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Date: 08/04/2004
Author: Amy Burton
Subject: HARPERCOLLINS CHILDREN’S BOOKS ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH THE GOTHAM GROUP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Amy Burton, HarperCollins Children’s Books
212-261-6796;amy.burton@harpercollins.com

Maggie Begley, Maggie Begley, Gotham Group
310-301-1785; mbegley@aol.com


HARPERCOLLINS CHILDREN’S BOOKS ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH
THE GOTHAM GROUP
--Gotham Group to represent HarperCollins Children’s Books titles for film, television, video and allied rights--

NEW YORK (Aug. 4, 2004) – HarperCollins Children’s Books, one of the leading publishers of books for young readers, announced today that it has retained The Gotham Group, a Los Angeles-based management firm, as its exclusive film representative. The Gotham Group will represent HarperCollins’s children’s and young adult titles for film, television, video and allied rights.

Among the HarperCollins’s titles to be represented are Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes, Septimus Heap by Angie Sage and The Riddles of Epsilon by Christine Morton-Shaw as well as works by some of the world’s most beloved children’s authors, including William Steig, Katherine Paterson, Beverly Cleary, Margaret Wise Brown, Jack Prelutsky, Sarah Weeks and Aliki.

“We are pleased that this partnership will allow us more opportunities to place our properties—both new & classic—in front of a worldwide audience of motion picture and television viewers,” said Susan Katz, president and publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Recognized as the powerhouse management firm in the animation and family entertainment industry, The Gotham Group represents a wide range of authors, illustrators, creators, writers and directors. Among Gotham’s clients are Simon & Schuster’s Children’s and Young Adult libraries, Caldecott Medal Honor author/illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi (The Spider and the Fly, Ted), Diterlizzi and Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles), Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are), Keith Graves (Pet Boy, Naty Gnarlies, Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance), Jim Benton (Franny K. Stein, Dear Dumb Diary), James Proimos (The Loudness of Sam), Lauren Child (Clarice Bean), Dan Gutman (The Kid Who Ran for President), Colin Thompson (How to Live Forever) and Dark Horse Comics.

According to Gotham Group founder and CEO Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, “We’re thrilled to be in business with HarperCollins. Their pre-eminent position in the publishing world and the superlative authors and properties on their roster will make them a perfect content provider for feature film and television outlets.”

HarperCollins Children’s Books is one of the leading publishers of children’s books. Respected worldwide for its tradition of publishing quality books for children, HarperCollins is home to many other classics of children’s literature including Charlotte’s Web, The Chronicles of Narnia, Goodnight Moon, A Light in the Attic and Where the Wild Things Are. HarperCollins Children’s Books is a division of HarperCollins Publishers, one of the leading English-language publishers in the world.

The Gotham Group boasts a roster of over 250 top directors, writers, producers, illustrators, artists and content creators, providing a full range of services in both live action and animated feature film and television including packaging, corporate consulting, strategic career planning, children’s programming, prime time television series, and animated and family entertainment content for emerging new media. Gotham’s clients include John Williams, producer of Shrek; prolific writer/director/producer John Ridley (Three Kings, Undercover Brother); vanguard writers/directors Tim McCanlies (Iron Giant) and David Gordon Green (Confederacy of Dunces); writer John O’Brien (Cradle 2 The Grave); breakthrough CGI director Ralph Zondag (Dinosaur); stop-motion innovator Henry Selick (James and the Giant Peach); and widely celebrated writers Brent Hanley (Frailty); Peter Doyle (Thomas Crown Affair) and Academy Award winner Michael Blake (Dances With Wolves); Paul Germain & Joe Ansolabehere, co-creators of Rugrats (Nickelodeon) and executive producers of Recess (ABC); Emily Kapnek, creator and executive producer of Nickelodeon's As Told by Ginger; Butch Hartman, creator and executive producer of Nickelodeon's top rated series The Fairly OddParents; and Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle, creators and executive producers of Disney's mega-hit Kim Possible.


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