Andrews McMeel Universal
KANSAS CITY, MO (October 14, 2019) – Andrews McMeel Publishing (AMP) has entered an agreement with ABRAMS to print and distribute their calendar program beginning with the 2021 calendar season, publishing July 2020. The agreement was announced by Kirsty Melville, AMP president and publisher. Approximately 40 calendar titles will be sold for the 2021 season. Under the agreement, ABRAMS will handle sales and returns of their current 2020 calendars until April 3, 2020.
The ABRAMS calendar program features bestselling titles across a range of popular categories, including entertainment, art, lifestyle and travel, and animals and pets. The 2021 list includes such titles as The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario, Pokémon, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, William Wegman, the Metropolitan Museum of Art calendar line, and many other perennial favorites.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with ABRAMS to ensure optimal distribution for their calendars through a variety of retail channels,” said Melville. “Their exceptional selection, including their renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art program, has inspired consumers for decades. Their program complements our own seamlessly, and we look forward to working with them to build the business together.”
“Andrews McMeel is one of the leaders in calendar publishing, and we’re thrilled to be working with their expert team to expand our existing ABRAMS market presence. We’re excited to enter into new sales channels and to grow the ABRAMS calendar business,” said Michael Jacobs, CEO of ABRAMS. “We’re especially looking forward to the exciting opportunities this new partnership presents.”
Andrews McMeel Publishing (AMP), a division of Andrews McMeel Universal (AMU), is the nation’s top-selling calendar publisher, featuring calendar formats including wall, mini-wall, engagement, desk, day-to-day, planners, and undated planners in a variety of formats. Renowned properties include Dilbert, Disney, Thomas Kinkade, Mary Engelbreit, Jeopardy!, and You Are a Badass, among other titles. A leader in the industry, AMU specializes in comics, illustrated humor, and inspirational content, with a remarkable roster of talent across syndication; book, calendar, and greeting card publishing; digital consumer experiences; and entertainment licensing.
It is home to some of the most iconic and beloved comics in the industry, including the classics Calvin and Hobbes, Doonesbury, Peanuts, The Far Side®, Garfield, and Dilbert, and contemporary favorites such as Sarah’s Scribbles, Breaking Cat News, and Phoebe and Her Unicorn. Creators include dozens of #1 New York Times bestselling authors (including global poetry sensation Rupi Kaur), and multiple Pulitzer Prize–, Reuben Award–, and Emmy Award–winners.
ABRAMS was the first company in the United States to specialize in publishing art and illustrated books. The company continues to publish critically acclaimed and bestselling works in the areas of art, photography, cooking, craft, comics, interior and garden design, entertainment, fashion, and popular culture as well as narrative nonfiction and new works of fiction for adults; children’s books ranging from middle grade to young adult fiction to picture books to board books. ABRAMS creates and distributes brilliantly designed books with the highest production values under the following imprints: Abrams; Abrams ComicArts; Abrams Image; Abrams Press; The Overlook Press; Abrams Books for Young Readers; Amulet Books; Abrams Appleseed; and a gift and stationery line, Abrams Noterie. ABRAMS also distributes books for Booth-Clibborn Editions, Cameron + Company, Alain Ducasse Édition, Getty Publications, Ludion, Lucky Spool, The Museum of Modern Art, Obvious State, SelfMadeHero, Tate Publishing, V&A Publishing, and The Vendome Press.