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.

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Cartoon Network Enterprises EMEA
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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.

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“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.

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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:

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.



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Echo Fox  Inks Licensing Deal with Fathead ® to Develop Exclusive Team Merchandise Esports Organization Partners with Leading Graphics Brand to Bring Favorite Echo Fox Players to Life with Custom Wall Decals, Big Heads, and More



BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., November 14, 2018 - Echo Fox, an esports entity of Vision Venture Partners (VVP), has partnered with Fathead®, the leading sports and entertainment brand best-known for its official life-size images of professional athletes and logo wall graphics, to launch an all-new line of licensed Echo Fox team merchandise. The debut custom wall decals are now available for purchase at and the big heads will be available for purchase in December 2018.

“As a leading esports organization with some of the most passionate fans across the globe, part of our mission is to engage in new ways to celebrate our world-class players and continue elevating the Echo Fox brand,” said Rick Fox, Founder of Echo Fox. “Working alongside a best-in-class partner, we’re looking forward to creating exclusive, quality merchandise with Fathead’s signature style for our loyal fans to continue supporting their favorite Echo Fox teams and players in new creative ways.”

The initial product rollout will include die-cut vinyl wall graphics of the Echo Fox team logos. Future products include Big Head cut-outs of some star players of the Echo Fox roster, vinyl murals, wallpaper designs, and exclusive laptop skins.

“Fathead is incredibly excited to partner with Echo Fox. They are a forward-thinking Esports organization that has made a large impact within the industry in a short-period of time,” said Robby Hogle, CEO of Fathead. “We’re honored to provide their passionate fan base with another way to display their Echo Fox pride.”

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About Echo Fox Echo Fox, an esports entity of Vision Venture Partners (VVP), is quickly becoming among the most respected esports organization in the world, setting the standard for professionalism, team achievement, player development and fan engagement. By recruiting and advancing top athletes, Echo Fox is making moves on the digital playing field. To date, the organization boasts over 20 roster players competing in 9 different esports arenas. The company, based in Beverly Hills, follows the credo “we recruit the best and expect the best.”

About Fathead LLC Fathead, LLC is the industry leader for authentic, officially licensed sports and entertainment graphics. Fathead gives fans the opportunity to express their passion by bringing their favorite inspiration to life. Fathead carries thousands of images and maintains over 150 license agreements with leading consumer brands across many industries and professional sports leagues. Fathead wall graphics include the signature REAL. BIG. - life-size, high definition wall decals of athletes, stadiums, logos, fan favorite entertainment characters, and more. Fathead Custom Creations including die cut vinyl decals, Big Heads cut outs, vinyl mural graphics, and wrapped canvas put the customer in charge.

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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.

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  • 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.

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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:

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