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Peanuts to be syndicated by Universal
Universal Uclick has announced that this February they will be the syndicating Charles Schulz’ classic comic strip Peanuts. The acquisition was made possible after the Schulz family formed Peanuts Worldwide LLC, a joint venture owned 80% by Iconix Brand Group, Inc. and 20% by members of the family, and purchased the copyrights from United Media.
Jean Schulz, widow of Charles M. Schulz, commented, “After recently acquiring my husband’s copyrights with Iconix, we are pleased to be moving the syndication of the Peanuts comic strip to such a top industry player, especially since Universal has been such a long time publishing partner to the brand. We look forward to Universal’s syndication of the Peanuts comic strip into traditional and new media applications so a new generation of readers and viewers can enjoy the message of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and all the Peanuts characters.”
Universal is one of the largest and most successful syndicates. In addition to making Peanuts available to newspapers, Universal offers printing (books, calendars) through Andrews McMeel, and a growing stable of offerings through mobile and the internet.
On October 2, 1950 the Peanuts comic strip launched in seven American newspapers. It still appears in over 2,200 newspapers, in 75 countries and 21 languages.