F&W Media International, UK Subsidiary of F+W Media Inc. USA, will take over English language edition sales and distribution of the Italian publisher, White Star Publishers, affiliate of the De Agostini Group, for the UK and Eire effective 1st April 2011 via G.B.S. distribution. All White Star other markets Export distribution will remain at Orca Book Services.
White Star CEO Andrea Pasquino said: “We are thrilled to start this new strategic partnership with F&W Media International for reinforcing our commercial presence in the UK market and to capture new sales and distribution opportunities. Thanks to F&W’s extremely focused and highly professional marketing approach, we expect to accelerate the growth of our sales, leveraging on our wide catalogue of high quality illustrated books, ranging across Art to Archaeology, Nature, Travel, Photography, Music Architecture and Design.”
F&W Media International Sales and New Business Director, Richard Dodman, said :
“We are absolutely delighted to create this new partnership with White Star as a leading illustrated international publisher with global categories of terrific commercial appeal to the English language market. Our unique third party client model entailing outright stock purchasing will provide a full front and back list White Star range for customers from our distribution platform at G.B.S. The White Star list has tremendous assets to offer our 4,000 UK and Eire customers across the spectrum of traditional, specialist and nontraditional channels. Our expertise in online account management, together with digital asset development, will be brought to play fully around this new client addition as further evidence of the opportunities F&W Media International can provide.”
Highlights of our White Star Fall 2011 launch list include co-editions of the 50th Anniversary tie-in “Rolling Stones 50 Years of Rock” by Howard Kramer of the “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame” (Sep) and the illustrated biography of the eternally popular “Madonna” by Daryl Easlea and Eddi Fiegel.