Parachute Publishing

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Parachute Companies
Type Private
Industry Publishing, Printing, Media
Founded 1983
Founders Jane Stine & Joan Waricha
Headquarters 156 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010 USA
(212)691-1422 office
(212)645-8769 fax
Area served World
Key people Joan Waricha CEO/Chairman
Jane Stine Co-Chairman
Susan Knopf Sr VP Marketing
Susan Lurie Sr VP/Publisher
Products Books, CDs, DVDs, tv series, specialty films
Services creates & produces: original fiction (preschool to young adult), nonfiction & book-plus projects; licensed books based on media properties; titles for education market; series for television, products for theme park attractions, videos & DVDs
Parent Parachute Properties
Divisions Parachute Publishing
Parachute Entertainment
Parachute Consumer Products
Subsidiaries Parachute Press
Website www.parachutepublishing.com

Parachute Press is a division of Parachute Publishing, a packager of book series for children and teenagers. The four women listed as the company's principals are all themselves authors of children's books (among others), and Jane Stine[1] is married to R. L. Stine. The press first gained notice with the 1989 publication of R. L. Stine's Fear Street series, followed in 1992 by the release of the first of Stine's Goosebumps series.

Since that time the Parachute "umbrella" has expanded, and Parachute Press (as Parachute Publishing) has become a division of Parachute Properties, an "international company that comprises children’s, teen, and adult publishing, entertainment, and consumer products".[2] Most of Parachute's literary products are produced under license for other publishing houses including HarperCollins.[3]

Titles[edit]

Parachute still produces series written by its most successful author, R.L. Stine, including Dangerous Girls, Dangerous Girls 2, Mostly Ghostly and Beware! R.L. Stine Picks His Favorite Scary Stories. In 2003 all rights to his most famous series, Goosebumps, were acquired by Scholastic Corporation.[4]

Some of Parachute's other continuing series:

The New Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley
Mary-Kate and Ashley: Graduation Summer
Mary-Kate & Ashley Starring-In...
Thomas Kinkade: Cape Light and Home Song
Thomas Kinkade: The Girls of Lighthouse Lane
Full House: Dear Michelle
Two of a Kind
So Little Time
The Nightmare Room
Confessions of a Teen Nanny
The Dating Game
The Party Room

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brisbane Writers Festival website, "Jane Stine"
    http://www.brisbanewritersfestival.com.au/2006/content/standardnew.asp?name=StineJ
  2. ^ American Book Producers, Member Directory entry for Parachute Publishing, LLC
    http://abpaonline.org/memlist_parachute.html
  3. ^ "Joan Waricha from HarperCollins Publishers"
    http://www.harpercollins.com/authors/21714/Joan_Waricha/index.aspx
  4. ^ "Scholastic to launch bone-chilling new book series"
    http://www.scholastic.com/aboutscholastic/news/press_05172007_CP.htm