Licensing -Press - Make Do - 09 Dec 2014

PhotoBox Group strikes deal with One Direction

London – Tuesday 9th December, 2014 – PhotoBox Group (the “Group”), a leading digital consumer service for personalised products and gifts in Europe and parent of PhotoBox, Moonpig, PaperShaker, Sticky9 and Hofmann, has agreed a deal for the use of One Direction products across all of its brands.

The agreement is with Global Merchandising Services for the use of One Direction designs across the personalised products the Group offers, including mugs, cards, magnets, T-shirts and more. The first designs are already available on Moonpig UK, US and Australian sites and are sure to be a hit with their fans for the gifting season.

Since rising to fame on the UK edition of The X Factor, One Direction has become a global phenomenon with more than 37 million Facebook fans, over 112 million Twitter followers and an astonishing one billion plays on music streaming service Spotify.

Commenting on the agreement, PhotoBox Group Chief Executive Officer, Stan Laurent, said:

“We know that our product line will be a great fit for all the One Direction fans out there. We are thrilled to be working with such a creative band and we are excited that our brand new product line will be furnishing the stockings of Moonpig fans both old and new this Christmas.”

Sarah-Jane Porter, Head of Licensing, Moonpig, is delighted with the deal and said:

“We are delighted to have worked with Global Merchandising Services on our fantastic One Direction Product range. The range encompasses all of our hero personalised products which we are sure our customers and the fans will love. One Direction are a phenomenal band and it’s exciting being part of that journey. The product has been highly anticipated on our site so we are delighted to fulfil our customers’ expectations. The team is looking forward to coming up with more ideas that One Direction fans will love.”

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For further information please contact:

FTI Consulting, LLP                                                 +44 (0)20 3727 1000
Matt Dixon / Ollie Pratt / Harry Staight

PhotoBox Group                                                     +44 (0) 20 7087 4621
Stan Laurent, CEO
Cecilia Vincent, Head of Communications

About PhotoBox Group

The PhotoBox Group is a leading digital consumer service for personalised products and gifts in Europe and parent of the flagship branded retail channels PhotoBox,, PaperShaker, Sticky9 and Hofmann. From photobooks and unique artwork to the very latest personalised apparel, gifts and greeting cards, the Group’s products enable customers across 22 countries to share memories, celebrate great moments and inject personal expression into their everyday lives. The Group has 750 employees across Europe, generated turnover of £175.3m in the fiscal year ending April 2014 and is backed by leading international private equity firms including Insight Venture Partners, Index Ventures, Highland Capital Partners, HarbourVest Partners, Quilvest Ventures and Greenspring Associates.