PENGUIN SNAPS UP NORTH AMERICAN PUBLISHING RIGHTS FOR OCTONAUTS

Apr 14, 2014

First titles to hit shelves this autumn

London, 14 April 2014: Independent media company Silvergate Media has awarded Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group,  the North American publishing rights for its hit pre-school brand, Octonauts.

Grosset & Dunap will publish and distribute Octonauts TV tie-in books across the US and Canada, with the first titles due for release in Autumn/Winter 2014.

The popular show, which airs daily on the Disney Junior block on Disney Channel and on Treehouse Canada, entertains its audience and their parents with fast-paced adventures, humour and factual content based on a solid science curriculum – all of which will be captured in the publishing range.

Geraint Marsh, SVP Global TV Distribution & Consumer Products (Americas & France), Silvergate Media, said: “Publishing plays a vital role in a child’s engagement with Octonauts as it allows them to revisit the creatures and characters they’ve seen on TV and reinforces the educational messages that the programme delivers while having great fun at the same time. We’re delighted to be partnering with Penguin and believe that Octonauts will be a valued addition to their excellent children’s catalogue.”

Francesco Sedita, President and Publisher of Grosset & Dunlap said, “We’re thrilled to be the official North American publishing partner for Octonauts and we look forward to introducing young readers to marine biology through this fun and entertaining property.”

Grosset & Dunlap will be publishing Octonauts across a variety of physical and digital formats including readers, storybooks, sticker-with-activity books, e-books and an enhanced e-book.

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For more information about Grosset & Dunlap please contact: Shanta Newlin, Executive Director of Publicity

212-414-3630 / shanta.newlin@us.penguingroup.com

Notes to Editors:

About Silvergate Media

Silvergate Media is a highly creative TV Production and licensing company driven by big ideas and big collaborations. Formed in 2011, and with offices in New York and London, Silvergate develops world- class brands which inspire, entertain, educate and engage through innovative content, great products and strong partnerships. Among these brands are Peter Rabbit and Octonauts, two highly successful international properties for children.

About The Octonauts

The Octonauts are a dynamic eight-member team of quirky and courageous adventure heroes who dive into action whenever there is trouble under the sea.

Equipped with a fleet of aquatic vehicles, they rescue amazing sea creatures, explore incredible new underwater worlds, and often save the day before returning safely to their home base, the octopod.

Based on the original books by Meomi, Octonauts is animated by Brown Bag Films and continues to go from strength to strength as a unique and exciting global pre-school brand.

Penguin Young Readers Group is one of the leading children’s book publishers in the United States. The company owns a wide range of imprints and trademarks including Dial Books, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Philomel, Puffin, Speak, Firebird, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Viking, Razorbill, and Frederick Warne. These imprints are home to such award-winning, New York Times- bestselling authors as, Laurie Halse Anderson, Jay Asher, Judy Blume, Jan Brett, Eric Carle, Ally Condie, Roald Dahl, Tomie dePaola, Sarah Dessen, Anna Dewdney, John Flanagan, John Green, Anthony Horowitz, Oliver Jeffers, Mike Lupica, Richelle Mead, Richard Peck, Patricia Polacco, and dozens of other popular authors. Penguin Young Readers Group is also the proud publisher of perennial brand franchises such as The Little Engine That Could, the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series, Peter Rabbit, Spot, the Classic Winnie the Pooh, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Strega Nona, Madeline, Mad Libs, Alex Rider, the Rangers Apprentice, Skippyjon Jones, Flower Fairies, and Pippi Longstocking, among many others. Penguin Young Readers Group is a division of Penguin Group LLC, a Penguin Random House company.