Penguin Random House Enterprises is delighted to announce a new working partnership with licensing agency Start Licensing to begin immediately.
Ian Downes and Karen Addison from Start Licensing will represent Penguin Random House Enterprises’ roster of brands while Katy Shea (Licensing Executive, Penguin Random House Enterprises) is on maternity leave. Start Licensing have a long and proven record of working as consultants with companies in the licensing world, including the National Gallery Company, Guinness World of Records and, most recently, Penguin Ventures, also part of the Penguin Random House Group.
Start Licensing will represent brands that originate from IP within Penguin Random House’s adult publishing companies: Matt Sewell’s Birds, Swallows & Amazons, Love Sick by Jessie Cave and Daria Song’s adult colouring books.
Jo Edwards, Head of Penguin Random House Enterprises, said: “I am delighted to be working with Ian and Karen as they take on the management of our existing licensees and look to bring in new business for our brands. They have done a wonderful job over the past year working with our colleagues at Penguin Ventures and, with their tremendous experience and track record within the licensing industry, I have no doubt that they will help us take our brands to new levels in the coming months.”
Ian Downes, Start Licensing said: “We are delighted to be working with Penguin Random House Enterprises. Their portfolio of rights is founded on success in the publishing sector, which provides a great anchor point for licensing. We are looking forward to working on these properties and helping to grow their presence in the licensing marketplace. They offer a great opportunity for licensees and retailers to work in original and innovative ways.”