Thursday 24th January 2013

New international agents appointed for Paddington Bearô

The Paddington Bear international licensing program is being further strengthened by the appointment of new agents.

New representation for Paddington includes STUDIOCANAL in France, Lizenzwerft in Germany and Edebé Licensing for Spain and Portugal. Bulls Press has renewed its agency agreement for Scandinavia and in the US Copyrights are working with Lindberg Marketing.

In Asia Paddington will continue to be represented by RM Enterprises and in Japan by Copyrights Asia.

The Copyrights Group will continue to manage the rights and oversee all Paddington Bear merchandising worldwide.

Nicholas Durbridge, Chairman at The Copyrights Group said, "We are delighted to be following on from Paddington's huge success in 2012 with the appointment of new agents worldwide.

"Paddington's international profile is already strong and bringing new agents on board will ensure ongoing growth and continued success in these important markets".

PADDINGTON BEAR™ © Paddington & Co. Ltd. 2013
Licensed by Copyrights

Notes to Editors

For 55 years, British-born writer Michael Bond has been entertaining children all over the world with his stories of Paddington Bear, the marmalade-loving, duffel-coat-wearing, Wellington-booted bear from Darkest Peru. Since the first book, A Bear Called Paddington, was published by HarperCollins in 1958, a further 13 full-length novels and countless other formats have been published. Paddington’s adventures have been adapted several times for the small screen, most notably by Michael Bond himself, in collaboration with Ivor Wood and FilmFair, for the BBC and HBO in the 1970s and 80s. In recognition of Paddington’s extraordinary popularity and success, Michael Bond was awarded the OBE for services to children’s literature in 1997.

The brand’s longevity and the character’s extraordinary appeal are felt by boys, girls, mums, dads and grandparents everywhere. Today, with over 70 titles available in 40 languages and more than 100 countries, book sales are in excess of 35 million.

For further information contact:
Polly Emery at The Copyrights Group – polly@copyrights.co.uk
Jane Slatter at Amaze Marketing – 023 9224 1333 / 07736819341, jane@amazemarketing.co.uk

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