|Industry||News articles, News Columns, Comics|
|Founded||February 15, 1987|
|Founder(s)||Richard S. Newcombe|
|Headquarters||Hermosa Beach, CA, USA|
Richard S. Newcombe - Founder/ CEO Jack Newcombe - President/ General Manager Marianne Sugawara - Vice President of OperationsMelissa Lin - Vice President of Business Affairs
Creators Syndicate (a.k.a. Creators) is an American independent distributor of comic strips and syndicated columns to daily newspapers. When founded in 1987, Creators Syndicate was the second major independent syndicate founded since the 1930s and was among several syndicates to allow its clients to maintain creative control over their material. Creators Syndicate is based in Hermosa Beach, California.
Creators Syndicate originated on February 15, 1987 after the December 24, 1986 announced sale of the Irvine, California based News America Syndicate to King Features Syndicate, a print syndication company owned by The Hearst Corporation. The pending sale of News America Syndicate, which was first reported by Advertising Age in October 1986, prompted 36-year-old News America Syndicate (NAS) president Richard S. Newcombe to leave NAS in January 1987 and use financial backing from London-based publisher Robert Maxwell to form Creators Syndicate after the February 14th close of the NAS' sale. Ann Landers, then the world's best read and most widely syndicated newspaper columnist, also announced that she was leaving NAS to join the newly formed Creators Syndicate. Within a month, Creators Syndicate acquired the syndication rights to the daily American comic strip B.C., and a few months after that acquired the syndication rights to the cartoon works of Herblock, an American editorial cartoonist and author best known for his commentary on national domestic and foreign policy from a liberal perspective. Creators Syndicate's primary enticement to each of these artists was a promise of a shorter contract -- well less than the standard industry 20 year period -- and retention of copyright ownership over their work.
- "Popular Advice Columnist Ann Landers Joins Tribune". Chicago Tribune. February 13, 1987. p. 4. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
- Jeff Rowe (October 16, 1986). "Murdoch News America Group Is Up for Sale". Los Angeles Times. p. 4F. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
- United Press International (October 21, 1986). "2 New York Papers Deny Merger Rumor". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. p. 2D. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
- David Astor (January 17, 1987). "Richard S. Newcombe leaves top exec post at NAS". Editor & Publisher 120: 46.
- Katina Alexander (June 14, 1987). "A Superhero For Cartoonists?". New York Times. p. 34. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
- David Astor (February 14, 1987). "King-News America deal finalized". Editor & Publisher 120: 58.
- Thomas Collins (April 26, 1987). "A boss who lets artists own the comics competitors call him a raider, 'but that implies that the talent is a caravan of slaves,' says the head of a new syndicate.". Newsday. p. 16. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
- Jim Hays (May 29, 2008). "Creators Syndicate buys Copley News Service". The Oregonian. Business News. Retrieved August 18, 2012.