Workman Publishing and Wonder-Shirts Join Growing Downton Abbey™ Licensing Roster
NEW YORK (October 23, 2012) – Knockout Licensing Co-Presidents Carole Postal and Tamra Knepfer today announced Workman Publishing Company (www.workman.com) and Wonder-Shirts (www.wonder-shirts.com) as the two newest U.S. licensees for Downton Abbey™.
Workman will produce and sell a Downton Abbey 2013 Engagement Diary featuring images and lines of dialogue from the popular and award-winning television series.
Workman Calendar Publisher Janet Harris commented: “Nothing beats Downton Abbey for its sheer entertainment value, and this elegant, week-at-a-glance datebook celebrates the series with dozens of full-color photographs and quotes. It’s the perfect gift—and just in time to mark the U.S. premiere of Season 3.”
Wonder-Shirts will manufacture and market a line of Downton Abbey t-shirts and tote bags, available online and via catalogs in time for holiday shopping from Signals (www.signals.com) and PBS (www.shoppbs.org) among other retailers.
Wonder-Shirts President Matthew Mohr added: “We are working closely with the Downton Abbey licensing team and retailers to make sure there’s a wide range of great Downton Abbey designs available for fans this holiday.”
Knockout Licensing is actively seeking additional licensing partners for product categories including men’s and women’s apparel, hats, formalwear, accessories, and jewelry as well as housewares, tableware, linens, home furnishings and more.
About Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey is a Primetime Emmy™ and Golden Globe™ award-winning British television series produced by Carnival Films, a division of NBCUniversal International Television Production – now entering its third season. The drama is screened in the U.S. on PBS/MASTERPIECE and is transmitted to more than 200 other territories around the world. In February 2012, 5.4 million viewers watched the final episode of Season Two making Downton Abbey PBS’s most-watched program since the 2009 Ken Burns documentary “National Parks”. Season Three of Downton Abbey is scheduled to debut on PBS on 6 January 2013.
About Workman Publishing
Workman Publishing, founded in 1968, is an independent publisher of adult and juvenile trade books, as well as the Original Page-a-Day® Calendars. Known for its innovations in stretching the boundaries of traditional books and calendars, combined with intensive and creative marketing, Workman’s string of unexpected bestsellers begins with B. Kliban’s Cat, through The Official Preppy Handbook, The Silver Palate Cookbooks, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Brain Quest® and 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.
Wonder-Shirts is an Ohio-based manufacturer of top-quality screen printed t-shirts, sweatshirts, and tote bags. Founded in 1980, with a flair for products featuring the work of some of the best illustrators in the world of children’s literature, the company (then known as Kidstamps) quickly built a strong reputation and following among parents, kids, grandparents, teachers, librarians, and others who take joy in the written word. Prominent artists include: Edward Gorey, Mo Willems, and Judy Schachner among many others. The company (known as Wonder-Shirts since 2002) is committed to promoting the joys of art, literature, and learning as reflected by its growing range of witty, whimsical and wonderful products for both children and adults.
About Knockout Licensing
Knockout Licensing (www.knockoutlicensing.com) is a full-service licensing agency for big-name brands. Knockout was formed as a joint venture in 2012 with Carole Postal, President of CopCorp Licensing, and Tamra Knepfer, President of TK Brand Group, combining forces as Co-Presidents. Together Postal and Knepfer bring decades of combined experience to their agency.