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Random House to Start New Production Company

Press Release from Random House Children's Books and Komixx Entertainment

RHCB and Komixx Entertainment have agreed to create a new company, Random House Children's Screen Entertainment ('RHCSE'), to produce animated and live-action children's and family entertainment for the cinema and television.

RHCSE will be a full-service production house developing and producing screen entertainment exclusively from RHCB published books and characters. Alongside the exploitation of this content, RHCSE will be building relationships with feature film, internet and digital channels, and video game producers, toy manufacturers and other merchandisers.

RHSCE will be jointly owned by Random House and Komixx Entertainment and staffed from the two organisations. Catherine Robins, MD of 2 Sides TV and minority shareholder has assisted with the creation of this new entity and will join RHCSE's management team. At RHCB the venture will be led on a day to day basis by Fiona Macmillan, Colour Publisher.

Philippa Dickinson, Managing Director of RHCB, said "I'm delighted to get this new venture off the ground. It marks a huge step forward in terms of RHCB's ability to provide our authors and licensors with the perfect platform from which we can develop properties in a truly holistic manner -- with regard to traditional and evolving means of delivering content. We are delighted to be working with Komixx and Catherine Robins who bring experience, drive and financing know-how to the operation."

Andrew Cole-Bulgin, Joint-CEO, Komixx Entertainment, added "At a time when original content is at a premium, this is a wonderful opportunity for us to be involved in developing entertainment from one of the largest libraries of original, high-quality children's and family intellectual property. With some of the biggest selling children's books in their catalogue, we look forward to working with Random House and benefitting from their global marketing reach."

Press release via BookTrade.info.

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