F+W Media Acquires The Writers Store

Adds eCommerce store, Event and Educational Offerings to F+W portfolio

NEW YORK – July 18, 2011 – F+W Media, Inc. (www.fwmedia.com) announced today the acquisition of The Writers Store, the largest reseller of third-party writing and filmmaking tools worldwide. The acquisition further cements F+W as the industry leader in serving writers, while expanding its niche vertical Community to promising and professional filmmakers and screenwriters. The Writers Store portfolio includes its eCommerce store www. WritersStore.com, the premier resource for writing and filmmaking tools, specialized educational programs, events, and a retail location based in Burbank, CA. F+W was represented by DeSilva + Phillips, LLC.

“This acquisition further solidifies F+W Media’s aggressive stance in the eCommerce portion of our business,” said David Nussbaum, Chairman and CEO, F+W Media, “as we now have 26 estores, which combine offerings as diverse as software and books to online education and DVDs to VIP memberships and offers that can only be found exclusively in our stores.  The Writers Store fits neatly into our company mantra, as we focus on community, content, curation and commerce.”

“Joining forces with F+W Media allows us to provide an even greater value to professional and aspiring writers,” said Jesse Douma, President of The Writers Store. “With our current roster of tools and original services combined with their host of exclusive products, writers and filmmakers truly have a one-stop shop for all their creative needs.”

“Serving a specialized segment of the larger Writing Community, this acquisition allows us to add a compelling product extension to our current Writer’s Digest Writing Community and show immediate positive impact to our existing business,” added Nussbaum. “We are excited to introduce more than 150,000 new consumers to the F+W portfolio of products and services, while offering our current consumers the specialized screenwriting focus only The Writers Store can offer. And we are honored to welcome Jesse and his team to the F+W family.”

The Writers Store is the largest reseller of third-party writing and filmmaking tools worldwide. The Burbank-based company also develops content, courses, services, and specialty software, and hosts four popular websites and an active 13,000+ and growing Facebook community. Launched in 1982 as a privately-owned store-front focused on building customized computer systems for writers, it has since grown to become the most respected name in the Industry, with an international reputation for its services, and a long list of devoted clientele. www.WritersStore.com

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Contact: Stacie Berger, Communications Director, sberger@fwmedia.com