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Downton Abbey to become home furnishings, lifestyle brand

LAS VEGAS - Knockout Licensing Co. has been appointed by NBCUniversal International Television Production to launch and manage the licensing program for the Downton Abbey entertainment brand in the U.S. and Canada.

Downton AbbeyHighclere Castle in Hampshire was used for exterior shots and some of Downton Abbey's interior filming. Photo: JB+UK Planet

The Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning British television series will begin its third season in January 2013. The period drama is PBS's most-watched program since the Ken Burns documentary "National Parks" premiered in 2009.

Knockout Licensing said it is seeking manufacturing and retail partners to launch the brand into North American markets through key product categories including bedding and bath, home furnishings, home décor, housewares, kitchenware "and other appropriate products" such as apparel, accessories, bags, etc.

"Audiences around the world have connected with Downton Abbey and the reaction from American viewers has been incredible," said Brad Wald, chief commercial officer, NBCUniversal International Television Production. "The Knockout team Downton Abbey interiorunderstands the Downton Abbey brand and we are looking forward to working with them to develop a strong licensing program that brings to life the Downton experience."

Knockout Licensing co-president Carole Postal said she has been a Downton Abbey fan since the first season. "I love the writing, the fashions, the décor, and everything else about the story and setting that makes Downton Abbey such a compelling brand for licensing."Downton Abbey 3


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