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Saturday, November 30, 2013
Philliou Partners LLC Appointed to Represent GARFIELD in Licensing to Financial Institutions outside the USA
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ, November 12, 2013 --- Philliou Partners, LLC has been selected to represent the Garfield brand owned by Paws, Inc. to card issuing banks outside of the USA. The Industrial Bank of China has already issued more that 2.5 million Garfieldbranded MasterCard® credit cards in China. “Gimme some credit” is a classic Garfield quote. The iconic cat is owned by licensor Paws, Inc. which was founded by the cat’s creator, Jim Davis. Garfield’s name and image is well recognized across the globe. The comic strip featuring the curmudgeonly kitty was first introduced in 1978 and ran in 41 US papers. Today, Garfield is featured in over 2,100 newspapers around the world. Garfield holds the Guinness Book of World Records for most syndicated comic strip in history. Garfield books have sold in excess of 135 million copies to date. Garfield has spawned two animated television series, two feature-length live-action films, three CGI animated movies and thousands of lines of licensed merchandise. Philliou Partners is a consulting firm that specializes in licensing and sponsorship deals involving banks, credit card issuers and payment networks such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and China Union Pay. Philliou has represented companies such as AOL, Air France, Chrysler, H&R Block and Walgreens in payment card related deals. Philliou Partners will advise Paws, Inc. on the strategy, licensing, execution and deployment of the Garfield Credit Card outside of the USA, focusing on Japan, South Korea, Brazil and Mexico to start. Cartoonist Jim Davis’ company, Paws, Inc., located near Albany, Indiana, was founded in 1981 to handle the creative end of the Garfield licensing business. Today, Paws is the sole owner of all copyrights and trademarks for the Garfield property, and controls not only the creative angle of the fat cat’s flourishing empire, but also the licensing, marketing, and brand management of Garfield and the Garfield characters. About GARFIELD
GARFIELD was born on the comics pages on June 19, 1978. The mastermind of cartoonist Jim Davis, GARFIELD is a humorous strip centred on the lives of a quick-witted orange cat who loves lasagna, coffee, and his remote control; Jon Arbuckle, his owner; and Odie, a sweet but dumb dog. GARFIELD was introduced to the world in just 41 newspapers and is now the most widely syndicated comic strip ever, appearing in 2,100 newspapers. The strip, distributed by Universal Press, is read by over 220 million people each day and is translated into 42 languages.
The success of the comic strip spawned a licensing program and several popular animated TV shows: Garfield and Friends, appeared on CBS-TV from 1988 to 1995, and in 2009, The Garfield Show debuted on Cartoon Network USA and now airs in 135 countries. Additionally, two feature films starring Garfield, with Bill Murray doing voice-over, made their way into theatres in 2004 and 2006, and Davis recently penned three original direct-to-video features.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
MasterCard Inc. began trading on the New York Stock Exchange May 25, 2006 with a share price of $39. Today, MasterCard trades around $750 per share. In addition to year over year growth from 2006 to 2013, investors have come to appreciate and value the greater earning potential of a network business over a standalone operator. Today, Open Table (OPEN) the online reservation system is valued by investors as a standalone business. Investors value that it is the industry leader and has been delivering strong revenue growth. However, Open Table is emerging as the dominant "network" intermediating between table cloth restaurants and consumers. As it achieves greater scale Open Table becomes even more indispensable to the restaurants that use them and more of a liability to those who don't. As a network, Open Table will be able to layer on other products and services such as merchant processing and rewards management for restaurants and payment cards/payment wallet capabilities for consumers. It is worth thinking about Open Table as network.
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Friday, October 11, 2013
Will share latest update from Brazilian Central Bank regarding credit and debit cards on monthly client call. Memo circulated 10/10/13.
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