Independent international media group and rights owner, Coolabi Group, today announces new deals with two new licensing partners, Summersdale and Funstickers, for its iconic property Purple Ronnie.
Summersdale have come on board to publish and distribute gifting books worldwide (excluding North America) and consumers can expect to see the new books on shelves in Spring 2016.
Founded in 1990, Summersdale is a vibrant publisher that puts its heart and soul into creating exceptional books; it produces a diverse range of over 150 titles per year, with a backlist of over 600 titles.
Claire Plimmer, Summersdale, comments “Summersdale is thrilled to welcome Purple Ronnie into its portfolio and to align our company with such a strong brand where the synergies between the two are clear. We’re looking forward to promoting Purple Ronnie’s fun, quirky and slightly irreverent character within an initial four book deal.”
Adding further weight to the Purple Ronnie brand, Funstickers have developed a brand new Purple Ronnie sticker range including bubble stickers, 3D stickers, foam stickers and sticker activity sets. Funstickers develop the highest quality products and is continuing to work with Coolabi Group across both Beast Quest and Clangers. Beast Quest sticker sets will be available soon at all good retailers and exciting new Clangers sets are expected on shelves in Autumn 2016.
Andrew Chase, Managing Director at Funstickers comments “I am delighted to be adding these properties to our portfolio and look forward to presenting our range in the Autumn.’
Valerie Fry, Director of Licensing at Coolabi comments “Purple Ronnie is an iconic property that continues to sell extremely well. Recently it successfully diversified into digital but this fantastic gift book series, expertly developed by Summersdale, shows our commitment to its core offer in publishing.
In addition, we are proud to have developed an excellent working relationship with Funstickers who we are now working with across three properties.”
Purple Ronnie has sold over 60 million cards and 5 million books to date, with a strong heritage and cross-generational following it is one of the UK’s leading social expression brands. The new deals mark an exciting time for Coolabi Group as they continue to grow and develop the Purple Ronnie brand.
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About Coolabi Group
Coolabi Group is a leading independent international media group and rights owner specialising in the creation, development and brand management of children’s and family intellectual property rights.
The group has particular expertise in books, television and digital.
Coolabi owns the rights in over 20 TV series and some 360 half- hours of programming; it has shows airing in more than 140 territories on channels including: ABC, Cartoon Network, CBeebies, CBBC, Clan / TVE, Disney, F5, ITV, Kika, Nickelodeon and Sprout.
Brands owned and represented by Coolabi include the much-anticipated remake of Clangers, currently airing on CBeebies, and Scream Street, currently in production for broadcast on CBBC. Other properties include Beast Quest, Domo, Poppy Cat, Purple Ronnie and the Smallfilms’ properties Bagpuss and Ivor the Engine.
The group also creates original series fiction for publishers and has created some 100 published series, consisting of over 1,000 books, sold in more than 40 languages. Four of these series, Warriors, Beast Quest, Animal Ark and Rainbow Magic have sold over ten million copies each and Coolabi is currently working on brand extensions for some of these properties the latest example being the hit new Beast Quest mobile game, co-produced with Miniclip.