Monday, January 26, 2009

Mary Engelbreit

This paper doll insert ran in the Feb/March 2008 issue of ME's Home Companion. Unfortunately, there won't be a Feb/March 2009 issue; the magazine ceased publication with the Jan. 2009 issue.

The following press release came out in October, so apparently this was in the works for a while:

Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion Seeking New Publishing Partner

October 13, 2008 (St. Louis, MO) –Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion is seeking a new publishing partner. The current partner, Belvoir Media Group, LLC, is ending their involvement following the December 2008 / January 2009 issue, which will be published as planned, along with the Guide To Creative Living, currently available on newsstands nationwide. The publisher cited continued increases in costs and the current economy as the reason behind the decision.

Belvoir operated and published the magazine under a licensing agreement with Mary Engelbreit, the famed illustrator and namesake for the magazine. Ms. Engelbreit retains ownership of the Home Companion trademark and plans to seek new publishing and licensing opportunities because of Home Companion’s incredible customer loyalty and brand recognition.

No Changes To Mary Engelbreit Studios

Since its inception, Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion has operated as a separate business from Ms. Engelbreit’s art licensing company, Mary Engelbreit Studios. She will continue her active schedule of illustrating greeting cards, calendars and books and her company will continue developing licensed products based on her illustrations. The publication of MEHC is near and dear to Mary Engelbreit Studios, but this search for a new publisher will not have a financial or operational impact on the company.

Home Companion History

Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion released its first issue in the fall of 1996 and has maintained unprecedented loyalty among readers. The magazine has averaged approximately 350,000 subscribers and a readership of more than one million throughout its history. It is perhaps best known for its unique coverage of artists and creative people in their studios and homes. In recent years, it has gained particular respect as the most renowned publication in the creative arts industry, with editorial content and advertising focusing on a range of creative pursuits, from quilting, to paper arts, jewelry making, graphic design, and more.

About Mary Engelbreit
Mary Engelbreit is known throughout the world for her colorful and intricate designs, which adorn 14 million greeting cards sold each year and one of the top calendar collections in the country. Engelbreit holds license agreements with dozens of manufacturers to reproduce her popular illustrations on nearly 6,500 gift and home décor products including books, best-selling children's books, stationery, fabric, crafts, kitchen accessories, dinnerware and other gifts and home accents. Thousands of retailers worldwide have sold $1 billion worth of ME products.

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