Target Unveils 2013 Holiday Initiatives

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Target Corporation has revealed its holiday marketing campaign and outlined its key holiday initiatives. This year, Target will offer more ways to save, an extended Holiday Price Match policy, a new Store Pickup program, inspiring social media integrations and top gifts for everyone in the family. Throughout the season, Target will make it easy for guests to check off their holiday list and bring their unique holiday moments to life, no matter how, where or when they want to shop.

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“My Kind of Holiday”

Target’s 2013 holiday marketing campaign is designed to inspire and celebrate the traditions – big and small – that are part of today’s holiday season. The theme for the cohesive campaign is “My Kind Of Holiday” and will extend across all channels, including broadcast, radio, in-store, catalogs, digital and social media. Beginning in November, Target will invite guests to join the conversation by using the hashtag #MyKindofHoliday.

“‘My Kind of Holiday’ was inspired by guests’ stories about holiday traditions and the unique and personal ways they celebrate throughout the season,” said Jeff Jones, chief marketing officer and executive vice president, Target. “This campaign will inspire people with products and ideas, compel them with unbeatable prices and enable them to shop Target through the most digitally-enabled effort in our history.”

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Unbeatable Value

With the combination of Target’s Holiday Price Match, Cartwheel and REDcard Rewards, Target guests will find unbeatable prices and more ways to save throughout the holiday season. For the second year, Target is extending the timeframe of its Price Match Policy for the holiday season beyond the typical seven day window. If a guest purchases a qualifying item at Target between Nov. 1 and Dec. 21 and then finds it for less at www.Target.com, a local competitor’s printed ad or at select online retailers, Target will match that price. For more details, including terms and conditions, visit www.Target.com/morereasons. Continue reading

Target Redefines Top Holiday Kids’ Gifts List and Introduces a Gift Detective to Make List Building More Fun

Target® Corp. is guiding parents through the all-important holiday shopping season with an expanded top kids’ gifts list and a host of online and in-home resources. The retailer is also enlisting advice from a former CIA officer on using family friendly intelligence techniques to find out what kids really want.

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For the first time, electronics, video games and sporting goods join toys on Target’s list of items that kids will be coveting this year. Favorites topping kids’ wish lists include the Target exclusive LEAPFROG LEAPPAD2, DISNEY PRINCESS ENCHANTED BUNDLE, RAZOR LIGHTED-WHEEL A SCOOTER, BEATS SOLO ON-EAR HEADPHONES and more.

In addition, Target is helping parents follow their kids’ clues to find the perfect gifts by partnering with Jonna Mendez, a former CIA officer and mom who will serve as a KIDS’ GIFT DETECTIVE. Inspired by her years of CIA experience, Mendez will offer fun tips and playful techniques to help parents of kids who may not share exactly what they want. Throughout the holiday season, guests can visit www.ABullseyeView.com to access a video series where popular mom bloggers work with the KIDS’ GIFT DETECTIVE to put their sleuthing skills to the test.

Before parents can start shopping for holiday gifts, they need to solve the puzzle of what their kids want most – which often extends beyond the toy aisles,” said Scott Nygaard, senior vice president, merchandising, hardlines, Target. “Target offers guests tools to build their lists, including a dedicated online portal, our annual kids’ gifts catalog and the Kids’ Gift Detective, who brings some lighthearted fun to list building.”

KIDS GIFTING TOOLS AND RESOURCES

For guests to easily browse and purchase their kids’ coveted gifts, www.Target.com/KidsGifts will be a go-to source this holiday. This dedicated page will showcase the season’s must-have gifts and allow guests to view thousands of products by sorting by age, gender, brand or character to quickly find their kids’ wish list items.

Target’s annual kids’ gift catalog will arrive in homes and on www.Target.com in early November and will feature more than 400 items throughout the store, including toys, sporting goods, electronics, entertainment items, apparel and accessories. The catalog features special pricing to give guests the best value on top kids’ gifts this year, and coupons that can be used on a guest’s total purchase. Guests who shop with a Target REDcard will save an additional 5 percent off gift prices in the catalog, in stores and at Target.com. Through Nov. 27, guests will also receive free shipping on every catalog item when ordered from www.Target.com.

TARGET’S TOP KIDS’ GIFTS

Target partnered with the top manufacturers to identify the hottest kids’ gifts for the season. This year, Target’s top kids’ gifts list features Target exclusives and brand favorites like BARBIE, BEATS, LEAPFROG, MONSTER HIGH, NERF, RAZOR, XBOX, and includes selections for boys and girls of every age.

9 Months to 3 Years

  • Disney Sofia The First 10″ Doll (Target Exclusive)
  • Fisher-Price Little People Disney Princess Klip Klop Stable
  • Furreal Friends Cuddles My Giggly Monkey
  • Sesame Street Big Hugs Elmo

4 Years to 6 Years

  • 4-pk. Disney Planes Die-Cast Gift Set (Target Exclusive)
  • LeapFrog LeapPad2 Disney Princess Enchanted Bundle (Target Exclusive)
  • Imaginext Justice League Javelin (Target Exclusive)
  • Disney Frozen Anna or Elsa Dolls Toddler Dress Gift Sets (Target Exclusive)
  • Angry Birds Go Pirate Ship
  • Fisher-Price Octonauts Octopod Play Set
  • Kidtrax SRT Viper 6-Volt Ride-On Car
  • Lalaloopsy Loopy Hair Doll
  • LEGO Friends Downtown Bakery
  • Barbie Dream House
  • MEGA Bloks Hot Wheels Super Stunt Test Facility
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles R/C Shellraiser
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7 Years to 9 Years

  • Monster High Power Ghouls Doll (Target Exclusive)
  • 6-pk. Marvel Titan Heroes (Target Exclusive)
  • Razor Lighted-Wheel A Scooter (Target Exclusive)
  • 2-pk. Skylanders Swap Force (Target Exclusive)
  • LEGO Chima Equilas Ultra Striker (Target Exclusive)
  • Transformers Beast Hunter Beast Fire Predaking Dragon (Target Exclusive)
  • Furby Boom
  • NERF Elite RapidStrike CS-18 Blaster
  • Hot Wheels Triple Track Twister
  • Flutterbye Flying Fairy

Kids’ 10 Years and Up

  • Air Hogs Atmosphere
  • Beats Solo On-Ear Headphones
  • PlayStation 4
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
  • Spy Gear Panosphere 360 Spy Cam
  • Xbox One

Garnier USA Wins First-Ever Sustainable Beauty Award

Sustainability Pioneer Winner for Commitment to the Environment Through Garnier Beauty Brigade

Garnier USA took home the first-ever Sustainability Pioneer Award presented by Organic Monitor at the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit held in Paris, France on October 21st. The Award was created to recognize exceptional brands making international sustainability strides in five categories including Green Formulations, Sustainable Packaging, Sustainable Ingredient, Sustainability Pioneer and Sustainability Leadership.

Garnier expands commitment to sustainability turning non-recyclable waste into something beautiful. In a partnership with TerraCycle and GrowNYC, Garnier will build the first-ever community garden made from non-recyclable post-consumer beauty waste.  (PRNewsFoto/Garnier)

Garnier expands commitment to sustainability turning non-recyclable waste into something beautiful. In a partnership with TerraCycle and GrowNYC, Garnier will build the first-ever community garden made from non-recyclable post-consumer beauty waste. (PRNewsFoto/Garnier)

Criteria for the Sustainability Pioneer Award includes a demonstration of proven leadership by a cosmetic or ingredient firm in the areas of packaging, waste management, energy management, CSR and corporate philanthropy, and more. Brands considered for the prestigious awards were by invitation only.

We couldn’t be more honored to receive the Sustainability Pioneer Award by Organic Monitor,” says David Greenberg, President of Maybelline New York-Garnier-essie. “This is a long term commitment to sustainability for the L’Oreal Group and Garnier. We have currently collected over 2.7+ million pieces of beauty waste with more than 12,000 Beauty Brigades established domestically and internationally. The program has literally created great things, such as a Community Green Garden in New York City with plant beds, picnic tables and waste bins made from recycled beauty waste.”

Through an exclusive partnership with TerraCycle®, a company that specializes in recycling post-consumer waste and a driving force behind environmental action, Garnier provided a comprehensive solution to personal care and beauty packaging waste.  Through the Personal Care and Beauty Brigade®, individuals and groups are empowered to recycle any kind of hair care, skin care, and cosmetic packaging waste that would otherwise end up in landfills by sending it to TerraCycle for free.  For every piece of waste sent in, Garnier will contribute two cents to the school or charity of the collector’s choice.

In addition to diverting packaging from landfills, Garnier and TerraCycle are beautifying communities with the waste collected through the Personal Care and Beauty Brigade. In October 2012, Garnier donated 55 trash receptacles made of recycled beauty waste to the city of Newark, NJ to help keep the city’s parks clean.  Last August, Garnier and TerraCycle renovated a community garden in New York City that was badly damaged during Hurricane Sandy.  Beauty waste was recycled into plastic lumber and used to build raised garden beds, picnic tables and trash receptacles.

Best Halloween Costume of the Year Awarded to “Invisible Cowboy” From Arizona Who Wins “Best In Bash” National Champion at the “Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash”

“OVERKILL THE GIANT ZOMBIE KILLING ROBOT” FROM RHODE ISLAND, “TRIPLE DIP ICE CREAM CONE” FROM WISCONSIN, “GIANT GORILLA” FROM NEW YORK, “NACHO CHEESE MONSTER” FROM MISSOURI, AND “HEADLESS MARIE ANTOINETTE” FROM CALIFORNIA WERE SEMI-FINALISTS

STAR-STUDDED SPECIAL WILL BE BROADCAST OCT. 26 ON THE HUB NETWORK

SPECIAL HOSTED BY SNL’S KENAN THOMPSON WITH PERFORMANCES BY POP-STAR CODY SIMPSON, AMERICA’S FIRST TEEN-GIRL POP-GROUP, FIFTH HARMONY, AND ILLUSIONIST NATHAN BURTON, ALONG WITH COSTUME COMPETITION JUDGES, MARTHA STEWART, HAL SPARKS AND COCO JONES

NANCY O’DELL, TAMERA MOWRY-HOUSLEY, CANDACE CAMERON BURE AND GINA RODRIGUEZ ALONG WITH THEIR FURRY PETS MAKE CELEBRITY PAW-STUME APPEARANCE

PRESENTERS INCLUDE BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY, ZACHARY GORDON, NOLAN GOULD, KEEAN JOHNSON, JOEY KING, PEYTON LIST, BAILEE MADISON, RYAN NEWMAN, TODD NEWTON, NICK PURCHA, AND RICO RODRIGUEZ

The Hub Network, a destination for kids and their families, awarded “The Jackie” for the best Halloween costume of the year to Bill Freitag from Arizona, who won “Best in Bash” National Champion for his costume as “Invisible Cowboy” in the “Blast from the Past” category at the first-ever 50 State Halloween costume competition celebrated during the star-studded taping of the “Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash,” this past Sunday at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. The inaugural event, hosted by “Saturday Night Live” star Kenan Thompson, will be broadcast Saturday, October 26, 8–10 p.m. ET/5–7 p.m. PT on the Hub Network.

Invisible Cowboy Bill Freitag named "Best in Bash" National Champion on the "Hub Network's 1st Annual Halloween Bash" Oct. 20 presented by Kenan Thompson.  (PRNewsFoto/Hub Network)

Invisible Cowboy Bill Freitag named “Best in Bash” National Champion on the “Hub Network’s 1st Annual Halloween Bash” Oct. 20 presented by Kenan Thompson. (PRNewsFoto/Hub Network)

The costume competition was judged by Halloween-expert Martha Stewart, actor Hal Sparks (“Spider Man 2”), and actress, singer and dancer Coco Jones (“Holla at the DJ”). Freitag wins the $25,000 grand prize and has a chance at a walk-on role on the Hub Network’s Daytime Emmy® Award-winning Series, “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series.” Before being announced as “Best in Bash” National Champion, Freitag was named the semi-finalist in the “Blast from the Past” category for his costume, “Invisible Cowboy.” The semi-finalists in the five other categories were as follows:

  • Thomas DePetrillo from Rhode Island won for “Overkill the Giant Zombie Killing Robot” in the “Mad Genius” category
  • The Pabellon family from Wisconsin won for “Triple Dip Ice Cream Cone” in the “Everyday Stuff” category

    The "Jackie"

    The “Jackie”

  • Thomas Cavagnaro from New York won for “Giant Gorilla” in the “Animal Kingdom” category
  • Celia Sciaroni from Missouri won for “Nacho Cheese Monster” in the “Howlarious” category
  • Roxanne Coble from California won for “Headless Marie Antoinette” in the “Spooktacular” category

 

The “Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash” is a star-studded, two-hour special that also includes performances by pop-star Cody Simpson, America’s first teen-girl pop-group, Fifth Harmony, and illusionist Nathan Burton. In addition, entertainment journalist Nancy O’Dell (“Entertainment Tonight”), actress Tamera Mowry-Housley (“The Real”) and actresses Candace Cameron Bure (“Make It or Break It”) and Gina Rodriguez (“Filly Brown”), along with their furry pets, will make a special celebrity paw-stumes appearance.

Celebrity presenters include Bill Nye the Science Guy, Nolan Gould (“Modern Family”), Zachary Gordon (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”), Keean Johnson (“Spooksville”), Joey King (“The Conjuring”), Peyton List (“Jessie”), Bailee Madison (“Trophy Wife”), Ryan Newman (“See Dad Run”), Todd Newton (“Family Game Night”), Nick Purcha (“Spooksville”) and Rico Rodriguez (“Modern Family”).

Bob Bain serves as executive producer of the “Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash” and Paul Flattery is producer for Bob Bain Productions. Viewers can visit www.hubworld.com/halloween to view all of the Halloween costume submissions and learn more about the special.

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Sponsors of the “Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash” include Activision’s Skylanders SWAP Force, Hasbro’s Furby Boom!, Party City and Sparkle® Paper Towels.

QUEER/ART/MENTORSHIP ANNOUNCES ITS 2013-2014 FELLOWSHIP WINNERS; ELEVEN EMERGING ARTISTS SELECTED FOR YEAR LONG MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

QUEER/ART/MENTORSHIP (http://queerartmentorship.org/), the multi-disciplinary, inter-generational arts program that pairs and supports mentorship between emerging and established queer artists in NYC, has announced  its third round of Fellows.

Founded in 2011 by filmmaker Ira Sachs and Pilobolus Co-Executive Director Lily Binns, the program has quickly established itself as a core nucleus of conversation and development for queer artists in the NYC-area and beyond. QUEER/ART/MENTORSHIP is one of several ongoing programs run by the larger Queer/Art organization that also includes the popular QUEER/ART/FILM series in both NYC and Los Angeles.

QUEER/ART/MENTORSHIP ANNOUNCES ITS 2013-2014 FELLOWSHIP WINNERS; ELEVEN EMERGING ARTISTS SELECTED FOR YEAR LONG MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

QUEER/ART/MENTORSHIP ANNOUNCES ITS 2013-2014 FELLOWSHIP WINNERS; ELEVEN EMERGING ARTISTS SELECTED FOR YEAR LONG MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

QUEER/ART/MENTORSHIP was founded on the belief that the more vibrant and supported the queer artistic community is, the more porous its boundaries will become, thereby cultivating superior artistry and sustainable creative careers. Honoring the differences between the generations within the queer artistic community and the diversity of choices, values, esthetics, and opportunities in artists’ lives, the program supports a rich communion, working against a natural segregation between generations and disciplines. Its goal is to build an interconnected web of queer artists of all generations and mediums who know each other and each other’s work. Queer/Art/Mentorship was created to support artists in the process of creating this community.

The program is a year in length. It is largely driven by the unique character of each of the mentor/fellow pairs according to their respective needs and habits of communication, although once-a-month meeting commitments will be suggested. The program coordinators engage in an ongoing dialogue with the mentors and fellows in an effort to ensure that the program best serve its participants.

The entire group of mentor/fellow pairs will also convene for three short meetings throughout the cycle. The goal of the limited group-wide meetings is to encourage dialogues between all levels of participants and between all disciplines. It has been shown in a variety of fields that implement mentor programs that the mentor-to-mentor dialogue that occurs in mentor programs is as significant to the program’s success in developing the field as any that occurs directly between mentor and mentee.

Fellows apply to QUEER/ART/MENTORSHIP with a specific project that they would like to undertake during the course of the mentorship. Projects may be in-progress, and they do not need to be “finished” by the end of the program. Proposing a project is a way to introduce oneself to potential mentors, and working on that project in dialogue with a mentor is a way to focus the development of the relationship. Keeping Queer/Art/Mentorship project-based will also provide a manner by which to assess, and modify if necessary, the program’s long-term effectiveness in facilitating and supporting the actual creation of new work.

Queer/Art/Mentorship is an outgrowth of the Queer/Art/Film series presented monthly at the IFC Center in downtown Manhattan. Both were inspired by the lack of support for queer content in mass media, the absence of mentors of who would have been in the generation most strongly affected by AIDS, and the dearth of examples of sustainable alternative careers.

Queer/Art/Mentorship does not expect any kind of specific content in terms of artists’ work or how queerness manifests within and around it, but it gives space and support for conversations about what it means to generate and curate queer work in New York City and America. The program aims to give a sense of the value of queer work and cultivate a collection of voices that amplify the queer artistic experience. As New York City is a locus of creative capital in the US and abroad, the work encouraged by the program will radiate out and impact the broader culture as well. Continue reading

Bombay Sapphire Gin Announces Four Winners Of The Imagination Series: Film Competition

PUBLIC TO VOTE FOR A FIFTH WINNER

FOUR FILMMAKERS HAVE WON THE CHANCE TO HAVE THEIR IMAGINATION MADE INTO A FILM

THE PUBLIC GETS THE CHANCE TO VOTE FOR A FIFTH FILM BY VISITING WWW.IMAGINATIONSERIES.COM/VOTE

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE®, in association with Tribeca Film Festival®, today announced the four winners of the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series: Film competition. The competition offers budding filmmakers the chance to realize their own short film, using their imagination to interpret a short film script created by Academy Award® winner Geoffrey Fletcher.

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Geoffrey Fletcher – Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series Judging

Now in its second year, Bombay Sapphire and Geoffrey Fletcher assembled a cross section of imaginative heavy weights from the world of film to judge the entries, which featured Academy Award® winning actor, Adrien Brody; screenwriter and film director, Lucy Mulloy; screenwriter, Naomi Foner; actor, Peter Facinelli; and senior curator at Vimeo, Sam Morrill, who between them selected nine films for their originality and imagination. With imagination at the heart of both Bombay Sapphire and filmmaking, the competition looks to explore endless creativity and the brand’s belief in the power of imagination and that it can take you anywhere.

The winners are:

Anthony Khaseria, a screenwriter from London, for his film ‘Reflections’

Maite Fernandez, a bookseller and comedian from Spain, for her film ‘Grafitti Area’

Chris Cornwell, a screenwriter from London, for his film ‘Exit Log’

Kiara Jones, a film student from the U.S., for her film ‘The Other Side of the Game’

Academy Award winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher commented on the competitionm saying: “At a time when it’s difficult for new voices and creative visions to find funding and broad exposure, Bombay Sapphire is providing a platform and launch pad for new stories to be told on screen. We hope the films we create inspire audiences and are as resonate as they are imaginative.”

Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series: Film competition judge, Geoffrey Fletcher

Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series: Film competition judge, Geoffrey Fletcher

Academy Award winner Adrien Brody said, “The range of creativity of the entries we received to the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series Film competition this year was vast, making it extremely difficult to distil into only four winners. Regardless, I hope for many it was a motivational experience and I believe we’ve uncovered some exciting new talent who we hope will go on to make an impact within the film industry. I’m very much looking forward to seeing how we bring the winners imaginations to life through film on the big screen in April.”

Starting today, Bombay Sapphire is giving members of the general public the chance to vote for a fifth film to be made through its open vote selection. By visiting www.imaginationseries.com/vote a vote can be cast, with the winning film Bombay-Sapphire-Logo1announced on 14 November 2013.

The wild cards are:

Karen Pessina, Italy – ‘Tea Time’ is a thriller involving two men who pull over with a flat tire. When they seek help at a nearby house, an old lady offers them tea and muffins. One suddenly drops dead after eating a poisoned muffin. His partner is reunited with the old lady.

Allyson Morgan, USA – ‘Need for Speed (Dating)’ is a comedy about two friends that attend a speed dating event. They face a gaggle of unsavory guys one after the other and begin to think that all hope is gone. Fate intervenes and they each find a great match somewhat closer to home.

Giles Borg, UK – ‘The Search’ is a drama about a man who fears he’s the last man left on earth. He employs an old computer terminal, BOB, to scan CCTV footage for other signs of life. BOB finds other humans but, being lonely himself, does not tell John, who leaves, hopeless.

Effie Woods, UK – ‘Cutie Pie’ is a comedy about a man, Peter, who returns home to find he has been bought an adorable kitten by Maggie. Peter wants Maggie to return it when the kitten destroys the house. Despite their efforts to shake off the little monster, it continues to haunt them. Continue reading