Scholastic & Scottgames, LLC Announce a New Book Series Based on the Bestselling Video Game Franchise Five Nights at Freddy’s
NEW YORK, NY — Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education, and media company, and acclaimed game developer Scottgames today announced a collaboration on a multi-book deal based on the popular Five Nights at Freddy’s game franchise. The deal between Scottgames and Scholastic was facilitated by Striker Entertainment, Scottgames’ worldwide licensing agent. As part of the licensing deal, Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyeswritten by Scott Cawthon and Kira Breed-Wrisley, a novel that was self-published in 2015, will be published by Scholastic in paperback in October 2016. The second and third titles in the series will follow in 2017 and 2018.
“We are thrilled to be publishing the Five Nights at Freddy’s young adult book series and to partner with creator Scott Cawthon,” said Debra Dorfman, Vice President and Publisher, Global Licensing, and Media Consumer Products, Scholastic. “This spine-chilling series expands upon unsolved mysteries of the game’s lore as well as bring new fans unfamiliar with the games to a new, hair-raising series to read.”
“I can’t think of a better marketing and publishing partner for Five Night’s at Freddy’s than Scholastic. Their passion and commitment, coupled with their proven track record with franchises in the YA space, made them a natural choice for me” said Scott Cawthon of Scottgames.
“Publishing is a brand pillar for what we are helping to build with the Five Night’s at Freddy’sfranchise. We are thrilled to have a partner who can broadly expose these stories to the widest readership possible,” said Russell Binder, President of Striker Entertainment.
About Five Nights at Freddy’s
Five Nights at Freddy’s is a series of horror-themed video games in which a player takes on the role of an overnight security guard at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, a family restaurant and arcade. At night, the restaurant’s life-sized animatronic characters, including Freddy Fazbear, Bonnie, Chica and Foxy, wander the restaurant. As the security guard, the player must keep a close watch over the premises, as surviving to 6am may prove to be the most difficult part of the job. Launched in 2014, the series includes three sequels and has been optioned by Warner Bros. for the development of a feature film.
About Scott Cawthon
Scott Cawthon is the author of the bestselling video game series Five Nights at Freddy’s, and while he is a game designer by trade, he is first and foremost a storyteller at heart. He is a graduate of The Art Institute of Houston and lives in Texas with his wife and four sons.
About Kira Breed-Wrisley
Kira Breed-Wrisley has been writing stories since she could first pick up a pen and has no intention of stopping. She is the author of seven plays for Central New York teen theater company The Media Unit, and has developed several books with Kevin Anderson & Associates. She is a graduate of Cornell University, and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Scottgames, LLC is a Texas limited liability company owned by Scott Cawthon and is the licensing company for the rights to Five Nights at Freddy’s. Scott Cawthon created the popular computer game/mobile applications Five Nights at Freddy’s, Five Nights at Freddy’s 2, Five Nights at Freddy’s 3, and Five Nights at Freddy’s 4. The games are point-and-click survival games that have built an enormous fan following since the initial launch in August of 2014, quickly rising to one of the most popular series of mobile application games. For more information visit www.scottgames.com.
About Striker Entertainment
Striker Entertainment is a Los Angeles-based full-service global licensing agency dedicated to maximizing licensing opportunities and building brand equity for its clients. Striker represents many of Hollywood’s most exciting entertainment properties including The Walking Dead, Five Nights at Freddy’s, Preacher, Orphan Black, Ash vs Evil Dead, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and Candy Crush. Striker has won several Licensing Industry Excellence awards for its licensing programs, including The Walking Dead, The Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games, and Angry Birds. Headed by industry veterans Russell Binder and Marc Mostman, Striker’s client roster includes AMC, Amblin Partners, J.K. Benton Studios, King, Media Rights Capital, Morgan Creek, Sony, Starz, Temple Street Productions, Viacom, and several others. For more information, visit www.strikerentertainment.com.
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, a leading provider of print and digital instructional materials for pre-K to grade 12, and a producer of educational and entertaining children’s media. The Company creates quality books and ebooks, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, classroom magazines and other products that, in combination, offer schools customized solutions to support children’s learning both at school and at home. The Company also makes quality, affordable books available to all children through school-based book clubs and book fairs. With a 95 year history of service to schools and families, Scholastic continues to carry out its commitment to “Open a World of Possible” for all children. Learn more atwww.scholastic.com.