AMU Buys Atlantic Syndication

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By: Dave Astor

Andrews McMeel Universal (AMU) purchased Atlantic Syndication from the Evening Post Publishing Co. of Charleston, S.C., for an undisclosed sum.

AMU is the parent of Universal Press Syndicate. Atlantic is an international syndication company that will operate as a wholly owned agency of Universal — representing features from that syndicate as well as Copley News Service, the Christian Science Monitor News Service, and others.

Atlantic was formed in 2000 as a partnership of Universal, Tribune Media Services, and Editors Press Service; EPS is an international syndicate founded in 1933. TMS — whose features are sold abroad by Tribune Media Services International — dropped out of Atlantic in 2001, according to Universal.

“Atlantic Syndication has both the structure and personnel to help us grow rapidly in the increasingly important international market,” Universal President Robert Duffy said in a statement.

Kerry Slagle maintains his position as Atlantic president and now also becomes a Universal vice president. Kent Kirschner will continue as sales director for the Caribbean and Latin America, Kristin Norell as sales director for Australia/New Zealand, and Milka Pratt as sales administrator.

Universal features include comics such as “The Boondocks,” “Cathy,” “Doonesbury,” “FoxTrot,” and “Garfield”; columnists such as “Dear Abby,” Roger Ebert, and Anna Quindlen; and editorial cartoonists such as Tony Auth, Pat Oliphant, Joel Pett, Ben Sargent, and Tom Toles.

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