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Wusthof Knives Suit Put Emeril and Martha on the Butcher’s Block

Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 20, 2012 04:21 PM

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia snapped up all the rights to Emeril Lagasse products back in 2008 for just $50 million. Now that branded merchandise may cost her another $24 million in legal fees.

MSLO was selling Lagasse’s knives for Wusthof that bore his signature logo and the inscription “Solingen, Germany” on HSN, formerly known as the Home Shopping Network, and its website. That mark labels them as having been made in the so-called “City of Blades,” a region of the country known for its excellent cutlery. TMZ hears that the knives were actually knockoffs from China.

Enter the legal team of the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce Wuppertal-Solingen-Remscheid, a trade association, which has filed suit against Stewart, Lagasse, and HSN and is seeking $24 million in damages, reports. Actually, Forbes adds that the association would like to receive $2 million for each and every time the knives were mentioned on HSN. Continue reading...

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Lego Expands Bricks and Mortar Footprint With US Hotel, Fan Odes

Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 19, 2012 01:07 PM

There’s one in Denmark, and there’s one in England. And now there will be one in Carlsbad, California: a Legoland Hotel. Don’t worry, the place won’t be built out of Legos – at least not the whole thing.

The hotel – complete with a dragon-guarded entrance -- is slated to open in early April of next year right outside the Legoland theme park and will feature “interactive Lego features, themed play areas, family pool and kid's entertainment,” according to Lego's website. The 250 rooms at California's Legoland Hotel will all have a theme: Pirate, Kingdom, or Adventure.  

Since the hotel is aimed at housing families who are in town to visit the Legoland theme park (and not to those harboring pirate fantasies of one sort or another), each room has two sleeping areas, one with a queen-sized bed and the other with sleeping spaces for up to three kids. After all, it's hard to beat a brand extension you can sleep in.

No wonder Lego is rolling in dough right now.Continue reading...

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Come Fly With Jack and Frank: Ol' Blue Eyes Whisky Ready for Take-Off

Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 14, 2012 10:22 AM

Often when a celebrity dies, no matter what kind of damage they may have done to themselves, the culture, or their families, their image suddenly gets cleaned and polished up quite nicely. 

Whoever is controlling the after-death image of Frank Sinatra, though, appears to want to go in the other direction. The mystique of Sinatra – a lady-killing, cocktail-swilling, cocked-hat-wearing Vegas-owning charmer with a sweet singing voice – isn’t getting cleaned up at all. Instead, his famed tippling ways are being amplified by Jack Daniel’s, which is bottling the Ol' Blue Eyes magic with Sinatra Select whisky.

To support the launch, Jack Daniel’s parent Brown Forman is now opening “Sinatra Experience” installations in duty-free shops at airports across the globe that will allow travelers to take a sip of the limited-edition whisky, check out images of Sinatra in action, and listen to his tunes.Continue reading...

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Kellogg Reintroduces Scooby Doo Cereal to New Generation

Posted by Dale Buss on December 11, 2012 11:01 AM

If new products are the lifeblood of a mature business, then hearts at Kellogg's are pumping a mile a minute these days. The venerable cereal maker continues to tap into its innovative side with a bevy of new products on their way to grocery stores.

The new offerings build on the company's recent Krave chocolate cereal launch — its most successful in two decades. Kellogg struck gold beginning several years back by leveraging its Special K breakfast cereal into a weight-loss brand and adding a variety of new products under that brand, including nutrition bars, resulting in a hugely successful extension and rejuvenation of an old franchise.

Since then, Kellogg has continued to go back to the new-product well, especially combining its trusted and high-performing lineup of traditional brands with new approaches.

For example, one of the new versions of breakfast favorites, Pop-Tarts Oatmeal Delights, tries to take advantage of the steadily increasing appeal of oats as a better-for-you ingredient. Pop-Tarts Oatmeal Delights are sprinkled with toasted cinnamon-oats crumbles on a baked oat-flour crust, debuting in two flavors.

Another fave getting an update? Why, Scooby Doo, of course!Continue reading...

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What's in a Name? For Gilda's Club at 17, Confusion and Uproar Over Branding [Updated]

Posted by Shirley Brady on November 28, 2012 06:55 PM

Gilda Radner's Saturday Night Live character, Roseanne Rosannadanna, was famous for saying, "Well, it just goes to show — it's always something." Today, that something was a misleading headline on gossip site, which picked up a slightly misleading story from the Madison State Journal.

That story recounts the rebranding of a Gilda's Club chapter in Madison, Wisconsin, dropping the name of the cancer support organization established by Radner's husband, Gene Wilder, following her death from ovarian cancer in 1989. That chapter will adopt the name of Cancer Support Community, an organization that was founded by the merger of Gilda's Club Worldwide with the Wellness Community in November 2009, which became official in June 2011. That part is accurate; what's inaccurate is that the original story states that all Gilda's Club chapters will be adopting the CSC moniker "and the Gilda name will slowly go away."

The pioneering actress and comic, whose five-year run on SNL from 1975 to 1980 made her the Tina Fey/Sarah Silverman of her time, is an enduring icon to comedy-lovers worldwide. But Radner is also beloved for having inspired Gilda's Club. The original Gilda's Club location, a cozy brownstone with a cheery red door on Houston Street West in New York's Greenwich Village, is still active, as is the organization's mandate to provide free support and services to cancer patients and their supporters.

The CEO of Gilda's Club NYC told us they just celebrated their 17th anniversary and "would never change" their name, while CSC's EVP of external affairs also addressed the confusion and (see our update below) shared the organization's official statement on the matter.Continue reading...


Microsoft Windows Phone Calls on Bumble the Snow Monster

Posted by Shirley Brady on November 27, 2012 09:58 AM

Microsoft is promoting Windows 8-powered Windows Phone with a variety of celebrities including Gwen Stefani and Jessica Alba Its latest celeb, above: Bumble, the Abominable Snow Monster from the 1964 Rankin/Bass classic holiday TV special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It's all part of Microsoft's "Meet the new Windows Phone, Reinvented Around You" campaign.

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Have a One Direction Black Friday at Band's NYC Pop-Up

Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 23, 2012 12:01 PM

How hot are British boy band du jour One Direction? They've got their own toothpaste, and they're taking over New York, with a 1D World holiday pop-up store located in a former Borders bookstore near Macy's and Herald Square. Located at 2 Penn Plaza, the entire pop-up shop is an ode to One Direction, wooing fans with bling and merchandise. And what bling and merch it is.Continue reading...

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Brand Babar: 80 and Charming as Ever

Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 22, 2012 02:02 PM

For close to 80 years now, pretty much every American kid has had a little bit of Babar in their lives. And now the Babar brand is getting a major push so that generations more will learn to love the kindly king of the elephants along with his wife Celeste, the monkey Zephir, and his four children, Pom, Flora, Alexander, and Isabelle, among others.

The first English-language edition of the Babar book series debuted in 1933, two years after it launched in France. Now about $100,000 is being spent on advertising and marketing the elephant to help keep growing the brand, according to the New York Times. The Times calls the campaign is an excellent example of comfort marketing, “which is particularly popular in uncertain economic times.” Those involved in the re-introduction of the brand include Saks Fifth Avenue, Babar publisher Abrams, Manhattan kids bookstore Books of Wonder, and plush-toy manufacturer Yottoy

“It’s a strategy used regularly in the children’s marketing business, and when it’s well executed it can reinvigorate a property,” said Marty Brochstein, SVP for industry relations and information at the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association, according to the Times. Brochstein notes two other brands that have gone through the same process are Clifford the Big Red Dog and Thomas the Tank Engine.Continue reading...

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