The Egmont Group (formerly The Gutenberghus Group) is a Danish media corporation founded and rooted in Copenhagen, Denmark. The business area of Egmont has traditionally been magazine publishing but has over the years evolved to comprise mass media generally.
|Founder||Egmont H. Petersen|
|Steffen Kragh, President & CEO|
Steen Riisgaard, Chairman
|Products||Books, Magazines, Film, Cinemas, Interactive media, Television|
|Revenue||€1,551 million (2014)|
|€131 million (2014)|
|Total equity||€704 million (2014)|
Number of employees
History and profileEdit
The Egmont Group was founded by Egmont Harald Petersen in 1878 as a one-man printing business, but soon became a magazine business. It was originally called "P. Petersen, Printers", named after Petersen's mother, as he was still too young at the time to register his own company. The company was renamed Gutenberghus in 1914 (after the famous inventor of the printing press), a name it kept until 1992.
Since 1948 Gutenberghus, looking for new opportunities, sent its editor Dan Folke to Walt Disney Productions, and he managed to acquire a license for publishing comic magazines in Scandinavia. In 1948 the company started to publish a Donald Duck comic magazine in Sweden (as Kalle Anka & C:o) and Norway (as Donald Duck & C:o), in 1949 also in Denmark (as Anders And & C:o). This magazine features all the well known Disney characters, from Mickey Mouse to Little Hiawatha under license from Disney.
With the acquisition in 1963 of the Danish publisher Aschehoug, Egmont also entered the book market. From the late 1980s the Egmont Group used the close connection with Disney to expand their Scandinavian focus to a global focus, being the producer of Disney for the new Eastern European market, as well as for the Chinese market. In 1991, Egmont was co-founder of the Norwegian television channel TV 2, before buying it outright in 2012. In 1992, Egmont bought Nordisk Film. In 1998 Egmont acquired the children's book catalogue of Reed Elsevier.
Egmont has a number of local country branches: Australia, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, and United Kingdom.
Egmont is one of Scandinavia's leading media groups producing weeklies, magazines, comics, books, educational materials, activity products, movies and TV programs. The media group also operates movie theatres and TV stations, and the Egmont name is behind interactive games, game consoles, music and a wide range of digital media. Egmont publishes media in more than 30 countries, has 6,300 employees and generates revenue amounting to EUR 1.5 billion in 2014.
Egmont UK publishes books and magazines for children in the United Kingdom. It is the largest dedicated children's publisher in the UK. The Head Office is in London. In May 2020, Egmont UK was sold to HarperCollins.
Egmont UK's book list includes fiction novels, illustrated picture books, pop up and novelty books, fantasy adventures, annuals, colouring, activity and sticker books as well and Egmont's own Reading Ladder (for five- to nine-year-olds). Egmont also has a number of young adult fiction, award-winners, classics and epic tales.
The Fiction list includes work from such award-winning authors as Andy Stanton, Jim Smith (author), Michael Morpurgo, Lemony Snickett, Jamila Gavin and David Levithan. Electric Monkey is Egmont's dedicated Young Adult imprint and authors published include Elizabeth Acevedo, Michael Grant (author, born 1954), Andrew A. Smith, Tahereh Mafi and Holly Jackson.
The Picture Book list includes work from authors such as Julia Donaldson, Kristina Stephenson, Michael Morpurgo and John Dougherty (author). Classic stories published by Egmont UK include The Velveteen Rabbit, The Little Prince and The Wind in the Willows. Authors on the non-fiction Red Shed imprint include Chris Packham and Laura Coryton.
The Brands & Licensing books list includes titles from the following brands:
- Disney Princess
- Fireman Sam
- Little People
- Frozen (franchise)
- Mr. Men & Little Miss':
- My Little Pony
- Elinor Wonders Why
- Power Rangers
- Rubik's Cube
- Ryan's World
- Rupert Bear
- Something Special (TV series)
- Star Wars
- Thomas and Friends
- Toy Story
- The Adventures of Tintin
- Ready Set Learn
- Dora the Explorer
- Lizzie McGuire
- Even Stevens
- The Jersey
- In A Heartbeat
- Flying Rhino Junior High
- Blue's Clues
- Willa's Wild Life
Egmont offer a range of Personalised books through their website.
The Dean imprint (Dean & Son) offers consumer-led, bespoke publishing direct to retailers.
In 1991, Egmont purchased the Fleetway arm of IPC Media in the UK from a company owned by Robert Maxwell, and merged it with their existing comics publishing division, London Editions, and thus became Britain's largest comic book publisher. The resultant company, Fleetway Editions, was absorbed into the main Egmont brand by 2000, having largely divested itself of its original portfolio (such as 2000 AD) and continued with only reprint and licensed material titles (e.g. Sonic The Comic). The Fleetway archive comprises those comics characters first published by IPC subsidiaries on or after 1 January 1970, together with 26 specifically named characters first published in Buster before that date. In August 2016, The IPC/Fleetway library was sold to Rebellion Developments, who had previously acquired 2000 AD.
Egmont is a commercial foundation with a charitable wing. The founder's last will and testament paved the way for Egmont's charitable work to support social, cultural and scientific causes. As a foundation, Egmont helps improve children's and young people's quality of life, donating more than EUR 235 million to social, cultural and health projects since 1920.
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