新经典美国收购Highlights童书旗下Boyds Mills Press
近日，美国Highlights儿童杂志社将旗下大众图书出版部门Boyds Mills Press及其附属品牌Calkins Creek和WordSong出售给了Kane Press。并购后的新公司将命名为Boyds Mills & Kane，总部设在纽约Kane Press办公室，为新经典文化股份有限公司的美国子公司。
Highlights for Children has sold its trade book publishing arm, comprised of Boyds Mills Press and its affiliated imprints, Calkins Creek and WordSong, to Kane Press. The new company, called Boyds Mills & Kane, will be headquartered in the Kane Press offices in New York City, and is owned by Thinkingdom Ltd, a subsidiary of the Beijing-based Thinkingdom Media Group. The new ownership is effective immediately.
“我非常高兴地欢迎Boyds Mills Press加入Kane Press大家庭，” Kane Press的出版人朱莉安娜•劳雷塔说，“作为Boyds Mills & Kane，我们将继续与才华横溢的作家、插画家和版权代理人紧密合作，致力于为儿童、青少年和所有童心未泯的读者创作优秀的图书。”
“I am overjoyed to welcome the Boyds Mills imprints into the Kane Press family,” Kane Press publisher Juliana Lauletta said in a statement. “As Boyds Mills & Kane, we are committed to working closely with our talented authors, illustrators, and agents, and to continuing our mission of creating amazing books for kids, young adults, and kids-at-heart.”
The decision, representatives from Highlights said, "reflects an increased focus on its growing branded business." In a statement, Mary-Alice Moore, senior v-p and publisher of the Highlights Retail Group, added: "BMP has been an important, vibrant part of the Highlights legacy of serving kids and families. But the expansion of our Highlights branded businesses—in publishing, licensing, digital, and international—means we are no longer able to devote the appropriate strategic attention and resources that the BMP books so richly deserve."
Boyds Mills & Kane将由Kane Press总裁姜乐英负责商业运营，劳雷塔担任出版人。在没有新的通知前，所有图书的订购信息保持不变。Calkins Creek高级编辑卡罗琳•约德、Boyds Mills Press和WordSong的高级编辑丽贝卡•戴维斯、艺术总监芭芭拉•格泽斯洛、营销经理克里•麦克马纳斯和助理编辑苏西•克鲁古尔斯基都将进入新公司任职。摩尔则与长期担任杂志社要员的莉兹•范多伦和迈克尔•艾森伯格一起留在Highlights杂志社。
The new company’s business operations will be overseen by president Leying Jiang, and Lauletta will serve as publisher. Ordering information for all titles will remain the same until further notice. As a part of the move, Calkins Creek senior editor Carolyn Yoder, Boyds Mills Press and WordSong senior editor Rebecca Davis, and Boyds Mills Press group art director Barbara Grzeslo, marketing manager Kerry McManus, and assistant editor Suzy Krogulski will all move to the newly formed company. Moore, along with longtime Highlights staffers Liz Van Doren and Michael Eisenberg, will be staying on at Highlights and focusing on other areas of the company.
新成立的Boyds Mills & Kane将拥有五个子品牌，分别是Boyds Mills Press、Calkins Creek、Kane Press、StarBerry Books和WordSong；拥有1000余部动销书，作品曾荣获西伯特奖、纽伯瑞奖、普林兹奖、金恩夫人奖和苏斯博士奖。
With assets across five imprints—Boyds Mills Press, Calkins Creek, Kane Press, StarBerry Books, and WordSong—the Boyds Mills & Kane library will contain, the companies said, 1,000 titles in print, including books that have received Sibert Medal as well as Newbery, Printz, Coretta Scott King, and Geisel Honors.