Random House Children’s Books to Publish First-Ever Book From International YouTube Star Stampy Cat
New York, NY — Random House Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, has acquired and will publish STAMPY’S LOVELY BOOK by Joseph Garrett, known best as Stampy Cat to millions of fans worldwide, it was announced today by Michelle H. Nagler, Associate Publishing Director, Random House Books for Young Readers.
The deal for U.S. rights for a 2-book deal was negotiated by Nagler with Egmont Publishing in the UK and Maker Studios on behalf of Stampy Cat. Egmont will release the book on October 22.
With more than 6.5 million subscribers and 4.1 billion cumulative views on YouTube, Stampy Cat is one of the biggest names in online gaming and family-friendly content today. On January 5, 2016, Random House Books for Young Readers will publish the first-ever authorized book about Stampy—by Stampy himself—in the U.S. The book captures the essence of his fun personality and adventures, and includes games, activities, jokes and exclusive info about Stampy and his friends.
Stampy Cat is consistently praised for his incredible reach and impact online, with Entertainment Weekly calling him “The Mister Rogers of ‘Minecraft’” and a “hero to children”; and Forbes declaring “Stampy is molding the minds of ‘Generation Blockhead’”.
“‘Hello, this is Stampy!’ is a catchphrase that resounds from thousands of screens in households across America every day, and I am delighted to bring Stampy’s inimitable humor and voice to the children’s book market,” says Nagler.
“With tens of millions of views every month, it’s no secret that Stampy and his adventures have become a phenomenon unto themselves,” said Amy Finnerty, executive vice president of talent, Maker Studios. “Helping spread Stampy’s message of learning, fun and adventure has been a great experience for us at Maker, and we are thrilled to be able to continue to do so with the release of Stampy’s Lovely Book in the U.S.”
Joseph Garrett aka Stampy Cat is a YouTube sensation averaging over 47 million views a month. His videos have more hits than the likes of Katy Perry and One Direction and his Stampylonghead YouTube channel was in the top 10 most viewed channels worldwide in 2014. Stampy Cat has been making videos since 2006 and is well known for his Minecraft content. He is also the co-creator, with Maker Studios, of the Wonder Quest YouTube channel featuring three original series attracting 35 million views in less than two months, and was featured in the original series “Meet Me At The Reck” alongside Jack Black and Andrew W.K. Stampy has been featured in The Guardian, BBC News, The Independent, Entertainment Weekly, Variety, Forbes and, among many others, was coined “The Mister Rogers of Minecreaft” by EW. To check out all things Stampy Cat visit YouTube.com/StampyLongHead and follow him on Twitter and Facebook @StampyLongNose.
About Maker Studios
Maker Studios is the global leader in online short-form video and the largest content network on YouTube. Maker specializes in reaching millennial audiences across multiple programming genres. Maker’s network includes 55,000 independent creators from more than 100 countries, attracting over 10 billion views per month, with a growing scale driven by its robust technology platform, direct-to- consumer distribution and data analytics. Maker is home to many of the world’s leading online talent and award-winning original programs such as “Epic Rap Battles of History.” Maker Studios is a wholly- owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company and is headquartered in Los Angeles, with operations in New York, London and Singapore. For more information about Maker Studios please visit www.makerstudios.com.