June 12, 2020

Working Partners launches new UK initiative

Karen Ball joins as the company’s inaugural Head of UK Sales

Karen Ball has nearly 30 years’ experience in children’s publishing, including time spent as Publisher at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and heading up her consultancy, Speckled Pen, where she was nominated as a Bookseller Rising Star. Previously, she has worked as Head of Editorial at Working Partners.

She said, ‘I am thrilled to team up with the expertise at Working Partners at such a key stage in the life of publishing. As an industry, we stand at a significant crossroads and I relish the opportunity to engage with our colleagues in the UK to bring the best author and series fiction talent to a fresh generation of readers.’

Chris Snowdon, Managing Director of Working Partners, said, ‘We are so delighted to welcome Karen back. Her understanding of the way we work, and her deep knowledge of children’s publishing, make Karen the perfect fit for this new role.’

Ball will be engaging with the Working Partners editorial team to build upon and develop relationships with UK publishers across children’s fiction, from first chapter books through to teen and YA.

Karen Ball started at Working Partners on 1 June 2020.

For More Information Contact: KarenB@workingpartnersltd.co.uk

Phone 0778 068 2372/0207 004 0980

May 7, 2020

DK to publish first educational fiction series ​The Secret Explorers

07 May 2020, London – This summer, DK will publish its first educational fiction series ?The Secret Explorers?, in association with Working Partners. The series aims to introduce children to core non-fiction topics through action-packed, character-driven adventure stories. Published in paperback, four titles will be released in 2020. The first two titles, ?The Secret Explorers and the Lost Whales and The Secret Explorers and the Comet Collision, ?will be published on 16 July 2020.

As a leading, global non-fiction publisher, ?The Secret Explorers i? s the first fiction series of its kind for DK. The books follow a group of brilliant young experts from all four corners of the globe, who join together to solve mysteries, fix problems, and search for knowledge. Their exciting adventures take them all over the world – and beyond. This diverse club of eight children includes Tamiko, Gustavo, Ollie, Kiki, Connor, Roshni, Leah and Cheng. They lend their expert skills to solve special secret missions in each buy liquid valium book, from Tamiko the dinosaur specialist to Ollie the rainforest pro.

Perfect for readers aged seven and up, the illustrated paperbacks are a great way to reinforce STEM topics at home and keep kids entertained. Offering an enjoyable way to discover topics covered in school curriculums, the highly engaging text and playful black and white illustrations builds reading confidence. The series aims to engage even the most reluctant readers, and introduce children who love stories to core non-fiction subjects such as oceans, space, Ancient Egypt, dinosaurs, volcanoes, biology, environmentalism and engineering. Reference sections at the back of each book include timelines, quizzes, maps and glossaries to extend interest in these fascinating subjects.

Children’s Publishing Director Sarah Larter says: ?‘We are thrilled to have developed this series in conjunction with Working Partners and delighted to be bringing fresh and innovative approaches to subjects that are key to DK’s Children’s publishing?.’

For more information, please contact Frances Gizauskas / frances.gizauskas@uk.dk.com or Eleanor Stammeijer / ?eleanor.stammeijer@uk.dk.com

May 5, 2020

Coolabi Group unleashes brand new ‘Beast Quest’ mobile game

Coolabi Group has today announced the release of Beast Quest Ultimate Heroes, a brand new fantasy mobile game which is based on the best-selling Beast Quest book series and launches globally this week on the iOS App Store and Google Play.

Featuring magic, epic battles, wizards and beasts, Beast Quest Ultimate Heroes, is a 3D tower defence mobile game with collectible card elements, tactics of resource management, and RPG hero and equipment systems. All characters in the game are drawn from the original children’s fantasy series by Adam Blade.

In Beast Quest Ultimate Heroes, an evil wizard has enslaved the magical Beasts of Avantia, the fantasy land of Beast Quest. Players must control Tom, the son of the legendary Taladon the Swift, as well as other heroes and Beasts to defend Avantia, defeat evil hordes of enemies, and ultimately free the enslaved Beasts from evil’s thrall.

Co-developed by Coolabi Group and Animoca Brands, Beast Quest Ultimate Heroes is a free to play game with optional in-app purchases and features 13 types of tower defence cards that players can use to defend against the enemy hordes, 8 individually controlled heroes to unlock and level up, and 20 items with which to equip Tom.

Beast Quest Ultimate Heroes has 60 levels of gameplay, with more content to be added in future updates.

On the new release, Director of Digital, Naomi Dare at Coolabi Group said: “It’s been fantastic working alongside the team at Animoca Brands to develop this new and exciting mobile game. We are so excited for fans new and old across the world to be able to play this action-packed new game which brings a new 3D style to the Beast Quest universe and characters.”

Yat Siu, Co-founder and Chairman of Animoca Brands commended: “It was a privilege to co-develop Beast Quest Ultimate Heroes with Coolabi – Beast Quest is a powerful and attractive brand, and we hope that fans of the franchise enjoy our challenging action strategy gameplay.”

Beast Quest is a best-selling series of children’s fantasy and adventure novels, particularly popular with boys aged seven years and older. The books have sold over 20 million copies globally across 150 titles and have been translated into over 30 languages.

The first Beast Quest mobile game launched in 2015 and has over 17 million downloads. This award-winning game continues to see over 200,000 monthly active users and its sustained level of popularity is a driving factor in this next mobile game development.

Beast Quest Ultimate Heroes is available to download globally from 5th May and was featured for pre-registration before launch on the iOS App Store, Google Play, and Samsung Galaxy Store in numerous territories including the US and China.

April 24, 2020

On Stage At Home with Clangers and Nordoff Robbins

NEW MUSICAL VIDEO SERIES CREATED TO BRING MUSIC AND TOGETHERNESS TO SUPERSTAR FAMILIES AT HOME ACROSS THE UK

LAUNCHING ONLINE 28th APRIL, 2020

Launching online on Tuesday 28th April, ‘On Stage at Home with Clangers and Nordoff Robbins’ is a brand-new interactive series of musical videos, featuring specially created songs and music for young families to perform whilst at home together during lockdown and beyond, using instruments they find or make.

 

The videos, created at home this week as part of a new collaboration from BAFTA-winning pre-school animation Clangers (Coolabi Group) and music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins, aim to help preschoolers and their families connect through music, performing songs using homemade instruments, movement, body percussion and voice.

 

The first two videos in the series will launch online on 28th April at nordoff-robbins.org.uk/on-stage-at home, and families with young superstars across the UK are encouraged to make their own videos and performances, to share music and togetherness with friends and loved ones online.

 

The much-loved show has music and community at its heart, which makes the Clangers a perfect fit to help Nordoff Robbins champion music as a way to help families everywhere stay as connected as possible, whilst showing that music can be made and enjoyed by anyone, regardless of whether they have instruments or musical training.

 

‘On Stage at Home with Clangers’, features songs created and performed by Louise Gregg, a Nordoff Robbins music therapist, with a little helping hand from the Clangers, to demonstrate the positive impact that music can have on everyone’s health and wellbeing.

 

The Clangers planet is filled with music and dancing; growing on the planet are music trees and singing flowers, and they often row out on their music boat to go fishing or visit the Iron Chicken.  They also find, and discover new uses for, unusual objects on their planet, so throughout the series, they will help with tips and encourage families to create musical instruments and sounds from objects found in their homes, from sieves, to spices, wooden spoons, pots and pans and everything else in between.

 

The first two songs to be released will be:

Let’s Go Finding Sounds, which encourages children to use whatever they have around them to make music, teaching them that you don’t need musical instruments for music to happen. It helps them explore items imaginatively, and to hear all sounds as music as well as helping them to think about the different types of sounds.

 

Music Machine, which uses different body parts to engage with rhythm and sounds. This encourages coordination development as well as keeping the beat. Combining movement with the beat of music helps children to control and time their movements and to learn the speed and energy that needs to go into different movements. Using sounds with their bodies will also help children become aware of how their bodies themselves are musical.

Jeremy Banks, Chief Executive of Coolabi, comments: “Clangers and Nordoff Robbins have such wonderful synergy, we felt this was the perfect partnership to create a positive and community focused initiative for Clangers fans old and new.

“We hope ‘On Stage at Home with Clangers’ will bring some joy to families across the UK, at a time when being creative together and staying connected are more important than ever.”

Sandra Schembri, CEO of music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins, said: “We believe in music and the benefits it can bring, from supporting children’s development and coordination to helping people’s mental well-being in times of social isolation, which is why our partnership with Clangers has come at such an important moment. As families are finding themselves spending a lot of time at home, making music and the benefits it brings are essential to staying healthy and connected.

“We want ‘On Stage at Home’ to encourage children to make music and to think about the different types of sounds they can make, learn about the timing of their movements and how their bodies themselves are musical.

Music brings us closer together. It can be made and enjoyed by anyone, and at times like this, the benefits that music brings are more important than ever.”

Clangers, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019, is the BAFTA award-winning, pre-school stop motion-animation featuring a family of loveable, pink, mouse-like creatures who communicate in whistles and live out in space on their Little Blue Planet.

Nordoff Robbins is the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, dedicated to enriching the lives of people affected by life limiting illness, isolation or disability. Their expert music therapists can help children with autism to speak for the first time, people with dementia reconnect with family members and give those living with mental health problems moments of genuine calm and peace.

Produced in partnership by Coolabi Group and Nordoff Robbins, the videos were created and edited by a team of people at home across the UK, including, Chris Tichborne, co-director of Clangers using footage originally animated at Factory in Altrincham, Louise Gregg, music therapist for Nordoff Robbins, and Instruct Studio in Manchester.

 

‘On Stage at Home with Clangers’ will launch on Tuesday 28th April at nordoff-robbins.org.uk/on-stage-at home

February 20, 2020

Coolabi Group kick starts 2020 with brand new Clangers content

Independent international media group and rights owner, Coolabi Group has today announced a series of creative brand extensions, which will be aimed at families with preschool children, for the award-winning preschool property, Clangers.

 

Announcements include a license deal with Gulliver’s Theme Park Resorts, new episodes launching on CBeebies UK and YouTube Kids, a new creative direction and brand-new YouTube series focused on the youngest members of the Clangers family, Tiny and Small.

 

A new Clangers licensing partnership with Gulliver’s Theme Park Resorts is a live experience aimed at families with pre-school children launching this February half term. The partnership features a 15-minute live Clangers stage show with Tiny and Small Clanger, and will also include special hotel and birthday packages, where little ones will be able to enjoy an intimate show plus meet and greet photo opportunities. The partnership will run across four locations throughout the year.

 

Brand new episodes of the BAFTA winning show Clangers will air on CBeebies in March and will conclude Series 3. Narrated once again by Sir Michael Palin, the new 8 x 11’ episodes will follow the Clangers on a whole host of new experiences and adventures.

 

The stop-motion animation series of Clangers is also continuing its global expansion on YouTube, by bringing even more episodes to YouTube Kids in the US. The first 10 x 11’ episodes of Series 3 launched this buy valium on ebay week on the streaming service.

 

The recently launched YouTube series The Tiny and Small Clanger Show, which has accumulated over 500k views so far, uses hand puppetry and is produced by Wildbrain Spark and Coolabi Productions. Available to watch now on the Clangers official YouTube channel, the short-form series follows Tiny and Small as they embark on lots of educational adventures together from learning about recycling and nursery rhymes, to finding out more about music, shapes and counting.

 

Available for licensees, the new creative direction, Tiny & Small Dreams will feature a unisex palette on a clean white base, with pops of colour, flat character art, stitching detail and applique details. The range will be launching on the Clangers official store this quarter.

 

Director of Content at Coolabi Group, Michael Dee said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be starting the new year with some brand new Clangers episodes on CBeebies and also celebrating our core pre-school family audience by focusing on the youngest members of the Clangers family, Tiny and Small, with a series of creative new brand extensions including live experiences and licensed apparel.

 

“YouTube is an essential platform for content creators to reach preschoolers. The Tiny and Small Show is full of educational messages, songs and adventure, and we are confident that it will resonate and be embraced by little Clangers fans across the globe.”

February 17, 2020

Clangers announced as finalist in British Animation Awards 2020!

The British Animation Awards, now in their 24th year, celebrate the very best in British animation across a variety of categories.

We are delighted that Clangers has been selected as a finalist in two categories.

Clangers episode THE VISITOR has been buy cheap valium from pakistan nominated in the BEST CHILDRENS PRE-SCHOOL category, and THE TRAVELLING SALESMAN has been nominated in the BEST USE OF SOUND category.

The ceremony is being held at London’s BFI Southbank on 12th March 2020.

Find out more here

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