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We Aim to Please: CopCorp Announces First Fifty Shades of Grey Licensees

08-13-2012

FREEZE, HYP, and LFUSA/Briefly Stated Are
Anchor Licensees for Best-Selling Fifty Shades of Grey

NEW YORK (August 13, 2012) – CopCorp Licensing President Carole Postal today announced the first three licensees for the best-selling book franchise Fifty Shades of Grey in North America.
•FREEZE Clothing (www.freeze-ny.com), a division of Central Mills, has locked up the hot-selling Fifty Shades brand for a line of licensed t-shirts, fashion knit tops, and hoodies in the U.S. and Canada. Products will be available in Adult sizes for both men and women. Founded in 1986, FREEZE is known for acquiring both classic and “hot” licenses and bringing high quality product to the marketplace quickly at affordable prices.
•HYP (www.hyponline.com) gains a leg up on its competition by securing the rights to manufacture and market a Fifty Shades hosiery line including stockings, garter sets, printed tights, and more, to be sold across the U.S. and Canada. Founded in 1991, HYP is a leading provider of licensed and branded accessories to many of the top retailers in America.
•Briefly Stated, a division of Li & Fung USA, has been granted the rights to produce Fifty Shades branded Women’s daywear, loungewear and sleepwear (including sets, pajamas, sleep shirts, sleep pants, robes and underwear) for U.S. and Canadian markets.
“Interest in the Fifty Shades of Grey license has been extraordinary,” says Postal. “Over the past two months since our appointment as North American agent was announced, we’ve worked closely with London-based global agent Caroline Mickler along with author E L James and her literary agent Valerie Hoskins to make sure we select the right licensing and retail partners for the brand. Fifty Shades fans will be pleased to know that Briefly Stated, HYP, and FREEZE are creating high-end quality products that are true to the brand, as conveyed by the books, and available soon in specialty and department stores.
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About Fifty Shades of Grey
The trilogy of books by British author E L James — Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed — tell the story of the relationship between graduate Anastasia Steele and young billionaire Christian Grey, a relationship that grows in sexual intensity as Christian introduces his new partner to the world of submission and dominance that he inhabits. The three parts of the trilogy began life as virtual publishing hits, eventually making their way to mainstream publication and the top of the best-seller lists. The series has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, including more than 20 million copies in the U.S. by Vintage Books. In the process, the books have become a cultural phenomenon, attracting extensive press and media coverage as well as licensing interest.
About CopCorp Licensing
CopCorp Licensing (www.copcorp.com), is a global licensing agency specializing in development of brand, character, art, publishing and entertainment licensing opportunities. CopCorp manages development, selling, negotiating, marketing and implementation of complete licensing strategies and programs for a wide range of clients.

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