NEW YORKOct. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Parents magazine, the most trusted brand and leading voice for millennial moms, today revealed the Best Toys of 2018 list for kids of all ages and interests. Earlier this year, 70 kids and their parents were invited to play and test 350 of the newest toys to hit the market. Our toy experts narrowed down their favorites to the top 44 picks for infants to school-age kids.

"Our annual list, timed to the holiday season, covers a wide range of playthings and is nearly a year in the making! We go over and over the picks, but ultimately our kid-testers make the final call," said Liz Vaccariello, Editor-in-Chief of Parents. "From educational STEM toys to interactive games to toys that encourage creative play, this year's list has something special for everyone."

The complete list of Best Toys of 2018 is featured in the November issue of Parents magazine and online, where you can access our behind-the-scenes video of testing day.



The Parents brand, the leading source of busy, millennial moms, reaches nearly 12 million readers monthly through an award-winning magazine and nearly 10 million through its digital platforms. With a 90+ year history of delivering trusted content, Parents provides an empowering voice that helps parents make the best decisions for their families while celebrating the joy of raising healthy, happy children. Parents magazine is published monthly by Meredith Corporation with a rate base of 2.2 million.


Meredith has been committed to service journalism for more than 115 years. Today, Meredith uses multiple distribution platforms—including broadcast television, print, digital, mobile, and video—to provide consumers with content they desire and to deliver the messages of its advertising and marketing partners. Meredith's National Media Group reaches 175 million unduplicated American consumers every month, including 80 percent of U.S. millennial women. Meredith's Local Media Group includes 17 television stations, which reach more than 11 percent of U.S. households.

SOURCE Meredith Corporation




Janelle Monae Joins 'UglyDolls' Voice Cast


Janelle Monae is starring in the STX animated movie "UglyDolls" and is expected to perform original songs for the film.

"UglyDolls" is the animated family adventure based on the beloved toy brand. In the adorably different town of Uglyville, the free-spirited Moxy and her UglyDolls pals confront what it means to be different, struggle with their desire to be loved, and ultimately discover that you don't have to be perfect to be amazing.

Monae will soon be seen on screen in Robert Zemeckis' "Welcome to Marwen," co-starring Steve Carell, Merritt Wever, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger, Eiza Gonzalez, and Gwendoline Christie. Her previous acting credits include "Moonlight" and "Hidden Figures."

She recently released her critically-acclaimed third solo album, "Dirty Computer."

Monae is repped by WME, manager Mikael Moore for Wondaland Management, and attorney Ziffren Brittenham.

Uglydoll® and Pretty Ugly™ are registered trademarks of Pretty Ugly, LLC.

By: Justin Kroll



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Explorer and TV Personality Ed Stafford taps Brandgenuity to head up global licensing


Extensions will inspire enthusiasts of all ages to get outdoors and reset their souls


London, England – October 2, 2018 - World-class adventurer and TV personality, Ed Stafford, announced that he has selected global brand licensing agency Brandgenuity, to help build a licensing program around his growing brand. Over the past decade, the Britain-based explorer has pushed the limits of adventure entertainment, embarking on and filming some of the most cutting-edge expeditions and boldest backcountry projects of the 21st century. A natural and prolific content creator, Stafford captures most of his own footage while on expeditions.

After putting himself on the map in 2010 by becoming the first person to walk the length of the Amazon River, Stafford’s profile has continued to grow steadily. With 20 years’ experience which originated from the British Army and moved into the survival and adventure space, Stafford is an authority in this outdoor market and he is keen to inspire eager, go-getting adventurers with the tools that they need to embark on ambitious expeditions of their own. Brandgenuity’s expertise and experience will enable Ed to create equipment such as survival gear, outdoor apparel, knives/multi-tools, outdoor tech/GPS, and interactive apps, and together they hope to build a strong brand portfolio that will match the growing trend towards adventure travel and the outdoors.

“I truly believe that everyone has chinks in their armour they need to work out, outdoors,” says Stafford, who feels that we should leave our screens behind and rediscover the outside to reset our souls.” Stafford continued, “I’m incredibly fortunate that I get to live my life immersed in nature. I hope the licensing program, built together with Brandgenuity, will allow me to inspire and enable countless others to have these experiences for themselves.”

Stafford has become a familiar face of Discovery, both globally and in the US, and has released five of his own specials or series, including Naked and Marooned, Into the Unknown, and Left for Dead. Stafford has also already written two successful books based on his expeditions and has a third in the works.

“We are thrilled that Ed selected us,” says Teri Niadna, Managing Director of Brandgenuity Europe. “This is an exciting time to license a great authority brand into the outdoor space, as consumers are getting outdoors and seeking their own adventures.” Added Niadna, “Ed has such a contagious spirit and energy. He’s humble, authentic, and witty. We cannot wait to bring his unique personality, authenticity and knowledge to new, exciting spaces, for consumers across all ages, genders, and experience levels.”

For more information about the Ed Stafford licensing program, please visit Brandgenuity in the National Hall at BLE, BOOTH N60, or contact info@brandgenuity.com.


About Brandgenuity

Brandgenuity is a leading global independent brand licensing agency headquartered in New York, with offices in London, Munich and Hong Kong. The agency is ranked amongst the top 15 licensing agencies worldwide. Brandgenuity extends famous and iconic brands into new categories to build awareness and generate incremental revenue. A full suite of licensing services includes strategic licensing planning, prospecting, legal support & contract negotiation, retail development and assisting manufacturers in the strategic acquisition of licenses. The agency’s clients include BMW, White Castle, Church & Dwight (ARM & HAMMER), Edgewell (Edge, Banana Boat, Hawaiian Tropic, Playtex), Oddbods, MGM Studios (The Addams Family, Rocky, Pink Panther), PUR, Planet Fitness, ABI (Budweiser, Corona), NFLPA, Welch’s, Mrs. Fields, and others. For more information, contact info@brandgenuity.com


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Walmart Japan’s Seiyu Grocery Chain Launches Retailer Exclusive with Tony Roma’s Brand in Program Developed by Broad Street Licensing

Tokyo, Japan – October 3, 2018 – , a world leading food & beverage brand licensing agency, announced that it has brokered a major retailer exclusive with Walmart Japan/Seiyu for client Tony Roma’s. The launch today in Tokyo will include Tony Roma’s classic menu items such as ribs, pulled pork, and seafood items like shrimp & salmon, along with their classic BBQ Sauces. In addition, a new “Tokyo Sauce” has been developed especially for this program by the Tony Roma’s Executive Chef, Bob Gallagher. The licensed food items will be available in Seiyu’s 350 stores starting tomorrow, October 4th, throughout Japan. In addition to Seiyu’s bricks & mortar stores, the line will be carried by Rakuten, Japan’s #1 online retailer.

Wally Bockl, VP Merchandising Fresh Foods at Walmart Japan, said “the biggest reason we launched these Tony Roma’s items is to leverage the global partnership with our parent company Walmart. These Tony Roma’s items and others are already available in US and in Mexico. This allowed us to collaborate with this highly-popular global restaurant.”

Tony Roma’s is also celebrating its 40th anniversary of the opening their first franchise in Tokyo in 1978. Since then, Tony Roma’s has expanded to over 30 countries around the world. In honor of this achievement, Tony Roma’s Executive Chef Bob Gallagher has developed the unique “Tokyo Sauce” that will be available exclusively at Seiyu. Tony Roma’s licensing program was recently nominated for Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) 2018 Best Food & Beverage/Restaurant Brand Award.

Brad Scher, Chief Executive Officer for Tony Roma’s, said: “we’ve teamed up with the best retailer in the country to bring our products to consumers in Japan. The Walmart group is a great worldwide partner, and we currently sell our products in their stores in the United States, Mexico, and now Japan. We are honored to be the first restaurant brand featured at Walmart Japan/Seiyu, and we are pleased to be able to share the same values of product excellence like we do in our restaurants in meals meant for the home.”

Carole Francesca, President of Broad Street Licensing Group, said: “Our client is a global restaurant brand, and we’re proud of our work expanding the leading barbeque brand into the Japanese territory. Working with Walmart Japan/Seiyu will be a great opportunity to bring classic American barbecue to the Japanese consumer.” The program was spearheaded by Bill Cross, Broad Street’s SVP of Business Development, working closely with Satoshi Makino of Walmart’s Perishable Division in Japan.

About Romacorp, Inc.

Romacorp, Inc., is the parent company of Tony Roma’s restaurants, the world’s largest casual dining concept specializing in ribs. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Romacorp, Inc. has more than 150 restaurant locations in more than 30 countries and is one of the most globally recognizable names in the industry. For more information about Romacorp, Inc. and Tony Roma’s, visit http://www.tonyromas.com/.

About Broad Street Licensing Group

Broad Street Licensing Group (BSLG) is the world’s leading food licensing agency, and has been  named to License! Global magazine’s top world licensing firms for eight consecutive years.  For over 20 years, Broad Street’s sole focus on bringing brands into the food & beverage retail channels continues to provide its clients with unparalleled depths of experience, expertise and successes across multiple categories, channels of distribution and delivery platforms. Their roster of experience includes Burger King, Guinness, SeaPak, Farm Rich Foods, Steak n Shake, O’Charley’s, Bruegger’s Bakery Cafes, 99 Restaurants, The Culinary Institute of America, ReaLemon, Unilever, Cutty Sark, Good Humor-Breyers, and Popsicle.

For information about licensing opportunities with the Tony Roma’s brand, contact

Bill Cross, SVP, Broad Street Licensing Group at (973) 655-0598 or visit www.bslg.com

Save the Date BLE


Brand Licensing Europe, the leading licensing fair that will be held in London (Oct. 9-11) is approaching fast.

This year’s central theme of Food & Beverage Licensing is close to our heart and we have many exciting activities planned around it!


Tuesday 9th October, Happy Hour at the Chupa Chups booth L70

(5pm – 5.45pm):

Chupa Chups has reasons to celebrate. The brand turns sixty and has been licensed with success for twenty years. This calls for a celebration!

Come and join us for a drink and many fun surprises at the HAPPY HOUR in our booth.


Wednesday 10th October at the BLE Seminar Panel

“How to Build a Successful Food Licensing Programme”

(1.30pm – 2pm):

Don’t miss out on the expert panel lead by Beanstalk on “How to Build a Successful Food Licensing Programme”. Perfetti van Melle’s Christine Cool is joining Declan Hassett, Senior Brand Licensing Manager of Diageo as panellist, to focus on our food programmes and the mechanisms to secure quality and retail support.

“How to keep innovating with F&B brands in licensing”

(2.30pm – 3pm):

In a dedicated session to Perfetti van Melle’s licensing program “How to keep innovating with F&B brands in licensing”, Marta Ballesteros and Christine Cool will talk about the highlights and challenges in 20 years of lifestyle licensing with Chupa Chups, the recent diversification in F&B licensing and the brand expansion strategy.


Product Showcase

Look out for BLE’s Product Showcase area where the creativity and diversity of the show’s Brands & Lifestyle and Art, Design & Image exhibitors is displayed in a unique setting. Here you can see the 'one of a kind' star piece of Maya Hansen’s capsule collection with Chupa Chups, the stunning corset. 


We are looking forward to seeing YOU at the show!

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