Wicked Cow Studios Partners with Diamond Book Distributors

(HUNT VALLEY, Maryland) — (November 15, 2017) —  Diamond Book Distributors has been named the exclusive worldwide distributor for Wicked Cow Studios.

“Diamond is excited to enter into a partnership with Wicked Cow,” said Diamond’s Vice President of Purchasing, Tim Lenaghan. “We look forward to working with them to deliver their products to new audiences. We’re especially excited to represent their diverse line to the book market.”

"With its global reach and inherent understanding of stories that are best told both visually and verbally, Diamond is a perfect distribution partner for Wicked Cow’s franchises. We’re thrilled to be working together,” said Michael Hermann, President and Publisher at Wicked Cow Studios.

Wicked Cow’s content ecosystem begins with book publishing. Wicked Cow optimizes executions for every appropriate channel, to put engaging and immersive properties in front of audiences wherever they are. This allows the Studio to build long-term annuities by securing world-class partnerships around its book content. These partnerships help to co-market, co-produce, and co-promote each vertical, amplifying reach and revenue. By leveraging these stories across multiple channels, we build them into franchises that further the value of our intellectual property and generate powerful, long-term profit centers.

Extensions live in TV, film, digital, live events, museum exhibitions, audio and educational initiatives, and even beyond media into gaming, consumer goods, and more. We match any vertical with any organic opportunity. This introduces the ability to seamlessly partner with retailers, CPGs, and other relevant brands that lend themselves to custom publishing, special sales, and sponsorship opportunities across channels. Additionally, Wicked Cow is Derek Jeter’s co-founding and co-publishing partner in Jeter Publishing, a content studio that includes a joint venture partnership with Simon & Schuster.

Its first Book-Franchise, It’s All in Your Head — the colorful 7.5"×10" paperback is the centerpiece of a fun, illuminating franchise — spanning digital, experiential, broadcast, and beyond—devoted to the awesomeness of your brain, written by Keith Blanchard (The Deed and Johnny Appleseed) released November 2017, and tells the story of what makes up a person’s mind—why you dream, how thoughts are formed, why lying makes you uncomfortable, how music stirs you, and how religion can reconfigure your brain. In 2018, Wicked Cow is launching a graphic novel franchise in collaboration with esteemed criminal justice-reform champion, The Innocence Project.

“We’re excited to have Wicked Cow join DBD,” added Executive Vice President of Diamond Book Distributors, Josh Hayes. “They have a unique vision and voice along with a dedication to producing quality books.”

Current retailers interested in ordering Wicked Cow titles are encouraged to contact their Diamond account representative, while new retailers interested in purchasing Wicked Cow titles should contact Diamond’s New Accounts Department at newaccounts@diamondcomics.com or via phone at 443-318-8001.

ABOUT WICKED COW STUDIOS – Wicked Cow Studios is reinventing the proliferation of content, building original, multiplatform franchises through a publishing-first model, while leveraging its storytelling experience across media platforms. Wicked Cow, in tandem with world-class strategic production and sponsorship partners, optimizes executions for every category to put entertaining and informative productions in front of audiences wherever they are. By leveraging these stories across multiple channels, we build them into franchises that further the value of our intellectual property and generate powerful long-term revenue streams. These extensions live in experiential events, museum exhibitions, audio, educational initiatives, TV, film, and digital executions.

For more than a dozen years and an inspired run in the brand world, Michael Hermann and Wicked Cow created uncommon opportunities for some of the world’s most beloved pop culture brands including management of the Roberto Clemente Estate, the Julius Erving brand, Pelé, Wiffle®, Big League Chew, Maxim, The Notorious B.I.G. Estate, among others. More recently, Michael is Derek Jeter’s co-founding and co-publishing partner in Jeter Publishing, their content studio that includes a joint venture partnership with publishing giant, Simon & Schuster

ABOUT DIAMOND BOOK DISTRIBUTORS —Diamond Book Distributors (DBD) is a division of Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc., and is dedicated to making a wide selection of its graphic novels and other pop-culture merchandise available to bookstores, libraries, schools, mass merchants and more worldwide.  Our team of professionals is committed to helping DBD’s client publishers tell their stories, grow their businesses and reach new customers. We work to provide insight at every stage of the publishing process—from initial concept, to marketing, sales and distribution.

DBD is the home to several world class publishers, including Image Comics, publisher of The Walking Dead, Saga, Monstress, and Spawn; Dynamite Entertainment, publisher of James Bond, Red Sonja, and Vampirella; Valiant Entertainment, publisher of Bloodshot, Ninjak, and X-O Manowar; as well as publishers Gemstone Publishing, Lion Forge Entertainment, Paizo Publishing, Udon Entertainment and others.

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