Chicken Soup for the Soul

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Chicken Soup for the Soul
Type Private
Industry Publishing
Licensing
Internet
Consumer packaged goods
Entertainment
Founded June 28, 1993[1]
Founder(s) Jack Canfield[2] and Mark Victor Hansen[3]
Headquarters Cos Cob, Connecticut, USA[4]
Area served Worldwide
Key people William J. Rouhana, Jr.[5]
(Chairman & CEO)
Amy Newmark[6]
(Publisher)
Website ChickenSoup.com

Chicken Soup for the Soul is a publishing, consumer goods and media company based in Cos Cob, CT. It is known for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books. Motivational speakers Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen created the first book and founded the company in 1993. The first book, like most subsequent titles in the series, consisted of inspirational, true stories about ordinary people's lives. The book became a major best-seller and something of a social phenomenon.

Today Chicken Soup for the Soul continues publishing its series of books. It also produces consumer goods including lines of comfort foods[7] and pet foods.[8] In 2013, the company announced it would produce a daytime talk show and a movie with Alcon Entertainment.[9]

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Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen collaborated on the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book, compiling inspirational, true stories they had heard. Many of the stories came from members of the audience of their inspirational talks. The book was rejected by major publishers in New York but accepted by a small, self-help publisher in Florida called HCI.[10]

After the success of the first book, Canfield and Hansen, with HCI, published additional, similar Chicken Soup for the Soul titles.[11] Later, they published Chicken Soup for the Soul books for specific demographics, such as Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul, which came out in 1997[12] and was a major best-seller.[13] New Chicken Soup for the Soul titles and sequels to existing books have been published on a regular basis since the first book came out in 1993.[14] As of late 2013, the series included over 200 titles.[15]

In 2008, the founders, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, sold the company to a new ownership group led by William J. Rouhana and Robert D. Jacobs.[16] Since then all new titles have been published by Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC and distributed by Simon & Schuster.[17]

Chicken Soup for the Soul markets a pet food under the brand Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul. In 2013, Chicken Soup for the Soul launched a line of comfort foods. Also in 2013, Chicken Soup for the Soul announced plans for a daytime talk television show and for a movie produced by Alcon Entertainment.[18]

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