-- Agreement Marks 30 Years of Publishing History Between the Companies
-- Titles to be Published Simultaneously in Print and Digital Formats
NEW YORK, June 29, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. (NYSE: MSO) and Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group at Random House, Inc., today announced an extension of their long-time collaboration with a new agreement to publish 12 books through 2016. All titles are expected to be published simultaneously in print and digital formats.
Clarkson Potter, the leading lifestyle and cookbook publisher, has published nearly 70 books with Martha Stewart since 1982, with approximately 20 million copies currently in print.
One of the first books to be published under the new agreement will be Martha Stewart's Cakes, a follow-up to her bestselling baking titles, including Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook (2005), Martha Stewart's Cookies (2008), Martha Stewart's Cupcakes (2009), and Martha Stewart's New Pies & Tarts (2011), which spent a collective 36 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. Additional titles are expected to focus on cooking, crafting, and organizing.
Clarkson Potter and Martha Stewart have been publishing bestsellers together for nearly 30 years, beginning with the landmark lifestyle and cooking book, Entertaining, in 1982. The partnership will come full circle this fall with Martha's Entertaining, an eagerly awaited and highly personal guide that will be the author's first book dedicated exclusively to the subject of entertaining since the publication of Entertaining. Over the years, the two companies have collaborated on numerous noteworthy and influential titles, including Martha Stewart's Gardening, Martha Stewart Weddings and Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook.
Martha Stewart, Founder of MSLO, stated: "Our relationship with Clarkson Potter/Publishers has been very productive and I am happy that we will continue our collaboration with this new 12-book agreement. We are already hard at work on Martha Stewart's Cakes, which will provide readers with clearly written, carefully tested recipes that home cooks know they can trust and rely on for delicious results."
"Martha Stewart and Clarkson Potter have enjoyed a long and successful creative partnership and we are proud to be Martha Stewart's career-long publisher. With an aesthetic and vision that are unmatched, Martha remains the cornerstone of the lifestyle category, and our collaboration continues to reflect that quality and creativity," said Lauren Shakely, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Clarkson Potter/Publishers.
About Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (NYSE: MSO) is a diversified media and merchandising company, inspiring and engaging consumers with unique lifestyle content and distinctive products. The Publishing segment encompasses the company's print and digital businesses and is comprised of four magazines, including MSLO's flagship publication, Martha Stewart Living, periodic special issues, books, websites, digital apps, blogs, and more. The Broadcasting segment produces the Emmy-winning, daily television series, "The Martha Stewart Show," and other original programming on Hallmark Channel, including "Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn." Broadcasting also encompasses Martha Stewart Living Radio on SIRIUS XM Channel 110. In addition to its media properties, MSLO offers high-quality Martha Stewart products through licensing agreements with carefully selected companies, including the Martha Stewart Collection exclusively at Macy's, the Martha Stewart Living line of home-improvement products at The Home Depot, Martha Stewart Crafts with EK Success at Michaels, Jo-Ann Fabric, and independent retailers, the Martha Stewart Pets line at PetSmart. In 2008, Emeril Lagasse joined the Martha Stewart family of brands; MSLO acquired the assets related to Lagasse's media and merchandising business, including television programming, cookbooks, and emerils.com website and his licensed kitchen and food products. For additional information about MSLO, visit http://www.marthastewart.com/.
About Clarkson Potter/Publishers
Clarkson Potter/Publishers is an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group division of Random House, Inc., whose parent company is Bertelsmann AG.
SOURCE Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.