• 01-MAR-2016

Betty Boop and FILA Team Up in Japan

(FILA JAPAN) - King Features announces its newest brand collaboration for Betty Boop with international sports brand, FILA, in partnership with FILA’s Japanese licensee, Daiwabo Advance Co., Ltd.

Betty Boop is coming to sportswear! The iconic cartoon will be featured on products of a new collaborative collection produced by international sports brand, FILA, and media group, King Features. The FILA x King Features spring line launched in late February and includes cropped, regular, and long T-shirts, as well as hoodies. Products will be sold in specialty and independent retailers across Japan. “This is a perfect integration of two iconic brands, even including a unique Betty logo modeled on the FILA insignia,” said Cathleen Titus, King Features’ vice president of international licensing. “We’re thrilled to present Betty in a new way to her Japanese fans. Particularly in Japan and Asia, Betty’s confidence, sweetness and sassiness, combined with strong image recognition, have made her very appealing for brand collaboration, not only in fashion but now in sport as well.”

First introduced in 1930, Betty Boop was created by Max Fleischer for his “Talkartoons” series, the first animated cartoon produced by Max’s company, Fleischer Studios, for Paramount Pictures. By 1932, Betty Boop had taken the country by storm. Since her introduction to television, Betty has starred in more than 100 cartoons, hit movies, television specials, and commercials. She even had her own official television series, entitled “Betty Boop,” which ended in 1939. Betty was the first cartoon character to be profiled by A&E’s “Biography” series.

As the worldwide exclusive licensing agent for Betty Boop. King Features works closely with Fleischer Studios to keep Betty entertaining millions of fans and collectors worldwide. The FILA x Betty Boop collection will retail exclusively in Japan.

About Daiwabo Advance Co., Ltd.

Daiwabo Advance Co., Ltd. was founded in 2001 as one of several apparel companies under Daiwabo Holdings, producing fashion brand items in Japan. They currently have merchandising licenses with the Italian brand, FILA (Men/Women’s apparel, casual wear and tennis apparel), US Californian brand, Hang Ten (Men/Women’s apparel, casual wear and tennis apparel), US Hawaiian brand, T&C SURF Designs (Men/Women’s apparel), as well as US brands, Champion, Wilson, and HANES (all Kids’ apparel). http://www.daiwaboadvance.co.jp/

About Betty Boop and Fleischer Studios

As the worldwide exclusive licensing agent for Betty Boop, King Features works closely with Fleischer Studios (www.fleischerstudios.com) to keep Betty entertaining millions of fans and collectors worldwide. Betty Boop’s popularity today shines through her prevalence in pop culture. She is one of the most popular and successful licensed characters in entertainment history, with nearly 200 licensees in the United States and nearly twice as many internationally producing quality products bearing Betty’s likeness in virtually every category. The official Betty Boop web site is www.bettyboop.com.

About King Features Syndicate

King Features Syndicate is a member of Hearst Entertainment and Syndication Group, which combines Hearst’s cable network partnerships, TV programming activities, newspaper syndication and merchandise licensing operations. King Features is the world’s premier distributor of syndicated features to newspapers, magazines, web portals, mobile outlets, and news organizations worldwide. It is also one of the largest and most experienced organizations in merchandise licensing and entertainment. In addition to Betty Boop, King Features Syndicate represents some of the most recognizable global brands, including Popeye the Sailor Man, Flash Gordon, The Phantom, and Hägar the Horrible. For more information, please visit www.kingfeatures.com. Follow us on Twitter @KingFeatures. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KingFeatures.


Claudia Smith, King Features

212-969-7542 * cmsmith@hearst.com