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June 14, 2011 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
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.
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June 14, 2011 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
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.
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November 8, 2000 | LESLIE EARNEST
Designer Paul Frank, whose monkey-faced clothes and accessories have caught on with young shoppers and the whimsically inclined, is set to launch a new venture--his first store. Costa Mesa-based Paul Frank Industries Inc. is opening the store in San Francisco for the simplest of reasons. "It's our No. 1 market," said Ryan Heuser, president and co-founder. San Franciscans understand Paul Frank's wit, "cuteness" and sarcasm, he said.
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August 18, 2010 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
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.
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March 17, 2006 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
Artist Paul Frank, whose doodling launched a multimillion-dollar clothing and accessories empire, is reaching for the eraser. The designer filed a lawsuit this week against Costa Mesa-based Paul Frank Industries to shut it down. He alleged that company President Ryan Heuser and Chief Executive John Oswald fired him in November "without cause" and that the executives were paying themselves excessive salaries.
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November 9, 2005 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
Paul Frank, who turned the image of a whimsical monkey into the foundation for a global apparel and accessory business bearing his name, has split from the company, it was announced Tuesday. The 38-year-old designer left "to pursue other interests," Costa Mesa-based Paul Frank Industries Inc. said in a statement, declining to elaborate. Frank, who began selling vinyl wallets in Huntington Beach in 1995, could not be reached for comment.
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November 13, 1998 | ROSE APODACA JONES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the 1968 cinematic classic "Planet of the Apes," Charlton Heston's astronaut character returns to Earth to find it inhabited by monkey men in leisure wear. Fast forward. Thousands of e-mails sent over the Internet last week goaded readers to don masks to trick senator-returned-astronaut John Glenn into believing he'd met the same fate. Computer geeks. If they tracked the hip radar, they'd know that monkey madness has already enslaved fashion sects in the form of handbags, socks and wallets.
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August 25, 2005 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
Four decades after Andy Warhol made Campbell's Soup cans chic, San Francisco-based Levi Strauss & Co. is betting that he can help boost business by getting shoppers to fork over $190 for a cashmere T-shirt. Eighteen years after his death, the Pop artist remains part of the fashion scene -- thanks to his nonprofit foundation, which licenses his artwork on clothes, china, luggage and even rugs.
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April 4, 2006 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
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.
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