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Bookwire announces strategic partnership with Banijay Kids & Family

Paris, November 29, 2022 –  The European leader in digital publishing, Bookwire GmbH, and global leader in the children's entertainment industry, Banijay Kids & Family, have partnered to produce and distribute audiobook content based on a selection of the latter’s intellectual properties. 

Working closely with the Banijay Kids and Family team, Bookwire’s Paris office will produce high-quality, immersive and engaging audio content, via their award winning production solution WAY (WeAudiobookYou), and distribute it to all listening platforms, from libraries to music streaming platforms. Titles will include When I Was Your Age, Street Football, Lolirock, The Unstoppable Yellow Yeti, Silverpoint and Totally Spies, in addition to heritage series such as The Ranch and Martin Mystery. Initially produced in French by early 2023, the audiobooks will be available in several languages and distributed worldwide by Bookwire.
 
Bookwire , leader in digital ebook and audiobook distribution

“We are delighted that Banijay Kids & Family have placed their trust in us. Our services, including WAY production solution and the Bookwire OS have become the global market standard over the last few years thanks to the great commitment of our team and consistent investments. Our ambition in France is to open up new audio opportunities for all publishers in the market. We offer a full 360° audio service from production to distribution, to marketing, therefore enabling each publisher to launch and distribute its own audio titles,” says Anne-Laure Gonet, Country Manager France at Bookwire.
 
“We were looking for an experienced audiobook partner with a proven international distribution track record. Bookwire understands our need for high-quality audiobook production, as well as our strong international ambition. We are thrilled to expand the popularity of our series in audiobook format and bring them to fans and new global audiences,” says Annick Bizet, New Business and Strategic Alliances Director at Banijay Kids & Family.

Bookwire opened an office in the French capital in July 2021. The objective is to strengthen its international activities and to offer the French publishers a personalized accompaniment and powerful tool to launch themselves on the growing French audiobook market. The Bookwire OS allows publishers to gain autonomy, flexibility and performance.

Bookwire has been building partnerships with major French publishers such as L'école des Loisirs, Fleurus, La Martinière Jeunesse and Elidia. The next step is to reach players outside the publishing world like audiovisual producers and audio production studios that are creating their own label.
 
 

About Banijay Kids & Family
 

A global leader in the children's entertainment industry, Banijay Kids & Family is the dedicated production, distribution, and sales division for children’s programming at Banijay. With a catalogue of over 2,200 hours of content, Banijay Kids & Family partners with leading broadcasters and platforms globally and produces a wide range of animation and live action series, digital content, and entertainment formats for kids and families worldwide.
Banijay Kids & Family is home to Zodiak Kids & Family Distribution, Zodiak Kids & Family France, Zodiak Kids & Family Productions UK, Monello Productions, Tiger Aspect Kids & Family, Movimenti Production and Kindle Entertainment – combining to nurture and bring expertise to a broad range of upcoming productions and a catalogue of popular, creative, and successful programming.
With offices in Paris and London, Banijay Kids & Family is led by CEO Benoît Di Sabatino.

About Bookwire & “Bookwire OS – One Solution”

Bookwire GmbH was founded in Frankfurt in 2010 as a service provider for publisher distribution of eBooks and digital content. It has since become one of the leading international businesses in digital publishing technology. Bookwire currently employs 135 people in Germany, the UK, Spain, France, Brazil, Mexico and the USA, who take care of more than 2,300 publishers in the fields of eBooks, audiobooks, podcasts and Print-on-Demand. The pioneering software “Bookwire OS – One Solution”, launched in 2019, has delivered, analysed and marketed around 600,000 eBooks and 150,000 audiobooks in all relevant distribution channels. In addition to the latest customer analytics and pricing technology, publishing clients of Bookwire GmbH also have access to individual support from account & marketing managers who look after the clients from end to end. In 2019, the audiobook production solution “We Audiobook You” (WAY) bagged the business the first “Digital Publishing Award” in the field of B2B solutions. Bookwire GmbH is managed by its founders Jens Klingelhöfer and John Ruhrmann, and has branches in Barcelona, London, Mexico City, São Paulo, New York and Paris, in addition to the company headquarters in Frankfurt am Main and the "Digital Hub" in Dortmund.