Thursday, October 20, 2016

ReaderLink Buys Old Reader's Digest Children's

Publishers Lunch
Readerlink has acquired the former Reader's Digest Children's Publishing, which has been operating as Studio Fun International, and will merge the list into their Printers Row Publishing Group and existing group of imprints. The release notes that "on a transitional basis, some SFI employees will continue to perform similar duties and tasks under a transitional arrangement with ReaderLink" -- suggesting that in general, the employees of SFI will not have a permanent home at ReaderLink.

The list includes titles licensed from Disney, Disney*Pixar, Marvel, and LucasFilm properties, as well as books under license from Nickelodeon, DreamWorks, Mattel, Hasbro, and Sesame Workshop. ReaderLink ceo Dennis Abboud says in the announcement, "This transaction provides us with potential new licensor relationships and hundreds of additional, high-quality titles to expand and enhance our existing title list. We look forward to being able to leverage our world-class distribution network to help perpetuate the Studio Fun International brand and grow our publishing business."

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