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New Balance to Launch Co-Branded Kids Footwear Collection with Peanuts for Fall 2009

June 24th 2009

Boston, MA -

New Balance and United Media, the licensing and syndication arm for PEANUTS announced today they will offer a co-branded kids footwear collection that creatively blends the most beloved characters from Charles M. Schulz's popular strip with New Balance's heritage running style – the 574.

"We are so pleased to form this exciting co-branded footwear partnership that will enable us to introduce authentic and distinctive kid's shoes to the marketplace," says Sanna Makela, kids product manager at New Balance. "New Balance and PEANUTS share brand qualities and core values that make this a great partnership – including strong brand history and heritage."

Available for October 2009 in infant, pre-school and grade school sizes, the collection brings some of PEANUTS' most popular stories to life; It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Each shoe is constructed with premium materials for comfort and breathability and features EVA cushioning in the midsole and heel and a solid rubber outsole for support and durability. Fun PEANUTS character detailing elements include a soft tongue lining, vibrant colors, eye-catching embroidery and embossing on the upper. Customized packaging and tissue paper as well as point of purchase displays will highlight the product at retail. Suggested retail prices are: $38.00 infant; $48.00 pre-school, and $60.00 grade school.

"Partnering with New Balance to offer this exciting new collection of footwear is a strategic way to keep PEANUTS topical with today's mom," said April Heeren, executive director of licensing for United Media. "The initiative is also a great way for us to kick off the celebration of the 60th Anniversary of PEANUTS in 2010."

This is the first of three New Balance and PEANUTS co-branded footwear collections that will launch during 2009 and 2010.

About New Balance

New Balance, headquartered in Boston, MA has the following mission: Demonstrating responsible leadership, we build global brands that athletes are proud to wear, associates are proud to create and communities are proud to host. New Balance employs more than 4000 people around the globe, and in 2007 reported worldwide sales of $1.63 billion. For more information please visit http://www.newbalance.com.

Starring an unlikely round-headed hero and a unique cast of young characters wiser and wittier than their years, Charles Schulz's PEANUTS is not just the best-known, most-loved comic strip ever created, but a true global phenomenon. The PEANUTS characters are featured in 2200 newspapers, in classic television specials and on remastered DVDs, on stage, in hundreds of books and across the Internet. They have inspired every kind of consumer product from t-shirts to toothbrushes. And while translated into 25 languages, PEANUTS has introduced a vocabulary all its own: "Good grief!," "security blanket," "Happiness is...," "You blockhead!" As PEANUTS approaches its 60th anniversary in 2010, "Good ol' Charlie Brown" and his inseparable gang remain as fresh and vital as ever.

PEANUTS is licensed and syndicated by United Media. United Media is a worldwide licensing and syndication company that focuses on building brand equity around a wide range of creative content. United Media licenses and/or syndicates other properties, including Hallmark's hoops&yoyo, Rainbow Brite and Maxine, HISTORY, Ice Road Truckers, Dirty Dancing, Deadliest Catch, Raggedy Ann & Andy, Precious Moments, Dilbert, and Fancy Nancy. United Media is an E. W. Scripps Company. For more information, visit www.unitedmedialicensing.com.

Contact New Balance:

Jennifer Hamel
New Balance
Jennifer.Hamel@newbalance.com

Melissa Menta
United Media
mmenta@unitedmedia.com