pop radio charts and went certified platinum in the US and UK. Marshmello has clocked a staggering 2+ billion streams across Spotify alone, cementing him as the platform's #4 Most Streamed Artist in the World with over 40 million monthly listeners.
  • Blake Griffin - The Los Angeles Clippers shockingly traded Griffin to the Pistons in January, seven months after signing him to a five-year, $171 million contract extension and dubbing him a "Clipper for life." The former number one overall pick is still a marketable star with endorsements with Nike's Jordan Brand, Red Bull, IWC and Panini. Griffin launched a production company in late 2016 with NFL center Ryan Kalil. They are looking to produce a new version of the iconic basketball movie "White Men Can't Jump." Griffin has averaged 21 points and 9 rebounds a game for his career while making five All-Star teams.

Forbes Under 30 Franchise

Forbes’ Under 30 franchise is a global platform, which comprises Forbes Under 30 lists featuring young game changers published in print and online all over the world; live summits in the U.S., Asia, Europe and Israel; and an Under 30 channel on Forbes.com.

About Forbes Media

The defining voice of entrepreneurial capitalism, Forbes champions success by celebrating those who have made it, and those who aspire to make it. Forbes convenes and curates the most-influential leaders and entrepreneurs who are driving change, transforming business and making a significant impact on the world. The Forbes brand today reaches more than 120 million people worldwide through its trusted journalism, signature LIVE events, custom marketing programs and 40 licensed local editions in 70 countries. Forbes Media’s brand extensions include real estate, education and financial services license agreements. For more information, visit: www.forbes.com/forbes-media/.

For the complete 30 Under 30 package, visit: www.forbes.com/30-under-30/2019/

Join the conversation on social, using: #ForbesUnder30

Media Contacts

Christina Vega at cvega@forbes.com

Jocelyn Swift at jswift@forbes.com






Latvia’s National Champion “Balanced Defender” Rose to the Top After 24 Talented, Young Competitors from Around the World Battled at Kidexpo Event in Paris, France


Paris – November 7, 2018 – On Saturday, November 3, thousands of people came to cheer on their countries’ national champions in a whole day of fierce competition featuring 24 talented, young Bladers from all around the world. The 2018 BEYBLADE BURST World Championship, which took place at Kidexpo in Paris, France, crowned its winner after 6 hours of epic battling. The victor, Latvia’s “Balanced Defender,” earned the ultimate victory.

Balanced Defender, who took home a gleaming trophy, a participatory medal and a personalized illustration done by the author of the BEYBLADE BURST manga series from Corocoro Comic magazine, Hiro Morita, was joined by 2nd place winner Shin Sang Hyeon from South Korea and 3rd place winner Shuai Shuai from Taiwan. All three champions were thrilled to represent their countries on the podium after traveling thousands of miles to complete on the grand stage. The epic finale of the World Championship featured appearances by YouTube stars Swan & Neo, as well as BEYBLADE BURST manga artist Hiro Morita, delighting fans of all ages and nationalities.

In addition to the 2018 BEYBLADE BURST World Championship competition, Kidexpo, which took place from October 31-November 4, featured a BEYBLADE BURST booth where fans of the brand got to participate in free battles, not only with each other, but against known YouTube influencers and special guests like the official World Championship MCs Storm & Light and judge Blader Ken.



About Nelvana

Nelvana is a world-leading international producer and distributor of children’s animated and live-action content. Nelvana produces a stable of award-winning and globally renowned brands that focus on comedies, preschool and boys action series and ancillary consumer products programs. Nelvana’s content airs on Corus Entertainment’s kids channels in Canada and in over 160 countries around the world. The Nelvana library has well over 4,000 episodes of programming and has received over 70 major international program awards including Emmys® and Geminis. Visit the Nelvana website at nelvana.com. Follow Nelvana Enterprises on Twitter @NelvanaEnt



SUNRIGHTS, INC. is an entertainment rights management company backed by one of the top advertising agencies in Japan, Asatsu DK, and the trading conglomerate Mitsubishi Corp. Located in New York City, SUNRIGHTS directly manages the development of intellectual property globally outside of Asia. Learn more about us at http://sunrightsinc.com.


About d-rights Inc.

d-rights, Inc. is a key player in international production of animated content for families and children globally. It is recognized for brands such as Beyblade, B-Daman, and Scan2Go. d-rights manages every aspect of content creation from production to distribution, financing, marketing and product licensing. Co-owned by Asatsu-DK Inc. (ADK) who distributes popular titles including "Yu-Gi-Oh!", "Doraemon", "Crayon Shin-chan" and "One piece", and Mitsubishi Corporation, d-rights assumes a key role in the global business. Check our properties at http://www.d-rights.com.


About TOMY Company, Ltd.

TOMY is a comprehensive toy and content company that produces a wide variety of products and characters for people of all ages and nationalities, and has more than 90 year of history since its founding. Generations of families have enjoyed our all-time favorites such as Plarail, Tomica, and Licca, and such toy lines as Beyblade and Transformers have become genuine global phenomena. As a 21st century toymaker TOMY will continue to make products which reflect the changing times as we fulfill our Corporate Mission which is to “create new value from play” for people all over the world.


About Hasbro

Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World's Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, BABY ALIVE and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. Through its entertainment labels, Allspark Pictures and Allspark Animation, the Company is building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Hasbro is committed to making the world a better place for children and their families through corporate social responsibility and philanthropy. Hasbro ranked No. 5 on the 2018 100 Best Corporate Citizens list by CR Magazine, and has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere Institute for the past seven years. Learn more at www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).


Media Contacts:


Natasha Gross

Director TV Sales & Licensing



Jeff Pryor

E. jeff@prioritypr.net





Toy of the Year Finalists Featured on Amazon


New York, NY | November 13, 2018 – The Toy Foundation (TTF) announced today that the 2019 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Award finalists are available online at Amazon (amazon.com/toty) through February 2019, providing shoppers with unique access to a comprehensive list of the hottest toys of the season curated by toy and play experts.

Frequently referred to as the “Oscars” of the toy industry, The Toy of the Year Awards program annually recognizes the top toys of the year, from classic board games to innovative tech toys. Shoppers can trust that these are some of the hottest toys for children of all ages, as they’ve been vetted by the esteemed industry awards program and backed by Amazon.

The TOTY Awards program supports the work of The Toy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the North American toy industry, and serves as a critical fundraiser to enable TTF to provide joy and comfort to millions of children in need. TOTY finalist companies have donated funds to the Foundation in support of a research-based program that will explore the role of play in trauma-informed care for pediatric hospital patients and their families.

“The generous spirit of the toy industry is alive and well this holiday season! Thanks to the support of the TOTY finalist companies and all our donors throughout the year, we are able to bring the joy of play to children who are sick, suffering, or otherwise in need,” said Jean Butler, executive director at The Toy Foundation. “Specifically, funding from the TOTY program will help TTF further an initiative with Nemours Children’s Health System, as we work together to develop a new hospital program that will support and comfort sick children.”

This year’s TOTY finalists were reviewed and ranked by 19 expert judges, who considered each product’s creativity, design, play value, and marketing, before narrowing the field of more than 500 nominees to a slate of 123 finalists. Winners will be announced in February 2019. Voting for TOTY 2019 is now open; winners will be announced during a celebration in New York City on February 15, 2019. To view the full slate of finalists, visit www.ToyAwards.org.


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 25 million children in need around the globe, thanks to its generous toy donors.


Contact:  Adrienne Appell
The Toy Association




Crawford’s Corner LLC Announces Licensing Partnerships 
With Popular Kurio Tablet and IconLogin


Crawford’s Corner LLC, which owns the intellectual property for Crawford the Cat, the lively animated series from Perennial Pictures Film Corporation, announced today two new licensing partnerships, with KD Interactive’s Kurio tablet and the IconLogin Lock Screen. Kurio is a best-selling line of kid-safe tablets and smart devices. A new Kurio tablet release in 2019 will come preloaded with Crawford the Cat content, including an app with the animated series and a screen-unlocking feature that uses Crawford the Cat icons as the passcode. Current Kurio tablet users will receive notifications as soon as new Crawford the Cat content becomes available.

Crawford the Cat is the animated series on healthy habits for young children, ages 2-7 used by thousands of educators in classrooms across the nation to teach kids about good citizenship and healthy habits. Addressing young kids using colloquial and contemporary language, the crafty feline exemplifies behaviors kids instantly want to watch and model over and over again. 

IconLogin Ltd, which operates from the United Kingdom, is a branded Lock Screen App publisher. The Kurio Tablet will feature a Lock Screen App containing a branded Crawford the Cat Keypad; the App and the Keypad are free to use. 


About Crawford's Corner LLC
Crawford's Corner LLC owns the intellectual property for Crawford the Cat, the lively animated series created and initiated in 2003 by Perennial Pictures Film Corporation, based in Indianapolis, ID. Embraced by early childhood educators in classrooms as well as kids nationwide, Crawford the Cat teaches young children, ages 2-7, about social etiquette, personal responsibility and healthy habits, such as oral hygiene, hand washing, nutrition and playing well with others. 
The complete Crawford the Cat library, available on Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube, currently includes 13 five-minute episodes, online games an an iPad app. For educators, there  are companion lesson plans, printables and ebooks available. For more information visit www.crawfordthecat.com.
About IconLogin Limited
IconLogin Limited is a publisher of picture password Lock Screen Apps under the registered trademark: You Brand In Their Hand®. The technology behind the picture passwords is protected by two worldwide patents. The underlying software is used for secure mutual authentication via picture passwords to overcome all of today’s major threats to the security of online login credentials. See www.iconlogin.com.

Check Out Our Latest Editions! 

rmcover vol59i2

rmcover vol59i3a

Latest New & Notable Products

rmnn vol59i2 mars

rmnn vol59i2 russellstover

Contact Us

Retail Merchandiser Magazine
150 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60601


Click here for a full list of contacts.

Latest Editions

Spread The Love

Back To Top