Penguin Random House (PRH) is an American multinational publishing company formed in 2013 from the merger of Random House (owned by German media conglomerate Bertelsmann) and Penguin Group (owned by British publishing company Pearson PLC). As of 2013, Penguin Random House employed about 10,000 people globally and published 15,000 titles annually under its 250 divisions and imprints. These titles include fiction and nonfiction for adults and children in both print and digital.
Penguin Random House comprises Penguin and Random House in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, and India; Penguin in Brazil, Asia and South Africa; Dorling Kindersley worldwide; and Random House's companies in Spain, Hispanic America, and Germany.
|Penguin Random House|
|Parent company||Bertelsmann (75%)|
Pearson PLC (25%)
|Founded||July 1, 2013|
|Headquarters location||New York City, New York, United States|
|Key people||Markus Dohle (CEO)|
Thomas Rabe (Chairman)
Madeline McIntosh (CEO, PRH US)
Jim Johnston (CFO)
|Revenue||€3.359 billion (2017)|
|No. of employees||10,000 (as of July 1, 2013)|
Penguin Random House was formed on July 1, 2013, upon the completion of a £2.4 billion merger between Bertelsmann and Pearson to merge their respective trade publishing companies, Random House and Penguin Group. Bertelsmann and Pearson, the parent companies, owning 53% and 47%, respectively. The creation of the company has been referred to as the publishing industry's response to the increasing dominance of Amazon.com in the book market. Markus Dohle was named CEO of the new company which had more than 10,000 employees around the world with 250 imprints and publishing houses and a publishing list of over 15,000 new titles a year.
PRH relaunched Book Country, Penguin's online unit, in July 2013.
In September 2014, Random House Studio signed a first look production deal with Universal Pictures, under which Random House would be the producer of films based on Penguin Random House books. The Universal subsidiary Focus Features will closely collaborate with Random House Films. Having previously spearheaded the creation process of Puffin Rock animation, Richard Haines is heading PRH Children's TV development strategy with the assistance of licensing, publishing, and TV development executive Emily Campan. Haines would report to PRH Children's managing director, Francesca Dow.
In November 2015, Pearson announced that it will be rebranding and completely focusing on its education division. It was predicted that Pearson would sell its share in Penguin Random House. Pearson CEO John Fallon estimated that the company would wait until at least 2017.
In June 2014 Penguin Random House unveiled a new logo designed by Michael Beirut of Pentagram. The logo is a simple serif font with the words Penguin Random House bookended by orange (as a tribute to the original colors of Penguin). For the 250 or so imprints this design would display their traditional logo image to the left of the Penguin Random House words. The logo was introduced in an animated video showcasing various imprints.
DK (Dorling Kindersley) was founded in London in 1974 and is a reference publisher focusing on non-fiction for adults and children.
Crown Publishing was founded in 1933 as the Outlet Book Company, a remainder house, and is now a publisher of fiction and narrative non-fiction.
Penguin Young Readers Group is a division devoted to books for young readers and young adults.
Book Country is a subsidiary online writing and publishing community. Book Country was launched in April 2011 with a focus on romance, mystery, science fiction, fantasy.
In July 2013, Book Country relaunched with online writing workshops in over sixty literary categories, including literary fiction, memoir, and women's fiction. As of September 2013, the site had over 10,000 members.
Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group, is an American publisher best known for its Complete Idiot's Guides series. It began as a division of Macmillan. Pearson Education acquired Macmillan General Reference from Simon & Schuster in 1999. Alpha moved from Pearson Education to Penguin Group in 2003. Alpha became part of sister company DK in 2012.Broadway Books
Broadway Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a Division of Random House, Inc., released its first list in Fall, 1996. Broadway Books has since published many New York Times bestsellers in hardcover and paperback, including Elizabeth Edwards’ memoir Resilience, Bill O’Reilly’s memoir A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity, Decision Points by George W. Bush, Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg, and A Lion Called Christian by Ace Bourke and John Rendall.
Broadway Books publishes approximately seventy titles a year across hardcover and paperback lists, in categories including narrative nonfiction, memoir, health and wellness, diet and fitness, inspiration, history, travel and adventure narrative, pop culture, politics, personal finance, popular reference, humor and contemporary fiction.
Travel writers in their “Broadway Abroad” category are Frances Mayes (Under the Tuscan Sun), Bill Bryson (A Walk in the Woods) and Martin Troost (Lost on Planet China and Getting Stoned With the Savages). Notable memoirs include Eric Clapton’s Clapton, the bestselling rock autobiography of all time, the New York Times bestsellers Escape by Carolyn Jessop and No Shortcuts to the Top by climber Ed Viesturs, as well as Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom and Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried.
In the field of personal finance, Broadway's titles include David Bach's The Automatic Millionaire and Smart Women Finish Rich. Broadway's books that have been made into films include Kurt Eichenwald’s bestselling The Informant and C. D. Payne ’s cult classic Youth In Revolt. In diet, health and fitness titles include Lou Arrone’s The Skinny, Are You Ready! from television's Biggest Loser’s Bob Harper. Broadway Books' cookbook backlist includes vegetarian guru Deborah Madison.Dorling Kindersley
DK, formerly known as Dorling Kindersley, is a British multinational publishing company specialising in illustrated reference books for adults and children in 62 languages.It is an imprint of Penguin Random House, a subsidiary of German media conglomerate Bertelsmann and British publishing company Pearson plc.
Established in 1974, DK publishes a range of titles in genres including travel (including Eyewitness Travel Guides), arts and crafts, business, history, cooking, gaming, gardening, health and fitness, natural history, parenting, science and reference. They also publish books for children, toddlers and babies, covering such topics as history, the human body, animals and activities, as well as licensed properties such as LEGO, Disney and DeLiSo, licensor of the toy Sophie la Girafe.
DK has offices in New York, Melbourne, London, Munich, New Delhi and Toronto.Ebury Publishing
Ebury Publishing is a division of Penguin Random House, and is a well-known publisher of general non-fiction books in the UK. Ebury was founded in 1961 as a division of Nat Mags. It was sold to Century Hutchinson in 1989; Century Hutchinson was acquired by Random House. Random House merged with Penguin Group to form Penguin Random House in 2015.
Under its umbrella are the imprints BBC Books, Ebury Press, Rider, Time Out, Virgin Books and Vermilion—each with their own, distinct identity and specialist areas of publishing.Ediciones B
Ediciones B is a Spanish publisher, which currently operates as a division of Penguin Random House. Ediciones B is headquartered in Madrid and Barcelona, Spain; with branches throughout Latin America.Editorial Bruguera
Editorial Bruguera is a Spanish publishing house based in Barcelona, which was devoted mainly to the production of popular literature and comics. It was created in 1910 as El Gato Negro, changed its name in 1940 and came to possess, as indicated by Jesús Cuadrado:An industrial plant (in Parets del Vallès), an advertising division (Nueva Línea), a library (Proa), a distributor (Libresa), stamps subsidiaries (Ceres), several branches in the Spanish territory delegations outside (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Lisbon, Mexico, Portugal, Venezuela), and an internal communication newsletter (Nosotros).
In 1986 Bruguera was acquired by Grupo Zeta, which renamed it Ediciones B. The Bruguera name was revived in 2006. As of 2018, the publisher has shifted its focus towards comic books and graphic novels.
In 2017, Grupo Zeta sold all its book publishers, including Bruguera and Ediciones B, to Penguin Random House.Grupo Santillana
Grupo Santillana, born Santillana Ediciones Generales, is a Spanish publisher founded in 1959 by Jesús de Polanco and Francisco Pérez González.From 2008 and due to the high debts of the group PRISA, Santillana made desinvestments to guide itself. In 2008 the bookshop Crisol, which come to have fourteen subsidiaries in Spain, two in Buenos Aires and one in Lima, closed. In 2010 it was sold the 25% of shares.In 2014 Santillana sold all its trade publishing (including the Alfaguara and Objetiva publishing houses) to Penguin Random House for €72 million. Santillana then shifted its focus towards educational publishing.Hamish Hamilton
Hamish Hamilton Limited was a British book publishing house, founded in 1931 eponymously by the half-Scot half-American Jamie Hamilton (Hamish is the vocative form of the Gaelic Seumas [meaning James], James the English form – which was also his given name, and Jamie the diminutive form). Jamie Hamilton was often referred to as Hamish Hamilton.
Hamish Hamilton Limited originally specialized in fiction, and was responsible for publishing a number of American authors in the United Kingdom, including Raymond Chandler, James Thurber, J.D. Salinger, E. B. White, and Truman Capote.
In 1939 Hamish Hamilton Law and Hamish Hamilton Medical were started but closed during the war. Hamish Hamilton was established in the literary district of Bloomsbury and went on to publish a large number of promising British and American authors, a large number of whom were personal friends and acquaintances of Jamie Hamilton.
During the late 1940s Hamish Hamilton Limited published authors including D. W. Brogan, Albert Camus, L. P. Hartley, Nancy Mitford, Alan Moorehead, Terence Rattigan, Jean-Paul Sartre, Georges Simenon and A. J. P. Taylor.
Jamie Hamilton sold the firm to the Thomson Organisation in 1965, who resold it to Penguin Books in 1986. In 2013, Penguin merged with Random House, making Hamish Hamilton an imprint of Penguin Random House.
Hamish Hamilton’s aim remains to publish innovative literary fiction and non-fiction from around the world. Authors include: Alain de Botton, Esther Freud, Toby Litt, Redmond O'Hanlon, W. G. Sebald, Zadie Smith, William Sutcliffe, R. K. Narayan, Paul Theroux and John Updike.
Hamish Hamilton also publishes an online literary magazine called Five Dials.Hutchinson (publisher)
Hutchinson began as Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., an English book publisher, founded in London in 1887 by Sir George Hutchinson and later run by his son, Walter Hutchinson (1887–1950). Hutchinson's published books and magazines such as The Lady's Realm, Adventure-story Magazine, Hutchinson's Magazine and Woman.In the 1920s, Walter Hutchinson published many of the "spook stories" of E.F. Benson in Hutchinson's Magazine and then in collections in a number of books. The company also first published Arthur Conan Doyle's Professor Challenger novels, five novels by mystery writer Harry Stephen Keeler, and short stories by Eden Phillpotts. In 1929, Walter Hutchinson stopped publishing magazines to concentrate on books. In the 1930s, Hutchinson published H.G. Wells's The Bulpington of Blup as well as the first English translations of Vladimir Nabokov's Camera Obscura (translated by Winifred Roy with Nabokov credited as Vladimir Nabokoff-Sirin) in 1936 and Despair (translated by Nabokov himself) under its John Long marque of paperbacks.In 1947 the company launched the Hutchinson University Library book series.
Among notable, non-fiction books, in 1959 Hutchinson & Co. published the first English edition of Karl Popper's most famous work, The Logic of Scientific Discovery, first published as Logik der Forschung in 1934.
The company merged with Century Publishing in 1985 to form Century Hutchinson, and was folded into the British Random House Group in 1989, where it became an imprint of Cornerstone Publishing, a publishing house of Penguin Random House UK, which is turn a division of Penguin Random House, which itself, since 2013, is owned jointly by Bertelsmann and Pearson plc.Ladybird Books
Ladybird Books is a London-based publishing company, trading as a stand-alone imprint within the Penguin Group of companies. The Ladybird imprint publishes mass-market children's books.
It is an imprint of Penguin Random House, a subsidiary of German media conglomerate Bertelsmann and British publishing company Pearson plc.New American Library
The New American Library (NAL) is an American publisher based in New York, founded in 1948. Its initial focus was affordable paperback reprints of classics and scholarly works, as well as popular and pulp fiction but now publishes trade and hardcover titles. It is currently an imprint of Penguin Random House; it was announced in 2015 that the imprint would publish only nonfiction titles.Penguin Group
The Penguin Group is a trade book publisher and part of Penguin Random House. It is owned by Pearson PLC, the global education and publishing company, and Bertelsmann, the German media conglomerate. The new company was created by a merger that was finalised on 1 July 2013, with Bertelsmann owning 53% of the joint venture, and Pearson controlling the remaining 47%.Penguin Books has its registered office in City of Westminster, London.Its British division is Penguin Books Ltd. Other separate divisions can be found in the United States, Ireland, New Zealand, India, Australia, Canada, China, Brazil and South Africa.Penguin Random House Tower
The Penguin Random House Tower, also known as the Park Imperial Apartments, is a 52-story mixed-use tower in New York City, United States, that is used as the American headquarters of book publisher Penguin Random House and a luxury apartment complex. The PRH entrance is on Broadway and goes up to 27 floors, while the apartment complex entrance is on West 56th Street.
Separate architects designed each of the sections. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill designed the office portion, which has a steel frame. Ismael Leyva Architects and Adam D. Tihany designed the residential portion, which has a concrete frame. The two sections do not entirely line up, and trusses were built on the 26th and 27th floor to transfer the load.
The apartments have three-meter ceilings, and there are five penthouses of up to 2,970 sq ft (276 m2) in size. Although the apartments start above the 27th floor of the office portion, the residential floors are numbered 48-70 for marketing purposes. Among the first tenants were P. Diddy and New York Yankees pitcher Randy Johnson.At the top of the building are two fluid tuned mass dampers - the first of their kind in the city - which are designed to damp building sway. Similar dampers are employed in the Citigroup Center building, although Citigroup's dampers are made of concrete. PRH's dampers have capacities of 265,000 and 379,000 liters of water.
The complex is on a trapezoidal block between 55th Street and 56th Street and follows the angle of Broadway. It has jagged setbacks, similar in shape to the towers of Rockefeller Center, to improve the views of Central Park.
Critics have noted that its three main towers give it the impression of being three books (although the architects referred to them as "three sliding crystals").PRH occupies 645,000 sq ft (59,900 m2), with the rest housing 130 apartments, as well as 32,000 sq ft (3,000 m2) of retail space.
In looking to expand its headquarters, Random House had originally planned to build a tower at 45th and Broadway across from its parent company Bertelsmann's headquarters at 1540 Broadway with a neon-lighted skyway across 45th Street connecting them.Prima Games
Prima Games is the largest publishing company of video game strategy guides in the United States. It is an imprint of Dorling Kindersley, a division of Penguin Random House, and is based in Roseville, California. They typically feature in-depth walkthroughs for completing games, with other information such as character sheets and move charts.Puffin Books
Puffin Books is a longstanding children's imprint of the British publishers Penguin Books. Since the 1960s, it has been among the largest publishers of children's books in the UK and much of the English-speaking world. The imprint now belongs to Penguin Random House, a subsidiary owned by the German media conglomerate Bertelsmann and the British publishing company Pearson plc.Random House
Random House is an American book publisher and the largest general-interest paperback publisher in the world.
As of 2013, it is part of Penguin Random House, which is jointly owned by German media conglomerate Bertelsmann and British global education and publishing company Pearson PLC.Random House Studio
Random House Studio is a production company responsible for adapting books published by Penguin Random House to film and TV. The company, originally owned by Penguin Random House (currently a joint venture between Bertelsmann and Pearson), was transferred to FremantleMedia North America in 2016.Riverhead Books
Riverhead Books is a division of Penguin Group (USA) founded in 1993 by Susan Petersen Kennedy.
Writers published by Riverhead include Cass Browne, Marlon James, Junot Díaz, George Saunders, Khaled Hosseini, Nick Hornby, Anne Lamott, Patricia Lockwood, Sarah Vowell, the Dalai Lama, Chang-rae Lee, Meg Wolitzer, Dinaw Mengestu, Daniel Alarcón, Daniel H. Pink, Steven Johnson, Jon Ronson, Ellen Burstyn, Elizabeth Gilbert, and James McBride.
Authors published by Riverhead won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for four out of its first six years. Four authors won MacArthur Genius Grants; many writers Riverhead has published have given TED Talks. Riverhead authors have won PEN and other literary awards, including the Booker Prize, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for writers of African descent, the Stonewall Award for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender fiction, and the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 for the best young emerging voices. Four authors were included in the New Yorker's "20 under 40" list of young fiction writers.
As of 2015 the publisher of Riverhead was Geoffrey Kloske. Current company officers are listed on the Penguin Group (USA) website.Watson-Guptill
Watson-Guptill is an American publisher of instructional books in the arts. The company was founded in 1937 by Ernest Watson, Ralph Reinhold, and Arthur L. Guptill. They also published the magazine American Artist. Their headquarters are at 1745 Broadway, New York City, Random House Tower.Billboard Publications acquired Watson-Guptill in 1962. The Dutch publisher VNU (later renamed the Nielsen Company) acquired Billboard in 1993. Random House acquired Watson-Guptill from Nielsen in 2008. Five years later, Random House, which was owned by Bertelsmann and the Penguin Group, owned by Pearson PLC, merged to form the Penguin Random House company. Watson-Guptill became an imprint of Ten Speed Press in 2013.