KUBOO And King Features Syndicate Sign Licensing Agreement For POPEYE ® THE SAILOR MAN To Be Used In Virtual World
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — KUBOO, Inc., DBA Safe Communications., (SGTB) announced today that it has obtained a license from Hearst Corporation’s King Features for POPEYE and associated characters. The license allows KUBOO to create, promote, advertise, market, distribute and sell a POPEYE-themed destination located within the KUBOO.Com interactive virtual world.
The license agreement gives KUBOO the right to create and market POPEYE-branded virtual items such as clothing, furnishings and decorations. Preliminary development of the POPEYE characters and “Goon Island” setting have been underway several months and will be released first quarter 2015.
KUBOO is well positioned to be the world leader in providing a safe online experience for young children under 12. The POPEYE license will enable children on KUBOO to interact directly with Popeye and friends in specifically designed environments reminiscent of the original POPEYE adventure. For decades now POPEYE has been a popular character with kids and adults alike.
About Popeye Since his first appearance in 1929, Popeye the Sailor Man has evolved into one of the most recognizable pop icons in the world and a powerhouse in entertainment and merchandising. During their storied career, Popeye the Sailor Man and his pals have been sought after as spokes-characters, advertising some of the world’s best-known brands in print and television campaigns around the world, including Pepsi, Kimberly-Clark, Duracell, Mazda, Toyota, MasterCard, B.F. Goodrich and Xenical. Now the No. 1 licensed character food brand in the world, the world-famous mariner is also a popular theme-park attraction at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Japan. Popeye has attracted the attention of savvy fashion licensees worldwide and is emerging as an iconic fashion presence in the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Germany, Benelux, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. King Features, the exclusive licensing rights owner of Popeye, continues to build an extensive brand empire that spans apparel, accessories, specialty foods, publishing, DVDs and mobile games.
About King Features Syndicate
King Features Syndicate is a member of Hearst Entertainment and Syndication Group, which combines Hearst Corporation’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 one of the largest and most experienced organizations in merchandise licensing and entertainment. In addition to Betty Boop, it represents some of the most recognizable global brands, including Popeye the Sailor Man, Olive Oyl, Flash Gordon, The Phantom and Hagar 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, email@example.com
About KUBOO, Inc.:
KUBOO, Inc. (dba Safe Communications, Inc.) provides open and secure family communications that are in step with today’s digital world. While protecting our most precious asset, our children, our systems are designed to enhance the quality and frequency of day-to-day communications among family members and approved friends. We allow users to experience the marvel of advanced technology without fear or danger.
KUBOO, Inc.’s products are designed for the modern family on the go. KUBOO.COM is the first child safe virtual world offering games, edutainment, controlled chat, multiple channel online streaming — all on the same platform. Early detection devices warn parents of potential abuse and inappropriate content, allowing secure, open exchange with loved ones and friends. KUBOO.COM designs products so that your children can enjoy the electronic ride without being exposed to potential harm or abuse. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us online at www.KUBOO.com.
John Venners, President