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Cartoon Network Enterprises and CafePress Inc Enable Fans to Create Customized Apparel Based on Classic Shows(April 26, 2012)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. and SAN MATEO, Calif., April 26, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cartoon Network and CafePress Inc are arming classic cartoons fans with all the necessary tools to design and sell their own merchandise! Through a first-time partnership between Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE), the licensing and merchandising arm of the network, and CafePress Inc, the World's Customization Engine™, fans of nine Cartoon Network classic and beloved series can design, sell and share official merchandise based on a diverse roster of iconic and memorable television characters. The partnership includes licensing rights for Johnny Bravo, Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, I Am Weasel, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Ed, Edd & Eddy, Cow & Chicken and Courage the Cowardly Dog.
Available now, the CafePress program includes nine individual online fan portals for each of these brands, as well as an official Cartoon Network brand shop that brings all of the products and brands together in one place. As a creative environment for fans of entertainment, organizations and more, this collaboration allows designers to create and showcase their latest designs, as well as shop for one-of-a-kind fan-created designs. For this opportunity, CNE supplied use of a number of assets to the program, including show logos, character images and more for the fan community.
"A strength of Cartoon Network is the roster of iconic and distinctive characters in our classic portfolio that each have unique personalities and styles ranging from Johnny Bravo to Dexter to Captain Planet, and those characters continue to resonate with fans of all ages," said Pete Yoder, Vice President of Consumer Products at CNE. "As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the network, this fan-driven program with CafePress.com is a great way to bring many beloved characters to life through product and celebrate the lasting appeal of some of Cartoon Network's earliest stars."
"As the trend of product customization continues to evolve, its innovative licensing partnerships like this that showcase the ingenuity of an engaged fan base," said Marc Cowlin, Director of Marketing at CafePress Inc. "We can't wait to see what Cartoon Network fans bring to the table!"
Fans of Cartoon Network's classic shows can watch full episodes online at CartoonNetwork.com as well as on air on Cartoon Network and Boomerang. For more information on programming details for Johnny Bravo, Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, I Am Weasel, Ed, Edd & Eddy, Cow & Chicken and Courage the Cowardly Dog please visit www.cartoonnetwork.com.
About CafePress [PRSS]:
CafePress is The World's Customization EngineTM. Launched in 1999, CafePress empowers individuals, groups, businesses and organizations to create, buy and sell customized and personalized products online using the company's innovative and proprietary print-on-demand services and e-commerce platform. Today, CafePress' portfolio of e-commerce websites include CafePress.com, CanvasOnDemand.com, GreatBigCanvas.com, Imagekind.com, InvitationBox.com, and Logosportswear.com.
The CafePress logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=12183
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, Generator Rex, Chowder, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Adventure Time, Adult Swim and more. CNE also serves as the exclusive global licensing agent for the full portfolio of brands from Spin Master Ltd., as well as Nelvana Enterprises and Spin Master for the award-winning Bakugan brand and the PGA of America for the youth marketplace.
Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 99 million U.S. homes and 166 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.'s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for youth and families. Nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults 18-34.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
CONTACT: Lauren McCabe
Cartoon Network Enterprises
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