Spread Groups signs deal with Paramount for Garfield, Star Trek, Top Gun print-on-demand t-shirts

Spread Group has signed a deal with Paramount Consumer Products to produce print-on-demand products for the European market for five iconic properties: Star Trek, Garfield, Flashdance, SpongeBob SquarePants and Top Gun.

The first designs include a variety of Star Trek shirts, “I Feel the Need for Speed” Top Gun t-shirts, Flashdance logo and “What a Feeling!” hoodies, Garfield LASAGNA lunchboxes and Saturday Night Fever posters.

The designs will be a mixture of classic images and newly created designs, produced by Spread Group, a collection of digital brands empowering customers and businesses to express themselves with print-on-demand products they can use, wear and carry and say sustainability is at the heart of the partnership.

The Spread Group’s print-on-demand offering means an item is only printed after it has been ordered. This limits waste because there’s no over-stocking and leftover sizes.

Spread Group - Top Gun Need for Speed T-Shirt
Spread Group - Garfield T-Shirt

Customisation is also made easy with print-on-demand, giving fans the freedom to add a design to a product in a size, colour, and style of their choice.

“This partnership means Spread Group can offer a huge variety of themes to a wide audience,” says Sven Burscher, Spread Group’s Head of Licensing. “The Paramount Global brands cover iconic movies and cartoons for a large demographic. There’s a coming-of-age moment for everyone!

“Our print-on-demand offering means the brands and their fans can customise their creations to suit them, whilst retaining brand integrity. It also limits waste, which is better for the planet.”

Fans will be able to add images and quotes to t-shirts, hoodies, caps, bags, aprons, mugs, water bottles, lunchboxes, pillowcases, posters and stickers, depending on the brand. Designs will also be localised – for example, Garfield quotes in German, French and English.

The licence covers Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and the UK.

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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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