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|United Media Enterprises|
|Fate||merged into Universal Uclick|
|Founded||1978, as the merger of United Features and NEA|
|Headquarters||United States, Chicago|
|Services||editorial columns and comic strips|
|Parent||E. W. Scripps Company|
|Divisions||Newspaper Enterprise Association (est. 1902)|
United Feature Syndicate (est. 1919)
United Media was a large editorial column and comic strip newspaper syndication service based in the United States, owned by the E. W. Scripps Company, that operated from 1978 to 2011. It syndicated 150 comics and editorial columns worldwide. Its core businesses were the United Feature Syndicate and the Newspaper Enterprise Association.
E. W. Scripps started his newspaper career in the 1885, and owned 22 newspapers by 1910. In 1897, he created two companies, the Scripps-McRae Press Association and the Scripps News Association. In 1907, he combined a number of news providers into United Press Associations as a rival to Associated Press.
On June 2, 1902, the new Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), based in Cleveland, Ohio, started as a news report service for different Scripps-owned newspapers. It started selling content to non-Scripps owned newspapers in 1907, and by 1909, it became a more general syndicate, offering comics, pictures and features as well. At that time, it had some 100 features available.
United Feature Syndicate was formed in 1919. In March 1930, United Features acquired the Metropolitan Newspaper Service (established in 1919 by Metropolitan Magazine, and later affiliated with the Bell Syndicate). And in late February 1931, Scripps acquired the New York World, which controlled the syndication arms of the Pulitzer company: World Feature Service and Press Publishing Co. (which unlike other syndicates were owned by the paper rather than being separate entities). An April 1933 article in Fortune described United Feature as one of the "Big Four" American syndicates (along with King Features Syndicate, Chicago Tribune Syndicate, and the Bell Syndicate). United Features and NEA both became successful distributors of newspaper comics in the 1930s.
In 1994, Jim Davis's company, Paws, Inc., purchased the rights to Garfield (including the strips from 1978 to 1993) from United Feature. The strip is currently distributed by Universal Press Syndicate, while rights for the strip remain with Paws.
On February 24, 2011, United Media struck a distribution deal with Universal Uclick (now known as Andrews McMeel Syndication) for syndication of the company's 150 comic strip and news features, which became effective on June 1 of that year. Of the more than 40 comic strips United Media transferred to Universal Uclick, about 75% of them were United Features strips (as opposed to Newspaper Enterprise Association strips).
Syndicated comic strips before June 1, 2011
- 9 Chickweed Lane by Brooke McEldowney (United Features, est. 1993)
- Alley Oop originally by V. T. Hamlin (NEA, est. 1932)
- Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson (NEA, est. 1985)
- Betty by Gary Delainey and Gerry Rasmussen (United Features, est. 1991)
- Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce (NEA, est. 1991)
- The Born Loser by Art Sansom (NEA, est. 1965)
- Brevity originally by Guy Endore-Kaiser and Rodd Perr (est. 2005)
- The Buckets originally by Scott Stantis (United Features, est. 1994) — picked up from Tribune Media Services
- Cow and Boy by Mark Leiknes (United Features, 2006–2012)
- Drabble by Kevin Fagan (NEA, est. 1979)
- F Minus by Tony Carrillo (United Features, est. 2006)
- Family Tree by Signe Wilkinson (United Features, January 1, 2008 – August 27, 2011)
- Ferd'nand by Henning Dahl Mikkelsen (United Features, 1937–2012)
- Frank and Ernest originally by Bob Thaves (NEA, est. 1972)
- Frazz by Jef Mallett (United Features, est. 2001)
- Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley (United Features, est. 1999)
- Graffiti by Gene Mora (United Features, est. May 3, 2011)
- Grand Avenue originally by Mike Thompson (United Features, est. 1999)
- The Grizzwells by Bill Schorr (est. 1987)
- Health Capsules originally by Dr. Michael Petti and Jud Hurd; then by Bron Smith (United Features, est. 1961)
- Herman by Jim Unger (United Features, 1975–1992, 1997–2012)
- Jump Start by Robb Armstrong (United Features, est. 1989)
- KidSpot by Dan Thompson (est. May 3, 2011)
- Kit 'n' Carlyle by Larry Wright (NEA, 1980–2015)
- The Knight Life by Keith Knight (est. 2008)
- Lola by Todd Clark (United Features, est. 1999) — came over from Tribune Media Services
- Luann by Greg Evans (United Features, est. 1985) — came over from North America Syndicate
- Marmaduke originally by Brad Anderson (United Features, est. 1954) – came over from National Newspaper Syndicate in c. 1970
- Moderately Confused by Jeff Stahler (NEA, est. 2003)
- Monty by Jim Meddick (United Features, est. 1985) — originally titled Robotman
- Nancy originally by Ernie Bushmiller (United Features, est. 1938)
- Off the Mark by Mark Parisi (United Features, est. 1987)
- Over the Hedge by Michael Fry & by T. Lewis (United Features, est. 1995)
- Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis (United Features, est. 2001)
- Prickly City by Scott Stantis (United Features, est. 2004)
- Reality Check by Dave Whamond (United Features, est. 1995)
- Rip Haywire by Dan Thompson (United Features, est. 2009)
- Ripley's Believe It or Not! (United Features, est. 1918) — came over from King Features Syndicate
- Rose Is Rose by Pat Brady (United Features, est. 1984)
- Shortcuts by Jeff Harris (United Features, est. August 30, 1999)
- Soup to Nutz by Rick Stromoski (NEA, 2000–2018)
- Tarzan of the Apes originally by Hal Foster (United Features, est. 1929)
- Uncle Art's Funland originally by Art Nugent (United Features, est. 1933)
- World of Wonder by Laurie Triefeldt (United Features, est. 2000)
Syndicated editorial cartoons
- Robert Ariail
- Matt Bors
- Bill Day
- Jerry Holbert
- Mike Lester
- Henry Payne
- Rob Rogers
- Bill Schorr
- Jeff Stahler
- Ed Stein
These are published on GoComics:
- Jane's World by Paige Braddock
- Minimum Security by Stephanie McMillan
- Working Daze written by John Zakour
- A+ Advice for Parents Helping Your Child Succeed in School by Leanna Landsmann
- The Aces on Bridge by Bobby Wolff
- Among Friends by Tad Bartimus
- Animal Doctor by Michael Fox, D.V.M.
- Ask Mr. Know-It-All by Gary Lee Clothier
- Astro-Graph by Bernice Bede Osol
- From Consumer Reports
- Cook Well, Eat Well by Dana Carpender
- Desperation Dinners by Beverly Mills and Alicia Ross (columnist)
- Eat in and Save by Marialisa Calta
- First Aid for the Ailing House by Henri deMarne
- Frugal Living by Sara Noel
- Dr. Gott by Peter Gott
- Harper's Magazine
- The Harvard Medical School Adviser
- The Housing Scene by Lew Sichelman
- Dick Kleiner
- Morton Kondracke
- Donald Lambro
- Kathryn Jean Lopez
- Gene Lyons
- Harvey Mackay
- Mary Mitchell
- Miss Manners by Judith Martin
- NEA Bridge by Phillip Alder
- The New Republic
- NextSteps by Jan L. Warner and Jan K. Collins
- On Nutrition by Ed Blonz
- On Religion by Terry Mattingly
- Parent-to-Parent by Betsy Flagler
- Parenting by the staff of Parenting Magazine
- Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts
- Sense & Sensitivity by Harriette Cole
- Smart Money by Bruce Williams
- Soap Opera Review by Nancy Johnson (columnist)
- Sweet Land of Liberty by Nat Hentoff
- Talking Money with Jean Chatzky
- The Village Idiot by Jim Mullen
- Tune in Tomorrow by Nancy Reichardt
- Tune in Tonight by Kevin McDonough
- Diana West
- Win, Lose & Drew
- workplace911 by Bob Rosner
- World Almanac Databank
- You Be the Critic by Bob Habes
- Your Birthday by Stella Wilder
- Your Stars This Week by Stella Wilder
- Byron York
- Monmonier, Mark S. (1989). Maps with the news: the development of American journalistic cartography. University of Chicago Press. pp. 80–83. ISBN 978-0-226-53411-4. Retrieved August 28, 2009.
- Hudson, Frederick; McClung Lee, Alfred (2000). American journalism, 1690–1940, Volume 4. Luther Mott, Frank. Routledge. pp. 589–590. ISBN 978-0-415-22892-3. Retrieved August 28, 2009.
- Booker, M. Keith. "United Feature Syndicate," in Comics through Time: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas (ABC-CLIO, 2014), p. 399.
- "United Feature Syndicate Buys Metropolitan Service From Elser: Both Firms Will Retain Separate Identities, With Elser Remaining as Vice-President — Monte Bourjaily to Direct Both Organizations," Editor & Publisher (March 15, 1930). Archived at "News of Yore 1930: Another Syndicate Gobbled," Stripper's Guide (May 4, 2010).
- Jeet Heer, "Crane's Great Gamble", in Roy Crane, Buz Sawyer: 1, The War in the Pacific. Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics Books, 2011. ISBN 9781606993620
- Ron Goulart, The Adventurous Decade. Arlington House, New Rochelle, N.Y. 1975. ISBN 9780870002526 (p. 26-7,93-5).
- Astor, Dave. "Goldberg To Retire From United Media," Editor & Publisher (December 17, 2001): "The executive joined United in 1972 when it bought Bell McClure Syndicate and North American Newspaper Alliance, where Goldberg was president."
- "News Features Services Merge As United Media". United Press International. May 19, 1978. Retrieved 2015-02-23.
- "United Features consolidates," The Comics Journal #44 (Jan. 1979), p. 17.
- Inc., Iconix Brand Group,. "Iconix Brand Group Closes Acquisition of Peanuts". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
- "Iconix Forms Peanuts Worldwide - License! Global". www.licensemag.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
- Universal Uclick to Provide Syndicate Services for United Media, PR Newswire, February 24, 2011.
- United Media Outsources Content to Universal Uclick[permanent dead link], Editor & Publisher, April 29, 2011.[dead link]
- Cavna, Michael (July 1, 2011). "RIP, UNITED MEDIA: A century-old syndicate closes its historic doors". The Washington Post.
- Universal Uclick to Provide Syndicate Services for United Media, PR Newswire, February 24, 2011. Accessed February 24, 2011.
- [permanent dead link], Editor & Publisher, April 29, 2011. Accessed April 29, 2011.
- Gardner, Alan. "FIRST LOOK AT SIGNE WILKINSON’S “FAMILY TREE," The Daily Cartoonist (December 3, 2007).
- Astor, Dave. "Comic Creator and ‘Cartoonist Profiles’ Editor Jud Hurd Dies," Editor & Publisher (September 19, 2005).
- E&P Staff. "‘World of Wonder’ Celebrates a Decade in Syndication," Editor & Publisher (September 2, 2010).
- Official website[dead link] — redirects to Andrews McMeel Syndication
- United Media (.ca) – a Canadian video, photo and documentation production company since 2009