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October 19th, 2011
01:28 PM ET

KISS: the band and the brand

A CNN exclusive: Poppy Harlow goes inside the world of KISS – the band and the brand. From coffins to comic books to condoms, KISS has licensed about 3,000 pieces of merchandise, more than any other band. Harlow interviews Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley at their homes in Los Angeles, talks to the entire band at their studio, then accompanies KISS to Oshkosh, Wisconsin for a rock concert before nearly 30,000 fans. This is KISS like you’ve never seen before.

One hour – four stories you won’t want to miss. CNN Presents hosted by CNN’s Soledad O’Brien and Dr. Sanjay Gupta airs this Sunday, October 23 at 8:00 pm ET, re-airing at 11:00 pm ET and 2:00 am ET.

CNN’s Poppy Harlow interviews KISS band members:




Filed under: Eric Singer • Gene Simmons • KISS • Paul Stanley • Poppy Harlow • Tommy Thayer
October 11th, 2011
02:25 PM ET

Kiss, Inc.: The band and the brand

A CNN exclusive: Poppy Harlow goes inside the world of KISS – the band and the brand. From coffins to comic books to condoms, KISS has licensed about 3,000 pieces of merchandise, more than any other band.

CNN's Poppy Harlow interviews Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley at their homes in Los Angeles, talks to the entire band at their studio, then accompanies KISS to Oshkosh, Wisconsin for a rock concert before nearly 30,000 fans. This is KISS like you’ve never seen before.

CNN Presents “Kiss Inc.,” an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the band and the brand on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 8 pm and 11 pm ET.


Filed under: Gene Simmons • KISS • Poppy Harlow
October 5th, 2011
05:46 PM ET

Pop icon David Cassidy sues Sony

Pop star David Cassidy filed suit on Wednesday against Sony, claiming he was not paid for his image on merchandise from the hit television show, "The Partridge Family," in which he starred.

"For nearly 40 years, defendants have swindled Mr. Cassidy out of his rightful share of the profits from The Partridge Family, and when Mr. Cassidy has inquired as to the matter, have lied to him so as to continue to conceal their deception," said the lawsuit, filed on Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

"Mr. Cassidy has reason to believe, and does reasonably believe, that defendants have been perpetrating a scam" and "will continue to go to any and all lengths necessary, no matter how despicable, to avoid upholding" his contract, the suit said.

Named as defendants are Sony Pictures Entertainment, and subsidiaries Screen Gems Inc. and CPT Holdings Inc.

The suit, which alleges fraud and breach of contract, demands "in excess of millions of dollars, in amount to be determined at trial."

A Sony spokeswoman said the company does not comment on matters involving litigation.

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Filed under: David Cassidy • Poppy Harlow • Sony
KISS booted from Jackson tribute
August 18th, 2011
03:26 PM ET

KISS booted from Jackson tribute

Promoters yanked the rock band KISS from the Michael Jackson tribute show Tuesday after fans called their attention to negative remarks KISS leader Gene Simmons made about the pop star in the weeks after his death.

The reversals came a day after Katherine Jackson appeared live on CNN to announce the addition of KISS to the lineup for "Michael Forever: The Tribute Concert," scheduled for October 8 in Cardiff,Wales.

"We have listened to Michael's fans and are grateful to have been alerted to these unfortunate statements by Gene Simmons," Global Live Events CEO Chris Hunt told CNN Tuesday.

Fan clubs appeared in open revolt against the tribute show after promoters added the group. Fan websites pointed to published interviews in which Simmons spoke about his suspicions that Jackson, who was acquitted of child molestation in 2005, was a pedophile.

Promoters, who had hoped the addition of the legendary group would bolster their lineup, said they were unaware of Simmons' statements when they booked KISS for the show.

CNN’s Poppy Harlow goes inside the world of KISS – on board the band’s plane on the way to a concert, to exclusive backstage access.  She also visits the homes of Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley to explore how KISS has become one of  the most branded names in the world.

“KISS Inc.” is scheduled to premiere on CNN Presents on Sunday, October 23 at 8:00 pm ET, replaying at 11:00 pm ET.

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Filed under: Poppy Harlow
Hollywood Hustle?
August 4th, 2011
01:58 PM ET

Hollywood Hustle?

He was the star of the hit 70s show “The Partridge Family,” which spawned an avalanche of merchandise. His fan club was said to be bigger than Elvis and The Beatles.

David Cassidy still performs around the country, but a big issue from his days as a superstar won’t go away. Cassidy claims he's entitled to a percentage of the profits. Sony says it doesn't owe Cassidy any money for merchandising.

Remember those lunchboxes? Cassidy says that he's entitled to a percentage of the profits based on his contract, and is now going public on CNN.

From his Las Vegas concert, to his home in Fort Lauderdale, we follow Cassidy for a story about the recent controversy over celebrity merchandising. Don’t miss CNN Presents this Sunday at 8:00 pm ET and 11:00 pm ET.

David Cassidy goes after 'Partridge Family' fortune

Filed under: Poppy Harlow