Egmont to Launch U.S. Publishing Arm
Egmont UK Ltd., one of the largest children’s book publishers in the United Kingdom, announced that it will launch a publishing company in the United States in January 2008. Egmont USA (www.egmont-us.com) will produce a full line of children’s and young adult books. Douglas Pocock, currently group sales director of Egmont UK, will serve as executive vice president of the new company.
“The formation of Egmont USA offers us a terrific opportunity for genuine collaboration between our U.K. and American offices, enabling us to create real competitive advantage in terms of joint acquisition, world rights and building authors as brands,” says Pocock. “Our goal is to be a leading USA children’s publisher within 5 years, while retaining our points of difference, notably author care.”
According to Egmont, Pocock already has started recruiting staff for the new company, which will be based in New York, and plans to confirm the appointment of the publisher later this month. The company’s launch list of picture books and young adult and middle-grade fiction will debut in the fall of 2009.