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Danilo signs independent distribution agreement with Words ‘n’ Wishes

Danilo is to be distributed by greeting card publisher Words ‘n’ Wishes for the independent sector…Article published by PG Buzz

This follows Tuesday’s news (June 19) that Is It Art (which has been representing Danilo in the independent channel for the past 18 years) is to be fully integrated into the Carte Blanche business. With mutual consent, the two publishers have amicably agreed that it is the right time to sever links.

Commenting on the new partnership Danilo’s managing director, Daniel Prince, said “We have enjoyed an excellent relationship with Is It Art over the last 18 years but felt the time had come for a different approach to the independent market. We would like to thank Alister [Marchant, ceo of CBG] and the wider team at Is It Art/Carte Blanche for their work over the years and wish them the very best of luck for the future.”

Brett Smith, sales director of Danilo explained that having watched with interest, the work Words ‘n’ Wishes has been doing in this sector over the past 12 months, “particularly in a difficult trading climate”, an approach was made.

Danilo’s Daniel Prince (second left) and Brett Smith (far right) with colleagues Martin Carter (second right) and Dan Grant.
Danilo’s Daniel Prince (second left) and Brett Smith (far right) with colleagues Martin Carter (second right) and Dan Grant.

“We feel Danilo’s strong portfolio of brands, along with Words ‘n’ Wishes’ outstanding reputation and customer service, will lead to a fantastic partnership ensuring our independent customers receive the products and service they deserve,” said Brett.

Last October, Words ‘n’ Wishes took over the sales and distribution of card publisher Quitting Hollywood, expanding its salesforce to accommodate the broader portfolio. This is the next step in Words ‘n’ Wishes’ growth plan.

Rod Brown, joint managing director of Words ‘n’ Wishes, revealed that “When Danilo approached us to discuss the possibility of distributing their products through the independent market, we were immediately excited and flattered,” recognising that adding Danilo’s strong line up of licensed products could “only further enhance the strength and quality” of its offering to the independent sector.

Words ‘n’ Wishes’ joint md Rod Brown.
Words ‘n’ Wishes’ joint md Rod Brown.

While Words ‘n’ Wishes was not targeting licensed products on its wish list, however, Rod says the Danilo range offers “a fantastic opportunity and comfortable fit with no conflict” of the publisher’s existing portfolio

The Words ‘n’ Wishes salesforce of 24 agents will be carrying all the key elements of the Danilo portfolio, including a calendar offering commencing for 2020.

As to whether Words ‘n’ Wishes will be representing more publishers in this way, Rod said “we believe that we have an infrastructure and philosophy that could expand further to include another publisher or product providing it was the right fit.”

Danilo will be contacting all customers over the next few weeks with further details of the transition to Words ‘n’ Wishes, however up until July 1 it is business as usual and orders should continue to be placed with the Is It Art sales force.

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LAST CHANCE TO BUY THIS WEEK PLUS AN ORIGINAL IDEA…

Last Chance 2018 calendars diaries web bannerThis week is the LAST CHANCE you will have to buy any of our official 2018 Calendars and Diaries for the biggest brands in Music, TV, Film, Gaming and Sport. And with 30% Off the RRP & FREE UK Delivery, now’s the time to get yours before they’re all gone!

NOW HERE’S AN ORIGINAL IDEA….

…why not get the maximum pleasure from your favourite square calendar and instantly frame your stunning calendar images using this very unique Flip Frame. It just so happens that a lot of calendars are the same size as vinyl records, so at the touch of a button your calendar can become a piece of original framed art using an LP Flip Frame. Our friends at www.showandlisten.com brought this to our attention and thought it would be a fun idea to get the maximum pleasure from your favourite calendars, past and present.

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But if you have your own official square calendar you would like to frame, then you can just purchase the flipframe on its own here for only £19.99 >> http://bit.ly/FlipFrame

30% OFF ALL 2018 CALENDARS, DIARIES AND ANNUALS

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If you want to get organised in style this year, then take advantage of our fantastic offer and purchase an official 2018 calendar or diary for your favourite brand or celebrity NOW with 30% OFF PLUS Free UK Delivery!

We have a great range to choose from including Film Calendars, TV Show Calendars, Music Artist Calendars, Gaming Calendars, Glamour CalendarsSports Calendars, Football Calendars, Kids Calendars and Colouring In Calendars

We also have a range of different formats such as Slim and Mini Calendars, Desk Easel and Block Calendars, Family Planners and Special Edition Calendars.

We even have a selection of Personalised Calendars available on our sister site www.personalise.com where you can add a name and any noteable dates! we currently have a 20% Offer on all personalised calendars when you use code CALENDAR20 at checkout before 22nd January 2018.

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We also have a great range of official 2018 Diaries to choose from – including A5 Sized, A6 Sized and Pocket Sized Diaries

If you’re a football fan then you might be interested to see our 2018 Team Annuals which also have 30% OFF

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MEET YOUR TOP GEAR PRESENTERS: Q&A WITH RORY, CHRIS AND MATT

We put Top Gear Presenters Rory Reid, Chris Harris and Matt LeBlanc under the spotlight in our latest Q&A:

1. What was the favourite place you visited from last series?

Rory: So far, that would have to be Kazakhstan, as it’s so vastly different to anywhere else I’ve ever visited. The landscape, the culture and the customs are all fascinating, as are the people. Being a bit of a stargazer, I was doubly fascinated with thevplace as it’s home to the Baikonor Cosmodrome, from where  the very first people were launched into space.

Chris: There were parts of Montenegro that I loved – I remember standing with Matt on top of a mountain looking down onto a lake… I loved Montenegro.

 

2. What’s been your favourite car to drive in this series?

Matt: The Lamborghini Huracan was a fun car to spin around

Rory: Volkswagen Golf GTI. Sabine and I did that film. It’s such a good car. It is not on the level of a Porsche but in the right hands it is quicker.

Chris: I had a full 11/10, out of body of moment when I drove Ferrari FXX K. That woke me up proper sideways. It does 120mph. Nobody else had driven it before. Amazing.

 

3. What’s been the funniest moment on the show?

Chris: In TV you want things to happen, in Top Gear we want things to happen. But when an unscheduled crash happens it can be quite funny – it wasn’t at the time but looking back it was funny.

Rory: Watching Chris Harris attempt to drift an Alfa Romeo through the narrowest of gaps. I won’t spoil it for you, and I really shouldn’t laugh, but I nearly fell out of my chair.

 

4. What is your favourite racing track to drive on?

Chris: How many other people have drifted a Ferrari FXX K around Daytona? I like drifting stuff that shouldn’t be drifted. When someone tells me ‘that’s not a car that should be drifted’, I’ll go against that and say yes, it is.

 

5. If you had an unlimited budget what would be your dream car?

Chris: It changes on a daily basis because I’m a car enthusiast. For me today I woke up and wanted a 1974 Porsche 911 GT3 RS – it’s one of the best cars driven and about £1.2 million pounds sterling.

Rory: Probably the Bugatti Chiron. I didn’t like the look of them at first, but the design has really grown on me and the performance speaks for itself.

 

 6. Which car best represents you / your personality? / Describe each other.

What’s Rory like?

Chris: He is competitive, he is a perfectionist and he has an interest in the style of cars that I love seeing. I love seeing things that I don’t really get. Matt He has this boyish quality to him that gives the audience a voyeuristic view of what we are doing. He has this bright eyed excitement about it all, which is really endearing and fun to be around.

And Matt?

Chris: He is a big friendly bear, he is much wiser than people give credit for and he has seen it all. I think people will be surprised to see his driving skills.

 

And if you’re a Top Gear fan, then don’t forget you can purchase the Official Top Gear 2018 Desk Easel Calendar and the Official Top Gear 2018 Calendar at Calendar Club, HMV, WH Smith and online at danilo.com (with Free UK Delivery) and Amazon UK – they make great Christmas Stocking Fillers!

 

DANIEL PRINCE APPOINTED MANAGING DIRECTOR

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Laurence Prince, Owner and Chairman of Danilo Promotions Ltd is delighted to announce the appointment of his son Daniel Prince to the position of Managing Director from January 1st  2018.

Daniel joined Danilo in 2001 and has certainly served his apprenticeship in the licenced calendar and greeting world, he launched Danilo’s first sound card ranges as well as website personalise.com where you can customise your own licensed card and calendar

In addition to strong calendar and diary portfolio, gift-wrap and greetings cards sales have gone from strength to strength with over 11 million Cards and over 5 million gift-wrap products being sold annually. Danilo are now No 1 in the licensed greetings card industry.

Daniel added: ‘I’m thrilled to be starting this new post in January. At Danilo we can react quickly to trends, we have a well established retail distribution, a newly expanded in-house Design team of ten led by Creative Director Martin Carter, and we are aiming to be THE ‘go to’ company for Licensed Greeting Cards, Calendars and Gift Wrap in the future. We are looking forward to 2018 when we celebrate our 40th  trading year, and adding new licenses to our portfolio from Roald Dahl, World of Walliams (David), Jurassic World, The Gruffalo, L.O.L and one we are all incredibly excited about Peter Rabbit!”

We all wish Daniel the best of luck in starting his brand new role at the company!

DISCOVER OFFICIAL TOP 10 BESTSELLING 2018 CALENDARS..

With nearly 5 million official calendars sold by Danilo annually leading up to their 40th year in 2018, we’re delighted that Little Mix finishes an amazing year by being top of the Entertainment 2018 Calendar chart!

Music and Entertainment Top Ten for 2018 titles

1)     Little Mix (5)                                       

2)       Harry Potter (7)

3)       Ciiff Richard (10)

4)       Rick and Morty (NE)

5)        Elvis Presley (6)

6)       Starwars Episode 8 (8)

7)       Minecraft

8)       Kylie (14)

9)       JoJo Siwa (NE)

10)   Kelly Brook (15)

With Harry Potter back in a top slot, we also see some new additions this year including the wacky animation and hugely popular TV series Rick and Morty plus You Tube sensation JoJo Siwa !

 

Sport Top Ten for 2018 titles

1)    Man United (2)

2)    Liverpool (1)

3)   Tottenham Hotspur (17)

4)   Chelsea (16)

5)   Arsenal (11)

6)   World Wrestling Entertainment(18)

7)    Manchester City (NE)

8)   England Rugby Team

9)   Newcastle United

20)   England Cricket Team

Every year, Man United and Liverpool battle it out on the field and in the Calendar chart plus Tottenham Hotspurs moves above Arsenal and Chelsea for the first time in over 15 years! Delighted to see new additions WWE, England Rugby and England Cricket Calendars also awarded a spot on the Top Ten Sports Chart.

NOTES

*DANILO CALENDARS are the biggest producers of licensed Calendars and Cards in Europe, establish 39 years ago, check out http://www.danilo.com

** This annual chart is compiled of sales from Danilo on line, HMV, Tesco, Calendar Club, Amazon, together with retail chains and independent retailers around the UK and sales abroad.

DANILO’S Q&A WITH THE ARCHERS SCRIPTWRITER KERI DAVIES

Born in Treherbert, Wales, Keri Davies is a producer and writer, best known for his work on BBC radio soap opera The Archers. Keri was formerly the show’s senior producer but since 2003, he has been a scriptwriter.

Keri is also involved in putting together the ever-popular Official The Archers Calendar! As well as sourcing some of the smaller Archers portrait photos, Keri’s main role is to write the copy that accompanies each month – which among other things means adapting and testing the recipes! 😉

We asked Keri the following questions:

1. How long have you been a scriptwriter for The Archers?

I’ve written scripts for The Archers since 2003. Before that I was the programme’s Senior Producer and subsequently its Web Producer. I’ve been working on the programme in various capacities since 1992.

2. Who is your favourite character?

This is a really difficult one, as there are so many wonderful characters in The Archers. I do like to write comedy, so it’s great to have characters that can carry that off, like Jazzer McCreary, Brian Aldridge, Lynda Snell, Susan Carter, Eddie Grundy, Joe Grundy… I could go on – but I won’t.

3. What has been your favourite plotline?

I’m going to go back to well before I worked on The Archers, to my early days as a listener. Young Shula Archer (now Hebden-Lloyd) and her boyfriend Nigel Pargetter got up to all sorts of scrapes – including Nigel illegally driving away a car because he thought it was Shula’s. It was great fun to listen to, and it started me on a habit which became a lifetime’s pleasure – and a quarter century of work, too.

4. What is the best part of your job?

Knowing that what I do affects people – it moves them, cheers them up – and sometimes, as with our recent story of domestic abuse, it can shed a light on real-life issues.

5. What do you like to do when you’re not working on The Archers?

Music and dancing. I sing in a choir, play drums and various other instruments and am always up for a dance. Recently I’ve been learning swing dancing.

Don’t forget you can pick up your official copy of The Archers 2018 Calendar now with FREE UK Delivery (Worldwide Delivery also available)

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DELIVERING EXCITEMENT THIS CHRISTMAS…YOU JUST CAN’T BEAT IT…

That EXCITING Feeling you get when you receive a Danilo Calendar or Card for your favourite celebrity / sports team / TV show or Movie…

You just cant BEAT it…

Watch our latest video where the Danilo Team show just how excited they are to receive our NEW Official Ranges

HAVE A SUPER 2018 WITH THESE HEROES…

Ranging from Marvel’s hit films Guardians of the Galaxy Volume II, Spider-man Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok through to DC Comic’s popular Wonder Woman and Justice League (released in UK Cinemas today!) 2017 has certainly been a great year for  superhero movies.

And now you can spend all of next year with your favourite heroes with the Official 2018 Calendars and Diaries. The ideal way to stay organised at home or at the office PLUS you receive FREE UK Delivery when you order from Danilo.com website.

See below for our great selection of Official 2018 Calendars and Diaries and don’t forget to enter our Superhero Competition on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram by Monday 20th November 🙂

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Marvel Comics 2018 Wall Calendars (including Colouring In Calendar), Desk Calendars and Diary

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HAVE FUN ALL YEAR ROUND WITH DESPICABLE ME 3…

GREAT NEWS… Popular film Despicable Me 3 is now out on DVD and Blu-Ray! Plus we’re delighted that the Official Despicable Me 3 Official 2018 Wall Calendars, Desk Calendar, 2018 Diary, Greetings Card Range, Gift Wrap and Gift Bag being available to order now at Danilo.comALL WITH FREE UK DELIVERY! (Worldwide delivery also available)

 

To celebrate this minion madness, we’ve got some ….

Fantastic FREE Despicable Me 3 Activity Sheets which you can download / print now!

Just click on the links below….

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The perfect way to keep any minions fans amused!  🙂