Nicholas Callaway is an app producer, book publisher, television producer, writer and photographer.
Mr. Callaway is the founder and CEO of Callaway Arts & Entertainment, a cross-platform intellectual property creation studio that publishes high-quality illustrated books, mobile applications, computer-animated television series, and branded lifestyle products. The company's book publishing division, Callaway Editions, specializes in the design, production and publication of high-quality illustrated books on the arts, design, fashion and photography. Titles include: Alfred Stieglitz: Photographs & Writings, Georgia O'Keeffe ’s One Hundred Flowers, Irving Penn’s Passage, 'Madonna' ’s Sex, Diana: Portrait of A Princess, The Art of Make-Up by Kevyn Aucoin, A Nation Challenged: A Visual History of 9/11 and its Aftermath, a series of children's books by Madonna beginning with The English Roses, the Callaway Classics series of fairy tales, and OBAMA: The Historic Journey, co-published with The New York Times.
In 2012, he co-founded and was the CEO, then Chairman of Happy Studio, an interactive digital brand creation company for the development of lifestyle apps for Apple's iOS devices, with headquarters on Union Square in New York City.
The company's first product, Martha Stewart CraftStudio, was released in partnership with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia on June 21, 2012 and was an Editor's Choice in Apple's App Store on launch date. In its first weekend it rose to No. 1 in the lifestyle category in the App Store, and to No. 2 overall. Bringing the physical paper-crafting world of scrapbooking, memory-keeping and photo-embellishment to life on the iPad, Martha Stewart CraftStudio allows crafters and non-crafters of all ages and skill levels to create and customize digital cards, invitations, thank-you notes, scrapbook pages, keepsakes, and more.
Its second brand Makr, a fast, easy and fun mobile-first design tool that empowers designers and makers everywhere, was acquired by Staples in April 2015.
In August 2010, with an investment from Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield, and Byers, Mr. Callaway founded Callaway Digital Arts (CDA), which publishes children’s applications for Apple’s iPad, iPhone, and iPod family of products. All of CDA’s apps have risen to No. 1 in their category in the App Store, including Miss Spider’s Tea Party, Miss Spider’s Bedtime Story, Sesame Street’s The Monster at the End of This Book and Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue, and the early learning literacy and numeracy series, Endless Alphabet.
In 1994, Mr. Callaway published Miss Spider's Tea Party by David Kirk, which has sold 5 million copies worldwide. Subsequently, Nicholas Callaway and David Kirk founded Callaway & Kirk Company LLC, which is dedicated exclusively to the creations of David Kirk. Other products include: more than seventy Miss Spider titles; the CGI Nova the Robot book series; the Sunny Patch line of children's lifestyle products featured at Target stores for 7 years and subsequently acquired by the educational toy company Melissa & Doug; and Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends, a 3-D computer-animated television series that has aired on Nick Jr. in the US and in many other countries around the world since its debut in 2005.
Nicholas Callaway graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Classics and Fine Arts, where he studied with Robert Fitzgerald and Emily Vermeule. He undertook early fine art photography and design studies at MIT with the founder of Aperture, Minor White, with designer Muriel Cooper, and with portrait photographer Wendy Snyder McNeil.
From 1977-1979 Mr, Callaway was the first director of Galerie Zabriskie in Paris, where he curated and mounted many landmark photography exhibitions, (many for the first time in Europe) including Harry Callahan, Lee Friedlander, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Atget, Berenice Abbott, Ansel Adams, William Klein, Man Ray and others. His final exhibition, French Avant Garde Photography Between the Wars, rediscovered for the first time such luminaries as Brassaï, Dora Maar, Claude Cahun, Eli Lotar, Germaine Krull, Roger Parry, Maurice Tabard, Jean Moral, Moï-Ver and others.
Mr. Callaway's photographs and writings have been published in Aperture (cover of Octave of Prayer, 1972 and Celebrations, 1975), Departures magazine and Vanity Fair.
- Happy's website
- article from PRNewswire, June 21, 2012
- His website
- Nicholas Callaway article from The New York Sun, April 19, 2005 on the Business section
- Bringing Art to the Masses How Madonna and Miss Spider made Ely Callaway's son a success article from Fortune Small Business, December 2003
- Interview With Nicholas Callaway CNN Sunday Morning aired September 14, 2003
- Nicholas Callaway article from Graphis, March/April 2001
- Nicholas Callaway, book publisher article from Print, March-April 1998