As the year draws to a close, Egmont Publishing, pocket.watch and Sunlight Entertainment are celebrating the incredible success of one of Egmont’s 2019 magazine launches, Ryan’s World, a title based on Ryan Kaji, the eight-year old star of the Ryan’s World YouTube channel which attracts 75 million views a month in the UK alone – and in just over four years has amassed over 22 million subscribers.
The combination of Ryan’s undeniable magnetism with his audience and Egmont’s market-leading editorial and commercial expertise led to the title selling an amazing 49,000 copies in the UK of its début issue back in July. In the last two years, only three other new launches have sold more than 30,000 copies in the UK’s fast-moving children’s sector.
The popularity of issue #1 of Ryan’s World magazine grants the title the accolade of being the UK’s biggest children’s magazine launch of 2019 – and the most successful pre-school launch of the last three years.
Egmont says the impact at retail of Ryan’s World magazine has been nothing short of astonishing, with sell-outs of the first issue in high volume mass-market retailers and convenience stores, and issue #2 surpassing the launch issue in selling an amazing 52,000 copies.
Ryan’s World magazine will be seeing out 2019 in style, with its exciting high value wrapped presents issue hitting shelves this week, the perfect gift for children who love Ryan.
With Ryan’s World, Egmont have embraced the digital advances in the world of children’s media and have successfully brought the digital-first brand to life in the magazine, offering high-quality content and cover mounts created with four to six year olds in mind, so the magazine is excitable, light-hearted and fun – just like Ryan.
“In a market that is 7% down YoY in terms of volume, Egmont, pocket.watch and Sunlight Entertainment are defying magazine publishing trends,” says Laura Adnitt, Magazines Publishing Director. “Our strategy of always delivering quality, trend-led products, is truly shaking up the market, whilst giving our young readers exactly what they want, and allowing them into a world of adventures, with Ryan!”
Ryan’s World books have also been launched by Egmont, with an Ultimate Guide to all things Ryan, an Annual, and a Sticker Scenes book.
Egmont Publishing is the leading specialist children’s publisher for babies to teens in the UK, part of Egmont, a leading Danish media group, with activities in 30 countries and 6,600 employees, inspiring children to read through more than 25 million award-winning books, magazines, ebooks and apps sold each year. In addition to licensed titles, they also have two own brand magazines, Toxic – sadly now only reprinting older strips – and Go Girl, aimed at primary age boys and girls who are passionate about the latest trends and hot brands.
Founded in 2017 by Chris M. Williams, US-based Pocket.watch is a studio that specialises in entertaining and inspiring kids and families through digital-first content and sparking their imaginations with lifestyle products ranging from toys to toothbrushes, with a growing portfolio of franchises that includes some of the largest kids and family YouTube brands in the world. Pocket.watch created and produces Ryan’s Mystery Playdate, which airs on Nickelodeon and is the #1 preschool show on television.
Founded in 2017, Sunlight Entertainment is Ryan Kaji’s family-owned and operated production company that develops family-friendly content that is driven to help kids learn. The company was created by Ryan and his family to help streamline the workflow of one of YouTube’s largest kids’ channels, Ryan’s World and, continues to grow and currently manages eight YouTube channels: Ryan’s World, Ryan’s World Español, EK Doodles, Ryan’s Family Review, Vtubers, Combo Panda, Gus the Gummy Gator and The Studio Space. Employing a 30-person team of videographers, editors, animators, writers and voice actors to help produce live action and animated content, they release about 25 videos a week.
Currently, Ryan’s World has rapidly evolved from a toy review YouTube channel to a global kids play and entertainment brand through digital and broadcast entertainment, toys and consumer products.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.