June 14, 2011 |
Julius is prepping for his Hollywood close-up. Last summer, Los Angeles billionaire Haim Saban bagged the chimp, spending about $50 million to buy Paul Frank Industries, the Orange County company that turned a whimsical drawing of a wide-mouthed sock monkey into a global fashion statement. Now, Saban's team is developing a promotional blitz to catapult Julius from smirking slacker found on vinyl wallets and T-shirts into a bankable media star. Saban Brands on Tuesday will unveil plans for the primate to headline a prime-time television animated Christmas special next year, a project that is intended to land Julius on the cartoon A-list along with such august characters as Charlie Brown and the Grinch.
August 18, 2010 |
Power Rangers, meet the monkeys. Haim Saban, who became a television tycoon by bringing the "Power Rangers" series to the U.S., has bought Paul Frank Industries Inc., a Southern California design, licensing and retail operation that began nearly 15 years ago in a Huntington Beach garage. Its trademark Julius the monkey icon — a whimsical twist on the old-school sock monkey — adorns a line of apparel and accessories, including baby bibs, canvas bags, bike helmets and Lip Smackers brand lip balm.
July 11, 2008 |
The gig: President and co-founder of Paul Frank Industries Inc., a clothing and accessories company based in a former school building in Costa Mesa. The private company, which has about 100 employees, puts a host of eccentric characters on products as varied as baby bibs and bicycles. It has 37 of its own stores and sells its wares in thousands of other locations across more than 50 countries.
April 11, 2006 |
An Orange County judge has declined to issue an order preventing Paul Frank Sunich from using his name while a legal battle is unfolding between the designer and the company he co-founded. Paul Frank Industries Inc. in Costa Mesa, best known for the monkey face that appears on many of its products, had objected to Sunich using the name "Paul Frank Design" on a website after the apparel and accessories maker fired him in November. But U.S. District Judge Cormac J.
April 4, 2006 |
Undiplomatic language Americans just seem to have an aversion to paying tolls to the British (see "Tea Party, Boston"), so when traffic managers in downtown London began charging drivers a "congestion fee," the U.S. Embassy decided the fee was really a tax, and staffers started waving their diplomatic immunity at the tollbooth. That doesn't sit well with the feisty mayor of London, Ken Livingstone. He says the U.S.
April 4, 2006 |
For the first time since he was fired in November, designer Paul Frank Sunich walked last week into the Los Angeles store that bears his name and took stock. The co-founder of Paul Frank Industries Inc. touched T-shirts decorated with whimsical characters he created -- including Julius, the cheeky monkey, and Clancy, the world's smallest giraffe. He pointed out a clock he had made by hand and a purse stitched from vinyl upholstery from a pickup truck.